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* Charmander can learn the move {{m|Metal Claw}} by leveling up in [[Generation III]], exclusively in {{game|FireRed and LeafGreen|s}}, but can only learn it by {{pkmn|breeding}} in [[Generation IV]] and [[Generation V]].
 
* Charmander can learn the move {{m|Metal Claw}} by leveling up in [[Generation III]], exclusively in {{game|FireRed and LeafGreen|s}}, but can only learn it by {{pkmn|breeding}} in [[Generation IV]] and [[Generation V]].
 
* Charmander has the longest name of all unevolved [[starter Pokémon]].
 
* Charmander has the longest name of all unevolved [[starter Pokémon]].
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===Origin===
 
===Origin===

Revision as of 07:26, 17 March 2013

Venusaur #003: Venusaur
Pokémon
#005: Charmeleon Charmeleon
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Charmander (disambiguation).
Charmander
ヒトカゲ Hitokage
#004
004Charmander.png
Art by Ken Sugimori from FireRed and LeafGreen
Type
Fire Unknown
Category
Lizard Pokémon
Abilities
Blaze Solar Power
Hidden Ability
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,059,860
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#004
Johto
#234
Hoenn
#206
Regional Browser numbers
Fiore
R-140
Almia
R-137
Oblivia
R-206 N-062
Height
2'00"
Imperial
0.6 m
Metric
Weight
18.7 lbs.
Imperial
8.5 kg
Metric
Dex color
Red
Catch rate
45 (5.9%)
Body style
Body06.png
Footprint
 F004.png 
Gender ratio
87.5% male, 12.5% female
Breeding
Monster and
Dragon groups
21 cycles
(5355 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
1
Base Exp.: 62 Battle Exp.: 621*

Charmander (Japanese: ヒトカゲ Hitokage) is a Fire-type Pokémon.

It evolves into Charmeleon starting at level 16, which evolves into Charizard starting at level 36.

Along with Bulbasaur and Squirtle, Charmander is one of three starter Pokémon of Kanto available at the beginning of Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, FireRed, and LeafGreen.

Biology

Physiology

Charmander is an orange reptilian creature resembling a tailed bipedal salamander with some dinosaur qualities, particularly like those of theropods. Charmander has four small fangs visible on its upper and lower jaws, a cream underside and an expansive cream coloration on the sole of its foot. Its most notable feature is the flame burning on the tip of its tail, which is there even at birth. It is said that if this flame goes out, the Pokémon dies, although this has never happened in the anime, manga, or video games.

Charmander has been described as cute in appearance; however, one may have to regard it with caution, as its slashing claws are sharp and strong, and thus potentially dangerous.

Gender differences

None.

Special abilities

Charmander can breathe fire, which allows them to use a wide range of Fire-type attacks. However, the strength of these are very closely connected to the strength and health of the Charmander, since it draws on the life force which fuels the flame on its tail to fuel the flames of its attacks. With time, it can learn powerful Fire-type techniques like Flamethrower and Fire Blast. It can even learn to breathe the blue flames of Dragon Rage. It can also use the flame on its tail to attack by swinging it about, or wield its small, yet sharp claws to use Slash. However, these attacks are usually weaker than those from the flames Charmander breathes.

Behavior

Charmander is easily the most mild-mannered of its evolution line. Its health and emotions can be easily read by paying attention to the flame on the tip of its tail. For example, if the flame grows suddenly, the Charmander is probably angered, and perhaps even using a Rage attack. It is scarce in the wild. Most are domestic Pokémon, raised to be distributed as starters by Professor Oak. As such, they are regarded as well-behaved Pokémon. It is often regarded as the most difficult Pokémon to start with because it has a disadvantage against the first two Gym Leaders in Kanto (Brock and Misty).

There are some who choose it anyway under the impression that it is stronger than Bulbasaur or Squirtle. However, while a Charmander can certainly grow to be a very powerful Pokémon, its strength in battle is very closely connected to its condition and health. Therefore, like a real fire, it must be tended to regularly and not strained or neglected. Most Trainers should not have a problem with this, though impatient ones who expect it to be very strong right off the bat will have severe difficulty raising this Pokémon. A Trainer named Damian in Charmander - The Stray Pokémon abandoned his completely because of this. They are also stubbornly loyal. In that same episode, Charmander would not move from the rock, because Damian told it to wait. Ash had to carry it because it refused to move, even in the rain.

