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  • Badass Crew: For the record, this is the team that Ash uses to take on the Pokémon World Championship. The first two members were already fully evolved when caught, while the next two (Riolu and Farfetch'd) were able to evolve relatively quickly with Ash already having a fully evolved team within 60 episodes.
  • Breaking Old Trends:
    • This is the first team that lacks any of the current generation's Starter Pokémon.
    • Unlike his other teams, Ash does not take all of them with him when travelling even though he does not exceed the party limit, but instead only takes them when battling or doing other events that interests them.

    Dragonite (Kairyu)
As a Dragonair before its capture
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake

A struggling Dragonair whom Ash taught how to fly. Later evolved into a Dragonite to save Ash and joined his team as thanks.

  • The Ace: Dragonite may be a lot cuddlier and sillier than others of this calibur, but it's proven to be one of Ash's strongest battlers against the giant Golurk and especially against Korrina where it took down both her Pokémon including her Mega Lucario despite taking a huge beating in the process, and after it curb-stomped Gengar without taking damage. The dragon Pokémon is also the one who helps Ash rise up the ranks in the World Championships. First with Korrina to get into the Super Class, and again by defeating Iris's Haxorus to reach 99th place qualifying for the Hyper Class.
  • Acrophobic Bird: At first, Dragonair didn't know how to extend its wing ears to fly. Ash helps it to control this trait through use of an Electroweb trampoline.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: In JN047, when Ash gives some words of encouragement before the eating contest, Dragonite responds by giving his face a good licking. It even wags its tail while doing it.
  • Ambiguous Gender: While its gender hasn’t been officially confirmed anywhere else yet, Dragonite is referred to as female in the Brazilian dub. Iris who can read the minds of dragon Pokémon sensed in JN065 that Dragonite loves Ash, but it's unclear if its love in the maternal sense or a platonic one.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: As a Dragonair it warmed up to Ash and friends instantly. When the boy helped it overcome its stumbling block, the kindhearted Pokémon was overjoyed, choosing Ash over its home and family. After evolving it has been a loyal friend and ally since.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: It may be sweet, but anger it and you'll probably get a Hyper Beam to the face. It also single-handedly manages to defeat both of Korrina's Pokémon, returning to its happy persona once it's over.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tried to save Ash from falling into a whirlpool by letting him ride on its back. But when Ash can't get a grip on his skin (which he noted earlier was quite slippery), it evolves into Dragonite. Ash deduces to Goh why the serpentine dragon Pokémon grow limbs, because of their deep desire to save and protect others.
  • Big Eater: Defied Trope. While seen enjoying lunch with Ash's Alolan team at the Pokémon School with extra portions in JN037, and was entered into an eating contest in JN047 Dragonite is a surprisingly light-eater for someone of its size, unable to get past the first round (or the first dish).
  • Big Fun: Often seen playing with Goh's Pokémon in the Cerise Institute.
  • The Big Guy: Easily Ash's most powerful Pokémon in current rotation.
  • Blow You Away: Part Flying-type, and also knows Hurricane.
  • Breaking Old Trends: Dragonite's capture was an absolute shock; let's put it this way.
    • Whenever Ash goes to a different region, he's typically restricted to Pokémon introduced in that region's generation. Dragonite is the first Pokémon of an earlier generation to be caught by Ash ever since he caught Gligar during the Sinnoh journey.
    • Whenever Ash captures a Dragon Pokémon, it's usually in its first stage and it gradually evolves to its final form (barring Gible). Dragonite is the first fully evolved dragon that Ash has captured.
    • The first Pokémon Ash usually captures at the start of the new series/region is either a starter, or the regional bug and/or bird. One doesn't usually expect him to catch a fully evolved Pseudo-legendary early on in the series.
    • Dragonite is the first Pokémon Ash has captured that was in its final evolution (that he didn't release or give away in the same episode) ever since Noctowl in the Johto region.
    • Dragonite is the first time Ash has caught a Pokémon of a species that once belonged to a traveling companion of his (in this case, Iris).
    • It is the first Pokémon owned by Ash to ever defeat a regional champion, in this case, Iris, the Unova League Champion who succeeded Alder.
  • Breath Weapon: As a mainstay with any Dragonite, it has Hyper Beam in its arsenal, as of JN025.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: It may be affectionate, but it can hold its own in battle. In JN014 it went up against an exceptionally strong Golurk which one-shot most of Ash's, Goh's and the archaeologist’s other Pokémon.
  • Cardiovascular Love: Dragonite's antennae form an adorable heart-shape when it's hugging Iris in JN065
