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Ash's Pokémon (Kalos Region)

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Ash's Full Kalos Team.

  • Badass Crew: Let's recap them at the end of the series: Pikachu, two Dragon-Types, including a pseudo-legendary, a Badass luchador Lightning Bruiser, a Glass Cannon bird, and the unique Super Mode of the most powerful Kalos starter. While not even a full team for most of the series, this team, plus Pikachu, has managed to show amazing growth in both in and out of battles. This includes a newly hatched Pokémon making excellent use of its natural ability who eventually evolved to battle a legendary Pokémon and even gain the upper hand. Almost all the Pokémon have been in and earned at least one win in a gym battle (if not, they at least did some damage before getting knocked out). They especially show off their badassery whenever they evolve, which tends to happen when they see Ash and Pikachu or each other in danger, or are on the ropes in an important battle.
    • They are the very first team of which all new members fully evolve.
    • This team has also so far represented Ash's unbelievable tactics in battle and how they are growing.
    • The previews to the Final Rounds of the Lumiose Conference call them Ash's Ultimate Team.
  • Breaking Old Trends: The first team of Ash's that lacks the Grass starter, or any Grass type at all for that matter.
  • Dwindling Party: In the 7-on-2 match against Lysandre on top of Prism Tower, Ash's team slowly whittles down one by one from the might of Mega Gyarados, until Pikachu, Ash-Greninja, and Alain's Charizard are left.
  • Lightning Bruiser: They hit hard, they hit fast, and they can tank hits (compared to their game counterparts, of course). Their weaknesses are more on them being specialized at certain things and share similar weaknesses.
    • As a bonus fact, all of Ash's Kalos-origin Pokémon (except Goodra, a Mighty Glacier) are the fastest Pokémon introduced in Generation VI (ignoring Mega Evolutions of older Pokémon). Although, as Ash's powerhouse, it seems that Greninja is much faster than everyone else, even more since the lead-up to the eighth gym battle, where it looks like he's actually flash-stepping, a la Dragon Ball.
  • Not So Above It All: All the evolved Pokémon of the team developed more serious and focused personalities by their final evolution. They retained the occasional comical moment however. Goodra remained rather goofy and emotive, while Noivern, Talonflame and even Greninja are shown giddily dancing during Serena's public Tripokalon.
  • Running Gag: Whenever eating a meal, this batch would immediately finish their food post-haste as soon as Ash tells them they're training afterward, disregarding the Balloon Belly they're all sporting.
  • Team Shot: The opening scene of XY&Z credits sequence: Hawlucha, Ash, Pikachu and Greninja on the foreground, and Talonflame and Noibat (later Noivern) in the back.
  • Tender Tears: This was the team at the time (Hawlucha, Noivern, and Talonflame) when Ash, Serena, Clemont, & Bonnie were preparing to go their separate ways and had to say goodbye to each other
  • True Companions: They have devoted just as much time bonding with one another and with the Pokémon belonging to Serena and Clemont as they have individually with Ash.

    Froakie (Keromatsu) —> Frogadier (Gekogashira) —> Greninja (Gekkouga) 
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Bottom image is Battle Bond Ash-Greninja
Voiced in Japanese by: Yuji Ueda
Voiced in English by: Billy Bob Thompson

One of the starter Pokémon Professor Sycamore intended to give out to new trainers, this Froakie had so far actually rejected every new trainer he was given to. Froakie has a strong sense of justice and can easily see through Team Rocket's disguises. After seeing Ash's determination and willingness to help a rampaging Garchomp, he decides to bond with Ash and become his first Kalos region Pokémon.


