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  • Ambiguous Gender: Mostly averted. Except for Boldore, all of Ash's Unova Pokemon have had their genders confirmed at some point.
  • Badass Adorable: The majority of his team is small, cute and highly powerful.
  • Badass Crew: While they lack the raw power of Ash's Hoenn, Sinnoh, and Kalos teams, they make up for it with increased versatility owing to the team's larger size.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Due to the fact that Ash has caught more than five Pokémon in that region, not all of them can appear in the Unova movies. The Unova Starters are always present in every movie, even though Snivy was only shown in the credits of the 14th movie along with Swadloon, but Roggenrola was the only member to be absent. Scraggy is present in the 14th and 15th movie, and Tranquill only appears in the 14th movie. Boldore appears in the 15th movie and Leavanny appears in the 16th movie. Only Palpitoad and Krookodile don't appear in any of the three movies.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Charizard joins the team for the last third of the Best Wishes series.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: This is the first time Ash himself has possessed all three of a region's starter Pokémon since Johto.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: With the exception of Krookodile, Pignite and maybe Leavanny they are not particularly powerful, but the sheer variety of Ash's Unova team gives him a lot more to work with.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: This is the first time where Ash captures more than six Pokémon in a region since Kanto, catching nine Pokémon in total. Like in the original series, this leads to problems regarding their share of screentime and focus, since Ash can only carry six Pokémon at once and one of these spots is automatically filled with Pikachu. Although, this trope doesn't become as bad as in the original series, since Ash actually rotates his party members.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: The only ones that reach their final stages are Unfezant, Leavanny, and Krookodile.
  • Put on a Bus: Just like all the other Pokémon Ash catches, they're all left at Professor Oak's by the time XY starts.
  • Rule of Three: The nine Unova Pokémon Ash has caught are in three different evoltionary states. Oshawott, Snivy and Scraggy are in their base form, Pignite, Boldore and Palpitoad are in their second stage, and Krookodile, Unfeazant and Leavanny are in their final stage.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Oshawott, Pignite and Snivy. This is the first confirmed case of this trope among Ash's regional starters.

Ash's Pokémon (Unova Region)

     Pidove-Tranquill-Unfezant (Mamepato-Hatoboh-Kenhallow) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Chinami Nishimura
Voiced in English by: Bella Hudson (under "Erica Schroeder")

She is the first Pokémon Ash captures in Unova. After being caught in the wild, she has become Ash's standard regional bird Pokémon, but she doesn't get much attention as Ash's keeps catching more Pokémon.


  • Blow You Away: Knows Gust and Air Cutter.
  • Delayed Reaction: For some reason, her meeting with Scraggy. It might be contributed to the latter's strength, but tell that to the others, who reacted to Scraggy instantly...
  • Designated Girl Fight: Her battle with Snivy; justified because them being the same sex meant Attract didn't work, so she was the only member of Ash's team at the time who could properly face Snivy (as well as her type advantage giving her an edge).
  • The Ditz: It's suggested she's a little slow on the draw and a little sensitive. Most obvious when she meets Scraggy for the first time, as she gets a Headbutt to the face and takes a bit to register what happened.
  • Flight: Due to being a Flying-type.
  • Out of Focus: The main purpose of Ash's bird Pokémon in previous regions was to pop Team Rocket's signature Meowth balloons. With that aspect of the show phased out, she didn't get a whole lot of screen time.
  • Razor Wings: Knows Wing Attack.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Was the only female on Ash's team in the beginning. This is actually exploited by Ash in the episode where he's trying to catch Snivy, who was abusing the move Attract to prevent his other Pokémon from fighting.
  • Team Mom: Comes off as one as she is shown to be rather caring. She was the only one to not fight back against Scraggy when he was being aggressive, and in BW036 went the extra mile to teach Archen how to fly.

     Oshawott (Mijumaru) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Misato Fukuen
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz

Originally a Starter Pokémon from Professor Juniper's lab, Oshawott got instantly attached to Ash once he complimented him for his cuteness and followed him at the early part of Ash's journey. This Pokémon is an Attention Whore that would show up in battles, but would often hide himself behind another team member when the foes appears too strong to handle. After proper training, Oshawott has become more brave...but unfortunately gets overshadowed by almost everyone on the team.


