Ash's Rowlet

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Ash's Rowlet
サトシのモクロー Satoshi's Mokuroh
Poké Ball
Ash Rowlet.png
Ash's Rowlet
Egg obtained in Prior to First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style!
Hatches in Prior to First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style!
Caught in First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style!
Hatched at Melemele Island
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Ash
Egg Rowlet
This Pokémon spent an unknown number of episodes in its Egg.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Rowlet Megumi Hayashibara Roger Callagy

Ash's Rowlet (Japanese: サトシのモクロー Satoshi's Mokuroh) is the first Pokémon that Ash caught in the Alola region, and his forty-seventh overall.

History

Rowlet and Ash

Rowlet was born into a flock of Pikipek, led by a Toucannon and Trumbeak. In its debut episode, it joined its flock to gather fruit from a town on Melemele Island. Rowlet mistook a wind chime for food, and brought its bounty to its nest, only to be scolded by Trumbeak that evening and being sent back to gather more.

The next day, a tired Rowlet noticed a sweet smell being produced by Mallow's Bounsweet. Believing it to be fruit, Rowlet tried to take Bounsweet, only to be deflected each time it tried. Eventually, an exhausted Rowlet fell out of the sky, but was caught in time by Ash. It was then given a bunch of fruit to eat and after finishing its meal, it took a watermelon and returned to its nest, prompting Ash and Mallow to follow it.

Ash and Mallow soon found Rowlet's nest, but their reunion was cut short by Team Rocket, who arrived to take back the Berries the flock had taken from Bewear. After trapping the flock in nets, Team Rocket set their sights on Pikachu. While Pikachu battled Jessie's Mimikyu, Rowlet freed its friends and then used Leafage to save Pikachu from Mimikyu's attack. Before the battle could go on any longer, Bewear returned and carried Team Rocket back to its den. Ash thanked Rowlet for saving the day before saying goodbye, not wanting to separate it from its family in its nest. Seeing how it wanted to join Ash, Toucannon gave Rowlet its permission to leave the nest. Rowlet happily dove into Ash's backpack and waved goodbye to its family. Delighted, Ash threw a Poké Ball at Rowlet and caught it.

Rowlet participated in its first official battle in Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge!, in which it battled Hobbes and his Pom-Pom Style Oricorio. Hobbes showed his great battling skills by having Oricorio gracefully dodge Rowlet's Leafage and shock it afterwards using Revelation Dance. Furthermore, Oricorio was able to counter Rowlet's Tackle with Mirror Move. Rowlet, however, was able to overpower Oricorio and knock it back using its sheer leg strength. Eventually, Oricorio used Teeter Dance which confused Rowlet, allowing the Dancing Pokémon to knock it out with Double Slap.

In To Top a Totem!, Rowlet was used in Ash's first island challenge trial in Verdant Cavern. Alongside Pikachu, it first fought a Yungoos and Gumshoos. The two Normal-types showed to be tough opponents, as they were able to use Sand Attack to obstruct Rowlet and Pikachu's sight and movements before hitting them with their attacks. Ash then came up a similar tactic using its Leafage, allowing it to knock Yungoos out with Tackle, while Pikachu defeated Gumshoos. Afterwards, Rowlet and Pikachu had to face a Totem Gumshoos. Rowlet attempted to assist Pikachu in battle, but was defeated by a single hit from Gumshoos's Fling.

In Trial and Tribulation!, Ash used Rowlet as his first Pokémon in the Melemele Island grand trial, where it battled against Hala's Crabrawler. It managed to hit Crabrawler with a super effective Peck after dodging a Bubble Beam. Rowlet's attempt to hit a second Peck was stopped however, allowing Crabrawler to hurl it in the air using Brutal Swing followed by a hit from Power-Up Punch. Using a collision between Leafage and Bubble Beam, Rowlet turned the tables by sneaking up on Crabrawler and hit it with a series of Pecks. After barely dodging another Power-Up Punch, it managed to outmaneuver Crabrawler and defeat it with Tackle. Afterwards, Rowlet fell asleep, preventing Ash from using it for the next battle.

In They Might Not Be Giants!, Rowlet was asleep on the beach while Ash, Lana, Mallow, Pikachu, and Rockruff watched Lana's Popplio practice making balloons. However, as Popplio was making a balloon, Mallow's Bounsweet sneezed, and blasted out its sweet scent by accident. The scent promptly awoke Rowlet and it flew towards Bounsweet, who instinctively deflected it. Rowlet was sent flying at a high speed into Popplio, and the two eventually floated away in Popplio's balloon. While the others looked for the duo, Rowlet accidentally popped the balloon, causing the duo to fall straight onto a radar that Team Rocket was constructing, with Rowlet getting caught in a ring that was part of the machinery. With this ring, Rowlet was unable to fly. Popplio distracted Team Rocket by using Bubble Beam, then bounced Rowlet on its nose so the two could escape. The two were then confronted by Meowth and James's Mareanie, but were saved by a Litten. Litten took the duo to its home, where Stoutland advised it to take the two back to their Trainers. During their long search, the trio got caught by Team Rocket. However, they managed to escape thanks to Litten and blasted Team Rocket off with their combined attacks. Afterwards, Rowlet and Popplio were reunited with their Trainers, with Ash removing Rowlet's ring.

