In the anime
As a Tepig, Pignite once belonged to a Trainer named Shamus, who abandoned him at the Accumula Town Pokémon Battle Club after losing to a Deerling in battle. Shamus was disappointed in Tepig and so, Tepig was tied to a post. When Don George tried to untie him, Tepig broke free of his bonds and began searching for his Trainer, but to no avail.
When Ash visited the Accumula Town Pokémon Battle Club in The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!, Ash mistook Tepig for an Umbreon when watching a security tape of him stealing food from the nearby warehouse. In an attempt to capture the 'Umbreon', Ash then met Tepig for the first time when he was trying to eat some bait. He realized that Tepig was covered in soot and was unable to eat as there was a rope tied around his mouth, making him extremely hungry and very skinny. Initially, Tepig tried to run away, but after being cornered by Ash and having his rope removed and fed, he was carried back to the Battle Club by Ash. Later on, Tepig volunteered to help Ash retrieve his Pikachu from Team Rocket. Later, when Iris wanted to capture Tepig, he refused and decided he wanted to join Ash's team and Ash caught him in a Poké Ball.
In Triple Leaders, Team Threats!, Tepig was Ash's Pokémon during his first Striaton Gym battle against Chili and his Pansear, this surprised Iris, who thought he should have used a Water-type like Oshawott, Tepig hit with his Tackle, but it didn't do much to Pansear, but Pansear's Fire Punch did a lot of Tepig. Then Pansear's Flamethrower overwhelmed Tepig's Ember and then he took more damage of Dig. Tepig then ran around to dodge another Dig, but was then hit by another Dig. Pansear used Dig again but then Ash had Tepig jump into the hole and bite Pansear, when it emerged Tepig was biting Pansear's tail, though Pansear smashed Tepig into the ground, Tepig got up and still biting Pansear's tail, flung it around and then defeated Pansear with Ember and a Tackle attack.
In Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!, Tepig was revealed to be male when he battled a wild Snivy that would eventually be caught by Ash. Although he managed to use an Ember attack, he was hit by the Snivy's Attract attack and became infatuated with her, causing him to be recalled.
In A Rival Battle for Club Champ!, he was used to fight against Trip's Tranquill. Like Oshawott before him, he was defeated by an Aerial Ace attack from the Wild Pigeon Pokémon, who not only landed a critical hit with its Super Luck Ability, but also had its damage enhanced by Work Up.
In The Battle According to Lenora!, he battled Lenora's Lillipup, which promptly used Roar to force Tepig back into his Poké Ball. After Lenora's Watchog defeated Oshawott, he fought Lillipup again and was defeated. In Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!, he trained alongside Ash at Don George's Battle Club. He ran on a treadmill and dodged black balls that symbolized Shadow Ball attacks. By training, Tepig became faster and stronger and learned Flame Charge. Later on, he battled Lenora's Herdier, which soon used Roar to force Tepig back into his Poké Ball again. After Watchog and Oshawott knocked each other out, Tepig battled Herdier again and won because of his faster, stronger attacks and his newly-learned Flame Charge attack.
Tepig was Ash's first Pokémon for his Castelia Gym battle in Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!. He was sent out to battle Burgh's Dwebble. First, he tried using Tackle on Dwebble, which was dodged easily, and then a second Tackle was dodged by Dig, which hit Tepig. Dwebble then used X-Scissor, which was very agile and hit Tepig. Burgh then explained that the rock that Dwebble had on its back was lighter than normal, making it faster and more agile than normal Dwebble. Tepig used Ember, which was blocked by Protect. Afterward, he was hit by X-Scissor again. Tepig was able to hit Dwebble with Tackle and then went for a Flame Charge, which was blocked by Protect. This lured Tepig up close and he was then knocked out by a super-effective close-range Rock Wrecker.
In Ash and Trip's Third Battle!, Tepig was later used to battle Trip's Vanillite. Tepig defended himself from Vanillite's Ice-type attacks with Flame Charge but could not keep up with some of its faster moves and despite the type advantage, the match ended in a tie.
In Gotta Catch A Roggenrola!, Tepig was used to battle Roggenrola after Oshawott was defeated, only to be defeated himself. He later helped Ash rescue all of the Roggenrola from the Team Rocket trio. He later had a rematch with Roggenrola and after a fierce battle, he weakened it enough for Ash to catch it.
