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Goh (Japanese: ゴウ Gou) is a protagonist of Pokémon Journeys: The Series of the Pokémon anime, and one of Ash's traveling companions. His goal is to catch Mew, while his dream is to catch every Pokémon.
In the anime
As seen in Enter Pikachu!, when he was six, Goh was invited by his childhood friend Chloe to go to Professor Oak's Pokémon Summer Camp with her. During their visit to Pallet Town, Goh and Chloe encountered the Mythical Pokémon Mew. The two chased after the unknown Pokémon, but it eventually got away in the aftermath of a baby Kangaskhan rescue. Professor Oak later told them the Pokémon they saw was most likely Mew. Motivated, Goh swore that he would become a Pokémon Trainer when he turned ten, and one day catch Mew.
As revealed in A Snow Day for Searching!, Goh was always alone during his childhood because his parents Camille and Walker were often very busy at work. Because of that, he always ended up staying at home alone waiting for them. During that time, he was always distracted by his constant online researching sessions. Despite this, he was always proud of what his family did.
Three years prior, during a family trip to Azalea Town, Goh befriended Horace, who was looking for the Mythical Pokémon Celebi. Goh offered to help with the search, but as night closed in, the boys promised to meet up again the next day. However, Horace didn't show up, leading Goh to feel betrayed.
In Legend? Go! Friends? Go!, Goh witnessed a Lugia appearing in the skies above Vermilion City. He chased Lugia down and managed to latch onto its tail, where he met another Trainer named Ash. Lugia allowed the boys to ride on its back as it soared through the skies and dived down into the ocean. Having bonded over the sights and the Pokémon they saw during the ride, Goh decided to accept Ash as his friend. After parting ways with Lugia, Goh and Ash returned to the Cerise Laboratory, where they informed everyone about their encounter. Impressed by the information on Lugia that they brought back, Professor Cerise offered them a position as research fellows, which they accepted. Cerise later allowed Goh to pick from a set of Kanto starter Pokémon for his debut as a Trainer, but Goh rejected all of them, stating he wanted his first Pokémon to be Mew.
In Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower!, Goh and Ash received their first task as research fellows: to investigate a sudden outbreak of Ivysaur and Bulbasaur in the city. To aid their mission, Cerise had two Rotom enter Goh and Ash's smartphones, upgrading each into a Rotom Phone. After following the Seed Pokémon to a Gym under construction, Goh and Ash were attacked by Team Rocket, who planned to steal the Ivysaur and Bulbasaur. Despite the powerful Pokémon they received from the Rocket Prize Master, Team Rocket was defeated by Ash's Pikachu and sent blasting off. Goh and Ash then discovered that the Ivysaur had gone to the Gym to find a high place for them to absorb the sunlight needed to evolve into Venusaur. They watched as the evolution process released pollen into the air, making flowers around the city bloom.
In Settling the Scorbunny!, Goh and Ash traveled to the Galar region to research the Dynamax phenomenon. While they waited for the train to the Wild Area to arrive, Goh and Ash decided to eat some scones at a store in Wyndon, only to have their food stolen by a wild Scorbunny and its Nickit friends. After Ash battled and defeated Scorbunny, Goh bonded with it, even choosing to lie to the store owner by saying Scorbunny belonged to him when the Nickit stole more of his food. After hearing Scorbunny's backstory from the store owner, Goh gave it words of encouragement before he and Ash left. Goh and Ash eventually made it to their train, completely unaware that Scorbunny had taken a liking to Goh and started to follow him.
In Mind-Boggling Dynamax!, Goh and Ash made it to the Wild Area, where they encountered a large Snorlax. Mistakenly assuming its size was due to Dynamax, Goh and Ash tried studying the Sleeping Pokémon, only for Scorbunny to appear and interrupt them. Scorbunny wished to join Goh's team, but it was turned down as Goh still wanted his first Pokémon to be Mew. Snorlax then activated Gigantamax, making its body so large that it covered a nearby train track, putting it at risk of being hit by an incoming train. By teaming up with Scorbunny, Goh managed to get Snorlax to move by luring it with a Sitrus Berry. Praising its skill, Goh changed his mind about Mew and instead caught Scorbunny as his first Pokémon. After returning to the Cerise Laboratory, Goh introduced Scorbunny as his first-ever Pokémon to Professor Cerise.
In Working My Way Back to Mew!, Goh became inspired to fill up his Pokédex by catching lots of Pokémon as part of his quest to obtain Mew. Together with Ash, Goh traveled to a nearby forest, where he caught one of each Bug-type native to Kanto. The next day, Professor Cerise introduced Goh to the Cerise Park, allowing Goh to store any Pokémon he caught on his journey.
