Meowth is a Normal-type Pokemon introduced in Generation I. It evolves into Persian starting at level 28. It also has a Gigantamax form. In Alola, Meowth has a regional variant that is Dark type. In Pokemon Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, it evolves into Alolan Persian when leveled up with high friendship. Take a look below for 30 fun and interesting facts about Meowth.
1. Meowth is a small, feline Pokemon with cream-colored fur that turns brown at the tips of its hind paws and tail.
2. Its ovoid head features four prominent whiskers, wide eyes with slit pupils, two pointed teeth in the upper jaw, and a gold koban coin embedded in its forehead.
3. Its ears are black with brown interiors and are flanked with an additional pair of long whiskers.
4. Meowth is a quadruped with the ability to walk on its hind legs; while the games always depict Meowth on two legs, the anime states that Meowth normally walks on all fours.
5. It can freely manipulate its claws, retracting them when it wants to move silently.
6. The tip of its tail curls tightly.
7. Meowth is attracted to round and shiny objects and has the unique ability to produce coins using Pay Day.
8. Being nocturnal, it is known to wander about city streets at night and pick up anything that sparkles, including loose change.
9. Upon finding a sparkling object, its eyes will glitter and the coin on its forehead will shine brightly.
10. It shares this intrigue with Murkrow, with whom it often fights with for objects and prey.
11. Meowth is a playful but fickle Pokémon with the capacity for human-like intelligence.
12. At least one member of the species teaching itself how to speak.
13. Meowth tends to live in urban areas.
14. Meowth was introduced to Alola as a gift to royalty.
15. The luxurious royal lifestyle soon led to Meowth diverging from its origins and becoming the selfish, prideful, and cunning Alolan Meowth.
16. Alolan Meowth will turn hysterical if its coin or pride are besmirched.
17. When the monarchy fell, the rare Alolan Meowth went feral and eventually grew as common in Alola as anywhere else. Alolan Meowth’s fur is a light blue-gray color. Instead of brown markings, the tip of its tail, whiskers, digits, and the insides of its ears a whitish-gray.
18. Alolan Meowth’s whiskers have a slight curve compared to regular Meowth’s straighter whiskers, and it has silvery eyes.
19. As Gigantamax Meowth, it has become larger and longer in size. The body extends from lower half to the shoulder, while the gold coin gains a symbol. Meowth’s eyes change to a glowing gold color.
20. The tail grows long as well, with the end of it tips extending. Three red clouds surround below the shoulders. The giant coin emits a lot of Gigantamax power that surrounds the area with a golden gleam.
21. Its desire for shiny objects increases to the point where it will cause damage to skyscraper windows and exterior walls for the sake of sharpening its claws.
22. Gigantamax Meowth is the only known Pokémon capable of using the exclusive G-Max Move G-Max Gold Rush.
23. Niue released a one-dollar coin featuring Meowth as part of a commemorative promotion for the Pokémon franchise, with Meowth on one side and the nation’s coat of arms on the other.
24. In Go West, Young Meowth, it was stated that Meowth of Team Rocket had to learn and practice standing on his hind legs like a human, implying that Meowth as a species are not naturally able to stand on their hind legs. However, almost all sprites in the games and the Pokédex in the anime depict it standing on its hind legs, suggesting Meowth has the natural ability to walk on two legs. Tyson’s Meowth is also able to walk on two legs, seemingly naturally.
25. Meowth is the first Pokémon in the Pokémon anime to talk.
26. Meowth’s number in the National Pokédex and the Alola Pokédex in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are the same: 052.
27. Alolan Meowth has the lowest base Attack of all Dark-type Pokémon.
28. Meowth seems to be based upon the Japanese legend of the Maneki-neko, also known as the lucky cat or beckoning cat. According to one legend, a cat raised its paw to welcome a lord and saved his life when a lightning bolt hit the spot where he had been standing.
29. Maneki-neko are often used as charms in restaurants and shops to bring customers fortune and good luck. Statues of the cat are usually depicted holding a koban, an ancient coin used in Japan, like the one on Meowth’s head. Its Japanese species name also suggests it is based on a Bakeneko.
30. Meowth may be a combination of meow (the sound a cat makes) and wealth, alluding to the Maneki-neko’s capacity to bring good fortune. The –th may also be borrowed from Nyarth, as both meow and nyā are onomatopoeia of a cat’s cry.