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Ash's Hawlucha

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Ash's Hawlucha
サトシのルチャブル Satoshi's Luchabull
Poké Ball
Ash Hawlucha.png
Ash's Hawlucha
Debuts in The Forest Champion!
Caught at Route 11
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Ash
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Hawlucha Shin'ichirō Miki H.D. Quinn

Ash's Hawlucha (Japanese: サトシのルチャブル Satoshi's Luchabull) is the third Pokémon that Ash Ketchum caught in the Kalos region.


Prior to its capture, Hawlucha was the champion of a forest, where it helped maintain peace. Hawlucha gained this title after defeating the previous champion, a Machamp. After developing a rivalry with Hawlucha, Machamp retreated to some mountains so that it could train to become stronger.

Hawlucha made its first appearance in The Forest Champion!, where it battles an Ursaring that stole food from a group of Pokémon. Although it easily got the upper hand, Hawlucha missed its attempt to finish Ursaring off with Flying Press, leaving it open to attack. Ursaring was stopped by Ash and Pikachu, who scared it off. Ash offered to help Hawlucha perfect Flying Press, which eventually ended in success after countless failed attempts. They are interrupted by the Ursaring from before, who teamed up with a Conkeldurr so that they could trick the previous champion, Machamp, into believing that Hawlucha was the one terrorizing the forest Pokémon.

Ash with his Hawlucha

Machamp challenged Hawlucha to battle, and despite Hawlucha's power, it managed to easily take Hawlucha's attacks. Ursaring and Conkeldurr then stepped in and began double-teaming Hawlucha. Although reluctant at first, Machamp realized who the real villain was and defeated Ursaring and Conkeldurr. Machamp carried the two away and said its goodbyes to Hawlucha. Later, Ash challenged Hawlucha to battle with the condition that if he wins, Hawlucha will join his team. Despite the speed of Ash's Froakie, it was easily able to outmaneuver it avoiding its Water Pulse and Bubble attacks; despite this, the battle ended in a tie when Froakie's Pound collided with its Flying Press. Although Hawlucha didn't lose the battle, it decided to join Ash's team, even agreeing to reinstate Machamp as the forest champion.

In Battles in the Sky!, Hawlucha was used in a Sky Battle against Moria's Talonflame. Hawlucha was quickly outmatched due to Flying Press being ineffective and Talonflame easily dodging all of Hawlucha's attacks due to being in the air. Hawlucha was defeated after missing with its Karate Chop and being hit by Fire Blast and Steel Wing attacks.

In Forging Forest Friendships!, Hawlucha battled together with Ash's Froakie against Clemont's Bunnelby and Chespin. Hawlucha used Karate Chop a few times to counter Bunnelby's Double Slap. But, when Bunnelby was going to use Mud Shot and Ash commanded Hawlucha to use Karate Chop again, Froakie used Water Pulse before it can do anything. Hawlucha started to get a little bit angry, but the battle continued. Then Froakie lets Chespin's Pin Missile hit Bunnelby, which faints, making Hawlucha very angry. Hawlucha attacked Froakie, who defended itself. Later, Ash came up with a great new move called Super Flying Cut. They trained but it didn't work out, until Ash was kidnapped by a wild Trevenant, so Hawlucha and Froakie went after it. They found out Trevenant only wanted help for his friends trapped by Team Rocket. Ash's two Pokémon have a battle against Team Rocket, sending them blasting off with their new Super Flying Cut, before giving each other's fist as a sign of their new friendship.

In Showdown at the Shalour Gym!, Hawlucha was used in its first Gym battle against Korrina as his first Pokémon in his Shalour Gym battle, it went up against Mienfoo, Hawlucha followed Ash's strategy of dancing, which he got off Tierno, Mienfoo went for a High Jump Kick which Hawlucha attempted to dodge by dancing but failed, Mienfoo then went for a Drain Punch, and Hawlucha tried to block by dancing but failed and had its health absorbed, Hawlucha went for a Karate Chop but this was blocked and then it was hit with a Force Palm. This confused Ash as Tierno's Squirtle could block attacks easily. Hawlucha then went for a Flying Press but it was countered by Swift which hit Hawlucha. At this point, Ash realized he couldn't win by imitating Tierno and that he had to use his own rhythm, so he changed back to his own battle style. Mienfoo went for a High Jump Kick, but Ash got Hawlucha to wait and dodge at the last second, causing recoil damage. Hawlucha then hit with a Karate Chop, dodged Mienfoo's Force Palm and then defeated Mienfoo with Flying Press. It was then recalled. Later Hawlucha was then sent out to battle Korrina's Mega Lucario, Hawlucha went for a Karate Chop, but it was presumably blocked, it then went for a Flying Press, but it was countered by Mega Lucario's split Bone Rush damaging Hawlucha, it was then knocked out by Mega Lucario's Aura Sphere, crashing it into a wall.