In Currying Favor and Flavor!, Rowlet was sent out to assist Litten in battling a Totem Lurantis and its ally Castform in the Lush Jungle trial. When Litten was tired and about to be hit by a super effective Water Gun from Castform, Rowlet jumped in and took the attack, easily shaking it off. It then knocked out the Castform with a single Tackle, getting rid of the Sunny Day it had set up in the process. This allowed Litten to defeat Lurantis, meaning Ash cleared the trial and earning him a Grassium Z.

In Trials and Determinations!, Rowlet was used in the Akala Island grand trial alongside Rockruff, battling Olivia's Lycanroc and Probopass. Despite their opponents giving them tough times with their combination tactics, Rowlet eventually managed to defeat Probopass with Bloom Doom. Unfortunately for Ash, Rockruff impulsively attacked Rowlet in a fit of aggressiveness, accidentally knocking it out and leaving the Puppy Pokémon to face Lycanroc alone.

Personality and characteristics

Rowlet sleeping

Rowlet is somewhat naive and inexperienced. In its debut episode, Rowlet brought a wind chime from a market on Melemele Island to its nest, thinking it was food. When Ash asked it to find Lillie in Getting to Know You!, it returned with a watermelon instead. It also attempted to take Mallow's Bounsweet to its nest multiple times, despite being attacked by her every time it tried. Rowlet also seems to be a very relaxed Pokémon, as shown in Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio!, when it spent most of the episode not being bothered by what was going on around it, whether that included being splashed by water or being kidnapped by Team Rocket. Rowlet is often seen sleeping during the day, only waking up when it is needed by someone else, such as its Trainer. This character trait was shown in To Top a Totem! and Currying Favor and Flavor!, when Ash called Rowlet out to battle against a Totem Pokémon and its ally, only to find it sleeping, in need of awakening. In its time as a wild Pokémon, it was even seen nodding off while being lectured by its caretaker, Trumbeak. However, in Lulled to La-La Land!, Rotom noted that Rowlet shouldn't be sleeping so much. Due to its naivety and inexperience, Rowlet tends to panic when it is separated from Ash; however, this shows its closeness to Ash.

Ash and Rowlet quickly bonded after meeting each other. Rowlet likes roosting and sleeping in his backpack. Like other members of its species, Rowlet is capable of flying silently, as first shown in To Top a Totem!. In the same episode, it took a chance by fighting against the Yungoos without being commanded. Additionally, in Currying Favor and Flavor!, it was shown instinctively protecting Litten from getting hit by a Water Gun. These situations have shown that it's an independent and quick thinking Pokémon. In Trial and Tribulation!, Ash noticed this and used its ability to get the upper hand over Hala and his Crabrawler. Rowlet is also seen as a fast flyer as shown in Trials and Determinations! when it was able to dodge a Z-Move with Rockruff in tow. Rowlet has been shown to be easily startled, as shown in They Might Not Be Giants!, where it was cowering in fear from the presence of a Stoutland, despite the fact that Stoutland was only licking it out of affection. It was also shown to be happy at the thought that Ash would be brought to tears of joy after it reunites with its Trainer and at the thought of Popplio being scolded by its Trainer.

Moves used

Ash Rowlet Tackle.png
Using Tackle
Move First Used In
Leafage First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style!
Tackle Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge!
Peck Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Z-Moves used

Picture Z-Move First Used in Base Move
Ash Rowlet Breakneck Blitz.png Breakneck Blitz Young Kiawe Had a Farm! Tackle
Description: Rowlet strikes a series of synchronized poses with its Trainer to build Z-Power. It then charges at the target with a full-speed tackle.
Ash Rowlet Bloom Doom.png Bloom Doom Trials and Determinations! Leafage
Description: Rowlet strikes a series of synchronized poses with its Trainer to build Z-Power. It then becomes surrounded in a light green aura, causing the battlefield to become covered in flowers. The energy surrounding Rowlet then rapidly expands, creating a giant explosion.

In the TCG

Ash's Rowlet is featured in the TCG as of one Ash's Pokémon. The following is a list of cards featuring Rowlet.

Rowlet
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Rowlet Grass       Ash vs Team Rocket Deck Kit   001/026
 


Related articles

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



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