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    Advanced Generation Team as a Whole 
  • Ambiguous Gender: Halfway averted this time around - Sceptile and Corphish are pretty implicitly male, and Aipom is confirmed as female. Glalie has been implied to be male as well (the English dub refers to it as a "he", but only once), while Swellow and Torkoal are debatable.
  • Back for the Finale: Mostly during "An Old Family Blend", where Ash calling upon all his reserves back in Oak's lab. Also, Torkoal was lucky enough to be called upon for Ash's second battle with Brandon.
  • Badass Crew: While all of Ash's teams have their badass moment, this team in particular gave more even distribution with highlighting each Pokémon.
  • Description Cut: Ash brags about his team being awesome. Max, seeing the team's (sans Treecko) state at the time being, begs to differ.
  • Breaking Old Trends: This is the first time Ash doesn’t have all three regional starters on his team. In fact he only has one while his traveling companions have the other two,
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Torkoal and Glalie were left behind at Oak's lab, and while Phanpy would rejoin the roster, Ash still has an empty slot on his team for the majority of this saga. (Aipom officially filled the sixth slot near the end, but Ash never ended up using her for Frontier challenges.) This gives the other Pokémon over at the lab a little time in the limelight again when a Frontier challenge comes up. This is possibly a precursor to his rotating roster in Best Wishes.
  • Tag Team: Compared to other series, Advanced Generation features Tag Battles aka Double Battles far more often, and thus every of Ash's Hoenn Pokémon has been used in at least one Double Battle.
  • Put on a Bus: Torkoal and Glalie are left behind at Professor Oak's lab at the beginning of the Battle Frontier arc, with Sceptile, Swellow, and Corphish joining them just before Ash heads off to Sinnoh.
  • True Companions: Ash's Hoenn team have a great relationship with each other as they do stand up for one another and help in their time of need, although there have been times when they don't get along.

Hoenn Region

    Tailow-Swellow (Subame-Ohsubame) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Natsuki Yoshihara (Subame), Unshō Ishizuka (Ohsubame)
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Tailow), Darren Dunstan (Swellow, 4Kids), Billy Beach (Swellow, current)

Taillow was quite literally the first Pokémon Ash and friends met in Petalburg Woods during the journey to Rustboro City. First showing up to steal Max's chocolate, and being the leader of a massive flock, Taillow would split up from its group to challenge Pikachu to a battle. The battle would eventually lead to Ash capturing it, but not before proving itself to be a Pokémon that displays incredible endurance before finally being knocked out.

Taillow later evolved into Swellow when its will was strong enough to complete a PokéRinger competition. Swellow's incredible endurance as a Taillow would then carry over, which leads it to winning many important battles for Ash from then on as one of his top Hoenn Pokémon. It was also taken along for the Kanto Battle Frontier journey.

