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May's Blaziken

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May's Blaziken
ハルカのバシャーモ Haruka's Bursyamo
Poké Ball
May Blaziken.png
May's Blaziken
Debuts in Get the Show on the Road!
Caught at Littleroot Town
Evolves in A Shroomish Skirmish
Once More with Reeling
Gender Unknown
Ability Blaze
Current location In rotation
Torchic Combusken Blaziken
This Pokémon spent 81 episodes as Torchic and 109 episodes as Combusken.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Torchic Chinami Nishimura Rachael Lillis
As Combusken Chinami Nishimura
(regular voice actress)
Rikako Aikawa
(AG138-AG141 only)
Darren Dunstan
(AG082-AG144)
Bill Rogers
(AG181-AG191)
As Blaziken Katsuyuki Konishi Billy Beach

May's Blaziken (Japanese: ハルカのバシャーモ Haruka's Bursyamo) was the first Pokémon acquired by May at the beginning of her travels in Hoenn.

History

Advanced Generation series

As a Torchic

Hoenn

In Get the Show on the Road!, Blaziken was given to May by Professor Birch in Littleroot Town when it was still a Torchic. She chose it as her starter Pokémon because she thought Treecko was creepy and scary (though she later called them cute in Tree's a Crowd), while the starter Mudkip had attacked her earlier with a Water Gun in the face. However, she seemed to like Torchic's cute appearance and sweet nature. Early on in the journey, Torchic was very inexperienced and ditzy. It did not know how to battle, and tended to wander around obliviously; it also tended to panic when in dangerous situations. On the group's first encounter with Jessie's Seviper (still wild at the time), the Poison type frightened Torchic by trying to eat it.

When May started to ignore Torchic in favor of her new Beautifly, Torchic's personality began to change: it grew more determined to improve itself and recapture May's attention. Its competitive streak continued to grow as it lost most of its childishness and confusion; this culminated in its evolution into Combusken during A Shroomish Skirmish, where it learned both Fire Spin and Sky Uppercut. Combusken itself had a period of being highly aggressive, but this seems to have passed and its personality seems to have evened out more now that it apparently feels that it no longer has to overcompensate.

Combusken proved to be very useful for Pokémon Contests. The first time it took part of one was in Pokéblock, Stock and Berry and Lessons in Lilycove!, when May used it in the Lilycove City Contest. Even though its Fire Spin caused problems during the Appeals Round, Combusken managed to get a score of 23.6, which helped May to reach the battle rounds. After defeating Jessie and Chimecho, May had to battle Kelly, a Coordinator who she met prior to entering the Contest. Kelly and her Grumpig showed great talent and effort, but May and Combusken turned out as the winners, earning them the Lilycove Ribbon.

May and Blaziken

When May got enough Ribbons, she participated on the Hoenn Grand Festival, where Combusken was used in her quarter-finals battle round against Drew's Flygon and Roselia, alongside Skitty, in Rhapsody in Drew. Together, they managed to put up a great fight, but they were defeated, leaving May within the Top 8 Coordinators of the Festival.

Kanto Battle Frontier

During Kanto, Combusken had more appearances, due to the Pokémon Contests allowing Coordinators to use different Pokémon for each round. In A Hurdle for Squirtle, Combusken was only used for the Appeals Round of the Saffron City Contest, where it used Fire Spin and Sky Uppercut on May's untied bandana to knot it back to her head. Later on, in Weekend Warrior, it was used for the battle rounds of the Silver Town Pokémon Contest. May and Combusken faced Coordinator Jeremy and his Venusaur in the final match; after a really close battle, where the Grass type used the strong move Frenzy Plant, May and Combusken ended as the winners, earning them the Ribbon.

In Spontaneous Combusken, it was used once again for the battle rounds, this time in the Chrysanthemum Island Convention. May and Combusken first faced Jessie and Mime Jr.. Though Mime Jr. was able to Mimic Combusken's Fire Spin and hit it with the unusual Tickle attack, Combusken managed to land a Sky Uppercut through the opposing Fire Spin and win the battle. In the second battle, Combusken was seen beating a Skarmory with Quick Attack. In the final battle, May and Combusken faced Brianna and her Vibrava. After being weakened by Screech, Combusken managed a Fire Spin, however it was countered by Dragon Breath. It was then trapped by Vibrava's Sand Tomb and remained immobilized while May's points decreased, until it broke out with a new move: Mega Kick. Combusken was then able to swiftly win the match and May received her third Ribbon.

Finally, in New Plot, Odd Lot!, Combusken was used for the Appeals Round of the Mulberry City Pokémon Contest. Team Rocket, who banded together with May's rival Harley, attempted to ruin her performance: Harley loaned James and Meowth his Ariados to sabotage May's appeal and kick her out of the Contest, so she would not get the last Ribbon she needed to get into the Grand Festival; however, surprisingly, their plan backfired when Combusken's Fire Spin started enveloping Ariados' web, going upwards in a spiral manner, not only setting Combusken free from it, but also surprising all three judges in the process. May managed to advance to the battle rounds (narrowly, though), and went on to defeat Jessie, who this time had borrowed Harley's Banette, in the final round.