  • Achievements in Ignorance: When the team is trapped on Team Rocket's boat in "Farewell Unova", he essentially saves the day before even knowing what's going on.
  • Acrophobic Bird: He has a fear of keeping his eyes open while underwater, which prevented him from using Aqua Jet properly. He manages to get over this weakness later when fighting Paltitoad.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episodes like “Oshawott’s Lost Scalchop” and “Crowning the Scalchop King” focus entirely on him.
  • Adorkable: His appearance, combined with being a Casanova wannabe, makes him this.
  • Attention Whore: Likes to impose itself into battling for Ash. Before he was even caught, Oshawott actually got up on Ash's shoulder and shoved Pikachu off.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Likes to be a jerk to Pikachu, who is significantly stronger and more experienced than him on top of the type advantage.
  • Butt-Monkey: Oshawott honestly is worse than Piplup with the amount of punishment he gets, though unlike Piplup, he doesn't always deserve it.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Oshawott is a huge flirt to Pokémon and humans of the opposite gender. When he tries to show off though, he always fails.
  • The Chew Toy: But he does have his moments where you feel sorry for him, especially moments when he doesn’t deserve the slapstick.
  • Color Failure: When Trip chose Snivy over him as his starter, as well as when Ash ignored him in favor of using Pikachu against Burgh. This seems to be his general reaction of disbelief.
  • Deflector Shields: Oshawott's scalchop can deflect Solar Beam and Thunderbolt.
  • Determinator: Hard to put this little guy down when he's hyped for a fight, and he doesn't back down... well, most of the time.
  • Drama Queen: Just like Piplup before him, he has a habit of overreacting to the littlest of ordeals.
  • Fireball Eyeballs: His reaction to seeing Piplup fall in love with Meloetta.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: After spending much of Dawn's stay competing with Piplup for Meloetta's love, they gave each other a hug when it was time to say goodbye.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: He got has a crush on Dawn's Buneary. But she only has eyes for Pikachu.
  • Interspecies Romance: He's fallen in love with a Purrloin, Meloetta, Dawn's Buneary, a female Oshawott, and a Cinccino.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Once he Took a Level in Kindness.
  • Kabuki Sounds: Makes the don! sound with his scalchop.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: His version of Hydro Pump works like one - forms a ball with his hands, and then launches it in a powerful stream of water.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: When Ash is about to send out one of his Pokémon for battle, Oshawott often goes out of his Poké Ball and wants Ash to leave it to him. If the foe turns out to be its evolved form, however, he will back down. He later shows he will back down if he does not think he can handle his opponent and will need to be motivated to fight. He only appears to steal fights if it's Pikachu that goes out in order to steal its thunder (not literally) and take that spot on Ash's shoulder.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: He did this once in a gym battle. He tried to do his usual Leeroy Jenkins routine, but when the gym leader called a Dewott, he was all too eager to allow Pikachu to take the battle.
  • Love Triangle: He's gotten into a few of these. He competed with Meowth for a Purrloin,spoiler  with Dawn's Piplup for Meloetta, and with a Dewott for a female Oshawott.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: He occasionally uses his tiny scalchop to block attacks. It even successfully blocked a Solar Beam at one point.
  • Making a Splash: He is the Water-type Starter of Unova.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Oshawott suffers from the "Ash's Water-Type syndrome", which no Water-Types since Totodile would ever evolve. This trend would however be broken in the next series with Froakie.
  • Not Quite Flight: The move Aqua Jet lets him travel through the air.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: With new captures and evolutions, Oshawott has become one of Ash's weakest Unova Pokémon. Scraggy seems to be the only one weaker than him.
  • Rule of Three: Oshawott is the only Unova Pokémon to be used in exactly three Gyms, being second to Pignite (five).
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Played straight at first, but subverted later. In the earlier episodes, Oshawott almost completely eclipses most of Ash's Unova Pokémon - it's more intentional than most examples, though, as Oshawott clearly loves being in the spotlight and intentionally steals it, though it often backfires on him. As he matures during the series, less and less episodes are featuring him, though he's still one of the more prominent members Ash's Unova team. However, while early episodes showed him as strong, he's become the "Worf" of Ash's team more and more as the series went on. Since he never Took a Level in Badass since learning Aqua Jet and Hydro Pump, though, nobody's really shocked by this "development".
    • He also gets a lot of attention in the ending themes. He's the only Unova starter to be in the fourth ending.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The functions of Oshawott's "scalchop": normally the hilt of his Razor Shell attack, it's also a shield, boomerang, and pillow.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Was a bit of a jerk in the beginning, but becomes nicer later.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: The Purrloin in BW044 manipulated him and Meowth into helping him by pretending to be female. Purrloin's trainer finally cleared it up, much to both their shock.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Shares this dynamic with Pignite and with Dawn's Piplup. He often argues with them, but they deeply care for each other.
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     Tepig-Pignite (Pokabu-Chaoboo) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Wasabi Mizuta
Voiced in English by: Marc Thompson