  • The Ace: Ever since his introduction Froakie was one of Ash's stronger Kalos-native Pokémon, even if Goodra and Hawlucha overshadowed it at some points. As Frogadier he virtually never lost on-screen, and after evolving into Greninja, he becomes Ash's powerhouse. Upon completing the Ash-Greninja Forme he achieves something no other Pokémon belonging to Ash has ever achieved: fight on par with a Champion's Pokémon. Even more impressively, her Mega Evolved Ace Pokémon.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Gives Fletchling a friendly slap on the head after training for the rematch against Viola.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He was attacked by the other Froakie at the breeding facility for refusing to socialize.
  • Always Someone Better:
    • To Sawyer's Sceptile; despite the latter's type Advantage, Frogadier still defeated Treecko easily in their first two battles, even though in the second Treecko evolved into Grovyle and learned Leaf Blade mid-battle. In their third battle, Sceptile seemed to be winning before Greninja transformed into Ash-Greninja and one-hit KO'd Sceptile with Aerial Ace. While Sceptile wins their fourth battle, this was only because Ash and Greninja were distracted by trying to activate the bond transformation, and in their next and final battle at the Kalos League, Greninja yet again triumphs, in spite Sceptile having gained access to Mega-Evolution, with Ash-Greninja's Water Shuriken specifically overpowering Mega-Sceptile's Leaf Storm.
    • On the other side of the coin, Alain's Charizard is this to Greninja; despite Greninja's type-advantage and the bond phenomenon, Charizard still defeated Greninja soundly in both of their first two battles. In their final battle at the Kalos League, Charizard wins once more, with its Blast Burn knocking out Ash-Greninja while Water Shuriken barely leaves a scratch on Mega-Charizard X.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Interesting case. Though the dub does refer to it as male, the original never does. It is affected by Attract early on from a Sylveon,note  and there's an early Ship Tease with Serena's Fennekin (who is confirmed female), but the Japanese version never explicitly says it's male. When it appears in the games, it's male.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Bonnie coins Greninja's Super Mode as Ash-Greninja, mainly from the way that it looked like (in-universe) Ash and Greninja actually had a Fusion Dance.
  • Animal Motifs: The butterfly for Ash-Greninja. When Ash and Greninja first reached a high level synchronization, the water shroud converged on Ash-Greninja's back to be like a pair of butterfly wings used for gliding before becoming a shuriken. This butterfly form always makes an appearance whenever Ash-Greninja takes shape or whenever he needs to glide.
    • And for more emphasis, in episode XY&Z28, Ash tries to save a bunch of Spewpa hanging from a tree from a snowstorm. Ash manages to save four, but the last one fell off from the tree and into the cliff. He jumped down to save it, and he was then saved by Greninja. However it fell from his grip, and so this made both Ash and Greninja trigger their synchronization and them realizing what was missing between them to fully control the form. When Ash and Greninja reconciled, the Spewpa evolved into Vivillon which then flew into the moonlight - essentially a symbolism of Ash-Greninja being "born".
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Did this with Talonflame during their battle against Olympia and her two Meowstic...and won.
  • Badass Armfold: As seen in his current picture, Greninja often starts in this position before a battle, including his transformation into Ash-Greninja.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Executes Aerial Ace with a barrage of punches and/or kicks, to differentiate it from Cut.
  • Belated Backstory: Olympia provides Ash and friends further insight to Frogadier's Dark and Troubled Past, some details of which not even Sycamore was privy to.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Has plenty of these.
    • Froakie is introduced by taking a Electro Ball reflected by Wobbuffet's Mirror Coat which was aimed on Pikachu.
    • In XY052, when Clemont and Serena fall from a broken bridge, Clemont is saved by Froakie's frubbles while Serena is saved by Sanpei's Greninja's tongue.
    • In XY086, Talonflame gets hit by Moltres' Fire Blast and falls into a pitch of lava. Ash tries to save it by running down the wall and catches it, but both are now falling into the pit. They are saved by Frogadier's frubbles.
  • Bishōnen Line: Crosses this twice. First, Froakie already becomes more humanoid with each evolution. Then, as Ash-Greninja, his appearance is obscured by the water veil surrounding him. Once Ash and Greninja master the forme, the veil compresses into a Fuuma Shuriken attached to his back, and his Uncatty Resemblance to his trainer is finally in full view.
  • Blush Sticker: He would blush like this when someone thanks him.
  • Bond Creatures: Becomes this with Ash. Due to their close relationship, Greninja is able to synchronize with Ash and acquire the Ash-Greninja, where Ash and Greninja become extensions to each other and feel each other's pain.
  • Breakout Character: Greninja's popularity led him to get the Ash-Greninja form and started getting central focus in the XY&Z arc, taking the usual attention away from Pikachu.
  • Bubble Gun: He knows Bubble. Apparently not anymore after learning either Cut or Aerial Ace.
  • But Now I Must Go: He was released by Ash so he can help Squishy and Z-2 to clean up all the corrupted roots from Team Flare's experiment.
  • Canon Immigrant: He appears in the demo for Pokémon Sun and Moon, complete with his Super Mode. From there, he can be transferred to the actual game itself.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Froakie tends to throw himself into the problems of others.
  • Colossus Climb: Froakie scales Grant's Onix to finish it off with Water Pulse.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Uses some imaginative tricks to win fights. Justified, since he is a ninja.
  • Combination Attack: Develops one with Hawlucha, combining Froakie's Cut with Hawlucha's Flying Press.
  • Converging-Stream Weapon: Its giant Water Shuriken uses a variation on this concept in the final battle with Sawyer, absorbing the energy of the various Double Team clones it created to make the Water Shuriken even larger and more powerful.
  • The Comically Serious: Froakie's more serious attitude leads to several humorous interactions. Even then though he has some Not So Stoic moments, usually from his shy blushing. This was downplayed after he evolved into Frogadier and especially Greninja, though was not completely gone.
  • Confusion Fu: Bypasses Wobbuffet's Mirror Coat by throwing his Frubbles (the sticky foam around his neck) to assault it, rather than using an attack move, thus stopping Mirror Coat from working.
  • Cool Mask: He can make a mask using his Frubbles when he's trying to be stealthy.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion:
    • Against Alain's Charizard, Greninja failed to get a single hit in when both were untransformed, but he still managed to keep his foe on his toes and, once both transformed, he managed to get a good hit in. He still lost however. During the rematch, he does a lot better even before transforming.
    • Noticeably averted during Ash's rematch against Diantha, given Ash's track record battling Elite Four members and Champions. It starts off with Greninja being unable to hit Gardevoir, but Greninja keeps doing better and better and, after transforming, even takes the lead. When Gardevoir evens the odds by Mega Evolving, Greninja and Ash perfect the transformation, and still overpower Gardevoir until Power-Strain Blackout kicks in.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • He refused to listen to his previous trainers because he didn't like any of them, leading them all to give him back to Sycamore.
    • At the Froakie breeding facility, he preferred being alone to train instead of socializing with the others. When he was asked to join, he politely refused, which was then met with him getting attacked by rest of the Froakie. This made him distant towards others despite doing good, and it wasn't until Ash showed him love that made him finally connect to a trainer that understood him.
  • David vs. Goliath: Against Wulfric's Mega Abomasnow. Him pummeling said opponent into submission is quite a sight to behold.
  • The Day the Music Lied: During the third battle against Sawyer, XY&Z starts playing when it seems Greninja is going to transform again, and when Greninja fails to transform, it promptly stops playing.
  • Determinator: He seems to have a strong sense of justice and will stop at nothing to uphold that. In his debut episode he took a Mirror Coat-reflected Electro Ball (a super effective attack against it at double power) and remained standing, even turning the tide against Team Rocket for the heroes.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team, like a ninja. He tried to learn Quick Attack, but it ended up being Double Team. They also fit to his ninja theme, since it is common for ninjas to duplicate themselves. Double Team is even called "Kage Bunshin" in Japan. He also absorbs his doppelgängers into his Fuuma Shuriken to make it larger, but how that works is not known.
