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Donphan (Pokémon)

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Pokémon
#233: Porygon2 Porygon2
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Donphan (disambiguation).
Donphan
Armor Pokémon
ドンファン
Donfan
#232
Donphan

Donphan

Donphan

Donphan
Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Ground Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Blue-Striped
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Sturdy Cacophony
Cacophony
Sand Veil
Hidden Ability

Hidden Ability

Mega Donphan

Mega Donphan Y
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
60 (7.8%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Field
Hatch time
5355 - 5609 steps
Height
3'07″ 1.1 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
264.6 lbs. 120.0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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Mega Stone
{{{mega}}} {{{mega2}}}
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#232
Kanto
#201
Johto
#166
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh

Unova
#000
Kalos
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-035
Fiore
R-000
Almia
R-210/N-086
Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
189
Gen. II-IV
Unknown
IV
175
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 2
0
HP
1
Atk
1
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body08.png BodyUnknown.png
{{{forme2}}}
Footprint
F232.png None.png
{{{forme2}}}
Pokédex color
Gray
Base friendship
70
External Links

Donphan (Japanese: ドンファン Donfan) is a Ground-type Pokémon.

It evolves from Phanpy starting at level 25.

Biology

Donphan is a gray, elephant-like Pokémon with a thick, black band of hide running down the length of its back and extending to the tip of its long trunk, resembling a car tire. This tough hide prevents regular attack from inflicting even a scratch. A pair of white tusks, which are smaller on the female, extend from the corners of its mouth. It has thin, elongated ears held out almost perpendicular to its body. Its four short legs are each encircled with a broken, black band and have three claws.

Donphan has the ability to curl up into a ball and violently roll around like a wheel. These rolling tackles are strong enough to knock down a house. Once it starts its rampage, it will be almost unstoppable. The anime shows that this ability is further used as a form of courtship. The male Donphan have rolling competitions to demonstrate to the females how tough they are. It has been demonstrated that Donphan has a keen sense of smell, capable of sniffing out a gem known as amberite. Donphan travels in herds with a ranking system. The larger its tusks, the higher its rank in the herd will be. It lives in rough, mountainous terrain.

In the anime

Major appearances

Donphan in the anime

Ash's Donphan

In Reversing the Charges, Ash's Phanpy evolved into Donphan. It proved to be an excellent member of his team showing its strength in every battle.

Other

A Shiny Donphan in the anime

Donphan first made a brief appearance in the beginning of Mewtwo Strikes Back, under the ownership of Raymond. At the time, it was an unknown Pokémon.

Donphan's first major role was in Roll On, Pokémon! A girl named Rochelle was using four to find amberite.

In Date Expectations, many Donphan were falling in love with a Shiny Donphan.

Tyson used a Donphan during the Hoenn League which first appeared in Chose It or Lose It!.

In Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part Two, Kellyn had a Donphan smash through the cave-ins that were caused by an Aggron that belonged to Pokémon Hunter J's client.

Minor appearances

A Donphan was one of the Pokémon seen at the Pokémon Swap Meet in Tricks of the Trade.

A Donphan was seen in the wild in The Legend of Thunder!.

Several Donphan appeared in Misty's flashback in Gotta Catch Ya Later!.

A Donphan also appeared in Battling the Generation Gap!.

Another Donphan appeared in Challenging a Towering Figure!.

A Donphan made a brief appearance under the ownership of a Trainer in the Lily of the Valley Conference in An Old Family Blend!.

Ethan battles Ash with a Donphan in the beginning of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP120 Donphan Ash's Pokédex Donphan, the Armor Pokémon. With its strong tusks and tough skin, Donphan is known for its powerful Tackle attack. The length of Donphan's tusks indicates its level.
This concludes the entries from the original series.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
AG114 Donphan Ash's Pokédex Donphan, the Armor Pokémon. Donphan is the evolved form of Phanpy. They attack by rolling their bodies into a circle and charging their enemies.
Advanced Generation series entries continue below.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
AG154 Donphan May's Pokédex Donphan, the Armor Pokémon. Donphan has razor sharp tusks, armor-like skin, and enormous power.
This concludes the entries from the Advanced Generation series.

