Meowth

Meowth is a Normal type Pokémon introduced in Generation 1. It is known as the Scratch Cat Pokémon.

Meowth has a new Alolan form introduced in Pokémon Sun/Moon.

Pokédex data

National № 052
Type Normal
Species Scratch Cat Pokémon
Height 1′04″ (0.4 m)
Weight 9.3 lbs (4.2 kg)
Abilities Pickup
Technician
Unnerve (hidden ability)
Local № 052 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
136 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
052 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
138 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
045 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
052 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)

Training

EV yield 1 Speed
Catch rate 255 (33.3% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 58
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

Egg Groups Field
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 20 (base 5,120 steps)

Base stats

HP 40
190 284
Attack 45
85 207
Defense 35
67 185
Sp. Atk 40
76 196
Sp. Def 40
76 196
Speed 90
166 306
Total 290 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Meowth.

Pokédex data

National № 052
Type Dark
Species Scratch Cat Pokémon
Height 1′04″ (0.4 m)
Weight 9.3 lbs (4.2 kg)
Abilities Pickup
Technician
Rattled (hidden ability)
Local № 052 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
136 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
052 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
138 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
045 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
052 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)

Training

EV yield 1 Speed
Catch rate 255 (33.3% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 69
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

Egg Groups Field
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 20 (base 5,120 steps)

Base stats

HP 40
190 284
Attack 35
67 185
Defense 35
67 185
Sp. Atk 50
94 218
Sp. Def 40
76 196
Speed 90
166 306
Total 290 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Meowth.

Evolution chart

(Level 28)
#052
Meowth
Alolan Meowth
Dark
(high Friendship)
#053
Persian
Alolan Persian
Dark

Meowth changes

Pokédex entries

Meowth

Red
Blue
Adores circular objects. Wanders the streets on a nightly basis to look for dropped loose change.
Yellow Appears to be more active at night. It loves round and shiny things. It can't stop from picking them up.
Gold It is fascinated by round objects. It can't stop playing with them until it tires and falls asleep.
Silver It loves anything that shines. It especially adores coins that it picks up and secretly hoards.
Crystal It loves things that sparkle. When it sees a shiny object, the gold coin on its head shines too.
Ruby
Sapphire
MEOWTH withdraws its sharp claws into its paws to slinkily sneak about without making any incriminating footsteps. For some reason, this POKéMON loves shiny coins that glitter with light.
FireRed All it does is sleep during the daytime. At night, it patrols its territory with its eyes aglow.
LeafGreen Adores round objects. It wanders the streets on a nightly basis to look for dropped loose change.
Emerald MEOWTH withdraw their sharp claws into their paws to silently sneak about. For some reason, this POKéMON loves shiny coins that glitter with light.
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
It is nocturnal in nature. If it spots something shiny, its eyes glitter brightly.
HeartGold It is fascinated by round objects. It can’t stop playing with them until it tires and falls asleep.
SoulSilver It loves anything that shines. It especially adores coins that it picks up and secretly hoards.
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
It is nocturnal in nature. If it spots something shiny, its eyes glitter brightly.
X It is nocturnal in nature. If it spots something shiny, its eyes glitter brightly.
Y Adores round objects. It wanders the streets on a nightly basis to look for dropped loose change.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Meowth withdraws its sharp claws into its paws to slinkily sneak about without making any incriminating footsteps. For some reason, this Pokémon loves shiny coins that glitter with light.
Sun It lies around all day, becoming active near dusk. At night, it wanders the city in search of loose change.
Moon It loves shiny things. It often fights with Murkrow over prey they’re both trying to catch.
Ultra Sun When visiting a junkyard, you may catch sight of it having an intense fight with Murkrow over shiny objects.
Ultra Moon It loves coins, so if you give it one, you can make friends with Meowth easily. But it’s fickle, so you can’t count on that friendship lasting.

Alolan Meowth

Sun This Pokémon was not originally found in Alola. Human actions caused a surge in their numbers, and they went feral. They’re prideful and crafty.
Moon When its delicate pride is wounded, or when the gold coin on its forehead is dirtied, it flies into a hysterical rage.
Ultra Sun It’s impulsive, selfish, and fickle. It’s very popular with some Trainers who like giving it the attention it needs.
Ultra Moon A royal house that flourished in the distant past brought it here from another region. Meowth is both selfish and prideful.

