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Rowlet (モクロー, Mokuroh) is a Grass/Flying-type Pokémon introduced in Generation VII. It is the Grass-type Starter Pokémon of the Alola region and also one of the three Starter Pokémon of the ancient Sinnoh region known as Hisui in Pokémon Legends: Arceus alongside Cyndaquil and Oshawott.



Rowlet is a small, avian Pokémon resembling a young owl with a round body and short legs. Its plumage is primarily brown with a white underside and facial disc. The facial disc itself is in the shape of two overlapping circles. It has large black eyes and a stubby beak. The top part of its beak is white, while the lower half is an orange-brown. Its feet have two forward-facing toes and one backwards facing toe; they are the same color as the lower half of its beak. Two leaves sprout from its chest, arranged so that they resemble a green bow tie. Additional leaves line the undersides of its wings and form its tail.


Due to its high resilience, Rowlet can face any situations. In addition, it is able to follow the instructions of its trainer and organizes different attacks according to different situations. A nocturnal Pokémon, it stores energy during the day through photosynthesis. It approaches opponents by silently gliding, before launching its sharp feathers and then unleashing a volley of kicks. This Pokémon is able to rotate its head almost 180 degrees, and has excellent night vision. Rowlet is usually calm but they can get angry fast.

Rowlet find comfort in tight, dark places such as a pocket or a trainer's backpack. It loves to sleep.

Rowlet likes to be petted on the leaves on its chest, but dislikes being petted on its forehead.They are popular amongst Alolan trainers for their stoic demeanors and observational skills, making them common choices for starter Pokémon.


Rowlet evolves into Dartrix at level 17 and then Decidueye at level 34.

Game info


Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sun and Moon Starter Pokémon from Hala in Iki Town One
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Starter Pokémon from Professor Kukui on Route 1 One
Sword and Shield Trade None
The Isle of Armor
From Diglett's Trainer in Fields of Honor after finding 100 Alolan Digletts if Grookey is chosen as the Starter Pokémon One

Pokédex entries

  • Sun

    This wary Pokémon uses photosynthesis to store up energy during the day, while becoming active at night.

  • Moon

    Silently it glides, drawing near its targets. Before they even notice it, it begins to pelt them with vicious kicks.

  • Ultra Sun

    It sends its feathers, which are as sharp as blades, flying in attack. Its legs are strong, so its kicks are also formidable.

  • Ultra Moon

    It feel relaxed in tight dark places and has been know to use trainer pocket or bag as a nest.

  • Sword

    At a distance, it launches its sharp feathers while flying about. If the enemy gets too close, Rowlet switches tactics and delivers vicious kicks.

  • Shield

    During the day, it builds up energy via photosynthesis. At night, it flies silently through the sky, on the prowl for prey.

  • Legends: Arceus

    Flies noiselessly on delicate wings. It has mastered the art of deftly launching dagger-sharp feathers from those same wings.


Rowlet's Stats
Sp. Atk
Sp. Def



LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Tackle 50 100% 35 Normal Physical
1 Leafage 40 100% 40 Grass Physical
4 Growl -- 100% 40 Normal Status
8 Peck 35 100% 35 Flying Physical
11 Astonish 30 100% 15 Ghost Physical
15 Razor Leaf 25 55% 95 Grass Physical
18 Foresight -- --% 40 Normal Status
22 Pluck 60 100% 20 Flying Physical
25 Synthesis -- --% 5 Grass Status
29 Fury Attack 15 85% 20 Normal Physical
32 Sucker Punch 70 100% 5 Dark Physical
36 Leaf Blade 90 100% 15 Grass Physical
39 Feather Dance -- 100% 15 Flying Status
43 Brave Bird 120 100% 15 Flying Physical
46 Nasty Plot -- --% 20 Dark Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


TMs, TRs, and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM/TR Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM01 Work Up —% 30 Normal Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM19 Roost —% 10 Flying Status
TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special
TM51 Steel Wing 70 90% 25 Steel Physical
TM53 Energy Ball 90 100% 10 Grass Special
TM54 False Swipe 40 100% 40 Normal Physical
TM65 Shadow Claw 70 100% 15 Ghost Physical
TM75 Swords Dance —% 20 Normal Status
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM96 Nature Power —% 20 Normal Status
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Breeding Generation VII
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Baton Pass Togetic, Oricorio —% 40 Normal Status
Confuse Ray Zubat, Golbat, Crobat, Natu, Xatu 100% 10 Ghost Status
Curse * Farfetch'd —% 10 Ghost Status
Defog Ducklett, Swanna, Rufflet, Braviary —% 15 Flying Status
Haze Zubat, Golbat, Crobat, Murkrow, Honchkrow —% 30 Ice Status
Ominous Wind Natu, Xatu, Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye 60 100% 5 Ghost Special

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.


Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Covet USUM 60 100% 25 Normal Physical
Defog USUM —% 15 Flying Status
Giga Drain USUM 75 100% 10 Grass Special
Grass Pledge SMUSUM 80 100% 10 Grass Special
Seed Bomb USUM 80 100% 15 Grass Physical
Sky Attack USUM 140 90% 5 Flying Physical
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Synthesis USUM —% 5 Grass Status
Worry Seed USUM 100% 10 Grass Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.




Ash's Rowlet.

Main article: Ash's Rowlet

Rowlet first appeared in First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style! under the ownership of Ash.


  • Rowlet's round body and face bear certain resemblance to the alchemic symbol for Salt (which represents Earth).
  • Rowlet, like Bulbasaur, is the only unevolved starter Pokémon with dual-type.
  • Rowlet is the lightest starter Pokémon to date.
  • Rowlet is the only Alola Starter whose first learned move is a previously unseen move (Leafage).
  • Among the three Starter bird Pokémon, Rowlet is the only one that can fly. Torchic is based on a domestic chicken and Piplup is based on a penguin, neither of which is able to fly.
  • As of now, Rowlet is the only Starter Pokémon to have its final evolution's secondary type change (from Flying to Ghost).
  • Rowlet is the only Starter Pokémon that is part of the Flying-Egg group.
  • Rowlet has the highest HP of all unevolved Starter Pokémon.


Rowlet is based on the barn owl; considering the Alola region's Hawaiian setting, it may also be based on the native pueo owl, where they are known to live in the forests and grasslands of the Hawaiian archipelago. Theme-wise, Rowlet may be based on the alchemical prime salt, which was associated with the earth, and plants are often associated with earth. Rowlet's round, somewhat bisected body somewhat resembles the symbol used for salt (🜔).


Rowlet may come from ruffle and owlet, a baby owl. It may also incorporate round (as it is very round), arrow or rowan (a type of tree, referring to a Grass type Pokémon).

Mokuroh may be derived from 木 Moku (Japanese for wood) and 梟 Fukurō (Japanese for owl).