|Pokémon series character|
|First game||Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire|
|Designed by||Ken Sugimori|
|Voiced by (English)||Dan Green|
|Voiced by (Japanese)||Yūji Ueda|
Treecko, known in Japan as Kimori (キモリ), is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Treecko first appeared in the video games Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and subsequent sequels, later appearing in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise.
Concept and characteristics
Treecko, known as the Wood Gecko Pokémon, is a small, green, bipedal reptilian Pokémon. Treecko's hands and feet each have three digits. Treecko has two large dark-green tails, which they use to predict the day's weather. Its stomach and throat are red. Treecko has yellow eyes with long, skinny pupils. It also has a line across on its stomach resembling a pouch. With the aid of tiny spikes located in their hands and feet, Treecko are able to scale walls and even ceilings. Very cool and calm, Treecko never panic under any circumstances, even when faced with a bigger foe. Known to be the protectors of the forest's trees, Treecko make their nests inside overgrown forests. Wild Treecko are very territorial, and will attack anyone that comes near their homes by attacking with their tails. It is based on the real-life animal gecko.
In the video games
Treecko first appeared in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and its remake Pokémon Emerald. Treecko is one of the starting Pokémon in the game along with Torchic and Mudkip. Treecko evolves into Grovyle and then into Sceptile when it gains enough experience in battle. It has since appeared in all subsequent entries in the main Pokémon series. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, one of the three starters can be obtained from Steven Stone after obtaining all 16 badges and beating the final boss, Red. Outside of the main series, it appears in Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, Pokémon Trozei!, the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon titles, the Pokémon Ranger titles, Pokémon Channel, and PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure.
In other media
In the anime, Ash helped a Treecko in trying to save his old tree home, which afterward he battled the Treecko, and caught him as a result of that battle. Ash has used Treecko in a number of battles since its capture including the gym battles against Roxanne and Brawly. Treecko evolved into Grovyle in the middle of a battle against a Loudred. Its personality does not change much; Grovyle is as much of a loner as Treecko was, and it loves the challenge of a battle. It also habitually keeps a twig in its mouth, although larger than the one it used to keep as a Treecko. When Ash returns to Kanto to take the Battle Frontier challenge, Grovyle is one of the Pokémon he takes with him. Ash continues to use Grovyle until its evolution into Sceptile during a battle with a Tropius. After evolution, Sceptile retains its rebellious personality. Ash's Sceptile is initially unable to use any attacks, due to the psychological impact of a Meganium's rejection. However, it regains the ability to use its attacks, and it later learns the SolarBeam attack.
GameZone's jkdmedia wrote that while it is not "overly powerful at first," it becomes "quite useful later on in the game". The Escapist's John Funk wrote that the Pokémon Snivy resembled Treecko. Conversely, Official Nintendo Magazine's Tom East wrote that while Treecko is similar to Snivy due to both being "green reptiles", "they look nothing like each other". GameDaily's Justin Davis called Treecko "cool". GameSpy's Michael Vreeland called it "mellow" and that it "has the strongest special attacks of the three starters". GamePro called Treecko the best starter in Ruby and Sapphire due to its advantage over other Pokémon early in the game. IGN's Lucas M. Thomas wrote that the Pokémon Turtwig "follows in" Treecko's footsteps. Authors Tracey West and Katherine Noll ranked it the third best Grass type and wrote that reliable and a "cool customer" in the anime. Comics Alliance's Chris Sims used Treecko as an example of a weak Pokémon design and compared it to Bulbasaur which he found far superior.
- Game Freak. Pokémon FireRed. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (2004-09-07) It quickly scales even vertical walls. It senses humidity with its tail to predict the next day's weather.
- Game Freak. Pokémon Diamond. (Nintendo). Nintendo DS. (2007-04-22) The soles of its feet are covered by countless tiny spikes, enabling it to walk on walls and ceilings.
- Game Freak. Pokémon Sapphire. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (2003-03-17) Treecko is cool, calm, and collected – it never panics under any situation. If a bigger foe were to glare at this Pokémon, it would glare right back without conceding an inch of ground.
- Game Freak. Pokémon Emerald. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (2005-05-01) It makes its nest in a giant tree in the forest. It ferociously guards against anything nearing its territory. It is said to be the protector of the forest's trees.
- Game Freak. Pokémon Ruby. (Nintendo). Game Boy Advance. (2003-03-17) Treecko has small hooks on the bottom of its feet that enable it to scale vertical walls. This Pokémon attacks by slamming foes with its thick tail.
- Aya Matsui (writer) (November 29, 2003). "Tree's a Crowd". Pokémon. Season Advanced. Episode 07. Various.
- Atsuhiro Tomioka (writer) (January 10, 2004). "The Winner by a Nosepass". Pokémon. Season Advanced. Episode 16. Various.
- Junki Takegami (writer) (May 15, 2004). "Just One of the Geysers". Pokémon. Season Advanced. Episode 31. Various.
- Aya Matsui (writer) (February 19, 2005). "Exploud and Clear!". Pokémon. Season Advanced Challenge. Episode 66. Various.
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- Lucas M. Thomas. "Countdown to Diamond and Pearl – DS Feature at IGN". Ds.ign.com. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
- Pokémon top 10 handbook: our top picks! – Tracey West, Katherine Noll – Google Books. Google Books. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
- "vs. the 156 New Pokemon: The Best, Worst and Weirdest – ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews". ComicsAlliance. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
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