Brock's Forretress

Brock's Forretress
タケシのフォレトス Takeshi's Foretos
Fast Ball
Brock Forretress.png
Brock's Forretress
Debuts in Going Apricorn!
Caught at Azalea Town
Evolves in Entei at Your Own Risk
Gender Unknown*
Ability Unknown
Current location Pewter Gym
This Pokémon spent 116 episodes as Pineco.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Pineco Unshō Ishizuka Eric Stuart
As Forretress Unshō Ishizuka Eric Stuart (EP259-EP273, AG008-AG138)
Unshō Ishizuka (AG004, AG156-present)

Brock's Forretress (Japanese: タケシのフォレトス Takeshi's Foretos) was the only Pokémon that Brock caught in the Johto region, and his fifth overall.

In the anime


Original series

As a Pineco, in its debut

In Going Apricorn!, Brock caught Forretress as a Pineco near Azalea Town. Having earlier expressed that Pineco's violently unstable temper and tendency to explode was both cool and a true challenge for a Pokémon Breeder, Brock attempted to catch one. However, he tripped on a rock and headbutted the tree, frightening the Pineco so much that they all exploded. Brock got his chance later, when Team Rocket was attempting to steal all of the Apricorns. The giant fan ended up blowing all of the Pineco out instead, and Brock managed to catch one in his arms before it hit the ground. However, the Pineco pried itself free and attacked Team Rocket, tackling the trio off their machine. It engaged in a battle against Jessie's Arbok alone, but could not match the powerful snake and began to flee. Maizie told Brock that he could capture the Pineco in the Fast Ball, which he did just as Arbok tackled, causing Arbok to crash into its Trainer. Once Pikachu drove Team Rocket away, Brock sent out Pineco and promised that they would be good friends. Pineco enthusiastically used Self-Destruct on its new friend.

Pineco and Brock

In Ariados, Amigos, Brock volunteered Pineco and himself as a duo to train under Aya at the Pokémon Jujitsu Academy. However, Pineco was so startled by Brock's enthusiasm that it exploded in Brock's arms. Brock and Pineco later stunned everyone at the Technical class with Pineco's superb Spikes attack. Both were very happy to hear that they were in such perfect sync, and Pineco promptly exploded again.

In Sick Daze, Pineco and Golbat watched over Brock when he fell ill. It also helped rescue all of the stolen Pokémon by attacking Arbok and Weezing, again with Golbat.

Pineco evolving and causing an explosion

In Entei at Your Own Risk, Pineco enjoyed a hot spring. However, it was not as quick as Misty's Staryu when Team Rocket tried to suck up all of the wild Pokémon, and was sucked up in a typhoon of water. Brock jumped after it, and he caught his Pokémon until a wild Ursaring crashed into him and knocked them apart. Upset by this, Pineco evolved into Forretress. Its evolution induced a large explosion which nullified Team Rocket's suction and allowed all of the Pokémon to escape. In the next episode, it prevented Team Rocket from stealing a King's Rock by using its newly learned Rapid Spin to trip them up and delay them long enough for Pikachu to get rid of them with Thunderbolt.

In Gotta Catch Ya Later!, Forretress defeated the Hitmonlee belonging to Kail of the Invincible Pokémon Brothers with Rapid Spin.

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire


In You Never Can Taillow, Forretress came to the rescue of Ash and his new friends, Max and May, sent out by Brock to use its newly learned Explosion to drive away a mass of attacking Taillow. He also revealed that Forretress was the only Pokémon he had brought with him to Hoenn, having left his other Pokémon with his brother Forrest.

Forretress and Brock

Forretress was seen quite regularly during the early Hoenn episodes, along with Torchic and Pikachu. However, it was rarely used as Brock's battling Pokémon, once he acquired Ludicolo and Marshtomp. He would send it out to use its Rapid Spin or Spikes to drive away hostile Pokémon or Team Rocket. It was used to battle James's Cacnea in Cheer Pressure, but was defeated when the cheer squad, led by Sheridan, cheated by having his Shroomish and Makuhita use Helping Hand on Cacnea.

In Going for a Spinda, Brock used Forretress's Explosion to damage Team Rocket's mecha and save Claire's Spinda.

In Where's Armaldo?, Forretress was used in an attempt to talk down a restless Armaldo, but failed.

Kanto Battle Frontier

Brock kept Forretress in his team during the Battle Frontier saga.

In From Cradle to Save, Forretress battled a wild Bonsly. Its Rapid Spin knocked Bonsly out temporarily, but this was not enough to catch Bonsly. However, once Bonsly got up, it ran into the Spikes that Forretress had fired while Bonsly was disoriented, knocking it down again and this time allowing Brock to catch it.

Forretress was left at the Pewter Gym when Brock headed to Sinnoh.

Personality and characteristics

As a Pineco, it was very temperamental and tended to blow itself up and Brock along with it whenever it got startled, angry, or even happy. It was shown to be caring and helpful when it took care of Brock along with Brock's Crobat in Sick Daze. After it evolved into Forretress, it seemed to like Brock more, and began to act loyally, no longer blowing itself up in Brock's face.

Moves used

Using Self-Destruct
as a Pineco
Move First Used In
Self-Destruct Going Apricorn!
Spikes  Ariados, Amigos
Rapid Spin  A Crowning Achievement
Explosion  You Never Can Taillow
Tackle  A Bite to Remember
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Moves improvised

Picture First Used In Moves Involved Partnered With
  Gotta Catch Ya Later! Thunderbolt, Water Gun, and Rapid Spin Ash's Pikachu and Misty's Politoed
Description: Forretress combines its Rapid Spin with Pikachu's Thunderbolt and Politoed's Water Gun, creating a tornado of water and electricity. This was used to send Team Rocket and the Invincible Pokémon Brothers blasting off.


Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

In the games

In the Stadium series

Brock's Forretress only appears during the Pokémon Stadium 2 Round 1 battle against him.

Pokémon Stadium 2
Round 1
Bug Steel
Held item:
Mint Berry
Forretress Lv.50-100
Take Down
Giga Drain
Defense Curl

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Advanced Generation: Pokémon Number Battle!

Forretress appears in Pokémon Advanced Generation: Pokémon Number Battle!.

Pokémon: Catch the Numbers!

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

In the TCG

Forretress was featured in the TCG as one of Brock's Pokémon. The following is a list of cards named Brock's Forretress.

Brock's Forretress
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.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Brock's Forretress         Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Aura's Lucario   011/020


  • At the time, before it was left in Pewter City when he left for Sinnoh, Forretress had been in Brock's party longer than any other main character's Pokémon, except for Pikachu, at 323 episodes. This record was matched and subsequently broken three episodes later by Jessie's Wobbuffet.
    • It does have the record for being in a main character's party longest of all Pokémon that have been known to evolve during the anime.
  • Forretress is the first Steel-type Pokémon to be owned by a main character.
  • Forretress is Brock's only Pokémon to be kept inside a Poké Ball variant.
    • Forretress is also the first Pokémon belonging to a main character to be permanently kept inside a Poké Ball variant.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Pineco and Forretress.

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