Ash's Leavanny

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Ash's Leavanny
サトシのハハコモリ Satoshi's Hahakomori
Poké Ball
Ash Leavanny.png
Ash's Leavanny
Debuts in Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!
Caught at Pinwheel Forest
Evolves in Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!
Battling the Leaf Thieves!
Gender Male
Ability Swarm*
Current location At Professor Oak's Laboratory
Sewaddle Swadloon Leavanny
This Pokémon spent 5 episodes as Sewaddle and 51 episodes as Swadloon.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Sewaddle Inuko Inuyama Erica Schroeder
As Swadloon Inuko Inuyama Erica Schroeder
As Leavanny Inuko Inuyama Erica Schroeder

Ash's Leavanny (Japanese: サトシのハハコモリ Satoshi's Hahakomori) is the sixth Pokémon that Ash obtained in the Unova region.



As a Sewaddle

Leavanny first appeared as a Sewaddle while Ash and his friends were in Pinwheel Forest. He randomly attacked Ash's Pikachu, and Ash tried to catch him, but was not successful, since Sewaddle ran away. He later reappeared and knocked Ash to the ground when the trio met Burgh, the Gym Leader of the Castelia Gym, who revealed that he was accompanying Sewaddle through the forest, even though he was not his Pokémon. When Ash and his friends tried to say hello to Sewaddle by using the two sensory knobs on the top of his head, he Tackled Ash, while he kindly said hello to Iris, Pikachu, Axew and Burgh. Ash, Iris and Burgh then followed Sewaddle throughout the forest, watching him eating, as well as watching his sleeping habits.

When Sewaddle started eating some fruit, two Woobat started to attack him. Ash protected Sewaddle from an Air Slash attack. Pikachu and Sewaddle then scared off the Woobat. Sewaddle then offered Ash some fruit, showing that he was slowly beginning to like him. Later that night, Sewaddle even went into Ash's sleeping bag with him. The next day, a Patrat kidnapped Sewaddle in order to heal its sick friend, as a leaf from a Sewaddle has healing properties. However, Sewaddle got away, just to get stuck on a Deerling's neck, and to get thrown over a cliff into a river, with Ash diving in to save him. Burgh then used his Leavanny to save both Sewaddle and Ash from going over a waterfall. Sewaddle was very thankful, but his "clothes" got messed up during the fall. However, Burgh's Leavanny made him new clothes. Ash asked Sewaddle if he wanted to join him, and Sewaddle happily allowed Ash to capture him. But once he was captured, his Poké Ball became sealed, as Ash had seven Pokémon on him at the time. This meant Ash had to send over one of his Pokémon to Professor Juniper in order to retain Sewaddle in his party, to which he chose his Pidove.

Sewaddle sleeping

In A Connoisseur's Revenge!, Ash wanted to have Sewaddle examined by a Pokémon Connoisseur so he would know how compatible he was with him. He showed him to a C-class Connaisseuse by the name of Burgundy. She confirmed that his Ability is Swarm, which she thought was a bad thing, as she thought Ash would be better off with a Sewaddle with Chlorophyll, not doing anything to support her claim. When she said he should replace Sewaddle, he fired a String Shot at her in anger.

