Ash's Charizard

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Ash's Charizard
サトシのリザードン Satoshi's Lizardon
Poké Ball
Ash Charizard.png
Ash's Charizard
Debuts in Charmander – The Stray Pokémon
Caught at Route 24
Evolves in March of the Exeggutor Squad
Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon
Gender Unknown*
Ability Unknown
Current location Professor Oak's Laboratory
This Pokémon spent 32 episodes as Charmander and 3 episodes as Charmeleon.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Charmander Shin-ichiro Miki Michael Haigney
Tom Wayland (BW116)
Billy Bob Thompson (M20)
As Charmeleon Shin-ichiro Miki Eric Stuart (EP043-EP046)
Tom Wayland (BW116)
Billy Bob Thompson (M20)
As Charizard Shin-ichiro Miki

Ash's Charizard (Japanese: サトシのリザードン Satoshi's Lizardon) was the fourth Pokémon that Ash caught in the Kanto region, and his fifth overall.

In the anime

Main series


Original series
As a Charmander, with Damian
With Damian

Charmander originally belonged to a boastful Trainer named Damian. However, in Charmander - The Stray Pokémon, Damian grew tired of Charmander being weak, and so he abandoned it, leaving it on a rocky outcrop and telling it that he would come back later. Charmander's health deteriorated, but it was able to resist capture by Ash twice before explaining to Pikachu that it was waiting for Damian. Later, Ash met Damian and learned that he never planned to return for Charmander. Outraged but mostly concerned for Charmander, who was now stuck out in the rain loyally awaiting Damian, Brock, Ash, and Misty rushed to its rescue, with Brock carrying it to the Pokémon Center while Ash sheltered the little remaining tail flame with his coat.

Despite the care shown to it, Charmander was unwilling to remain at the Pokémon Center and returned to the rock where it had been staying. However, it came across Team Rocket, who had stolen Pikachu. Charmander ordered them to return Pikachu, and when they ignored it, it blasted them with Flamethrower to send them running away, leaving behind Pikachu. Ash invited Charmander to join them, but Damian turned up with a bunch of Poké Balls and said that he had abandoned Charmander on purpose to toughen it up. Damian threw a Poké Ball at it, but Charmander deflected the Ball in defiance. Having seen Damian's character, Charmander staunchly refused to return, and when Damian threatened to crush it with all of his other Pokémon, it attacked Damian with a Flamethrower attack alongside Pikachu, who used Thunder Shock. Damian fled and Charmander happily joined Ash's team instead.

With Ash
As a Charmander

Charmander immediately became one of Ash's main Pokémon, being used in the very next episode as a torch to help Ash through the caves. Also, it joined with a group of other Charmander on the St. Anne in Battle Aboard the St. Anne to repel Team Rocket Grunts. Later, Charmander used Flamethrower to torch a hole in the capsized St. Anne's hull, allowing the group and Team Rocket to escape the ship.

In Primeape Goes Bananas, Charmander battled a berserk Primeape. It finally subdued its opponent by using Rage and Flamethrower. Charmander made its Gym Battle debut in the next episode, where it defeated Erika's Weepinbell after burning Razor Leaf and then striking a powerful Skull Bash. However, in the next round, the pure stench emitting from her Gloom caused Charmander to choke and faint. Ash called on Charmander's assistance against Koga in The Ninja Poké-Showdown. It went up against Koga's Venomoth briefly before their match was interrupted by Team Rocket. For the official Gym battle, Charmander went up against Koga's Golbat and defeated it with Ember and Fire Spin, earning Ash the Soul Badge.

The rise in Charmander's battle experience reached its peak in March of the Exeggutor Squad, where it helped stop a large number of rampaging Exeggutor. Subsequently, Charmander evolved into Charmeleon. However, in The Problem with Paras, it was revealed that Charmeleon was no longer loyal to Ash, attacking a Paras when Ash was trying to deliberately lose in order to help Paras evolve. Casandra's grandmother explained that Charmeleon's skill level had exceeded Ash's, and therefore it did not respect him. Ironically, a rampaging Charmeleon was stopped when Paras, desperately trying to avoid punishment, jabbed at it with a claw. After evolving into Parasect, it put Charmeleon to sleep with Spore and allowed Ash to recall it. Cassandra's grandmother warned Ash that he needed to learn to control Charmeleon.