  • The Ace: After evolving into Swellow, it has been a major competitor on Ash's team for the rest of the Hoenn saga, as well as parts of the Battle Frontier. During the Hoenn League, he ties with Corphish and Glalie for the most wins.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The Rockets express their admiration for the Taillow flock after seeing them shake off Pikachu's electric attacks, and Meowth adds the taste for chocolate cookies.
  • Badass Baritone: In the Japanese version, Swellow's has a much deeper voice than Ash's other regional birds and doesn't even sound like a bird. And Swellow is one of the most reliable regional birds he has used in battle, if not the most reliable one.
  • Back for the Dead: Despite its impressive track record during Advanced Generation, it gets taken out rather quickly by Tobias's Latios.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Swellow was actually quite different from both of his predessesors, Pidgeot and Noctowl. Unlike those two, Swellow was the first capture Ash had in the new region, with Pidgeotto being Ash's second capture in Kanto and Noctowl being his second to last in Johto, and more notably Swellow was the first regional bird Ash caught in its base state. Because of this, Swellow is the first bird to evolve during Ash's journey in the region he caught it (Pidgeot evolved after the Indigo League and Noctowl was already fully evolved). Swellow was also used much more often and successfully than the previous two birds in Gym Battles and especially in the Pokemon League. Because of this, Swellow would become the standard that Ash's flying types would typically follow up through the Kalos region.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Leader of an aggressive flock in Petalburg Woods, but mere seconds after capture Taillow gets called back out, and all of sense of hostility from him was instantly gone. That's got to be a record.
  • The Dreaded: Brock speculated that the reason Petalburg Woods is so quiet during their first day in is that all other Pokémon in the forest run and hide once the flock shows its face.
  • Fighting Spirit: Definitely has a ton of this, as demonstrated in its very first episode as a Taillow. When Ash invokes this from it during a PokéRinger tournament, Taillow summons so much fighting spirit that it evolves into Swellow on the spot and goes on to win the competition. This spirit very much carries over as a Swellow, too.
  • Friendly Rivalry: According to Professor Oak, it and Staraptor have formed one while staying at his ranch, with the two of them often having aerial races with each other.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: A couple of episodes are dedicated to Swellow trying to learn and master Aerial Ace after Ash saw Winona use it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Swellow flies fast, hits really hard and is really, really tough.
  • Made of Iron: It had a surprisingly strong resistance to Electric Attacks, as shown in its debut as well as the Mossdeep gym battle. Most likely, its ability may well be Guts, which actually makes it stronger the more damage it takes.
    • Deconstructed in the former, where Ash was forced to capture Taillow or else it would suffer worse injury from electric attacks if its battle with Pikachu would go on any longer.
  • Head Pet: As Taillow, it likes to sit on top of another, larger Pokémon (like Forretress or Torkoal).
  • Mirror Match: First claim to fame was a battle against gym leader Winona's own shiny, more powerful Swellow.
  • Out of Focus: As a Taillow. Not so much as a Swellow.
  • Signature Move: Initially Wing Attack. But once Ash taught Swellow Aerial Ace, the new move became its Signature Move.
  • Spanner in the Works: In "Off the Unbeaten Path", Team Rocket would have actually gotten away with stealing the Pokémon and the Orienteering prize (since the Pokémon Center is deserted save for the Pokémon) but for some reason they didn't take Swellow into account, perched on the Pokémon Center roof. Swellow would immediately take off and bring the heroes back to thwart the Rockets.
  • Super Power Lottery: Seriously, a flying type that was most invulnerable to electric attacks and was a Lightning Bruiser.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Upon evolving, Swellow became arguably the most reliable battler of Ash's Hoenn team.
  • The Worf Effect: Swellow was one of Ash's most important and reliable battlers in Advance Generation, but it was one-shotted very easily by Tobias' Latios.

    Treecko-Grovyle-Sceptile (Kimori-Juptile-Jukain) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuji Ueda
Voiced in English by: Dan Green (Treeko), Darren Dunstan (Grovyle, 4Kids), Bill Rogers (Grovyle second voice and Sceptile)

Treecko was once the lone inhabitant of a giant dying tree along the path to Rustboro City, which he refused to leave even after the rest of his herd had moved on. He would gain respect for Ash after the latter helped him save the tree, even though it still died in the end, which results in Treecko allowing Ash to challenge him with Pikachu; leading to his capture. Treecko eventually evolves into a Grovyle during a battle with a Loudred (who evolved into Exploud in return), and goes on to become one of Ash's top fighters during the Hoenn journey.

Grovyle then evolves into Sceptile during the Kanto Battle Frontier journey wishing to protect a Meganium that he had fallen in love with from Team Rocket, but had his heart broken due to Meganium not returning his feelings. After getting over his broken love, Sceptile would go on to become one of Ash's best overall Pokémon; he even managed to take down a Darkrai when Ash called upon him for the Sinnoh League.

