Ash's Unfezant

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Ash's Unfezant
サトシのケンホロウ Satoshi's Kenhallow
Poké Ball
Ash Unfezant.png
Ash's Unfezant
Debuts in Enter Iris and Axew!
Caught at Route 1
Evolves in A Venipede Stampede!
An Amazing Aerial Battle!
Gender Female
Ability Unknown
Current location In rotation
Pidove Tranquill Unfezant
This Pokémon spent 20 episodes as Pidove and 46 episodes as Tranquill.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Pidove Chinami Nishimura Erica Schroeder
As Tranquill Chinami Nishimura Erica Schroeder
As Unfezant Chinami Nishimura Erica Schroeder

Ash's Unfezant (Japanese: サトシのケンホロウ Satoshi's Kenhallow) is the first Pokémon that Ash Ketchum caught in the Unova region.


As a Pidove

As he has done in every other region he has traveled in before, Ash usually catches a Flying-type Pokémon early in his journey. Pidove was caught soon after Ash's arrival in Unova. In Enter Iris and Axew!, shortly after a flock of Pidove had escaped when Ash had failed to capture one of them, he noticed her pecking at the ground, and engaged her in a battle. She managed to put up a good fight against Ash's Pikachu, until the Electric Mouse Pokémon used his powerful Iron Tail and Thunderbolt attacks, which caused her to faint. Ash threw a Poké Ball and successfully caught her. Later on, for the first time, Pidove was sent out in an effort to save Pikachu and Iris's Axew from Team Rocket's capture. However, as she was still weak from her battle with Pikachu, she was quickly defeated by Jessie's Woobat's powerful Air Slash attack. She was later healed at the Pokémon Center, along with Pikachu and Axew.

Unfezant is occasionally used by Ash to find and track certain Pokémon. She helped Ash find two Darumaka in Saving Darmanitan From the Bell! and a wild Snivy in Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!, playing a dominant role in the Grass Pokémon's capture. At the time, Pidove had followed Snivy throughout from the time she escaped using Leaf Storm. As she witnessed all of Ash's other Pokémon (Pikachu, Oshawott and Tepig) fall to the Grass Snake Pokémon's Attract, she volunteers to battle Snivy. When Snivy attempted to use Attract on Pidove, Pidove was unaffected as she was female (a fact of which Ash had been completely unaware of, despite Iris and Cilan's assumptions that it was his strategy). After a hard-fought battle, Pidove weakened Snivy enough for her to be captured by Ash.

As a Tranquill

In A Rival Battle for Club Champ! she was briefly used by Ash in a 5-on-5 battle against Trip's Frillish. She tried her best but was taken by surprise by his Water Pulse, and got knocked out in the process.

In A Venipede Stampede!, Ash used her to help send the Venipede that took over Castelia City to the park in the center of the city. Although things started well, she was almost hit by a Sludge Bomb and was only just saved by an Air Cutter from Trip's Tranquill. She then helped remove a few more and then suddenly evolved into Tranquill herself. As a result of her new stronger form, Tranquill was able to clear out the last Venipede with a powerful Gust alongside help from Trip's Tranquill's Aerial Ace attacks.

In Archeops In The Modern World!, Tranquill was used to help a newly revived female Archen learn how to fly. After Archen evolved into Archeops, Tranquill defended her from Team Rocket and they said their goodbyes, up in the air, once Archeops found some others.

Ash used Tranquill to battle Skyla in An Amazing Aerial Battle!. She was first sent out to battle Swoobat who had already defeated Krokorok before her. After their Gust and Air Cutter attacks proved to be dead even, the battle took to the sky where Tranquill tried to get the upper hand with her newly learned Wing Attack, however Swoobat was able to swiftly dodge the barrage of Wing Attacks until finally it was beaten by Tranquill's powerful Air Cutter attacks, as they descended to the ground. She then fought Skyla's Unfezant, but with none of her attacks even touching Unfezant due to her lack of speed, Tranquill started to show signs of tiring after narrowly escaping a barrage of Air Slash attacks and was called back to her Poké Ball, while Pikachu took her place. She was brought back out again after Pikachu had lost to Skyla's Swanna despite having the type-advantage. During the battle with Swanna, she was able to hit Swanna with a powerful Quick Attack and Air Cutter causing Swanna to fall towards the Gym; she then rushed past Swanna and tried to hit it with Gust, however Gust was vastly overpowered by Swanna's Hurricane attack. While it seemed as if Tranquill had been knocked out, she began to glow and evolved into Unfezant. With her new found power and speed, she was easily able to dodge Swanna's powerful Brave Bird attacks and with the help of her newly learned Aerial Ace attack, was able to defeat Swanna with one extremely powerful hit, winning her the battle and earning Ash his sixth Unova Badge.

