Art from the Sun & Moon series.
|Age||15 (as of debut)|
|Relatives||Flint (father), Lola (mother), Forrest (brother), eight other siblings|
|Trainer class||Gym Leader, Pokémon Breeder|
|Leader of||Pewter Gym|
|Specializes in||Rock types|
|Anime debut||Showdown in Pewter City|
|English voice actor|| Eric Stuart (EP005-AG145)|
Bill Rogers (AG146-present) (MoMP)
|Japanese voice actor||Yūji Ueda|
Brock (Japanese: タケシ Takeshi) is an aspiring Pokémon Doctor from Pewter City and a former traveling partner of Ash. He used to be the Gym Leader of the Pewter Gym, handing out the Boulder Badge to Trainers who defeated him.
Brock journeyed with Ash through the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh regions in his pursuit of improving his skills as a Pokémon Breeder. Eventually, he decided to return home and study to become a Pokémon Doctor.
In the anime
Prior to joining Ash at the end of Showdown in Pewter City, Flint left the family home to pursue his own ventures. As a result, Brock assumed the responsibility of running the Pewter Gym while also taking care of his nine younger siblings on his own.
As Ash's traveling companion
In Showdown in Pewter City, after Brock awarded Ash the Boulder Badge, Flint came forward and confessed who he was. Flint took on the responsibilities of the Pewter Gym and his family, leaving Brock free to journey with Ash and Misty.
Brock only became the Gym Leader because he felt it was his responsibility, and he admitted to Ash that he would rather care for Pokémon than battle them. It was his dream to become a great Pokémon Breeder, and when Flint took back control of the Gym, Brock was allowed to start following this dream.
Brock was also able to meet and make advances towards the many beautiful women he met. At first, he was more casual about approaching women, such as Officer Jenny in The Water Flowers of Cerulean City, and more modest as well, such as when he met Melanie in Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village. However, he became more open and passionate towards almost all single young women as time progressed.
Brock briefly left the show during the Orange Islands saga to work for Professor Ivy on Valencia Island and so is only seen in a couple of cameos in the second movie. While there, something happened that will probably remain secret as Brock will only huddle and say "that name" whenever he is asked about it. In the English dub of Destiny Deoxys, he mentioned his work for her. After this incident, Brock returned to Kanto where he was found by Delia Ketchum, who helped him to regain his strength. Brock then became a rival to Mimey until he rejoined Ash and Misty as the three traveled to Johto.
At the end of Ash and his friends' journey in Johto, the three went their separate ways, with Brock's help requested at home by his father.
Upon his return home, Brock was dismayed to find that his mother had returned and commandeered the Gym, turning the Rock-type haven into a brightly decorated Water-type den. Brock battled her for the honor of Rock types and won, promising his brother Forrest that he would become Gym Leader someday.
After that, Brock returned to follow Ash through Hoenn, along with their new friends May and Max, and then through Kanto again as Ash took on the Kanto Battle Frontier. He left briefly when the Advanced Generation series ended in order to visit his home, but quickly returned to travel with Ash and Dawn in Sinnoh. Near the end of the Sinnoh saga, Brock began to show interest in becoming a Pokémon Doctor, and so, rather than following Ash to Unova to advise him, decided to remain in Kanto to study.
Brock is among the longest-running main characters in the anime, having been present in nearly every episode between Showdown in Pewter City and Memories are Made of Bliss!, with the notable exception of the Orange Islands saga, the final original series episode, the first three episodes of the Advanced Generation series, and the first episode of the Diamond & Pearl series. His tenure is ranked under Ash and Pikachu, who have appeared in every episode. It is also ranked under Jessie, James, and Meowth, who also have appeared in every episode except for the very first episode; AG120; and a few episodes of the Best Wishes series, the XY series, and the Sun & Moon series.
Brock made an appearance in DPS02, where it was revealed that, while waiting to attend a Pokémon medical school, he had been studying hard at home as well as helping out at the Pewter City Pokémon Center. In the episode, he played a major role in helping Forrest to officially become the Pewter City Gym Leader when it is revealed that his father never informed the Pokémon League of the title change.