  • The Ace: Was Ash's go-to guy for the better part of Advanced Generation, already establishing himself as one of his strongest Hoenn Pokémon or at least as strong as Swellow (see above), competing in all but 2 of Ash's Hoenn Gym Battles and was just as impressive. Sceptile's credibility didn't fade after the AG saga; upon returning in Diamond and Pearl for the Sinnoh League he's the only Pokémon to ever actually defeat Tobias' Darkrai. On top of that, after his final evolution and recovering from his Heroic BSoD, Sceptile has only lost twice and his opponents were both Legendary Pokémon.
  • Aloof Ally: Downplayed, but he has shades of this. He always distances himself from the others whenever they have a break and he is never shown to be playing with other Pokémon. This becomes more apparent after his first evolution, where he only helps his friends whenever he either feels like it or when he is ordered by Ash to do so.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: While trying to fend off a Gulpin horde, Treecko and a stray Gulpin would accidentally find themselves inside a machine that grows them to Kaiju-size.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: All three of his forms are very prone of doing this trope. This Pokémon distinguishes himself from the other Hoenn Pokémon with his cool personality, and folding his arms is a visual indicator of this.
  • Blood Knight: This was a rather prominent trait when it used to be Treecko, as it would often volunteer to fight strong opponents without even waiting for his trainer to choose him. Upon evolving, Grovyle practically loses the trait after his evolution episode.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Powerful in his own right, he just spends most of the time lazying around, apathetic to almost anything (i.e. whenever the other Pokémon would cause chaos, you can see him just sleeping in the background not doing anything). However, unlike Charizard, he's always ready to get out of his nap to fight for his trainer.
  • Character Development: This Pokémon's character was far more temperamentful and would often pick fights with others or taunt them (including his teammate Corphish). Traces of this was still present in the episode where Treecko evolved into Grovyle, but after that episode, this side of him was completely gone and wouldn't come up again until the episode where Grovyle fights his love rival Tropius. The heartbroken Sceptile then suffered an existencial crisis and was unable able to perform moves for a while, hurting his pride, but after overcoming it, he grew stronger and strengthened his bond with his trainer.
  • Character Tics: The twig he holds in his mouth, which separates him from other members of his species.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Unlike both Kanto and Johto, Treecko is the only Starter that Ash catches in the Hoenn region, rather than all three. He's also Ash's first bipedal Grass-type, the first Grass-type to evolve to its final evolution, the first to not know a Grass-type move when Ash caught it, and the first to never use Vine Whip or Razor Leaf.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: He's the only Pokémon to ever defeat Tobias's Darkrai.
  • Determinator: He will continue to battle regardless of disadvantage (condition, typing, evolutionary level, etc.). He even beat a Darkrai through this as well.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Grovyle fought tooth-and-nail against a wild Tropius to win the heart of Nurse Joy's Meganium. Grovyle won...only to see Meganium tending to Tropius, showing him who her heart belongs to.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: During the Lily of the Valley Conference in Sinnoh he is able to beat Tobias's Darkrai, which no one else was able to accomplish for the entire tournament.
  • Fastball Special: Several times with Corphish, although who's the thrower and who's the ball depends on the situation.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Sceptile fought Tobias's Darkrai's Dark Void attack from inside his mind and hearing Ash calling out to him.
  • Forgot I Could Fly: The first time he and the other Pokémon were captured by Team Rocket while he was a Grovyle, he simply cut the net with Leaf Blade. In a later episode during the Battle Frontier arc, Team Rocket did it again, and Grovyle made no attempt to use any move to cut the net. It should be noted that during the first time, Ash ordered him to use Leaf Blade, and it could be implied that Grovyle couldn't do anything on his own in such situations without receiving orders, maybe because he's Brilliant, but Lazy.
  • Forgot About His Powers: A variation of this trope. His Heroic BSoD didn't make him actually forget how to use moves, but he couldn't overcome his broken heart until bonding with Ash and seeing him in danger.
  • Green Thumb: He's a Grass-type, but he wouldn't learn an actual Grass-type attack, Bullet Seed, long after his debut.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Grovyle is completely shattered when he finds out Meganium doesn't return his feelings, and this funk continues after he evolves into Sceptile and temporarily loses the ability to use his moves.
  • Heroic BSoD: He lost the ability to use any attacks for a few episodes after being rejected by a Meganium in "Odd Pokémon Out" and he became very frustrated about that. He was only able to snap out of it once Ash was in peril a few episodes later.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: His signature move is Leaf Blade.
  • Heroic Resolve: Secptile was able to defeat Tobias' Darkrai through Ash's encouragement and broke free from its Dark Void attack.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Overgrow gives him a power boost when he's on the ropes; it kicks in twice, once during Ash's Gym Battle with Norman, and later against May's Blaziken at the end of Advance Generation.
  • Hope Sprouts Eternal: Treecko was so determined to save his home, yet in the end the tree still dies. However, a seedling was immediately planted next to its remains to grow and become the Treeckos' new home.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Treecko becomes well-known for taunting his opponents, especially Team Rocket.
  • In a Single Bound: Treecko and its evolutionary line have good jumping skills.
  • Interspecies Romance: With a Meganium, although it's a valid pairing in the games. It was one-sided, though.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Mingling is not his strongest suit. In his first outing with the rest of the twerps' Pokémon, his answer to their curious looks is to climb up a tree and stay there. (High tree branches would later be his favorite roost whenever there's a stopover.) That being said, his teamwork with other Pokémon is pretty good, though.