As a Swadloon

In Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!, Sewaddle was boldly sent out to fight Burgh and his Dwebble, after Tepig had already been defeated. Like in Tepig's battle, Sewaddle's attacks were all countered by Dwebble's Protect. Faced with an approaching Rock Wrecker, Sewaddle used String Shot to dodge by pulling himself towards the ceiling along the thread. After using String Shot to redirect another Rock Wrecker from his path, Sewaddle stopped an X-Scissor attack cold with Tackle and knocked Dwebble out of its rock. While Dwebble wasn't able to defend itself, Sewaddle hit it with a powerful Razor Leaf, Tackle and a second Razor Leaf, defeating Dwebble. Sewaddle stayed in the battle to fight Burgh's Whirlipede next. He continued to make use of his dodging technique with String Shot and the wrapped Whirlipede up in the thread. However, Whirlipede effortlessly cut through the thread and hit Sewaddle with a strong Steamroller attack twice in a row, tearing through Razor Leaf in the process. Sewaddle next attempted Bug Bite but was knocked back by Iron Defense and hit by yet another Steamroller attack. Sewaddle was next hit by Whirlipede's SolarBeam, which seemed as if it would defeat him until Sewaddle evolved into Swadloon. Swadloon wrapped Whirlipede up with String Shot as he did before, however, despite the move appearing much stronger than before, Whirlipede was still able to cut through the thread and attack. Swadloon attempted his dodging technique once more but Whirlipede cut through the thread attached to the ceiling, letting Swadloon fall. Swadloon was still able to stop Whirlipede's attack with his newly learned Energy Ball and finish it of with Tackle. Swadloon's third opponent was Leavanny and he was wrapped up in a very thick String Shot. Ash cleverly told Swadloon to hit himself with Razor Leaf, damaging himself but freeing him from the thread. Even after defeating two of Burgh's Pokémon, Swadloon was knocked out by a combination of Leaf Storm and Hyper Beam.

In Battling the Leaf Thieves!, Swadloon battled against Iris's Emolga in a training battle. After being hit hard by a Discharge attack that Emolga sent down the thread of Swadloon's String Shot, he perked up and evolved into Leavanny. His innate caring nature came to force right away and Leavanny made leaf hoods for the young Axew and Scraggy, who were very pleased with them. Leavanny then noticed three wild Sewaddle who all had withered hoods. Not giving it a second thought, Leavanny made new hoods for the three Sewing Pokémon. After making more hoods for Pikachu, Oshawott, Tepig, Snivy and Emolga, the gang sat down for a nap. While sleeping a group of wild Durant came across the gang and took the leaf hoods for food as well as Axew, who was still wearing his outfit, because their poor eyesight led them to believe he was a pile of leaves. When the gang awoke, Leavanny helped search for the missing Pokémon. After Emolga led the gang to the entrance of the Durant's maze, Leavanny cleverly lined the cave with thread behind the group to mark the way out of the maze. Once they found the Durant's nest, Leavanny created leafy cocoons for Ash and Scraggy so they could retrieve the still sleeping Axew. Leavanny joined the others in fighting the Durant after Ash revealed himself, however the team's moves were all blocked by Protect. After Pikachu, Scraggy and Emolga managed to defeat the swarm, Leavanny led the gang back through the maze and to safety.

Swarm activated

In Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1, Ash chose Leavanny as his third Pokémon in his Gym battle with Roxie, whose Koffing had already defeated Ash's Boldore and Unfezant. Though Ash knew Grass-types were at a disadvantage against Poison-types, he was not discouraged. Leavanny first attacked Koffing with Energy Ball, which scored a direct hit, both damaging Koffing and lowering its Special Defense. Koffing tried to counter with Gyro Ball, but it was quickly stopped by Leavanny's String Shot. Ash had Leavanny spin Koffing around with the thread, preventing it from attacking him, until he finally fired another Energy Ball, which was enough to finally defeat the Poison Gas Pokémon. Roxie next sent out her Scolipede. Leavanny's Razor Leaf didn't seem to do a thing against the giant Bug/Poison-type, and Roxie had Scolipede use Toxic on Leavanny, badly poisoning him. In the next episode, Leavanny fired an Energy Ball attack but Scolipede dodged it easily, before attacking Leavanny with Rock Tomb and Sludge Bomb, which, with the damage caused the worsening poison, was enough to defeat the Nurturing Pokémon.

In Jostling for the Junior Cup!, Leavanny was used in the first round of the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup against Marris's Karrablast. He was able to knock Karrablast out with a powerful Energy Ball attack and win the battle. Thus, Ash advanced to the second round.

