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Ash's Full Journeys Team.

  • Badass Crew: For the record, this is the team that Ash uses to take on the Pokémon World Championships. 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. Two of this team's members were also the first of Ash's Pokémon to defeat a regional Champion's Pokémon (while Greninja was overwhelming Diantha's Gardevoir at first, the battle was interrupted before a more concrete outcome could be had), which might make this team Ash's overall most powerful team of all time, even including his older Pokémon.
  • Blood Brothers: Several of them form particularly strong friendships and formidable teams when they end up working together. The most notable pairings include.
    • Lucario and Pikachu
    • Sirfetch'd and Dracovish
  • Breaking Old Trends:
    • This is the first team that lacks any of the current generation's Starter Pokémon.
    • This is the first time Ash has had a full team without a single Fire-type Pokémon.
  • Hard-Work Montage: In JN034 and JN051, still montages are shown of them attacking/going up against several opponents in the Pokémon World Championships, with it being implied that they dominated those battles with little effort. This was most likely done in order to skip unimportant battles and allow Ash to reach the Ultra Class faster (not including the unseen battle against former-champion of Hoenn, Wallace). As a result, the true win/loss record for Ash's Journeys team is somewhat unclear.
  • Multinational Team: Unlike previous series in which the team sans Pikachu were only new Pokémon from the latest generation, this team only has two Pokémon from Gen VIII, while the others are from previous generations.
  • Senpai/Kōhai: The five new Pokémon are the kohais to all of Ash's other Pokémon he caught prior to Journeys. In JN114, Ash's other Pokémon are explicitly referred to as their senpais and they are all willing to teach the new generation.
  • Super Mode: Several of Ash's Pokémon gain a new powerful form.
    • Pikachu is able to Gigantamax and Gengar later gains this ability.
    • Lucario gains the ability to Mega Evolve.

    Dragonite (Kairyu)
As a Dragonair before its capture
Click here to see Dragonite as a Dratini. 
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. While Dragonite is shown to be highly affectionate to the point of hugging anyone, even strangers, the Pokémon will get serious whenever it's called out to battle for Ash.

  • The Ace:
    • It maintained this role prior to the Ultra Class, where Lucario begins to take over. Dragonite may be a lot cuddlier and sillier than others of this caliber, 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 notably 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.
    • It finally loses its undefeated streak in JN109 against Raihan's Flygon, after which it begins to lose more frequently, as it's now up against the strongest trainers in the world. Dragonite continued to struggle until finally breaking this in JN130 by defeating Leon's Dragapult, a deadly pseudo-legendary Dragon/Ghost-type Pokémon.
  • 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, Dragonite is referred to as female in the Italian, French, Latin Spanish and Brazilian dub. Iris who can read the minds of dragon Pokémon sensed in JN065 that Dragonite loves Ash, but it's unclear if it's love in the maternal sense, a platonic sense, or even a romantic sense. An event distribution for Sword & Shield also has its gender as female.
  • 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 kind-hearted 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 its 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: For a long time, it was easily Ash's most powerful Pokémon in his current rotation outside of Pikachu. After Lucario trains with Greninja and masters its aura abilities, however, it effectively takes over Dragonite's status as The Ace of the team.
  • 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.
    • Similarly all of Ash's Token Flyer Pokémon have been birds. Dragonite, rather obviously, is a dragon.
    • 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's Dragonite, as they are polar opposites in terms of personality. While Iris's 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. Also, Iris's Dragonite is confirmed to be male while an event distribution in Sword & Shield suggests Ash's Dragonite is female.
  • 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, Goh, 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: Downplayed. The preview had it look like Ash was going to catch it as a Dragonair. While it is indeed caught by Ash, it's as a Dragonite instead.
  • O.O.C. 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.
  • Red Baron: Supplementary materials for the Masters Eight finals dub Dragonite The Meteor Incarnate.
