Goh's Grookey (Japanese: ゴウのサルノリ Go's Sarunori) is the thirty-third Pokémon that Goh obtained in the Kanto region, and his seventy-ninth overall. It previously belonged to Team Rocket, and was one of the Pokémon in the Rocket Prize Master. It is usually seen outside its Poké Ball
In the anime
With Team Rocket
While Team Rocket's Pelipper was flying around Vermilion City one night, it dropped the Rocket Prize Master in front of a Poké Mart, releasing Grookey from its Poké Ball in the process. The released Grookey wandered away as Pelipper scooped up its Ball and put it back in the machine. Eventually, Grookey wandered into Goh and Ash's dorm room at the Cerise Laboratory, where it latched onto Goh's arm and fell asleep.
Goh was surprised to find Grookey on his arm the next morning. After recovering from his surprise, he tried to catch it, only to be reprimanded by his Rotom Phone, who told him that Grookey already belonged to someone else. After eating breakfast, Goh and Ash decided to borrow Professor Cerise's Yamper to track down where Grookey came from. Yamper's nose eventually brought them to the Poké Mart, where they discovered through the store's security footage that it belonged to Team Rocket.
Outside the Poké Mart, Goh and the others were ambushed by Team Rocket, who captured Pikachu and Grookey in one of their nets. After Ash's Farfetch'd freed the two and retaliated against them, Team Rocket called on the Rocket Prize Master, which only yielded one Poké Ball. Jessie tried to send out the Pokémon, but nothing came out. Confused, Jessie read the pamphlet that came with the Ball, which revealed that the Pokémon that was supposed to come out was Grookey. In disbelief, Jessie commanded Grookey to return to its Ball, causing it to be recalled against its will. Now even more confused, Team Rocket used a smoke bomb to retreat to their hideout. As the smoke cleared, Goh noticed Grookey had accidentally left its stick behind while being recalled.
That night, uncomfortable without its stick, Grookey sneaked out of Team Rocket's hideout. The next day, Goh and the others found Grookey in a park in the city, and Goh returned Grookey's stick. Team Rocket, however, interrupted the reunion, demanding Grookey return to them. When Grookey refused, Team Rocket tried to put it back in its Ball by force, but Pikachu forced the Ball out of Jessie's hands. Grookey took the opportunity to break its own Poké Ball and asked Goh to catch it instead. Jessie and Goh both attempted to capture the now-released Grookey, but Grookey batted away the Team Rocket-branded Ball, allowing Goh's Poké Ball to catch it.
In Beyond Chivalry… Aiming to be a Leek Master!, Grookey was seen watching Ash's Farfetch'd and Goh's Scizor train. Later, while walking with Goh, Ash, and Pikachu to the Pokémon Center, it and Pikachu detected a wild Pokémon in some nearby bushes, which was revealed to be a tired Bellsprout. Using its restorative powers, Grookey restored Bellsprout's stamina and befriended it. Grookey then reached into Goh's pocket and pulled out a Poké Ball, asking him to catch its new friend, to which Goh obliged. Grookey was later seen watching Ash battle Rinto.
In Errand Endurance!, Goh and Chloe got into an argument about whether Grookey or Eevee was better. Ash suggested they should solve the argument by having Grookey and Eevee deliver supplements to the Cerise Laboratory. Along the way, Grookey got the two into a lot of trouble due to its mischievous nature, including dropping some of its supplements and winding up in Pelipper's bill. Eventually, however, Grookey made its way back to the laboratory, completing the errand.
In Showdown at the Gates of Warp!, Grookey was reverted into an Egg as a result of a clash between Dialga and Palkia distorting time. After Arceus stopped the fight between Dialga and Palkia, the Temporal and Spatial Pokémon repaired the distortions their fighting had caused and restored all the devolved Pokémon back to normal.
In A One-Stick Wonder!, Grookey met a Thwackey that had only one stick, instead of two. When Thwackey couldn't drum properly, Grookey offered to give its own stick to Thwackey, but it refused to take it. Using some special training, Thwackey was able to learn to drum twice the speed of the other Thwackey, making up for its lack of a second stick. Seeing Grookey happy with Thwackey, Goh offered it a chance to stay with Thwackey, but Grookey chose to stay with him instead and started grooming his hair.
In Just a Scone's Throw From Here!, Grookey helped in the battle against Team Rocket, a Perrserker, and two Galarian Meowth that had captured Cinderace's Nickit friends. It distracted their Cramorant and prevented it from using Arrokuda as a projectile. The repeated attacks eventually caused Cramorant to momentarily swallow Arrokuda, which resulted in both Pokémon getting knocked out.
In This Could be the Start of Something Big!, Grookey used its Wood Hammer to launch a joint attack at Lugia during a Raid Battle. The attack was not enough to defeat the Diving Pokémon and the battle was called off shortly after. It later attended a surprise party hosted by the Lab members commemorating Goh and Ash's departure. After that, Grookey posed for a group photo with Goh, Ash, and the others. It then set out with Goh for his journey, alongside Cinderace and Inteleon.
Personality and characteristics
Grookey is an active Pokémon prone to roughhousing, and, as observed by Goh, can be stubborn and mischievous. It likes to play with both humans and Pokémon by climbing on their heads and happily beating them on the head with its stick. This extroverted behavior initially rubbed Chloe's Eevee the wrong way, and Grookey was seen apologizing to her after it officially became one of Goh's Pokémon. Grookey is also shown to shut down when hungry and may cause trouble when it comes to food. In its debut episode, when Pikachu refused to share some of his food with it, Grookey flipped over Pikachu's bowl and began causing chaos in the kitchen.
Despite its troublemaking tendencies, Grookey was shown to not be comfortable with the idea of being one of Team Rocket's Pokémon, looking sad when Goh and Ash found out where it really came from. In contrast, it took to Goh almost immediately, greeting its new friend happily after waking up attached to his arm. Goh's act of kindness towards Grookey solidified their bond, driving it to decide to leave Team Rocket permanently. Grookey is also seen to be good with plants and other Grass-type Pokémon, thanks to its restorative abilities.
Grookey has a great relationship with its Trainer. Grookey mostly travels on Goh’s shoulder, much like Sobble used to before. In In the Palms of our Hands!, Grookey even learned a new move in order to save Goh. Grookey also has a great relationship with Ash's Pikachu, as they are often seen playing together.
|A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.|
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|This Could be the Start of Something Big!||Thunderbolt, Aura Sphere, Pyro Ball, Mud Shot, and Wood Hammer||Ash's Pikachu, Ash's Lucario, Goh's Cinderace, and Goh's Inteleon|
|Description: A combination between Thunderbolt, Aura Sphere, Pyro Ball, Mud Shot, and Wood Hammer. Cinderace kicks a Pyro Ball, which merges with Lucario's Aura Sphere before Grookey swings its Wood Hammer to send the Aura-clad fireball flying. Inteleon and Pikachu add to the attack with Mud Shot and Thunderbolt, respectively, creating a high-speed flying fireball surrounded by blue energy, mud, and electricity. This was used in a Raid Battle against a wild Lugia.|
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In the manga
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
In the games
As an opponent
- Grookey is the only Pokémon owned by an anime protagonist to have previously belonged to a villainous team.
- Grookey is also the only Pokémon owned by a main character to deliberately destroy its own Poké Ball.
- Grookey is the only one of Goh's Galar starter Pokémon to:
- Out of all starter Pokémon belonging to a main character in the anime, Grookey went the longest without using a move, at 39 episodes.
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Grookey.
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|For a detailed list of Pokémon currently owned by Goh, see here|
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