Goh's Grookey (Japanese: ゴウのサルノリ Go's Sarunori) is the thirty-second Pokémon that Goh caught in the Kanto region, and his seventy-ninth overall. It previously belonged to Team Rocket, and was one of the Pokémon in the Rocket Prize Master.
In the anime
With Team Rocket
While Team Rocket's Pelipper was flying around Vermilion City one night, it dropped the Rocket Prize Master in front of a Poké Mart, releasing Grookey from its Poké Ball in the process. The released Grookey wandered away as Pelipper scooped up its Ball and put it back in the machine. Eventually, Grookey wandered into Goh and Ash's dorm room at the Cerise Laboratory, where it latched onto Goh's arm and fell asleep.
Goh was surprised to find Grookey on his arm the next morning. After recovering from his surprise, he tried to catch it, only to be reprimanded by his Rotom Phone, who told him that Grookey already belonged to someone else. After eating breakfast, Goh and Ash decided to borrow Professor Cerise's Yamper to track down where Grookey came from. Yamper's nose eventually brought them to the Poké Mart, where they discovered though the store's security footage that it belonged to Team Rocket.
Outside the Poké Mart, Goh and the others were ambushed by Team Rocket, who captured Pikachu and Grookey in one of their nets. After Ash's Farfetch'd freed the two and retaliated against them, Team Rocket called on the Rocket Prize Master, which only yielded one Poké Ball. Jessie tried to send out the Pokémon, but nothing came out. Confused, Jessie read the pamphlet that came with the Ball, which revealed that the Pokémon that was supposed to come out was Grookey. In disbelief, Jessie commanded Grookey to return to its Ball, causing it to be recalled against its will. Now even more confused, Team Rocket used a smoke bomb to retreat to their hideout. As the smoke cleared, Goh noticed Grookey had accidentally left its stick behind while being recalled.
That night, uncomfortable without its stick, Grookey sneaked out of Team Rocket's hideout. The next day, Goh and the others found Grookey in a park in the city, and Goh returned Grookey's stick. Team Rocket, however, interrupted the reunion, demanding Grookey return to them. When Grookey refused, Team Rocket tried to put it back in its Ball by force, but Pikachu forced the Ball out of Jessie's hands. Grookey took the opportunity to break its own Poké Ball and asked Goh to catch it instead. Jessie and Goh both attempted to capture the now-released Grookey, but Grookey batted away the Team Rocket-branded Ball, allowing Goh's Poké Ball to catch it.
In JN060, Grookey was seen watching Ash's Farfetch'd and Goh's Scizor train. Later, while walking with Goh, Ash, and Pikachu to the Pokémon Center, it and Pikachu detected a wild Pokémon in some nearby bushes, which was revealed to be a tired Bellsprout. Using its restorative powers, Grookey restored Bellsprout's stamina and befriended it. Grookey then reached into Goh's pocket and pulled out a Poké Ball, asking him to catch its new friend, to which Goh obliged. Grookey was later seen watching Ash battle Rinto.
Personality and characteristics
Grookey is an active Pokémon prone to roughhousing, and, as observed by Goh, can be stubborn and mischievous. It likes to play with both humans and Pokémon by climbing on their heads and happily beating them on the head with its stick. This extroverted behavior initially rubbed Chloe's Eevee the wrong way, and Grookey was seen apologizing to her after it officially became one of Goh's Pokémon. Grookey is also shown to shut down when hungry, and may cause trouble when it comes to food. In its debut episode, when Pikachu refused to share some its food with it, Grookey flipped over Pikachu's bowl and began causing chaos in the kitchen.
Despite its troublemaking tendencies, Grookey was shown to not be comfortable with the idea of being one of Team Rocket's Pokémon, looking sad when Goh and Ash found out where it really came from. In contrast, it took to Goh almost immediately, greeting its new friend happily after waking up attached to his arm. Goh's act of kindness towards Grookey solidified their bond, allowing it to make the decision to leave Team Rocket permanently. Grookey is also seen to be good with plants and other Grass-type Pokémon, thanks to its restorative abilities. In JN060, it also displayed interest in battling, acting excited after watching Ash and Goh training together.
In the manga
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Grookey.
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