  • Cooldown Hug: Its hugs are able to soothe any Pokémon. Notably, it's capable of calming down Goh's Sobble when it starts crying.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Iris' Dragonite, as they are polar opposites in terms of personality. While Iris' was a Blood Knight that relished in fighting, had a short temper, and was (initially) uncooperative and disobedient, Ash's is a Gentle Giant who's loving and affectionate, is a fast learner (exemplary for this dragon species), and is willing to try out any training method, no matter how unorthodox.
  • Cuddle Bug: After Ash helps it as a Dragonair, it develops this personality. And as a Dragonite, it hugs everybody. Showing how much it wanted to stay with Ash. In JN011 it happily cuddles with Goh's Stantler and Scyther (after the former assume that it's going to crush them). It's noticed that Dragonite's hugs actually have a soothing effect.
  • Dance Battler: Continually using Dragon Dance, the formidable Dragonite gets an attack and speed boost, to where it can One-Hit KO its opponents. note 
  • Death from Above: Learns Draco Meteor in JN065 which completely overwhelms Iris's Haxorus, winning Ash the battle.
  • Delightful Dragon: It's pretty much a kind, cuddly and loyal dragon to everyone.
  • Determinator: JN025 proves it will fight tooth and claw to win for its trainer. Amusingly Dragonite has a passion for fighting, sporting a Determined Expression when engaged in battle, but it never gives Ash that glare even when the situation is desperate. Its later revealed in JN065 this is because Dragonite loves Ash and goes all out for him in battle.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Happily oblivious that their affectionate hugs were squashing Ash and later, Professor Cerise.
  • Does Not Know How to Say "Thanks": Dragonite will glomp anyone who helps or is kind to it in gratitude. It also cuddles Goh's Stantler and Scyther as a hello.
  • Dragon Rider: Easily capable of flight while carrying Ash, Go, their starter Pokémon and a distressed Cubone, in JN015 and flies Ash all across Galar during the Sword and Shield four-parter.
  • Dream-Crushing Handicap: Not being able to fly as a Dragonair. Ash couldn't help but notice its onlooking sadness as the other dragon Pokémon soared. He taught them how to Dragon Dance, earning him its eternal gratitude.
  • Gentle Giant: Typical for the species. Dragonite is especially caring and compassionate, giving Ash and Professor Cerise hugs at the end of its debut episode. It's a different thing altogether when it's off to battle though.
  • The Glomp: Overjoyed at its victory over Korrina's powerful Pokémon and praise from its trainer, it flops onto Ash giving him a big heartfelt hug.
  • Good Is Not Soft: It's a big lovable softie outside of battle, but when battling Dragonite's a monster, roaring savagely at opponents and giving the occasional Slasher Smile.
  • Keet: Dragonite is very excitable when it sees new people and places, doing aerial somersaults, and even pouting a little in JN014 when Ash tells it to take a break after racing across a desert.
  • It's Personal: It was intimidated by Iris's aggressive Dragonite until getting knocked onto its trainer. After words of support from Ash he was unhurt, it gets angry and begins taking the battle more seriously.
  • Made of Iron: In a similar vein to Drake's Dragonite, Ash's is a tank, able to take a lot of punishment from fast-hitting powerful attacks, and yet still refuse to throw the towel in.
  • Mysterious Animal Senses: Typical for the altruistic species, it instinctively knows if someone is in distress out at sea, and is compelled to save them.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: The preview had it look like Ash was going to capture Dragonair. Instead, Ash captures it as Dragonite.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Iris noted from its feelings that Dragonite loves Ash very much and why it's The Determinator in battle - it doesn't want to lose a match for his sake. The Unova League Champion asks the Pokémon to have more fun battling, that way Ash would enjoy battling with them much more also.
  • Older Than They Look: It's implied through how powerful it is that Dragonair was of similar age to the Head Dragonite of its island home, and would've evolved long ago - had it not hit a stumbling block in learning to fly. Once it overcame this impediment, it evolved almost straight-away to save Ash.
  • Parental Substitute: Displays a maternal nature when caring for Goh's Sobble.
  • Smarter Than You Look: When Goh's Pokémon are fighting, it tells Ash and Goh to stay back and let them sort things out on their own. Doesn't stop its trainer from trying to help anyway, but Dragonite had a surprisingly wise point. It only steps in to help when Goh's Pokémon are working together to protect the Cascoon. When struck by one of Eternatus' beams it used the last of its strength before impacting the ground to make an emergency landing, protecting Ash from injury.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Can use Dragon Dance as a spinning deflection tactic not dissimilar to Counter-Shield.
  • Status Buff: Knowns Dragon Dance, which increases its Attack and Speed. Initially it struggled using the move to fly, but thanks to Ash, it finally mastered it.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Initially struggled to fly as a Dragonair but with help from Ash, it learned and evolved into Dragonite to save him.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Averted. It actually gets hit by one of Eternatus' beams in JN044 but does not undergo a Dynamax transformation, consequently, it drains Dragonite of all its stamina.
  • The Worf Barrage: Both times Dragonite has attempted to use Hyper Beam in an on-screen battle, the move is interrupted by another attack.