Ash stopped using his disobedient Charmeleon but tried again in Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon to repel wild Fossil Pokémon, which it refused to do. When an Aerodactyl swooped past, knocking Charmeleon over, Charmeleon attempted to fight back. It then jumped up and grabbed the escaping Aerodactyl's tail and followed it into the open air, but was soon shaken off. Upset, Charmeleon evolved into Charizard and flew after Aerodactyl to avenge its injured pride. When Jigglypuff began singing at Misty's request in a desperate attempt to save Ash, Charizard attempted to block out the sleep-bound effects of the song, to no avail. Nonetheless, it managed to catch Ash and put him on the ground before going to sleep, but unfortunately, retained its disobedience afterward.

As a newly evolved Charizard

Charizard's disobedience towards its Trainer began to cause Ash some serious problems during his journey, losing the Cinnabar Gym battle against Blaine in Riddle Me This, as it simply loafed off and allowed Rhydon an easy win after Charizard left the ring, causing Blaine to disqualify it from the match. In the next episode, Charizard refused to help dam the volcano, but changed its mind after seeing Blaine's powerful Magmar contributing. After working together, the duo was left with a burning desire to test each other's strength. Blaine permitted a battle at the peak of the volcano, and the two seemed evenly matched. Magmar dropped Charizard into the lava, but Charizard regained the upper hand by dazing Magmar with an aerial Submission attack and then knocking it out with its powerful Seismic Toss.

The costliest incidence of Charizard's disobedience was in the battle against Ritchie during the Indigo League in Friend and Foe Alike. Down to one Pokémon, Ash called Charizard into battle against Zippo, and surprisingly decided to battle and force Zippo to flee from a far superior Flamethrower, causing Ritchie to recall it and concede the round. However, when Sparky came out, Charizard condescendingly stomped the ground and flapped its wings against the little Pikachu before going to sleep, refusing to battle. Due to this, Ash lost the round and Ritchie advanced to the next round.

While confronting Mewtwo's original clones of the three Kanto starters in their final evolutions during Mewtwo Strikes Back, Ash summoned Charizard to fight alongside Corey's Bruteroot and Neesha's Shellshocker against the clones, although not before Charizard, to Ash's surprise, attempted to preemptively attack Mewtwo. After Bruteroot and Shellshocker were quickly overpowered by their clones, Ash attempted to turn the tables by having Charizard focus on speed and evasion over raw power in its confrontation with the clone Charizard, but this strategy failed. Once Ash released the captured originals to confront the clones, Charizard battled the cloned Charizard once again but ended the battle to cry for Ash after his sacrifice to try and stop the battle between Mew and Mewtwo. After Mewtwo departed with Mew and the clones upon witnessing Ash's resurrection, it erased these actions from the memories of all people and Pokémon present, returning Charizard to its familiar disobedience.

Orange Islands

Ash took Charizard with him to the Orange Islands, despite its refusal to obey him. Ash had noticeably stopped trying to use it in battles, although in Navel Maneuvers, Charizard, Pikachu, and Bulbasaur were used in the second round of the match between Ash and Danny. Charizard was initially unwilling to participate, and Danny nearly won. However, Charizard inadvertently helped when it tried to use Flamethrower on Ash but missed and carved an ice pillar into a sled. This meant Ash won the round and was able to continue the match.

In A Way Off Day Off, although it did not obey Ash, Charizard recognized the wisdom and formidable experience that Tracey's Scyther had, and the two teamed up to defeat Team Rocket. Scyther was the only Pokémon in the group whom Charizard respected.