Ash found Tepig in a Battle Club where it was abandoned by his former trainer Shamus and almost starved to death when Don George tried to release him from a rope, but he end up his mouth tied with the rope by accident. Rather than letting him captured by Iris, Tepig decided to join Ash instead. In contrast to his fellow Unova Starter companions, Tepig is more gentle and docile. Much later on, Tepig would meet his Shamus again in a Battle Club and fights him in a Double Battle with Snivy. Due to the faith Ash and Snivy put into him, Tepig evolves into Pignite and defeats his former trainer's team and rejects him.


  • Bash Brothers: Starts becoming this with Ash's Charizard. Even N comments that the two are already becoming good friends. Pignite even imitates Charizard when he comes out of his Poke Ball by shooting out a Flamethrower like him.
  • Berserk Button: He gets very angry and willing to attack if you steal his food, especially if you're Oshawott! Considering he used to starve, that's understandable.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Easily the most mild-mannered of Ash's Unova team, but he'll also get mad and possibly attack if you tease him or try to steal his food, as he has done to Oshawott a few times.
  • Big Eater: Surprisingly averted. Despite it used to starve and is based on a pig, Tepig/Pignite never eats more food than the others, and the actual Big Eater is Oshawott. But since Pignite takes his time to finish eating his food, the quick eater Oshawott would often end up stealing his food, which pushes his Berserk Button.
  • The Big Guy: After his evolution, Pignite has become one of Ash's most reliable Unova Pokémon, and is arguably only second in power to Krookodile. Like Cyndaquil, he is used in five Gym Matches and earns at least one victory per Gym Match except one, as well as earning Ash's second Badge.
  • Call-Back: His former trainer wanted Tepig (now a Pignite) to come back to his team after seeing his strength, only for Pignite to rebuke the proposal with a Flamethrower.
  • Character Development: As a Tepig, is was a shy, quiet Pokemon that grew depressed when he lost, and had a fear of abandonment. His time with Ash helped him to become a peppy Pokemon and get over its past issues.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His backstory mirrors those of Charmander and Chimchar. His original trainer abandoned him due to not living up to his standards.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After he defeats his former trainer Shamus in a battle, said Jerkass asks him to rejoin his team to become stronger. Pignite looks to be seriously considering it, but having seen what sort of person Shamus really is he responds by scorching his head with Flamethrower before standing proudly by Ash's side.
  • Love Martyr: Tepig's past trainer abused and abandoned him, and yet Tepig runs to him like he wasn't tied to a pole and starved because of the Trainer and like Ash is not even there, typical of a girl that sees the abusive ex that she still has feelings for. When Tepig realizes his trainer doesn't want him, he is noticeably depressed to the point where he cannot battle. He gets better.
  • Messy Pig: When he's first introduced, but justified as he's really dirty from living on the streets for a time; otherwise he subverts this trope.
  • Nice Guy: Pignite is a sweet guy who will go out his way to please Ash.
  • Oh, Crap!: Tepig's reaction when Ash caught him trying to eat the Pokémon food with the rope around his snout (he was still a wild Pokémon at the time).
  • Playing with Fire: He's the Fire-type Starter of Unova.
  • The Reliable One: He is used in five Gyms and wins in four of them at least one battle each. The only other Pokémon who gets that much action as him is Pikachu, while the others are used only once (Scraggy), twice (Unfeazant, Snivy, Leavanny, Boldore, Palpitoad and Krokorok) or thrice (Oshawott).
  • Shrinking Violet: As a Tepig, he was very timid.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As a Tepig, he wasn't very strong and had a losing track record. Then, in Ash's battle with Shamus, he evolves and learns Fire Pledge in the process, giving him the necessary power to defeat both of his old trainer's Pokemon (one of whom was his own future evolutionary stage). He would also become one of Ash's Unova powerhouses.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: At times, with Oshawott whenever the latter starts to push his Berserk Button by eating his food.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Desperately sought the approval of Shamus, even after being abandoned by him. He also used to grow depressed whenever he lost, for fear of disappointing Ash and being abandoned again.
  • The Worf Effect: While Pignite is one of Ash's most reliable Unova Pokémon, he loses to Trip's Serperior to give Ash another loss against his rival. This is also the only match since his evolution where he doesn't defeat an opponent's Pokémon.