In the manga

Donphan in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

A herd of Donphan were used by a thieving ruffian in Number One Donphan.

In Quilava Quandry, the Day-Care Couple used a Donphan to train Gold.

A Donphan was one of the Pokémon sent to help the fight in Ilex Forest in The Last Battle XIII.

In I'm Your Biggest Fan, Donphan, Wattson accidentally catches Sapphire in a trap designed to catch a wild, rampaging Donphan. After 'discovering' New Mauville, Sapphire uses the wild Donphan to help Wattson shut down a power generator, adding it to her team in Plugging Past Electrike II and naming it Phado.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

A Donphan appeared in Clefairy, the Battle Instructor under the ownership of a Trainer who had trouble controlling it. Donphan would usually fall asleep and did so since its loss to Silver's Totodile.

Pokédex entries

Manga Chapter Entry
Pokémon Adventures PS096 The longer and bigger its tusks are, the higher it is ranked amongst its herd.*

In the TCG

Main article: Donphan (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation I
Red {{{redbluedex}}}
Blue
Yellow {{{yellowdex}}}
Stadium {{{stadiumdex}}}
Generation II
Gold It has sharp, hard tusks and a rugged hide. Its Tackle is strong enough to knock down a house.
Silver The longer and bigger its tusks, the higher its rank in its herd. The tusks take long to grow.
Crystal Because this Pokémon's skin is so tough, a normal attack won't even leave a scratch on it.
Stadium 2 It has sharp, hard tusks and a rugged hide. Its Tackle is strong enough to knock down a house.
Generation III
Ruby Donphan's favorite attack is curling its body into a ball, then charging at its foe while rolling at high speed. Once it starts rolling, this Pokémon can't stop very easily.
Sapphire If Donphan were to tackle with its hard body, even a house could be destroyed. Using its massive strength, the Pokémon helps clear rock and mud slides that block mountain trails.
Emerald A Donphan is so strong it can easily haul a dump truck. Its hide has toughened to a rock-hard state. An ordinary sort of attack won't even leave a scratch.
FireRed The longer and bigger its tusks, the higher its rank in its herd. The tusks take long to grow.
LeafGreen It has sharp, hard tusks and a rugged hide. Its Tackle is strong enough to knock down a house.
Generation IV
Diamond It attacks by curling up, then rolling into its foe. It can blow apart a house in one hit.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold It has sharp, hard tusks and a rugged hide. Its Tackle is strong enough to knock down a house.
SoulSilver The longer and bigger its tusks, the higher its rank in its herd. The tusks take long to grow.
Generation V
Black It attacks by curling up, then rolling into its foe. It can blow apart a house in one hit.
White
Black 2 It attacks by curling up then rolling into its foe. It can blow apart a house in one hit.
White 2
Generation VI
X It has sharp, hard tusks and a rugged hide. Its Tackle is strong enough to knock down a house.
Y The longer and bigger its tusks, the higher its rank in its herd. The tusks take long to grow.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold
Trade, Evolve event Phanpy
Silver
Route 28, Mt. Silver, Victory Road*
Crystal
Route 45MorningDay
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Evolve Phanpy
Emerald
Evolve Phanpy
FireRed LeafGreen
Evolve Phanpy
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Evolve Phanpy
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Evolve Phanpy
Platinum
Evolve Phanpy
HeartGold
Route 28, Mt. Silver, Victory Road
SoulSilver
Trade
Pal Park
Mountain
Generation V
Black White
Trade
Black 2 White 2
Evolve Phanpy
Generation VI
X Y
Evolve Phanpy

In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Pinball:
Ruby & Sapphire
Evolve from Phanpy
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 18
Trozei Battle
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Evolve from Phanpy
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Crystal Cave (B6-B11)
Pokémon Ranger Fiore Temple
Pokémon Ranger:
Guardian Signs
Faldera Island
Fire Temple
Pokémon Rumble Blast Desert: Sunny Seashore (Post-ending)