In When Light and Dark Collide!, Hawlucha was sent out to perform in Carl's Super Pokémon Battle play, after Pikachu injured the Gallade who was supposed to play the good guy. Hawlucha worked with Carl's Shiny Hawlucha, known as Dark Hawlucha. Hawlucha wasn't very good, refusing to be sent flying into a wall and using too much force, though it became better the next rehearsal. It started a fight with Dark Hawlucha, after being hit with its Karate Chop until it was stopped by Ash and some crew members. Later it trained with Ash after hearing about Dark Hawlucha being a former wrestling champion. During the play it teamed up with Dark Hawlucha to beat Team Rocket after they interfered with the play. When the real play started, Hawlucha suffered from Stage Fright and messed up with the beginning so it and Dark Hawlucha decided to improvise and battle immediately, which reminded Dark Hawlucha of its former battling days. After a long battle Ash's Hawlucha won. Later before it left it shook hands with Dark Hawlucha.

In The Green, Green Grass Types of Home!, Ash used Hawlucha as his second Pokémon in his Coumarine Gym Battle against Ramos where it went up against Weepinbell. Hawlucha used Flying Press which damaged Weepinbell and followed up with High Jump Kick. But Weepinbell used Poison Powder, poisoning Hawlucha. Weepinbell then used Razor Leaf and Hawlucha was unable to dodge due to it struggling from the Poison Powder. After this it was hit by Weepinbell's Slam. It tried to use Flying Press, but it had gotten slow due to the damage it had taken and it was caught by Weepinbell's Grass Knot, which slammed it to the ground. Hawlucha jumped backwards and made a successful hit with High Jump Kick, but the Flycatcher Pokémon was able to grab onto Hawlucha and used Slam again, knocking it out.

In The Moment of Lumiose Truth!, Ash used Hawlucha as his third Pokémon in his Lumiose Gym Battle against Clemont. It went up against his Heliolisk, with Ash choosing Hawlucha to match Heliolisk's speed. Hawlucha used Karate Chop which Heliolisk was unable to block. Heliolisk then used Parabolic Charge, which Hawlucha tried to dodge, but was unable to. This also healed Heliolisk in the process. Hawlucha used Flying Press, but Heliolisk used Flash, causing the attack to miss. It then used a close-range Parabolic Charge, which Hawlucha was unable to dodge, and this healed the Generator Pokémon even more. Following this Heliolisk used its agility to confuse Hawlucha. Ash then remembered Heliolisk extending its collar right before attacking and came up with an idea. Ash had Hawlucha use High Jump Kick during the split second Heliolisk extended its collar, knocking Heliolisk out. It then went up against Clemont's last Pokémon, his Luxray. Hawlucha hit Luxray with Flying Press, but it responded with Electric Terrain, which increased the power of Electric-type moves. Hawlucha used High Jump Kick, whilst the Gleam Eyes Pokémon used Wild Charge, overpowering Hawlucha and knocking it out.

In A Fashionable Battle! Ash used Hawlucha and Frogadier for his Double Battle against Sawyer. They went up against Sawyer's Treecko and Bagon. While Bagon used Headbutt, Hawlucha used Karate Chop, but ended up getting hurt by Bagon's sturdy head. Hawlucha then used mutiple, speedy Karate Chops until it was able to damage Bagon. Treecko then used Leech Seed which Hawlucha dodged. Bagon then tried to hit Hawlucha with Fire Fang but it got blocked by Frogadier's Water Pulse. After Frogadier defeated Treecko, Ash and Sawyer prepared to resume their battle, but they got interrupted by the commotion caused by Valerie's Fashion Show.

