Misty's Goldeen

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Misty's Goldeen
カスミのトサキント Kasumi's Tosakinto
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Misty's Goldeen
Debuts in Pokémon Emergency!
Caught at Kanto
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location Cerulean Gym
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Goldeen Ikue Otani Veronica Taylor (EP002-EP016)
Rachael Lillis (EP019-EP256)

Misty's Goldeen (Japanese: カスミのトサキント Kasumi's Tosakinto) was one of the three original Pokémon acquired by Misty in the Kanto region prior to the start of the anime, and the first to be seen in her possession.

In the anime


Original series

Goldeen in its debut, splashing uselessly

Goldeen was first used in Pokémon Emergency! to distract Team Rocket while Ash rescued the Pokémon in the Viridian Pokémon Center. Since Goldeen was a Water Pokémon that couldn't battle on land, it uselessly flopped on the ground until Misty recalled it seconds later.

Goldeen has proved helpful when Misty and her friends need assistance swimming or locating something underwater. In Pokémon Shipwreck, Goldeen tried to find an exit out of the sunken St. Anne. Instead, it discovered Team Rocket, who would otherwise have drowned, and brought them to the surface. Later, Goldeen towed Misty to the surface, while Starmie and Squirtle followed behind with Ash and Brock. It was later sent out to attempt to drag the raft away from James's Gyarados, but they were all caught up in the Dragon Rage and sent flying. It reappeared in Tentacool & Tentacruel, where it helped Staryu and Starmie rescue sailors who had been attacked.

Orange Islands

Misty used Goldeen sparingly because it could not battle or maneuver outside of water. It often did poorly when it was called out due to its lack of battle experience. An example of this is a battle against Marina in Bye Bye Psyduck, where it lost to her Tentacruel, before Misty's Staryu took over and won.

Goldeen battling against Dorian's Qwilfish

In Snack Attack, Goldeen was sent out in an attempt to fight a wild Snorlax, but it was completely helpless and was almost eaten before being recalled.

However, in The Stun Spore Detour, Goldeen defeated James's Victreebel with ease thanks to Fury Attack, despite the type disadvantage. Its ability to use Water Gun was revealed in Viva Las Lapras, where it joined Misty's Staryu, Poliwag, and Ash's Squirtle in attacking Captain Crook's poacher ship.


In Spell of the Unown: Entei, Goldeen was called up against Molly Hale. Being underwater, Goldeen was able to fight to its full potential. Despite this, it was no match for Molly's Kingdra, who knocked it out with a single Headbutt.

In Mewtwo Returns, Goldeen was sent out alongside Misty and Brock's Pokémon to stop Giovanni and the rest of Team Rocket from recapturing Mewtwo. Their distraction gave Ash the time he needed to take Mewtwo to the top of Mount Quena so it could be healed.

In its continued infrequent usage, Goldeen fought Dorian's Qwilfish in Just Add Water, managing to land a Horn Attack after dodging Qwilfish's Tackles with Agility. Goldeen then used Supersonic, but Qwilfish shrugged off its effects and fired Pin Missile. Goldeen managed to reflect those coming its way by spinning its tail. Goldeen aimed a Horn Drill, which Qwilfish dodged. Qwilfish used another Pin Missile, hammering Goldeen from behind. A final Take Down was enough to knock Goldeen out and win the round for Dorian.

Pokémon Chronicles

Goldeen and Misty

In Luvdisc is a Many Splendored Thing!, Goldeen performed as a part of Daisy's water ballet.

Personality and characteristics

Goldeen is shown to be quite strong and fast, often being called upon to transport Misty or others in the water. In a true testament to its strength, Goldeen rescued the Team Rocket trio when they were trapped and drowning aboard the capsized St. Anne during Pokémon Shipwreck.

Goldeen wasn't seen very often due to it being a water-bound species, flailing when displaced from it. However, in water, Goldeen's potential shone through. Goldeen was shown to know a variety of techniques that helped it defeat other Pokémon, such as Victreebel in The Stun Spore Detour. Its incredible Agility and deadly Horn Attack were amongst its best techniques, though it was overwhelmingly a physical attacker. Goldeen faced difficulties against other Water-type specialists like Marina in Bye Bye Psyduck and Dorian in Just Add Water.

Moves used

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Using Agility
Misty Goldeen Water Gun.png
Using Water Gun
Move First Used In
Agility  Bye Bye Psyduck
Horn Attack  Bye Bye Psyduck
Fury Attack The Stun Spore Detour
Water Gun Viva Las Lapras
Supersonic  Just Add Water
Horn Drill  Just Add Water
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the games

In the spin-off games

Pokémon: Catch the Numbers!

Goldeen appears in Pokémon: Catch the Numbers! as one of the Pokémon the player needs to get back from Team Rocket.

In the manga

Ash & Pikachu

Goldeen in Ash & Pikachu

Misty's Goldeen appeared in The Grand Rhydon Plan.

Movie adaptations

Misty's Goldeen appeared in Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei.

Pokémon Adventures

Goldeen in Pokémon Adventures

Misty's Goldeen appeared in Punching Poliwrath, where it was used to battle the Ghost Pokémon of Agatha that were attacking Cerulean City.

Moves used

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Using Waterfall
Move First Used In
Waterfall Punching Poliwrath
Supersonic Punching Poliwrath
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
Goldeen in Pokémon Zensho

Pokémon Zensho

Misty's Goldeen appeared in Cerulean City, where it was seen in her Gym.

In the TCG

Goldeen was featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The following is a list of cards named Misty's Goldeen.

Misty's Goldeen
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Misty's Goldeen Water Gym Heroes Rare 30/132 Hanada City Gym    
Misty's Goldeen Water Gym Heroes Common 85/132 Hanada City Gym    


Artwork from the
Hanada City Gym Theme Deck


  • Despite debuting in Pokémon Emergency, Goldeen did not actually use an attack until Bye Bye Psyduck, 89 episodes later.
  • Despite being infamous for being all but useless on land, in Pikachu & Pichu, Goldeen is seen being able to hop around on land to move.
  • Goldeen's only onscreen victory was in The Stun Spore Detour against James's Victreebel.
  • Goldeen is the first Pokémon belonging to a main character to use a multi-strike move.
  • Despite Goldeen being in Misty's possession throughout the entire Johto arc of the original series, which consisted of 156 episodes, it physically appeared in only 12 episodes during that time.

Related articles

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

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