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Ash's Krookodile
サトシのワルビアル Satoshi's Waruvial
Poké Ball
Ash Krookodile.png
Ash's Krookodile
Debuts in A Sandile Gusher of Change!
Caught in Battling the Bully!
Caught at Route 6
Evolves in Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!
Ash, Iris and Trip: Then There Were Three!
Gender Male
Ability Unknown
Current location In rotation
Sandile Krokorok Krookodile
This Pokémon spent 17 episodes as Sandile and 72 episodes as Krokorok.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Sandile Kenta Miyake Marc Thompson
As Krokorok Kenta Miyake Marc Thompson
As Krookodile Kenta Miyake N/A

Ash's Krookodile (Japanese: サトシのワルビアル Satoshi's Waruvial) is the ninth Pokémon obtained by Ash in the Unova region. Prior to its capture, it was also known as the Sunglasses Sandile (Japanese: サングラスのメグロコ Sunglasses Meguroco) and Sunglasses Krokorok (Japanese: サングラスのワルビル Sunglasses Waruvile).


As a Sandile

As a wild Pokémon

Krookodile made his first appearance in A Sandile Gusher of Change! as a Sandile, where he was revealed to be the leader of a group of Sandile who lived near a local spa resort. He and the group caused trouble at the spa resort on Route 1 so that they could get the attention of the owners. He was actually trying to save the other Pokémon in the area because he knew that a geyser would soon erupt. With the help of Ash, Iris, and the son of the spa resort owner, Dan, Sandile was able to save the Pokémon. In the end, Sandile was shown to have gained respect for Ash, and as such, began to follow him.

Sandile appeared again in Here Comes the Trubbish Squad!, where he wanted to battle Pikachu. He randomly attacked with Stone Edge, despite there being small children close by. He was sent blasting off by a wild Trubbish's Sludge Bomb and Pikachu's Iron Tail.

Sandile reappeared in Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!, separating Ash from the group in order to battle Pikachu again. However, a wild Ducklett stole his sunglasses and stopped the battle. Sandile was deeply saddened without his sunglasses, losing his usual confidence and becoming quite cowardly. With Ash and Pikachu's help, he defeated the Ducklett and reclaimed his sunglasses. Later, after being healed at the Pokémon Center, Sandile finally got the battle he wanted with Pikachu. Sandile dominated the battle to start with and eventually evolved into Krokorok. Pikachu soon gained the upper hand however, and sent Krokorok blasting off when his Electro Ball attack collided with Krokorok's Stone Edge, causing the stones to hit Krokorok and send him flying.

With Ash

As a Krokorok

After a long absence, Krookodile, still as a Krokorok, returned at the end of Explorers of the Hero's Ruin! with the same goal of defeating Pikachu in battle. In the following episode, he battled against Pikachu, and ended up causing the two of them to go flying. He was later found by Ash, and helped them locate Pikachu. It was revealed that Krokorok had followed them through various locations, including Nimbasa Town and Nimbasa City, in order to have a rematch with Pikachu. He also followed them through Chargestone Cave, where he was shown to be the cause of a pen being stuck in the Klinklang in Evolution Exchange Excitement!. Krokorok later allowed Ash to use him to help Mick learn to battle, and he eventually teamed up with Pikachu under Mick's command in a Double Battle against Sean's father's Seismitoad and Scolipede, where the duo eventually won. Krokorok then got the chance to battle Pikachu like he had wanted for so long, and after a hard-fought battle, Pikachu emerged victorious. Krokorok was depressed by the loss and begun to leave, when Ash invited him to join their team. Krokorok happily agreed, and was caught by Ash in a Poké Ball.

In An Amazing Aerial Battle!, Ash used Krokorok in his Gym battle against Skyla. He faced her Swoobat, who she had previously predicted would beat him. Krokorok struggled in the battle having all his moves evaded while narrowly escaping Swoobat's. Krokorok finally was able to land a single hit with Stone Edge before Swoobat countered it with a powerful Air Cutter, defeating him.

In Guarding the Guardian of the Mountain!, Ash chose Krokorok for some special training with Brycen and his Beartic. When the training began, Krokorok and Ash had problems on following Brycen and Beartic's techniques, especially when they had to jump down a waterfall and Krokorok refused to, due his fear of water. Later, Krokorok was used in a battle against Pokémon poacher Rizzo in an attempt to free the guardian, Volcarona, of the mountain they were training on. He battled a Jellicent and was hit by a super effective Hydro Pump after missing with Crunch. Regardless, Krokorok got back up and landed several hits on his opponent with Stone Edge before using Crunch again, though it was deflected. Krokorok attempted Crunch from a different angle, only to receive a painful hit from Jellicent's Hex attack. Persevering, Krokorok avoided his opponent's Confuse Ray with Dig and finally landed an effective hit with Crunch on the Ghost-type Pokémon. Krokorok tried another Crunch, only to be stopped by Hex again, though he dodged Confuse Ray with Dig and hit Jellicent with Crunch, as he did before. Rizzo then brought out a second, female, Jellicent which hit Krokorok with her Confuse Ray. Krokorok was then hit by a double Hydro Pump and sent into Rizzo's cage along with Volcarona. He and the Sun Pokémon were eventually rescued by Brycen and Beartic.

