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Paul's Honchkrow

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Paul's Honchkrow
シンジのドンカラス Shinji's Dongkarasu
Poké Ball
Paul Honchkrow.png
Paul's Honchkrow
Debuts in Top-Down Training!
Caught at Somewhere in Hoenn, Kanto or Johto
Evolves in Prior to Lost Leader Strategy!
Gender Unknown
Ability Super Luck
Current location With Reggie in Veilstone City
Murkrow Honchkrow
This Pokémon spent at least 25 episodes as Murkrow.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Murkrow Chie Satō
Chinami Nishimura (DP051)
Bill Rogers
As Honchkrow Shin'ichirō Miki Bill Rogers

Paul's Honchkrow (Japanese: シンジのドンカラス Shinji's Dongkarasu) is a Pokémon owned by Paul.

History

As a Murkrow

Although it first appeared in the first Diamond and Pearl opening, Together and Diamond and Pearl, its first official appearance was in Top-Down Training!, where Paul used it in battle against Cynthia's Garchomp. It launched a Haze, which Garchomp easily dodged. It proved far too much of a lightweight to tackle Garchomp, as a collision between Sky Attack and Garchomp's Giga Impact knocked it out in one blow. Whilst it recovered with Weavile, Torterra and Chimchar, Paul revealed that it was caught during his journey through Kanto, Johto and Hoenn.

It made brief appearances in Glory Blaze, where it used Shadow Ball and Sky Attack to try to force Chimchar's Blaze to activate, and Riding the Winds of Change, where it chased away a horde of Gligar.

It evolved off-screen between Riding the Winds of Change! and Lost Leader Strategy!. It battled against Maylene in a flashback, easily defeating Meditite with Sky Attack, and then clashing with her Machoke and overpowering it.

It appeared again in Aiding the Enemy!, where it battled Turtwig. It charged up a Sky Attack, but the charge up time allowed Turtwig to hit with Energy Ball. Turtwig managed to dodge Sky Attack and Night Slash, but Honchkrow managed to reverse its angle and struck with another Night Slash. It also hit consecutive Aerial Aces. Just then, Turtwig evolved into Grotle, but Paul and Honchkrow were undeterred and continued their onslaught of Aerial Ace, which Grotle was unable to dodge due to its drastically increased mass and reduced speed. Honchkrow powered up and struck with a Sky Attack, Grotle stumbling and allowing Honchkrow to strike. A final Dark Pulse was enough to finish off Grotle, severely damaging Grotle's self-esteem.

Super Luck activated

It appeared again in Pursuing a Lofty Goal! where Paul entered it in a PokéRinger competition. It was immediately put up against the reigning champion, Provo and his Dragonite. However, Paul and Honchkrow immediately proved to be deadly opponents as Honchkrow outflew Dragonite at every turn and dodged its powerful Fire Punch and Dragon Pulse. It managed to get the ring before Dragonite, but dropped it when Dragonite's Dragon Rush landed a hit. Both Pokémon raced for the ring, Honchkrow got it first and raced for the goal. As Dragonite prepared another Dragon Rush, Paul had Honchkrow ride the wind and land a Sky Attack, which knocked out Dragonite thanks to Honchkrow's Super Luck Ability. With a knockout, Paul won the round easily. It was also shown defeating a Swellow and Steveland's Skiploom to reach the final.

In the final round it battled Ash's Staravia, who managed to beat it to the ring. However, Honchkrow attacked with Sky Attack and crashed against Staravia's Brave Bird, which caused an explosion which damaged Staravia more than Honchkrow, but Staravia managed to hold onto the ring and recovered. Honchkrow managed to cause Staravia to drop the ring with a Dark Pulse, but Staravia recovered. Riding the wind, Honchkrow struck with Aerial Ace and took possession of the ring, but lost it again when Staravia used Quick Attack to steal it straight out of Honchkrow's beak. Honchkrow struck with a Sky Attack and then, anticipating that Ash would counter with Quick Attack, Paul ordered Honchkrow to dodge and flatten Staravia with a Night Slash.

Paul and Honchkrow

As Honchkrow prepared a Sky Attack to finish Staravia, he evolved into Staraptor and reclaimed the ring. Honchkrow managed to knock the ring out of Staraptor's beak, and stalled Staraptor by using Night Slash. However, Honchkrow took a beating from Staraptor's newly learned Close Combat and then the two clash with Sky Attack and Brave Bird once more, but Staraptor manages to recover quicker this time and chases Honchkrow to the ring. Just as Honchkrow is about to close its beak on the ring, Staraptor swatted the ring onto the goal with his wing, meaning that Honchkrow came second. On the ground, Paul lay the blame for the loss on Honchkrow, saying that its response time was too slow.

It was used to battle Ash in Pedal to the Mettle!, where it fought Grotle again. Everyone knew that Ash putting Grotle up against Honchkrow to avenge its loss was a mistake, but Ash persisted. Shielded by Electabuzz's Light Screen, it managed to block the hit from Energy Ball. Honchkrow used Haze to blind Grotle, and then hits with another Night Slash. When Grotle used Synthesis, Honchkrow used the delay to charge its Sky Attack, which crashed against Rock Climb. Honchkrow proved far more powerful and knocked Grotle out again.

It appeared again in Battling a Thaw in Relations! at Reggie's house, along with Torterra, Ursaring and Weavile, they were all unhappy to find out Paul had lost.

Personality and characteristics

Honchkrow is considered to be the backbone of Paul's team since it has rarely ever failed him, except in Top-Down Training! as Murkrow where it lost in battle to Cynthia's Garchomp, and finally in Pursuing a Lofty Goal! where it lost the PokéRinger contest to Ash's Staraptor. It was also shown in this episode to be a bit sensitive, taking Paul's scolding to heart. It still, however, shows the ruthlessness typical of its species and Paul's common attitude.

Moves used

Paul Honchkrow Night Slash.png
Using Night Slash
Paul Murkrow Shadow Ball.png
Using Shadow Ball
as a Murkrow
Move First Used In
Haze  Top-Down Training!
Sky Attack  Top-Down Training!
Shadow Ball Glory Blaze!
Night Slash  Aiding the Enemy!
Aerial Ace Aiding the Enemy!
Dark Pulse Aiding the Enemy!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Trivia

  • As Murkrow was featured in the opening Together for 37 weeks before its actual debut, there was a common misconception that Murkrow was received in a trade with the boy that Paul gave his Azumarill to in A Gruff Act to Follow!. In fact, Murkrow was caught normally at some point during Paul's journey through Kanto, Johto and Hoenn.
  • Two of Ash's Pokémon evolved while battling Honchkrow: Turtwig and Staravia.
  • Honchkrow is the fourth Pokémon owned by Paul to be voiced by Bill Rogers, the other three being Chimchar, Magmortar and Weavile.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Murkrow and Honchkrow.


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