Habitat

Charmander is rarely found in the wild. Sometimes they can gather in extremely hot areas, such as active volcanoes. They can also thrive in craggy mountains or in rocky, heated crags and caves along the coast of the Sevii Islands. Their final evolution, Charizard, also inhabits the Charicific Valley or near mountain chains. However, they are found far more often in the ownership of Trainers. It is normally native to Kanto.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

Their diet is the usual omnivorous diet of a Pokémon. The few places where Charmander can be seen in the wild, they usually hunt and gather in small packs, and will call others over if any sort of food is found.

In the anime

Major appearances

Charmander in the anime

Ash's Charmander

In Charmander - The Stray Pokémon, Ash, Misty, and Brock came across a Charmander which had been abandoned by its Trainer, Damian, who only cared about strong Pokémon. At first, Charmander refused to leave the spot it was at, waiting for Damian to return. However, when a rainstorm picked up, Charmander grew ill and Ash took it to a Pokémon Center. Charmander realized that Damian was no good, and joined up with Ash. It has since evolved into Charmeleon, and then Charizard.

Zippo

Ritchie owned a Charmander named Zippo, which debuted in A Friend In Deed. It later evolved into Charmeleon.

Other

In Journey to the Starting Line, Gilbert was intended to start his journey as a Pokémon Trainer, but the trio of Kanto Starter Pokémon were scared off when Ash's Tauros stampeded through Professor Oak's house. Professor Oak, Tracey, Delia and Gilbert split up in order to find the three missing Pokémon. The Charmander was the first one to be found.

A Charmander stars in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate! as the leader of Team Go-Getters.

Minor appearances

Charmander was mentioned in the first episode of the anime, Pokémon - I Choose You!, as one of the three starter Pokémon new Trainers in Pallet Town can choose from. Ash dreamed of owning one, although it was his last choice of a starter coming after Squirtle and Bulbasaur. However, when he arrived at Oak's lab, he found out it was too late, as another Trainer who started the same day had already taken it.

Multiple Charmander also appeared in Battle Aboard the St. Anne.

A Charmander was seen in a Pokémon Center in Hypno's Naptime.

A Charmander also appeared in Pokémon Fashion Flash.

In The Ultimate Test, a Charmander was one of the Pokémon owned by the Pokémon League entrance exam instructor.

Two Charmander appeared in The Breeding Center Secret. One was seen evolving on TV for a commercial about Cassidy's and Butch's breeding center, while the other one appeared in the said center.

A Charmander under the ownership of an unknown Trainer, appeared in Friends to the End, during the closing ceremonies of the Indigo League.

A Charmander appeared in A Better Pill to Swallow as a fantasized Pokémon.

A Charmander was used by one of the students of the Pokémon Trainer's School in Gonna Rule The School!.

Another Charmander was seen with Professor Oak in A Six Pack Attack! along with a Bulbasaur and Squirtle. Another was seen in The Right Place and The Right Mime, along with another Bulbasaur and Squirtle.

A Charmander appeared in BW116.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP011 Charmander Ash's Pokédex Charmander. A flame burns on the tip of its tail from birth. It is said that a Charmander dies if its flame ever goes out.
EP025 Rage Ash's Pokédex Charmander's special attack, Rage. It gains more power the more it is attacked. It will continue to fight until its opponent falls.
This concludes the entries from the original series.

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Main article: Ash's Charizard

Ash's Charmander makes a few appearances in the manga The Electric Tale of Pikachu.

The capture of Ash's Charmander diverges considerably from the anime. In the manga, Damian seems to have abandoned his Charmander at the beginning of the chapter Pikachu's Excellent Adventure, but it turns out that he had just been injured and went to the hospital.