In Serving Up the Flute Cup!, Ash told Goh to come with him to the Hoenn Battle Frontier, where he entered them into the Battle Frontier Flute Cup tournament. Despite having the type advantage, Goh was defeated in the first battle by Hodge without managing to land a single hit on his opponent. Frustrated by his loss, Goh decided that catching Pokémon was better than battling and ran off to continue filling up his Pokédex. He later returned in time to watch the final match between Ash and Hodge, which ended in Ash's victory. As they returned home, Goh apologized to Ash for his earlier outburst, having come to see battling in a new light through his observation of the final match.
In Flash of the Titans!, Goh and Ash watched the World Coronation Series at Wyndon Stadium. They watched as Leon defeated Lance in the finals and subsequently earned the title of Monarch. Shortly afterwards, a Gigantamax Drednaw attacked the stadium. In the next episode, Goh and Ash battled Drednaw, but they were unable to harm it until Pikachu was accidentally exposed to Dynamax energy, causing to Gigantamax as well. With guidance from Leon, Ash and Pikachu defeated Drednaw, reverting it back to its normal state. The next day, Goh watched as Ash had an unofficial battle with Leon that ended in the latter's victory. As they returned home, Ash revealed that he planned to enter the World Coronation Series and hopefully battle Leon again in the finals.
In Kicking It from Here Into Tomorrow!, Scorbunny attempted to use Ember after Darmanitan taunted it for being unable to use Fire-type moves. Goh told Scorbunny not to bother as he felt its current moveset was good enough. During a battle with Team Rocket, Scorbunny tried to use Ember despite not having mastered the move, but this led to it being defeated by Team Rocket's Chewtle. When Goh criticized Scorbunny for trying too hard, it ran off to go train by itself. Later, after another clash with Team Rocket, Goh finally understood Scorbunny's passion and told it to kick a pebble with its heated-up feet. This allowed Scorbunny to master Ember, who proceeded to evolve into a Raboot before sending Team Rocket blasting off again. When asked to celebrate with a high-five, Raboot simply ignored Goh and walked away.
In Goodbye, Friend!, while in Littleroot Town, Raboot stopped a pair of Zigzagoon from stealing Ash's backpack. During their stay, Goh noticed that Raboot had been sneaking out at night, prompting him and Ash to follow it. They discovered that Raboot had befriended the Zigzagoon as well as a Lombre and had been spending the nights giving them dance lessons. When Raboot struggled against a Loudred trio in a dance battle for territory, Goh, Ash, and Pikachu stepped in to provide a beat for Raboot and its friends to dance to, enabling them to win the battle. The next day, Goh decided to leave Raboot in Hoenn, believing it would be happier with its new friends than with him. When Ash asked if he told Raboot first, Goh quickly regretted his decision. To his relief, Raboot had followed them onto the train. Afterwards, Goh and Raboot settled their differences and reconciled.
In Sobbing Sobble!, Goh encountered a Sobble in Wyndon. He tried befriending the Water Lizard Pokémon, only for it to run away and hide by blending into its surroundings. Frustrated, Goh blindly threw a Poké Ball at the fountain Sobble was hiding in, accidentally catching it. Later, a failed attempt to catch a Silicobra led to Sobble running away. Goh and Ash eventually found Sobble captured by Team Rocket. After hearing Goh praise it despite its timid nature, Sobble broke free from its cage, only to be pinned down by one of Team Rocket's Pokémon, causing it to cry. Sobble's tears kept Team Rocket distracted long enough for Goh and Ash to send them blasting off.
In Time After Time!, Goh returned to Ilex Forest during another family vacation to Azalea Town. His anger towards Horace was resolved when he found a letter from him at the Ilex Forest shrine, which explained why he didn't show up, and then reunited with Horace as he was passing through.
In That New Old Gang of Mine!, Goh and Ash arrived on Melemele Island in the Alola region. There, Goh met Ash's Alolan friends, Kiawe, Mallow, Lana, and Sophocles. After being challenged by Kiawe to see if he was worthy of being Ash's rival, Goh denied this claim and stated he was Ash's friend and research fellow partner. The battle was called off after Goh's Raboot failed to stop Kiawe's Turtonator's Inferno Overdrive. Despite Goh's loss, his refusal to back down even when attacked by a powerful Z-Move impressed Kiawe, who asked Goh to take care of Ash. Afterward, everyone spent time on an island, where Goh caught an Alolan Exeggutor.
