Dawn's Quilava

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Dawn's Cyndaquil
ヒカリのヒノアラシ Hikari's Hinoarashi
Poké Ball
Dawn and Cyndaquil
Dawn and Cyndaquil
Egg obtained in DP143
Hatches in DP143
Hatched at Unknown
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Dawn
This Pokémon spent less than 1 episode in its Egg.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Cyndaquil Unknown N/A

Dawn's Cyndaquil (Japanese: ヒカリのヒノアラシ Hikari's Hinoarashi) is the seventh Pokémon obtained by Dawn.

Piplup and Cyndaquil showing their rivalry.

In DP143, Dawn battled Kotone in the Johto Festa and defeated her. As a prize, Dawn was given an egg, which was soon abducted by Team Rocket. While it was in Team Rocket's possession, it showed signs of hatching. When Dawn finally got it back, it hatched right in front of her eyes, revealing it to be a Cyndaquil.

Dawn's Piplup appears to be jealous over the attention that Cyndaquil gets, though this may be attributed to the fact that Cyndaquil wasn't very responsive to Piplup at first. Piplup often attacks Cyndaquil and it in turn fights back, causing frequent squabbles between the two. They seem to be trying to compete for superiority over the other.

In DP144, it battled Ash's Grotle and proved to be a strong opponent even though it had just hatched.

Moves used

Using Swift Move First Used In
Dawn Cyndaquil Swift.png
Flame Wheel DP144
SmokeScreen DP144
Swift DP144
Tackle DP144
An x shows that the move cannot be legitimately known by this Pokémon in the games.
  Moves used recently are in bold unless all moves all fit this case.


  • Of all Pokémon eggs owned by main characters, Cyndaquil took the least amount of time to hatch, hatching in the same episode it was obtained in.
  • Dawn is the second main character to own a Cyndaquil, the first being Ash's.
  • Like May's Bulbasaur, Cyndaquil is a starter Pokémon from the region alternate to her own in her generation that has a type disadvantage against her actual starter.
  • Similar to May getting her Bulbasaur, Dawn also got a starter Pokémon from the game region that was featured in the most recent game. May got Bulbasaur a few months after Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen's release, while Dawn got Cyndaquil five days after the release of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • Cyndaquil is the eighth Pokémon to follow the pattern of premiering in a movie and then being captured by one of the main characters. In all cases, the premiered Pokémon is not the same character as the one caught, just the same species. In some cases, this may be a result of the writers deciding a Pokémon works well with the group after they are shown together. Dawn's Cyndaquil comes after Arceus and the Jewel of Life. This is only a technical premiere, as Cyndaquil was featured during the original Johto series as well.
  • Cindaquil is Dawn´s first Generation II-Pokémon which is not able to evolve into a Generation IV-Pokémon.

Related articles

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

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