In Battle For The Underground!, Tepig was used to propel the train cart Ash and friends were riding on to get away from Team Rocket; along with Roggenrola using Flash Cannon and Axew using Dragon Rage. In the process, his Ember attack became Flamethrower. In Lost at the Stamp Rally!, Tepig teamed up with Cilan's Pansage when his Trainer Ash and Cilan battled Subway Bosses Ingo and Emmet. Battling their Eelektross and Chandelure, Tepig and Pansage battled well but were eventually defeated.
In Evolution by Fire!, while eating with the other Pokémon in the Battle Club, Tepig recognized his previous Trainer, Shamus. Upon seeing him, Tepig happily ran over to Shamus, believing he would be happy to see him. However, when Shamus threw Tepig at Ash and called him a useless Pokémon, he was left disheartened. Being angered by Shamus's actions, Ash accepted Shamus's challenge of a Double Battle, pitting Tepig against his former Trainer's Emboar and Heatmor the next day. That night, Tepig sat alone outside the Battle Club and got very upset while recounting his abandonment. Snivy slapped him with Vine Whip and talked sense into him as they were preparing for the battle in the morning.
Despite Snivy's encouragement, when faced with battling his estranged Trainer, he froze up and was unable to launch any attacks. Though Tepig had thought that abandoning him was tough for Shamus, he was crushed when Shamus revealed he was relieved to get rid of him. However, after watching his friend Snivy take two powerful hits when she was distracted by encouraging him further, Tepig finally hit both his opponents with a powerful Flame Charge. However, he made no attempt to dodge the next attack, and Snivy sacrificed herself to protect him. Motivated by the lengths his friends would go through for him, he evolved into Pignite. Pignite learned Fire Pledge with his new power and won with a final Flame Charge attack. Shamus talked to Pignite after the battle, saying he was impressed with his new power, and asked him to rejoin the team. Pignite refused, scorching his previous Trainer's face with a Flamethrower and sending him angrily running away.
In Caution: Icy Battle Conditions!, Pignite battled Brycen's Cryogonal. The match started with Pignite's Flame Charge being blocked by Reflect and his Flamethrower being deflected by Rapid Spin dealing damage to Pignite as well, making Pignite unable to hit the speedy Cryogonal. After enduring Cryogonal's Frost Breath, Pignite landed a direct hit with Fire Pledge, hitting Cryogonal's Rapid Spin in the center and knocking it out. Pignite next went up against Brycen's Beartic where his Flame Charge was stopped by Beartic's Brine attack, which was super effective. Pignite then took out a powerful Icicle Crash attack and then an unavoidable Aerial Ace attack, the latter of which was also super effective.
In Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 2, Ash sent out his Pignite as his fourth Pokémon during his Gym battle with Roxie, facing her Scolipede. Despite her part Bug-type Pokémon being at a type disadvantage against Fire types, Roxie stood calm. Pignite started by trying a Flame Charge, which was blocked by Scolipede's Screech. The Megapede Pokémon next attacked with Sludge Bomb, which was also blocked by Pignite's Flamethrower, causing a big explosion and a cloud of smoke. Using the smoke to his advantage, Ash had Pignite use another Flame Charge, hitting Scolipede and dealing a lot of damage. As Pignite tried to finish the match with another Flamethrower, Scolipede dodged and used Toxic on Pignite, badly poisoning him. However, Pignite was able to go on and unleash a Fire Pledge on Scolipede, defeating it. Roxie then gave Pignite a Pecha Berry, curing him of the poison before sending out her strongest Pokémon, Garbodor. The Trash Heap Pokémon was able to use its extendable arms to dodge Pignite's Flame Charge before hitting the Fire Pig Pokémon with Double Slap and doing the same again to dodge a Flamethrower. Pignite then used Tackle on Garbodor's arm, causing it to fall over. Pignite was about to use Fire Pledge, but Garbodor extended its arm under his hand, preventing him from using the move, grabbing him, and tossing him to the floor. After getting hit by a few Double Slaps, Pignite was finally able to unleash his Fire Pledge attack, but Garbodor countered with a Hyper Beam, which went right through Fire Pledge and hit Pignite, knocking him out.
In Ash, Iris, and Trip: Then There Were Three!, Pignite battled Trip's Serperior in the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup finals. Pignite battled hard, had a type advantage, and managed to dodge many of his opponent's attacks, as well as using Flame Charge several times to boost his speed. Regardless, Serperior remained too fast for the Fire Pig Pokémon and dodged every single one of his own attacks. After taking a direct hit from Solar Beam, he finally tired out and was finished off with a powerful Frenzy Plant attack.
