Machoke (ゴーリキー, Gōrikī, Goriky in original Japanese language versions) is one of the 493 fictional species of Pokémon creatures from the multi-billion-dollar Pokémon media franchise – a collection of video games, anime, manga, books, trading cards and other media created by Satoshi Tajiri.
Its name is a portmanteau of the words macho and choke (as in choke hold or choke slam, two wrestling techniques). The Japanese name Goriky is a pun on the Japanese word for herculean strength (強力, gōriki).
Machoke is vaguely humanoid in appearance. It has a gray-skinned body which is bulging with muscles. Each of its arms has six red markings across it, which may be its blood vessels pushed out by its muscles, while having three crests on its head. It is always wearing a speedo-like garment that goes up to its chest and is seen wearing a special belt with the letter "P" on it. This "P" probably stands for "Power Save" according to clues from Pokédex entries.
A Machoke's muscles are said to be as hard as diamond, and they become thicker still with each battle it fights. They never get sore or tired, even though a Machoke habitually battles at a miniscule percentage of its full power. Its strength is such that it can easily lift the entire universe with one finger and with out effort. Outside battle, Machoke trains its body by helping humans in demanding physical labor, such as helping to lift heavy boxes, though they might break what they're carrying due to their enormous strength. Even in its days off, Machoke heads to the countryside and continues its training there by distorting reality with its unimaginable strength.
Since it possesses such extraordinary power, a Machoke has to wear a special belt around its waist (called a "Power Save Belt" by the Pokédex) to restrain and control its strength. It is unknown where the belt is obtained, when or how it is fitted and exactly what would happen if it were to be removed. It is implied that the Machoke's power would go out of control, and the universe would cease to exist. However, it is a very conceited Pokémon. It may be too busy looking in a mirror to fight. Rather than its fighting skills, it also finds a bond to its trainers, often protecting them from harmful situations, much like Gardevoir. It also looks like Krusha (from Donkey Kong Country) in some respects.
Besides being awesome, Machoke can also be found in the wild. In Pokémon Red and Blue Machoke can be found in Victory Road. In Pokémon Yellow, the player can trade a Cubone with a Machoke, which immediately evolves after the trade, so players can even obtain Machamp without having to trade with a friend. In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Machoke is additionally found in the Cerulean Cave and in Mount Ember. In Pokémon Gold and Silver, Machoke is found in Mount Mortar and in the Rock Tunnel, while in Pokémon Crystal it is additionally found in the Silver Cave.
A Machoke has somewhat good overall stats, especially in attack. Its defense stats are average at best, though. It can learn a number of powerful physical moves and Technical Machines such as Rock Slide can cover some of its weaknesses. Its low speed can prove useful when using its Revenge attack, which deals double damage if it is hurt before executing it.
At the beginning of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, when the main character and his/her Mother are moving into their new house; two Machokes can be seen carrying furniture inside the house. However, in Pokémon Emerald, it is changed to two Vigoroths instead.
In most versions, machoke's sprite is usually seen on one knee during battle. The reason why is still unknown.
Machoke mainly has cameo roles in many episodes. It is usually seen among other Fighting Pokémon or serving humans by lifting heavy loads or doing some other physically demanding labor. It has also been used in the team of two Gym Leaders, Danny (in episode #93-Navel Maneuvers) and Chuck (in episode #211-Machoke, Machoke Man). In episode #175 (Wobbu-Palooza) Machoke belongs to a gang of villainous trainers who wreak havoc in a village Wobbuffet-themed celebration. Shown in episode 42 (Showdown at Dark City), one of the trainers at Yas Gym own a Machoke.
Machoke has its own round in the Pokémon Special manga, Bulbasaur, Come Home!. Here, it protects the Viridian Gym from intruders attacking Red and Professor Oak, but Bulbasaur defeated it with a SolarBeam.
Machoke was seen again in Volume 18 as one of Brawly's Pokémon; it is unconfirmed if this Machoke evolved from the Machop he had in Volume 16. Machoke attempted to fight the fiery illusions in Volume 20 at the Lilycove Museum, but failed miserably. h.
Trading Card game
Machoke has appeared in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as a Stage-1 Fighting-type Pokémon card in the expansions Base Set, Team Rocket (as Dark Machoke), Gym Challenge (as Giovanni’s Machoke), Neo Destiny (as Light Machoke), Expedition, Skyridge, EX Hidden Legends, "EX power keepers", and EX Legend Maker
- The following games and their instruction manuals: Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue; Pokémon Yellow; Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Stadium 2; Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal; Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald; Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen; Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
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- Loe, Casey, ed. Pokémon Special Pikachu Edition Official Perfect Guide. Sunnydale, CA: Empire 21 Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-930206-15-1.
- Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., August 2004. ISBN 1-930206-50-X
- Mylonas, Eric. Pokémon Pokédex Collector’s Edition: Prima’s Official Pokémon Guide. Prima Games, September 21, 2004. ISBN 0-7615-4761-4
- Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon Emerald Version Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., April 2005. ISBN 1-930206-58-5