In Fairy-Type Trickery!, Ash used Hawlucha as his second and last Pokémon in his Laverre Gym Battle against Valerie. It went up against her Spritzee despite the type-disadvantage. Hawlucha used Karate Chop, but Spritzee dodged and used Trick Room, meaning the slowest Pokémon attacks first. Hawlucha then got hit by a super-effective Moonblast, dealing much damage. Hawlucha then used its new move X-Scissor, but Spritzee dodged causing Hawlucha to hit the Trick Room barrier. This damaged the barrier as well as giving Ash an idea. Spritzee used Gyro Ball which Ash had Hawlucha latch onto and withstand it. Hawlucha then used the momentum to create a spinning X-Scissor, which pushed through the Perfume Pokémon's Dazzling Gleam and caused the attack to crash into the Trick Room, shattering it to pieces. With the Trick Room gone, Hawlucha was able to hit Spritzee with Flying Press, and after dodging another Moonblast, he defeated the Perfume Pokémon with a High Jump Kick, earning Ash the Fairy Badge.

In Rivals: Today and Tomorrow!, Ash used Hawlucha as his second Pokémon in his three versus three battle against Sawyer. It went up against Slurpuff, despite the type-disadvantage. After avoiding the Meringue Pokémon's Electro Ball using its speed, it used Karate Chop. When Sawyer attempted to look at his notes, Ash had Hawlucha go for a Flying Press, defeating Slurpuff.

In A Not-So-Flying Start!, whilst training on a tree, it spotted a Pokémon Egg. After bringing it to Ash and then showed where it found the egg, it hatched into a Noibat. When Noibat became frustrated with its inability to fly, it and Fletchinder offered to help, recommending a run up before jumping. Although Noibat performed better it inevitably failed forcing Hawlucha to catch it before it hit the ground. It then suggested to go to the hills since it was higher up and windier, where it and Noibat ended up being captured by Team Rocket. After cutting their ropes and attempting to sneak away, they were caught by Jessie and were chased by their Pokémon. Hawlucha attacked Inkay with High Jump Kick and, after Noibat failed to fly again, carried Noibat on its back whilst gliding away. After fending off Inkay again and Pumpkaboo, Noibat spotted a cave for them to hide in. Since the cave was pitch black, Noibat used its ultrasound waves to detect the unbeknownst trio, allowing Hawlucha to stealthily kick off their soundproof headphones and let Noibat attack Team Rocket with a powerful Supersonic, forcing the trio to flee. After Pikachu and Frogadier defeated Team Rocket, Hawlucha and Noibat left the cave. After Ash captured Noibat, it and Fletchinder continued its training with Noibat to teach it how to fly.

In A Relay in the Sky!, it continued to train Noibat how to fly along with Fletchinder, Noibat struggled at tackling high winds, but Hawlucha taught Noibat how to deal with it. Afterwards they noticed a Starly, Staravia and Staraptor. They went to the source of this, the Pokémon Sky Relay, where they discovered that the birds came from the Sky Relay Champion, Orson. Later Ash used Fletchinder, Hawlucha and Noibat in the relay. It was used in the second segment of the race. It started out in third place and despite being unable to fly, it managed to pass Staraptor using its gliding and jumping abilities well. As Hawlucha passed Meowth, it was attacked by him in his Pelipper mecha. Hawlucha however was able to dodge another attack, causing the mecha to crash into a rock, exposing Team Rocket's plan and causing them to blast off, thus disqualifying them from the competition. Hawlucha ended up being first at the end of the second segment when it passed the baton onto Noibat, with Staraptor not far behind. They eventually ended up second after Noibat barely lost to Starly, but it and the others were pleased with Noibat, who had successfully learned to fly.

Personality and characteristics

Hawlucha takes great pride in its own battle style, preferring flashy, speedy moves, and insisting on finishing its opponents with a Flying Press. It also first takes its opponents attacks before attacking itself. It is shown to be cool, calm, and collected; similar to Sceptile, Buizel and Snivy. Hawlucha is also shown to like flexing and showing off its muscles. Hawlucha is very determined in battle and never gives up, no matter how bad the situation may look and is always ready to improve itself. It has been shown to be quite powerful, as it was called the champion of the forest. Hawlucha is also shown to be kind and protective when it defended the smaller Pokémon's food from an Ursaring. Hawlucha also gets angry when someone interferes its battling as shown in Forging Forest Friendships!, where it got angry at Frogadier as a Froakie. In When Light and Dark Collide!, Hawlucha suffered from stage fright before its acting performance. It was also mentioned by Clemont in the same episode that Hawlucha hated losing.