Moves learned by Meowth

Moves learnt by level up

Meowth learns the following moves in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1GrowlNormal 100
1ScratchNormal 40 100
6BiteDark 60 100
9Fake OutNormal 40 100
14Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
17ScreechNormal 85
22Feint AttackDark 60
25TauntDark 100
30Pay DayNormal 40 100
33SlashNormal 70 100
38Nasty PlotDark
41AssuranceDark 60 100
46CaptivateNormal 100
49Night SlashDark 70 100
50FeintNormal 30 100
Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1GrowlNormal 100
1ScratchNormal 40 100
6BiteDark 60 100
9Fake OutNormal 40 100
14Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
17ScreechNormal 85
22Feint AttackDark 60
25TauntDark 100
30Pay DayNormal 40 100
33SlashNormal 70 100
38Nasty PlotDark
41AssuranceDark 60 100
46CaptivateNormal 100
49Night SlashDark 70 100
50FeintNormal 30 100
55Dark PulseDark 80 100

Egg moves

Meowth learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Meowth egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
AmnesiaPsychic
AssistNormal
CharmFairy 100
FlailNormal 100
Foul PlayDark 95 100
HypnosisPsychic 60
Iron TailSteel 100 75
Last ResortNormal 140 100
Odor SleuthNormal
PunishmentDark 100
SnatchDark
SpiteGhost 100
Tail WhipNormal 100
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
AmnesiaPsychic
AssistNormal
CharmFairy 100
CovetNormal 60 100
FlailNormal 100
FlatterDark 100
Foul PlayDark 95 100
HypnosisPsychic 60
Parting ShotDark 100
PunishmentDark 100
SnatchDark
SpiteGhost 100

Move Tutor moves

Meowth can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon from move tutors (details):

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
CovetNormal 60 100
Foul PlayDark 95 100
Gunk ShotPoison 120 80
Hyper VoiceNormal 90 100
Icy WindIce 55 95
Iron TailSteel 100 75
Knock OffDark 65 100
Last ResortNormal 140 100
Seed BombGrass 80 100
Shock WaveElectric 60
SnatchDark
SnoreNormal 50 100
SpiteGhost 100
Throat ChopDark 80 100
UproarNormal 90 100
Water PulseWater 60 100

Moves learnt by TM

Meowth is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Work UpNormal
6ToxicPoison 90
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
12TauntDark 100
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
24ThunderboltElectric 90 100
25ThunderElectric 110 70
27ReturnNormal 100
30Shadow BallGhost 80 100
32Double TeamNormal
40Aerial AceFlying 60
41TormentDark 100
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
49Echoed VoiceNormal 40 100
65Shadow ClawGhost 70 100
66PaybackDark 50 100
77Psych UpNormal
85Dream EaterPsychic 100 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
89U-turnBug 70 100
90SubstituteNormal
97Dark PulseDark 80 100
100ConfideNormal
TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Work UpNormal
6ToxicPoison 90
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
12TauntDark 100
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
24ThunderboltElectric 90 100
25ThunderElectric 110 70
27ReturnNormal 100
30Shadow BallGhost 80 100
32Double TeamNormal
40Aerial AceFlying 60
41TormentDark 100
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
49Echoed VoiceNormal 40 100
60QuashDark 100
63EmbargoDark 100
65Shadow ClawGhost 70 100
66PaybackDark 50 100
77Psych UpNormal
85Dream EaterPsychic 100 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
89U-turnBug 70 100
90SubstituteNormal
97Dark PulseDark 80 100
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Meowth can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.
Note: Generation 1 and 2 refer to the 3DS Virtual Console titles, not the physical cartridges.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
BideNormal Generation 1 — TM
Bubble BeamWater 65 100 Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
Skull BashNormal 130 100 Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormal 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
Water GunWater 40 100 Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
DetectFighting Generation 2 — TM
NightmareGhost 100 Generation 2 — TM
Zap CannonElectric 120 50 Generation 2 — TM
Body SlamNormal 85 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Defense CurlNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
EndureNormal Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
HeadbuttNormal 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Mud-SlapGround 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
SwiftNormal 60 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
FlashNormal 100 Generation 6 — TM
Hone ClawsDark Generation 6 — TM
RetaliateNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
CutNormal 50 95 Generation 6 — HM

Moves learnt by level up

Meowth learns the following moves in Pokémon Sun & Moon at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1GrowlNormal 100
1ScratchNormal 40 100
6BiteDark 60 100
9Fake OutNormal 40 100
14Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
17ScreechNormal 85
22Feint AttackDark 60
25TauntDark 100
30Pay DayNormal 40 100
33SlashNormal 70 100
38Nasty PlotDark
41AssuranceDark 60 100
46CaptivateNormal 100
49Night SlashDark 70 100
50FeintNormal 30 100
Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1GrowlNormal 100
1ScratchNormal 40 100
6BiteDark 60 100
9Fake OutNormal 40 100
14Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
17ScreechNormal 85
22Feint AttackDark 60
25TauntDark 100
30Pay DayNormal 40 100
33SlashNormal 70 100
38Nasty PlotDark
41AssuranceDark 60 100
46CaptivateNormal 100
49Night SlashDark 70 100
50FeintNormal 30 100
55Dark PulseDark 80 100

