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[[File:Type Normal.gif|link=Normal type]]  
Species Scratch Cat Pokémon
Abilities Pickup
Unnerve (Dream World)
None ← 052 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves From None
Evolves Into [[Persian]]
(ニャース Nyaasu)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary Line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex Color Egg Group
<font color=Yellow>Yellow</font>
Shape Footprint

Meowth (Japanese: ニャース Nyaasu) is a Normal-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I. Because Meowth has a cat-like appearance, its name is a pun on the word: "meow".


Meowth has two white whiskers on each side of its oval shaped face and two hairs sticking up on either side of the coin-like gem on its forehead, and highly resembles a cat. Meowth's tail and feet are cream colored like the rest of it, but they are brown at the end. It has small paw pads undersides on its feet and toes. It is much like a Maneki Neko, a toy of Japanese descent known for bobbing its arm and hand up and down.

Special abilities

Meowth has the ability Pickup or the ability Technician. Pickup allows Meowth to pick up items while the player is walking. Technician powers up non-effective moves. Meowth and Persian are the only Pokémon that can learn Pay Day (equation is Lv/2 multiplied by 10). If Meowth has Pickup, it will have Limber when it's a Persian.

In the anime, Team Rocket's Meowth is capable of human speech (a skill he learned while living on the street of Hollywood to impress a female Meowth named Meowzie).


Meowth evolves into Persian at level 28.

In the anime

Meowth is also a member of Team Rocket in the anime and in the Pokémon Yellow version. What is special about Team Rocket's Meowth is that he can talk (making him one of the few non-legendary to do so) with his special ability. He is also extremely intelligent capable of building and operating robots, rockets, etc. His Original Trainer was Team Rocket's Boss Giovanni, who replaced him with a Persian.

The anime series made Meowth the second most popular Pokémon of all time, next to Pikachu.

Game info

Game locations

Meowth Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Route 5-8 (Blue only) Common
Yellow Trade None
Gold/Silver Route 5-8, 38, 39 Common
Crystal Route 5-8, 11, 38, 39 Common
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade Skitty at Battle Frontier One
FireRed/LeafGreen Route 5-8, Many Sevii Islands locations Common
Diamond/Pearl Trophy Garden Rare
Platinum Trophy Garden Rare
HeartGold/SoulSilver Route 5-8, 38, 39 (SoulSilver only) Rare
Black/White Poké Transfer, Dream World Breeding Persian None

Pokédex entries



It's name is based on "Meow," the onomatopoeia for a cat's noise.


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