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Lana's Popplio
スイレンのアシマリ Suiren's Ashimari
Lana Popplio.png
Lana's Popplio
Debuts in Alola to New Adventure!
Caught at Melemele Island
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Lana
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Popplio Rikako Aikawa Eileen Stevens

Lana's Popplio (Japanese: スイレンのアシマリ Suiren's Ashimari) is Lana's first known Pokémon.


Lana and Popplio

Prior to its debut, Popplio was bullied by multiple Team Skull Grunts. Lana, furious at what was happening, attacked them with her Lapras's Ice Beam, freezing the group solid. She then used a fishing rod to pull it to safety. Lana then took Popplio to heal its wounds. Lana decided to personally feed and care for Popplio, as she did not want it to be afraid of humans in the future. Popplio quickly warmed up to her, and became her partner Pokémon.

Popplio first appeared in Alola to New Adventure! alongside its Trainer, fishing for wild Pokémon. Once Ash comes to the Pokémon School, it helps in welcoming him. Popplio later watched very concerned as Team Skull Grunts battle Kiawe.

The following day Popplio was used to help welcome Ash to the school, competing in Lana's challenge against Ash and Pikachu, competing in a race. The race began on the ground where Popplio quickly fell behind compared to Pikachu's speed. Once it reached the water section of the race, Popplio immediately caught up to Pikachu, swiftly moving through the water. Popplio finished first, receiving praise from Lana and the others watching.

In Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio!, Lana had Popplio train on its Water Balloon, hoping to increase its size. After a few tries, Popplio managed to make one multiple times its normal size, but was unable to retain it for long, resulting with it dousing Lana and Ash. The following day, Popplio helped Lana fish for Water-type Pokémon. Soon after, the Poké Ride Lapras were stolen by Team Rocket's air balloon. Pikachu succeeded in breaking them free, but everyone quickly noticed that they were positioned directly over spiked rocks. Popplio swam at high speeds towards the rocks and quickly made a giant Water Balloon that the Lapras fell on, bouncing them away from the rocks safely into the water. It then used its Water Balloon to counter Jessie's Mimikyu's Shadow Ball, while Ash had his Rowlet break the hot air balloon with Leafage.

In SM016, Popplio was seen practising on making its Water Balloon again, but floated away in in one of its balloons along with Ash's Rowlet when the latter accidentally bumped into it. While the others looked for the duo, Rowlet accidentally popped the balloon, causing the duo to fall straight onto a radar that Team Rocket was constructing. Popplio distracted Team Rocket by using Bubble Beam to escape, but the two were soon confronted by Meowth and James's Mareanie. A Litten then appeared who saved the duo. Litten took Popplio and Rowlet to its home, where Stoutland advised it to take the two back to their Trainers. During their long search, the trio got caught by Team Rocket. However, they managed to escape thanks to Litten and blasted Team Rocket off with their combined attacks. Afterwards, Popplio and Rowlet were reunited with their Trainers.

Personality and characteristics

Popplio is a very happy and playful Pokémon, often seen playing and clapping in excitement. Initially afraid of people, Popplio quickly warms up to them thanks to Lana. Popplio is very close with its Trainer, as its seen being very joyful when praised by her and is often seen in her arms. As shown in SM016, Popplio is also a very responsible Pokémon, taking control as leader, when it and Rowlet were separated from their Trainers, by carrying Rowlet and even fighting against Team Rocket, even when the Rowlet's lax and sleepy behavior left it frustrated. In the same episode, it was also shown to be very apologetic after it and Rowlet crashed into Team Rocket's Secret Base and was even getting Rowlet to apologise until it realised who they were apologising to.

Moves used

Lana Popplio Bubble Beam.png
Using Bubble Beam
Move First Used In
Bubble Beam SM016
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
Moves improvised
Picture First Used In Moves Involved Partnered With
Lana Popplio water balloon.png The Guardian's Challenge! None None
Description: Popplio is able to make water balloons of varying size. The balloons are able to hold people and Pokémon inside of it, allowing those inside to breathe underwater. The balloons can also be used as an attack, able to be fired at opponents and reflect attacks.


  • Popplio is the first starter Pokémon to be owned by a main character prior to the start of the series.

Related articles

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

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