Brock was mentioned in Expedition to Onix Island!, when Dawn learned that Cilan cooks for himself, Ash and Iris. She said this was similar to the way Brock used to for her and Ash before he decided to become a Pokémon Doctor. He also appeared in flashbacks in The Mystery of the Missing Cubchoo! and The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!. In addition, he appeared in a fantasy in The Dream Continues!.
Brock appeared in person in BWS01, where it was revealed that he had attended the Pokémon medical school and had been sent to Johto to apprentice under a Pokémon Doctor as part of his training. While passing through the town he bumped into Pokémon Connoisseur Cilan briefly, then encountered him again when Cilan took his Pansage to be treated at the town's Pokémon Center after it was injured by a Gyarados. While waiting for it to recover, the two encountered the beginning Trainer Ayumi who was having trouble teaching her Pikachu to use Thunderbolt; Brock was very impressed with Cilan's talents as Cilan helped Pikachu master the move. Later, when the Gyarados that Cilan encountered earlier started to rampage due to being injured by the poacher Amer, Brock spotted that it was injured, so after Pansage's Grass Whistle put it to sleep, Brock was able to quickly treat it. Afterwards, the two said goodbye to each other and continued their separate travels, having never learned their names or that Ash was a mutual friend of theirs.
Brock reappeared in several Sun & Moon series episodes, first reappearing with Alola, Kanto!. Brock reunited with Ash when he and his classmates arrived at the Kanto airport, where he also used his expertise as a Pokémon Doctor to diagnose Lillie's Snowy's airsickness as harmless. Brock and Misty then compared Kantonian and Alolan Pokémon with the class at Professor Oak's Laboratory. Later, Brock and the rest of the group worked together to defeat Team Rocket, who Brock was angry to find were still up to their old tactics of stealing Pokémon. Afterwards, the group had a party and learned from Professor Kukui that the class had plans to head to Cerulean City for a Gym battle.
In When Regions Collide!, the group arrived at Cerulean City, where Brock and Misty assisted Professor Kukui's lecture on the mechanics of Gym battles and the Pokémon League. Brock defeated Lillie and Sophocles in a Multi Battle, then used his Mega Steelix to defeat Kiawe and his Turtonator. He and Misty then bade Ash and his classmates farewell and accepted Ash's offer to visit Alola sometime in the future.
In Alola, Alola!, Brock accompanied Misty to Alola and met up with Ash and his classmates. Stopping by the Pokémon Center, he flirted with Nurse Joy, only to be stopped by Misty. He remained behind to assist Nurse Joy as she treated a Yungoos.
In Heart of Fire! Heart of Stone!, Brock and Misty accompanied Ash and his classmates to Akala Island. They visited Paniola Ranch, where a Kangaskhan was threatening the Pokémon after its baby was injured. Using a Comfey that Nurse Joy had given him, Brock was able to treat the baby Kangaskhan's injury. Later, upon meeting Island Kahuna Olivia, Brock immediately fell in love with her and they agreed to a battle. Brock used Sudowoodo against her Lycanroc, but the battle was interrupted when Team Rocket attempted to steal the Pokémon. Brock teamed up with Olivia to turn Lycanroc's Continental Crush into the shape of a heart, which defeated Team Rocket. At the end of the episode, Brock returned to Kanto alongside Misty.
Brock also made a cameo appearance in the ending credits of I Choose You!.
Prior to joining Ash on his journey, Brock had become increasingly frustrated and harsh towards challengers as a result of his responsibilities as both the Pewter City Gym Leader and the main caretaker for his nine younger siblings. Even while traveling, he would think of his family, returning home on several occasions like in A Family That Battles Together Stays Together!.
Brock is noticeably mature, wise, and levelheaded, often acting as an older brother and caretaker to the other characters and a voice of reason in disputes. He will usually place others before himself and will support his friends even against his better judgment or at his own expense. Brock always carries books and maps with him, and thus is usually the character who knows where the group is headed and what they can do when they get there. However, in the Advanced Generation series, this role was mostly taken over by Max, who owned a PokéNav.