  • Shrug Take: Overcome with joy when Ash showed it a new addition to the team it once tried to hug Riolu's egg. Ash prevented it, shocking the Cuddle Bug Pokémon, before Ash explains their show of affection would be unwise. Dragonite can only sheepishly grin and shrug, then hugs Pikachu as compensation.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Dragonite has often used Dragon Dance, not just for a Status Buff but as a defensive move.
  • 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.
  • Token Flyer: Dragonite fulfills the flying Pokémon teamspot of Journeys.
  • 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. The only time it successfully executed this move was in a still-montage as seen in JN034.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite Dragonite's solid battling record for the majority of the series, it loses to Raihan's Flygon, Paul's Garchomp, and Cynthia's Spiritomb without any wins in-between, establishing Raihan as a serious competitor to Ash, showcasing that Paul is still strong enough to keep up with Ash (despite him choosing to not enter the World Coronation Series), and solidifying Cynthia as the toughest opponent that Ash has to overcome before he's entitled to an official battle with Leon.

    Gengar (Gangar)
Click here to see Gengar as a Haunter. 
Click here to see Gengar as a Gastly. 
Click here to see Gengar's Gigantamax form. 
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. As a part of Ash's team, Gengar eventually learns how to use Gigantamax after Ash learns the method from Galar's Ghost-type gym leader, Allister.

  • Ambiguous Gender: Like Dragonite, the dub from Brazil gave Gengar a gender it lacks in Japan (in Gengar's case male), though no official source has given Gengar any indication one way or the other. An event distribution for Sword & Shield also has its gender as male.
  • 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 also hates being accused for something it didn't do, like when Ash accused it of stealing all the food in the Cerise Institute in JN023, resulting in it appearing behind him and hitting him with Shadow Ball, much to Pikachu's anger.
  • Birds of a Feather: Gengar quickly bonds with Ash's Fire-types at Oak's lab (Charizard, Quilava, Torkoal, Infernape, Pignite, and Talonflame), and shares a similar backstory with three of them.
  • 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.
    • Gengar is also Ash's first Pokemon to use a Fairy-type move.
  • 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.
  • Confusion Fu: Gengar makes use of its ghostly abilities in battle to throw its opponents for a loop. Even Volkner's Luxray was unable to keep up with its movements and was switched out.
  • 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 (three whole years) 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.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Even before its capture, Gengar wasn't an evil or cruel Pokémon, it had been embittered due to its original trainer abandoning it. Once Ash bonds with and then captures it, it proves to be quite nice, even if still extremely mischievous and sneaky.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Gets focus in JN091 and JN092, with the latter giving him the ability to use Gigantamax.
  • 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.
  • Light 'em Up: Learns the Fairy-type move Dazzling Gleam in JN099.
  • Mundane Utility: A few times Ash uses Gengar's intangibility and stealth to discretely guide others (like Grookey and Eevee) or survey surroundings outside of battle.
  • 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.
  • Out of Focus: Since its capture, Gengar has had very little screen time or episodes focused on it when compared to Ash's other Journeys Pokémon. It's even discussed by Chloe in one episode that Gengar may be upset at Ash not bringing it along for his adventures. It receives focus in JN091 and JN092, where it gains the ability to Gigantamax in the latter, while gaining more screentime in general around and after said episodes.
  • Playing with Fire: Learns Will-O-Wisp in JN114, which for the first time in the anime is actually shown to inflict Burn on the opponent instead of just being a normal attack.
  • Poisonous Person: Secondary type, and learns Sludge Bomb in JN099.
  • 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).
  • Red Baron: Supplementary materials for the Masters Eight finals dub Gengar The Ghostly Black Devil.
  • 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. Gengar can also tangile with and overpower the souls that make up a Spiritomb when need be.
  • 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.
  • Super Mode: In JN092, it eats Max Soup and gains the ability to Gigantamax.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: It retains its Ghost-type nature of playing pranks, but it's now out of true fun (and occasional boredom) rather than resentment towards humans. Allister can tell that being with Ash has mellowed its outlook on life.