     Snivy (Tsutarja) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Megumi Hayashibara
Voiced in English by: Michele Knotz

A female Snivy who has abandoned her previous trainer. She let herself captured by Ash once he proved to be worthy. Snivy appears cold and distant, but takes the role of the Team Mom and is very protect towards her teammates. One of her biggest strengths is that she is Made of Iron.


  • Affirmative Action Girl: Her capture marks the first time Ash has (a confirmed case of) Two Girls to a Team.
  • At Arm's Length: Snivy's first meeting with Scraggy, although she uses Vine Whip to give him less of chance to reach her.
  • Badass Adorable: Sure she's mostly a Lady of War, but she's also pretty adorable in her own right.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Not afraid to use Attract to disable male pokémon. It's why Ash had such a difficult time catching her.
  • Cool Big Sis: Her role in the Unova team, especially when she's saving one of the other Pokémon - from an enemy, or from themselves - that is, when she's not being a Sugar And Ice Girl. Her protectiveness of Tepig when he has to deal with his old trainer stands out.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Whenever she uses Attract on a male opponent, the battle typically becomes this in her favor.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Has a lot of this with Iris' Emolga.
  • Emotion Bomb: Her move Attract allows her to make male Pokémon fall in love with her, which she uses to its full potential.
  • Expy: She bears a number of similarities with Boa Hancock, a beautiful woman with a snake theme who attracts men (and women) with her beauty. In Japan, the attack Attract means "Mero Mero", which is also the name of Hancock's Devil Fruit.
  • Graceful Loser: When Ash finally beats her, she gives a small smile and accepts being caught.
  • Green Thumb: A Grass-type and fills the role of Ash's standard Grass Starter member. However, Snivy isn't Ash's only Grass-Type Pokémon from Unova, though.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In one episode, Ash tried to get Snivy to use Attract on a Minccino, figuring it was a boy. He was right. One problem: she missed, and Minccino ended up using Attract back on her.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: It's implied that Snivy abandoned her trainer because she deemed him/her too weak. In BW129, when a group of abandoned Pokémon are causing mischief as pirates, with Meowth translating, Pignite tries to convince them that they can find happy encounters in new trainers, and then Snivy said that they could always abandon their trainer if they're useless. Iris points out that something did in fact happen in Snivy's past that involves her previous trainer.
  • It Only Works Once: In Ash's third battle with Trip, the latter manages to find a way to counter Snivy's Attract that trounced Trip's Servine before.
  • Lady of War: A very graceful and dignified female Pokémon, who is one of Ash's best battlers in Unova despite her small stature.
  • Little Miss Badass: One of Ash'a tiniest Pokémon, and is very tough.
  • Made of Iron: Snivy seems quite capable of taking multiple hits from moves that should, by all rights, be super-effective against her and down her much faster. Best shown with her taking extensive damage from Elesa's Emolga (using Acrobatics and Aeriel Ace) before finally being downed; even Elesa complimented her toughness to Ash. And then there's taking hits from both Shamus' Fire-type Pokémon in a double-battle...
  • Not Quite Flight: She uses Leaf Storm as a method of flight, to escape her pursuers.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Snivy was one of Ash's better battlers at the start of series, but as the series went on, more Pokémon joined the team and 2/3 of them would eventually evolve and become stronger. The only thing that keeps Snivy from being left behind in dust is her Made of Iron tendencies.
  • Petal Power: Knows Leaf Storm, a flurry of razor-sharp leaves.
  • The Rival: She develops an enmity with Emolga at first, largely because she won't take Emolga crap when it comes to manipulating the males in their group. They settle down later on, but are still liable to glare at, ignore, or fight each other from time to time.
  • Silent Snarker/The Snark Knight: Has a habit of being this, varying between the two types of snarker; impressively so given the linguistics of Pokémon in general.
  • Static Character: Unlike most of Ash's Unova team, she didn't change much in terms of temperament or character (she never even changes her moveset, keeping the same 4 moves she had from the get-go).
  • Story-Breaker Power: Attract more or less would completely disable all of Snivy's opponents since they were largely males. Although Trip managed to successfully counter it once, Ash had Snivy stop using the movie all together after Clay brought it to his attention how cheap and unfair the move was.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She may seem cold and distant, but she really does care about her trainer and teammates.
  • Team Mom: Certainly serves as one of these to the Pokémon on the team. This reaches its apex in BW055, where Snivy spends her time wearily rescuing the baby Pokémon of the group. Crosses over into full on Mama Bear mode when Gothita threatens to put the rest of the Pokémon in danger; a swift sharp Vine Whip to the backside puts Gothita down immediately.
  • Whip It Good: Knows Vine Whip.