    Gengar (Gangar)
Voiced in Japanese by: Yasuhiro Mamiya
Voiced in English by: Marc Thompson

An abandoned Gengar who haunted the Cerise Institute for several years. After Ash defends it from Team Rocket, he managed to befriend and capture it.

  • The Ace: Gengar is a powerhouse and isn't afraid to show it, seeking out multiple worthy opponents. It overwhelms two of Team Rocket's Dusclops with Night Shade. What's even more badass is, Gengar's tired - its dreary eyes are a sign of fatigue, not rage. Alone, bitter and never resting after being rejected years ago. As soon as it gets a brief reprieve in Ash's Pokéball it emerges out fully rejuvenated.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: After Ash saves it from Team Rocket, Gengar accepts his offer to join his team. When Ash awakens from its curse, it gives him a Pokéball and a TON of apples to recover.
  • Berserk Button: Betrayal, and what it perceives to be as hypocrisy. Gengar became malicious toward humans after being abandoned by its former Trainer, especially toward other Trainers. Seeing Ash protecting Pikachu from its barrage of Shadow Ball attacks enrages it. When it encounters its first trainer again and learning just why he was left at the laboratory in the first place, Gengar is furious, necessitating Ash's intervention to prevent Gengar from grievously harming the teenager. On a lesser note, it got annoyed for being accused of stealing all the food in the Cerise Institute in JN023
  • Bookends: The end of its debut episode has him standing on the spire of the laboratory's roof with a Slasher Smile. The end of the episode where Ash captures him has there with a big friendly smile and eating an apple.
  • Breaking Old Trends:
    • Gengar is Ash's first official Ghost-type Pokémon. He never actually caught that Haunter from Season 1.
    • Also the first of Ash's Pokémon to be abandoned by a previous Trainer whose species is not a Fire-type starter.
  • Broken Pedestal: It realized some time prior to the new series that it had been abandoned, and then began to attack people. The mere sight of its original trainer infuriates it enough that Ash has to intervene to keep it from seriously harming him. Not that the asshole didn't deserve it, though.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Gengar could be seen as this to the first three abandoned Pokémon that Ash captured. By the time Ash encounters each of them, they are still fiercely loyal to their original trainers and had only been abandoned fairly recently (Ash literally witnesses said abandoning in Chimchar's case). In Gengar's case, too much time has passed and it has already given up any loyalty it once had to its original trainer.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Abandoned by its first trainer for bringing him bad luck and spent three years haunting the building it was left at.
  • Fragile Speedster: Gengar is a tricky and fast Pokémon who will fly circles around his opponents and wreck their day. However against an opponent who can outspeed him, Gengar has proven very vulnerable and will struggle and go down quickly. This is actually consistent with its game incarnations, in which it has excellent Special Attack and Speed, but terrible defenses.
  • Genius Bruiser: It's The Unfettered in battle, and used a Shadow Ball to unfreeze its ally Pikachu who was hit by an Ice Punch from Team Rocket's Dusclops.
  • Ghostly Chill: While terrorizing the Cerise Institute, its appearance was made known by heat and warmth being drained from the room.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Its eyes glow purple while it's using Psychic.
  • An Ice Person: Knows Ice Punch.
  • Intangibility: As a ghost, Gengar is able to go through walls with ease. It also exploits this in battle to phase through some incoming attacks, as demonstrated against Visquez's Raichu.
  • Invisibility: Can turn invisible at will.
  • Life Drain: Angered that Ash ordered it to stop attacking everyone, Gengar places a curse on the boy that results in all manner of bad luck to befall him. The ghost Pokémon follows him everywhere draining his vitality and stamina. When Ash later saves it from Team Rocket, it didn't realize the curse was still in effect as the trainer faints in its arms. Subverted when it was revealed that Ash was simply suffering from a fever that had nothing to do with Gengar.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Gengar has brighter red eyes and is a lighter purple than the dark shade typical of the species. Normal colored Gengar have appeared in this series, so it's not just Art Evolution.
  • Poisonous Person: Its secondary typing, though it has yet to use any Poison-type moves.
  • Psychic Powers: Knows Psychic.
  • Purple Is Powerful: In addition to its skin color, its eyes glow purple when it uses Psychic.
  • Recurring Element: Has the troubled backstory of Ash's Fire-type Pokémon of being abandoned by a Jerkass trainer (specifically Charmander, Chimchar, and Tepig).
  • Slasher Smile: Like most of its species, it almost always sports the unsettlingly-wide, extremely toothy grin pictured above. This sometimes strongly contrasts with its behavior, such as when it looks away in embarrassment upon offering to join Ash's team (though this sort of behavior tends to downgrade it to Cheshire Cat Grin).
  • Soul Power: Primary typing, and knows Shadow Ball and Night Shade.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Very angry and threatening on the outside, secretly sad and bitter that it was abandoned by its own Trainer on the inside. Thankfully Ash helped it on the sadness part.
  • Troll: Like any Gengar, it enjoys jump-scaring and frightening people. Though its first hauntings were out of vengeance from being abandoned by its former Trainer. When it joins Ash, it drops a ton of apples on him, not as a sign of malice but as a playful prank.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • It's a very powerful Pokémon yet it easily gets knocked out of the laboratory in JN011 by a simple Spark from Yamper. Though it was probably tired at the time after dealing with Ash and Goh all day.
    • Gengar was utterly trounced by Korrina's Fighting-type Pokémon who were able to outspeed and overpower the ghost. This is less likely than it seems, since neither Lucario nor Mienshao (the Pokémon Korrina used for the battle) is capable of having the Scrappy ability to bypass Ghost-type intangibility.