  • Irritation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery: When he was asked to take care of some younger Starter Pokémon, the Treecko instantly crushed on him, causing her to imitate Ash's Treecko by having a twig in its mouth. Either Treecko saw this as weird, or he was just taking after his trainer.
  • Laser Blade Below The Shoulder: The leaves on his elbow start glowing when he uses his Leaf Blade attack.
  • Mundane Utility: After their loss in the Dewford gym, Ash tells Treecko to start being laid-back again. Treecko proceeds to use his giant tail as a makeshift bed.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: During the Pokélantis debacle, Sceptile was frequently ordered by the possessed Ash to resort to dirty tricks in order to win the battle against Brandon (up to and including using the referee as a Human Shield). While obviously appalled by this, Sceptile had no choice but to follow "Ash's" commands.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • In the "Pokémon-Gotta Dance" short, Treecko attempts with all his might not to get caught in the rhythm of Meowth's dancing device. He eventually submits when it converts into a waltz.
    • In a less comedic example, he's clearly fighting back tears in Lucario & The Mystery Of Mew when Ash is seemingly killed.
  • Oral Fixation: With a twig. Grovyle loses it after his evolution, coinciding with his Heroic BSoD, and immediately plucks a new one from a nearby bush after recovering.
  • Pet the Dog: In his first appearance, as the only one in his herd that wants to keep his old (and dying) tree home alive.
  • Petal Power: Learns Leaf Storm by the time he comes back for the Sinnoh semifinals.
  • Power Glows: On the ropes against Spencer's Claydol, Ash and friends notice the bulbs on Sceptile's back start glowing after absorbing sunlight, culminating in Sceptile learning Solarbeam.
  • The Power of the Sun: Knows Solarbeam.
  • Power Up Let Down: His newly-learned Leaf Storm doesn't do much in his battle against Darkrai. Good old Leaf Blade did the trick.
  • Psychoactive Powers: After having his heart broken by a Meganium, Sceptile found himself unable to initiate attacks properly, only regaining control of his abilities when he broke out his Heroic BSoD. It is worth noting that Sceptile is the first of several Pokémon shown exhibiting power through this trope throughout the anime.
  • Rebel Relaxation: His default position whenever the group stops on their journey.
  • Signature Move: Pound as Treecko. Leaf Blade as Grovyle and beyond.
  • Something Else Also Rises: A flower pops out of his twig when he became victim to Love at First Sight. From the other end of the spectrum, the flower wilts as soon as he gets rejected, a nod to the other visual metaphor used.
  • Strong and Skilled: (Bordering even on Story-Breaker Power) While all the training and experience he got during his first two stages are definitely the most dangerous thing about him, his final evolution really boosted his power and abilities to absurd heights (even by typical final form starter standards). He was the MVP for Ash's 3v3 victory against Spenser (defeating two of Spenser's mons). He defeated a Scizor of all things with just one hit from Leaf Blade. He held his own against a Deoxys (and even outsped its Speed Form). It almost defeated a Regirock (that happened to be Brandon's ace mon). And finally, his last major accomplishment was defeating Tobias' Darkrai, a Mythical Pokemon on par in terms of power with Legendaries like Regirock.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Charizard, solely because he's Ash's Hoenn Brilliant, but Lazy draconic Badass. Inverted however because Sceptile was never outright disobedient (at worse was his 10-Minute Retirement), nor did he have a drastic personality change after evolving - he's still Ash's AG powerhouse, functions as The Lancer to Pikachu, and frequently gets involved in the major battles.
  • Tail Slap: Treecko and Sceptile's version of the Pound attack, where he whips his tail to hit the opponent. (Grovyle instead uses his, erm, hair?)
  • Took a Level in Badass: When Ash first caught Treecko, he didn't even know any Grass-Type attacks and wasn't the most skilled battler. Nonetheless, he gradually became the powerhouse of Ash's Hoenn team, and by the time he evolved into Sceptile, he was one of Ash's most powerful Pokemon, comparable with Charizard and Pikachu.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Downplayed; Treecko had a bit of an aggressive streak and could be quick to anger. Once he evolved into Grovyle, he became more laid-back, and was typically seen peacefully sleeping in a nearby tree-top.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite his aloof nature, he's proved himself to be very loyal to Ash; indeed hearing it's Trainer calling out him is what gave him the strength to overpower Dark Void and defeat Darkrai.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer…:
    • For most of his time as a Treecko, he only knew physical attacks and no grass-type attacks. Otherwise, Treecko would have put up a better performance during the Rustboro gym battle. Learning grass-type attacks later are few and in between. (Bullet Seed early in Advance Generation's 2nd season, Leaf Blade upon evolving into Grovyle, Solarbeam halfway through Battle Frontier (as a Sceptile), and finally, Leaf Storm during the Sinnoh League.)
    • In comparison to Ash's other top battlers/main starters in other regions. Sceptile hadn't special training in a special training area (Charizard), a supernatural ability/Super Mode (Infernape and Greninja) or even the "power of slapstick" (Oshawott and Rowlet). All he always used was his guts and Ash's training only. That was more than enough to ensure many wins under his belt.
  • The Worf Effect: Sceptile had an unfortunate tendency to fall victim to this, being defeated by Juan's Luvdisc, Greta's Hariyama and Medicham, and Brandon's Regirock.
    • A downplayed example when he was defeated by Tobias' Latios (immediately after defeating his Darkrai). For one, Sceptile had already taken a lot of damage from Darkrai's Ice Beam and Dream Eater. Plus, Sceptile are, by nature, incredibly fragile; they just happen to make up for it with strength and speed. Frankly, it just makes the fact Sceptile was able to stand up straight and look a Latios in the eye before fainting even more badass.
  • Worf Had the Flu: A few episodes in the Battle Frontier season has him rendered useless because of a Heroic BSoD.