He is renowned for his domestic abilities like sewing, vacuuming, and, most notably, cooking, which Ash and the others always enjoy without fail. The capacity of Brock's Bag is endless, as seen in The School of Hard Knocks, where it is capable of containing full tea-sets, tables, and cooking utensils. He also carries a lot of other supplies, such as Potions and Pokémon food, though he has to make pit stops in towns so he could restock the group's supplies.
Despite this, all of his maturity and rationality leaves him completely at the sight of a beautiful woman, and he is extremely passionate over the prospect of finding the girl of his dreams, though he is usually never successful in wooing a woman. Despite this, a few women have been known to show interest in him, such as Wilhomena, Temacu, Natalie, Lucy, Holly, Autumn, Narissa, Lizabeth, and Olivia. Despite his failures, Brock remains determined to find a girl to start a relationship with, and has indicated several times he would stop traveling with Ash and stay with the girl if this happened. This behavior tends to wear on the nerves of other characters, and Misty and Max have both commonly dragged Brock away from women by his ear. In addition, some of Brock's own Pokémon, most notably Croagunk, have attacked him for getting too flirtatious with women.
He also carries a small blue journal containing information on every girl he meets, referring to it in The Rise of Darkrai as his "Little Blue Book of Babes". It most recently appeared in Heart of Fire! Heart of Stone! and featured Island Kahuna Olivia.
His love of the Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy family lines, in particular, can be overbearing and embarrassing for his friends. Brock can also tell whether they are real or impostors, as well as make out subtle physical differences between them. This "ability" has been used multiple times in the series.
Brock was not shown to battle often in spite of his experience as a former Gym Leader, though he happily accepts challenges from girls like Miki, Molly Hale, and Olivia. Instead, he tended to advise Ash on battle strategies and keenly watched matches from the sidelines, seeing the knowledge as valuable to understanding a Pokémon in its entirety.
His goals have played a passive role in his development, and Brock's overall role has generally been one as support for other main characters, usually contributing more in terms of wisdom and comedic antics than the action of the series. Unlike other characters, who aspire to achieve and excel in competitive fields like Pokémon training and Pokémon Contests, his initial aim to become a great Pokémon Breeder was a quiet one and thus did not get showcased frequently. Brock's experience with Vulpix taught him a lot about conditioning and nutrition, while further knowledge came from raising Happiny and Bonsly. He questioned whether he was actually pursuing his dreams like his friends near the end of the Diamond & Pearl series, and ultimately decided to become a Pokémon Doctor instead.
As Gym tradition dictated, Brock's first Pokémon, Onix and Geodude, were Rock types. However, once he was able to leave the Pewter Gym and go on a journey, he has dedicated himself to learn about how to care for a variety of Pokémon. As he has stated in Battling A Cute Drama!, his philosophy is that the important thing about being a Pokémon Trainer is the bond between Trainer and Pokémon.
His Pokémon tend to be an eclectic mix of types and dispositions. However, all of his Pokémon tend to have strong bonds with Brock and have been shown to be very capable battlers, despite the fact that Brock does not go out of his way to train his Pokémon. Brock grooms not only his Pokémon but also those of his friends with whom he travels.
Onix → Steelix ↔ Mega Steelix
Zubat → Golbat → Crobat
Bonsly → Sudowoodo ♂
At Pewter Gym / Home
Pineco → Forretress
Lotad → Lombre → Ludicolo
Mudkip → Marshtomp
Egg → Happiny → Chansey ♀
Caught for someone else
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|Ash, Brock and Misty borrowed Hoothoot from Hagatha in order to navigate the haunted forest. It was returned to her sister, Nagatha after they were able to get to the exit.|
When Ash and Misty started arguing whose Lure Ball had caught a wild Totodile, Brock took the Big Jaw Pokémon under his custody and declared a match to determine who would get to keep it. After Ash had won the battle, Brock gave the Totodile to him.
|Debut||The Totodile Duel|
|Brock commanded a Ninetales during a battle with Team Rocket.|
|Debut||Just Waiting on a Friend|
|In order to help Nurse Joy cure a Nuzleaf who is very sick, Brock temporarily rode on Shiftry to retrieve some medicine at the Pokémon Center.|
|Debut||Jump for Joy!|
When the group got separated by a Rollout attack coming from Graveler and Golem, Staravia ended up staying with Brock. Similar to his role with Ash, Staravia also served as a lookout Pokémon when Brock was searching for Ash and Dawn.