In Rocking the Virbank Gym! (Part 1), Ash sent Unfezant out as his second Pokémon in his 6-on-3 Gym battle against Roxie, where she faced Roxie's Koffing. Unfezant started the round with a Quick Attack, that made a direct hit. Koffing then attacked back with Will-O-Wisp, but Unfezant sent it back with a Gust before attacking with Air Cutter. Koffing, however, avoided the attack and launched a Sludge Bomb, which hit and poisoned Unfezant. Though she was weakened, Unfezant was able to withstand Koffing's Clear Smog and fight back. She was, however, unable to stand two consecutive Gyro Balls, and was finally taken down.

Personality and characteristics

Ash and Tranquill

Unfezant has been shown to be a helpful Pokémon such as when Ash needs help dealing with Team Rocket or when he needs her to search for a Pokémon. She also has been shown to go the extra mile when helping with training, such as when Archen needed help with her flying skills. Unfezant isn't a confrontational Pokémon, not even fighting back when attacked by Ash's Scraggy instead choosing to freak out and run away from him and, in the same instance, is shown to be rather sensitive. Unfezant is also shown to be quite confident, as shown in A Venipede Stampede!, where she took no hesitation in trying to clear Castelia City from the group of Venipede. After evolving into Unfezant and beating Skyla's Swanna in An Amazing Aerial Battle!, she excitedly celebrated by doing a couple of victory laps above the Gym. THis proves that ash unfezant to have speed and new power have grown to be a powerhouse pokemon of ash team.

Moves used

Ash Unfezant Aerial Ace.png
Using Aerial Ace
Move First Used In
Gust  Enter Iris and Axew!
Quick Attack  Enter Iris and Axew!
Air Cutter  Enter Iris and Axew!
Wing Attack × An Amazing Aerial Battle!
Aerial Ace  An Amazing Aerial Battle!
An × shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the games

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A Japanese event randomly distributed an Egg that contained an in-game representation of Ash's Pidove, Iris's Axew, or Cilan's Pansage via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Like the anime counterpart, the Pidove is always female, and knows Gust, Quick Attack, and Air Cutter. This event started on December 17th, 2010, and ended on January 11, 2011. This Egg was also distributed at participating American Toys 'R' Us locations from April 27 to May 31, 2011.

Pokémon Info Trainer Memo Battle Moves Ribbons
Poké Ball Pidove Dex No. 519 Hardy nature. Flying Gust no Ribbon
Lv. 1 Type Apr. 27, 2011 Normal Quick Attack
Spr 5b 519.png Normal Flying Pokémon Event Flying Air Cutter
OT (Hatcher's) Egg received. -- --
ID No. (Hatcher's) Apr. 27, 2011 This Pokémon was available in the United States
from April 27 to May 31, 2011.
Item Ability (Place hatched)
None None Super Luck Egg hatched.
The date this Pokémon was received is determined by the date on the DS when it was hatched by its original Trainer.
This may differ for every Pokémon.
This Pokémon is English in origin.
Can be obtained with: D P Pt HG SS
Obtained from: PBR Ranch Ra SoA GS Distribution
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In the TCG

Pidove was featured in the TCG. The following is a list of cards featuring Ash's Pidove.

Name Type Set Set no.
Pidove Colorless BW-P Promotional cards 002/BW-P


  • Unfezant's capture as a Pidove was first revealed in a preview for the Best Wishes series.
  • This is Ash's first Pokémon to be sent to a Pokémon laboratory other than Professor Oak's, in this case, Professor Juniper's lab.
  • Unfezant was a Pidove for 21 episodes. Coincidentally, 21 is the level Pidove evolves at in the games.
  • Tranquill's evolution into Unfezant was first revealed in the Japanese ending Seven-colored Arch.
  • Unfezant was Ash's first Unova Pokémon to fully evolve.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Pidove, Tranquill, and Unfezant.

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