    Corphish (Heigani) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Katsuyuki Konishi
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein (4Kids), Bill Rogers (current)

Corphish was an abrasive Pokémon that tormented Ash's group, as well as Team Rocket, while they were setting up camp along the beaches of Dewford Island. With the help of Treecko, Ash would finally put an end to Corphish's reign of terror by catching it, making the crayfish Pokémon the third addition to Ash's Hoenn squad. Corphish would go on to being a worthy contributor for Ash throughout the Hoenn journey, and continued to be a part of the team for the Kanto Battle Frontier.

  • Ambiguous Situation: It isn't clear if he's the same Corphish that appeared in "Which Wurmple's Which" two episodes before his capture, but the dub seems to imply it.
  • Ass Shove: On at least two occasions (one of them being Ash himself), someone's been on the receiving end of Corphish's horns. Once, the camera even bothered to make a split-second close-up of Corphish's contact with the victim's behind!
    • Ash is on top of a tree, trying to talk to a brooding Treecko, and Corphish, being the latter's friend, tries to get up there as well. Corphish climbs up the tree at an amazingly fast clip, and Ash is still on the tree and thus on Corphish's path, so...
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: in his own accord, he doesn't seem thrilled about being in charge of a group of baby Pokémon. Three times!
  • Blood Knight: He hated being made to do anything besides battle, whether it be performing for a crowd of humans or babysitting a group of baby Pokémon. However, he was always raring to go whenever Ash sent him out during a match.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Much of the time Corphish is less of a Jerkass than that he simply doesn't get that he's being out of line in his behaviour. He frequently means well and usually just needs a scolding to be set straight.
  • Bubble Gun: Knows Bubble Beam.
  • The Cameo: Shows up in Sun and Moon during Ash's visit to Kanto with his class.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: the dub has Ash mention that the Corphish that tormented them in "Gone Corphishin'" might actually be the same one that he pulled out of the water a couple episodes prior.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: After getting captured, Ash tries to shake hands with him, only for Corphish to unknowingly give him a shoulder toss.
  • Fast Tunnelling: He tormented Ash and friends (complete with Worm Sign) while moving fast underground.
  • Genius Ditz: Not really the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he's pivotal in foiling Team Rocket during "It's still Rocket Roll to Me"; simply by telling Max and Tate to keep quiet before freeing them, giving them the element of surprise against Team Rocket.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When he's not being a deliberate jerkass, he just doesn't get that he's acting offensively.
  • Interspecies Romance: Fell for a Mawile.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all his abrasiveness and insensitivity he does have a redeeming side, like his loyalty (and affection, somewhat) to Ash, as well as his Pet the Dog below. He's generally quite gregarious, as well.
  • Not Allowed To Evolve: The only member of the AG team to never evolve (apart from Torkoal, who can't).
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Brock coerces Corphish into helping him perform "Takeshi's Paradise" with this spiel, claiming that as they're both unlucky in love, they should help each other out.
  • Odd Friendship: Only in early Hoenn episodes, Corphish and Treecko seem to be constantly at odds, though they'd still stick with each other.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Corphish thinks this is the case when he first meets a freshly evolved Grovyle. After Grovyle starts easily impressing the rest of the team with his new moves, Corphish tries to prove himself the better mon by challenging a random trainer.
  • Signature Move: Crabhammer, which is a move only crab-like Pokémon can perform. While not as powerful as Kingler's Crabhammer, Corphish's Crabhammer isn't half bad either.
  • Pet the Dog: After being a bully for most of the episode "A Shroomish Skirmish", Corphish suffers a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to protect May's Torchic...
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: One of the smallest on Ash's team, but he's still one of Ash's primary battlers in AG.
  • Unknown Rival: He's giving Lombre the Death Glare in the Mawile episode, to which Lombre is completely oblivious to. Of course, it's hard to tell anything about Lombre...
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Showed shades of this with Sceptile.
  • Worm Sign: In his introduction episode, he was an unknown Pokémon that attacked Ash's group by burrowing under the sand. It wasn't until shortly before his capture that his identity was revealed. Although the episode title (in original and English) gave it away.

