Ash's Sceptile

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Ash's Sceptile
サトシのジュカイン Satoshi's Jukain
Poké Ball
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Ash's Sceptile
Debuts in Tree's a Crowd
Caught at Route 104
Evolves in Exploud and Clear
Odd Pokémon Out
Gender Male (confirmed in dub only)
Ability Overgrow
Current location With Ash
Treecko Grovyle Sceptile
This Pokémon spent 59 episodes as Treecko and 95 episodes as Grovyle.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Treecko Yūji Ueda Dan Green
As Grovyle Yūji Ueda Darren Dunstan (4Kids)
Bill Rogers (TPCi)
As Sceptile Yūji Ueda Bill Rogers

Ash's Sceptile (Japanese: サトシのジュカイン Satoshi's Jukain) was the second Pokémon caught by Ash Ketchum in the Hoenn region. His voice actor in Japanese is 上田祐司 Yūji Ueda and his English voice actor is Bill Rogers. As a Treecko, he was voiced by Dan Green in English. As a Grovyle, he was voiced by Darren Dunstan (4Kids dub) and by Bill Rogers (TPCi dub) in English.


As a Treecko


Treecko was caught in the episode Tree's a Crowd! after Ash helped him in trying to save his old tree home; this event was followed by a battle with Ash's Pikachu, and Ash caught him as a result of that battle. Ash has used Treecko in a number of battles since its capture including the gym battles against Roxanne and Brawly.

Treecko evolved into Grovyle in the episode Exploud and Clear in the middle of a battle against Guy's Loudred. Ash has used Grovyle in almost every gym battle since its evolution. The most notable of these was his battle against Norman in Balance of Power, where it battled Norman's Slaking. It was also used in the Ever Grande Conference as well as the battle against the Frontier Brain, Greta.

As a Grovyle

Kanto Battle Frontier

It evolved into Sceptile in Odd Pokémon Out when its love, Nurse Joy's Meganium, was attacked by Team Rocket. Until Cutting The Ties That Bind, Sceptile lost his ability to use attacks due to a broken heart. He regained his ability to use attacks in the above-mentioned episode to save Ash from Team Rocket, with the use of Leaf Blade. It then used Quick Attack to save him and Bullet Seed to soften the fall. It was used in Ash's battle against Spenser in the following episode, Ka Boom With A View, where it won Ash the Spirit Symbol after learning a new move, SolarBeam.

Sceptile has since become one of Ash's most powerful Pokémon, even strong enough to hold its own in battle against certain legendary Pokémon. It is exceptionally fast and a good jumper. Sceptile also has a habit of keeping a twig in his mouth. He is also a bit of a loner, and can often be seen sitting alone on the branch of a tree, resting or looking at the sky. Both of these habits were carried over from when Sceptile was a Treecko. Despite this, Sceptile is a competitive battler, almost never turning down a fight. Sceptile was one of the five Pokémon that Ash took with him on his journey to the Battle Frontier.

In Once More With Reeling it fought in the Terracotta Contest final against May's Blaziken. The battle resulted in a tie where both May and Ash won the ribbon. This is the most recent battle Sceptile has fought under Ash's command.

Ash left Sceptile at Professor Oak's lab before setting off to Sinnoh.

Sinnoh League

In DP189, Ash's Sceptile was the fourth Pokémon chosen by Ash to battle against Takuto in the semi-finals of the Suzuran Conference. It uses its newly-revealed attack, Leaf Storm to attack Darkrai. However, Darkrai's Ice Beam hit Sceptile first. Later on, although Darkrai used Dark Void on it, it managed to snap out of it immediately, shocking Takuto. It then managed to defeat Takuto's Darkrai with a powerful Leaf Blade attack. Although it battled hard, it was unable to defeat Takuto's next Pokémon, Latios. As Sceptile tried to use Leaf Blade on Latios, Latios countered it with Giga Impact, defeating Sceptile.

Moves used

Using Bullet Seed
Using Leaf Storm
Move First Used In
Pound Tree's a Crowd
Slam A Tail with a Twist
Quick Attack  A Tail with a Twist
Bullet Seed What You Seed is What You Get
Leaf Blade  Exploud and Clear
SolarBeam Ka Boom with a View!
Agility Curbing the Crimson Tide!
Leaf Storm  DP189
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • Sceptile keeping a twig in his mouth is much like a 番長 banchō, a juvenile gang leader, a character type that was common in manga and anime in the sixties and early seventies.
  • Sceptile has learned a new Grass-type move in each of its evolutions: Bullet Seed as Treecko, Leaf Blade as Grovyle, and SolarBeam as Sceptile. All of these moves have been used recently.
  • Sceptile has been referred to as male in episodes such as Tree's a Crowd and Odd Pokémon Out, but only in the English dub. However, a female Treecko in Having a Wailord of a Time was shown to have a crush on Ash's Treecko, which may confirm its gender in other languages.
  • It took 59 episodes for Treecko to evolve into a Grovyle. Incidentally, the amount of episodes to evolve again was the reversed digits; 95.
  • Sceptile is Ash's first fully evolved Grass-type starter.
  • Sceptile is the third of Ash's Pokémon to defeat a legendary Pokémon, defeating Takuto's Darkrai in DP189. Charizard and Pikachu were the other two, defeating Noland's Articuno and Brandon's Regice respectively. Sceptile did not defeat Darkrai completely on his own as it was already weakened by Ash's Heracross and Gible, although that damage had been healed by Dream Eater.
    • Sceptile is the fourth of the main character's Pokémon to defeat a legendary Pokémon: in addition to Ash's battles against Noland's Articuno and Brandon's Regice, as Dawn's Buneary defeated a wild Phione.

Traits shared with other Pokémon

  • Sceptile is the third of Ash's Pokémon to show interest in a Pokémon of a different species (a Meganium). The first was Totodile who has shown interest in an Azumarill and a Quagsire, and the second was Corphish who has shown interest in a Mawile. Of those Corphish was the only one who showed interest in a Pokémon that was not the same type.
  • May's Venusaur can be seen as a parallel to Sceptile, as both are the final form Grass-type starter Pokémon from their owner's Generation III co-star's home region.
  • Sceptile can be seen as a parallel to May's Blaziken.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Treecko, Grovyle, and Sceptile.

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