Ash's Infernape

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Ash's Infernape
サトシのゴウカザル Satoshi's Goukazaru
Poké Ball
Ash Infernape.png
Ash's Infernape
Debuts in When Pokémon Worlds Collide
Caught at Hearthome City
Evolves in Evolving Strategies!
Fighting Ire with Fire!
Gender Unknown
Ability Blaze
Current location At Professor Oak's Laboratory
Chimchar Monferno Infernape
This Pokémon spent 129 episodes as Chimchar and 31 episodes as Monferno.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Chimchar Megumi Hayashibara Bill Rogers
As Monferno Yūji Ueda Bill Rogers
As Infernape Yūji Ueda Bill Rogers

Ash's Infernape (Japanese: サトシのゴウカザル Satoshi's Goukazaru) is a Pokémon owned by Ash. It was initially owned by Paul as a Chimchar but joined Ash's team after being released in Glory Blaze!.



As a Chimchar, while under Paul's command

With Paul

Infernape was once a Chimchar owned by Paul. Prior to events of the Diamond and Pearl series, Paul saw Chimchar being chased by a group of Zangoose. The situation looked bad for Chimchar but in its stress it pulled off an extremely powerful Flame Wheel. This impressed Paul enough to add Chimchar to his regular team. However, this first impression did not match up to Chimchar's normal abilities and so Paul regularly criticized it for being weak. After this incident, Chimchar had a morbid fear of all Zangoose.

Chimchar's first episode was When Pokémon Worlds Collide where Paul used it to battle Ash's Aipom. It fought well but lost in the end. Chimchar reappeared in Different Strokes for Different Blokes where it won against Ash's Turtwig and Shapes of Things to Come! where it beat Roark's Onix but lost to Roark's Cranidos.

After losing to Cynthia's Garchomp in Top-Down Training, Paul realized that Chimchar was not fulfilling his expectations. This culminated in the Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition where he was forced to battle alongside Ash. That night, Ash discovered Paul's training regime, which involved his Pokémon attacking Chimchar in the hopes of recreating the power he had seen before. Ash intervened and took Chimchar to the Pokémon Center where Nurse Joy told Paul it would be unable to battle. However, Paul ignored this warning.

During the next battle against a Zangoose and a Metagross, Chimchar was too scared to make any attack when caught in Zangoose's claws and had to be saved by Turtwig, who was then seriously injured through Chimchar following Paul's orders. Chimchar made up for this by protecting Turtwig from a Fire Blast attack. Furious at it, Paul refused to give any orders and he simply turned away. Shocked by this, Ash gave Chimchar commands to get them out of the situation before finishing the battle with Turtwig. After the battle, Paul released Chimchar in front of Ash, who then invited it to join him.

With Ash

Ash asking Chimchar to go with him.

In the final round of the competition, Paul and Ash selected Elekid and Chimchar for their last battle in Smells Like Team Spirit! against Conway's Heracross and Dawn's Buizel. During the battle, Elekid evolved into Electabuzz and they both combined Thunder and Flamethrower on Buizel and Heracross to knock them out. This victory meant that Ash and Paul won the Hearthome City Tag Battle Tournament.

In Tears For Fears!, Ash and his friends had a picnic party. Chimchar watched the Pokémon having fun and it kept having flashbacks of when it was still in Paul's possession reflecting on how its former Trainer treated it as opposed to how Ash does, after which it cried tears of joy as it was finally treated with patience and kindness by Ash and his friends, something Paul failed to do as its trainer. In the same episode, Chimchar overcame its morbid fear of Zangoose stated above.

In A Triple Fighting Chance! Ash used Chimchar in his Gym Battle against the Veilstone City Gym Leader, Maylene. Chimchar battled Meditite, but was recalled after Meditite confused it. It was then sent out against Lucario where it fought bravely and caused some damage before being defeated.

In Chim - Charred!, Ash and co. came across Paul. Ash and Paul had an enormous argument at which point an enraged Ash challenged Paul to a battle. Chimchar volunteered to go up against Paul and faced Paul's Ursaring. Ursaring and Paul used brutal tactics and Chimchar was pushed to the point of using Blaze. Chimchar easily defeated Ursaring, but went on an uncontrollable rampage. Ash ran up to Chimchar and grabbed it, begging it to stop. Chimchar continued to struggle, biting Ash at one point. Eventually, it was embraced by Ash and Chimchar calmed down.

Later in Double Team Turnover!, when battling Team Galactic, Chimchar protected Pikachu from a Poison Jab launched by Saturn's Toxicroak. Chimchar was incapacitated for the rest of the fight and was later thanked by Ash (after receiving medical treatment). Cynthia then comforted Chimchar about its past with Paul.