    Torkoal (Cotoise) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Shin-ichiro Miki
Voiced in English by: Maddie Blaustein (4Kids), Billy Beach (current)

Torkoal was befriended by Ash and company after they saved it from being bullied by Steel-type Pokémon during their journey back to Petalburg City. Ash would help the Torkoal defeat the ruler of the Valley of Steel, Steelix, which leads to the tortoise Pokémon accepting Ash's invite to join his Hoenn team. Torkoal overall is very friendly, but is also a bit of a crybaby, and remained one of Ash's lesser used Pokémon. Following the Hoenn journey, Torkoal would remain at Oak's lab, but would later get called upon by Ash for some important battles.

  • Back for the Dead: Is brought back in the Sinnoh League to fight Darkrai, only to be quickly overpowered.
  • Defend Command: Iron Defense has Torkoal retract into its shell, making it impervious to most attacks.
  • Epic Fail: In one episode, it tries to go bipedal in order to kick a soccer ball. It went as well as you'd expect.
  • Ocular Gushers: Pretty emotional, and would cry at the slightest provocation; it would even cry when someone else starts gushing a waterfall! Then it's followed by its nostrils flaring out smoke.
  • Out of Focus: Compared to Swellow, Sceptile, and Corphish, Torkoal didn't have as many moments in the spotlight. And unlike them, doesn't get taken along for the Kanto Battle Frontier journey.
    • Was noticeably absent in JN068 as the only one of Ash's Fire-types that wasn't battled by Infernape for training.
  • Prone to Tears: Torkoal sobs at the slightest upset.
  • Playing with Fire: It knows Flamethrower and Overheat. Also learns Heat Wave later on.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: When it isn't in a battle, Torkoal tends to have this at its expense.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Ash brought him back to battle Brandon's Registeel. Although Torkoal lost, he put up an excellent fight and inflicted some serious damage. Notably, Registeel is a Legendary Pokemon and, as a trainer, Brandon is on par with an Elite Four member.
  • Signature Move: Overheat. The drawback of the attack means it can only be used sparingly.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: During JN068, it's mentioned that Ash's Infernape, training to face a Moltres, battled Ash's other Fire-types in the lab... Except for Torkoal. Given Torkoal's nature, it would be perfectly possible for it to have declined Infernape's challenge, but it isn't shown or even mentioned at all in the episode, even in the shot featuring Infernape reuniting with the other Fire-types. This is rectified in JN114, where it's together with all the other Fire-type Pokémon residing at Oak's lab and together they teach Gengar the move Will-O-Wisp.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite its type advantage, it only won once against a Steel-type Pokémon (unless one counts the practice battle against a Scizor in the episode "Vanity Affair!").
  • Worthy Opponent: Its determination in its debut paid off, with the Steelix in the Valley of Steel acknowledging its strength after Torkoal finally defeated it.

