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アカリちゃん Akari-chan
Amphy in the anime
Debuts in Fight for the Light!
Caught at Unknown
Gender Unknown
Ability Static*
Current location Glitter Lighthouse
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Ampharos Unknown

Amphy (Japanese: アカリちゃん Akari-chan) is an Ampharos that illuminates the Glitter Lighthouse in Olivine City. Its Trainer is apparently Jasmine; however, it does not appear to be an active member of her party. It has also made appearances in the anime and manga.

In the anime

Sparkle and Jasmine

In the English dub of the anime, Amphy's name was changed to Sparkle. It became ill shortly before Ash challenged Jasmine for the Mineral Badge in Fight for the Light!. He, his friends, and Janina traveled to Cianwood City to buy the medicine for Sparkle. Similar to the games, Jasmine would not take challengers until Sparkle was healed. While Janina went back to Olivine City, Ash and his friends traveled through the Whirl Islands.

On the way back to Olivine in Throwing in the Noctowl, the plane flown by Wings Alexander, which was carrying Ash and the others, was blown off course. However, thanks to Sparkle's flashes of light, Wings was able to get back on course and safely land his plane.

Sparkle made a brief cameo in An Egg Scramble!, during Lyra's introduction of the Johto region.

Personality and characteristics

Sparkle as seen in Lyra's presentation

Due to its health problems, not much of Sparkle's personality was shown. Jasmine was very concerned about its health, which prevented her from being able to continue with her duties at the Gym. When Team Rocket captured Sparkle alongside Brock, it was still weak to resist, but it was rescued by Jasmine's apprentice Janina, who was trying to gain her master's trust again.

During its recovery process, Jasmine stayed with Sparkle almost the entire time. Apparently, Sparkle and the lighthouse are a kind of postcard attraction for the city, being shown as one of the attractions of the Johto region during Lyra's performance.

Moves used

Jasmine Sparkle Flash.png
Using Flash
Move First Used In
Flash Fight for the Light!
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

Amphy can be found at the top of Olivine's Glitter Lighthouse. In the Generation II and IV games, however, it is sick when the player first arrives in Olivine City. After climbing the Lighthouse, Jasmine asks the player to travel across the sea to Cianwood City to get the SecretPotion that will cure Amphy. After Amphy is cured, Jasmine may be battled in the Olivine Gym.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Trainers' walking Pokémon often react to Amphy's condition. While all Pokémon may greet Amphy or want to play with Amphy, any other Ampharos brought to the Lighthouse will "sparkle in concert" with it. Male Flaaffy and Ampharos may occasionally act interested in Amphy.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Amphy in Pokémon Adventures

Amphy appears in Pokémon Adventures, where it is owned by Jasmine. It helped Jasmine by sending a distress signal when Jasmine was trapped in the Tin Tower during an Earthquake caused by Team Rocket. Gold and Silver saw this signal and tried to save the two, but only succeeded in getting Jasmine off of the ground floor on Amphy's back before becoming trapped themselves. Jasmine later awakened, accompanied by some doctors at a refuge camp. Jasmine still recalled the two boys who risked their lives to rescue her, but was almost led to believe it had been her imagination.

Later, during the Gym Leaders' tournament at the Pokémon League, Amphy fights Brock's Kabutops, but is easily beat by the swift Pokémon and almost faints.

In the Chuang Yi translation of the manga, Amphy is called Akari, its Japanese name.

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

Ampharos in Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

Ampharos appeared in A Spectacular Battle To Save Ampharos, where it was not feeling well and Jasmine wanted Gold to go to Cianwood City to get the SecretPotion to heal Ampharos.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Amphy in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Amphy debuted in Light Up The Lighthouse!!, where it had fallen ill to the point where it was no longer able to light up the lighthouse in Olivine City. Jasmine had Red go to a pharmacy to fetch the SecretPotion needed to heal Amphy. After acquiring the SecretPotion, the medicine was lost at sea. Jasmine became even more worried when a ship arrived at the lighthouse, since Amphy still could not light it up. However, when Red's Clefairy ate some pills, Clefairy glowed enough to give the ships light and save them from crashing. This made Amphy feel better.

Amphy reappeared in Tyrogue's in Love?! in a flashback while Tyrogue was talking about Jasmine.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Amphy in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Jasmine's Ampharos Lightning       Pokémon VS   031/141
Mary's Request T [Su] EX Unseen Forces Uncommon 86/115 Golden Sky, Silvery Ocean Uncommon 098/106
      Meganium Constructed Starter Deck   014/016
      Typhlosion Constructed Starter Deck   014/016
      Feraligatr Constructed Starter Deck   014/016


Language Name Origin
Japanese アカリ Akari From 明かり akari (illumination; lamp)
English Amphy* From Ampharos
From sparkle
Same as Japanese name
French Phary From Pharamp (Ampharos)
German Amphi From Ampharos
Italian Amphy Same as English name
Spanish Amphy* Same as English name
From chispa, spark
Same as English name
Korean 빛나리 Bitnari* From 빛나리 bitnari, shining
좀아 Jom-a* From 조명 (照明) jomyeong, illumination
Chinese (Mandarin) 光兒 Guāng'ér *
小光 Xiǎo Guāng *
小明 Xiǎo Míng *
光见 Guāngjiàn *
小電 / 小电 Xiǎo Diàn *
亮兒 Liàng'er *
From 光 guāng (light) and 兒 ér (diminutive suffix)
From 光 guāng (light)
From 明 míng (bright)
Possibly a misreading of 光兒 Guāng'ér
From 電龍 / 电龙 Diànlóng (Ampharos)
From 亮 liàng (bright) and 兒 ér (diminutive suffix)
Chinese (Cantonese) 光兒 Gwōng'yìh *
小光 Síu Gwōng *
小明 Síu Mìhng *
雅嘉莉 Ngáhgāleih *
From 光 gwōng (light) and 兒 yìh (diminutive suffix)
From 光 gwōng (light)
From 明 mìhng (bright)
Transliteration of Japanese name
Brazilian Portuguese Amphi From its English name
Vietnamese Akari Transliteration of Japanese name
Hindi Sparkle Named after its type.

Related articles

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

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