    Riolu -> Lucario
Voiced in Japanese by: Kei Shindō (Riolu), Daisuke Namikawa (Lucario)
Voiced in English by: Cristina Valenzuela (Riolu), Bill Rogers (Lucario)

A Riolu hatched from an egg from Sinnoh incubated in the Vermillion City Pokémon Center, attracted to Ash by his Aura powers.

  • Adorably Precocious Child: It's so adorable yet it dislikes the idea of being cooed and coddled with, being stoic, serious and proud.
  • Affection-Hating Kid: Riolu was a baby Pokémon, but unlike all the ones we've seen in the anime before, doesn't like to be cared for, instead of desires Ash to help it become stronger. It does allow Korrina to pet and praise it though, so it's possibly getting over this. Episodes later show it's comfortable about snuggling up to Ash.
  • Badass Adorable: At first, an adorable baby Pokémon who, when powered by Ash, can make an Onix flee in terror. Although it doesn't like being called cute or cuddled and is quite proud of itself.
  • Bash Brothers: Its relationship with Goh's Cinderace. It developed the same relationship with Ash's Pikachu.
  • Berserk Button: DO NOT mess up its fur unless you want to be on the receiving end of its anger. Cinderace learns this the hard way.
  • Big Brother Worship: It's not related to, but idolizes Korrina's Lucario for its battle prowess and strength.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Chairman Rose sent out his Copperajah and Ferrothorn to finish off Ash who was defenseless as Pikachu was knocked out by Eternatus' barrage of attacks. Riolu stepped in, refusing to let them pass. Its determination to protect its trainer was the catalyst to evolve into Lucario.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Ash, as it wants to become strong and loves to fight. Deconstructed in JN030 — Ash spends so much time with Riolu that he accidentally neglects Pikachu.
  • Blood Knight:
    • The first thing it does after hatching is to go out and fight anything it sees, mostly because it's trying to find that powerful aura that leads him to be hatched. Riolu attacks various groups of wild Pokémon unprovoked leaving it outmatched, even chasing after a feral Onix (whom Riolu aggravated) that was fleeing from it.
    • In JN027, it jumps out of its ball to fight off against the Galarian Farfetch'd — also a fellow Blood Knight — and after Ash captures it, the two are fighting each other.
  • Chained Heat: In JN048 with Cinderace when they end up stuck together during their fight against Team Rocket.
  • Character Development: Under Ash's care, most of its aggressive personality traits have mellowed out, to the point where it follows around Ash and imitates his reactions and emotions. This has not gone unnoticed by his starter Pokémon, Pikachu. Also, after evolving, Lucario is usually showing its kinder side towards Ash and its teammates.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: A very headstrong personality with fiery independence, the episode JN021 ends with Riolu leading the way as both Ash and Goh smile nervously; the Pokémon's not even a day old and it's already taking charge! This trait vanishes in time.
  • The Chooser of The One: The Vermilion City Nurse Joy mentions Riolu's egg was passed between many daycare workers before ending up in her care because it wouldn't hatch and doesn't begin hatching until it senses Ash's battle Aura. Once it sees it for itself, it allows itself to join his team.
  • Close-Range Combatant: It would rather go up close to attack with moves like Force Palm and Reversal on its side. This ends up giving it an edge against the Galarian Farfetch'd: while it's powerful with using moves from its leek, the leek's size means that it needs time to prepare them, giving Riolu a chance to get in and deliver a blow before it can swing the leek down.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character:
    • To Ash's previous Fighting-type baby Pokémon, Scraggy; Scraggy is more child-like and clumsy whereas Riolu is headstrong, quite skillful and a Blood Knight, coupled with evolve quite early.
    • Compared to Ash's other Pokémon who hatched from eggs such as Phanpy, Scraggy and Noibat, Riolu is much more stubborn and distant. Even Scraggy, who was stubborn and prideful from birth as well, was able to mellow out, while Riolu maintained its immense pride and stubbornness, at least until the character development kicks in.
    • It is quite jealous of Pikachu, like Ash's Bayleef. The main difference was that Ash's Bayleef wanted Ash's affection whereas Riolu wanted to be the one to get into battle.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: It knows Reversal, a move that gets powerful the lower the user's HP is. Quite fitting for a Determinator like Riolu.