     Scraggy (Zuruggu) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Akeno Watanabe
Voiced in English by: Jason Griffith

Received as an egg from a Day Care, Scraggy hatched one day as Ash's fifth Unova Pokémon. Initially extremely aggressive, but also extremely weak, Scraggy rarely got the chance to fight in official battles. After learning Hi Jump Kick from a wild Scrafty, would later get his big moments in the Clubsplosion tournament, where he has learned Focus Blast, but was unable to perfect the move until shortly before the Unova League.


  • Bratty Half-Pint: Initially after his birth, until being saved by the other Pokémon taught him some humility. Still has shades of it time to time though.
  • Casting a Shadow: Dark-type.
  • Can't Catch Up: As the youngest member of the team, Scraggy is still Ash's weakest Pokémon even after he Took a Level in Badass. This is especially notable once you compare Scraggy with Donphan and Noivern who both grew up very fast.
  • Childhood Friends: Develops with Iris' Axew.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Scraggy has trouble keeping his "pants" up (though it's the case for its species in general).
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He is, like most Dark-types, largely rather pleasant-natured.
  • Death Glare: Knows Leer and he he uses it quite a lot. He rarely intimidates anyone with it, though.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: Knows Hi Jump Kick, a powerful kick if it lands but if it doesn't he hurts himself.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: Averted; unlike the other Pokémon Ash hatched from eggs, his strength really is comparable to that of a newborn baby. He gets better, but it's still at a much more moderate pace and gets less battle experience than the rest of Ash's Unova team. Even Palpitoad appeared in more major battles than him!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In spite of his innate aggression, he really does care about his friends, as shown in the episode where he befriends a wild Cottonee.
  • Kame Hame Hadoken: His Focus Blast works like one.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: His baggy skin has this function which he uses to protect himself from attacks.
  • Oblivious to Love: Scraggy has precisely no idea how interested Katharine's Gothita is in him, obliviously eating away while Gothita attempts to manipulate Ash into letting him go. Granted, he's basically a baby, only hatched maybe several months ago.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Among the non-Starter Pokémon, Scraggy appears the most.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In one episode, he Headbuttded a bunch of Pokémon that can poison. This eventually leads to getting everyone else poisoned.
  • Tug Lover War: The center of one between a trainer's infatuated Gothita and his best friend Axew.
  • Use Your Head: Knows Headbutt; it's how Scraggy says "hi".

     Sewaddle-Swadloon-Leavanny (Kurumiru-Kurumayu-Hahakomori) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Inuko Inuyama
Voiced in English by: Bella Hudson (under "Erica Schroeder")

Sewaddle was caught in Pinwheel Forrest, becoming the first Pokémon to hit over the limitation of having six party members. He evolves into Swadloon during the Gym Match against Burgh, but didn't get much focus later on until he evolves a second time. As Leavanny, he has become extremely motherly and feminine, but also fairly competent in battle.


