Iris's Axew

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Iris's Axew
アイリスのキバゴ Iris's Kibago
Iris Axew.png
Iris and her Axew
Debuts in In The Shadow of Zekrom!
Caught at Village of Dragons
Gender Male
Ability Unknown
Current location With Iris
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Axew Minami Tsuda Kayzie Rogers

Iris's Axew (Japanese: アイリスのキバゴ Iris's Kibago) is the first Pokémon that Iris was known to have. He debuted alongside his Trainer in In The Shadow of Zekrom!.


Axew upon meeting Iris for the first time

Axew was the first Pokémon that Iris was known to have obtained. She obtained Axew from the Elder of her hometown when he was just a few days old. She was given the task of journeying with Axew in order to help raise him into a great Haxorus.

Axew was the first Pokémon that Ash scanned with his new Pokédex in Enter Iris and Axew!, though he was actually aiming it at Iris's hair and wondering why Axew looked nothing like what the Pokédex showed.

Like Pikachu and Dawn's Piplup, Axew appears to prefer being outside of his Poké Ball (if Axew even has a Poké Ball), but unlike them, he likes to travel inside Iris's long hair, while Pikachu and Piplup usually go on their Trainer's shoulder.

Iris and Axew in their official artwork

In Triple Leaders, Team Threats!, Cilan told Iris and Axew that they have perfect compatibility. He also added that Axew is a rather rare Pokémon. In Dreams by the Yard Full! it was revealed through the Dream Mist that Axew wants to evolve to his final stage, unlike most of the other walking Pokémon in the anime.

In The Bloom Is on Axew!, it was shown that Axew has not had much experience in battling, crying when he was hit by weakened Bullet Seed and SolarBeam attacks from Cilan's Pansage; however, he was shown to be able to produce an extremely powerful Dragon Rage that could cause massive destruction, but was uncontrollable and had a tendency to explode in all directions rather than beam at a specific target as it is meant to. Both Ash and Cilan playfully referred to it as a "Dragon Sneeze", much to Iris's annoyance. Later in the episode, Axew was trapped in the horns of a wild Scolipede, and Iris and the others had to rescue him using their Pokémon.

In Scraggy-Hatched to be Wild!, Axew seemed excited about Ash's Pokémon egg being ready to hatch; so much so that he accidentally sent it rolling down a hill. After it hatched into Scraggy, Axew became afraid of him after seeing how aggressive he was with the other Pokémon. Even so, he kept his eye on Scraggy and was the first to notice that it ran off in the middle of the night. Axew assisted Iris in finding a plant that would help Scraggy recover after it was paralyzed by a wild Galvantula. The next day when Scraggy felt better, Axew battled it. Both Pokémon ended up knocking each other out thanks to another failed Dragon Rage. The two have another battle in Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!, however it was stopped after Axew attempts, again, to use Dragon Rage.

In The Dragon Master's Path!, when fighting Team Rocket alongside Pikachu and Emmy's Druddigon, Axew finally mastered Dragon Rage, sending out a stream of energy instead of exploding right on the spot, defeating Team Rocket. Later, in Cottonee in Love!, Axew had another battle with Ash's Scraggy, but this time he won thanks to his mastered Dragon Rage.

In Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!, Axew battled Georgia's Beartic briefly, but was defeated after a collision of Ice Beam and Dragon Rage.

Iris used Axew in the semi-final round of the Don Battle in BW042 against Luke. Axew struggled at first against Luke's Golett, but managed to win the battle after learning Outrage, allowing Iris to move on to the final round.

Personality and characteristics

Axew in Iris's hair

Axew appears to be a friendly Pokémon, making quick friends with Ash's Pikachu in Enter Iris and Axew! and with other Pokémon. He and Iris are shown to have a strong relationship such as in A Sandile Gusher of Change! where a Sandile had caught him in its jaws, Iris tried everything to get him out. Though lacking superior battle skills, Axew makes up for it with a kind personality as mentioned by Cilan. If Iris feels sad, he will go off to collect fruit in order to cheer her up. Axew is also somewhat of a pacifist and often hides or panics when the other Pokémon who accompany him start to fight each other as seen Emolga and the New Volt Switch!, when he was seen running around in circles when Oshawott, Tepig, Scraggy and Swadloon started fighting over food. Though he has been shown to have some childish traits, such as in Saving Darmanitan From the Bell!, where he fought with Pikachu when he thought Pikachu was the one who ate all the food.

Axew will often express concern for other Pokémon. In Emolga the Irresistible!, he was grateful when an Emolga stopped his apple from rolling down a hill and wanted to share some of it with her. When she left after being smothered by Bianca, he was desperate to find her again. However, this could be because Axew has a little crush on Emolga, as confirmed by Iris in the same episode.Axew loves Iris and cries when he is away from Iris due to being kidnapped as seen in Flat-out Run!! Battle Subway!!(part 2)

Moves used

Iris Axew Dragon Rage.png
Using Dragon Rage
Move First Used In
Scratch The Bloom Is on Axew!
Dragon Rage The Bloom Is on Axew!
Outrage BW042
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 Iris's Axew, Ash's Pidove, or Cilan's Pansage via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Like its anime counterpart, this Axew knows Scratch and Dragon Rage and is male. It also, interestingly, always has Mold Breaker as its ability. 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 Axew Dex No. 610 Naive nature. Normal Scratch no Ribbon
Lv. 1 Type Apr. 27, 2011 Dragon Dragon Rage
Spr 5b 610.png Dragon Unknown Pokémon Event -- --
OT (Hatcher's) Egg received. -- --
ID No. (Hatcher's) Apr. 27, 2011 This Pokémon was available in the United States
from April 27, 2011 to May 31, 2011.
Item Ability (Place hatched)
None None Mold Breaker 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
Please go here to know this Pokémon's in-game effect.

In the TCG

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

Name Type Set Set no.
Axew Colorless BW-P Promotional cards 003/BW-P


  • Axew is the first Dragon-type Pokémon to be owned by a main character other than Ash.

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