  • 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.
  • Undying Loyalty: (No pun intended) Allister comments on how Gengar wants to stay loyally by Ash's side ever since he was caught by him, believing his life has been a lot happier thanks to having such a caring trainer like him.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • It's a very powerful Pokémon yet it easily gets knocked out of the laboratory in JN011 by a Spark from Yamper. Though before Ash caught it in a later episode, Gengar had looked as if it were perpetually tired, implying that it wasn’t at full strength.
    • Gengar was utterly trounced by Korrina's Fighting-type Pokémon who were able to outspeed and overpower the Ghost-type.
    • This was subverted by Ash's battle with Raihan, where Gengar, in its Gigantamax form, manages to take out Raihan's Flygon and Goodra before fainting against the latter. This proved to be extremely vital for Ash to win the match in the end.
    • With Gengar becoming increasingly more reliable in later parts of the series, being taken down relatively quickly by Cynthia along with Dragonite serves to prove how much of a threat the Sinnoh Champion is.

    Riolu -> Lucario
Click here to see Lucario's Mega-Evolved form. 
Voiced in Japanese by: Kei Shindō (Riolu), Daisuke Namikawa (Lucario)
Voiced in English by: Cristina Valenzuela (Riolu), Bill Rogers (Lucario)

A battle-hungry Riolu that started off as a Sinnoh egg incubating in the Vermillion City Pokémon Center until it was attracted to Ash by his Aura powers. This resulted in Riolu finally hatching and being caught by Ash upon seeing Riolu's desire to fight alongside him. As a part of Ash's team, Riolu would eventually evolve into Lucario during the battle against Chairman Rose, and then learns how to mega-evolve following Ash revisiting Korrina and Gurkinn in Kalos. There, Ash received a Key Stone in the form of a Mega Glove along with the Lucarionite needed for Lucario's Mega Evolution.

  • The Ace: After evolving into Lucario, it becomes one of Ash’s primary battlers along with Pikachu, putting in major work in many of Ash's World Coronation Series matches. It fully solidifies its status in JN125 by becoming the first Pokémon to defeat Cynthia's Garchomp on-screen (also giving Cynthia her first on-screen loss in the process), making it indisputably one of Ash's strongest Pokémon.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: It's so adorable as a Riolu 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 desiring 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.
  • Badass in Distress: Ends up captured alongside Goh's Inteleon by Altenate Team Rocket and dragged into their universe.
  • Bash Brothers: Its relationship with Goh's Cinderace. It develops 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 it, but as a Riolu idolizes Korrina's Lucario for its battle prowess and strength, and when they meet up again after Riolu's evolution, it's always happy to see its idol.
    • Lucario similarily comes around to seeing Ash's Greninja this way after training with it; again there is no literal relation with Greninja but their shared powerful bond with Ash allows them to bond, and Greninja all too eagerly helps Lucario get stronger on it's own terms. After earning Lucario's respect by thoroughly kicking his ass, at any rate.
  • 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 and nearly getting crushed. Its determination to protect its trainer and Pikachu 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 lead it 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, causing them to be jealous of each other at times early on, with Riolu because it wants to battle, and with Pikachu because he felt neglected. Also, after evolving, Lucario is usually showing its kinder side towards Ash and its teammates, and over time, it also starts to show its fondness of him more openly as their bond grows in intensity.
  • 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.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: A Fighting-type Pokemon whose moves include the physically striking Force Palm and Reversal.
  • 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: As a Riolu, 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. As a Lucario, the moveset shifts to a more ranged combatant with Aura Sphere in place of Vacuum Wave and Steel Beam instead of Force Palm, although it still has Reversal in case of emergency. It shifts back into being a more of a close range combatant when it learns Bullet Punch in place of Steel Beam.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character:
    • To Ash's previous Fighting-type baby Pokémon, Scraggy; Scraggy is more child-like and clumsy and never evolved, whereas Riolu is headstrong, quite skillful and a Blood Knight, and evolves quite early.