  • Agent Peacock: After evolving into Leavanny, he has become very flamboyant and feminine as if he is female. He is nonetheless one of the more competent Unova Pokémon Ash owns.
  • All Webbed Up: Knows String Shot, which can do this to his opponents.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: As Sewaddle; a trait he steadily grows out of as he evolves.
  • Building Swing: Uses String Shot as his primary method of movement as Sewaddle.
  • Camp Straight: Leavanny's personality has become so motherly and feminine that he can easily be mistaken as a female Pokémon. Or the writers forgot how they established him as male when Emolga's Attract affected him.
  • Chekhov's Gun: His Swarm ability was first mentioned during Burgundy's debut, but first activated when fighting Stephan's Sawk in the Unova League.
  • Critical Status Buff: His ability, Swarm activates when he's taken heavy damage, giving all of his Bug-type moves a huge power boost.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Sewaddle has them.
  • Energy Ball: Learns the move of the same name after evolving into Swoodloon.
  • Fragile Speedster: Fast enough to dodge attacks easily, but doesn't take any hits. Best shown in his fight with Stephan's Sawk - until Sawk weakened his leg with Low Kick, the Fighting-type could not land a single hit on him with Close Combat.
  • Girly Run: Leavanny runs like this despite his gender.
  • Green Thumb: His secondary type is Grass, marking the first time that Ash has caught a second Grass-Type Pokémon in a region. He is also Ash's only non-Starter Grass-Type Pokémon and Ash wouldn't catch another Grass-Type Pokémon until Sun & Moon.
  • Heroic Second Wind: In the Unova League, his Swarm ability kicks in when he's low on health; though it doesn't prevent his defeat, he's able to weaken Stephan's Sawk with his increased power.
  • Man Bites Man: Knows Bug Bite.
  • Mundane Utility: At one point, he uses the move String Shot to line the inside of a Durant's nest so he wouldn't get lost.
  • Nice Guy: When he fully evolved into Leavanny. Cheery, patient, and delighted to help out anyone who needs it.
  • Oh, Crap!: The expression on his face right before Burgh's Leavanny strikes him with Hyper Beam.
  • Out of Focus: He's most prominent in his early episodes, after his capture and leading up to his evolution during the Burgh battle. He doesn't appear all that much afterwards, although he's given the chance to shine in both, the Roxie battle (where he defeats her Koffing) and the Unova League shows him putting up a good fight against Stephan's Sawk.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Like all other members of his species, he can sew.
  • Signature Move: String Shot, which Ash incorporates into most of his strategies when using Leavanny.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: A male example in Leavanny - gentle and gracious, but with an iron will underneath and a willingness to fight when needed. Though understated, he's quite powerful despite his appearance. He defeated Burgh's Dwebble (who had taken out Tepig earlier), and pulled off an evolution to take down his Whirlipede. He handily dispatched Roxie's tough Koffing. While he later loses to Stephan's Sawk at the Unova League, he still managed to wear down and weaken him enough so Krookodile could finish the job.
  • Status Ailment: During the Gym Battle in the eighth Gym, Leavanny's Energy Ball deliberately lowers the Special Defense of Roxie's Koffing, which is one of the rare times where a secondary effect that involves stat decrease is mentioned in the anime. With that decrease in Special Defense, Leavanny is able to take out Koffing with another Energy Ball.
  • Team Dad: As Leavanny, he grows into this role after evolving, but due to his Camp Straight personality, he appears more like a Team Mom. This is justified, since Leavanny is the Nurturing Pokémon.
  • Tsundere: Sewaddle is one; having an insecure personality and really liking Ash, he shows his affection by being belligerent. As he grows up through time (and evolution), this aspect of his personality fades away.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite doing very well against Stephan's Sawk, he loses in the end, so Krookodile can give the finishing blow.

     Palpitoad (Gamagaru) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Chiaki Takahashi
Voiced in English by: Carter Cathcart

Palpitoad debutes along with Stunfisk when Oshawott's was learning to perfect his Aqua Jet. After being defeated by Oshawott and Cilan, respectively, both Pokémon got captured by Ash and Cilan at the same time. Palpitoad has appeared the least among the Unova members, but all of his matches were important ones.