In Sword and Shield: Slumbering Weald!, Goh and Ash were sent to Galar to investigate various incidents where Pokémon suddenly began Dynamaxing at random. Shortly after arriving, Goh and Ash chased a wild Bunnelby into the Slumbering Weald, where they encountered Zamazenta and Zacian. Their attempts to catch and battle the two Legendary Pokémon ended in failure as they were merely illusions. After exiting the forest, Goh met with Sonia again and headed with her to investigate the ruins in Turffield. In the following episode, Sonia took Goh to visit her grandmother Professor Magnolia to learn more about Dynamax. Goh later received a Dynamax Band from Sonia, which was fashioned from a Wishing Star they found outside. The next day, at the Stow-on-Side mural, Goh and Sonia were approached by Oleana's subordinate, who aimed to stop the duo's research. Goh Dynamaxed Raboot to battle Oleana's subordinate's Gigantamax Garbodor, but the clash broke the mural, revealing a statue of Zacian and Zamazenta underneath.
In Sword and Shield: "From Here to Eternatus!", after defeating Oleana's subordinate, Goh and Sonia fled the area and drove off to the Slumbering Weald. They called out to Zacian and Zamazenta, asking for their help in stopping the Darkest Day. Zacian and Zamazenta's illusions led them to the Rusted Sword and Shield. Goh took the weapons and went with Sonia to Hammerlocke to meet with Ash, but was stopped by Oleana. In the following episode, Goh and Raboot defeated Oleana's Milotic after Raboot evolved into Cinderace, learning Pyro Ball in the process. Goh and Ash reunited on the top of Hammerlocke Stadium, where they witnessed Leon losing to Eternatus, the true identity of the Darkest Day. The Rusted Shield and Sword summoned Zamazenta and Zacian, who aided Goh and Ash in battling Eternatus. Once it was weakened enough, Goh managed to catch Eternatus, who was later sealed away to prevent its power from causing more harm to Galar. With he crisis over, Goh and Ash returned to the Slumbering Weald, where they returned the Rusted Shield and Sword and thanked Zamazenta and Zacian for their assistance.
Goh looking at his smart phone
Goh is a stylish city boy who prefers to stay calm and collected, in contrast to the more instinctive and adventurous Ash. His overconfidence has left him isolated from other people, with the exception of his friends Chloe and Ash. According to Chloe, Goh has been known to skip school to wander around town, much to her chagrin. Despite his calm personality, he can become hot-blooded when his opinion is challenged, and he will not hesitate to defend others when he sees them being mistreated, which helped him bond with a wild Scorbunny in Settling the Scorbunny!. Goh likes to throw his Poké Balls with a curve, but his aim tends to be off. Though he seems athletic, Goh lacks good climbing skills despite his efforts to get better at it. He is highly knowledgeable about Pokémon, being fairly adept at information-gathering and analyzing, both of which were useful in gathering clues. Despite his deep knowledge of Pokémon, Goh is still a rookie Trainer and lacks experience, best evidenced by his tendency to throw Poké Balls at any Pokémon he encounters, rather than weaken them through battle as is the usual practice. This usually backfires on Goh in the long run. For example, in A Test in Paradise!, he recklessly wasted all of the Poké Balls he was given to catch a single Dewgong, which resulted in him being unable to catch the Dratini evolutionary line when he and Ash encountered them on Dragonite Island. His lack of expertise is also evidenced in his battles, where he shows a tactical, by-the-book approach of exploiting type advantages, but is unable to properly respond against more seasoned adversaries, which leads to a crushing defeat. Goh tends to yell "Go!" when sending out his Pokémon or throwing Poké Balls.
Goh's encounter with Mew when he was six inspired him to become a Trainer, and he initially wanted Mew to be his starter Pokémon, even going as far as rejecting Professor Cerise's starter Pokémon in favor of the Mythical Pokémon. However, during his visit to Galar, a wild Scorbunny took a liking to Goh as it followed him and Ash to the Wild Area. While Goh initially politely rejected Scorbunny, he soon changed his mind after working together with Scorbunny to solve a crisis involving a Gigantamax Snorlax and decided to make the Rabbit Pokémon as his first Pokémon partner instead. Goh and Scorbunny are alike in that they both dislike losing their friends, especially one another. Goh and Scorbunny would high five each other whenever something good happened.