    • Compared to Ash's other Pokémon who hatched from eggs such as Phanpy, Scraggy and Noibat, Riolu is much more stubborn, independent and serious. Even Scraggy, who was stubborn and prideful from birth as well, was able to mellow out, while Riolu maintains its immense pride and stubbornness, at least until the character development kicks in.
    • Early on, it's quite jealous of Pikachu, like Ash's Bayleef. The main difference was that Ash's Bayleef wanted Ash's affection whereas Riolu wants to be the one to get into battle.
  • David Versus Goliath: Riolu's small size had this trope in play in virtually every battle it engaged in, but even the taller Lucario finds itself in this role against Bea's Gigantamax Machamp, even after Mega Evolution, and especially against Raihan's Gigantamax Duraludon in its base form.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It seems to act like this towards Bea's Grapploct, its archrival, in JN086, where it gives it a cheeky smirk and teased it for blushing when they were eating (possibly because Grapploct wasn't acting so tough), and Grapploct ends up having a fight with Lucario as a result, nearly punching it with a tentacle, although Lucario blocks it while still keeping the sassy smirk.
  • 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. It uses this move as a Mega Lucario against Cynthia's Garchomp to barely defeat it.
    • As Lucario, its battle with Bea's Machamp has it learning Steel Beam (which has a 50% HP loss whether it hits or not) as the final blow. The move has a synergy with Reversal due to its effects, giving Lucario two high-risk, high-reward attacks, though Lucario never uses both of them in the same battle (with Reversal never used while Steel Beam is in Lucario's moveset while the next time we see Reversal from Lucario it is after Steel Beam is replaced by Bullet Punch).
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: In JN125, it ends the on-screen winning streaks of both Cynthia's Garchomp and Cynthia herself.
  • 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 despite the fact that it was only born a few minutes prior or so. Even after getting badly injured and battered from all of this, 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 had to deal with this part of Riolu's character better over time in order to fully utilize his mon's potential.
  • 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, and learns Steel Beam in JN086 and Bullet Punch in JN114.
  • Furry Confusion: Unlike Sir Aaron's Lucario from the eighth movie, it's a normal, non-speaking Pokémon.
  • 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 has a powerful Vacuum Wave that makes an Onix run away in terror. Albeit this is 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 it's jealous of the Mouse Pokémon's relationship with their Trainer. As Lucario, it later shows jealousy in JN108 when witnessing Ash's Greninja effortlessly showing off its power and the strength of its bond with Ash's Aura.
  • 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. By JN122, Lucario has completely averted this trate as it gives a warm smile to a young boy who pets and praises it.
  • 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 close to Ash in terms of bond, it evolved at night during the Darkest Day, not in daytime.
  • 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 or scared. As a Lucario, it allows itself to goof around a little when relaxed, and isn't immune to the series' slapstick nor to reactions of fear or panic when it is involved in this. While it's very serious when it comes to battle, it's not afraid to show affection towards Ash and has even hugged him in a few recent occasions.
    • As a Lucario, it becomes a lot more serious and a Blood Knight when it comes to battling, but can still show moments of affection. After working with Ash and Greninja to destroy a giant root during JN108, it gives a more cheerful smile and happily hugs Ash.
  • 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! This is coming from a very young Baby Pokémon, mind you.
  • 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 has 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.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Bullet Punch, in which Lucario unleashes a flurry of punches.
  • 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 enrages it.
  • Red Baron: Supplementary materials for the Masters Eight finals dub Lucario The Aura Nova.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Lucario is the serious and quiet Blue Oni to Cinderace's cheerful and hyperactive Red Oni. Best shown in JN048 when Cinderace wants Lucario to have ice cream and Lucario refuses.
