In young age they were members of Saburō's pack but after his death they created their brotherly Trio, lead by Rocket. Some years later they joined Hōgen's army, but after meeting the Ōu Army Rocket decieded to join them and leaved his brothers.
Since living with the Ōu Army, Rocket is the fastest runner of them all and has the best sense of hearing, often hearing distant sounds the others cannot.
Rocket is an orange-coloured borzoi with white markings on his muzzle, neck, chest and legs. He has small ears with long fur on them, and has a long and thin snout. On his chest, stomach and tail, his fur is long. He has round eyes, which are coloured yellow. His eyes also have black eyeliner-like markings and small strokes over them.
Rocket is a sensible, calm and quite friendly dog. Even while still working on the bad side, he still has sense of honor and he shows politeness towards elderly dogs and respect towards the old soldier Ben. He also doesn't want to kill if it isn't his ordered mission. He also hates it when puppies are killed.
He respects those who are ready to sacrifice themselves for others but believes such people don't exist anymore. However, his belief is proven wrong by Jerome and he has a change of attitude after meeting with the Ōu Army. Unlike his brothers, Rocket understood Saburō's last wish and decided to live fighting for others and not only for his own survival. Rocket is very loyal and caring towards his new comrades and always ready to help them, also sacrificing himself if needed. He dislikes his past self who always ran away but now he is ready to face death for his friends and stay with them until the end.
Though he is usually calm, Rocket once lost his temper because Rikiya's minions joined the enemy instead of defending their leader. This shows Rocket's sense of honor and that he dislikes those who give themselves and their close people up just to survive. In the Last Wars Rocket has become wiser and started to see Orion's potential as a leader. He is still dedicated to his task.
Even though, Rocket is a staff dog he believes he doesn't believe himself to be leader material but has shown to be very responsible as he sent the last of Jerome's kids and Sasuke away wishing not to see them die and very clever.
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When Rocket was a puppy, he and his brothers Jet and Missile were abandoned by humans in the mountains in Wakayama. Fortunately for them, they were accepted in the pack lead by a Shikoku, Saburō. Later, the pack was taken over by the two Siberian Huskies Sakon and Ukon, who spent most of their time beating up the Borzoi brothers.
One day, Rocket had been beaten so badly that Saburō had interfered. Before the old leader got killed, he told the Borzoi Brothers that they have to live a life with a purpose.
Rocket, Jet and Missile later had become runners of Hōgen as they thought of him as a stronger dog. When Hōgen sends them out on a mission to capture Weed, the three bump into Ben and Cross.
However, they did not hurt them and continued their hunt. As they snatched Weed from his pack, GB and the rest of the pack hunt them down. Jerome finds Weed in the clutches of the Borzoi Brothers and fights them. On his defeat, Rocket decides to leave his brothers to join Weed to fulfill his purpose.
Rocket had a hard time gaining trust in his pack until he saved Weed and GB from falling to their deaths at the mountain. Later, when he hears from Hook and Sasuke that his brothers were killed by Hōgen, he decides to stay with Weed's pack for good to avenge his brothers' deaths.
After the battles against Hougen and the gelada baboon Shōgun, Rocket is sent out to find Weed who is on a trip with his love Koyuki. When he has finally found him, he brings the sad news of Hokkaidō's leader Hakurō was killed, Hokkaidō was conquered by the German Shepherd Victor and Jerome is in danger. Afterwards, he successfully brings Weed and his reinforcements to Hokkaidō with the help of the Kōga dog Toshimitsu who had escaped from the gorge.
Rocket helps the wounded saluki mother Mari to get her kidnapped puppies back from the man by acting as the bait while Weed and friends free the kidnapped dogs from the cage.
Hybrid Bear Arc
Rocket was the first dog to figure out and bring news to Weed that there were more than one Hybrid Bears after witnessing a fight between a crocodile and Hybrid Polar Bear in the river. Rocket also participated in fighting alongside with Weed and his friends against the Hybrid Bears.
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Rocket was originally a spy from Hōgen's group. Rocket, along with his two brothers, Jet and Missile, went to spy on Weed's pack. At one point, he told some of the pack that Hōgen has ten times more soldiers, scaring them away. He blames Carl so he won't get in trouble. The three got in a fight with Jerome, but when he was going to kill the three, Weed interrupted and told the Borzoi brothers to leave.