  • Dragon Rider: In Volcanion and the Ingenious Marvel, Greninja rides on Noivern's back to fight the Mega Evolution army.
  • Elemental Baggage: Ash-Greninja is often seen drawing his Water Shurikens from the water cloak surrounding him. And the cloak gets completely compressed for the Fuuma Water Shuriken.
  • Foil: Ash-Greninja is this to Mega Sceptile and Mega Charizard X. The latter two need specific items that draw out their inner power and make them Mega Evolve, turning them more beast-like (or dragon-like) than they already are. Greninja doesn't depend on an item to transform and, while Mega Evolution also needs a strong bond, Greninja has to synchronize with his trainer to draw out his inner power and that happens soon after his final evolution; as a result, he becomes more human-like.
  • Foreshadowing: Olympia's visions tease Frogadier's evolution into Greninja and his Ash-Greninja Forme.
  • Funny Background Event: Greninja's Double Team clones sometimes wind up in the most amusing poses.
  • Fusion Dance: Not an actual fusion, but Ash-Greninja qualifies as one, since both trainer and Pokémon are fighting together in perfect harmony. To give Pokémon Champions grief, its power must be off the scale.
  • Fuuma Shuriken: Ash-Greninja sports one once his water cloak is deactivated. It grows bigger during his fight with Mega Sceptile and then it grows three times larger when he absorbs his Double Team clones.
  • Heroic BSoD: When Ash leaves into the forest alone after their loss to Wulfric, he tells a seemingly unconcious Greninja that he feels guilty for Greninja's pain. Greninja was awake the whole time, and goes into the forest to look for Ash, all the whil blaming himself for failing Ash. Naturally, they get over it by the end, fully mastering their unique transformation while they're at it.
  • Hour of Power: The Ash-Greninja transformation is extremely powerful, but takes a toll on both Ash and Greninja, enough to cause Ash to faint during some of his earlier uses. Ash usually compensates for this by saving Greninja for last, since being tired won't matter as long as they win.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Ash doesn't know how to trigger Greninja's Super Mode. Clemont offers to study the two of them to help figure it out. During the battle against Sawyer, Ash actively tries to invoke the transformation, but it fails. After saving a Spewpa in Winding Woods, Ash and Greninja manage to fully complete and control the transformation.
  • Humble Hero: He has an awkward time accepting compliments or gratitude, and tends to blush when put on the spot.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: He had a habit of isolating himself from the other Froakie for this reason. When he realized that he can only become stronger through a trainer, but due to his very high expectations, all the novice trainers were unable to tame him and they took him back to Sycamore. Then he met Ash, an experienced trainer who deeply cares for all Pokémon, including those who aren't his own, resulting in Froakie choosing him as his trainer.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: Cut manifests into some sort of energy sword (like Greninja in Super Smash Bros. water blades), and he usually strikes with a single slash; possibly a direct reference to its Japanese name "Iaigiri". Though he wouldn't mind performing multiple strikes should that attack fail.
  • Improv Fu: Froakie is not above hurling nearby apples at his opponent as a distraction.
  • In a Single Bound: Like the rest of his species, Froakie is a quick, powerful jumper.
  • Irony: A Mirror Coated Electro Ball doesn't take him out immediately and he seems to be fine taking Grass-Type attacks, but he doesn't seem to resist Fire-Type attacks that much.
  • Jumped at the Call: Once Ash befriended him, Froakie literally caught himself by activating the Pokéball in Ash's hand.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: How he uses Water Pulse. He charges it with the typical Hadouken pose and fires it like one. Or he smashes it onto the opponent like it's a Rasengan or he simply throws it.
  • Laser Blade: Both Cut and Aerial Ace produces a glowing white sword out of hammerspace for him to use. Sometimes two.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Greninja is featured among the team's Pokémon in the 2016 anime calendar, and is featured in CoroCoro September 2015. His Ash-Greninja Forme is also revealed this way.
  • Leave Him to Me: When the group first met Fletching, Froakie insisted on fighting it by himself.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: At first, and even more so than Ash.
  • Lightning Bruiser: From his debut appearance alone, he managed to save Pikachu from Team Rocket even after being hit with a reflected, amped-up Electro Ball. Ever since its capture Froakie has been one of Ash's primary battlers, and it won most of its battles. The few times he didn't he was either facing fully evolved Pokémon, Sanpei's Frogadier, or a Gym Leader's ace Pokémon and even then he put up a good fight. Upon evolving into Frogadier, he didn't lose a single on-screen match and actually gave Ash the win at the Coumarine Gym, where his type should give it a disadvantage. As a Greninja, its first act is to fight off an opponent Sanpei's Greninja couldn't even hit. Once it unlocks its Ash-Greninja Forme, he dishes out plenty a Curb-Stomp Battle, even though he is facing quite powerful opponents. He can throw down with Alain's Mega Charizard X, a Pokémon that has matched and beaten Elite Four-level Pokémon, although it was a Curb Stomp Cushion in Charizard's favour. During their rematch he does much better though.
    • Upon completing his Ash-Greninja Forme, even Diantha and Gardevoir actually bother to put effort into fighting him.
  • Loners Are Freaks: In the past, he preferred to spend his time alone training rather then socializing with the other Froakie in the breeding facility. This loner attitudes led him to be ostracized and eventually attacked.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: In XY013, a rival trainer had her Sylveon use Attract on Froakie. He started acting very strange.
  • Love Redeems: Before Ash became his trainer, Froakie was an anti-social loner. The impact that Ash has on him changes his out lot though and you can see it with the way he interacts with Ash's other Pokémon.
  • Making a Splash: A Water-type. He has Water Pulse (and then Water Shuriken) as one of his primary attacks. When in Ash-Greninja forme, he is covered in a cloak of water that becomes a Fuuma Shuriken.
  • Meaningful Echo: Fresh off their joint Heroic BSoD, Greninja rolls his Pokéball towards Ash, a déjà vu of how, when he was still a Froakie, he showed that he wanted to join Ash's team. This symbolizes Ash's words about him and Greninja "starting over".
  • Mundane Utility: When Fennekin's tail gets messy, Froakie uses his Frubbles to clean and shine Fennekin's tail.
  • Mythology Gag: The Ash-Greninja forme has similar mechanics, mainly Trainer-Pokémon Synchronization and Super Mode from Ferrum Battles.
  • Ninja: In every sense of the word. He can easily see through Team Rocket's trickery (something that ninjas are sometimes known for), can use his Frubbles for deception (among other things), and the natural agility and acrobatics of frogs are often ninja abilities as well. His moveset is also inspired by his ninja motif, as all of his attacks are inspired by ninja techniques/weaponry or samurai techniques (Water Shuriken/Mizu Shuriken, Double Team/Kage Bunshin, Cut/Iaigiri, and Aerial Ace/Tsubame Gaeshi).
  • Ninja Log: He used his Frubbles to make a decoy of himself when battling Fletchling, who fell for it. After wards, he learns to use Double Team this way.
  • Oh, Crap!: Had a reaction along the lines of "Whoa" upon Grant's Tyrunt using Draco Meteor.
  • Opening Shout-Out: In XY&Z024, during a Power-Strain Blackout that left him unconscious for a period of time, Ash has a nightmare about Greninja leaving him. The backdrop of the dream and Greninja turning to leave as Ash tries to reach out to him are taken straight out of the XY&Z theme (although the scene itself is seen in first-person).
  • Overly Long Tongue: Greninja's tongue scarf. This was first illustrated when Frogadier began to evolve, opening his mouth and allowing his tongue to grow as part of the evolution.
    • He was able to put it to good use by saving Ash from falling off a cliff during a harsh snowstorm.
    • Around the same time after going into Ash-Greninja mode, he used his tongue to maneuver around branches that stuck out of the cliffside in order to catch a falling Spewpa. At this point, he and Ash finally perfected this form.
    • Greninja uses his tongue to catch people before they fall off dangerous heights.
