Ash's Heracross

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Ash's Heracross
サトシのヘラクロス Satoshi's Heracros
Poké Ball
Ash's Heracross
Debuts in A Sappy Ending
Caught at Johto
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location At Professor Oak's Laboratory
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Heracross Katsuyuki Konishi

Ash's Heracross (Japanese: サトシのヘラクロス Satoshi's Heracros) was the first Pokémon Ash captured during his travels through Johto. Its voice actor in both Japanese and English is 小西克幸 Katsuyuki Konishi.



It first appeared in A Sappy Ending. In that episode, several Heracross and Pinsir were having a territorial dispute. One of the Heracross followed Ash and his friends as they tried to figure out a solution to stop the dispute, which, unsurprisingly, came in the form of Team Rocket. Team Rocket was stopped thanks to the Heracross, and Pinsir were able to return to their forest, leaving the Butterfree and Heracross. However, the same Heracross was still intriguied by Ash and followed him for a little ways out of the forest. Eventually, Ash saw it following and Heracross happily allowed itself to be captured.

Heracross proved to be a powerful battler. The battles between a Donphan in Roll On, Pokémon! and a Scizor in Wired for Battle! show this. It also likes to suck sap from plants or trees. As such it would always try to suck the sap from Bulbasaur's bulb whenever the two were together, annoying Bulbasaur enough to use Vine Whip to make Heracross stop.

Heracross was sent to Professor Oak's lab in Tricks of the Trade in exchange for one of Ash's Tauros. Ash sent Tauros back in the following episode, but Professor Oak informed Ash that he wanted to study Heracross's behavior and wanted it to stay with him for some more time.

In the Johto League Silver Conference, Ash used it in the league battle against Gary. Despite a type disadvantage, it was able to defeat Gary's Magmar but lost to his Blastoise. After Ash returned from Johto, he left Heracross with Professor Oak when he began to his journey to Hoenn.

Kanto Battle Frontier

Ash used Heracross again in the battle against Palace Maven Spenser. It battled against Spenser's Venusaur, but lost after putting up a good battle.

Moves used

Using Megahorn Move First Used In
Tackle Unknown
Megahorn A Sappy Ending
Horn Attack Unknown
Fury Attack Unknown
Endure Unknown
Take Down Unknown
Leer Unknown
An x shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
  Moves used recently are in bold unless all moves all fit this case.


  • The shape of its horn would suggest that Heracross is male, although prior to Generation IV all Heracross had horns shaped like this. A similar issue surrounds Ash's Pikachu.
  • Heracross is the 20th Pokémon species Ash has owned, counting Haunter and Raticate.
  • Heracross is Ash's second Template:Type2 Pokémon, the first being Primeape. However, Heracross is Bug/Fighting, not pure Fighting as Primeape was. It is also his second Template:Type2 Pokémon.
  • Heracross wasn't used in gym battles in the Johto region, but it was used in the Silver Conference.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Heracross.