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Shamus (Japanese: スワマ Suwama) is the former Trainer of Ash's Tepig, serving as one of the characters of the day in Evolution by Fire!.
Shamus first appeared in a flashback in The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice. He was first introduced in person in Evolution by Fire! where he was in the Battle Club having a Double Battle, using Emboar and Heatmor, with Kylan that Ash and his friends witnessed. Due to his preference for Fire types, he refers to himself and his team as the "Fire Warriors". He won the battle rather easily. Afterwards, he confronted Kylan and told him to hand over his Pokémon to him, causing Ash and the others to confront him briefly. He did not take Kylan's Pokémon because of Don George walking by after that.
Tepig being abandoned by Shamus
While having lunch alone, Ash's Tepig saw Shamus and ran up to him affectionately. As it turned out, Shamus was the Trainer who had abandoned Tepig before the events of The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!, abandoning him after he lost to a Deerling in a battle, despite having the type-advantage. Since Tepig kept trying to go with him, he had tied him to a post. Seeing Tepig with Ash, he told Ash that he abandoned it because of its uselessness, which struck a nerve with Ash. While Ash and Iris found this to be cruel, he defended his actions and explained that it was done for Tepig's own good as forcing a "talentless" Pokémon to battle would be worse than releasing it.
To settle the matter, Don George recommended that Shamus and Ash battle each other to which both agreed to be a Double Battle. Ash decided to use Tepig and Snivy, but Tepig did not wish to battle against his former Trainer. He had the impression that Shamus still cared for him and only released him because he cared. However, Shamus then revealed that he only pretends to be pained by releasing a weak Pokémon so that if he ever encounters them again, they would be hesitant to battle him, which left Tepig crushed. Although Snivy ended up defeated by a Flare Blitz/Fire Spin combination attack, Tepig managed to hang on and evolve into a Pignite in the process. Using his new attack, Fire Pledge, as well as a powerful Flame Charge, he was able to defeat both of his opponents. Impressed by Pignite's new power, Shamus asked it to come back to him because of the fact that it could not forget about him, but Pignite simply responded by scorching his head with Flamethrower before walking over to where Ash was and standing proudly beside him, having decided to stay with Ash.
This listing is of Shamus's known Pokémon in the anime:
| Heatmor was first used in a Double Battle with Emboar against Kylan's Watchog and Mienshao, seen standing up to Mienshao's Drain Punch, and serving the finishing blow on the two Pokémon with a Flame Burst. It was used again against Ash's Tepig and Snivy. Heatmor defeated Snivy by combining Emboar's Flare Blitz with Fire Spin to create Super Flare Blitz. Although performing many powerful moves, including the aforementioned combination of Emboar's Flare Blitz and its own Fire Spin, it was eventually knocked out by Ash's newly evolved Pignite.
Heatmor's known moves are Flame Burst, Fury Swipes and Fire Spin.
|| Evolution by Fire!
| Voice actors
|| Kenta Miyake
|| Billy Bob Thompson