  • The Power of Love: As a Greninja, this is stated by Olympia to be the power behind his special Ash-Greninja evolution.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: It seems that prolonged duration of his special form leaves Greninja (and Ash) completely exhausted. This causes Ash to pass out during the rematch against Alain, and causes both to pass out against Diantha. Although Ash and Greninja eventually iron out this flaw and use the form without passing out, they still share eachothers pain, if on a more managable level.
  • Put on a Bus: Greninja leaves Ash's party at the end XY&Z046 to stay with Squishy and Z2 and protect Kalos with his power.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Greninja's eyes are naturally pink, but his pupils glow red as he begins to transform into Ash-Greninja and remain that way for the duration of the transformation.
  • Red Herring: That bit in the opening theme between Ash and Greninja. Oddly, it does actually happen in the series, but in reverse: it's Ash who leaves Greninja, thinking that he failed his Pokémon.
    • Near the end of the XY&Z saga, Greninja does leave Ash in order to protect Kalos with Squishy and Z2.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Hawlucha's red. He's calm and collected while Hawlucha is proud and theatrical.
  • The Rival: From their first battle, he carries a rivalry with Sawyer's Treecko/Grovyle/Sceptile.
  • Roundhouse Kick: Aerial Ace manifests as a powerful kick attack. A variation exists where he performs a Dynamic Entry-style kick rather than the traditional roundhouse.
  • Scissors Cuts Rock: From his debut, Froakie is able to tank a reflected Electro Ball for a short amount of time, and getting hit by Grass-Type moves is not enough to take him down. A completely different story with Fire-Type moves, however. Ash-Greninja has also defeated Dragon-Type and Grass-Type Pokémon with its Water-Type moves.
  • Ship Tease: He receives some with Serena's Braixen, likely to reflect the situation between their trainers.
  • Shoryuken: During his battle against Mega Sceptile, Ash-Greninja uses Aerial Ace to uppercut his opponent and then ends the move with an axe kick (still Aerial Ace).
  • Skyward Scream:
    • Lets out a powerful shout as Frogadier evolves into Greninja.
    • And again when completing the Ash-Greninja Forme against Diantha.
  • Sore Loser: A downplayed example, where losing to Penelope's Sylveon leaves Froakie a little sullen. This might also have something to do with how Sylveon defeated him is nothing short of embarrassing.
  • The Spock: He can be quite pragmatic, advising Pikachu to not have mercy on Meowth when he needs help.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Played with. After his evolution into Greninja, he has got more focus in the plot, mostly because of his mysterious form and its unknown potential. While Greninja does get the best battles, he has never defeated more than one Pokémon on-screen in a match since his final evolution and most of the time, he faces the strongest and final opponent when his teammates are down.
  • Starter Mon: Inverted. While at first it may seem Ash picked Froakie, the whole ordeal about Froakie's flashback and personality makes it look like he chose Ash instead. This is even backed with the revelation of the "Bond Phenomenon" where Sycamore mentioned that Ash-Greninja is only obtained when both trainer and the Pokémon capable of having latent abilities showed deep understanding and love between each other. Froakie already knew about his abilities, he chose Ash because he precisely knew he would be able to utilize this latent ability with him.
  • Sticky Situation: His Frubbles. It was used to both trap Team Rocket and keep a Garchomp in place.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: The Frubbles to a certain extent (and limited to Froakie and Frogadier anyway), Water Shuriken (small, spammable ones as Greninja and [incomplete] Ash-Greninja, and a Fuuma Shuriken as the mastered Ash-Greninja), and lastly, Cut taking the shape of a pair of kunai.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Froakie is very proud and likes to maintain a cool and aloof disposition, though he has no problem being friendly with his teammates.
  • Super Mode: Gains a unique form on top of his evolution into Greninja due to his strong bond with Ash. This form would be later featured in the seventh generation of the franchise, but it is exclusive only to Greninja. Ash's Greninja to be precise.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Froakie's Frubbles can be used for just about anything. They can be an adhesive, a cushion, a projectile weapon, molded into a decoy, and so on.
  • Synchronization: As Ash-Greninja, he and Ash mimic each other's movements. What Greninja sees, Ash sees in his mind. When Ash-Greninja is hurt, Ash feels it too. This reaches its climax during Ash's battle with Alain, where Ash passes out from exhaustion due to using the Ash-Greninja Forme. While Ash and Greninja eventually manage to iron out this flaw, they still share each other's pain while in the form.
    • Finally given a name by Sycamore called "Bond Phenomenon". It is not exactly unique to Ash and Greninja, but it relies on two things: the Pokémon must possess "latent abilities", and that both the trainer and Pokémon must show deep bonds towards each other.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Every time it transforms into Ash-Greninja, an instrumental version of XY&Z (in Japanese) or "Stand Tall" (in the English dub) starts playing.
    • Starting from their bonding at Winding Woods where their synchronization has been perfected, the music Ash-Greninja Pays a Visit! plays - while it is similar to the instrumental version of XY&Z, its defining tune is the guitar scratch and solo at the start of the music, ultimately acting as the "lyrics" of the song.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Upon evolving into Frogadier, he didn't lose a single on-screen match and actually gave Ash the win at the Coumarine Gym, where his type should give it a disadvantage. As a Greninja, its first act is to fight off an opponent Sanpei's Greninja couldn't even hit. Once it unlocks its Ash-Greninja Forme, he dishes out plenty a Curb-Stomp Battle, even though he is facing quite powerful opponents. He can throw down with Alain's Mega Charizard X, a Pokémon that has matched and beaten Elite Four-level Pokémon, although it was a Curb Stomp Cushion in Charizard's favour. When Greninja rematches Charizard later on, he gives Mega Charizard X a run for his money without transforming himself and actually fights on-par with him upon tranforming, arguably gaining the upper hand, until Ash faints.
    • He can actually force Diantha and Gardevoir to fight seriously after completing his Ash-Greninja Forme, but he and Ash pass out from the effort they had to put into it.
    • After mastering the Ash-Greninja Forme, not even Wulfric's Mega Abomasnow has much of a chance despite a serious type advantage.
  • Transformation Sequence: The first few times he transforms into Ash-Greninja, it was instantaneous. A proper sequence (which included shots of his body where the changes take place) is introduced in XY&Z13.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: In his Ash-Greninja Forme, Greninja has a red pattern adorning his head that invokes Ash's red hat, the sides of his head get decorated with spikes reminiscent of Ash's hair, and the markings on the chest area resembles Ash's jacket.
  • When He Smiles: As a Froakie, he had a more serious and humourless attitude than his species' usual, but when outwardly happy, it's no less endearing than any other cute pre-evolution. This stays true when he becomes Frogadier and even as Greninja.
  • The Worf Barrage: The orange-colored, giant Water Shuriken was promoted as the one move that would decide the Kalos League in Ash's favor. However, when Ash-Greninja actually uses it as the deciding move, Mega Charizard X shakes it off while his Blast Burn knocks out Ash-Greninja, causing Ash to lose the battle.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Spends most of Ash's 7th gym battle afflicted with paralysis after Taking the Bullet for Talonflame. This nearly cost his team the match a couple of times.
  • Wrong Context Magic: His unique transformation is very similar to Mega Evolution, but is different in several ways, such as not needing a Key Stone or Mega Stone. Even if it turns out to be a Early-Bird Cameo for a mechanic in future games, this marks the first time no-one In-Universe knows what it is either.
  • "X" Marks the Hero: Ash-Greninja has a number of crosses on his body, most blatantly one on each leg, and one at the back where his Water Shuriken "sticks" to, most likely a visual representation of the aforementioned attack.
  • You Were Trying Too Hard: Because the Super Mode is based on love and acceptance, trying to force the transformation purely for the sake of powering up or showing off would cause it to fail. Ash had to regain the state of mind and motivation he initially held for Pokémon training (simply the fact that he had a pure love for Pokémon and battles and wanted to understand them) in order to perfect the synchronized form and Greninja had to abandon its own self doubt.