  • Determinator: After getting its ass kicked by every single mon it tried to fight with and even going toe-to-toe with an Onix, it still wouldn't back down. Even after getting injured, it refused a piggyback ride from Ash and instead opted to walk all the way back to the Pokémon Center. Being a determinator himself, Ash looks to deal with this part of Riolu's character better over time.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Riolu hates being cuddled or pampered when it's injured and will walk to the nearest Pokémon Center all by itself if it has to. By JN027, it looks like Ash learned how to better handle this trait during Riolu's battle against Galarian Farfetch'd.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The moment it hatches, it gets angry at Ash for trying to comfort it and immediately strikes him down with Vacuum Wave before heading out to fight any Pokémon it sees.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Gains the Steel type as Lucario.
  • Glory Seeker: The baby Pokémon's quite the Blood Knight, and the only times it breaks a smile is when Ash acknowledges its fighting prowess, or accepts it onto his team. Riolu doesn't respond well to care or affection, which it views as slights on its capabilities.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: As a Riolu, it had a powerful Vacuum Wave that makes an Onix run away in terror. Albeit this was after it was powered up by Ash's aura, but still.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Shows traits of this when Ash battles opponents with his other Pokémon, shoving Pikachu out of its way. Played with in JN036, when Ash finally lets his worries go and, when Pikachu lies onto him, Riolu not wanting to be upstaged quickly does the same, which shows that its jealous of the Mouse Pokémon relationship with their Trainer.
  • Hates Being Touched: Riolu refused to be picked up twice, either because of this or just general pride. Doesn't stop it from clinging to its Trainer when worried after it's caught though. As it slowly grew more comfortable around Ash, this trait has diminished over time.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Its Vacuum Wave is animated like a mini Aura Sphere. It's upgraded to the real thing after it evolves.
  • Me's a Crowd: Knows Double Team and Ash can combo it with having each Riolu clone attacking with Vacuum Wave.
  • My Rules Are Not Your Rules: Riolu can only evolve to Lucario with enough happiness during the day. While Riolu is indeed very friendly with Ash, it evolved during the night.
  • Not So Stoic: Despite its seriousness about training to get stronger and hates being spoiled and pampered, Riolu isn't above wagging its tail in curiosity or clinging onto Ash when worried. As a Lucario, it allows itself to goof around a little when relaxed.
  • Pintsize Powerhouse: Once powered up with Ash's aura, it can topple an Onix with a simple tackle. In JN044 it is able to stop Chairman Rose's Cooperajah and Ferrothorn from attacking Pikachu and Ash by placing one paw onto Copperajah's trunk and one of Ferrothorn's vines!
  • Psychic Link: After evolving into Lucario, its proficiency in controlling Aura has increased to where it can communicate with Ash subconsciously, telling its trainer it had learned Aura Sphere.
  • Psychic Powers: It doesn't necessarily have Psychic type moves but Riolu can sense Aura. It had this ability prior to hatching, refusing to hatch for anyone who doesn't have strong enough Aura for it to sense. Bonding with Ash by Aura is what makes it finally react.
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: While it enjoyed a treat given to it by Bea in JN039 , it doesn't care for confectionery treats like buns or ice cream after evolving, and absolutely hates getting the stuff on its coat. Cinderace messing its fur up twice by accident enraged it.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Lucario is the Blue to Cinderace's Red. Best shown in JN048 when Cinderace wants Lucario to have ice cream and Lucario refuses.
  • The Rival: Bea's Grapploct serves as this for Riolu.
  • Smile of Approval: In spite of being The Stoic and its stubbornness in general, Riolu loves getting praise from Ash and later joining his team.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Both Downplayed and Justified; unlike the fully evolved and experienced Gengar and Dragonite, Riolu is a recently-hatched baby who still needs to gain a lot of battle experience, and as a result Ash is shown to put most of his attention on training Riolu (and Farfetch'd, which is Riolu's go-to sparring partner). Ash's Pikachu actually gets jealous of Riolu's preferential treatment in one episode. Training and using Riolu in battle also appears to be the primary means of still allowing Ash to be feasibly challenged by random trainers without underselling his prowess as a Champion or making his goal to become World Champion seem unreasonable. For all intents and purposes, as a Lucario, it is essentially Ash's secondary main Pokémon for this saga. Somewhat subverted in recent episodes, where it is Out of Focus since its own character arc somewhat ended with its evolution and battle against Eternatus.
