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Shamus (Japanese: スワマ Suwama) is the former Trainer of Ash's Tepig, serving as one of the characters of the day in Evolution by Fire!.

Shamus was first introduced in person in Evolution by Fire! where he was in the Battle Club having a Double Battle, using Emboar and Heatmor, with Kensō that Ash and his friends witnessed. Because of his preference for Fire-types, he refers to himself and his team as the "Fire Warriors". He won the battle rather easily. Afterwards he confronted Kensō and told him to hand over his Pokémon to him, causing Ash and the others to confront him briefly. He did not take Kensō's Pokémon due to Don George walking by after that.

Tepig being abandoned by Shamus

While having lunch alone, Ash's Tepig saw him and ran up to him affectionately. It would turn out that he was the Trainer who had abandoned Tepig before the events of The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!, abandoning him after he lost to a Deerling in a battle despite having the type-advantage. Since Tepig kept trying to go with him, he had tied him to a post. Seeing Tepig with Ash, he told Ash that he abandoned it because of its uselessness, hitting Ash in the nerve. While Ash and Iris found this to be cruel, he defended his actions and explained that it was done for Tepig's own good as forcing a "talentless" Pokémon to battle would be worse than releasing it.

To settle the matter, Don George recommended that Shamus and Ash battle each other to which both agreed to be a Double Battle. Ash decided to use Tepig and Snivy, however Tepig did not wish to battle against his former Trainer. He had the impression that Shamus still cared for him and only released him because he cared. However, he would reveal that he only pretends to be pained by releasing a weak Pokémon so that if he ever encounters them again they would be hesitant to battle him. The revelation left Tepig crushed. Although Snivy ended up defeated by a Flare Blitz/Fire Spin combination attack, Tepig managed to hang on and evolve into a Pignite in the process. Using his new attack, Fire Pledge, as well as a powerful Flame Charge, he was able to defeat both of his opponents. Impressed by Pignite's new power, Shamus asked it to come back to him, but Pignite simply responded by scorching his head with Flamethrower.


This listing is of Shamus's known Pokémon in the anime:

On hand

Shamus's Emboar
Emboar was first used in a Double Battle with Heatmor against Kensō's Watchog and Mienshao, seen standing up to Watchog's Slam, and heavily damaging the two Pokémon with Hammer Arm. He was used again against Ash's Tepig and Snivy. In the middle of the battle, he ended up being infatuated by Snivy's Attract. This infatuation was short lived as Heatmor's Fury Swipes made direct contact on Emboar, something that surprised Ash as Shamus commanded Heatmor to attack its own teammate. Later, Emboar was able to defeat Snivy using Super Flare Blitz. Although performing many powerful moves, including a combination of his Flare Blitz and Heatmor's Fire Spin, he was eventually knocked out by Ash's newly evolved Pignite. Emboar is probably a replacement for Shamus's released Tepig.

Emboar's known moves are Hammer Arm, Flamethrower, Heat Crash and Flare Blitz.

Debut Evolution by Fire!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Marc Thompson
Shamus's Heatmor
Heatmor was first used in a Double Battle with Emboar against Kensō's Watchog and Mienshao, seen standing up to Mienshao's Drain Punch, and serving the finishing blow on the two Pokémon with a Flame Burst. It was used again against Ash's Tepig and Snivy. Heatmor defeated Snivy by combining Emboar's Flare Blitz with Fire Spin to create Super Flare Blitz. Although performing many powerful moves, including a combination of Emboar's Flare Blitz and its own Fire Spin, it was eventually knocked out by Ash's newly evolved Pignite.

Heatmor's known moves are Flame Burst, Fury Swipes and Fire Spin.

Debut Evolution by Fire!
Voice actors
Japanese Kenta Miyake


Shamus's Tepig
Main article: Ash's Tepig

Shamus abandoned his Tepig after he had lost to a Deerling despite having the type-advantage in Accumula Town's Battle Club.

Debut The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!
Voice actors
Japanese Wasabi Mizuta
English Marc Thompson

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 福山潤 Jun Fukuyama


  • Shamus's role in the anime is similar to Damian; both abandoned a Fire-type Pokémon which they later invited to rejoin them.
    • Furthermore, Shamus is the third Trainer to abandon a Fire-type Pokémon which was later caught by Ash.
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