    Fletchling (Yayakoma) —> Fletchinder (Hinoyakoma) —> Talonflame (Fiarrow) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Yuka Terasaki (Yayakoma and Hinoyakoma), Kiyotaka Furushima (Fiarrow)
Voiced in English by: Lisa Ortiz (Fletchling and Fletchinder), Alex Haynes (Talonflame)

Ash and the gang encounters Fletchling when it stole food from a wild Dedenne. This act angers Froakie who challenged it to a battle, leading to Ash's eventual capture of it. Currently holds the title in the Kalos team as the Pokémon who participated in most of the Kalos gym fights (seven out of eight, missing only Clemont's gym battle).


  • Ambiguous Gender: Besides Goodra it was one of the two Pokemon to not have it's gender confirmed or implied in anyway.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Fletchinder proves itself to be very sharp when it observes Hawlucha's battle with Sky Trainer Moria's Talonflame - the knowledge it gains of Talonflame's techniques is vital in defeating it later on in battle.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Did this with Frogadier during their battle against Olympia and her two Meowstic...and won.
  • Balloon Belly: Gets one after it gorges out in between training sessions alongside Pikachu.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Towards Ash's Noibat, although it is Downplayed compared to Ash's Hawlucha, who can relate to Noibat better.
  • Blow You Away: Knows Razor Wind.
  • Breaking Old Trends: Is the first Fire type of Ash's that didn't learn Flamethrower.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Against Viola's Vivillon, Grant's Tyrunt, Korrina's Mega Lucario, Moltres, and Wulfric's Avalugg, Fletchling/Fletchinder/Talonflame is quickly overpowered, but always manages to squeeze a small hit in.
  • Do a Barrel Roll: Fletchling is an agile flier, and Everything's Better with Spinning is in full effect when it's in the air.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Knows Double Team.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Knows Steel Wing, probably the reason why Ash even bothered to use Fletchling on Grant's Tyrunt. Of course, Steel Wing comes in handy when facing Valerie's two Fairy-Type Pokémon.
  • Finishing Move: It has learned Brave Bird since its final evolution, but it wouldn't become its Finishing Move until the Lumiouse Conference.
  • Flight: Naturally, as a Flying-type. It is also the best flying member of the team.
  • Fragile Speedster: Has the speed and stamina of a bird a foot tall.
  • Height Angst: Its tiny size as a Fletchling caused it to be snubbed by a Talonflame, and had to prove itself to earn a battle. Ironically it ended up being larger than the sky trainer's Pokémon upon evolving into a Talonflame itself.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Fletchling's evolution into Fletchinder was spoiled by its appearance in the Diance trailer. Its Talonflame evolution was spoiled in the summer 2015 preview.
  • Lightning Bruiser: It performs rather well in Gym battles and beat a Talonflame when it as just a freshly-evolved Fletchinder. Its first act after evolving into Talonflame is to put up a fight against a Moltres, and later a Zapdos.
  • Mundane Utility: Uses its Flame Body ability to help hatch Noibat's egg faster, just like in the games.
  • Out of Focus: Like previous bird Pokémon, Talonflame doesn't get much focus in comparison to the others. The only episodes that focus on it are its capture and evolution episodes. And despite it has participated in every Kalos Gym Battle except the Lumiose Gym Battle, it doesn't get the spotlight and it has never defeated the final Pokémon of the Gym Leader. The one notable exception is the Anistar Gym Battle, which is a double battle. However, this battle has a greater focus on Frogadier rather than Talonflame, and while it does defeat the female Meowstic, the last Meowstic is defeated by Frogadier, which is the climax of the battle since it teases the future appearance of Ash-Greninja.
  • Playing with Fire: After evolving into Fletchinder, it changes to Fire-type, as well as learning Flame Charge.
  • The Reliable One: Not that the rest of the team isn't reliable, but Talonflame stands out in particular as it got even more action in gym battles than Pikachu and Greninja being used in all of Ash's gym battles save for Clemont and took down at least one Pokémon in almost all of them, in Ash's final gym battle, it singlehandily brought down Wulfric's Avalugg when in the previous battle said Pokémon beat Talonflame and Hawlucha and Greninja by itself!
  • Signature Move: After its first evolution, it always uses Flame Charge in every battle, usually a lot.
  • Taking the Bullet: Flies straight into Moltres' line of fire to shield Ash and friends just as it evolves into Talonflame.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: After being caught, it shares berries with Froakie and Pikachu.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In XY036, its determination to beat a Talonflame that looked down on it allowed it to evolve into Fletchinder and win. After this point, Fletchinder became a much stronger battler in general, winning at least one round in many of its appearances.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As a wild Pokémon, Fletchling caught the ire of Froakie by acting like a Troll, stealing food off the team and upsetting Bonnie. After being caught (and promised plenty of food if it behaved), it became undyingly loyal to Ash.
  • Undying Loyalty: Takes on a Moltres head on and even evolves into Talonflame all to protect Ash.
  • The Worf Barrage: The initial two usages of Brave Bird don't do much to its opponents. Averted later during the Lumiose Conference.
  • Wreathed in Flames: Knows Flame Charge upon becoming a Fletchinder, as a Fire/Flying-type. Brave Bird also shows up like this.
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    Hawlucha (Luchabull) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Shin-ichiro Miki
Voiced in English by: H.D. Quinn

Ash and friends encountered this Pokémon defending a bunch of smaller Pokémon from an Ursaring. Inspired by it being the "guardian of the forest", Ash decides to help him out perfect his Flying Press move and eventually catches him as part of his team.