As a Monferno

Ash later used Chimchar to battle against Barry in Barry's Busting Out All Over!. Chimchar easily defeated Barry's Staraptor using its superior agility. But, despite the type advantage, Chimchar lost to Barry's Roserade.

In Shield with a Twist!, using Ash's counter-shield strategy, Chimchar defeated Fantina's Mismagius and Drifblim, earning Ash his Relic Badge.

In Dealing With Defensive Types!, it was used in the battle against Byron's Bastiodon, Bronzor and Steelix. It defeated Bronzor and Steelix, but eventually fell to Bastiodon. This mirrors Staravia's previous participation in the third Gym, with it defeating the gym leader's first two Pokémon and losing to their third.

In Sliding Into Seventh!, it was used in the Snowpoint Gym battle. Chimchar battled Candice's Snover and Abomasnow and despite a harsh battle with Abomasnow, it defeated both of them, earning Ash his Icicle Badge.

In Evolving Strategies!, Chimchar was used in the full battle Ash had against Paul. It defeated Paul's Ursaring, which had previously taken down three of Ash's Pokémon, and evolved soon after into a Monferno and immediately learned Mach Punch. During the following battle against Paul's Electabuzz, it put up a close fight but was defeated and badly injured, resulting in a loss for Ash.

In Uncrushing Defeat!, Monferno, along with the rest of Ash's Pokémon, was badly injured. It needed a Cheri Berry to help treat it but the Pokémon Center didn't have one. After Brock got one by Lake Acuity, it became better. It eventually attacked Team Rocket in combination with Ash's other Pokémon.

In Bagged Then Tagged!, it was used in a tag battle with Dawn against Lyra and Khoury. Monferno used Flamethrower on Dawn's Cyndaquil's Flame Wheel to defeat Lyra's Chikorita and defeated Khoury's newly evolved Croconaw with a Mach Punch.

Infernape's ability activated

In Fighting Ire with Fire!, Monferno battled Barry's Empoleon. After being struck by a Hydro Cannon and sent crashing into the forest nearby, Monferno entered once again into an uncontrollable rampage with Blaze, but managed to control it in the last second in order to save Ash's Pikachu, Dawn's Piplup, Paul's Electabuzz and Barry's Empoleon from Team Rocket's falling mecha, evolving into an Infernape in the process.

In Flint Sparks the Fire!, Ash used Infernape in a battle against Flint's Infernape, however despite its power and speed it was unable to keep up with Flint's Infernape and was quickly knocked out with a Mach Punch.

In The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!, Infernape participated in Ash's rematch against Volkner. It defeated Volkner's Jolteon with a Mach Punch. When it battled Volkner's Luxray, it took severe damage, pushing it to activate Blaze. This time, however, Infernape was able to control itself and defeat Luxray with a powerful Flame Wheel, giving Ash the victory and the Beacon Badge.

Before the Lily of the Valley Conference, Ash decided he would need help from his previously caught Pokémon. Due to this, Infernape, along with Ash's Sinnoh party (save for Pikachu) were all sent to Professor Oak's Laboratory. Later during the tournament Ash recalled Infernape to his team and trained against Brock's Sudowoodo to improve Flame Wheel when Infernape suddenly learned Flare Blitz which was so powerful it became blue rather than the ordinary red-orange flames.

Infernape was later used in the full battle against Paul's Aggron, where it managed to burn Aggron with Flare Blitz before finally defeating it with Mach Punch. Ash decided to recall it when Paul sent out his Gastrodon. Later on it was sent out again to battle Paul's Ninjask. Ninjask's Agility was getting the better of it so Ash told it to use Dig then Flare Blitz which heated up the field, causing fire to erupt out of the ground, which made a mist cover the whole field that damaged Ninjask and also canceled Drapion's Toxic Spikes attack. After putting up a good fight, Infernape was able to defeat Ninjask with a powerful Mach Punch, knocking it out in a single hit. Infernape battled Paul's Electivire in a heated battle in Battling a Thaw in Relations! where Blaze was once again activated, giving Infernape the strength to defeat the Thunderbolt Pokémon.

It is assumed that Ash left Infernape at Professor Oak's Laboratory when he decided to go to Unova.

Moves used

Ash Infernape Flamethrower.png
Using Flamethrower
Ash Infernape Flare Blitz.png
Using Flare Blitz
Move First Used In
Ember When Pokémon Worlds Collide!
Flame Wheel When Pokémon Worlds Collide!
Scratch When Pokémon Worlds Collide!
Dig  Different Strokes for Different Blokes
Fire Spin Top-Down Training!
Flamethrower  Tag! We're It...!
Mach Punch  Evolving Strategies!
Flare Blitz  Working on a Right Move!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Moves improvised

In the manga

In the movie adaptations

As a Monferno, Ash's Infernape appeared in the manga adaptation of the Pokémon movie Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

Moves used

Move First Used In
Flamethrower A World-Changing Decision!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


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