Gold first appears in Let's Go! The Journey Towards The Championship where he was starting out on his Pokémon journey. He was originally going to choose Cyndaquil but Totodile showed up and bit him on the arm for affection. Gold decided to choose Totodile instead. Afterwards, he has his first battle with a Trainer named YoungsterJoey where he was able to defeat him with Totodile. After the battle, they register Pokégear numbers. Gold then notices a shadow lurking by and sees that it was a Trainer by the name of Black. He battles Black's Chikorita and it took his Totodile and Pidgey to defeat Chikorita as the former had the type-disadvantage.
Later, he challenges Falkner to earn his first Badge where he was able to defeat his Pidgeot and Articuno with some cunning skills. During that battle, he obtains a Pikachu coming from the future, which helped him in defeating Articuno. In Let's Aim For The Goal!, he and Bugsy participate in a basketball tournament as it celebrated the anniversary of the Ruins of Alph. They managed to get past most of the rounds but end up challenging Takeo in the final round. As Takeo's team was mostly Fire-type, Gold's side had the disadvantage since most of their Pokémon were no match for them. However, Gold managed to pull through by having his Totodile use Water Gun to stop Cyndaquil from making a goal and performed a goal with the help of his team, winning the match. Gold then received himself a rare Pokémon, Elekid. He goes with Bugsy after the tournament in the next chapter to Union Cave as they heard of a wild Pokémon in there. Gold meets up with Black and Black releases Bayleef since it failed to defeat Lapras. Gold takes in the Bayleef, making it the second Pokémon he caught that was formerly Black's. Afterwards, Gold challenges Bugsy for his second Badge with his Bayleef against Scyther. The battle became extremely difficult since Bayleef was released from its former Trainer and Scyther was Bug and Flying. However, Bayleef was able to take out Scyther, winning Gold the Badge.
Gold continues his travels and meets Whitney, the third Gym Leader, who has an interest in cute Pokémon. She battles Gold and wins, taking his Pikachu temporarily until he defeated her in a rematch. Whitney decides to travel with Gold for the time being. She takes Gold to Goldenrod City and introduces him to the Day-Care Couple. They tell him about a tournament hosted by the Day-Care Center. Gold participates in it and chooses Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan and Hitmontop as he also wanted to use them against Whitney for their rematch. He manages to go all the way to the finals and battles Black. Black defeats him but gets disqualified for using unfair tactics during the match. Since Gold was the true winner of the tournament, he receives a Tyrogue from them. Gold battles a giant tree in A Huge Mysterious Tree!! but the giant tree turns out to be a Sudowoodo. He has Totodile and Pidgey combine their attacks to return the Sudowoodo into normal size. Gold then catches the Sudowoodo, with Pidgey and Totodile evolving into a Pidgeotto and Croconaw respectively.
Gold deals with Team Rocket in Gold and Black VS Team Rocket with Bill's Espeon since his Pokémon would have been rendered useless. He battles Black after Team Rocket was defeated. Gold manages to defeat Black since his Pokémon were weakened from the hypnotic radio waves. Gold has a rematch with Whitney in A Promise Given to Miltank but her Miltank collapses, canceling it. He finds some berries to cure Miltank and Whitney ends up giving him the Plain Badge and his Pikachu back.
Morty tells Gold of a mini-tournament held in the MooMoo Farm. The tournament is hosted by Morty himself. Gold participates in the tournament with Elekid and wins. Morty gives Gold the Fog Badge even though they didn't battle yet as he wants Gold to keep it and they part ways. Gold meets Chris in a forest when she was battling a Dugtrio with her Cyndaquil. Together, they get out of the forest safely. Gold went to Olivine City to get his fifth Badge but could not battle the Gym Leader, Jasmine, as her Ampharos is sick. He has Black help him out by lending him his Gyarados. It doesn't work as Jasmine took over mid-battle and won, leaving Gyarados exhausted. Luckily for them, Chris caught six Magikarp and built a raft to get across. They arrived to Cianwood City and Gold meets Chuck. Gold trained under Chuck, and was temporarily the Gym Leader of the Cianwood Gym after Chuck was injured. In return for his help, Chuck gave Gold the SecretPotion to heal Jasmine's Ampharos. While in Cianwood City, he meets Eusine and Eusine explains to him about Pikachu. Later, Gold takes on the Black Tyranitar to seal it away after Black released it from its slumber.
Personality and characteristics
Gold is an enthusiastic, talented Trainer. He is a very excitable boy and he cares very deeply for all Pokémon. He is especially interested in meeting legendary Pokémon.
This listing is of Gold's known Pokémon. Most of his team become his walking Pokémon:
Elekid was the prize to a Pokémon basketball tournament which Gold and Bugsy won. It took on a Lapras after Gold takes in Bayleef, when Black released it. In Let's Fight! The Mini Pokémon Tournament, Gold registers Elekid for a Pokémon tournament hosted by Morty since it fitted the category of a small, low-level Pokémon. In the tournament, it managed to defeat many opponents including Cooltrainer Akira.
Gold received Tyrogue as a prize in a Pokémon tournament in. Later, while Gold was in Cianwood City, Tyrogue was used to battle Black's Xatu, a Pokémon he had a type-disadvantage with. During the battle, Tyrogue struggled to keep up with Xatu as its Double Team gave him problems. Due to the power of meditation, Tyrogue found the real Xatu out of the other clones and won the battle.