  • Adorkable: His behavior in "Pikachu and the Pokémon Music Squad" is a far cry from his normally confident self, as he's the cause of the initial problem in the short due to not thinking he's a good singer. He overcomes it by the first third of the short, though.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: His posing before using Flying Press makes him look cool, but always gives his opponents the chance to dodge, leaving Hawlucha to smash itself into the ground. Ash eventually makes it work when he teaches him to pose at the height of a jump and then corkscrew into a dive, picking up enough speed to make up for the posing.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To baby Noibat. He makes a good one as opposed to Fletchinder because he can't really fly but glide, so he is able to relate to the young Pokémon faster.
  • Big Brother Instinct: When he hears Noibat's cries coming from the forest, his first instinct is to rush there as fast as possible.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Hawlucha likes to strike dramatic poses and show off its muscles whenever possible.
  • Bully Hunter: He was one of the guardians of the forest, protecting weak Pokémon from those that threaten them. He shares this with Machamp, the champion of the forest.
  • Bring It: Endures several of Weavile's attacks, while taunting the latter into attacking even more.
  • Combination Attack: Develops one with Froakie, combining his Flying Press with Froakie's Cut.
  • The Comically Serious: He is serious most of the time, but his theatricality and attempts to look cool (which is half and half whether it succeeds or not) can make him as humorous a character as other comical Pokémon.
  • Cool Mask: Introduces himself while wearing a grass-stitched mask.
  • Critical Status Buff: In his League fight with Weavile, he allowed himself to get hit to get "motivated", turning all red and steamy while gaining "muscles". Though some say it is a subtle application of the move Bulk Up.
  • Dashing Hispanic: Hawlucha's English voice has a very notable Latino accent to it, fitting this trope perfectly when combined with his other characteristics.
  • David vs. Goliath: Can take down Ursaring despite being smaller, and can evenly fight with Machamp. It took both Ursaring and Conkeldurr teaming up to take it down.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: His High Jump Kick deals a lot of damage if it hits, though if it misses Hawlucha hurts itself.
  • Double Knockout: When it came down to battling Hawlucha to capture it, Ash never actually won, and Hawlucha and Froakie knocked each other out. Hawlucha accepts becoming a new member of Ash's team anyway.
  • Epic Fail: The PokéTV segment focusing on Hawlucha ends with him practicing his blows on a punching bag as Noibat watches on. Hawlucha punches the bag so hard that it flies up, but just as he tries to stand proud, the bag comes flying back down, knocking him over.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning:
    • In order to execute Flying Press faster, Ash teaches Hawlucha to make a quick spin as he flies to the opponent.
    • Pulls this off with X-Scissor, which became strong enough to destroy Valerie's Spritzee's Trick Room.
  • Fantastic Rank System: Ash denotes Hawlucha as "The Captain of the Raiders" in his debut fight against Sawyer in the league.
  • Flung Clothing: Personally asks Serena to fashion a luchador-like cowl for him, all for the purpose of showing off and tossing it aside dramatically at the start of the Ash vs. Sawyer battle.
  • Handshake Substitute: Hawlucha gives fist bumps as a show of respect.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: Part of his fighting style, at least earlier on, is letting others, i.e. his opponents, hit him first to gauge their strength and to be motivated to fight. This is how he handled the fights back in his debut episode, as well as when training back with Bunnelby. It wasn't referenced again until his matches with Slaking, whom Hawlucha has difficulty to deal with since Slaking just doesn't move, and Weavile, which goes back to this moment and explains why he suddenly goes red and steamy.
  • Honor Before Reason: He always strikes a pose before doing his finishing move, resulting in his opponents having time to move out of the way and Hawlucha injuring itself by smashing into the ground. He continues to pose anyway, and is described as another kind of honor in battle. Ash eventually helps it learn to speed up while still being able to pose.
  • In a Single Bound: Much like Froakie, a lot of Hawlucha's agility is a result of his powerful jumping prowess.
  • Incoming Ham: He pulls this without any shouting, strangely. To start the semifinal match between Ash and Sawyer, when called out Hawlucha instead of standing tall on the battlefield, he shows up in front of the scoreboard and makes dramatic poses before gliding down to the ground and tossing away the cowl he had Serena make for him. It certainly stole the attention of everyone in the stadium...
  • Irony: Flashy and a show-off just as you'd expect from a Pokémon based on a wrestler, but couldn't really do scripted wrestling well, and susceptible to stage fright.
  • It's Personal: After seeing Noivern lose and faint, he immediately jumps out from his Pokéball to console him and then fight Weavile.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Hawlucha took it upon himself to maintain order and justice within his home forest. He also frequently shields and protects others from danger.
  • Large Ham: In true wrestling form. This briefly puts Hawlucha at odds with the more laidback Froakie.
  • Leitmotif: This theme song plays whenever he is called into battle or does an action scene.
  • Lightning Bruiser: As a "Forest Champion", facing and beating Pokémon larger than himself and tying with Froakie before being caught, you would have to be. Then its performance in gym battles, winning at least one battle in three of the four gyms he has been in, with the one exception due to being caught off guard and slowed down by a surprise poison attack; the Laverre City gym in particular only adds to his record.
    • And to amp up his record, he manages to successfully perform a powerful High Jump Kick on Zapdos which sends it plummeting down. Zapdos only managed to land a clean hit on him because Noibat was distracting him.
    • Getting even with the Mega Absol that he lost to in Diancie and the Cocoon of Evolution.
  • Masked Luchador: In his first appearance, he wore a mask constructed from grass before entering battle.
  • Mythology Gag: Hawlucha becomes a Stunt Double when the gang help make the Cosplay Pikachu film. While Hawlucha "plays" Super Pikachu, this might be a nod to how one of the Cosplay Pikachu, Pikachu Libre (cast as the film's villain), can use Hawlucha's Secret Art, Flying Press.
  • Noble Bird of Prey: He's a hawk-like Pokémon that fights with honor.
  • Not Quite Flight: He glides rather than flying under his own power. This is the reason why he is never used as a flying scout unlike the other two Flying-Type members of The Team.
  • Obvious Stunt Double: In XY077, when Hawlucha works as Pikachu's stunt double, he gets a very convincing mask, but Hawlucha is significantly more buffed than Pikachu.
  • Parental Substitute: Both him and Ash act like a father figure for Noibat.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He was able to match a Machamp in raw strength despite being half the size of his opponent.
  • Poor, Predictable Rock: Knowing only Fighting-type moves makes him helpless against Ghost-types. He finally gets over this when he is shown to know X-Scissor.
  • Pro Wrestling Is Real: He believes that wrestling, or at least lucha libre, is real. So much so that he couldn't perform scripted, theatrical wrestling matches. A later episode implies that it may be a trait within his species because when he and Dark Hawlucha did a staged match, they were so enthralled by it that they pretty much imagined that it was a real lucha libre and they gave their all as though they were fighting for real.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The proud, theatrical red to Froakie's calm, collected blue.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: He can use Karate Chop at such high speeds that it resembles this.
  • The Rival: To the Machamp who was the former guardian of the forest they lived in. He joins Ash's team when he realizes Machamp regained his sense of honor to protect the forest.
  • Signature Move: Flying Press, to the point he won't end a fight without using it in spite of how it wasn't perfected.
  • The Worf Effect: Though a skilled battler, he is defeated at times to demonstrate the power of his opponents, including by Naomi's Talonflame, Ramos' Weepinbell, Sawyer's Clawitzer, Wulfric's Avalugg, and Sawyer's Slaking.
  • Trying Not to Cry: In the final episode of XYZ he's the first of Ash's Pokémon to start crying when he has to say goodbye to his friends. However, Proud Warrior Race Guy that he is, he tries to play firm as soon as Braixen tries to comfort him (although Braixen knew the big softie wasn't fooling anyone).
    • His eyes were noticeably shimmering when he and the rest of Ash's team were saying good-bye to Greninja.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: His fighting style has wrestling accents in them, like the Flying Press. His version of the High Jump Kick is a powerful knee strike, reminiscent of the Shining Wizard wrestling move.

    Goomy (Numera) —> Sliggoo (Numeil) —> Goodra (Numelgon) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Chinatsu Akasaki (Numera and Numeil), Yuji Ueda (Numelgon)
Voiced in English by: Tom Wayland

A Pokémon that was literally dropped onto the group on their way to Coumarine City. Goomy is seen as weak and cowardly, but was invited by Ash to join his team after helping in a fight against Team Rocket in order to become strong.