Goh shares a very close friendship with Chloe due to him knowing her since they were little. At times, Goh brushes off Chloe's concerns for him but knows that she is just looking out for him. When he was little, Goh only wanted Chloe as his friend and nobody else. However, after meeting and getting to know Ash, Goh realized he needed to make friends besides Chloe and accepted him as one. Goh's friendship with Ash is very strong, though they sometimes get competitive and annoyed with each other and even butt heads. Ever since the events in Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower!, Goh seems to strongly admire Ash for his determination, passion, and compassion for Pokémon, especially the extraordinary bond he shares with his Pikachu.
Because one of his goals is to catch every Pokémon and complete his Pokédex, Goh catches a lot of Pokémon species, including multiple members of the same evolutionary family. Currently, Goh is known to own 75 Pokémon, with 77 unique Pokémon species registered in his Pokédex. During his journey, Goh has encountered some Trainers with similar goals, such as Shane Seeker, who seeks to capture all Shiny Pokémon, and Kricketina Kylie, a Bug-type Pokémon collector.
In Working My Way Back to Mew!, Goh managed to capture all Generation I Bug-type Pokémon, which, according to Kricketina Kylie, makes him Kanto's "Bug Pokéking". During his research, Goh has access to several of his Pokémon, rotating between them. The only fixed members on his team are Cinderace and Sobble.
This list is of the recurring Pokémon owned by Goh that played roles in multiple episodes.
| Dugtrio was the leader of a group of Diglett that were eating the crops at Endo Farm. It was ultimately caught by Goh in order to stop them. However, after Goh realized Diglett and Dugtrio also help cultivate the soil, he gave Dugtrio to Endo so that it could continue to work for the benefit of the farm.
Dugtrio's known moves are Dig, Bulldoze, and Sand Tomb.
Goh's prize for winning the Pokémon Grand Eating Contest
Goh has competed in the following competitions:
In the manga
Daisuki ♥ Pocket Monsters
Goh appears as a character in Daisuki ♥ Pocket Monsters.
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Goh in the Pocket Monsters manga
Goh appears as a main character in Pocket Monsters, playing the same role as he does in the Pokémon Journeys: The Series.
Kept at Cerise Park
Goh has competed in the following competitions:
In the games
Goh appears in an event based on Pokémon Journeys: The Series from November 6, 2020 to November 12, 2020, as the character's clothes are available for the player's avatar. Just as during this period, an image of Goh appears during Photo Boomb, when this occurs a Scyther appears to be captured. Other Pokémon based on Goh's captures during the series also appeared more in the wild, such as Golurk and Cubone.
Goh appears as a character in Pokémon Ga-Olé's Grand Rush set 4 as part of a tie-in with the anime. Goh replaced the Experienced Trainer that would normally appear in Golden Chance as well as Mister Trade who would normally appear in Trade Chance! He, along with Ash, also appeared as opponents in Trainer and Battle Mode, which was available to challenge from February 24, 2020. This was considerably earlier into the set's duration compared to other sets—the fourth Ultra Legend set, which also featured special opponents in Trainer and Battle Mode, shares this trait. The lineup included one new Trainer class in addition to Ash and Goh, who had their hometown as part of their name instead of "Pokémon Trainer". Promotional disks could also be dispensed for an additional ¥100 following battles with Goh or Ash, with 'WINNER' versions available to players who successfully defeated their teams. Players facing Goh could receive a Scorbunny disk.
| Vermilion City's Goh|
| Difficulty: ★★★★☆
- As of Time After Time!, Goh has more individual Pokémon species under his current ownership than any other main character, including Ash.
- However, Ash has owned more individual Pokémon species overall.
- Goh is Ash's first traveling companion to be officially classified as a protagonist instead of simply a traveling companion.
- Goh is left-handed.
- Goh's catching style is mainly based on the gameplay mechanics of Pokémon GO and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, all of which feature catching wild Pokémon without having to battle them.
- Goh is the first main character to:
- Goh is the first main character other than Ash to:
- Own more than one starter Pokémon from the concurrent generation.
- Own a Pikachu.
- Own at least one Pokémon species from all eight core series regions.
- Own at least one Pokémon species of every type.
- Goh's backpack resembles that of Victor from Pokémon Sword and Shield.
- Goh's height is around 4'7" (140 cm).
|| ゴウ Go
|| From Pokémon GO and/or Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!; possibly named after Gō Ichinose
German, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian,
|| Same as his Japanese name
|| 고우 Gou
|| Transcription of his Japanese name
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 小豪 Xiǎo Háo
|| From the Japanese name 豪 Gō
|| Го Go
|| Transcription of his English name
|| โก Go
|| Transcription of his Japanese name
|| Same as his Japanese name