Ash is shown to own a Charmander despite this, his own Charmander first appears in You Gotta Have Friends. Ash's Charmander's capture is not shown in the manga, instead, when Charmander first appears from its Poké Ball, it is simply stated that "Ash has been busy since the last comic".

Ash's Charmander reappears as a Charizard in the chapter The Indigo Finals at the Indigo Plateau Conference. In this chapter, Charizard battles Charley, Ritchie's own Charizard.

In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga

Main article: Peanut's Charmander
Main article: Mandy (MPJ)

In Magical Pokémon Journey, the sickly Trainer Peanut owns an aggressive Charmander. Peanut's Charmander first appears in the chapter Charmander's Peanut.

Mandy is a female Charmander from the Magical Pokémon Journey manga.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Blue's Charizard

Charmander debuted in the first round of the Red, Green & Blue chapter, A Glimpse of the Glow, as one of Blue's first Pokémon, received from his grandfather Professor Oak. It has since evolved into Charmeleon before facing Brock of Pewter City, and then to Charizard before the Silph Co. battles against Team Rocket. The major powerhouse of his team with its newly learned Blast Burn attack, its battle skills (able to defeat Red's Poliwhirl easily even before evolving) are complimented by its fast flight, for which it was traded to Red twice, during both the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter and the FireRed & LeafGreen chapter. It is worth noting that, as Charmeleon, it was accidentally traded to Red many years earlier.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Main article: Green's Charizard

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga series, Red's rival, Green, chose Charmander as his starter Pokémon. Green's Charmander is mischievous and has a rivalry with Red's Clefairy.

Green's Charmander has evolved into Charizard. It seems to be able to skip the Charmeleon stage, as it was seen evolving directly into Charizard. Although it has devolved back to the Charmander stage, it currently seems to have permanently evolved back into Charizard.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

Main article: Satoshi's Charizard (Zensho)

In Pokémon Zensho, Satoshi chooses Charmander as his starter Pokémon, while Shigeru chooses a Squirtle.

In the TCG

Main article: Charmander (TCG)

Other appearances

Charmander appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a trophy.

Trophy Information

"A Lizard Pokémon. It just downright likes hot stuff. The always-burning tail indicates its mood--waving gently when content and burning intensely when angry. If the tail were to go out, it would be the end of Charmander's life. Its tail is believed to emit steam when it rains. Charmander evolves into Charmeleon by leveling up."

Game data

NPC appearances

  • In PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Charmander is one of Pikachu's best friends. After falling through the mysterious tunnel, he almost lands into a pool of molten lava only to be saved by the zone leader, Blaziken. He was then taken in as Blaziken's pupil and trained to become stronger. After he's been found, he journeys to the Meeting Place where he helps Piplup mend the balloon, and makes fireworks. He later accompanies Pikachu to the Sky Pavilion along with Piplup and Chikorita where he meets Mew. Once the Sky Prism has been restored, Charmander celebrates by firing off the fireworks he made.