    • Upon meeting, he becomes the Hot-Blooded red Oni to Greninja's calm and focused Blue Oni as shown in their battle. When they have a battle, it's Greninja who wins rather easily to boot.
  • The Rival: Bea's Grapploct serves as this for Riolu, and it goes on for a while after it evolved.
  • 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, who 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 Monarch seem unreasonable. For all intents and purposes, as a Lucario, it is essentially Ash's secondary main Pokémon for the saga. Somewhat subverted in later episodes, where it is Out of Focus for a while since its own character arc somewhat ends with its evolution and battle against Eternatus. It regains focus in the Ultra Class battles, cultiminating with training to Mega Evolve in JN084.
  • 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, at times acting as if it's trying too hard to be serious and stoic. It still can goof around, even if against its will (if its interactions with Cinderace or the shenanigans in which it is involved are any indication) or when comically impressed. Downplayed later in the series, where it shows its feelings more openly.
  • 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.
  • Super Mode: Its Mega Evolution boosts its power immensely to the point of it being capable of firing Aura Spheres the size of its own body and toppling a Gigantamax Machamp that stands at 8 stories tall and weighs several tons and destroy the huge roots in Kalos that could deflect an Aura Sphere in its base form.
  • 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. It also gains a power-boost when battling with Ash, same with Greninja, but not in the same tier, at least until it finally gains the ability to Mega Evolve.
    • To Ash's Sceptile, when it was a Treecko and was easily irritable about being 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. Once Riolu evolves, both Lucarios also share the same Japanese voice actor, Daisuke Namikawa. 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. Riolu would later go from being beaten badly by Grapploct to tying it. It would later evolve into Lucario and learn Aura Sphere, after which it becomes one of Ash's most powerful Pokemon and able to straight up beat Grapploct in a one on one fight.
  • 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 carrying him back to Ash after he lost against Bea's Grapploct. Also, Lucario is usually kind to Ash as it did politely reject his offer to eat an ice cream in JN048. It also shows its great sense of justice when it growled at the Pokemon poachers out to steal Suicune. Later on, it also started to show its affection towards Ash more openly. Even later on, it shows good sportsmanship by helping Cynthia's Garchomp up after winning against it.
  • Tranquil Fury: Shows this towards the poachers that tried to capture Suicune with vile ways, growling at them without raising its voice, although Ash calms it down.
  • Use Your Head: After struggling in Bea's Machamp's grip, it manages to break free with one headbutt.
  • 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, with Cinderace's cheerful personality clashing with Lucario's serious demeanor. Their kinship is unsurprising, since they evolved to their final forms in the same episode (JN045).
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Averted. Unlike Korrina's Lucario, who had a hard time controlling the overwhelming power of Mega Evolution, Ash's Lucario does not lose any self-control when battling in its Mega form.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • In JN108 it challenges Ash's formerly owned Greninja to a battle, not only is Lucario unable to land a single hit on Greninja due to the latter being too fast for Lucario to even sense but Greninja doesn't even have to use any actual moves or transform into his Ash-Greninja form to easily defeat his foe even with Ash commanding Lucario.
    • After managing to defeat Cynthia's Garchomp, in the match against Leon it only manages to defeat a weakened Mr. Rime, eventually being defeated by Leon's Dragapult despite Mega Evolving and getting several good hits in, first getting hit by a Flamethrower that prompted Ash to recall it before it was eventually sent out again by Dragon Tail, getting paralyzed after its Bullet Punch collided with a Thunderbolt, and then finished off by a final Flamethrower.
  • 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 for its trainer, this yields to Ash the "Riolu's trainer" moniker until their final battle.
    • Lucario becomes this to Cynthia's Garchomp after the former defeated the latter, accepting Lucario's offer to help it up.
  • 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 variant of Farfetch'd that was said to pick fights with other Trainers trying to cross a bridge. He 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 himself to one day become a master of the Leek. Said training eventually led to him evolving into Sirfetch'd during Ash's World Coronation battle against Rinto.