Egg moves

Meowth learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Sun & Moon. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Meowth egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
AmnesiaPsychic
AssistNormal
CharmFairy 100
FlailNormal 100
Foul PlayDark 95 100
HypnosisPsychic 60
Iron TailSteel 100 75
Last ResortNormal 140 100
Odor SleuthNormal
PunishmentDark 100
SnatchDark
SpiteGhost 100
Tail WhipNormal 100
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
AmnesiaPsychic
AssistNormal
CharmFairy 100
CovetNormal 60 100
FlailNormal 100
FlatterDark 100
Foul PlayDark 95 100
HypnosisPsychic 60
Parting ShotDark 100
PunishmentDark 100
SnatchDark
SpiteGhost 100

Moves learnt by TM

Meowth is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Sun & Moon:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Work UpNormal
6ToxicPoison 90
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
12TauntDark 100
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
24ThunderboltElectric 90 100
25ThunderElectric 110 70
27ReturnNormal 100
30Shadow BallGhost 80 100
32Double TeamNormal
40Aerial AceFlying 60
41TormentDark 100
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
49Echoed VoiceNormal 40 100
65Shadow ClawGhost 70 100
66PaybackDark 50 100
77Psych UpNormal
85Dream EaterPsychic 100 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
89U-turnBug 70 100
90SubstituteNormal
97Dark PulseDark 80 100
100ConfideNormal
TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Work UpNormal
6ToxicPoison 90
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
12TauntDark 100
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
24ThunderboltElectric 90 100
25ThunderElectric 110 70
27ReturnNormal 100
30Shadow BallGhost 80 100
32Double TeamNormal
40Aerial AceFlying 60
41TormentDark 100
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
49Echoed VoiceNormal 40 100
60QuashDark 100
63EmbargoDark 100
65Shadow ClawGhost 70 100
66PaybackDark 50 100
77Psych UpNormal
85Dream EaterPsychic 100 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
89U-turnBug 70 100
90SubstituteNormal
97Dark PulseDark 80 100
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Meowth can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Sun & Moon.
Note: Generation 1 and 2 refer to the 3DS Virtual Console titles, not the physical cartridges.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
BideNormal Generation 1 — TM
Bubble BeamWater 65 100 Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
Skull BashNormal 130 100 Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormal 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
Water GunWater 40 100 Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
DetectFighting Generation 2 — TM
NightmareGhost 100 Generation 2 — TM
Zap CannonElectric 120 50 Generation 2 — TM
Body SlamNormal 85 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Defense CurlNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
EndureNormal Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
HeadbuttNormal 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Mud-SlapGround 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
SwiftNormal 60 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
FlashNormal 100 Generation 6 — TM
Hone ClawsDark Generation 6 — TM
RetaliateNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
CutNormal 50 95 Generation 6 — HM

Meowth sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7
Normal Meowth  sprite from Red & Blue Meowth  sprite from Silver Meowth  sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Meowth  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Meowth  sprite from Black & White Meowth  sprite from X & Y Meowth  sprite from Sun & Moon
Shiny Meowth Shiny sprite from Silver Meowth Shiny sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Meowth Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Meowth Shiny sprite from Black & White Meowth Shiny sprite from X & Y Meowth Shiny sprite from Sun & Moon

Where to find Meowth

Red Trade/migrate from another game
Blue Route 5, 6, 7, 8
Yellow Trade/migrate from another game
Gold Trade/migrate from another game
Silver Route 5, 6, 7, 8, 38, 39
Crystal Route 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 38, 39
Ruby
Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
FireRed
LeafGreen
Route 5, 6, 7, 8, Bond Bridge, Canyon Entrance, Cape Brink, Five Isle Meadow, Kindle Road, Ruin Valley, Seavault Canyon, Treasure Beach, Water Path
Emerald Battle Tower
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
Trophy Garden
HeartGold Trade/migrate from another game
SoulSilver Route 5, 6, 7, 8, 38, 39
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
Trade/migrate from another game
X
Y
Trade/migrate from another game
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Breed Persian
Sun
Moon
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Route 1, 2, Hau'oli City, Malie Garden

Other languages

English Meowth
Japanese ニャース (Nyarth)
German Mauzi
French Miaouss

Name origin

meow
the sound a cat makes