Gary's Arcanine

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Gary's Arcanine
シゲルのウインディ Shigeru's Windie
Poké Ball
Gary Arcanine.png
Gary's Arcanine
Debuts in The Battle of the Badge
Caught at Kanto
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location Professor Oak's Laboratory
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Arcanine Katsuyuki Konishi

Gary's Arcanine (Japanese: シゲルのウインディ Shigeru's Windie) was a Pokémon obtained by Gary during his journey in the Kanto region.

In the anime


Arcanine and Gary


Arcanine debuted in The Battle of the Badge. Gary sent it out to battle Giovanni's Kingler at the Viridian City Gym. Despite having a type disadvantage, Arcanine came out on top and defeated the Water-type. However, both his Arcanine and Nidoking were then defeated by Mewtwo, leaving Gary confused as to both why he lost and what kind of Pokémon he had just battled.

This battle was seen again briefly from Mewtwo's perspective in Mewtwo Strikes Back and its remake Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution.


In Extreme Pokémon!, Gary used Arcanine to compete in the Extreme Pokémon Race. Ash initially thought Gary was mistreating the Pokémon, but after learning that it wasn't hurt, he competed as well. Ash decided to compete with his Bayleef, which proved to be a good choice. During the competition, Team Rocket tried to catch Arcanine. They failed however, thanks to Ash's intervention and after defeating the trio with the help of Gary, both decided to continue the competition where Ash ultimately defeated Gary with great effort in his first victory over his great rival.

In Can't Beat the Heat!, Gary used Arcanine during the second half of his Silver Conference battle against Ash, where it was pitted against Ash's Snorlax. Although it dodged Snorlax's Body Slam, Arcanine's Take Down and Fire Spin had minimal effect on Snorlax, who then knocked it out with Hyper Beam.

After he decided to become a Pokémon Researcher, Gary left Arcanine, along with most of his other Pokémon, with his grandfather.

Personality and characteristics

Arcanine is one of the strongest Pokémon in Gary's team. In its first appearance, it was strong enough to beat an opponent with a type advantage in only three blows. Arcanine was fast enough to put Gary in a comfortable position in the Extreme Pokémon Race even with the many unforeseen events that occurred during the race's duration. Gary appears to have enough confidence in Arcanine that he even kissed his Poké Ball before sending it into battle. In addition, in the Japanese version of its debut episode, Gary refers to Arcanine as being "My honey" (ぼくのハニー), strongly suggesting that it was one of his favorite Pokémon.

Moves used

Gary Arcanine Fire Blast.png
Using Fire Blast
Move First Used In
Take Down The Battle of the Badge
Fire Spin The Battle of the Badge*
Fire Blast The Battle of the Badge
Flame Wheel Extreme Pokémon!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the manga

Arcanine in the Ash & Pikachu manga
Arcanine in Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution
Arcanine in The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Ash & Pikachu

Arcanine only appeared on the scoreboard in One Half Of A Poké Ball.

Movie adaptations

Arcanine appeared in Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution. Gary used it in his Gym battle against Giovanni alongside Nidoking, where it was overwhelmed by Mewtwo's Psychic powers.

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Gary owns Arcanine in The Electric Tale of Pikachu. It appears to be his main Pokémon.

He is first shown in Ash vs. Gary where Gary uses it to try to capture a giant Slowpoke. When the Slowpoke was taken away by some mysterious people, he sends it out to search for the people responsible for stealing the Slowpoke. It was able to find them at the same time Ash did. It was stopped by Team Rocket's transforming machines when Meowth sprayed water. Despite his efforts Arcanine has had little success in battle. Arcanine continued the search for Team Rocket afterwards. Unlike the last time, Arcanine was able to get to Team Rocket before Ash arrived. Pikachu was able to find the giant Slowpoke and they find out that this Slowpoke can hypnotize people. Gary has Arcanine battle it to prevent it from hypnotizing people but it had very little success in doing so as Arcanine was stopped by a Disable and was frozen by Ice Beam. Afterwards, it becomes hypnotized along with Gary's other Pokémon.

Arcanine also appears in Epilogue: Wild Type alongside to Ash's Pikachu.

In spin-off games

Pokémon Puzzle League

Arcanine is one of Gary's three Pokémon in Pokémon Puzzle League, being used in the game's final challenge.


Growlithe and Gary

Related articles

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

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