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Obviously prefers hot places. When it rains, steam is said to spout from the tip of its tail.
Blue
Yellow The flame at the tip of its tail makes a sound as it burns. You can only hear it in quiet places.
Stadium Even the newborns have flaming tails. Unfamiliar with fire, babies are said to accidentally burn themselves.
Generation II
Gold The flame on its tail shows the strength of its life force. If it is weak, the flame also burns weakly.
Silver The flame on its tail indicates Charmander's life force. If it is healthy, the flame burns brightly.
Crystal If it's healthy, the flame on the tip of its tail will burn vigorously, even if it gets a bit wet.
Stadium 2 The flame on its tail shows the strength of its life force. If it is weak, the flame also burns weakly.
Generation III
Ruby The flame that burns at the tip of its tail is an indication of its emotions. The flame wavers when Charmander is enjoying itself. If the Pokémon becomes enraged, the flame burns fiercely.
Sapphire
Emerald The flame that burns at the tip of its tail is an indication of its emotions. The flame wavers when Charmander is happy, and blazes when it is enraged.
FireRed From the time it is born, a flame burns at the tip of its tail. Its life would end if the flame were to go out.
LeafGreen It has a preference for hot things. When it rains, steam is said to spout from the tip of its tail.
Generation IV
Diamond The fire on the tip of its tail is a measure of its life. If healthy, its tail burns intensely.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold The flame on its tail shows the strength of its life force. If it is weak, the flame also burns weakly.
SoulSilver The flame on its tail indicates Charmander's life force. If it is healthy, the flame burns brightly.
Generation V
Black The fire on the tip of its tail is a measure of its life. If healthy, its tail burns intensely.
White
Black 2 The fire on the tip of its tail is a measure of its life. If healthy, its tail burns intensely.
White 2
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
One Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town
Blue (Japan)
One Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town
Yellow
One Received from a Trainer on Route 24
Generation II
Gold Silver
None Time Capsule
Crystal
None Time Capsule
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
One Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
None Pal Park, Trade
Platinum
None Pal Park, Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
One Reward from Professor Oak after defeating Red
Pal Park
Field
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Global Link event
Black 2 White 2
None Poké Transfer
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Snap Volcano
Pokémon Stadium Gym Leader Castle
Pokémon Channel Mt. Snowfall
Pokémon Pinball Pallet Town
Pokémon Trozei! Huge Storage 5
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Starter Pokémon
Fiery Field (5F-8F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Starter Pokémon
Giant Volcano (1F-19F)
Dark Crater (B1-B10)
Pokémon Ranger Jungle Relic
Pokémon Ranger:
Shadows of Almia
Ranger School
Volcano Cave
Pokémon Ranger:
Guardian Signs
Faldera Island
Fire Temple
Pokémon Rumble Fiery Furnace Normal Mode C & A
Pokémon Rumble Blast Cave: Everspring Valley
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Lava Zone, Meeting Place *

In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
GSC Pokémon Center Mystery Egg #3 Charmander Japanese Japan 5 April 27 to May 12, 2002
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Charmander English United States 5 January 17 to 23, 2003
RSEFRLG Gotta Catch 'Em All #4 Charmander Japanese Japan 10 February 11 to 27, 2006
DP 2007 Birthday Charmander Japanese Japan 40 July 20, 2007 to July 19, 2008
DP 2008 Birthday Charmander Japanese Japan 40 July 20, 2008 to July 19, 2009
DPPtHGSS 2009 Birthday Charmander Japanese Japan 40 July 20, 2009 to July 19, 2010
DPPtHGSS 2010 Birthday Charmander Japanese Japan 40 July 20 to November 3, 2010
B2W2 Sticker Promotional Kanto Starter Egg Charmander Japanese Japan 1 September 1 to 30, 2012
BWB2W2 Korean Kanto Starter Egg Charmander Korean South Korea 1 November 8 to 11, 2012
B2W2 Korean Kanto Starter Egg Charmander Korean Wi-Fi 1 February 14 to March 31, 2013
In-game events
Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
RGBY Gym Leader Castle Charmander Japanese Pokémon Stadium 5 April 30, 1999 onwards
RBY Gym Leader Castle Charmander English Pokémon Stadium 5 February 29, 2000 onwards
RBY Gym Leader Castle Charmander French Pokémon Stadium 5 April 7, 2000 onwards
RBY Gym Leader Castle Charmander German Pokémon Stadium 5 April 7, 2000 onwards
RBY Gym Leader Castle Charmander Italian Pokémon Stadium 5 April 7, 2000 onwards
RBY Gym Leader Castle Charmander Spanish Pokémon Stadium 5 April 7, 2000 onwards

Pokémon Global Link promotions

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
BW Global Link Charmander Japanese PGL 10 October 14, 2010 to May 31, 2011
BW Global Link Charmander Korean PGL 10 May 11, 2011 to May 11, 2013