With Blaze activated

For the Kanto Grand Festival, Combusken was used for one of the Appeals Rounds and two of the battle rounds. Its appeal performance during May, We Harley Drew'd Ya!, just like the one in the Mulberry Contest, involved a frisbee, and easily led her to the next round. Combusken was then used for May's battle against Drew, which started in Thinning the Hoard! and ended in the following episode, Channeling the Battle Zone!. It battled against Drew's Flygon and Absol, alongside Squirtle; however, the fierce battle left only Combusken and Absol on stage after the first half of the five minutes. Just when Absol started to get the advantage, Combusken learned Overheat and gave its very best until the end of the match; by an extremely narrow difference, May and Combusken were announced as the winners of the round, and May moved on to the semi-finals. Combusken then faced Solidad's Pidgeot and Slowbro, battling along with Munchlax; they were defeated with relative ease, leaving May at the Top 4 of the Grand Festival.

In Once More with Reeling, during the break of a Pokémon Contest, Ash and his friends were trying to stop Team Rocket from stealing Pikachu and other Pokémon. In the midst of the ensuing battle, Combusken evolved into Blaziken, and used its Blaze Kick to send Team Rocket flying, upon which Ash remarked "would I love to battle you". Afterwards, May used Blaziken in the Battle Phase against Ash's Sceptile. Although it had a type advantage over Sceptile and its Blaze Ability activated at the same time Sceptile's Overgrow did, the battle ended in a tie. Later, it left for Johto with May and the rest of her Pokémon.

Diamond & Pearl series

With Dawn's Piplup

Blaziken appeared again when May made a guest appearance in A Full Course Tag Battle!. It was used in the Seven Stars Restaurant Tag Battles, in which it battled alongside Dawn's Piplup. When it was first called out, Ash seemed to be pleased at seeing it again, and Brock remarked that it had gotten stronger as well. After the food retrieval from Team Rocket, it was called out once again for the Tag Battle. Blaziken started off with a Blaze Kick but failed to hit the opponent and got hurt by Girafarig's Bite. The battle concluded with a combination of Piplup's Bubble Beam and Blaziken's Fire Spin, resulting in a fusion of the Fire-type and Water-type moves, knocking off both of the opponents as a result.

Personality and Characteristics

In the beginning Torchic was much like May: it was unsure of itself, and scared. However it was also a playful and curious Pokémon, as it tended to wander around aimlessly when brought out. When May captured her Beautifly, Torchic felt like it needed to compete for May's attention. Upon its evolution the childish traits it had as a Torchic were gone, and it became much more assertive and confident, as it felt it didn't need to compete with Beautifly for attention anymore. As a Blaziken it was shown to be quite an adept battler, being able to battle on par with Ash's Sceptile and work well with Dawn's Piplup.

Moves used

May Blaziken Sky Uppercut.png
Using Sky Uppercut
May Combusken Mega Kick.png
Using Mega Kick
as a Combusken
Move First Used In
Peck A Ruin with a View
Ember A Ruin with a View
Quick Attack I Feel Skitty!
Fire Spin  A Shroomish Skirmish
Sky Uppercut  A Shroomish Skirmish
Mega Kick Spontaneous Combusken!
Flamethrower Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys' Crisis! (Part 2)
Overheat  Channeling the Battle Zone!
Blaze Kick  Once More with Reeling!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Moves improvised

Water and Fire Whirlwind
  • Friction Uppercut as a Combusken it would use Sky Uppercut on the ground while charging toward an opponent and sparks from it would charge and make it more powerful. The most noticeable appearance was in the battle with May versus Drew in Channeling the Battle Zone!.
  • Fusion of Fire and Water Combusken uses Fire Spin and Squirtle uses Bubble and the two moves fuse together and blue sparks appear were the Bubbles touch the Fire Spin and traps the target inside it. This is based on the Battle Dome's Frontier Brain, Tucker's Fusion of Fire and Water which appeared in Tactics Theatrics!!. It was used again in A Full Course Tag Battle! with Dawn's Piplup's BubbleBeam.

In the manga

May's Combusken in Ash and Pikachu
As a Torchic

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

May's Blaziken appeared as a Torchic in Let's Save Pikachu!!.

It was revealed to have evolved into Combusken in The Birth Of The Invincible Team, Max And Ralts!!.

Moves used

May Torchic Ember AP.png
Using Ember
as a Torchic
Move First Used In
Ember Two Groups Attacking! Magma VS. Aqua
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the movie manga adaptations

As a Torchic, May's Blaziken appeared in many of the movie manga adaptations, as it is one of May's main Pokémon.

Moves used

Move First Used In
Ember Jirachi: Wish Maker
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

May's Blaziken was featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as both a Torchic and a Combusken. The following is a list of related cards.

May's Blaziken
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 #
May's Torchic Fire       ADV-P Promotional cards   037/ADV-P
May's Combusken Fire       Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Sea's Manaphy   002/019
 

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