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Gary's Arcanine
シゲルのウインディ Shigeru's Windie
Poké Ball
Gary Arcanine.png
Gary's Arcanine
Debuts in The Battle of the Badge
Caught at Kanto
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location At Professor Oak's Laboratory
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Arcanine Shin'ichirō Miki

Gary's Arcanine (Japanese: シゲルのウインディ Shigeru's Windie) was a Pokémon obtained by Gary during his journey in the Kanto region.


In the anime



Arcanine and Gary

Arcanine's first appearance was at the Viridian City Gym, in The Battle of the Badge. Gary sent it out to battle Giovanni's Kingler. Despite having a type disadvantage, Arcanine came out on top and defeated the Water-type. However, both his Arcanine and Nidoking were then defeated by Mewtwo, leaving Gary confused as to both why he lost and what kind of Pokémon he had just battled.

This battle was seen again briefly from Mewtwo's perspective in Mewtwo Strikes Back.


Arcanine's next appearance was in Extreme Pokémon!, where he used it to compete in the Extreme Pokémon Race. Ash initially thought Gary was mistreating the Pokémon, but after learning that it wasn't hurt, he competed as well. Ash decided to compete with his Bayleef, which proved to be a good choice. During the competition, Team Rocket tried to catch Arcanine. They failed however, thanks to Ash's intervention and after defeating the trio with the help of Gary, both decided to continue the competition where Ash ultimately defeated Gary with great effort in his first victory over his great rival.

Arcanine made another appearance in Can't Beat the Heat! during the Silver Conference in Gary's battle against Ash. It was pitted against Ash's Snorlax. Gary used it during the beginning of the second half of the battle after having used Blastoise in the previous round of battles. Although it dodged Snorlax's Body Slam, despite Gary's efforts, Arcanine's Take Down and Fire Spin had minimal effect on Snorlax, who then knocked it out with Hyper Beam and attempting to stand up.

After he decided to become a Pokémon Researcher, Gary left Arcanine along with most of his other Pokémon with his grandfather.

Personality and characteristics

Arcanine is one of the strongest Pokémon in Gary's team. In its first appearance, it was strong enough to beat an opponent with a type advantage in only three blows. Arcanine was fast enough to put Gary in a comfortable position in the Extreme Pokémon Race even with the many unforeseen events that occurred during the race's duration. Gary appears to have enough confidence in Arcanine that he even kissed his Poké Ball before sending it into battle. In addition, in the Japanese version of its debut episode, Gary refers to Arcanine as being "My honey" (ぼくのハニー), strongly suggesting that it was one of his favorite Pokémon.

Moves used

Gary Arcanine Fire Spin.png
Using Fire Spin
Move First Used In
Take Down The Battle of the Badge
Fire Spin The Battle of the Badge*
Fire Blast The Battle of the Badge
Flame Wheel Extreme Pokémon!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the manga

Arcanine in the Ash & Pikachu manga
Arcanine in The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

In the Ash & Pikachu manga

Arcanine only appeared on the scoreboard in One Half Of A Poké Ball.

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Gary owns Arcanine in The Electric Tale of Pikachu. It appears to be his main Pokémon in the manga.

He is first shown in Ash vs. Gary where Gary uses it to try to capture a giant Slowpoke. When the Slowpoke was taken away by some mysterious people, he sends it out to search for the people responsible for stealing the Slowpoke. It was able to find them at the same time Ash did. It was stopped by Team Rocket's transforming machines when Meowth sprayed water. Despite his efforts Arcanine has had little success in battle. Arcanine continued the search for Team Rocket afterwards. Unlike the last time, Arcanine was able to get to Team Rocket before Ash arrived. Pikachu was able to find the giant Slowpoke and they find out that this Slowpoke can hypnotize people. Gary has Arcanine battle it to prevent it from hypnotizing people but it had very little success in doing so as Arcanine was stopped by a Disable and was frozen by Ice Beam. Afterwards, it becomes hypnotized along with Gary's other Pokémon.

Arcanine also appears in Epilogue: Wild Type alongside to Ash's Pikachu.

In the games

In the side series

In Pokémon Puzzle League

Arcanine was one of Gary's three Pokémon in Pokémon Puzzle League, being used in the game's final challenge.


Growlithe and Gary

Related articles

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

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