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In The Road to the Semifinals!, Guzma used Golisopod in his battle against Lana during the Manalo Conference, where it went up against Primarina. Under Guzma's command, Golisopod showed no mercy against its opponent. Despite Primarina's best efforts to slow it down, Golisopod savagely attacked Primarina, badly poisoning and eventually defeating it.
In SM136, Guzma used Golisopod in his battle against Ash, where it went up against his Torracat. The battle was fierce, with Golisopod cutting through Torracat's Fire-type moves with Liquidation before it willingly used Emergency Exit, causing Scizor to come out. When Scizor was defeated, Guzma sent out Golisopod once more, but he was disappointed with how it cowardly used Emergency Exit to orchestrate Scizor's defeat. The battle continued in the next episode, where Golisopod managed to defeat Torracat before losing to Pikachu.
Golisopod follows its Trainer's instructions to the last detail, as seen in The Road to the Semifinals!, where it savagely attacked Lana's Primarina without hesitation. It also shows concern towards its Trainer, as seen in The Road to the Semifinals!, when it looked back at Guzma.
Despite its strength and ruthlessness in battle, Golisopod is also a coward. This was demonstrated in SM136, when it used its Emergency Exit Ability to send Scizor out in its place, which resulted in Scizor's defeat and the costing of Guzma's strategy.
A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
In the manga
Golisopod in Pokémon Adventures
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Prior to the start of the series, Guzma owned Golisopod as a Wimpod, who eventually evolved. Golisopod first appeared in The Announcement and the Prize with its Trainer at the Iki Town festival. During the tournament, it battled Sun's Cent. Golisopod started with a super-effective First Impression and proceeded to beat the Scratch Cat Pokémon up. During its attacks, Sun attempted to protect Cent from an attack, but Golisopod continued the attack and broke Sun's arm for getting in the way. Golisopod then returned to Cent and slammed it into the ground. The battle seemed to be over, but Cent got back up, enraged after finding out that the coin on its head had gotten dirty due to Golisopod's claws being filthy from being a scavenger. It attacked furiously with its claws and defeated Golisopod with Pay Day, winning Sun the battle.
Golisopod is a powerful and brutal Pokémon, having no issue with beating up its opponents, whether they be a Pokémon or human. It is a natural scavenger and will eat anything it can find, even if the food is rotten. As a result its claws are always filthy.