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Meowth(JP) is a species of Pokémon in the series of the same name. It is a Normal-type Pokémon that made its first appearance in the first generation games Red and Blue. In Alola, it has a Dark-type variant, and in Galar, it has a Steel-type variant, as well as a Gigantamax form.

Physiology and behaviour

Appearances

Main Pokémon games

Meowth was first seen in Pokémon Red and Blue and has been in almost every other Pokémon game since. It is a Scratch Cat Pokémon that is known for its high speed stat and the fact that is one of only two Pokémon to learn Pay Day (the other is its evolution Persian). It evolves into Persian at 8. It is known to be somewhat similar to other cat Pokémon such as Skitty and Glameow.

Other Pokémon games

Super Smash Bros.

It is seen in the Super Smash Bros. series as a Poké Ball Pokémon that throws coins (using the move Pay Day) at the players. It also appears a Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl that can be used by Pikachu, Jigglypuff, the Pokémon Trainer, and Lucario and boosts the power of their Slash-attribute attacks by 5, and in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Support Spirit that takes up one Spirit slot and boosts the power of thrown items when equipped.

Trophy descriptions

Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • "This...is Meowth's dream. Meowth strides all over the globe scattering invitations to other Pokémon, insisting they come to "Meowth's Party". At this wonderful party, guests are packed in like sardines as Meowth climbs up the stage with its faithful guitar. It strikes a chord, pauses, and then rocks their world."
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • "A Scratch Cat Pokémon. It's one of the most famous Pokémon and very fond of things that sparkle--the gold medallion on its head could be seen as an indicator of this infatuation. There are many Pokémon that resemble cats, but Meowth is the only one that can use Pay Day to receive coins at the end of battle. It evolves into Persian."
  • Game Boy: Pokémon Red/Blue
  • Nintendo DS: Pokémon Diamond/Pearl
Super Smash Bros. 4
  • NA: "Meowth is a Normal-type, Scratch Cat Pokémon who absolutely loves anything shiny. It's a creature of the night, and it's not unusual to discover a Meowth and a Murkrow fighting over their finds. Meowth's attack Pay Day can deal a ton of damage if an opponent gets caught in it. How purrfect!"
  • EU: "Meowth, a Normal-type Pokémon, loves round, shiny things. It runs around at night, hunting for little treasures and trinkets, but often ends up getting into fights with Murkrow about who'll get to keep them. Watch out for Meowth's Pay Day attack. If it catches you from behind, it can be purralysingly pawerful!"
  • Game Boy: Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue (09/1998)
  • Nintendo 3DS: Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (10/2013)

In the anime

Team Rocket trio

Meowth of Team Rocket with his cohorts James and Jessie.

Main article: Meowth (Team Rocket)

Several different Meowth appeared over the Pokémon anime, but the most well-known Meowth featured in the show is a member of Team Rocket. He is unlike ordinary Meowth in that he can speak human language and walks on two legs instead of four. Alongside fellow Team Rocket members Jessie and James, he engages in various evil schemes, usually attempting to steal Ash Ketchum's Pikachu, but never succeeding.

Other Meowth that appeared in the anime include Meowzie, a female Meowth that Team Rocket's Meowth fell in love with during his days as a stray Pokémon in the streets of Hollywood, and "Meowth in Boots", a Meowth belonging to Tyson, a Trainer from Hoenn.