  • Achilles' Heel: While his giant leek is perfect for sweeping opponents off their feet, if they can get in close while his preparing the leek, then there's nothing he can do.
  • Adaptational Badass: Already a top contender for one of Ash's best battlers as it is, but Ash's appearance in the recent Event in Pokemon Masters EX has him defeating the Player Character's Solgaleo in a tie.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: A Fighting-type, though his only Fighting-type move is the non-damaging Detect. That is, until he learns Meteor Assault in JN103.
  • Badass Baritone: He has a very deep voice.
  • The Berserker: In JN051 his desire to master the leek quickly made him lash out at anyone nearby, having no regard for bystanders caught in the crossfire, even attacking his 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: He loves fighting. In fact, his battle against Riolu is a huge factor as to why it joined Ash. To emphasize this, after he gets captured, the first thing he does after coming out is to fight with Riolu again! Deconstructed on JN051. He becomes so focused about the fight that he ignores his 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. Farfetch'd knows Brutal Swing and Night Slash.
    • It is the first Pokémon owned by Ash to ever defeat an Elite Four's Pokémon, in this case, Mega Altaria belonging to Drasna of the Kalos Elite Four.
  • Bring It: He beckons Ash to fight it by making this gesture with its wing while saying "Come on!"
  • Carry a Big Stick: His leek is three times bigger than his body. Unfortunately, while that means he can land powerful blows when the leek is ready, that also means that he's vulnerable when he is preparing the attacks. The leek then becomes a long sword after he evolved.
  • Cast from Hit Points: His Brutal Swing move is devastating but after using it on Riolu, he was shown to be quite exhausted. It loses this trade off when it evolves, as Brutal Swing becomes an attack done with the shield entirely as a boomerang projectile.
  • 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 his leek from falling into an abyss in JN056, he starts to bond and trust his trainer. Also, when he evolved, Sirfetch'd became protective of Ash as he took a puddle of water for him when a truck came by. He later developed a strong friendship with Dracovish.
  • 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 he lived in, whereas Farfetch'd was a loner who liked fighting for the sake of it. Hawlucha's Achilles' Heel was that he tended to pose dramatically before unleashing Flying Press, thus giving his opponents more time to recover while Farfetch'd's weakness is he needs time to prepare his leek to unleash its attacks. Hawlucha's fighting style is of a Masked Luchador while Farfetch'd is a knight. Lastly, 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, he evolves when he 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. He evolves into Sirfetch'd in JN060.
  • Deadly Disc: Its shield when using Brutal Swing.
  • Death or Glory Attack: Learns Meteor Assault in JN103.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Joins Ash's group after his match against Riolu and also for how Ash encouraged him to keep fighting.
  • Defend Command: Learns Detect in JN056.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He defeats the Player Character's Solgaleo in Masters EX.
  • Fell Asleep Standing Up:
    • Tries standing up on his own after Ash encourages him. He ends up shouting to the skies before fainting.
    • Faints standing up after dealing heavy damage to Cynthia's Garchomp with Meteor Assault.
  • Flight: Without his heavy leek, he can fly just like his Kantonian version. It's later revealed that the leek sword and shield together are actually much heavier than just the original leek was, making it harder to stay balanced even while holding them steady on the ground.
  • Gratuitous English: In the original Japanese version, he's fond of saying "Kamon" (Kamonegi), which is clearly meant to sound like "Come on".
  • Hates Being Touched: Challenger Dozer examining its powerful body angered him, even when said inspection was a compliment and was not belittling his capabilities.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Sirfetch'd is very proficient with his 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 he basically becomes as a Sirfetch'd. On his way back to the Institute after evolving, he blocks a splash of water that would have hit the group.
  • Knightly Sword and Shield: Right before evolving to this proper, he uses the cut off part of its leek as a makeshift shield in his off wing while using the main leek to attack Gallade.
