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Ash's Donphan

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Ash's Donphan
サトシのドンファン Satoshi's Donfan
Poké Ball
Ash Donphan.png
Ash's Donphan
Egg obtained Extreme Pokémon!
Hatches in Hatching a Plan!
Hatched at Around Route 42
Evolves in Reversing the Charges
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location At Professor Oak's Laboratory
Pokémon Egg Phanpy Donphan
This Pokémon spent 2 episodes in its Egg and 198 episodes as Phanpy.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Phanpy Megumi Hayashibara Tara Jayne
(EP230-SS014 and AG147)
Lindsey Warner (AG133-AG140)
Jamie Peacock (AG154)
As Donphan Kenta Miyake

Ash's Donphan (Japanese: サトシのドンファン Satoshi's Donfan) was the sixth Pokémon obtained by Ash during his travels through Johto.

History

Original series

Phanpy's Egg

Ash received a Phanpy Egg as a prize in the episode Extreme Pokémon! after he and Bayleef won a race hosted by an old couple who were breeders.

It hatched in the episode Hatching a Plan!. It was shown to be a very playful and energetic Pokémon, refusing to be returned to its Poké Ball, only to be snatched by Team Rocket. Pikachu rescued Phanpy, but the electricity scared the baby Pokémon away. It ran into the clutches of Team Rocket again, who used Meowth to deceive Phanpy and hatch a plot to capture Pikachu. After this plan succeeds, Team Rocket double crossed Phanpy and stuck it in a cage, only for Pikachu to hatch an escape plan and Ash to come to the rescue, selflessly diving into the river to rescue Phanpy. It was then used Rollout to knock back Team Rocket's Pokémon for Pikachu to send them blasting off. It was unable to replicate this success in the next episode, where Team Rocket used Delibird's Blizzard to knock out Phanpy in a single blow.

As a Phanpy

In As Cold as Pryce, Phanpy battled Pryce's Dewgong and lost easily, but it did slightly better in battle with Nelson's Misdreavus in Entei At Your Own Risk, managing to use Defense Curl to block a Swift, but was hit and confused by Psybeam. Team Rocket interrupted the battle and left it without conclusion.

In Pop Goes the Sneasel, Phanpy joined Harrison's Houndoom in taking down a rogue Machop with Rollout whilst recovering the stolen Sacred Fire for the Johto League opening ceremony. It also helped him get through the screening phases of the Silver Conference.

Phanpy played a role in Ash's battle against Macy in the Silver Conference in the episode Love, Pokémon Style!. It was used in counter to her Electabuzz, and this succeeded as Electabuzz's Thunderbolt had no effect. However, Macy pulled Electabuzz and Phanpy ended up battling against her Slugma. Phanpy managed to dodge Slugma's Body Slam and stun Slugma with Earthquake, before knocking it out with Take Down. However, it was defeated by her Quilava's powerful Flame Wheel, which overpowered Phanpy's Rollout and left Ash's Squirtle and Totodile to face Electabuzz.

Advanced Generation series

Rejoining Ash's Party

Ash left Phanpy at Professor Oak's lab before traveling to Hoenn. In The Right Place and the Right Mime, it happily greeted Ash's Pikachu and the two spent most of the episode together. As Ash made to leave at the end of the episode to take on the Battle Frontier challenge, Pikachu rode up on Phanpy's back. Ash offered to let Phanpy come with them, which Phanpy delightedly agreed to. It had shown signs that it had grown up beyond the young Pokémon seen in Johto.

In Reversing the Charges, Phanpy battled a Team Rocket mecha and evolved into a Donphan. It learned Hyper Beam and took down the mecha easily.

Ash also used Donphan in the match against Pike Queen Lucy and her Seviper in Queen of the Serpentine. Seviper blocked Donphan's Take Down with Poison Tail. Donphan used a Defense Curl/Rollout combination to protect itself from Bite and knock Seviper back. Seviper knocked Donphan back with Poison Tail, but Donphan recovered and turned the momentum into a powerful Take Down, but Seviper lashed out with a perfectly timed Flamethrower, knocking Donphan back again. Seviper then blinded Donphan with a wall of smoke created by a Poison Tail into the water, then consumed the rolling Donphan in fire. Donphan pushed through the flames and, despite a last minute aerial dodge from Seviper, knocked it out with Rollout. It stayed in to battle her Milotic, but it was defeated by a single Hydro Pump.

In Grating Spaces!, Ash used Donphan in a Double Battle with Brock and his Steelix against Jessie, James and their newly obtained Charizard and Aggron. The two Pokémon worked well together, with Donphan rescuing Steelix from Charizard's Flamethrower by attacking Charizard recklessly. However, Aggron fought back with Mega Punch and Hyper Beam, knocking Donphan back. Donphan recovered and kept attacking Charizard, but Aggron's Water Pulse took it down. Steelix propelled Donphan over the subsequent wave of water and allowed it to hit Aggron. At this point, the battle ended when Forrest confronted Team Rocket's objectives.

Donphan returned to Professor Oak's lab when Ash left for Sinnoh in Home is Where the Start Is.

Diamond & Pearl series

Donphan appeared in An Old Family Blend!, alongside Ash's other Pokémon. It was shown training with Ash.

In Working on a Right Move!, Ash used Donphan in his battle against Conway in the Lily of the Valley Conference. Donphan was initially called out to battle Conway's Shuckle, where it attacked once, using its Rollout attack. It was blocked by Shuckle's Gyro Ball however, causing it to suffer some damage. Ash then quickly recalled it. Later in the battle, it was called out to battle Conway's Dusknoir, but was trapped by Mean Look and ultimately fell to Dusknoirs powerful Shadow Punch.

Best Wishes series

Donphan was reunited with Ash in The Dream Continues!, where it and the rest of Ash's Pokémon posed in a group photo with him.

Personality and characteristics

As a Phanpy, it had many traits of a child being extremely playful, friendly and energetic. It at first thought everyone around it was playing, even in a serious situation. It was also easily frightened from not knowing how to handle damage. However, it matured after evolving into Donphan, much like his Aipom did later. In some episodes, it was shown to have kept its friendly personality upon evolution.

Donphan was initially one of Ash's weaker Pokémon, but it would gradually become stronger battle after battle.

Donphan is generally loyal to Ash, and always tries its best for him in battles.

Moves used

Ash Donphan Hyper Beam.png
Using Hyper Beam
Ash Phanpy Hidden Power.png
Using Hidden Power
as a Phanpy
Move First Used In
Tackle Hatching a Plan
Rollout  Hatching a Plan
Take Down Dues and Don'ts
Defense Curl Entei at Your Own Risk
Earthquake Love, Pokémon Style!
Hidden Power Hooked on Onix
Hyper Beam Reversing the Charges
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the TCG

Ash's Donphan was featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as a Phanpy. The following is a list of related cards.

Ash's Phanpy
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Ash's Phanpy Fighting       Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Aura's Lucario   004/020
 



Trivia

  • Donphan is the first Ground-type Pokémon owned by Ash and the only pure Ground-type Pokémon to be owned by any main character.
  • During its time as a Phanpy, it had the largest rotation of English voice actors of all of Ash's Pokémon, with three.
  • It is the only Pokémon that Ash owns that had been in his team once before, left at Professor Oak's Laboratory, and then again returned to his main team for more than a few episodes at a later time.

Related articles

  • For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Phanpy and Donphan.



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