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
HeartGold SoulSilver Passho Berry Passho Berry (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 90
150 - 197 290 - 384
Attack: 120
112 - 189 220 - 372
Defense: 120
112 - 189 220 - 372
Sp.Atk: 60
58 - 123 112 - 240
Sp.Def: 60
58 - 123 112 - 240
Speed: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Total: 500   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/4 ★★☆☆
Power
5/5 ★★★★★
Skill
2/2 ★★
Stamina
4/4 ★★★★
Jump
2/2 ★★
Total
15/17 ★★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VI, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Fire Fang Fire Physical 06565 09595% 15
00Start Thunder Fang Electric Physical 06565 09595% 15
00Start Horn Attack Normal Physical 06565 100100% 25
00Start Growl Normal Status 0000 100100% 40
00Start Defense Curl Normal Status 0000 —% 40
00Start Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100100% 20
066 Rapid Spin Normal Physical 02020 100100% 40
1010 Knock Off Dark Physical 06565 100100% 25
1515 Rollout Rock Physical 03030 09090% 20
1919 Magnitude Ground Physical 0000 100100% 30
2424 Slam Normal Physical 08080 07575% 20
2525 Fury Attack Normal Physical 01515 08585% 20
3131 Assurance Dark Physical 06060 100100% 10
3939 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100100% 10
4646 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100100% 10
5454 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 09090% 5
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Donphan obtained at level 1 in Generation VI
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Donphan
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Donphan
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM05 Roar Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM26 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM39 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM49 Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM69 Rock Polish Rock Status 0000 —}}—% 20
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM71 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
Bag TM Steel Sprite.png TM74 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100}}100% 5
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM78 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Rock Sprite.png TM80 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM84 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Fighting Sprite.png TM94 Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
Bag HM Normal Sprite.png HM04 Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Donphan
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Donphan
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
DunsparcePiloswineMamoswineKecleon Ancient Power Rock Special 60 100% 5
TorkoalSphealSealeoWalreinPuruglyChespin
QuilladinChesnaughtPanchamPangoro
Body Slam Normal Physical 85 100% 15
SlakothVigorothSlakingLucario Counter Fighting Physical 100% 20
RattataRaticateDunsparceWoobatSwoobatLitleo
Pyroar
Endeavor Normal Physical 100% 5
DiglettDugtrioCameruptHippopotasHippowdonDrilbur
Excadrill
Fissure Ground Physical —% 5
DiglettDugtrioCameruptHippopotasHippowdonDrilbur
Excadrill
Fissure Ground Physical —% 5
RattataRaticateNidoran♂NidorinoNidokingMankey
PrimeapeTorchicCombuskenBlazikenVigorothNumel
CameruptStunkySkuntankOshawottDewottSamurott
Bouffalant
Focus Energy Normal Status —% 30
TepigPigniteEmboarScraggyScrafty Head Smash Rock Physical 150 80% 5
WailmerWailord Heavy Slam Steel Physical 100% 10
SeelDewgongSneaselSwinubGlaceon Ice Shard Ice Physical 40 100% 30
DiglettDugtrioSwinubPiloswineMamoswineDrilbur
ExcadrillSandileKrokorokKrookodileBunnelby
Diggersby
Mud-Slap Ground Special 20 100% 10
SnubbullGranbullLinooneSkittyMawileLillipup
HerdierStoutlandPurrloinLiepardDedenne
Play Rough Fairy Physical 90 90% 10
TeddiursaUrsaringSpoinkGrumpigSphealSealeo
WalreinDedenne
Snore Normal Special 50 100% 15
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Donphan in Generation VI
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Donphan in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Donphan
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Donphan
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Donphan can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Donphan cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Donphan
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Donphan
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
231 Odor Sleuth Normal Status —% 40
231 Tackle Normal Physical 50 100% 35
231 Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
231 Take Down Normal Physical 90 85% 20
231 Natural Gift Normal Physical 100% 15
231 Endure Normal Status —% 10
231 Charm Fairy Status 100% 20
231 Last Resort Normal Physical 140 100% 5
231 Double-Edge Normal Physical 120 100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Donphan
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Donphan
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Pinball RS
 PinRS232.png 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani232.gif 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP232.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Safari
Phrases
51%-100% HP The length of these tusks is a measure of my power!
26%-50% HP This won't do. My health has dwindled to half.
1%-25% HP I've had enough... My tusks are too heavy to move...
Level up I've leveled up! My tusks seem to have thrust out more!
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up I've leveled up! My tusks seem to have thrust out more!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP232.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0.5%
IQ group: E
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Ground  Poké Assist: Ground PA.png
( Ground )
Field move: Tackle fm.pngTackle fm.png
(Tackle ×2)
Loops: 10 Min. exp.: 60 Max. exp.: 85
Browser entry  
Donphan rolls its body into a ball to charge. Its crash can shake things up!
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Ground  Ground Assist.png
( Ground )
Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
Tackle 3 field move.png
(Tackle ×3)
Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
It triggers tremors to attack.
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack ●●●●
Defense ●●●●
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
None.png PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