  • Mighty Glacier: He has very powerful attacks, but is hampered by the weight of the giant leek, leaving him 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.
  • No-Sell: Despite being a Fighting-type, Sirfetch'd manages to endure a Disarming Voice from Cynthia's Milotic before taking it out with Meteor Assault, not looking any worse for wear afterward.
  • Not So Stoic: As a Farfetch'd, not even he was immune to Sobble's cries.
  • Puddle-Covering Chivalry: Rinto observes the noble Sirfetch'd seeing himself no differently as a loyal knight protecting his lord (Ash) from harm. He even shields his trainer from getting soaked by a puddle from a passing bus.
  • Red Baron: Supplementary materials for the Masters Eight finals dub Sirfetch'd The Indominable Onion Knight.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Is the calm and focused Blue Oni to Dracovish's energetic and excitable Red Oni.
  • The Stoic: As a Farfetch'd, he's always seen frowning and serious.
  • Third Time's The Charm: After Goh's two attempts to capture him fail, it takes a brawl with Riolu and Ash acknowledging his fighting spirit before he joins.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: As Sirfetch'd, he can use Brutal Swing in this fashion.
  • To Be a Master: JN051 establishes that he wants to be a "Leek Master".
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In JN051, he becomes a lot more aggressive than before, even attacking Ash twice when he was trying to support him. After their battle against Dozer, he simply walks off and points his leek at Ash to stop him when he wants to follow him. However...
  • Took a Level in Kindness: subsequent episodes, after Ash understood how much serious Farfetch'd is about be strong and shows he's serious about helping him, the duck comes to fully respect him. This partially triggers his evolution. Upon evolution, he adopted a more chivalrous, gallant and protective demeanor.
    • He eventually learns to tolerate Dracovish's tendency to bite his sword and cheer it on in appreciation for it doing the same during their battle against Drasna, developing a close friendship with it.
  • Vocal Evolution: While Sirfetch'd was always voiced by Marc Thompson, his voice has changed a bit in tone before and after his evolution: as a Farfetch'd, the way he vocalizes is rough and at times berserker-like, especially in battles. After his evolution in Sirfetch'd, his voice takes a more chivalrous and heroic tone, fitting with the serious, loyal, valiant, chivalrous and more mature knight that he has become.
  • Worthy Opponent: After his very fair battle with Riolu, he decides the little Emanation Pokémon is this to him. Even as a Lucario, it seems to reciprocate the sentiment, being eager to watch Sirfetch'd train to learn a new move with Clemont and Ash. During Ash's battle with Leon in JN130, the two share a mental high five after Ash switches out Sirfetch'd for Lucario.

    Dracovish (Uonoragon)
Voiced in Japanese by: Kenyuu Horiuchi
Voiced in English by: Sean Schemmel

A Galarian fossil Pokémon that is brought to life by the fossil researchers Cara Liss and Bray Zenn 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 entry states. It also seems almost perpetually happy whether on land or in the water.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: During its Lumiose Gym training, it became rather fixated on Sirfetch'd's leek when it was learning Meteor Assault. In the following episode it gets entranced by an Altaria's feathers and runs right toward it.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Everything about Dracovish makes it goofy and silly, from its appearence to the way it acts, including its tendency to get distracted by moving stuff, but it's a powerful battler with very strong close-range attacks thanks to its powerful jaw.
  • 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. The closest any had come previously was Greninja, who had gained the upper hand on Kalos Champion Diantha's Gardevoir before Ash collapsed from the strain of Bond Phenomenon right when the final blow was about to be struck.
    • It also gives Ash his first victory against an Elite Four member by defeating Drasna's Noivern.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Dracovish's greatest strength is its powerful jaw, which was able to defeat Iris's 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 Galar fossil bretheren, 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's 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 a quad-effective Ice Fang very quickly. It's then on the receiving end of this against Iris's Haxorus. The Champion saw Dracovish was most dangerous as a Close-Range Combatant so used long ranged attacks against it.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Dracovish against Steven didn't end in any knockouts for Dracovish and in fact Dracovish went down in one clash with Aggron, but the Fishous Rend that landed on Metagross did a fair bit of damage and likely played a big role in Pikachu's eventual victory.
