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ガーちゃん Gar-chan
James's Growlithe
Debuts in Holy Matrimony!
Caught at Kanto
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location James's parents' mansion
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Growlithe Mitsuru Ogata Maddie Blaustein[note 1] (EP048)
Tom Wayland (DP153)

Growlie (Japanese: ガーちゃん Gar-chan) is a Growlithe that was owned by a younger James and his first Pokémon. Eventually, James ran away from home, leaving behind his beloved Growlithe.


Original series

Growlie and James
Growlie as a puppy

As a child, Growlie was James's only friend at his parents' estate. The two were inseparable, and Growlie often comforted James whenever he had problems, especially with his parents and arranged fiancée, Jessebelle. When the stresses of home became too much, James ran away, leaving Growlie behind at the mansion. Growlie lives in an extravagant doghouse, which was so large that Ash and his friends mistook it for being the family's actual mansion. Misty even commented, to her later embarrassment, that it was the largest mansion she had ever seen.

Years later, in Holy Matrimony!, James returned to his parents' home after hearing that they had died. However, this turned out to be a hoax, designed to trick James into marrying Jessebelle. After the deception was revealed, Jessebelle trapped James in the family's dungeon. Ash, his friends, Jessie, and Meowth released Growlie from his doghouse, allowing Growlie to burst into the dungeon and rescue its long-lost master. The two were thrilled to see each other, but their reunion was cut short by Jessebelle, who subsequently attacked with her Vileplume. After defeating the Vileplume and temporarily chasing Jessebelle off the estate, James once again left home, thereby giving up his inheritance and continuing to live with Jessie and Meowth. Before he left, he told Growlie to stay behind and watch after his parents, which greatly saddened the Puppy Pokémon.

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

In The Treasure Is All Mine!, Growlie inadvertently blew Team Rocket's cover. The trio had been infiltrating one of James's vacation homes; Growlie, elated to see its master once again, pounced on the group. Growlie proceeded to help James (once again) evade his ever-pursuing family. Though they rarely see each other any more, Growlie remains protective and devoted to its master.

Personality and characteristics

Like many of James's Pokémon, Growlie has a great relationship with its master. Growlie is extremely loyal to James, and it cares deeply for him. Likewise, James cares deeply for Growlie. Growlie has been shown to be a strong fighter and a useful Pokémon, despite its few appearances throughout the series.

Moves used

Growlie Flamethrower.png
Using Flamethrower
Move First Used In
Flamethrower Holy Matrimony!
Dig The Treasure Is All Mine!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • Not including temporary Pokémon, Growlie is the first Pokémon owned by a main character to have a nickname.
    • Growlie is also the only Pokémon owned by Team Rocket to be nicknamed.
  • Growlie is loosely based upon or possibly inspired by the classic character of Petrasche in English author Marie Louise de la Ramée's 1872 novel, A Dog of Flanders.
  • Excluding temporary Pokémon, Growlie is the only Fire-type Pokémon owned by either Jessie or James.
  • Growlie is the only Pokémon owned by Team Rocket to never have been in its Trainer's active party.

See also

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


  1. Credited as "Adam Blaustein"

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