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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.

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 and her Mienfoo. Ash had Hawlucha try a new strategy where he would dance around like Tierno's Squirtle to dodge. However, Hawlucha ended up being hit by multiple attacks due to not having perfected the strategy, along with Mienfoo's high speed. Ash decided against the idea and went with their own strategy, allowing Hawlucha to finish Mienfoo off with its Flying Press. Hawlucha was later sent out against Korrina's Mega Lucario, but it was quickly overpowered due to its difficult last battle and defeated with an Aura Sphere.

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 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 Froakie.

Moves used

Ash Hawlucha Flying Press.png
Using Flying Press
Move First Used In
Flying Press The Forest Champion!
Karate Chop The Forest Champion!
High Jump Kick The Forest Champion!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
Moves improvised
  • 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 in Forging Forest Friendships!, 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 of 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.

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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