Origin and inspiration

In-game information

Pokédex entries

Title Entry
First Pokémon generation
Pokémon Red and Blue Adores circular objects. Wanders the streets on a nightly basis to look for dropped loose change.
Pokémon Yellow Appears to be more active at night. It loves round and shiny things. It can't stop from picking them up.
Pokémon Stadium Sleeps in the daytime. At night, its eyes glow as it happily collects coins, its favorite things.
Second Pokémon generation
Pokémon Gold It is fascinated by round objects. It can't stop playing with them until it tires and falls asleep.
Pokémon Silver It loves anything that shines. It especially adores coins that it picks up and secretly hoards.
Pokémon Crystal It loves things that sparkle. When it sees a shiny object, the gold coin on its head shines too.
Third Pokémon generation
Pokémon Ruby Meowth withdraws its sharp claws into its paws to slinkily sneak about without making any incriminating footsteps. For some reason, this Pokémon loves shiny coins that glitter with light.
Pokémon Sapphire Meowth withdraws its sharp claws into its paws to slinkily sneak about without making any incriminating footsteps. For some reason, this Pokémon loves shiny coins that glitter with light.
Pokémon Emerald Meowth withdraw their sharp claws into their paws to silently sneak about. For some reason, this Pokémon loves shiny coins that glitter with light.
Pokémon FireRed All it does is sleep during the daytime. At night, it patrols its territory with its eyes aglow.
Pokémon LeafGreen Adores round objects. It wanders the streets on a nightly basis to look for dropped loose change.
Fourth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Diamond It is nocturnal in nature. If it spots something shiny, its eyes glitter brightly.
Pokémon Pearl It is nocturnal in nature. If it spots something shiny, its eyes glitter brightly.
Pokémon Platinum It is nocturnal in nature. If it spots something shiny, its eyes glitter brightly.
Pokémon HeartGold It is fascinated by round objects. It can't stop playing with them until it tires and falls asleep.
Pokémon SoulSilver It loves anything that shines. It especially adores coins that it picks up and secretly hoards.
Fifth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Black It is nocturnal in nature. If it spots something shiny, its eyes glitter brightly.
Pokémon White It is nocturnal in nature. If it spots something shiny, its eyes glitter brightly.
Pokémon Black 2 It is nocturnal in nature. If it spots something shiny, its eyes glitter brightly.
Pokémon White 2 It is nocturnal in nature. If it spots something shiny, its eyes glitter brightly.
Sixth Pokémon generation
Pokémon X It is nocturnal in nature. If it spots something shiny, its eyes glitter brightly.
Pokémon Y Adores round objects. It wanders the streets on a nightly basis to look for dropped loose change.
Pokémon Omega Ruby Meowth withdraws its sharp claws into its paws to slinkily sneak about without making any incriminating footsteps. For some reason, this Pokémon loves shiny coins that glitter with light.
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Meowth withdraws its sharp claws into its paws to slinkily sneak about without making any incriminating footsteps. For some reason, this Pokémon loves shiny coins that glitter with light.
Pokémon Sun Kantonian - It lies around all day, becoming active near dusk. At night, it wanders the city in search of loose change.
Alolan - This Pokémon was not originally found in Alola. Human actions caused a surge in their numbers, and they went feral. They're prideful and crafty.
Pokémon Moon Kantonian - It loves shiny things. It often fights with Murkrow over prey they're both trying to catch.
Alolan - When its delicate pride is wounded, or when the gold coin on its forehead is dirtied, it flies into a hysterical rage.
Pokémon Ultra Sun Kantonian - When visiting a junkyard, you may catch sight of it having an intense fight with Murkrow over shiny objects.
Alolan - It's impulsive, selfish and fickle. It's very popular with some Trainers who like giving it the attention it needs.
Pokémon Ultra Moon Kantonian - It loves coins, so if you give it one, you can make friends with Meowth easily. But it's fickle, so you can't count on that friendship lasting.
Alolan - A royal house that flourished in the distant past brought it here from another region. Meowth is both selfish and prideful.
Pokémon Let's Go
Pikachu
Kantonian - Appears to be more active at night. It loves round and shiny things. It can't stop itself from picking them up.
Alolan - Highly intelligent and prideful, it's famously difficult to handle-but that's also a reason for its popularity.
Pokémon Let's Go
Eevee
Kantonian - Appears to be more active at night. It loves round and shiny things. It can't stop itself from picking them up.
Alolan - Highly intelligent and prideful, it's famously difficult to handle-but that's also a reason for its popularity.
Eighth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Sword Kantonian - It loves to collect shiny things. If it's in a good mood, it might even let its Trainer have a look at its hoard of treasures.
Alolan - It's accustomed to luxury because it used to live with Alolan royalty. As a result, it's very picky about food.
Galarian - Living with a savage, seafaring people has toughened this Pokémon's body so much that parts of it have turned to iron.
Gigantamax - The pattern that has appeared on its giant coin is thought to be the key to unlocking the secrets of the Dynamax phenomenon.
Pokémon Shield Kantonian - It washes its face regularly to keep the coin on its forehead spotless. It doesn't get along with Galarian Meowth.
Alolan - Deeply proud and keenly smart, this Pokémon moves with cunning during battle and relentlessly attacks enemies' weak points.
Galarian - These daring Pokémon have coins on their foreheads. Darker coins are harder, and harder coins garner more respect among Meowth.
Gigantamax - Its body has grown incredibly long and the coin on its forehead incredibly large—all thanks to Gigantamax power.