  • The Stoic: Even when compared to Ash's more serious and battle oriented Pokémon, such as Charizard, Sceptile, Infernape and Greninja, or acquaintances like Solgaleo, who still allowed themselves to goof around sometimes, Riolu was too serious for a newborn. It eventually mellows a little, but it stands out compared to Gengar and especially Dragonite. However, once having evolved to Lucario, it takes the trope back at full speed. It still can goof around, even if against its will (if its interactions with cinderace are any indication) or when comically impressed.
  • Super Empowering: The recipient. On its own, Riolu was just a nuisance to other Pokémon and it can't so much as phase an Onix, but when battling alongside Ash, with his empowering Aura, it's able to fight the same Onix to the point of it fleeing in fear.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • To Ash's Greninja, as it was passed down to different daycare centers (or trainers in Froakie's case) before settling on Ash. While Froakie wasn't a baby and already was a considerably mellow fellow even before joins Ash, Riolu is still too young and stubborn. It also gains a power-boost when battling with Ash, same with Greninja, but not in the same tier.
    • To Ash's Sceptile, when it was a Treecko and was easily irritable about be underestimated or bested in battles.
    • To Lucario from Movie 8, outside of being from the same evolutionary line both were released from some kind of imprisonment by Ash's powerful aura (with Movie 8 being where it was established that Ash possessed this ability) and both were initially distrustful and stand-offish to people around them. Add to that that both are played by Daisuke Namikawa, once Ash's Riolu evolves. The main difference between them is that Sir Aaron's Lucario gained a Sweet Tooth and a fondness for chocolate, while Ash's Lucario detests sweets.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In its debut, it wasn't able to put a dent in any opponent it faced without being empowered by Ash's aura. By the time JN027 rolls around, it's become a competent enough battler that it becomes a Worthy Opponent to Galarian Farfetch'd, a capable combatant in its own right. To emphasize this, Riolu also demonstrated several new moves in the episode when previously it only had access to Vacuum Wave. It would later evolve into Lucario and learn Aura Sphere.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The baby Pokémon was feral and vicious to begin with, only cracking a smile when it defeats its opponents, but is now playful and carefree as the series goes on. It adores being pampered by Ash, even cuddling up to him in JN036. JN039 shows it came to respect Pikachu as a friend and teammate, even giving it a piggyback after its battle against Bea's Grapploct. Also, Lucario is usually kind to Ash as it did politely reject his offer for deserts in JN048. It also shows its great sense of justice when it growled at the Pokemon hunters out to steal Suicune.
  • Victory by Endurance: Its fight against Galarian Farfetch'd ends up as this since said Farfetch'd fainted after rising to its feet.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Cinderace. They are always seen hanging out or battling together but JN048 shows their conflicting differences in personality. Their kinship is unsurprising, since they evolved to their final forms in the same episode (JN045).
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • To Galarian Farfetch'd; their battle is one of the reasons it joins Ash and the end of its debut episode has them sparring. In fact, Riolu is cheering when Ash captures said Farfetch'd.
    • Riolu is also this to Bea and her Grapploct, especially since how it was able to escape their Octolock attack and how their last battle ended in a draw, earning their respect. Sadly forits trainer, this yields to Ash the "Riolu's trainer" moniker.
  • You're Not My Father: Riolu at first doesn't recognize Ash is the one with whom it bonded with. When he later steps in to save it from an enraged Onix, only then does it realize the boy's battle Aura and straight away accepts him as its Trainer.