  • Adorkable: Just from Goomy's design alone, you can tell it's a comical Pokémon. Even by the time it's developed and evolved into Goodra however, it remains adorably silly and innocent in personality.
  • All-Loving Hero: As a Goodra, after finding out the Florges that was the cause of its banishment and all its past trauma, was merely a scared mother protecting her child, it made no hesitance to protect her from Team Rocket and quickly became friends with her when the crisis was resolved.
  • Alternate Animal Affection: A platonic version. Once it has found a liking to someone, it will nibble this person's ear. Goomy also does this to Pokémon it has taken a liking.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Besides Talonflame, Goodra's gender is not implied or stated in any shape or form.
  • Badass Adorable: After overcoming its PTSD-esque moments, it managed to become a strong fighter capable of dishing out damage and hits. As Sliggoo, it managed to summon a massive storm just to evolve. And even as a mighty Goodra, it still looks and acts as innocent and lovable as ever!
  • Berserk Button: Goomy is easily offended. Bonnie called it a scaredy-cat for being afraid of Dedenne and it proceeded to comically smack her leg with its antennas. Serena said that its slimy body felt weird and it used Rain Dance to drench her until she apologised.
  • The Big Guy: Goodra is arguably the strongest powerhouse besides Ash-Greninja among the Kalos team. It is the tallest of Ash's Kalos Pokémon and is a tank with massive power.
  • Blob Monster: It's some sort of goo creature.
  • Breath Weapon:
    • Uses Bide as a Breath Weapon, firing a silver blast from its mouth.
    • Also Ice Beam, Dragon Breath and Dragon Pulse.
  • Bully Hunter: When Goodra finally returned to its homeland, now far more powerful, it instantly sets upon defending its friends from Florges' army. It then stands up for her after finding out she was an Unwitting Pawn for Team Rocket.
  • The Bus Came Back: En route to Lumiose City, the heroes take a detour to the wetlands to visit Goodra. It was retroactively revealed that, later that night, Ash offered Goodra a chance to fight together with its teammates again, to finally complete Ash's Kalos roster. Goodra would officially return to Ash's team during the Kalos League itself (just in time for the full-battle semifinals). This gives Goodra the distinction of being the only Pokémon Ash ever released to return to the team proper.
  • The Cameo: Quite surprisingly, Goodra makes an unexpected appearance with its friends watching the Master Class Showcase on TV.
  • Cowardly Lion: It lives in fear of battle due to its traumatizing past, but it will defend its friends when the chips are down.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Literally flies off of a Swanna and crashes onto Ash's face, which it immediately samples.
  • Cuddle Bug: Loves hugging people and nibbling on their ears when happy.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Goomy avoids battles because it is reminded of its harsh life back in its home. It eventually overcomes this, even finally going back to face its past foes.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Goodra's species is very powerful (in the X and Y games it's the Infinity -1 Sword) and would have potentially overshadowed Ash's other Pokémon, so it was left behind at its swamp in XY070, until XY123.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: It gets over its fear of Dedenne as the rodent protects it from Team Rocket.
  • Gentle Giant: Upon becoming Goodra. It's a powerhouse but sweet natured and ultimately, very forgiving.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Secreting slime and summoning rain are not very flashy abilities for Pokémon, but it still finds ways to make them useful.
  • An Ice Person: Learns Ice Beam during its battle with Florges as an 11th-Hour Superpower.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • A "Goomy" appeared in the toy catalog specifically for the anime.
    • The "future episodes" teaser showed Goomy. While at first that wasn't spoiling much, it connected with the toy catalog. And then in the Year End Special, a teaser of the episode that featured Goomy (which was the same episode from the future episodes teaser) came out right after the clip show of Ash's new Pokémon in 2014 as a sneak peek.
    • And in that episode, the new opening for the anime made its debut. Not only did it feature Goomy, it also showed Goomy evolving into Sliggoo and into Goodra.
  • Magikarp Power: Goomy was very well subjected to this: Goodra, the final evolved form of Goomy, is a Pseudo-Legendary on the line of Hydreigon, Dragonite, Salamence, Metagross, Tyranitar or Garchomp.
  • Mighty Glacier: Goomy has trouble moving quickly, appropriate for its slug-like appearance, and doesn't get much faster once it evolves all the way to Goodra. However, it can easily tank a lot of hits and dish out an even bigger one in return, particularly when it uses Bide.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Nearly all of Goodra's Character Development, from its meeting with Ash to its evolution from a meek Goomy into a powerful guardian of the wetlands, was the by product of Team Rocket's scheming.
  • One of the Kids: Compared to the rest of Ash's Kalos mon, Goodra remained as Adorkable and playful as it was as a Goomy, which lends to several characters recognising it as such just from behaviour. When it reunites with it's childhood friend, Wooper, it goes into an excitable fit, despite now being over ten times it's size.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: A gooey slug-like dragon to be exact. Goomy is reputed as the weakest of all Dragon-types.
  • Prehensile Hair: Goodra uses its annteni to this effect.
  • Personal Rain Cloud: Gives this to people who offend it by using Rain Dance.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Even though Goomy is reputed as the weakest Dragon-type, you don't want to be on the receiving end of its released Bide attack.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Stays behind in its wetsland at the end of XY070.
    • In XY&Z046, it returns back to its wetland again after rejoining Ash's party for the Kalos League. However, Goodra is not, strictly speaking, released and it can be called back anytime Ash needs it, putting it in the same boat as Primeape and Squirtle.
  • Signature Move: Ever since it was a Goomy, Bide has been its decisive move in almost every battle.
  • Spanner in the Works: Team Rocket's long term scheme to drain the wetlands both pivoted and was destroyed by Goomy's escape and training under Ash. Even a cunning Chessmaster plot by the trio couldn't stop it ultimately.
  • A Taste of Defeat: Suffered its only official clean defeat against Alain's Bisharp in the Kalos league.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In the episode where a group of Spoink are bullied and controlled by a Grumpig, Goomy gets over its past memories of being attacked and forced out of its home to fight back when Ash and his friends are trapped in a cage by Team Rocket. It then evolves into Sliggoo to protect Ash when he protects it from Grumpig's Iron Tail, immediately learning Dragon Breath and blasting Grumpig away.
    • It got this again when Sliggoo evolved into Goodra. It saw that Ash and Serena were surrounded by a fire and though this triggered another flashback to the invasion of its home, it saved them by using Rain Dance to put out the fire, then evolved into Goodra on the spot and learned Dragon Pulse. After all was said and done, it then participated in a double battle with Pikachu against Tierno's Wartortle and Raichu and tanked all their hits like they were nothing. Then it and Pikachu finished them off with Dragon Pulse and Thunderbolt.
    • Finally went full circle when it came face to face with the Florges and her army that attacked it as a Goomy. Despite its past traumas almost taking over, it battles and very nearly defeats her to protect its friends, until Team Rocket intervene, following which it ultimately ends up fearlessly defending Florges after finding out she was an Unwitting Pawn.
  • True Companions: Like Hawlucha, Goodra has become the unofficial guardian of its domain, treating the wetlands Pokémon which included its former tormentor Florges as family.
  • Walking Spoiler: Goodra's status as a released Pokémon, that later rejoins the team. Especially with all the hype that the Lumiouse Conference gets, it is hard to hide its current status.
  • Weather Manipulation: Knows Rain Dance and thus can summon rain clouds (small ones as Goomy, huge ones as its evolved forms).
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: It's afraid of Fairy-types, including Team Pet Dedenne, mainly because Fairy-type Pokémon are strong against Dragon-type Pokémon. It's also afraid of Bug-types as Bug-types destroyed its home, as shown through one of Clemont's inventions. It later overcomes its fear of Dedenne in XY056. Its fear of Fairy-types later turns out to be connected to its Bug-type fear — said Bug-types were led by a Florges, who ruthlessly attacked it. It finally overcame this fear after facing down Florges as Goodra and later befriending her after discovering her sympathetic motivation.
  • The Worf Effect: It doesn't get a single win in the Kalos League; its battle against Sawyer's Slurpuff ended in a double-knockout, and it lost to Alain's Bisharp.