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Bitter Berry (100%)
Yellow*
Stadium* Normal Box (100%)* Gorgeous Box (100%)*
Events* Lucky Egg Lucky Egg (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 39
99 - 146 188 - 282
Attack: 52
51 - 114 98 - 223
Defense: 43
43 - 104 81 - 203
Sp.Atk: 60
58 - 123 112 - 240
Sp.Def: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Speed: 65
63 - 128 121 - 251
Total: 309   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 50.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/3 ★★★
Power
1/5 ☆☆☆☆
Skill
3/4 ★★★
Stamina
1/3 ☆☆
Jump
3/3 ★★★
Total
11/18 ★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Scratch Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
00Start Growl Normal Status 0000 100100% 40
077 Ember Fire Special 04040 100100% 25
1010 SmokeScreen Normal Status 0000 100100% 20
1616 Dragon Rage Dragon Special 0000 100100% 10
1919 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100100% 10
2525 Fire Fang Fire Physical 06565 09595% 15
2828 Flame Burst Fire Special 07070 100100% 15
3434 Slash Normal Physical 07070 100100% 20
3737 Flamethrower Fire Special 09595 100100% 15
4343 Fire Spin Fire Special 03535 08585% 15
4646 Inferno Fire Special 100100 05050% 5
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Charmander obtained at level 1 in Generation V
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Charmander
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Charmander
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - VI
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM01 Hone Claws Dark Status 0000 —}}—% 15
Bag TM Dragon Sprite.png TM02 Dragon Claw Dragon Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM28 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Fighting Sprite.png TM31 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM35 Flamethrower Fire Special 09595 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM38 Fire Blast Fire Special 120120 085}}85% 5
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM39 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 05050 080}}80% 10
Bag TM Flying Sprite.png TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 —}}—% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM43 Flame Charge Fire Physical 05050 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM49 Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM50 Overheat Fire Special 140140 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM56 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM59 Incinerate Fire Special 03030 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM61 Will-O-Wisp Fire Status 0000 075}}75% 15
Bag TM Ghost Sprite.png TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM75 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 30
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM80 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Fighting Sprite.png TM94 Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
Bag HM Normal Sprite.png HM01 Cut Normal Physical 05050 095}}95% 30
Bag HM Normal Sprite.png HM04 Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Charmander
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Charmander
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV - VI
 Father   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
CranidosRampardosShieldonBastiodon AncientPower Rock Special 60 100% 5
EkansArbokNidoran♂NidorinoNidoking Beat Up* Dark Physical 100% 10
Snorlax Belly Drum Normal Status —% 10
SquirtleWartortleBlastoiseEkansArbokGyarados
TotodileCroconawFeraligatrLarvitarPupitarTyranitar
LoudredExploudSeviperBagonShelgonSalamence
TurtwigGrotleTorterraDruddigonDeinoZweilous
Hydreigon
Bite Dark Physical 60 100% 25
Nidoran♂NidorinoNidokingRhyhornRhydonRhyperior
SnorlaxChikoritaBayleefMeganiumMudkipMarshtomp
SwampertShieldonBastiodonScraggyScraftyAxew
FraxureHaxorus
Counter* Fighting Physical 100% 20
ArbokSnorlaxTotodileCroconawFeraligatrLarvitar
PupitarTyranitarExploudSeviperBagonShelgon
SalamenceTurtwigGrotleTorterraGarchompScraggy
ScraftyDruddigonDeinoZweilousHydreigon
Crunch Dark Physical 80 100% 15
HorseaSeadraKingdraGyaradosDratiniDragonair
DragoniteAltariaAxewFraxureHaxorus
Dragon Dance Dragon Status —% 20
HorseaSeadraKingdraSwabluAltariaAxew
FraxureHaxorusDeinoZweilousHydreigon
Dragon Pulse Dragon Special 90 100% 10
DratiniDragonairDragoniteGibleGabiteGarchomp
DeinoZweilousHydreigon
Dragon Rush Dragon Physical 100 75% 10
Charizard Flare Blitz Fire Physical 120 100% 15
ScraggyScrafty Focus Punch Fighting Physical 150 100% 20
AronLaironAggron Metal Claw Steel Physical 50 95% 35
DratiniDragonairDragoniteAxewFraxureHaxorus
DruddigonDeinoZweilousHydreigon
Outrage Dragon Physical 120 100% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Charmander in Generation V
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Charmander in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Charmander
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Charmander
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV - VI
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
B W B2 W2 Fire Pledge Fire Special 50 100% 10
B W B2 W2 Fire Punch Fire Physical 75 100% 15
B W B2 W2 Heat Wave Fire Special 100 90% 10
B W B2 W2 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100 75% 15
B W B2 W2 Outrage Dragon Physical 120 100% 10
B W B2 W2 Sleep Talk Normal Status —% 10
B W B2 W2 Snore Normal Special 40 100% 15
B W B2 W2 ThunderPunch Electric Physical 75 100% 15
  • A black abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Charmander can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Charmander cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Charmander
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Charmander
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By events