In Cameron's Secret Weapon!, Pignite was the third Pokémon Ash used in his Vertress Conference battle against Cameron, sending him out against his Hydreigon which had already defeated Boldore and Oshawott. Pignite started the battle with his new Brick Break attack, which was super effective against the Dark/Dragon-type Pokémon. Hydreigon countered by attacking with Dragon Pulse, which scored a direct hit. After narrowly dodging Pignite's Flamethrower, the Brutal Pokémon scored a pair of powerful hits with a Tri Attack and a Dragon Rush. Despite of this, Pignite was still able to fight back, and served his own pair of powerful strikes with Brick Break and Flame Charge, before dodging Hydreigon's Double Hit-counterattack. Next Pignite used Fire Pledge, forcing Hydreigon to take flight in order to avoid it, allowing him to land a direct hit on it with a Flamethrower. Ash then commanded Pignite to serve the finishing blow on his weakened opponent with Brick Break. Although Hydreigon tried to counter with a Double Hit, Pignite easily avoided it and served the super effective strike on the Brutal Pokémon, finishing it off. Cameron's next Pokémon was Ferrothorn. After avoiding Ferrothorn's Metal Claw, Pignite was hit by a Pin Missile. Despite the fact that Pignite was starting to get weak, he was still able to fire a super effective Flamethrower on the Grass and Steel-type Pokémon. Although Ferrothorn tried to attack back with Mirror Shot, Pignite was easily able to dodge it and strike with Flame Charge, finishing the Thorn Pod Pokémon. Cameron then sent out his third Pokémon, Samurott. Pignite stood no chance against the Formidable Pokémon, which first countered the Fire Pig Pokémon's Flamethrower with a super effective Hydro Cannon, and then knocked him out with an equally powerful Aqua Jet.
He was sent out to battle Barret's Magnezone in Secrets From Out of the Fog!. Despite having the type advantage, Pignite was soon defeated by a Magnet Bomb attack that also rebounded Pansage's Bullet Seed attack at him. It was soon discovered in the next episode that one of Pansage's Bullet Seed pellets had been lodged up his nose as a result and was preventing him from using his Flamethrower attack. After Ash had Charizard throw Pignite around to shake it out, to no avail, Iris tickled Pignite's nose with some grass and he sneezed it out.
Later, in Team Plasma and the Awakening Ceremony!, Pignite was sent out alongside the rest of Ash's team to help Ash and N dig up to the surface of the White Ruins. While battling Team Plasma again, Pignite became very concerned for Charizard who had endured several Shadow Ball attacks and came to its rescue by stopping the Liepard's attacks with Flamethrower. The two then launched an incredibly powerful double Flamethrower at Team Plasma's Pokémon. However, when Colress turned his mind control machine on them, Pignite was quickly recalled to his Poké Ball along with Ash's other Pokémon.
In The Pirates of Decolore!, Pignite accompanied the gang to the hideout of a quartet of pirate Pokémon. When the quartet revealed that they were all abandoned by their former Trainers, Pignite attempted to sympathize with them, recalling his troubled past with Shamus. Pignite later joined Snivy in a tag battle against pirates Croconaw and Azumarill, of which the former team won.
In The Journalist from Another Region!, he participated in the Pokémon Sumo Tournament of Harvest Island's Grand Harvest Festival. Pignite managed to get to the finals by beating a Watchog rather easily with a push, a Slaking; winning by default as the Lazy Pokémon was sleeping, and a Rhyperior. He and Ash then faced Rodney and his Golurk. He defeated the Golurk when it lunged itself towards Pignite, giving him the power to throw the Automaton Pokémon over his head and out of the ring, winning the tournament and a year's supply of fruit as a prize as well as a Focus Band, which Ash proudly gave Pignite to wear.
Pignite was reunited with the entire Unova team at Professor Oak's Laboratory in The Dream Continues!. He joined the others in a group attack on Team Rocket with his Flamethrower to send them blasting off for the last time in Pokémon the Series: Black & White. Pignite later posed in a group photo with the rest of Ash's Pokémon. Then, he was left at the lab when Ash set off for the Kalos region.
In Advice to Goh!, Pignite reunited with Ash during his visit to Professor Oak's Laboratory with Goh. Some time before, Pignite had battled against Ash's Infernape before he had left the lab to battle Moltres.
