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 0.4 m (1′04″)
Weight 4.2 kg (9.3 lbs)
Abilities 1. Pickup
2. 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)
052 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)
182 (Sword/Shield)

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 (4,884–5,140 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 0.4 m (1′04″)
Weight 4.2 kg (9.3 lbs)
Abilities 1. Pickup
2. 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)
052 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)
182 (Sword/Shield)

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 (4,884–5,140 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.

Pokédex data

National № 052
Type Steel
Species Scratch Cat Pokémon
Height 0.4 m (1′04″)
Weight 7.5 kg (16.5 lbs)
Abilities 1. Pickup
2. Tough Claws
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)
052 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)
182 (Sword/Shield)

Training

EV yield 1 Attack
Catch rate
Base Friendship
Base Exp.
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

Egg Groups Field
Gender
Egg cycles 20 (4,884–5,140 steps)

Base stats

HP 50
210 304
Attack 65
121 251
Defense 55
103 229
Sp. Atk 40
76 196
Sp. Def 40
76 196
Speed 40
76 196
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
#052
Meowth
Galarian Meowth
Steel
(Level 28)

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.
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Appears to be more active at night. It loves round and shiny things. It can’t stop itself from picking them up.
Sword It loves to collect shiny things. If it’s in a good mood, it might even let its Trainer have a look at its hoard of treasures.
Shield It washes its face regularly to keep the coin on its forehead spotless. It doesn’t get along with Galarian Meowth.

Gigantamax

Sword The pattern that has appeared on its giant coin is thought to be the key to unlocking the secrets of the Dynamax phenomenon.
Shield Its body has grown incredibly long and the coin on its forehead has grown incredibly large—all thanks to Gigantamax power.

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.
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Highly intelligent and prideful, it’s famously difficult to handle—but that’s also a reason for its popularity.
Sword It’s accustomed to luxury because it used to live with Alolan royalty. As a result, it’s very picky about food.
Shield Deeply proud and keenly smart, this Pokémon moves with cunning during battle and relentlessly attacks enemies’ weak points.

Galarian Meowth

Sword Living with a savage, seafaring people has toughened this Pokémon’s body so much that parts of it have turned to iron.
Shield These daring Pokémon have coins on their foreheads. Darker coins are harder, and harder coins garner more respect among Meowth.

Moves learned by Meowth

Moves learnt by level up

Meowth learns the following moves in Pokémon Sword & Shield at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Fake OutNormal 40 100
1GrowlNormal 100
4FeintNormal 30 100
8ScratchNormal 40 100
12Pay DayNormal 40 100
16BiteDark 60 100
20TauntDark 100
24AssuranceDark 60 100
29Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
32ScreechNormal 85
36SlashNormal 70 100
40Nasty PlotDark
44Play RoughFairy 90 90
Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Fake OutNormal 40 100
1GrowlNormal 100
4FeintNormal 30 100
8ScratchNormal 40 100
12Pay DayNormal 40 100
16BiteDark 60 100
20TauntDark 100
24AssuranceDark 60 100
29Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
32ScreechNormal 85
36Night SlashDark 70 100
40Nasty PlotDark
44Play RoughFairy 90 90
Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Fake OutNormal 40 100
1GrowlNormal 100
4Hone ClawsDark
8ScratchNormal 40 100
12Pay DayNormal 40 100
16Metal ClawSteel 50 95
20TauntDark 100
24SwaggerNormal 85
29Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
32ScreechNormal 85
36SlashNormal 70 100
40Metal SoundSteel 85
44ThrashNormal 120 100

Egg moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
CovetNormal 60 100
FlailNormal 100
HypnosisPsychic 60
Last ResortNormal 140 100
SpiteGhost 100
Tail WhipNormal 100
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
CovetNormal 60 100
FlailNormal 100
FlatterDark 100
HypnosisPsychic 60
Parting ShotDark 100
SpiteGhost 100
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
CovetNormal 60 100
CurseGhost
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100
FlailNormal 100
Night SlashDark 70 100
SpiteGhost 100

Move Tutor moves

Meowth can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Sword & Shield from move tutors (details):

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Lash OutDark 75 100

Moves learnt by TM

Meowth is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
02Pay DayNormal 40 100
15DigGround 80 100
16ScreechNormal 85
21RestPsychic
23ThiefDark 60 100
24SnoreNormal 50 100
25ProtectNormal
27Icy WindIce 55 95
29CharmFairy 100
31AttractNormal 100
33Rain DanceWater
34Sunny DayFire
39FacadeNormal 70 100
40SwiftNormal 60
56U-turnBug 70 100
57PaybackDark 50 100
58AssuranceDark 60 100
65Shadow ClawGhost 70 100
76RoundNormal 60 100
79RetaliateNormal 70 100
TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
02Pay DayNormal 40 100
15DigGround 80 100
16ScreechNormal 85
21RestPsychic
23ThiefDark 60 100
24SnoreNormal 50 100
25ProtectNormal
27Icy WindIce 55 95
29CharmFairy 100
31AttractNormal 100
33Rain DanceWater
34Sunny DayFire
39FacadeNormal 70 100
40SwiftNormal 60
56U-turnBug 70 100
57PaybackDark 50 100
58AssuranceDark 60 100
65Shadow ClawGhost 70 100
76RoundNormal 60 100
79RetaliateNormal 70 100
TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
02Pay DayNormal 40 100
15DigGround 80 100
16ScreechNormal 85
21RestPsychic
23ThiefDark 60 100
24SnoreNormal 50 100
25ProtectNormal
31AttractNormal 100
33Rain DanceWater
34Sunny DayFire
39FacadeNormal 70 100
56U-turnBug 70 100
57PaybackDark 50 100
58AssuranceDark 60 100
65Shadow ClawGhost 70 100
76RoundNormal 60 100
79RetaliateNormal 70 100

Moves learnt by TR

Meowth is compatible with these Technical Records in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

Moves learnt by level up

Meowth learns the following moves in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1BiteDark 60 100
1Fake OutNormal 40 100
1GrowlNormal 100
1ScratchNormal 40 100
3BiteDark 60 100
6Fake OutNormal 40 100
9TauntDark 100
12Pay DayNormal 40 100
15FeintNormal 30 100
19Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
23ScreechNormal 85
27SlashNormal 70 100
31Nasty PlotDark
35Play RoughFairy 90 90

Moves learnt by TM

Meowth is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee:

Meowth sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8
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 Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Meowth  sprite from Sword & Shield
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 Ultra Sun & Ultra 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, Sevault 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
Let's Go Pikachu Trade/migrate from another game
Let's Go Eevee Route 24, 25, Cinnabar Island
Sword
Shield
Route 4

Other languages

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

Name origin

meow
the sound a cat makes