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For characters of the day with Japanese names of "Kōji", see Len and Travis.


Koji (Japanese: ユウジ Yūji) was the character of the day of the Pokémon anime who appeared in the episode Good 'Quil Hunting.

He was a brash young Trainer who wanted a Cyndaquil, and ended up competing with Ash to catch one in a forest. Even though Ash caught one first, Koji pressured Ash into a battle with the prize being the Cyndaquil he already captured. Against Brock's better judgment, Ash accepted the challenge and had Cyndaquil battle Koji's Sandslash. During the battle Koji was shown to be a confident Trainer with a powerful Pokémon. He is not a kind Trainer, and pressured his Sandslash to continue the battle even though it was exhausted. He also uses some underhanded tactics.

Despite having a disadvantage, Cyndaquil was able to use its speed and Tackle attack to defeat the Sandslash. Koji then decided to try to steal Cyndaquil anyway in a net, only to get badly burned when it used a Flamethrower at him, causing him to run away. As he fled, Brock yells after him that he should train himself before training any more Pokémon.


Koji's Sandslash
Sandslash is Koji's only known Pokémon. He uses it in his attempt to catch a wild Cyndaquil that he found: first to try and stop Ash from catching the Cyndaquil, and later to battle the Cyndaquil once Ash had caught it. In the battle, Sandslash is shown to be very agile and powerful, but it is ultimately defeated by Cyndaquil's Tackle attack after getting stuck in a tree. During the battle, Brock notes that Sandslash's Slash attack had "amazing destructive power"; Koji mentions that Sandslash's best move was Fury Swipes.

Sandslash's known moves are Sand-Attack, Poison Sting, Fury Swipes, Slash, Swift, and Scratch.

Debut Good 'Quil Hunting

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 陶山章央 Akio Suyama
English Ed Paul
Brazilian Portuguese Figueira Jr.
European Spanish Jorge Saudinós

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