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV
 Event   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sticker Promotional Egg
Korean Kanto Starter Egg
False Swipe Normal Physical 40 100% 40
Sticker Promotional Egg
Korean Kanto Starter Egg
Block Normal Status —% 5
Sticker Promotional Egg
Korean Kanto Starter Egg
Blast Burn Fire Special 150 90% 5
Sticker Promotional Egg
Korean Kanto Starter Egg
Acrobatics Flying Physical 55 100% 15
  • A superscript level indicates that Charmander can learn this move normally in Generation V at that level
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Charmander
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Charmander
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see event moves from other generations

Anime-only moves

Move Type Episode
Tackle  Normal  Friend and Foe Alike

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Slam Charmander (McDonald Pack 4)

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 Pin004.png Pin004.gif 
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Pinball RS
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani004.gif 
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP004.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 11.7%
Friend Area: Mt. Cleft
Phrases
51%-100% HP My flame's small, but I'll do my best!
26%-50% HP My health is down to half. The flame is getting small, too.
1%-25% HP My flame is about to go out...
Level up I leveled up. The flame on my tail grew bigger, too.
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP The fire on my tail's blazing! Let's go for it, <name>!
26%-50% HP It's getting tougher...
1%-25% HP My fire's about to go out... <name>, help...
Level up Yay! I leveled up!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP004.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Fire  Poké Assist: Fire PA.png
( Fire )
Field move: Burn fm.png
(Burn ×1)
Loops: 3 Min. exp.: 25 Max. exp.: 39
Browser entry  
Charmander shudders while breathing fire. It is the very picture of vitality.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Fire  Poké Assist: Fire PA.png
( Fire )
Field move: Burn 1 field move.png
(Burn ×1)
Browser entry  
It attacks by spitting embers.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Fire  Fire Assist.png
( Fire )
Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
Burn 1 field move.png
(Burn ×1)
Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
It attacks by spitting fire.
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PPW004.png PokéPark Pad entry:
Charmander followed you through the Mysterious Tunnel, landing in the Lava Zone. He's one of your best friends. His great desire is to become stronger.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PCP004.png HP: Move: Ember
Attack: ★★ Ability 1: Blaze
Defense: Ability 2: Warm Blanket
Speed: ★★★ Ability 3: Hero
Evolves into Charmeleon when its Attack is 50 or higher
Range: 4 Perfect Links: Masakage

Evolution

Charmander
Unevolved
Charmander
 Fire 
Rare Candy
Level 16


Charmeleon
First evolution
Charmeleon
 Fire 
Rare Candy
Level 36


Charizard
Second evolution
Charizard
 Fire  Flying 

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 004.png Spr 1y 004.png Spr 1g 004.png Spr b g1 004.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 004.png Spr 2s 004.png Spr 2c 004.gif Spr b 2g 004.png
Spr 2g 004 s.png Spr 2s 004 s.png Spr 2c 004 s.gif Spr b 2g 004 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 004.png Spr 3e 004.png Spr 3f 004.png Spr b 3r 004.png
Spr 3r 004 s.png Spr 3e 004 s.png Spr 3f 004 s.png Spr b 3r 004 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 004.png Spr 4d 004.png Spr 4h 004.png Spr b 4d 004.png
Spr 4d 004 s.png Spr 4d 004 s.png Spr 4h 004 s.png Spr b 4d 004 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 004.png Spr 5b 004.png Spr b 5b 004.png
Spr 5b 004 s.png Spr 5b 004 s.png Spr b 5b 004 s.png
Charmander For other sprites and images, please see Charmander images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Other sprites

