Tyson's Meowth

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Tyson's Meowth
テツヤのニャース Tetsuya's Nyarth
Poké Ball
Tyson Meowth.png
Tyson's Meowth
Debuts in Like a Meowth to a Flame
Caught at Near Ever Grande City
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Tyson
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Meowth Yasuhiro Takato Maddie Blaustein

Tyson's Meowth (Japanese: テツヤのニャース Tetsuya's Nyarth) is Tyson's signature Pokémon. It appeared during the Ever Grande Conference between the episodes Like a Meowth to a Flame and At the End of the Fray. Its most notable features are the boots that it wears on its feet and its hat.


Tyson taking care of Meowth

Just some time after Tyson began his journey in Hoenn, he first meets Meowth when it was in a pack of its kind in a forest near Ever Grande City on a snowy night. Their leader was a Persian, Meowth's evolved form. Meowth had a fierce battle with the leader and was defeated by a combination of Fury Swipes and Shadow Ball. After the battle, the pack abandons the Meowth and leave. Tyson sees this and brings the hurt Pokémon to a cabin he was traveling to. In the cabin, he helps Meowth to return to full health. As the soles of Meowth's feet were painful to stand on, Tyson gave it boots to help it to walk again. Meowth then joined Tyson's team and became one of his strongest Pokémon.

In Like a Meowth to a Flame, Meowth rescues Ash and his friends from a flock of Murkrow. It became Tyson's walking Pokémon during the Ever Grande Conference. Later, it has a battle with Team Rocket after they steal the flame of Moltres. Team Rocket's Meowth has a rivalry with the Meowth in boots after it tried to take back the torch from the trio. It was able to defeat Team Rocket's Meowth and finishes them with Thunderbolt, blasting them off.

In Saved By the Beldum, Meowth has another battle with Team Rocket after they trapped Ash and Morrison when they were in a race. The Meowth in boots defeats Team Rocket with Iron Tail sending them crashing in some trees. Tyson and Meowth go with Ash, his friends and Morrison to the Pokémon Center in order for Morrison to register for the Pokémon League. Tyson and Meowth leave the center after a brief conversation with Ash and the others, meditating outside.

When it was Tyson's turn to battle in the preliminaries, he chooses Meowth while his opponent, Vivica, chooses Persian. During the battle, Meowth becomes very determined to defeat Persian. Despite the fact that Vivica's Persian had the early advantage, Meowth was able to defeat it. After the battle, Meowth decides to continue the battle even though Persian was unable to do so and Tyson had to hold Meowth back. Tyson recalls the Pokémon before it was able to attack. This made Team Rocket's Meowth soften towards Tyson's Meowth since they had the same hatred of their evolved form.

Meowth was not shown battling in the second round but made a cameo in A Judgment Brawl where it was shown defeating a Trainer's Rhydon. In the next episode, Tyson tells Meowth and his other Pokémon that Ash is a powerful opponent but Tyson trained them hard and they cannot afford to lose. Team Rocket's Meowth gives Tyson's Meowth advice but Tyson's Meowth had everything under control when it sliced a tree down, making it fall.

In At the End of the Fray, it was the final Pokémon Tyson had left during his battle against Ash after both sides were down to one Pokémon. During the battle, its speed complements the power of its claws to produce a difficult opponent to beat. Ash ended up having further difficulties as Meowth's Thunderbolt defended itself every time Pikachu used electric attacks while Meowth used Iron Tail to swordfight with Pikachu's Iron Tail and Double Team could be used against speed attacks such as Quick Attack. After a long battle, both sides started to feel worn out from the battle. They were able to stand up though. However, Pikachu wasn't able to keep up and fell back down, leaving Tyson and Meowth as the winners. After the battle, Team Rocket's Meowth was more proud to be a Meowth than ever before when Tyson's Meowth defeated Ash's Pikachu in battle.

Personality and characteristics

Due to Meowth's hatred of Persian, it refuses to evolve into one despite the fact that Meowth is strong enough to do so. Since its first appearance, it has shown to be quite confident, inside and outside battles, as it refused to follow Meowth's advice about Ash's Pikachu and then assumed the consequences by almost losing the battle against him or when he battled itself its evolved form for leadership. Meowth is proud, determined and holds anxious senses of vengeance, as it refused to obey its own trainer when he tried to stop it from attacking a Persian.

Moves used

Tyson Meowth Slash.png
Using Slash
Move First Used In
Fury Swipes Like a Meowth to Flame!
Iron Tail  Like a Meowth to Flame!
Thunderbolt  Like a Meowth to Flame!
Slash  Saved by the Beldum!
Double Team  Saved by the Beldum!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • Tyson's Meowth is loosely based on the fairytale character Puss in Boots.
  • The day Tyson met his Meowth is similar to the time Forsythia met her Budew in Oh, Do you know the Poffin Plan!, when she gave her Budew her red scarf.
  • Team Rocket's Meowth had to practice and learn how to walk on two legs, having had a natural inclination to walk on all fours. Tyson's Meowth, however, displays the ability to walk without similarly practicing.
    • Also Tyson's Meowth and Team Rocket's Meowth both hate Persian.
  • Meowth is one of two signature Pokémon belonging to rivals that is unevolved, the other is Zoey's Glameow.
    • Interestingly, both are based on cats.
  • In the Latin American dub of Like a Meowth to a Flame, it has the same voice actor as Team Rocket's Meowth. However, near the end of that episode and in all subsequent appearances, it has the same voice as all other Meowth in the anime.
    • Also, in the Finnish dub, during its debut episode, it has the same voice actor as Team Rocket's Meowth. In all later appearances, both the Finnish and English voice actors were heard.

Related articles

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

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