Pignite, along with the rest of Ash's Pokémon at the lab, reunited with Ash in Friends, Rivals, Lend Me Your Spirit!. During the visit, he helped train Ash's Gengar to learn Will-O-Wisp, and later watched the battle between Ash and Paul. Before Ash left, he posed with the rest of Ash's Pokémon in a group photo with him.
From Battling as Hard as Stone! onwards, Pignite watched Ash's Masters Eight Tournament matches against Steven, Cynthia, and Leon. In Partners in Time!, Pignite appeared as a vision to Pikachu during his battle against Leon's Charizard.
In Heroes Unite!, Pignite, along with the rest of the Pokémon at the lab, welcomed Ash back to Pallet Town after his victory over Leon.
Personality and characteristics
As a Tepig, Pignite showed signs of low self-esteem, stemming from his countless losses under Shamus's command, and due to Shamus's comments about him being unfit for battling. This trait continued well into Ash's ownership, with Tepig often becoming depressed whenever he lost or even tied in a serious battle, in spite of Ash's attempts to cheer him up.
Lenora remarked that Tepig would constantly push himself past his own limits to please Ash, wanting to prove his worth to his new Trainer at all costs to the point of exhausting himself in the process. This came from Tepig's fear that Ash would abandon him if he didn't live up to his expectations.
Ultimately, Tepig's fears were finally extinguished after evolving and confronting his former Trainer with Ash's steadfast support. Having successfully overcame his past, his attitude changed significantly as a Pignite, becoming far more relaxed and easygoing. Even after suffering losses, Pignite no longer became depressed and took his losses in stride. Pignite's self-confidence also improved, to the point of being quite proud of his own power and getting annoyed whenever his abilities were either doubted or insulted.
During the period that Ash's Charizard was with Ash in Unova, Pignite appeared to look up to the experienced Pokémon. When Charizard was taking attacks from Pokémon controlled by Team Plasma, Pignite showed concern and came to help in the battle. Before that, Charizard tried to help Pignite during Meowth, Colress and Team Rivalry!, when his blocked nose was preventing him from using Flamethrower. Since being left at Professors Oak's lab, Pignite became friends with Ash's other Fire types.
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|The Dream Continues!||Thunderbolt, Flamethrower, Leaf Storm, Hydro Pump, Air Cutter, Focus Blast, Energy Ball, Flash Cannon, Mud Shot, and Stone Edge||Ash's rotation for Pokémon the Series: Black & White|
|Description: Pignite combines his Flamethrower with another one from Charizard, Krookodile's Stone Edge, Snivy's Leaf Storm, Oshawott's Hydro Pump, Unfezant's Air Cutter, Scraggy's Focus Blast, Leavanny's Energy Ball, Boldore's Flash Cannon, Palpitoad's Mud Shot, and Pikachu's Thunderbolt to create a gigantic blast of energy. This was used to defend Professor Oak's Laboratory from Team Rocket.|
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Pokémon the Series: Black & White
Pokémon: To Be a Pokémon Master
In the games
In the spin-off games
Tepig appears in Pokémon Medal World and Pokémon Tug of War Tournament: Absolutely Get Medal!
Tepig appears in Pokémon Best Wishes: Intelligence Training Pokémon Big Sports Meet!.
In the manga
Ash sent out his Tepig against Leeku's Samurott in White—Victini and Zekrom. Tepig was having trouble handling Samurott as Samurott had both the advantage in being fully evolved and type. However, with Victini powering him up, Tepig defeated Samurott. As Tepig evolved into Pignite in the main series anime, he reappeared as Pignite in Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice. He also reappeared in Genesect and the Legend Awakened.
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Pokémon Journeys: The Series
- As a Tepig, his capture was first revealed in a short preview aired after DP190, featuring all of the Unova starter Pokémon. However, it was not revealed who would be catching him.
- Pignite is the fourth Fire-type starter Pokémon to be caught by Ash, and the third to have been abandoned by his previous Trainer. The other two are Charmander and Chimchar.
- Tepig's evolution into Pignite was first revealed in the Japanese ending Seven-colored Arch.
- Pignite is the first Fire-type Ash owned that didn't know Flamethrower when caught.
- Pignite is Ash's only Unova starter Pokémon to evolve.
- Out of all the Pokémon that were obtained and evolved during the course of Pokémon the Series: Black and White, Tepig took the longest to evolve, at 73 episodes.
- Confirmed in Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!.
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|For a list of Pokémon Ash has temporarily owned, used, or commanded, see here|
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