Ash and Krookodile

In the following episode, Krokorok was pumped up for the upcoming Gym battle and accompanied Ash to the Gym outside of his Poké Ball. He started off battling Brycen's Vanillish, and began with a Crunch, but was haulted by Vanillish's Astonish. After the collision of Stone Edge and Icicle Spear, Vanillish launched a Blizzard that froze Krokorok while he was attempting to dodge with Dig. After being knocked while frozen by Mirror Shot, Ash recalled Krokorok. He was later sent out to battle against Beartic. Krokorok's attacks were continuously blocked by Beartic and his mouth was frozen when his Crunch was blocked by Ice Punch. Krokorok narrowly escaped a super-effective Brine by using his tail to jump, also enabling him to shake off the ice, then finally landing a direct hit with Stone Edge. Krokorok was then able to land a direct hit with Dig; however, this allowed Beartic the chance to grab him by the tail and throw him across the battlefield into a large mound of ice. Ash then ordered a Stone Edge attack that was knocked back again by Icicle Crash. However, Krokorok jumped up and grabbed two of the stones, charging down from the air with the Stone Edge in hand to meet Beartic's Aerial Ace. After the collision, Beartic was knocked out, leaving Krokorok the victor and winning Ash the Freeze Badge.

In Ash, Iris and Trip: Then There Were Three!, Ash used Krokorok during his battle against Iris's Dragonite in the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup. Because Dragonite had started to listen to Iris's commands, they soon gained the upper hand, scoring multiple direct hits on Krokorok. Eventually Krokorok, however, evolved into a Krookodile and attacked Dragonite with his new move, Dragon Claw. This hit angered Dragonite so much that it started disobeying Iris again, launching random attacks all over the arena. Ash decided to stop Dragonite by continuing the battle. As Dragonite kept on ignoring Iris's commands, it was unable to avoid Krookodile's Crunch attack. Also Dragonite's attempt to strike with Dragon Rush was avoided by Krookodile's Dig. Krookodile then launched a Stone Edge attack to defeat Dragonite, putting an end to its rampage, and allowing his Trainer to advance to the final round.

In Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!, Ash sent Krookodile out to battle Meloetta after Oshawott had refused to battle it, not wanting to hurt the Pokémon he loved. Meloetta started the battle with Hyper Voice, which was strong enough to push Krookodile back. The Intimidation Pokémon then attacked with Stone Edge, which was, however, blocked by Meloetta's Close Combat, much to Krookodile's astonishment and annoyance. Ash then told Krookodile to use Dragon Claw, but before the attack could hit, the battle was interrupted by Larry's Golurk, as he thought they were trying to hurt Meloetta. The Melody Pokémon was, however, able to convince him that Ash and his friends were harmless.

Personality and characteristics

As a Krokorok without his sunglasses

As a Sandile, Krookodile was shown to have a very caring side, trying to save a group of wild Pokémon after sensing an imminent geyser eruption in A Sandile Gusher of Change!. He's also extremely competitive, confident and proud of his abilities, even to go so far as to follow Ash throughout his entire journey, up until Battling the Bully!, wanting to battle against Pikachu, seeing him as a rival. However, it was revealed in Dancing With the Ducklett Trio that whenever he would lose its trademark sunglasses, he would immediately become timid and begin to cry until he got them back, scrambling to find them.

After evolving into Krokorok, Krookodile is still smart and compassionate, however he has been shown to be quite reckless, causing problems he never meant to; for instance throwing Cedric Juniper's pen away and it getting stuck in a Klinklang when Krookodile was not looking, and is still timid without his sunglasses. He also tends to react suddenly, often attacking without warning. Krookodile seems to prefer to help those that need it though, such as when Mick was battling with Ash's Pikachu and needed a second Pokémon to battle against Sean and Glenn. After he became a Krookodile, he has become a real powerhouse and is quite fast, being able to defeat Iris's Dragonite.

Moves used

Ash Krookodile Dragon Claw.png
Using Dragon Claw
Move First Used In
Dig  A Sandile Gusher of Change!
Bite A Sandile Gusher of Change!
Stone Edge  Here Comes the Trubbish Squad!
Crunch Battling the Bully!
Dragon Claw  Ash, Iris and Trip: Then There Were Three!
Aerial Ace  BW106
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • Similar to the recurring Pokémon Jigglypuff and Snubbull with their respective items, a microphone and ribbons, Krookodile was a recurring Pokémon that has a distinctive item of his own that it carries around constantly: his sunglasses.
  • Krookodile is the third Pokémon belonging to Ash to have a signature item, after Squirtle and Sceptile.
  • Sandile's evolution into Krokorok was the first live evolution in the Best Wishes series. It featured a new evolution effect, replacing the one that had been used since the original series.
  • Krookodile's capture as a Krokorok was first revealed in the Japanese ending Seven-colored Arch and his evolution into Krookodile was first revealed in the Japanese opening Be an Arrow!.
  • It took 62 episodes from Krokorok's debut to his capture, more than with any other Pokémon in the series.
  • Krookodile is Ash's second Pokémon which evolved on-screen prior to its capture. The other is Primeape. Unlike Primeape, however, Krookodile's evolution and capture were in two separate episodes.
  • In BW030, Professor Oak's Live Caster showed a clip which revealed that Krokorok was to appear in at least one of the unaired episodes.
  • Krookodile is the fourth Pokémon owned by Ash that followed him around prior to being captured by him, after Aipom, Gible and Oshawott. Out of these, however, Krookodile is the only one that has evolved under Ash's ownership.
  • Krookodile is the only one of Ash's on hand Pokémon with a revealed gender that had his gender revealed without being affected by another Pokémon's Attract.
  • Krookodile is Ash's only Pokémon to learn Aerial Ace that is not a Flying-type.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Sandile, Krokorok, and Krookodile.

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