|Debut||Two Degrees of Separation!|
Turtwig stayed with Brock when its Trainer got separated in the maze by a group of Graveler and Golem. Later, when everyone was found on two sides of the maze, Brock commanded Turtwig to use Razor Leaf to break down one side of the wall.
|Debut||Gettin' Twiggy With It!|
Aipom went with Brock after getting separated from her Trainer in the maze by a group of Graveler and Golem. Later, when everyone was found on two sides of the maze, Brock commanded Aipom to use Swift to break down one side of the wall.
| Brock trained a Magnemite during the first day of the summer school academy.
Magnemite's only known move is Thunder.
|Debut||Camping It Up!|
| Onix was used in the first leg of the triathlon.
None of Onix's moves are known.
|Debut||One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!|
| Brock used a Feraligatr in the second leg of the triathlon.
None of Feraligatr's moves are known.
|Debut||One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!|
|Debut||Alola to New Adventure!|
Brock has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:
- P1 Grand Prix - Round 1 (The Punchy Pokémon)
- Big P Pokémon Race - DNF (The Flame Pokémon-athon!)
- Pokémon Beauty Contest - N/A (with Suzie; Beauty and the Breeder)
- Pokémon Balloon Race - Winner (with Ash and Misty; tied with Skyler and Tenma; The Big Balloon Blow-Up)
- Pokémon Orienteering - N/A (Off the Unbeaten Path)
- Gardenia Contest - Runner-up (What I Did for Love!)
- Pokémon Dress-Up Contest - Winner (All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go!)
- Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition - Top 4 (with Holly; Smells Like Team Spirit!)
- Pastoria Croagunk Festival - N/A (Cream of the Croagunk Crop!)
- Pokémon Summer Academy - Winner (Red Team; One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!)
- Pokémon Triathlon - N/A (One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!)
- Festival Battle Challenge - N/A (Challenging a Towering Figure!)
|Official artwork from the original series||Alternative artwork from the original series|| Official artwork from the
Advanced Generation series
| Alternative artwork from the
Advanced Generation series
| Artwork by Ken Sugimori for the
Advanced Generation series
| Official artwork from the
Diamond & Pearl series
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Diamond & Pearl series
In the games
In the side games
Pokémon Puzzle League
In the manga
In the Ash & Pikachu manga
Lotad → Lombre → Ludicolo
Mudkip → Marshtomp
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
Brock reappears in Haunting My Dreams, meeting Ash by coincidence in Saffron City. He becomes a steady traveling companion of Ash in The Human Race and the Pokémon Race, though he separates from Ash in Days of Gloom and Glory while he prepares for the Indigo Plateau Conference.
Like the anime, Brock is the Leader of the Pewter Gym, but he takes a break from his duties as Gym Leader to travel. Unlike the anime, however, he does not hand control of the Gym to his father or his siblings. Instead, he closes the Gym completely while he travels. Brock has a weakness for pretty girls such as the Sensational Sisters, and he is the only character that can tell the many Nurse Joys and Officer Jennys apart.
Brock used Onix during his challenge as a Gym Leader against Ash; however, Onix was defeated. Later, it fought against the Black Fog along with Brock's Geodude but was defeated by the move Dream Eater.
|Debut||Play Misty For Me|
|Debut||Play Misty For Me|
| Graveler was used to try to impress Professor Oak but was never shown to him because of Brock's nervousness paralyzing him.
None of Graveler's moves are known.
|Debut||Clefairy in Space|
| Golem was used to try to impress Professor Oak but was never shown to him because of Brock's nervousness paralyzing him.
None of Golem's moves are known.
|Debut||Clefairy in Space|
| Brock used this Vileplume as a bouquet to try to impress Misty's sisters.
None of Vileplume's moves are known.
|Debut||The Human Race and the Pokémon Race|
In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga
Brock, along with Ash and Misty, made cameo appearances in bonus chapters. In those, Brock and company have mistakenly wandered into the world Magical Pokémon Journey is set in. The bonus chapters chronicle their attempts to return to their own world (of the anime) and their encounters with various aspects of the Magical Pokémon Journey canon which differ from the anime's canon (such as the use of Poké Balls).
