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!.


Diamond & Pearl series

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 wild 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, resulting in Paul criticizing it for being weak. Traumatized, Chimchar gained 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. 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 seriously injured as a result. Chimchar made up for this by protecting Turtwig from a Fire Blast attack. Furious at Chimchar, Paul refused to give any orders. Consequently, Ash gave Chimchar commands for the remainder of the battle. After the battle, Paul released Chimchar in front of Ash, who then invited it to join him.

With Ash

Ash offering Chimchar to join his party.

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 as Ash, Dawn, and Brock's other Pokémon had fun playing, battling, and helping cook. Chimchar began to have flashbacks of when it was still in Paul's possession, reflecting on how its former Trainer treated it as opposed to how Ash and his friends treat their Pokémon. Chimchar began to cry out of joy that it was finally treated with patience and kindness, something Paul failed to do as its Trainer. In the same episode, Chimchar was faced with the challenge of battling three Zangoose in order to save Ash's Pokémon. Though Chimchar had a morbid fear of Zangoose, with Ash's encouragement Chimchar was able to overcome this fear and save the other Pokémon.

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 was ultimately defeated, despite a valiant effort.

In Chim - Charred! Ash, Dawn, and Brock ran into Paul. Ash and Paul had an argument about training methods, and 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 grabbed a flaming Chimchar, begging it to stop. Chimchar continued to struggle and even went as far as to bite Ash in its rage. Eventually, after being embraced by Ash, 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. However, 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, immediately learning Mach Punch. During the following battle against Paul's Electabuzz, it put up a very close fight, but was defeated in a clash of Mach Punch and ThunderPunch, 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 recovered slightly. 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.

The principal rivalry between Infernape and Electivire

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.

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 drastically damaged Ninjask and also cancelled Drapion's Toxic Spikes attack. After putting up a good fight, Infernape was able to put an end to Ninjask's lightning speed with a Mach Punch, evening the score. Infernape's final opponent was Paul's Electivire in a heated battle in Battling a Thaw in Relations!. Infernape initially caused Electivire severe damage, but after a while, it was caught by Electivire's tail, and took so much damage from Electivire's Thunder attack that the referee had almost declared it unable to battle. But, Blaze was once again activated, giving Infernape the strength to defeat the Thunderbolt Pokémon with a devastating Flare Blitz attack, giving Ash his first victory against Paul as well as access to the Semifinal Round of the Lily of the Valley Conference.

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

Best Wishes series

Infernape was reunited with Ash in The Dream Continues!, where it and the rest of Ash's Pokémon posed in a group photo with him.

Personality and characteristics

Infernape, as a Chimchar, was usually a very sweet and kind Pokémon, until Blaze was activated and it went on a rampage until it could be stopped by Ash. Every time Chimchar saw Paul, it would get really fired up and determined to defeat him in battle. Chimchar never gives up in battle, which is a trait that it carried with it as it evolved into Monferno, and then into Infernape.

Infernape is quite the feisty Pokémon and, in its current stage, is always looking for someone to battle and some new way to boost its skills. Its personality almost completely matches Ash, which is why these two are a perfect match for one another.

Moves used

Ash Infernape Flare Blitz.png
Using Flare Blitz
Paul Chimchar Ember.png
Using Ember
as a Chimchar
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

As a Monferno, using Counter Shield
  • Counter Shield was used in Shield With a Twist! and Evolving Strategies!. Chimchar/Monferno uses Flamethrower after using Flame Wheel, releasing fire whips everywhere.
  • Flamethrower Wheel used in the Tag Battle against Khoury and Lyra, it starts off with Cyndaquil running ahead and using Flame Wheel and while Cyndaquil somersaults into the Flame Wheel, Monferno uses Flamethrower towards Cyndaquil causing more flames to gather and a speed boost towards the target.
  • Flamethrower Skating used in Ash's Battle with Candice. It consists of Chimchar using a piece of ice as a skateboard to gain speed and use Flamethrower to avoid being counterattacked by Abomasnow's other attacks.
  • Underground Flare Blitz was used in a battle against Paul at the Lily of the Valley Conference in A Real Rival Rouser!. Infernape used Dig, and then while underground used Flare Blitz, causing the entire field to heat up and fire to burst from the ground. This canceled the effects of Drapion's Toxic Spikes and also damaged Ninjask.

In the manga

In the Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl manga

Ash's Infernape appears in the Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl manga as a Chimchar. Its first appearance was in Risky Snow Removal.

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.


Ash and Chimchar in the Diamond & Pearl artwork
  • Infernape is the only Pokémon owned by Ash which was previously owned by a rival.
  • For Crossing the Battle Line!, Professor Oak's lecture is about Ash's Chimchar.
  • Infernape as a Monferno was first revealed in a Japanese movie poster for Arceus and the Jewel of Life and Monferno's evolution into Infernape was revealed in the Japanese opening The Greatest - Everyday!
  • When Infernape evolved from a Chimchar to a Monferno, it became the first time Ash had two evolved forms of starter Pokémon from the same region on hand.
  • Infernape, as a Monferno, is Ash's third Pokémon to evolve while battling against Paul.
    • Paul also witnessed Monferno evolve into Infernape, but not while in battle.
  • Infernape is Ash's third starter Pokémon to use its Ability in a Gym battle.
    • Out of all the Pokémon on-screen in the anime, Ash's Infernape has activated its Ability the most: a total of five times.

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