  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Even Ash's friends were surprised by his appearance in the Don Battle tournament, but he did a fine job.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: At first it seems like Palpitoad is having trouble with Burgundy's Stoutland's Electric attacks (which, of course, he was actually immune to), but he was just acting and beat Stoutland.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: His secondary type (Ground).
  • Flat Character: He has little characterisation and only appeared during several battles.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Similar to Muk, he was an antagonist in his debut episode, but mellowed out and became loyal to Ash after being captured.
  • Making a Splash: His primary type is Water.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: He knows Supersonic, a wave of sound that confuses the target.
  • No-Sell: Since Palpitoad is part Ground-Type, he is immune to Electric-Type moves and Ash would always try to use that to his advantage, but that would often end up badly. Against Burguny's Stoutland, Ash lets his guard down when Stoutland attacks Palpitoad with Thunder Fang, which turns out to be a trap when it immediately follows with Ice Fang. In his Gym Match against, Elesa, Ash "strategy" is to win all battles with just Palpitoad, but that backfires when Palpitoad loses to Elesa's second Pokémon (and he was already visibly tired after his first battle). Against Stephan's Zebstrika, Ash doesn't expect his opponent to replace every move with Normal-Type attacks.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Like most of Ash's Water-Types, he doesn't evolve. However, he was captured in his mid-stage.
  • Out of Focus: Only appeared in 8 episodes and had no Character Development.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Not surprising given he's a toad, and it's clearly seen with many of his attacks; it's how he uses them, not having any hands that would otherwise accommodate him.
  • Poisonous Person: Knows Sludge Wave, which serves him well (or badly) in the Unova League against Stephan's Zebstrika (which knows Facade).
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     Roggenrola-Boldore (Dangoro-Gantle) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Inuko Inuyama (Dangoro) and Unshou Ishizuka (Gantle)
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland
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Ash first meets Roggenrola when it was looking for help to save its friends from Team Rocket. After its second battle with Tepig, Roggenrola gets caught by Ash. It would appear here and then, like when it helps to free the Forces of Nature from Team Rocket. Roggenrola eventually evolves into Boldore to win Ash's 5th Badge...but then suffers from the Worf Effect from there on.


  • Ambiguous Gender: Notably the only member of Ash's Unova team to not have its gender confirmed at some point.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Knows the Fighting-Type Rock Smash upon evolving to give it a super effective move against Clay's Excadrill.
  • Dark Horse Victory: In BW035, two kids are competing with their Pokémon on who gets to solve the mystery of the missing Audino. In the end, Officer Jenny points out that all the credit goes to Roggenrola.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He's a Rock-type.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: It uses the move Sandstorm by spinning around.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Knows Flash Cannon, a Steel-type move that's a wave of light.
  • The Faceless: Roggenrola and Boldore don't actually have one, or at least not one with which it can express anything (Gigalith does, but as of now it has yet to reach that stage of evolution).
  • Gentle Giant: Still retains its friendly disposition after evolving into a much larger form.
  • The Glomp: After Boldore beats Clay's Excadrill, it pulls this one on Ash.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: To its friends when they are captured by Team Rocket.
  • Keet: Noted to be really hyperactive compared to the other Roggernola.
  • Last Chance Hit Point: Its Sturdy ability, which prevented Clay's Excadrill from landing a One-Hit KO during their Gym Battle. Also seems to have helped it stay up no matter how much damage it took.
  • Nice Guy: Very helpful and caring, and it doesn't extent this to only its friends.
  • The Worf Effect: Being the first Pokémon to fall in the battles against Roxie and Cameron qualifies it for this.

     Krokorok-Krookodile (Waruvile-Waruvial) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Kenta Miyake
Voiced in English by: Marc Thompson
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First seen as a Sandile in BW003, it followed Ash, Iris, and Cilan for a while as that and a Krokorok. He would frequently assist Ash's group, while also harboring a rivalry with Pikachu. He would finally allow himself to be caught by Ash in BW065, after following the group for 62 episodes.