Evolution

231Phanpy.png
Unevolved
Phanpy
 Ground 
Rare Candy
Level 25
232Donphan.png
First evolution
Donphan
 Ground 

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation I.
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 232.png Spr 2s 232.png Spr 2c 232.gif Spr b 2g 232.png
Spr 2g 232 s.png Spr 2s 232 s.png Spr 2c 232 s.gif Spr b 2g 232 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 232.png Spr 3e 232.gif Spr 3r 232.png Spr b 3r 232.png
Spr 3r 232 s.png Spr 3e 232 s.gif Spr 3r 232 s.png Spr b 3r 232 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 232 m.png Spr 4d 232 m.png Spr 4h 232 m.png Spr b 4d 232 m.png
Spr 4d 232 f.png Spr 4d 232 f.png Spr 4h 232 f.png Spr b 4d 232 f.png
Spr 4d 232 m s.png Spr 4d 232 m s.png Spr 4h 232 m s.png Spr b 4d 232 m s.png
Spr 4d 232 f s.png Spr 4d 232 f s.png Spr 4h 232 f s.png Spr b 4d 232 f s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 232 m.png Spr 5b 232 m.png Spr b 5b 232 m.png
Spr 5b 232 f.png Spr 5b 232 f.png Spr b 5b 232 f.png
Spr 5b 232 m s.png Spr 5b 232 m s.png Spr b 5b 232 m s.png
Spr 5b 232 f s.png Spr 5b 232 f s.png Spr b 5b 232 f s.png
Donphan For other sprites and images, please see Donphan images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Japanese sprites

Spr 2s 232 jp.png
Spr 2s 232 s jp.png
Silver

Trivia

  • Donphan shares its species name with Tyranitar. They are both known as the Armor Pokémon.
  • Donphan and Ursaring, along with their pre-evolutions, are the only Pokémon to swap version-exclusive status between localizations. While Phanpy and Donphan are found only in the Japanese Gold, they are not found in Gold in other languages, being found in the Silver Version of those languages instead, with Teddiursa and Ursaring getting the opposite treatment. This is corrected in the remakes HeartGold and SoulSilver, where they follow the Japanese Gold and Silver.

Origin

It appears to have been based on an adult elephant, although it resembles the tire of an automobile when curled up or using its trademark Rollout attack. As both Phanpy and Donphan are much smaller compared to humans than conventional African or Asian elephants, they may have actually been inspired by the dwarf elephant or pygmy elephant.

Name origin

Donphan and Donfan are a combination of don and elephant. Don may refer to lord; a root word meaning teeth, referring to its tusks; or mastodon, a prehistoric elephant. Don may have also been included to reflect Donphan's robust physique and great strength, especially in comparison to Phanpy.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ドンファン Donfan From don and elephant
France Flag.png French Donphan Same as English name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Donphan Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Donphan Same as English name
Italy Flag.png Italian Donphan Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 코리갑 Kkorigap From 코끼리 kkokkiri and 갑 (甲) gap


Related articles

External links

Phanpy #231: Phanpy
Pokémon
#233: Porygon2 Porygon2


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