    Galarian Farfetch'd (Kamonegi) -> Sirfetch'd (Negigaknight)
Voiced in Japanese by: Shin-ichiro Miki
Voiced in English by: Marc Thompson

A Galarian version of Farfetch'd that was said to pick fights with other Trainers trying to cross a bridge. It joins the team after a good fight with Ash's Riolu. Under Ash's guidence, Farfetch'd is shown to have a strong desire to train itself to one day become a master of the Leek. Said training eventually led to it evolving into Sirfetch'd.

  • Achilles' Heel: While its giant leek is perfect for sweeping opponents off their feet, if they can get in close while it's preparing the leek, then there's nothing it can do.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: It's a Fighting-type.
  • The Berserker: In JN051 its desire to master the leek quickly has made it lash out at anyone nearby, having no regard for bystanders caught in the crossfire, even attacking its own trainer on several occasions. Eventually it would become disobedient, so trainer Rinto intervenes with his Gallade to teach it a lesson about teamwork.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Ash's Riolu. They're stoic Fighting-types that love a good brawl and accepted Ash as a trainer after seeing his worth.
  • Blood Knight: It loves fighting. In fact, its battle against Riolu is a huge factor as to why it joined Ash. To emphasize this, after it gets captured, the first thing it does after coming out is to fight with Riolu again! Deconstructed on JN051. It becomes so focused about the fight that it ignores its own weak points and the surroundings, being easily defeated by a refined Gallade.
  • Breaking Old Trends: Whenever any of Ash's Pokémon learns a Dark-type move, it's usually only Bite or Crunch. His Farfetch'd knows Brutal Swing and Night Slash.
  • Bring It: It beckons Ash to fight it by making this gesture with its wing while saying "Come on!"
  • Carry a Big Stick: Its leek is three times bigger than its body. Unfortunately, while that means it can hit powerful blows when the leek is ready, that also means that it's vulnerable when it is preparing its attacks.
  • Cast From HP: Its Brutal Swing move is devastating but after using it on Riolu, it was shown to be quite exhausted.
  • Casting a Shadow: Knows Night Slash and Brutal Swing. Also notable for being Ash's first Pokémon to know a Dark-type move that isn't Bite or Crunch.
  • Character Development: After Ash risks his life to save its leek from falling into an abyss in JN056, it starts to bond and trust its trainer. Also, when it evolved, Sirfetch'd became protective of Ash as it took a puddle of water for him when a truck came by.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Ash's Hawlucha, another avian based Fighting-type Pokémon. Hawlucha was known to be quite honorable and a defender of the forest it lived in, whereas Farfetch'd was a loner who liked fighting for the sake of it. Hawlucha's Achilles' Heel was that it tended to pose dramatically before unleashing Flying Press, thus giving its opponents more time to recover while Farfetch'd weakness is he needs time to prepare its leek to unleash its attacks. Hawlucha's fighting style is of a Masked Luchador while Farfetch'd is a knight. Last, Hawlucha is a Fighting/Flying type with only one stage while Farfetch'd is pure Fighting and can evolve.
  • Critical Hit Class: Just like the games, it evolves when it lands three notable critical hits in one battle.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers this onto Goh's Kantonian Farfetch'd despite the type disadvantage.
  • A Day in the Limelight: JN051, JN056, and JN060 serve as focus episodes for Farfetch'd. It evolves into Sirfetch'd in JN060.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Joins Ash's group after its match against Riolu and also for how Ash encouraged it to keep fighting.
  • Defend Command: Learns Detect in JN056.
  • Fell Asleep Standing Up: Tries standing up on its own after Ash encourages it. It ends up shouting to the skies before fainting.
  • Flight: Without its heavy leek, it can fly just like its Kantonian version.
  • Gratuitous English: In the original Japanese it's fond of saying "Come on!", a pun on its Japanese name Kamonegi.
  • Hates Being Touched: Contestant Genba examining its powerful body angered it, even when said inspection was a compliment and was not belittling its capabilities.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Sirfetch'd is very proficient with its razor-sharp leek, neatly cutting open an envelope from Iris for Ash.
  • Irony: In every previous generation, one of Ash's first catches has been the regional bird (with the slight exception of Alola, where he caught a Rowlet who thought it was a regional bird). His first Galarian Pokémon is... a bird Pokémon that's exclusive to the region, just not the actual regional bird.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: What it basically becomes as a Sirfetch'd. On its way back to the Institute after evolving, it blocks a splash of water that would have hit the group.
  • Knightly Sword and Shield: Right before evolving to this proper, it uses the cut off part of its leek as a makeshift shield in its off wing while using the main leek to attack Gallade.
  • Mighty Glacier: It has very powerful attacks, but is hampered by the weight of the giant leek, leaving it open for a close-range strike if the opponent is fast enough.
  • Mundane Utility in JN065, he uses his sword to help slice the top of a letter off for Ash.
  • Not So Stoic: Not even it's immune to Sobble's cries.
  • Puddle-Covering Chivalry: Rinto observes the noble Sirfetch'd sees itself no differently as a loyal knight protecting its lord (Ash) from harm. It even shields its trainer from getting soaked by a puddle from a passing bus.
  • The Stoic: It's always seen frowning and serious.
  • Third Time's the Charm: After Goh's two attempts to capture it fail, it takes a brawl with Riolu and Ash acknowledging its fighting spirit before it joins.
  • To Be a Master: JN051 establishes it want to be a "Leek Master".
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In JN051, it becomes a lot more aggressive than before, even attacking Ash twice when he was trying to support it. After their battle against Genba, he simply walks off and points his leek at Ash to stop him when he wants to follow him. However...
  • Took a Level in subsequent episodes, after that Ash understood how much serious Farfetch'd is about be strong and shows he's serious about help it, the duck comes to fully respect him. This partially triggers its evolution. Upon evolution, it adopted a more chivalrous and gallant demeanor.
  • Worthy Opponent: After its very fair battle with Riolu, it's decided the little Emanation Pokémon is this to it.