Rocket then realizes Weed's kindness and leaves his brothers to join him. Rocket had a hard time gaining trust from the group, especially Jerome. But, he was finally accepted by him when he saved GB and Weed from being blown off a mountain. After passing the mountains, Rocket then tells the group of a dog named Kyōshirō who might be of help to them. Rocket is from then on an important character in the series.
The Ōu Army's Release
He is released and meets up with the rest of the army, as well as Weed. Rocket leaps off the cliff to save Andy from falling when he attacks Kurohabaki Masamune, but although he grabs him he falls into the river below.
After the death of Masamune, Rocket is found by Orion and Weed who discovers that he's okay but just has an injured leg. Then, he falls into the river again but his pulled to shore by Gennai and reunites with Cross, Kurotora and the others.
A year has passed since the death of Kurohabaki Masamune. Upon hearing howls and roars, he is sent by Akame to investigate the cause of the noise, but is stopped when three bears appear from their hiding places. Rocket easily dodges the attacks and goes back up the hill to the others. After many dogs are either killed or injured Gin suggests that while the others get away, he acts as a decoy but is told by Jerome and Kurotora not to do it and they will do it instead. Gin doesn't listen and charges at Monsoon, but his Battōga does nothing and Gin is easily thrown off. In a state of panic and anger, the dogs charge at the bears themselves. Monsoon easily slashes at them all, killing Jaguar and badly injuring Rocket and the rest. Led by Monsoon, the bears carry out a full assault on the Ōu army. Monsoon roars in victory as the Ōu paradise falls.
After the fight, Rocket manages to escape along with Ken and Kyōshirō, the three of them sneak across the cliff face when they notice bears patrolling the grounds below. Rocket decides it is their best chance to counter attack while the bears don't notice them. The trio travel further down stream until they make it to a small cave, close to where Gajō once stood. Inside the cave are the rotten corpses of Dodo, Buru and Shōji, having been left there after their death at the hands of Genba years ago. Rocket climbs the wall of the cliff to assist Kyōshirō when the Kishu goes to scout the area. When the young dog is pinned down by the bears, Rocket runs in and attacks them, saving Kyōshirō but yanking him away from battle by his tail. As Bob and the bears give chase, Rocket makes a last attempt at escape by throwing himself and Kyōshirō off the cliff, where a river runs below. The bears give up their chase believing them to be dead as Bob cries over them.
Further down the stream, Ogasawara Gennai and Zion are passing by when they notice Rocket and Kyōshirō struggling in the water, and help to rescue them. The two dogs recognize Gennai and inform him of the situation. Back with the other group, they just remembered that Ken was still in Kotobuki Valley. Akame asks if he'll be okay, because the stream could turn muddy and/or turn into a flood. Sure enough, a flood causes a wounded Ken to be washed into the river and the Ou army go to the location to find and save him. They each keep a watchful eye on the raging river, as Kawasemi dives in to find him. With Ken safe, Rocket follows his friends with their assault on the bears. After hitting Monsoon's Kin, he and Kyōshirō along with Rigel manage to kill one of them
Then, Rocket and the others hear gunshots from Hidetoshi and sees the bears flee in terror, with the ordeal over seeing that Unsai was critically injured. He watches Unsai get carried away for treatment after the hunters arrive Rocket follows Kawasemi and begins the finally assault on the rest of Monsoon's Kin through everyone's efforts the bears are defeated.
He and his comrades howl for victory but it's cut short by Orion and after that he hears Akame call out to Orion shocked to see him standing up. Rocket witnesses Akame pass out but regains consciousness briefly after hearing Orion's speech he agrees that Monsoon needs to be killed. Then, when Akame loses consciousness again but is revived by Daisuke and Hidetoshi. He watches with his comrades as the kishu and Izou are taken away for treatment. Then, he sees Sirius and Zion run after Monsoon, Rocket hears Orion asking Rigel to bring their brother back here. But, when Rigel refuses Rocket agrees saying that Sirius is an adult now and his doing what he believes in and if dies he'll have no regrets. Some time later Rocket watches from a nearby hillside with his comrades as Daisuke and the people of the village bury their fallen allies and pays their respects.