In Strong Strategy Steals the Show!, Ash used Leavanny in his battle against Stephan during the Vertress Conference, sending him out against Stephan's Sawk. Although Leavanny was able to avoid Sawk's initial attempts of Close Combat and Karate Chop, as well as hit him with his new X-Scissor attack, Sawk soon gained the upper hand and caused serious damage on Leavanny. This, however, caused Leavanny's Swarm Ability to activate, giving him a big power boost. Still, despite all of this, after a hard-fought battle, Leavanny was finally brought down by a Bulk Up-powered Karate Chop from Sawk.

Decolore Islands

In BW123, Professor Juniper sent Leavanny to Professor Oak's laboratory before Ash left for Kanto, touring through the Decolore Islands. Ash called upon Leavanny in Butterfree and Me!, so he could help Ash evolve a wild Caterpie into a Butterfree. Leavanny was also shown in one scene making clothing for Caterpie. Leavanny later reunited with Ash and the entire Unova team at Oak's lab in BW142. Leavanny joined in with them to launch a group attack on Team Rocket, using Energy Ball to send them blasting off for the final time in the Best Wishes series. Leavanny was left at the lab before Ash set off for the Kalos region.

Personality and characteristics

Swadloon sewing

As a Sewaddle, Leavanny was childish, often doing things without warning when Ash first met him, such as attacking Pikachu for no reason other than wanting to battle. He was stubborn, and wouldn't admit his feelings for Ash right away, but after he had been saved a few times, he became more comfortable with Ash, and snuggled up to him. Since then, he had been very caring towards his Trainer, even to go so far as to wrap Burgundy's head in a String Shot web when she suggested Ash get rid of him.

Leavanny, as both a Sewaddle and Swadloon, was also competitive since his debut, and has a strong passion for battling. He always tried his hardest, allowing him to defeat two Pokémon he was at a strong disadvantage against (Burgh's Dwebble and Whirlipede). This also allowed him to evolve into Swadloon. Since he has evolved, Swadloon is a bit more mature, although he still got a bit childish when he believed Oshawott, Tepig and Scraggy took his food in Emolga and the New Volt Switch!. However, he still has a passion for battling. Swadloon also has some sewing skills, as seen in Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"!, where he helped make costumes for Luke's movie with his Leavanny.

After evolving into Leavanny, he adopted a more caring nature and acts like a parent to the other Pokémon. He also became very independent, prancing off on his own to find leaves to use for clothes, taking a lot of pride in his work. He is also able to make good use of his newly acquired skills, cleverly lining the Durant's maze with thread to mark the way out without being commanded to by his Trainer. As shown in Rocking the Virbank Gym! (Part 1), he has also been able to use these new skills in battle to powerful effect.

Moves used

Ash Swadloon Tackle.png
Using Tackle as
a Swadloon
Ash Leavanny X-Scissor.png
Using X-Scissor
Move First Used In
String Shot  Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!
Razor Leaf  Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!
Tackle Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!
Bug Bite Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!
Energy Ball  Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!
X-Scissor  Strong Strategy Steals the Show!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Moves Improvised

String-Enhanced Energy Ball
  • String-Enhanced Move: Leavanny uses String Shot to wrap his opponent and then uses another move via the line to ensure the hit.

In the manga

In the movie adaptations

Leavanny appeared in ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens.


Leavanny, as a Sewaddle, with Ash
  • Leavanny is Ash's only Grass-type Pokémon that is not a starter Pokémon.
  • Leavanny is the first of Ash's Pokémon since his Krabby which he caught when he already had a full party of six Pokémon.
    • It also marks the first time Ash has rotated his seventh Pokémon into his main team.
  • Leavanny is Ash's first Bug-type Pokémon to have his Ability confirmed.
    • As a Sewaddle, he was the first Pokémon in the anime to have his Ability confirmed without using it.
  • Leavanny, upon evolving from Sewaddle to Swadloon, is the first of Ash's Pokémon to evolve during a Gym battle.
  • Swadloon's evolution into Leavanny was first revealed in the Japanese ending Seven-colored Arch.
  • Leavanny is the first Pokémon Ash has owned to have evolved via friendship.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Sewaddle, Swadloon, and Leavanny.

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