In the movie adaptations
As Brock has appeared in every movie prior to Best Wishes, he has appeared in every manga adaptation of it. He has the same team in the manga as he would in the actual movies.
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring the anime version of Brock or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
| Brock's Pokémon|
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
|Brock's Zubat||Gym Heroes||24/132||Nivi City Gym|
|Brock's Vulpix||Gym Heroes||73/132||Leaders' Stadium|
|Nivi City Gym|
|Brock's Zubat||Gym Heroes||74/132||Leaders' Stadium|
|Brock's Vulpix||Gym Challenge||37/132||Leaders' Stadium|
|Brock's Crobat||Theater Limited VS Pack||002/018|
|Brock's Mudkip||ADV-P Promotional cards||038/ADV-P|
|Brock's Forretress||Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Aura's Lucario||011/020|
|Brock's Marshtomp||Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Sea's Manaphy||008/019|
|Croagunk||Movie Commemoration Random Pack||013/022|
- Most official sources do not give Brock a last name. However, several sources suggest that in the anime, his last name is Harrison. In the July 2006 issue of K-Zone Magazine, Eric Stuart was interviewed, and he stated that Brock's last name is Harrison.
- In Love, Totodile Style, Brock confirmed that he does indeed have a last name, although did not give it.
- Brock captured a new Pokémon sooner after his debut than any other main character, even Ash, by capturing Zubat in Clefairy and the Moon Stone, exactly one episode after his debut.
- Brock has been shown to be able to identify when women are really cross-dressing men in disguise by having a peculiar lack of attraction to them. He's also able to do the opposite. A significant exception to this is Ash, who in the guise of Ashley was able to fool Brock.
- Brock has owned four Pokémon whose evolutions debuted in a different generation than that Pokémon (Onix, Golbat, Bonsly, and Happiny). All of them have since evolved.
- Brock is the only person to have been Ash's main traveling companion for more than one series, traveling with him during the original series (minus the Orange League arc), Advanced Generation series, and Diamond & Pearl series.
- The XY series is the only series where Brock does not appear and is never mentioned.
- Brock ranked first place in a 20th anniversary poll leading up to I Choose You! concerning former cast members viewers want to see return.
Interview with Hidaka about Brock's short absence from the anime
There had been some debate between members of the fanbase in regards to why Brock was removed from the main cast during the Orange Islands arc, why Tracey Sketchit was created, and why Brock returned later. In an interview with former Pokémon anime director and storyboard artist Masamitsu Hidaka, he stated his own reason why Brock was removed from the cast and why he eventually returned. He revealed that the true reason they replaced Brock is because, once they realized Pokémon was going global, there was a chance that Americans, if not anyone else outside of Japan, would view Brock as a racist stereotype because of his eyes (even though there wasn't an actual complaint yet). So they created a "tall, Anglo-Saxon looking person to be on the safe side". They later replaced Tracey with Brock again once they realized that no one really cared as to what Brock looks like, and actually enjoyed his character. However, this was only stated by Hidaka and not by any other staff member.
|Japanese||タケシ Takeshi||From take, bamboo. Possibly from 岳 take ("mountain peak").|
|English, Danish, Dutch
Hindi, Tamil, Telugu
|Brock||Rhymes with and contains the word rock|
|French||Pierre||Literally means "stone"|
|Korean||웅 Ung||'웅' means 'man-like', brave. A common word used for boy's names in Korea|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||小剛 / 小刚 Xiǎo Gāng||May be named after 首藤剛志, Takeshi Shudō. Also, 剛 can mean "hard", "firm" or "strong".|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||小剛 Síu Gōng||Same as Mandarin name|
|Bulgarian||Брок Brok||Transcription of English name|
|Indonesian|| Brock (Kanto saga)
Takeshi (Johto saga-present)
| Same as English name|
Same as Japanese name
|Hebrew||ברוק Brock||Same as English name|
|Thai||ทาเคชิ Takeshi||Same as Japanese name|
|Russian||Брок Brok||Transcription of English name|
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