Rocket watches with the others as the Pet Dog Squad leaves and starts to see Orion crying; he says the young pup is starting to become of age. Then, he hears the promise Orion made to Akame saying they wouldn't have anymore fights until everyone has recovered, with that even Rocket admitted that Orion has grown into an adult and that his sense of duty has made him stronger in a strange way. He is questioned by Kyoshiro if Orion has the making of a leader the borozi thinks he does if Orion gets rid of his recklessness and learns patience then, Rigel or Sirius couldn't rival him. During the night Rocket and the others notice that the Kamakiri brothers went after Sirius and Cross tells Rocket to stop them; that the borozi should be able catch them with his speed. He gets right to that but soon as he begins he sees Rigel following him he tells the pup to go back but he refuses; then he comes across Bob and Orion when the black akita asks Orion where the others went he tells Orion not to be over hasty. But seeing there isn't much time to talk Rocket tells Rigel he's running ahead. He and Rigel manage to catch up to the Kamakiri brothers, Orion's friends and to his surprise Gennai and his subordinate Tsuyoshi and tells them by Gin's orders they are suppose to go back.
Rocket bickers with Akakama saying that their lives are more important than Sirius's but the irish wolfhound disagrees by saying that Sirius should matter too until it ends with the irish wolfhound saying he is deserting the army. The Borzoi tries to stops them to no avail. Then, along the way he teased by Gennai about not being the fastest in the army but he collapses Gennai says this is no time to rest but Rigel quickly defends him. However, doesn't want to give excuses and have the others go without him but they refuse, while Gennai leads the others to Monsoon, Rocket is watched by Rigel. Once Rocket is feeling better Rigel and him continue to follow the path of their friends hoping no one did anything reckless. Then, they come across the forest watchmen and Bell asking her if she'd seen their friends but they hear a noise and discover to see Gennai being thrown by Monsoon. He sees his brother right in the bear's striking range until Gennai pushes him out of the way. After Sirius is knocked out by Monsoon, Rocket watches Akakama hastily attack the bear. Rocket is relieved that Akakama has survived and then notices a helicopter in the sky but after what has just happened he still hears Sirius tell everyone that he continue his quest with Monsoon.
Rocket hears from Sirius that his purpose was to talk not to fight. With Zion still following him Rigel watches Sirius leave wanting to have a chance. He watches Gennai attack Sirius in a fit of rage for his attitude, then they all hear a cry help only to discover that it's one of the watchmen's dogs with his front paws cut off. Seeing that Sirius wants to continue he blocks Gennai from making another move. Hearing Rigel's realization that only the humans could bring Monsoon down seeing that their power wasn't enough with Akakama agreeing. He also understood that the humans don't know anything about Monsoon yet; Rocket and the others begin to hear the watchmen's dogs owner's whistle and takes the fallen hunting dog back to their owners.
After Gennai leaves Bell with an important Rocket follows him as they track a helicopter hoping to lead the humans to Monsoon knowing that he couldn't hide forever, they keep going until night fall and begin to rest. They hear a scream and begin to suspect it was Sirius until the pyrenees calms them down, and stays with Gennai as Rigel and the Kamakiri brothers leave to check on Sirius.
When Rigel and the others return to Gennai's group his leader sees that they were unable to convince him. Gennai tries to convince Rocket to return to Ohu but he didn't want to leave empty handed the pyrenees agrees with Rocket's decesion. He tells Gennai that he is prepared for the worst if Monsoon comes. He sees Sirius and Zion return to the group with the bear cub, Rocket hears Rigel get asked by Sirius to take Chibi back to Ohu with them and after Gennai's bad choice of words Rigel blocks Sirius from attacking Gennai. Surprised that Chibi started to speak dog language and hearing that Sirius has big hopes for the young cub Rocket begins to wonder if this is what Sirius ment in his ideals Rigel agrees on taking Chibi to their home with Rocket but he asks why the group says it will be too risky to make it back on his own.
