Dawn's Ambipom

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Dawn's Ambipom
ヒカリのエテボース Hikari's Eteboth
Poké Ball
Dawn's Ambipom
Debuts in Slaking Kong
Caught at Indigo Plateau
Evolves in DP060
Gender Female
Ability Unknown
Traded in DP055
Original Trainer Ash
Traded for Dawn's {{{tradedfor}}}
Current location With Dawn
Aipom Ambipom
This Pokémon spent 73 episodes as Aipom.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Aipom Miyako Itō
As Ambipom Chie Satō Has not appeared

Originally an Aipom, Dawn's Ambipom (Japanese: ヒカリのエテボース Hikari's Eteboth) is the only Pokémon to be captured by Ash Ketchum in the Battle Frontier saga. Much later, she was traded to Dawn in exchange for Buizel. Her Japanese voice actress is 佐藤智恵 Chie Satō. As an Aipom, she was voiced by 伊東みやこ Miyako Itō in both English and Japanese.


With Ash

Aipom was first seen in Slaking Kong, worshiping a giant, mechanical Slaking. However, she also stole Ash's hat, much like Ash's Primeape. Aipom soon reappeared in May, We Harley Drew'd Ya!, stealing the hats of the participants before making off with Ash's hat again. In Channeling the Battle Zone, Ash finally captured her.

In Aipom and Circumstance, Aipom became jealous of Ash's Pikachu's closeness to Ash. Aipom also seems to have a certain penchant for headgear; aside from taking Ash's and other participants' hats, Aipom wore a daisy chain on her head and put on a ceremonial crown that the locals had trouble getting off. Aipom's gender was confirmed in the Japanese version of Aipom and Circumstance; while Aipom was nearby gathering flowers, May said, 「エイパムやっぱり女の子ね?」 Aipom is a girl after all, isn't she?. In DP048, Dawn also explicitly calls Aipom a girl, and in the dub of Steamboat Willies, both Aipom and Buneary are referred to as girls, confirming them to be female.

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As an Aipom, wearing a flower crown

Aipom enjoys participating in Pokémon Contests. Her interest was first perked in Thinning the Hoard where she took an interest in May's battle with Harley. Aipom also watched her battle with Drew before enticing Ash into catching her. In Mounting a Coordinator Assault, Aipom was entered into her first contest with Ash. They got through the Appeal Round but lost the first battle round to Zoey and her Glameow. In DP022, Aipom entered an unofficial contest under the command of Jessie and won against Dawn's Pachirisu. Zoey suggested that Ash give Aipom to Dawn.

While Ash had Aipom, she usually sat on his left shoulder when outside of her Poké Ball, in contrast to Pikachu sitting on his right shoulder.

In order to bring back Torkoal to battle Brandon's Registeel, Ash sent Aipom to Professor Oak, where Aipom had quite a bit of trouble adjusting to the new environment and lack of Ash. However, after Ash's second defeat, Aipom returned.

When Ash left for Sinnoh, leaving all his Pokémon but Pikachu behind as he did when leaving for Hoenn, Aipom snuck aboard the boat he was traveling on to accompany him on his new journey. During her journey through Sinnoh, Aipom has defeated Paul's Chimchar in battle and helped Ash capture his Starly. Ash also used her in his first two Gym battles in the region.

Aipom put up a fight against Roark's Cranidos in Ash's first match, however, she lost. In their rematch she fought Geodude. she also fought in Ash's second Gym Battle as well, going against Gardenia's Roserade, which resulted in a victory, giving Ash his Forest Badge.

With Dawn

Dawn and Ambipom

In DP055, Ash began the training for his next Gym battle in Veilstone City. However, Dawn's Buizel seemed to be more interested in Ash's battle training and thus couldn't set its mind on Dawn's training; meanwhile Ash's Aipom appeared to have a similar problem in Ash's training because it tended to be more interested in Dawn's Contest training. Then Zoey proposed that Ash and Dawn trade them. After some soul-searching, the trainers agreed, and the trade took place.

In DP060, Aipom managed to learn Double Hit. Kenny appeared and told Dawn that Aipom would evolve soon. Later in the episode, when Dawn was being attacked by a group of Unown, Aipom jumped in front of Dawn to protect her and evolved into Ambipom.

In DP061, Dawn used Ambipom in her appeal for the Solaceon Contest, but failed to pass the Appeal Round. Zoey explained to Dawn that she failed due to an overuse of Swift, blocking Ambipom from view.

Moves used

Italized moves have been used recently.


  • For DP014, Professor Oak's lecture is about Aipom. He writes this Pokémon senryū about her: エイパムが しっぽでつかむ サトシのハート Eipam, it seizes with its tail, Satoshi's heart.
  • Aipom's habit of taking Ash's hat mimics the actions of Ash's Primeape, who coincidentally was also a primate.
  • Aipom is one of the few Pokémon on the show to have its gender explicitly stated via dialog multiple times, including the dub of Steamboat Willies
  • Aipom is the fourth Pokémon to take Ash's hat, the first being Primeape, then Pikachu and third, Latias.
  • Aipom is one of the few main characters' Pokémon to be traded, along with Jessie's Lickitung and Ash's Butterfree.
  • Due to now being Dawn's Pokémon, Aipom is the only Pokémon owned by a main character that was introduced before the character.
  • Ambipom is the first of Dawn's Pokémon to evolve.
  • Ambipom is the first traded Pokémon in the anime to evolve.
  • Aipom took as many episodes to evolve as another Pokémon that had a crush on Ash: Chikorita. They are both Generation II Pokémon as well, and they have very similar English and Japanese names.
  • For reasons unknown, the current opening still features Aipom instead of Ambipom.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Aipom and Ambipom.

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