  • The Determinator: Despite being poisoned thanks to Cynthia's Rosarade, it's determined to keep battling and refuses to return to its ball.
  • The Dragonslayer: Knows Ice Fang, and as a Dragon type it has a mutual super effective match up against its kind. Its first major fight was against Iris own Dragonite, and it serves as a major player against Drasna.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: During its battle with Leon's Dragapult in JN130, it unlocks a mysterious ability that allows the spikes on its body to extend and bind opponents. Cynthia speculates that this is a power that had laid dormant within it.
  • The Glomp: It greets Ash by trying to bite his head.
  • Gratuitous English: The way it says its name when greeting Clemont almost sounds like it's saying "Oh hello".
  • 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. Clemont makes note of this when he meets Dracovish and sees it charging to bite Sirfetch'd sword. Dracovish's final Dragon Rush against Drasna actually had him charging at Noivern so fast she panicked and called for a Dragon Pulse to stop it from getting closer instead of Noivern keeping its guard up.
  • 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.
  • Made of Iron: It's noted by Clemont to be very resilient and fast, able to take Sirfetch'd's Meteor Assault the second time and come out clapping in excitement. It shows off this endurance against Drasna, taking a Sky Attack, a super-effective Play Rough, a super-effective Dragon Pulse and a Boomburst AFTER having its stamina cut in half by Super Fang. In its final clash with Noivern it's the one who remains standing despite the fact it used Dragon Rush and took Dragon Pulse head-on, whereas Noivern only got hit by the resulting explosion.
  • Man Bites Man: It knows the biting moves Fishious Rend and Ice Fang and has the ability Strong Jaw.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Ash doesn't see anything wrong with the Galarian restoration methods though.
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth!: It has incredibly strong jaws and possibly the greatest biting force of all of Ash's Pokemon, being unable to do anything to a boulder with Water Gun but able to crush it with ease using its jaws. It also immobilized Iris' Dragonite while he used Dragon Rush, clamping him so hard Dragonite couldn't hear Iris' instructions, and immediately KO'ing him with Ice Fang. When clashing with Drasna's Noivern using Super Fang, its Ice Fang dropped Noivern to its knees despite being an indirect hit and Dracovish losing half its stamina. It was also able to directly bite Altaria's Breaking Swipe to clash with it. It also ended up being an ideal training partner for Sirfetch'd for this reason, since its bite stabilized his sword and allowed Dracovish to hold on even while Sirfetch'd activated Meteor Assault.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Part Dragon-type and knows Dragon Rush.
  • 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 including participating in Ash's fight against Unova Champion Iris. The double episode in Kalos also gives it time to shine.
  • Red Baron: Supplementary materials for the Masters Eight finals dub Dracovish The Ancient Overlord.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Is the energetic and excitable Red Oni to Sirfetch'd calm and focused Blue Oni.
  • Running Gag:
    • Its tendency to chomp on Ash's head whenever it comes out.
    • Whenever it sees anything sway, it gets distracted and charges over to chomp at it.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Learns Dragon Rush while training in Lumiose Gym.
    • JN130 shows that its jaw isn't the only natural weapon it has, as it unlocks an unknown power in its side spikes allowing them to grab to an extent. Dracovish is such an enigma in general that no one can figure out what happened.
  • 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 its bizarre appearance when swapped out, allowing Dracovish to gain the upper hand quickly.
  • The Worf Effect: After spending all its onscreen battles winning cleanly or taking down one Pokemon with ease before going down, its battle with Steven's own Pokemon ends in its first full defeat, as while it injures his Metagross it gets quickly and easily beaten by his Aggron and is in fact the first Pokemon to faint in the match.