Spr b 3f 004.png
Spr b 3f 004 s.png
Spr b 4p 004.png
Spr b 4p 004 s.png
FireRed/LeafGreen back sprites HeartGold/SoulSilver back sprites

Trivia

$1 coins from Niue
  • Niue released a one-dollar coin featuring Charmander as part of a commemorative promotion for the Pokémon franchise, with Charmander on one side and the nation's coat of arms on the other.
  • Charmander is the first Fire-type Pokémon and the first single-type Pokémon in National Pokédex order.
  • In the first generation, on its sprite and first artwork, Charmander's "back" is depicted as having a small line of spikes. The spikes were not shown in the sprites and artwork of later generations. Charmander also had these spikes in the Pokémon Adventures manga, where the spikes were larger and easier to see. The spikes were also seen on Green's Charmander from the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga.
  • Charmander is the tallest Fire-type starter Pokémon.
  • Charmander is the only Fire-type starter Pokémon in the Monster Egg Group.
  • In the first generation, Charmander and its evolutionary line are capable of learning Leer. However, in later generations, this move is replaced by Scary Face.
  • Its FireRed Pokédex entry states that its life would end if the flame on its tail would go out. However, in the console games, its flame effectively stops burning if Charmander (or its evolutions) is affected by freeze and does not burn in rain.
  • Along with Bulbasaur and Squirtle, Charmander is the only starter Pokémon which is found in more than one regional Pokédex, being found in both Kanto's and Johto's.
  • Charmander can learn the move Metal Claw by leveling up in Generation III, exclusively in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, but can only learn it by breeding in Generation IV and Generation V.
  • Charmander has the longest name of all unevolved starter Pokémon.
  • Charmander and Torchic are currently the only Fire Type Starter Pokémon not to be based on Mammals, it is also the only one to be based on a reptile.

Origin

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Charmander is predominantly reptilian in origin, and may have been partially inspired by the mythical Salamander (as opposed to the real-world amphibian of the same name which inspired its mythical counterpart). This Salamander was a fire-spirit capable of surviving in extreme heat or flames, and it is sometimes creatively rendered or interpreted to be in the shape of a lizard.

Physically, Charmander has a slender body, a short nose, and a long tail, as well as other similar lizard-like characteristics. The fact that it does not undergo a metamorphosis stage (beyond its own evolutionary pattern) but instead grows into a larger version of itself as it matures, among other things, indicate that Charmander has more in common with reptiles (like lizards) than with amphibians (like real-world salamanders).

Charmander's Hidden Ability, Solar Power, may have drawn inspiration from the Spotted Salamander. In the July and August of 2010, this species was identified as the first known photosynthetic vertebrate animal, capable of converting energy from sunlight.

Name origin

Charmander is a portmanteau of the words char (to burn) and salamander.

Hitokage comes from 火蜥蜴 (salamander): 火 hi (fire) and 蜥蜴 tokage (lizard).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ヒトカゲ Hitokage Salamander (literally "Fire lizard")
France Flag.png French Salamèche From Salamandre and mèche
Spain Flag.png Spanish Charmander Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Glumanda From Glut and Salamander
Italy Flag.png Italian Charmander Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 파이리 Pairi Derived from the English words fire and lizard



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Starter Pokémon
Kanto
Bulbasaur
Bulbasaur
Charmander
Charmander
Squirtle
Squirtle
Johto
Chikorita
Chikorita
Cyndaquil
Cyndaquil
Totodile
Totodile
Hoenn
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Treecko
Torchic
Torchic
Mudkip
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Sinnoh
Turtwig
Turtwig
Chimchar
Chimchar
Piplup
Piplup
Unova
Snivy
Snivy
Tepig
Tepig
Oshawott
Oshawott
Kalos
Chespin
Chespin
Fennekin
Fennekin
Froakie
Froakie
Yellow
Pikachu
Pikachu (player)
Eevee
Eevee (rival)
Colosseum
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Espeon and Umbreon
XD
Eevee
Eevee


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