Gary's Blastoise

Gary's Blastoise
シゲルのカメックス Shigeru's Kamex
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Gary's Blastoise
Debuts in Challenge of the Samurai
Caught at Professor Oak's Laboratory
Evolves in Prior to The Ties That Bind
Prior to The Ties That Bind
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Gary
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This Pokémon spent at least 4 episodes as Squirtle and an unknown number of episodes as Wartortle.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Squirtle Unknown (M20) Michele Knotz (M20)
As Wartortle N/A
As Blastoise Unshō Ishizuka (EP269-DP045)
Tsuguo Mogami (JN068-present)
Eric Stuart
Tom Wayland
Billy Bob Thompson

Gary's Blastoise (Japanese: シゲルのカメックス Shigeru's Kamex) was the first Pokémon that Gary Oak obtained at the beginning of his travels in Kanto, given to him by Professor Oak.

In the anime

Main series


Original series
As a Squirtle, in a flashback*

Gary received Squirtle in Pokémon - I Choose You! as a first partner Pokémon from Professor Oak. He did not tell Ash which of the three first partner Pokémon he chose, but bragged that it was the best one.

In Challenge of the Samurai, Squirtle appeared in a flashback, though the episode did not reveal which of the three Trainers who left before Ash owned it. Samurai remembered Gary and the others fondly as they had fought spectacular battles, with Gary's Squirtle defeating his Metapod.


Finally, in The Ties That Bind, the fully-evolved Blastoise was revealed to Ash when Gary sent it out to battle Heracross. In Gary's Full Battle against Ash in Can't Beat the Heat!, its Hydro Pump managed to blast through the rocky terrain and defeat Ash's Heracross in a single hit. It then stalemated his Muk, completely nullifying Muk's Sludge Bomb with its Rapid Spin, but unable to gain much purchase with its Skull Bash. After Muk smothered Blastoise with its body, Blastoise used Hydro Pump to blast Muk off and injure it. Ash pulled Muk for the type-advantaged Bayleef, but Blastoise overcame her as well, deflecting Razor Leaf with Rapid Spin, then using its Bite attack on her leaf and knocking her out by throwing her aside.

Blastoise losing to Ash's Charizard

It was recalled until the final bout when it fought against Charizard, who had overcome Scizor and Golem just as Blastoise had defeated Heracross and Bayleef. With a type advantage and having had a break between battles, Blastoise was quickly on the front foot, deflecting Flamethrower with Rapid Spin and hitting with Hydro Pump and Skull Bash. It neutralized Charizard's aerial advantage by using Hydro Pump to keep him at bay, giving Charizard no opening.

Charizard and Ash thought outside the box and melted all of the rocks with powerful Flamethrower attacks. Immobilized, Blastoise had no choice but to cool the field down with Hydro Pump, but Charizard took advantage of the resulting steam to get in close to Blastoise. Even then, Blastoise proved a worthy opponent; while unable to aim its water cannons, it was still able to dodge a Dragon Rage attack with Withdraw. Charizard lifted Blastoise into the air, holding on despite Blastoise biting hard on his arm, and executed a Seismic Toss. Both Pokémon stared each other down, but Blastoise gave out and fainted.

In Johto Photo Finish!, Gary decided to become a Pokémon Researcher and the only Pokémon he would take on his new journey was Blastoise. After using Blastoise to free Pikachu from Team Rocket, he departed home for Pallet and then set off for future endeavors. His choice inspired Ash to begin his journey in Hoenn with only his first Pokémon, Pikachu.

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

Gary and Blastoise later appeared in Ill-Will Hunting!, where they helped Ash, Brock, and Dawn in protecting the Shieldon from J and her evil minions. It first used Water Gun to stop J's henchmen's vehicle, which Pikachu disabled with Thunderbolt while on the soaking machine. However, it was knocked on its back by a Golbat's Wing Attack, and Gary recalled it after Umbreon disturbed some Beedrill that drove Golbat and the henchmen away. Gary used Blastoise again in a battle against J's Salamence and Drapion along with Ash's Pikachu. The battle ended without a result after J captured one of the Shieldon that her client had requested.

Pokémon the Series: Black & White

Blastoise appeared in a flashback in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Blastoise teaming up with Cinderace

Blastoise reappeared in Advice to Goh!, where it was used to save Ash and Goh from an Onix that Goh failed to catch. It was later sent out to battle a wild Moltres. Despite the type advantage, Blastoise was eventually defeated.

In Chasing to the Finish!, Gary used Blastoise during his Project Mew Trial Mission at Split-Decision Ruins, where it teamed up with Goh's Cinderace to battle Lyla's Sandaconda and Sterling's Runerigus. After they were defeated, the two Pokémon teamed up to fight Regieleki and Regidrago, weakening them and allowing Gary to catch the Regidrago.