Because it kept the peace in the forest, and battled any Pokémon that preyed upon weaker Pokémon, like Ursaring and Conkeldurr, we can conclude that Hawlucha has no tolerance for unjust acts, and has a strong sense of justice, and is willing to act upon these ideals. It also kept the peace in the forest, which shows that despite Hawlucha loving to battle, it does not enjoy it to the point of outright chaos, and will fight to keep the peace. Hawlucha enjoys organised battling, which may be why it chose to travel with Ash.

Hawlucha has strong personal pride, and has been shown to be hard headed to an extent, not taking it well when Froakie dismissed its battling style and interfered in its battle in Forging Forest Friendships! However, in the same episode, Hawlucha was demonstrated to be a fairly mature Pokémon, and swallowed its pride and attempted to apologize to Froakie.

Hawlucha has also undergone a slight personality change ever since joining Ash's party. For a while, it displayed very little emotion aside from facial expressions like determination and aggravation, and openly acting with and pride, only occasionally getting angry or nervous, which usually only happened when Hawlucha felt it was being challenged, as shown when it became angry with Froakie interfering with its battling, and with a shiny Hawlucha. However, Hawlucha has recently begun to show more traits it has, in addition to becoming more laid back and relaxed around Ash and his group. Hawlucha's voice also seems to have changed slightly, becoming borderline goofy, a big difference compared to its old self, which usually pretended indifference to most things. These are most likely due to Hawlucha spending a lot of time around Ash and his group.

Hawlucha has been quoted by Serena, along with the rest of his Pokémon, as being very similar to Ash. This reflects a few of the traits Hawlucha has. Hawlucha has been shown to enjoy food, specifically the berries that Ash gathered for it and the rest of his Pokémon. It also appears to not mind sharing its food with other Pokémon, unlike Clemont's Chespin, whom it held no qualms with for joining in on its feeding frenzy along with Ash's other Pokémon. Hawlucha has also been demonstrated as hard headed, and occasionally rushing into things without thinking, either out of frustration or pride, seen when it attacked Froakie out of nowhere for interfering with its battle. Hawlucha has also shown to be proud in victory, and almost boastful. It will usually either celebrate its victories by standing with its arms crossed and with a smug expression on its face, or by flexing its muscles. Hawlucha also shows comaradice, as shown mostly with Froakie, when it fist bumped Froakie twice in the same episode as a sign of friendship and comaradice. It's also worth noting that Hawlucha demonstrated its sense of comaradice only a few episodes after its capture, which suggests that this was a trait it had before it joined Ash's team.

Since its capture, Hawlucha has been shown to both like and be quite loyal to Ash, willing to battle with him in its first Sky Battle the episode after its capture. Over time, Hawlucha has become more willing to show its fondness for Ash. While in its debut, it remains calm and collected, showing little in terms of emotion, whereas after spending an extended period of time with Ash and being in several battles with him, it has grown more openly expressive, as seen when it hugged Ash after its victory in the Laverre City Gym.

Hawlucha also seems to have a bit of a parental side to young Pokémon, as shown with Noibat. It actively helped the young Sound Wave Pokémon with flying practice, and trusted it enough to execute a plan to escape from Team Rocket.

Moves used

Ash Hawlucha High Jump Kick.png
Using High Jump Kick
Move First Used In
Flying Press The Forest Champion!
Karate Chop The Forest Champion!
High Jump Kick The Forest Champion!
X-Scissor Fairy-Type Trickery!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
Moves improvised
Picture First Used In Moves Involved Partnered With
Froakie Super Flying Cut.pngHawlucha Super Flying Cut.png Forging Forest Friendships! Cut and Flying Press Ash's Froakie
Description: Super Flying Cut (Japanese: スーパーフライングいあいきり Super Flying Cut) When Hawlucha and Froakie were not getting along, Ash came up with an idea where Hawlucha and Froakie could work together to make a powerful move. Froakie gets on Hawlucha's back, and Hawlucha starts flying. Froakie would jump off Hawlucha, and use Cut on the target. Then Hawlucha would come down and hit the same target, resulting in major damage. This was mastered during the battle with Team Rocket, resulting in their defeat.
Ash Hawlucha Spinning X-Scissor.png Fairy-Type Trickery! X-Scissor None
Description: Trick Room Breaker Hawlucha jumps off a wall and uses X-Scissor to hit the opponent while spinning at the same time. This was used to destroy Trick Room during Ash's battle against Valerie.

In the manga

In the movie adaptations

Hawlucha appeared in the manga adaptation of the 17th movie, where it participated in a battle against Astrid.


Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Hawlucha.

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