Kenny's Empoleon

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Kenny's Empoleon
ケンゴのエンペルト Kengo's Emperte
Poké Ball
Kenny Empoleon.png
Kenny's Empoleon
Debuts in Getting the Pre-Contest Titters!
Caught at Sinnoh
Evolves in Prior to Arrival of a Rival!
Prior to Last Call, First Round!
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Kenny
Piplup Prinplup Empoleon
This Pokémon spent an unknown number of episodes as Piplup and at least 111 episodes as Prinplup.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Piplup Not shown
As Prinplup Katsuyuki Konishi Bill Rogers
As Empoleon Katsuyuki Konishi Bill Rogers

Kenny's Empoleon (Japanese: ケンゴのエンペルト Kengo's Emperte) is Kenny's starter Pokémon.


Empoleon was first seen as a Prinplup in Getting the Pre-Contest Titters!. It proved to be very strong when it was battling against Ash's Pikachu despite its disadvantage. In the next episode, it put up a good fight against Dawn's Piplup. At first Prinplup didn't want to be friends with its weaker, pre-evolved form, but after being saved by Piplup, they soon became friends.

As a Prinplup

Prinplup appears in a flashback in Buizel Your Way Out of This!. Prinplup also made a cameo with Kenny in Throwing the Track Switch. It won Kenny a Ribbon on TV.

It appeared in Journey to the Unown!, at the start with Kenny. Prinplup was next seen in Team Shocker! where it helped Kenny get to the final round of the Solaceon Town Contest, but eventually lost to Jessie's Dustox.

Prinplup again made a cameo with Kenny on television in A Breed Stampede!. It is shown that it has helped him earned his third Ribbon.

It also appeared in Stopped in the Name of Love!, alongside Barry's Empoleon and Dawn's Piplup. In the following episode, it defeated Dawn's Ambipom in the Sandalstraw Town Contest, earning Kenny his fourth Ribbon.

Between helping Kenny win the Sandalstraw Ribbon and Kenny's participation in the Grand Festival, Prinplup evolved into Empoleon and learned two new moves: Flash Cannon and Hydro Cannon. Kenny used Empoleon alongside his Floatzel in the Appeal Round, however during an attempt to create a Flash Cannon-Whirlpool combination, Empoleon accidentally knocked Floatzel out, its Flash Cannon being too powerful for Floatzel to handle. As a result of this huge mistake, Kenny failed to make it past the appeal round.

Kenny used Empoleon in Four Roads Diverged in a Pokémon Port! in a battle against Ash's Buizel in which it was able to defeat Buizel. It also seemed to have developed a rivalry with Buizel following its win.

Personality and characteristics

Natural of its species, Empoleon is always very proud and doesn't give others respect until they have, in its eyes, 'proved themselves worthy'. This was seen both when it met Dawn's Piplup for the first time and when it was pitted against Ash's Buizel. Like Buizel, Empoleon can be quite headstrong, developing their short-lived rivalry over a trivial issue, after Buizel's SonicBoom attack nearly hit its target.

Moves used

Kenny Empoleon Flash Cannon.png
Using Flash Cannon
Kenny Prinplup Mist.png
Using Mist (Part 1)
as a Prinplup
Move First Used In
Metal Claw  Getting the Pre-Contest Titters
BubbleBeam Getting the Pre-Contest Titters
Drill Peck  Settling a Not-So-Old Score!
Mist Settling a Not-So-Old Score!
Hydro Cannon  Last Call — First Round!
Flash Cannon  Last Call — First Round!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Piplup, Prinplup, and Empoleon.

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