With that he agrees to Sirius's request seeing that he's very good at persuading but confidental warns Sirius that if anything happens to him everyone in the army will be coming after him before leaving with Rigel and Chibi. Once they return to Ohu with Chibi and finds the cub hiding behind a rock, Rigel explains that the dogs are their friends. But seeing the whole pack come for the cub Rocket tries to tell everyone that the cub is not an enemy and yet no one listens. Kyoshiro dives in to attack Chibi but Rigel throws him away with ease surprising everyone and explains that Chibi has no connection to Monsoon and that his mother was killed by Monsoon. He was told by Sirius to bring Chibi here until the cub becomes independent to which Rocket confirms. When he sees that Rigel words aren't enough he vouches for Chibi by saying that the cub has no relation to Monsoon and there's no reason to kill the cub. He also hears Kurotora batters Orion for his attitude. Whenhe hears that Orion is trying to protect everyone in Ohu Kuro says that he doesn't need protecting from him. He also sees Orion pointing his bamboo stick at the kai ken convincing the pup to attack him but is stopped by Jerome and watches in horror as Orion almost attacks the shepard. He watches Kyoshiro give Orion a beat crying in tears and Mel restrains him but soon the tears turn into laughter as everyone runs back up the hill.
He sees Orion return telling everyone to resume their training, after another month has passed Rocket is glad to see all his comrades return.
After Sirius and Monsoon's death, Rocket joins George and Kagetora in searching for Orion. Then, he comes across two unknown dogs asking about Orion's whereabouts surprised to see Sasuke realizing he was in a fight but was informed that Kyoshiro was captured rushing off to his rescue. Seeing Kyoshiro pinned and the big dog as the leader, Rocket introduces themselves as Weed's subordinates and attacks first freeing the young kishu. He warns George of the incoming dog but was shocked when Kyoshiro ended up him the big dog's mouth, and follows George in freeing him but was surprised when the big dog fled shortly after his followers and decides to let him go. As the sun sets and was informed of the situation by Kyo and begins to suspect that things are like this because they were looking for Orion as well as talk with George about the state of the world. Soon they come across Hirota who mistook them for someone else just after catching up to the pup his village members appear shortly after they see his pack and introduce themselves.
But seeing that Hirota's pack didn't want their help leave and yet see Hirota coming to them in tears. Hearing the pup beg for help Rocket urged Kyoshiro to listen upon hearing his plea Rocket's and his friends discover that pup's father was an ally of theirs. From him learn that the dog they faced was named Crow and took over their home ever since Hirota's father left, and tells the pup not too worry about Kyoshiro and Sasuke arguing as they are friends but soon hears Hirota's mother calling for her son. From Hirota's mother, Rocket and the others learn that her husband Munechika and his friends left to help Ou with the bear crisis but never came back and was asked if they knew him but everyone sadly replied they didn't, seeing that trust was the issue they were aware the village sent messengers. Seeing the crisis they inform the village that Crow won't bother them but seeing that he may come back they decide to stay. The next morning, Rocket returns with food for Sasuke and Kyo informing them it will be their turn as lookouts but was informed by George that they were being watched. Aware that Crow's pack was looking for them Rocket feared their numbers won't be enough and quelled Kyoshiro's eagerness knowing Crow couldn't be taken on in a single fight but hearing of how Crow's lackeys acted before towards the kishu, he brushed it off remembering that the top soldiers of the Ouu Army were well known in Japan. Had the idea if Hirota's village could join them they could turn the tide.
So they planed their next move aware they were still being watched. He and Kyoshiro surprised the spy wanting information from him and was surprised to see their leader Weed. Realizing that they were dealing with a problem from the same pack and he was also surprised that Crow's subordinate knew his leader but was told not to be moved by flattery managing to catch the fleeing subordinate. Wanting to meet the subordinate's boss they hear woman's scream asking how close they were but when the dog expressed fear over being killed Weed confidently says they protect him. Soon they hear Kagetora's call for help rushing to the scene and Rocket saves Kage. From the large dog, he hears that others were giving his pack a bad reputation and spreading rumors seeing they need fix that. Then, Rocket watched the fight between Crow and Weed, with his leader winning effortlessly and seeing Crow's subordinates and Crow himself leave he told his friends to let him go wanting to give him another chance. Sensing that there could be trouble, with the village escorted to Ohu, Rocket followed Weed south to deal with the false rumors that were spreading. They all continued heading towards Echigo and notice a female dog with pups politely asking if she had see a young red dog but said she hasn't but seeing that she just met the Ouu Army, hearing from her that the Aka-Ari had many red staff dogs in Niigata. Then they hear a scuffle to discover that Crow was being attacked by one of the packs of the Aka-Ari clan.