    Dracovish (Uonoragon)
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A Galarian fossil Pokémon that is brought to life by the fossil researchers Cara Liss and Gasattsu during a study on hybrid resurrection. Upon seeing Dracovish bond with Ash, the researchers ask for him to look after it; resulting in Dracovish's capture.

  • Abled in the Adaptation: Dracovish has no difficulty breathing on land like its Shield Pokedex entries states.
  • Breaking Old Trends:
    • It is Ash's very first fossil-revived Pokemon.
    • It is the first Pokémon owned by Ash to ever defeat a regional champion's Pokémon, in this case, Iris, the Unova League Champion who had succeeded Alder. Previously, Ash and his Greninja had gained the upper hand on the Kalos Champion Diantha before Ash collapsed from the strain of Bond Phenomenon right when the final blow was about to be struck.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Dracovish's greatest strength is its jaw, which was able to defeat Iris' Dragonite in a few hits, naturally she countered it through using only ranged attacks with her Haxorus to prevent Dracovish from getting too close.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Dracovish may look as silly as the rest of its species, but is shown the be a surprisingly fast runner both on land and underwater along with having a vicious bite. Best shown in JN063 when its Water Gun is not strong enough to break through the pile of rocks trapping Chloe, Eevee and Dewgong, so Ash suggests using an attack with its jaw and it complies with using Fishious Rend to smash through it in one hit. It even battled and defeated Iris' Dragonite with relative ease, and he's one of her strongest Pokemon too.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Gives one of these to Iris's Dragonite. Right from the start of the battle, it manages to grab hold of Dragonite's head with its jaws. Unable to wriggle free or hear commands from his trainer, Dracovish takes him down with Ice Fang very quickly. It's then on the receiving end of this against Iris' Haxorus. The Champion saw Dracovish was most dangerous as a Close-Range Combatant so used long ranged attacks against it.
  • The Glomp: It greets Ash by trying to bite his head.
  • An Ice Person: Knows Ice Fang as one of its moves.
  • Lightning Bruiser: It's surprisingly fast on land and underwater and gives one heck of a bite.
  • Magically Inept Fighter: Dracovish is very powerful when it comes to physical attacks, but its Water Gun is very notably weak by comparison.
  • Making a Splash: Part Water type and knows the moves Water Gun and Fishious Rend.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Ash doesn't see anything wrong with the Galarian restoration methods though.
  • Out of Focus: Despite being captured in JN050, Dracovish is completely absent in the following episodes. It's not until JN060 that Dracovish is finally seen again, and even then, it's just a group-shot cameo in the episode's beginning recap. Three episodes later would give Dracovish more focus and is slated to be battling Iris alongside Dragonite shortly after.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: It's a genderless hybrid resurrection of two different Pokémon species. While Iris who loves all dragon types adored them, her Dragonite however, who had been prepared for battle against Ash's, was now unnerved by it's bizarre appearance when swapped out, allowing Dracovish to gain the upper hand quickly.

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