Game locations

Title Location(s)
First Pokémon generation
Pokémon Red
Trade
Pokémon Blue
Routes 5, 6, 7, and 8
Pokémon Yellow
Trade
Second Pokémon generation
Pokémon Gold
Trade
Pokémon Silver
5, 6, 7, 8, 38, and 39
Pokémon Crystal
Routes 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 38, and 39Night
Third Pokémon generation
Pokémon Ruby
Trade, event
Pokémon Sapphire
Trade, event
Pokémon Emerald
Trade Skitty in Battle Frontier
Pokémon FireRed
5, 6, 7, and 8, Bond Bridge, Canyon Entrance, Cape Brink, Five Isle Meadow, Kindle Road, Ruin Valley, Sevault Canyon, Treasure Beach, Water Path
Pokémon LeafGreen
5, 6, 7, and 8, Bond Bridge, Canyon Entrance, Cape Brink, Five Isle Meadow, Kindle Road, Ruin Valley, Sevault Canyon, Treasure Beach, Water Path
Fourth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Diamond
Trophy Garden
Pokémon Pearl
Trophy Garden
Pokémon Platinum
Trophy Garden
Pokémon HeartGold
Trade
Pokémon SoulSilver
Routes 5, 6, 7, 8, 38, and 39
Fifth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Black
Trade, event
Pokémon White
Trade, event
Pokémon Black 2
Trade with Yancy in Nimbasa City (male player character only)
Pokémon White 2
Trade with Yancy in Nimbasa City (male player character only)
Sixth Pokémon generation
Pokémon X
Trade
Pokémon Y
Trade
Pokémon Omega Ruby
Breed Persian
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
Breed Persian
Seventh Pokémon generation
Pokémon Sun
Routes 1, 2, Hau'oli City, Malie Garden
Pokémon Moon
Routes 1, 2, Hau'oli City, Malie Garden
Pokémon Ultra Sun
Routes 1 and 2, Hau'oli City, Malie Garden
Pokémon Ultra Moon
Routes 1 and 2, Hau'oli City, Malie Garden
Pokémon Let's Go
Pikachu
Trade
Pokémon Let's Go
Eevee
Kantonian - Routes 24 and 25
Alolan - Trade Meowth on Cinnabar Island
Eighth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Sword
Kantonian - Trade Galarian Meowth at Turffield Stadium
Alolan - Pokémon HOME
Galarian - Route 4, Dusty Bowl, Giant's Seat, Stony Wilderness (Max Raid Battle)
Gigantamax - event only
Pokémon Shield
Kantonian - Trade Galarian Meowth at Turffield Stadium
Alolan - Pokémon HOME
Galarian - Route 4, Dusty Bowl, Giant's Seat, Stony Wilderness (Max Raid Battle)
Gigantamax - event only


Evolution

Kanto

Meowth
Reach level 28.
Persian
PKMN052 PKMN053

Alola

Meowth
Level up with high Happiness
Reach level 28 (Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!)
Persian
PKMNSM052-A PKMNSM053-A

Galar

Meowth
Reach level 28
Perrserker
PKMNSS052-G PKMNSS863


Base stats

Kanto

Base Stats
HP 40
Attack 45
Defense 35
Sp. Attack 40
Sp. Defense 40
Speed 90
Total 290

Alola

Base Stats
HP 40
Attack 35
Defense 35
Sp. Attack 50
Sp. Defense 40
Speed 90
Total 290

Galar

Base Stats
HP 50
Attack 65
Defense 55
Sp. Attack 40
Sp. Defense 40
Speed 40
Total 290

Moveset

Main article: Meowth/moveset

Gallery

Sprites

Sprites
Red Green
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Red Blue
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Yellow
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Gold
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Silver
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Crystal
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Ruby Sapphire
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Emerald
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Fire Leaf
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Diamond Pearl
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Platinum
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Heart Soul
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Black White
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Black 2 White 2
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X Y
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Pikachu Eevee
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Sword Shield
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