Arriving Echigo, they see the pack eating a boar and but were surprised to find the Aka-Ari clan here aware that this was Kenshin's territory. They decide to wait until done they're done eating but upon closer inspection Rocket followed upon Weed's urging seeing that the boar belonged to humans and warns them of the dangers of taking a kill from humans. But was surprised that the red mastiff is the captain and wanted to recruit them to join him. And Rocket heard that the red mastiff knew of his leader from them he also heard that because of the bears attack and the Nokizaru members dying in the war the Aka-Ari stole Kenshin's territory with that they confirmed who he is and the Ouu Army wasn't dead leaving the red mastiff and followers surprised. They informed what happened to the Nokizaru clan and won't forgive those who stole the territory of their friends once again he asks them to see their boss but if they refuse they'll do it by force. From Crow, Rocket and his friends learn that even he couldn't get along with them Japan needed their pack, as well as the Aka-Ari Army being as legendary as they are with 200 soldiers along with staff dogs that were scary and brutal.
Despite showing they were not scared Rocket's group asked to be taken to the Aka-Ari's boss noted they were serious, and the Borzoi complies that they should listen. Seeing the scuffle easily decided they figure out that the Aka-Ari's commanding officer was the problem hearing the red mastiff's situation but ultimately spared the pack. Before the small army leaves, Rocket hears from the captain that he was happy they survived grateful the Ouu Army displayed the courage they needed and their commanding base was West with that they continue to look for Kenshin's pack hoping they were okay. Then, Rocket left to do some scouting with Weed but was told if anything happened to Weed then Rocket would take command. On the way they notice the scent of blood and discover two dogs burying a corpse to their surprise it was one of the pack members of the Aka-Ari clan member they met earlier but were told that the that Nokizaru territory belonged to the Aka-Ari corps advising they leave for their own safety trying not to befriend them. When their intentions clarified Rocket and Weed discover the two dogs that were burying the corpse were Kenshin's sons Nobushi and Shikoro. When talking about the status of Kenshin's pack they found that several others including the brothers had submitted to the Aka-Ari's takeover but were still alive. Hearing of their condition Rocket realized how horrible their life is knowing that choosing which way to live is more painful than dying. After they confirm the situation in Ohu and advise a plan to help and accept the brothers as friends and told them to gather their pack so that the Ouu Army would help with their escape and that paradise was safe again as well as do nothing hasty.
During the scouting mission, Rocket and Weed come across Sasuke who was hunting for food with the others while waiting for their return however he finds out that Sasuke was being chased by Aka-Ari soldiers. Rocket took Sasuke to safety while Weed acted as the decoy and was advised not to anything until his return but as the day took longer and longer, he followed Kyoshiro who could feel something was wrong deciding to check on his leader. Following his trail, Rocket and the others quickly figure out that Weed had been captured but aware of the enemy clan's numbers he believed that he wouldn't have been caught but Rocket remembered his leader's words. With that he asks his friends to listen to him telling them of Weed's words and yet agrees that he isn't leader material but agreed with him and Kyoshiro asked if he had any ideas. Rocket wanted to confirm that Weed was still alive first, agreeing with the kishu he ask Sasuke and german shepherd pups to return to Ohu with a message as he sees the trio run home Rocket was completely aware of Sasuke's uneasiness with it and didn't mind if the shiba inu held it against them but wanted to spare Jerome's children.
Soon they closed in on the Aka-Ari clan's camp, seeing that they could use the numbers of the enemy's pack to their advantage Rocket advise Kage and Kyo to sneak in while he acted as the decoy. Putting their plan into motion Rocket announces himself to enemy army attacking Beniou head on while declaring war on them as well as leaving his mark on the large dog and looking for Weed despite the Aka-Ari clan soldiers chasing him managed to outrun them.