From Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia.
Revision as of 22:52, 22 February 2010 by Ninja wolf (talk | contribs) (History)
Jump to: navigation, search
ガーちゃん Gar-chan
Poké Ball
Debuts in Holy Matrimony!
Caught at Kanto
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location James's parents' mansion
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Growlithe Mitsuru Ogata Maddie Blaustein

Growlie (Japanese: ガーちゃん Gar-chan), a Growlithe, was the first Pokémon belonging to James of Team Rocket. Its Japanese voice actor is 小形満 Mitsuru Ogata, and its English voice actress is Maddie Blaustein (EP048).


Growlie in its original appearance in Holy Matrimony!

Before James ran away from home when he was a child, Growlie was his only friend on his parents' estate. The two were inseparable, and Growlie comforted James when he faced problems with his parents and arranged fiancé, Jessiebelle. When the stresses of home became too much, James ran away from home, leaving Growlie behind at the mansion, possibly at his request. Growlie lives in a ridiculously extravagant doghouse, which was so large that Ash and his friends mistook it for being the family's actual mansion. Template:Misty even commented, to her later embarrassment, that it was the largest mansion she'd ever seen.

Years later, in Holy Matrimony!, James returned to his parents' home after hearing that they had died. However this turned out to be a hoax for them to get him to marry Jessiebelle, and after the deception was revealed, Jessiebelle trapped James in the family's dungeon. Ash, his friends, Jessie and Meowth, let Growlie out of his doghouse and it burst into the dungeon, rescuing its long-lost master. The two were thrilled that they'd been reunited, unfortunately the happy moment had to be cut short when Jessiebelle and her Vileplume located and attacked the two. After defeating the Vileplume and temporarily chasing Jessiebelle off the estate, James once again left home, set on giving up on his inheritance and continuing to live with Jessie and Meowth. He told Growlie to stay behind to watch after his parents. Saddened, Growlie howled as James walked away from the mansion.

Growlie made its reappearance in DP153, where it accidentally blew Team Rocket's cover when they were infiltrating one of James's family's vacation homes because it was so happy to see James again. Growlie proceeded to help James until he was able to once again evade his family.

Moves used

Using Flamethrower Move First Used In
Flamethrower Holy Matrimony!
Dig DP153
An x shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
  Moves used recently are in bold unless all moves all fit this case.


  • Growlie is the first Pokémon owned by a main character to have a nickname. The second is Caserin.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Growlithe.

Project Anime logo.png This article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.