    Noibat (Onbat) —> Noivern (Onvern) 
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Voiced in Japanese by: Yuka Terasaki (Onbat), Kenta Miyake (Onvern)
Voiced in English by: Marc Thompson (Noibat), Kenta Miyake (Noivern)

Hawlucha stumbles upon an egg. When the group hatches it, out comes this Pokémon who sees Ash as his father. Because of him being just a newborn, he has some trouble flying, and he has a rather ear-piercing cry.


  • Baby Talk: While one could say he uses Pokémon Speak, Noibat uses a distinct "Ook ook" cry that makes him sound more like a baby than a young Pokémon.
  • Big Brother Worship: Towards Hawlucha, to the point where he mimics his poses.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: After evolving, he managed to gain the upper hand against a Zapdos through his newfound speed, power and Ash's admittedly clever tactic of using the many plateaus to confuse Zapdos. Although Team Rocket interfered before the battle could be finished, Zapdos was weakened so badly Team Rocket actually managed to capture it, until Noivern and Pikachu freed it.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He doesn't like sour apples.
  • A Friend in Need: Upon seeing Hawlucha fall from Zapdos' attack, he immediately rushes to his without concern for his own safety. His attempt at trying to gain speed and pushing his limit makes him evolve into Noivern, just enough time to catch Hawlucha.
  • Head Pet: As Noibat, he enjoys sitting on Hawlucha's head a lot. Not so much after evolving, of course.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: After a run-in with a Breloom, Noibat gets healed by the arrival of a Floette. Noibat immediately makes friends with the Floette, but then the same Breloom from before (who has feelings for Floette) sees them together, and goes Crazy Jealous Guy...
  • Imprinting: Sees Ash as a parent. With that said he also picks up a lot from Hawlucha.
  • Informed Attribute: Pokefan's only description of him during the league, unlike how the others got more descriptive info, was "he's big and reliable!" Contrary to this description, it tied and later got defeated easily.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: Wants to prove that he's not a kid anymore by standing up for Floette and going up against Breloom, as influenced by Hawlucha.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • Appeared in teasers for the Pikachu and the Pokémon Band short, the fourth XY ending and the third XY opening all before actually making its official debut.
    • CoroCoro September 2015 news reveals the poster for the new season Pokémon XY&Z, and there it shows a Noivern rather than a Noibat among Ash's team.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: His cries are capable of being loud and destructive (like when he cries, he uses Supersonic). He can also use high-frequency cries that can't be heard by people that allows him to detect objects in the dark or are far. He can even tell if a fruit is sour by using sound waves!
    • Boomburst is turning this concept into an attack.
  • Magikarp Power: Team Rocket went after Noibat thinking this is in full effect, with James looking up that Noibat will evolve into a formidable Noivern.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: He's a bat-dragon, though the draconic aspects aren't very apparent until he evolves.
  • Natural Weapon: Boomburst is fired from Noivern's ears. Sure, it's because they look like loudspeakers, but still.
  • Ocular Gushers: Frequently cries using this method.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: A Bat-Dragon that primarily uses sound waves as attacks.
  • Out of Focus: After its two-part introduction it doesn't play a major role in over 20 episodes, while Ash's other Pokémon participate in Gym battles or got focus episodes. This ends after it takes a level in badass during the battle against Team Flare. The writers presumably thought that a newborn that had only just mastered the power of flight would not believably make for a competent battler so soon, and indeed the next focus episode it gets shows that it wants to be treated like a grown-up.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Just look at it! Even in his debut episode he has so many precious moments!
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Noivern's power boost via evolution stands as one of the most exaggerated in the anime, going from a fairly competent Noibat to overpowering Zapdos and Team Rocket's mech without so much as breaking a sweat. In later battles, Noivern is still strong, but to a far more reasonable level. It ultimately didn't get a straight win in either of its League battles (tying with Sawyer's Salamence and losing to Alain's Weavile) due to type disadvantage and battle fatigue.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Serves as Goodra's replacement on Ash's team. Only in this case, instead of being a Cowardly Lion like Goomy upon introduction, Noibat instead has trouble flying, like Ash's Gligar.
  • Taking the Bullet: He's the first to fall to Lysandre's Mega Gyarados, if only because he shielded Pikachu from an incoming Dragon Tail.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When the group battles Team Flare at Terminus Cave, Noibat gains the upper hand against a Drapion, confusing it with Supersonic and knocking it back with Tackle. Later on he puts up a prolonged fight against a Breloom, and then learns Acrobatics, allowing him to destroy a metal cage as well as defeat Team Rocket (using the newly learned move against Inkay and taking it down in a single hit) to save a Floette.
    • One legendary feat that managed to surpass even Talonflame's performance against Moltres, is that after evolving to help Hawlucha, through his increased speed, power and Ash's admittedly clever tactic of using the many plateaus to confuse it, he managed to gain the upper hand against a wild Zapdos, a Legendary Electric-Type Bird Pokémon.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In terms of raw power, Noivern is arguably one of Ash's strongest Kalos Pokémon, but he lacks the experience they have by comparison.
  • The Worf Effect: Gets beaten by Alain's Metang to show Alain isn't purely dependent on Charizard. He is also later defeated by Alain's Weavile to set up Hawlucha's revenge for him.
  • Worf Had the Flu: As Clemont pointed out, none of Noivern's attacks were very effective against Metang. Against Weavile, Noivern has a double weakness to ice attacks and gets hit once by Weavile's Ice Beam, which significantly damages Noivern, causing him to fall and becomes open to Weavile's Night Slash.

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