  • The Ace: Ash's strongest Pokémon native to the Unova Region, being his regional powerhouse and establishing rivalry with Pikachu prior to being captured by Ash. After evolving he manages to beat Iris' Dragonite surprisingly without much trouble.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Despite his pride (and genuine strength), he lost more than he won in his earlier appearances. When he does finally win in BW079, he used wits instead of raw strength to defeat Brycen's Beartic.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Followed the group around Unova for most of Black and White prior to being captured; causing the problems with the Klinklang in Chargestone Cave, appearing at the Club Battle tournament, and showing up in the Battle Subway, and being encountered outside the Driftveil Gym. His reason? So he could fight Pikachu.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Very gung-ho, but a Gentle Giant.
  • Combat Pragmatist: It comes with being a Dark-type, using sneaky techniques to take the foe by surprise.
  • Cool Shades: Has a pair of red-rimmed sunglasses. Unlike Squirtle's — which put more emphasis on him being a total Badass — if Krokorok doesn't have his shades on, he becomes cowardly and scared.
  • Cowardly Lion: He can't fight if he's not wearing his the glasses.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his roughish appearance and his Dark-type, he is a Nice Guy at heart who at worst is trying to look tough.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Ground-Type. He knows Dig and the Rock-Type move Stone Edge.
  • Fast Tunnelling: Knows Dig, which he does by rapidly spinning his body to tunnel underground.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: When battling Stephan's Sawk in the Unova League. Both were worn out from previous matches, but Krookodile was also at a type disadvantage. Ash's friends in the audience were getting worried, and all seemed lost for Ash...and then he revealed Krookodile's brand-new Secret Weapon - the super effective Aerial Ace, which finishes off Sawk in a single hit.
  • Gentle Giant: Quite sweet at heart.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Knows Dragon Claw upon evolving, giving him yet another super effective move against Iris' Dragonite.
  • Lightning Bruiser: After evolving into Krookodile, he has become a strong, fast and tough Pokémon.
  • Magic Pants: As he evolved, his sunglasses inexplicably grew in size.
  • Man Bites Man: Knew Bite and Crunch, which are exactly what they sound like - biting attacks.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Subverted, he's passive-aggressive at times and a little brusque, but overall a pretty swell guy to be around.
  • No-Sell: Being Ground-Type, he is immune to Electric-type moves.
  • Not Quite Flight: When using Aerial Ace, he somehow glides through the air (even twisting and turning), but he can't actually fly.
  • Poor Communication Kills: In his first appearance he was and the other Sandile were trying to get everyone away from the sand baths due to the upcoming geysers that would destroy them. Because the humans couldn't understand his warnings he had to resort to force to keep everyone safe.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Subverted. Ash has teached Krookodile Aerial Ace, a Flying-Type move to specifically counter Stephan's Sawk, who as a Fighting-Type would normally have the type advantage over the Dark-Type Krookodile. However, Ash uses that move as a final trump card and sends Leavanny first to weaken (or possibly defeat) Sawk, since Krookodile is tired from his battle with Liepard.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Krookodile parries Stephan's Sawk's Close Combat by doing the same with Dragon Claw.
  • Sixth Ranger: Follows the group off and on throughout the first Best Wishes season.
  • The Rival: To Pikachu, though it's more self-proclaimed - he follows Ash and his friends around for a while in hopes of battling Pikachu and proving his strength. This finally gets settled when he's beaten - he becomes depressed since he's not sure what to do with himself, until Ash offers him a place on his team - and is never brought up again.
  • Security Blanket: His sunglasses. If he's not wearing them, he becomes cowardly and can't fight.
  • Tender Tears: Despite seeming aggressive and boastful, Krokorok's a real softie at heart who shamelessly subverts Men Don't Cry.
  • Tunnel King: Knows Dig and many of his victories have hinged on its use.
  • The Worf Effect: Suffered from this a bit in his early appearances, but he steadily gets better. After evolving, he handily defeats Iris' Dragonite, a beast who can shrug off Ice attacks like nothing.
  • Worthy Opponent: For almost half of the Best Wishes series when he was a wild Sandile/Krookorok, he was following the Best Wishes gang around Unova because he wanted to fight/defeat Pikachu in battle, establishing a rivalry with him that ended after Pikachu defeated him in battle and he was asked by Ash to join his team.


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