    Snorunt-Glalie (Yukiwarashi-Onigohri) 
Voiced in Japanese by: Miyako Ito (Yukiwarashi), Katsuyuki Konishi (Onigohri)
Voiced in English by: Kayzie Rogers (Snorunt), Pete Zarustica (Glalie)

Snorunt was met by Ash and company on Izabe Island during their journey to Sootoplis City. It started off as a mischievous Pokémon by stealing the Hoenn badges that Ash had obtained so far, which causes Ash to chase after Snorunt to get them back. However, seeing Ash go so far as to protect it from an avalanche results in Snorunt beginning to form a bond with him. They next team up to deal with Team Rocket, which results in Snorunt allowing Ash to challenge it with Pikachu, leading to Snorunt's capture.

While not contributing much at first during its time a Snorunt, it eventually evolves into Glalie during a battle against Team Rocket while May's Grand Festival was going on. Glalie would then go on to being a huge powerhouse for Ash for the Ever Grande Conference, but has remained at Oak's lab ever since.

  • Berserk Button: If you try to hit it before it evolves, it will never live it down. Team Rocket learned this the hard way.
  • Demoted to Extra: Just like Kingler, Glalie was only used in one regional League, in Hoenn. He was never used in the Battle Frontier or even the Sinnoh League unlike the rest of the Hoenn team. Although unlike Kingler, Ash at least considered using him.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
  • Finishing Move: Headbutt of all things; it's very strong coming from Glalie and is capable of taking down even Steel-type Pokémon like Metang.
  • Harmless Freezing: His freezing ability is only for pranks on Ash.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Ash spent a much longer time helping Snorunt master Ice Beam than he did with Swellow's Aerial Ace.
  • An Ice Pokémon: Knows Ice Beam and Icy Wind.
  • Mundane Utility: On one occasion, it used Icy Wind on a clump of berries to provide a makeshift ice pack for a sickly Ralts.
  • Out of Focus: Despite proving itself to be a powerful battler during the Ever Grande conference, it was left at Oak's lab when Ash left for the Battle Frontier and hasn't been used since.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Acted as this as a Snorunt.
  • Power Floats: As Glalie, its only means of locomotion is by floating.
  • Punny Name: In the Japanese version, his name Onigohri is a pun to "onigiri" ("rice ball") and "kouri" ("ice"). At the start of the Hoenn League, when Ash commands Glalie to use an Ice Beam during a training session, Morrison is chasing a giant onigiri and then gets frozen with his onigiri by Glalie.
  • Running Gag: It constantly had trouble firing off its Ice Beam correctly. Once it was mastered, it helped it become Glalie.
  • Signature Move: Headbutt and Ice Beam, the former being usually the Finishing Move.
  • Spectacular Spinning: During the climax against Morrison's Metang, Glalie spins around to power-up its Headbutt, enough to defeat that Steel-Type Pokémon.
  • The Trickster: As a Snorunt; the Nurse Joy in the Pokémon Center that he frequents knows he doesn't mean any harm, however.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When he was a Snorunt, he lost his only on-screen battle (a Gym Battle only a few episodes after being caught, but still). Evolving into a Glalie did him a world of good. He took down a Charizard, a Pokémon that had a type advantage over him, all by himself after Grovyle was knocked out during a double battle, who knocked out Quilava before. Glalie also defeated Morrison's Metang, another Pokémon with type advantage.
    • After evolving, he took out at least one Pokémon in every battle he was in and won two matches, one of which was against Morrison. To date, he's only been defeated twice in battle: firstly due to Destiny Bond; and secondly from an explosion between his Ice Beam and Tyson's Sceptile's Solarbeam, and even that was a draw.
  • Use Your Head: Knows Headbutt and tends to use it as a Finishing Move. It defeated a Charizard and a Metang with Headbutt. And somehow a Misdreavus despite the latter's type immunity to Normal-type moves.
  • Wave-Motion Tuning Fork: It uses Ice Beam by summoning the attack between its two horns.


Kanto Battle Frontier

    Aipom (Eipam) 
For info on Ash's Aipom, see Dawn

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Advanced Generation Pokemon