ゴズ Gozu
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Unknown
Member of Team Rocket
Rank Elite Officer
Anime debut Filling the Light with Darkness!
English voice actor Pete Zarustica
Japanese voice actor Keikou Sakai

Gozu (Japanese: ゴズ Gozu) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. He is a member of Team Rocket, being part of the elite unit known as the Matori Matrix.


Gozu's Key Stone

Gozu first appeared in Filling the Light with Darkness!, where he and the rest of the Matori Matrix were sent to the Alola region by Giovanni. He was first seen aboard a helicopter alongside Matori as it approached Alola. At that moment, Giovanni contacted them for a briefing on their progress. After Matori completed the call, she asked Gozu if they would arrive in Alola soon, and when he confirmed that they would, she had him give the order to activate their craft's cloaking device.

In Full Moon and Many Arms!, the Matori Matrix arrived in Alola, but were left lethargic due to Necrozma draining Ultra Aura from the adults around the region. Despite this, when they encountered Necrozma in its Dawn Wings form, they managed to trap it inside an electrified net before it shortly broke out. The unit briefly retreated, only to return and attack Lunala and Nebby using laser cannons on their aircraft while the pair recuperated on the beach of Melemele Island. They ensnared Lunala and Nebby in another electrified net, but it was soon destroyed by Gladion's Silvally and Ash's Pikachu. Nebby retaliated by hitting the aircraft with Flash Cannon, forcing them to retreat again. Later, after Necrozma possessed Nebby, turned into Dusk Mane Necrozma, and fled through an Ultra Wormhole, Gozu and the rest of the unit were rejuvenated and continued their mission.

In The Prism Between Light and Darkness!, Gozu and the rest of the Matori Matrix witnessed the Ultra Guardians and Lunala head inside an Ultra Wormhole and attempted to pursue them, only to be stopped by Professor Kukui and Faba. Gozu, along with several Team Rocket Grunts, headed down to Ten Carat Hill to face the duo. There, Gozu used his Mega Aggron to easily defeat Kukui's Braviary and Faba's Hypno and Alakazam.

In Securing the Future!, Professor Kukui was able to defeat Gozu's Aggron with Incineroar. Upon learning that repairs to the aircraft were complete, he returned there and had it head into the Ultra Wormhole. However, the aircraft was attacked by Tapu Koko, forcing the Matori Matrix to retreat.


Gozu is a very serious and competent person. However, he tends to wear an eyepatch over his right eye, despite the fact that there is nothing physically wrong with said eye. Gozu also has a very close bond with his Aggron, allowing it to Mega Evolve. In addition, he has a rational mindset; in The Prism Between Light and Darkness!, he knew better than to pursue the Ultra Guardians through the Ultra Wormhole after the airship had been damaged.



Aggron ↔ Mega Aggron
Aggron is Gozu's only known Pokémon. It can Mega Evolve into a Mega Aggron with its Aggronite. It was first seen when Gozu sent it out to battle Professor Kukui and Faba, during which it easily defeated their Pokémon with a single Heavy Slam. It reappeared in Securing the Future!, where it was defeated by Kukui's Incineroar.

Aggron's known moves are Heavy Slam and Flash Cannon.

Debut The Prism Between Light and Darkness!
Voice actors
English Carter Cathcart

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 酒井敬幸 Keikou Sakai
English Pete Zarustica
European French Frédéric Clou
Polish Maciej Więckowski
Brazilian Portuguese Jorge Vasconcellos
European Spanish Miguel Ángel Muro


Language Name Origin
Japanese ゴズ Gozu From 牛頭 Gozu, a guardian of Hell in Japanese mythology
English, French, Italian, Spanish Gozu Same as his Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 葛茲 Gézī Transliteration of his Japanese name
Korean 고즈 Gojeu Same as his Japanese name
Brazilian Portuguese Mezu From 馬頭 Mezu, a guardian of Hell in Japanese mythology usually depicted alongside Gozu

Members of Team Rocket

Giovanni (animeAdventuresPocket MonstersMasters)
Madame Boss (anime only) • Masked Man (Adventures only)


Archer (Masters) • Ariana (Masters) • Petrel (Masters) • Proton (Masters)
Adventures only: CarlShamWill (former) • Karen (former)
Golden Boys only: Grey


Jessie (Masters), James (Masters), & Meowth (JJM)
Koga, Lt. Surge, & Sabrina (Triad) (Adventures only; former)
Ken, Al, & Harry (TRET) (Adventures only)
Carr, Sird (former), & Orm (T3B) (Adventures only)


Anime only: Butch & Cassidy (former) • Attila & HunAnnie & Oakley (dub only)


Anime only: Dr. FujiDr. NambaSebastianDr. Zager
Adventures only: Blaine (former)


GruntsRocket BrothersRBYFRLG/Rocket SistersPE
Anime only: DominoIron-Masked MarauderRocket ScoutWendyTyson
JubeiViperChristopher (former) • Matori (Matori Matrix) • PierceGozu
Radio drama only: MiyamotoMondo
How I Became a Pokémon Card only: Kaede

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash Ketchum (Pikachu) • Misty (Togetic) • BrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawn (Piplup) • Iris (Haxorus) • CilanSerenaClemontBonnie (Dedenne) • LanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom PokédexGoh (Grookey)
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulNandoZoeyKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronAriaAlainMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladionHoracioHauLeonRaihanHoraceBeaLeague Conference participantsCoordinatorsPerformersWorld Coronation Series participants
Antagonists Jessie (Wobbuffet) • JamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuTabithaMaxieShellyArchieHunter JSaturnCyrusMarsJupiterCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretMalamarLysandreMableCelosiaAlianaXerosicBryonyTuppZippRappPlumeriaGuzmaVirenRoseOleana
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor BurnetProfessor CeriseProfessor MagnoliaSoniaProfessor Amaranth
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUluWalkerCamilleHalta
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceClairRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoSteven StoneVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaBrandonMarianYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryTobiasDon GeorgeElderAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisVirgilNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaKorrinaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSamson OakAnelaHobbesNinaAnnaLakiDanaYansuWickeFabaIlimaAcerolaDiaChloeChrysaRenParkerTaliaLeiDanikaQuillonHopGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland kahunasMany temporary characters
Supporting Pokémon Ho-OhSquirtle SquadPink ButterfreeHaunterJigglypuffMewtwoMimeyLapras herdGranbullPichu BrothersLugiaSilverDelibirdWynautLarvitarLake guardiansForces of NatureMeloettaWooperSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearToucannon's flockStoutlandOranguruLunalaNecrozmaStuffulUltra BeastsGrandpa ForestShayminMewRotom PhonesPelipperThievul trioDrone RotomHero duoLatiasRecurring wild Pokémon
See also: Pokémon Horizons characters

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