In In the Palms of our Hands!, Blastoise was the first Pokémon used by Gary in the battle against Mew alongside Goh's Cinderace, Danika's Azumarill, Quillon's Weavile, and Horace's Gardevoir. Despite doing their best, the Pokémon were defeated, forcing Gary to recall Blastoise.

Personality and characteristics

Gary and Blastoise

Not much is known about the personality of Gary's Blastoise, however it was described in The Ties that Bind! by Gary that it was his best, showing that it was one of his favourite Pokémon, if not his favourite. It was mentioned in the same episode by Professor Oak to be his most powerful. This was shown in Can't Beat the Heat!, when it defeated Heracross with one move despite Heracross using rocks as a shield as well as it easily beating Bayleef and being a good match for Charizard. Its Rapid Spin can deflect powerful attacks, even super-effective ones such as Razor Leaf.

Blastoise appears to have a team spirit, briefly nodding to Cinderace after they manage to fulfill a Project Mew mission.

Moves used

Using Skull Bash
Using Water Gun
Move First Used In
Hydro Pump  The Ties That Bind
Skull Bash  Can't Beat the Heat!
Rapid Spin  Can't Beat the Heat!
Bite Can't Beat the Heat!
Withdraw Can't Beat the Heat!*
Water Gun Ill-Will Hunting!
Hydro Cannon Ill-Will Hunting!
Water Pulse  Advice to Goh!
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
  Chasing to the Finish! Water Pulse and Blaze Kick Goh's Cinderace
Description: A combination of Water Pulse and Blaze Kick. Blastoise fires Water Pulse with its cannons while Cinderace kicks it with Blaze Kick, sending it shooting towards the opponent, hitting them with balls of swirling water and fire. This was used to defeat Sterling's Runerigus and Lyla's Sandaconda in a Tag Battle.
Chasing to the Finish! Twister, Rapid Spin, and Blaze Kick Goh's Cinderace and Gary's Regidrago
Description: A combination of Twister, Rapid Spin, and Blaze Kick. Regidrago creates a massive Twister for Blastoise to climb up with Rapid Spin while Cinderace grabs onto its back. After the two of them have built up enough height and momentum, they proceed to attack their targets, with Cinderace attacking with Blaze Kick and Blastoise striking with Rapid Spin. This was used to weaken Regieleki and Regidrago enough for Goh and Gary to catch them, respectively.


Official artwork from the
PASH Magazine[1]

I Choose You!

As a Squirtle in I Choose You!

Blastoise made a brief appearance as a Squirtle in a flashback in I Choose You!, which is set in a timeline separate from the main series. Like in the main series, Squirtle was chosen by Gary to be his first partner Pokémon.

In the manga

Ash & Pikachu

Blastoise in Ash & Pikachu
Blastoise and Gary

Blastoise was the final Pokémon Gary sent out during his match with Ash in One Half Of A Poké Ball. Unlike the anime, it fought Pikachu instead of Charizard.

Moves used

Using Skull Bash
Move First Used In
Hydro Pump One Half Of A Poké Ball
Skull Bash One Half Of A Poké Ball
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Blastoise appeared alongside Gary in Advice to Goh!, serving the same role as in the eponymous episode.

Moves used

Using Skull Bash
Move First Used In
Hydro Pump Advice to Goh!
Rapid Spin Advice to Goh!
Skull Bash Advice to Goh!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In anime novelizations

About two years before Gary was revealed to own it, Talent Showdown, one of the book adaptations of the anime, depicted a Blastoise under his ownership. However, due to his first partner Pokémon not being confirmed at the time of the book's release, Charizard and Venusaur were under his ownership as well.


  • Ash originally wanted Squirtle as his first partner Pokémon, while Gary was the one who took it. Coincidentally, this is similar to Pokémon Yellow where the rival character takes the first partner Pokémon of the main character. However, in that case it was the rival taking the first partner Pokémon Eevee by force rather than Gary showing up earlier for Squirtle.
  • Unlike in the games, instead of the rival (Gary/Blue) having the first partner Pokémon with the type advantage, Ash's Pikachu has the type advantage.
    • However, Ash uses his Charizard against Blastoise during his battle with Gary in the Silver Conference, mirroring the type advantage seen in the games.
  • In the English dub, Misty seemed to be aware that Gary's first partner Pokémon was Squirtle, as when Blastoise is shown for the first time, Misty says, "Brock, could that be...?", to which Brock replies, "The same Squirtle that Gary originally received from Professor Oak? Yeah, that's the one." This exchange did not occur in the original Japanese version of the episode.

See also

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise.


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