Dawn's Quilava

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Dawn's Cyndaquil
ヒカリのヒノアラシ Hikari's Hinoarashi
Poké Ball
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Dawn's Cyndaquil
Egg obtained in DP143
Hatches in DP143
Hatched at Sinnoh
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Dawn
Egg Cyndaquil
This Pokémon spent less than 1 episode in its Egg.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Cyndaquil Kiyotaka Furushima 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. In the Japanese version, it is voiced by 古島清孝 Furushima Kiyotaka.


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.

It has a tendency to flare up its back when it's happy or when it's showing affection, which Dawn usually ends up getting caught in in the process.

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.

In DP146, it showed its interest in Contests after watching Dawn practice with her Mamoswine by trying to mimic it with the flames on its back.

In DP147, it was used in Dawn's and Ash's tag battle against Kotone and Kazunari. Cyndaquil was able to defeat Chikorita with a Flame Wheel combined with Ash's Monferno's Flamethrower.

In DP155, it was used in a double battle together with Dawn's Mamoswine. After using the "Flame-Ice" combo, it failed to execute it all of the way and Zoey's Leafeon defeated it, along with Mamoswine with a Magical Leaf combined with Kirlia's Psychic.

Moves used

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Cyndaquil using its Flame Wheel and Mamoswine using Ice Shard making a Flame-Ice Cuboid.
Using Swift Move First Used In
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Flame Wheel DP144
SmokeScreen DP144
Swift DP144
An x shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
  Moves used recently are in bold unless all moves all fit this case.

Moves improvised

  • Flame Ice is a combination which was created by Mamoswine and Cyndaquil when they were training with Dawn in DP155. It involves Cyndaquil to be trapped by Mamoswine's Ice Shard while utulizing Flame Wheel.


  • 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.
  • 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. Also, Ash owns Pokémon of the same species as May's and Dawn's second starter Pokémon.
  • 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 showing affection
  • 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. 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.
  • Cyndaquil is the sixth Generation II Pokémon to be part of the main cast during the Diamond & Pearl series, however, unlike its predecessors Aipom, Sudowoodo, Gligar, Yanma, and Swinub, it was introduced after HeartGold and SoulSilver were already known.
  • Cyndaquil 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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