Charizard continued to ignore Ash during battles, such as in The Mandarin Island Miss Match. Charizard took down a boy's Tauros with a single attack, before flying away and rampaging the city. Ash was unable to recall it and only the intervention of Prima and her Slowbro using Disable allowed Ash to stop Charizard.

Being taken care of by Ash

In Charizard Chills, Charizard battled Tad's Poliwrath. It blatantly refused to listen to Ash's commands, continuing to use Flamethrower despite it having no effect on Poliwrath. Tad and Poliwrath resisted all of them until Poliwrath responded with a Water Gun that nearly doused the flame on Charizard's tail. It was then encased in ice by Poliwrath's Ice Beam, much to Ash's horror. Ash managed to smash the ice encasing Charizard's head, and Tad walked away scornfully, telling Ash that they would have a rematch when he could control Charizard. Ash lit a fire and thawed Charizard out, before rubbing Charizard all over to help it regain its body heat. Pikachu pointed out that Ash's hands were rubbed raw, but Ash replied that he didn't mind, and redoubled his efforts upon seeing that Charizard's tail flame was so small. Charizard woke up in a panic and tried to attack, but it was so cold that it could not produce a flame and passed out again. Misty provided a blanket and Tracey kept the fires up while Pikachu watched the flame, but Ash himself worked throughout the entire night to help Charizard recover.

The selfless act reminded Charizard of everything Ash had done for it since it was a Charmander. By morning, Charizard's respect and loyalty to Ash had returned, and it helped Ash rescue Pikachu from Team Rocket. Ash and Pikachu were briefly knocked out during the rescue, and Charizard became so incensed it learned Dragon Rage. In a rematch with Tad and Poliwrath, Charizard learned to dodge Ice Beam and knocked Poliwrath into the air before defeating it with Seismic Toss.

It later aided Ash in trying to save the Earth in The Power of One due to Lawrence III's riling up the three legendary birds to fight each other in order to summon Lugia, including using his flamethrower to blast Moltres's cage alongside Pikachu, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur, as well as Jessie's Arbok and James's Weezing, and even coming out of its Poké Ball with the other Pokémon on Ash's team at the time to encourage him to fulfill his prophesized role. Charizard alongside Squirtle and Pikachu then proceeded to aid Ash by pulling a makeshift sled composed of the door to Professor Oak's downed chopper, also blasting Moltres' flamethrower with its own. However, it alongside Squirtle were ultimately forced to return to its Poké Ball after the three legendary birds proceeded to create a rift in the ice that left it impossible for Ash to cross.

It participated in Ash's Gym battle against Luana in Double Trouble. It fought Luana's Alakazam and Marowak alongside Ash's Pikachu in the series' first official Double Battle. The two Pokémon initially had trouble collaborating, but eventually managed to work together: Pikachu helped to free Charizard from Alakazam's Psychic attack and Charizard caught Pikachu after it was hit by Marowak's Body Slam attack. Charizard's skillful flying caused Marowak and Alakazam to knock each other out, earning Ash the Jade Star Badge.

Charizard was also used in Ash's Orange League battle against Drake in Enter the Dragonite. Charizard defeated Drake's Electabuzz by blocking its electricity with Fire Spin and knocking it out with Seismic Toss. It also fought Dragonite, but was hit by a powerful Water Gun and then slammed into the ground. After a clash of Dragon Rages, Charizard fainted, but its attacks had begun to wear Dragonite down, paving the way for Pikachu to finish it off and give Ash the victory. Charizard was inducted into the Orange Islands Hall of Fame with Ash's other Pokémon.

With Charla

Charizard also accompanied Ash on his journey to the Johto region, although it became apparent that it was unfairly superior to most of Ash's early competition. This was shown especially in The Double Trouble Header, where Charizard easily defeated all three of Casey's Pokémon, despite the disapproval of Misty and Brock. Team Rocket later capitulated on Casey's frustration, calling Charizard an illegal choice by Ash.

Charizard was used to weaken and help Ash capture a Chikorita in The Chikorita Rescue. Its massive size compared to her came into effect when Chikorita ran towards it and tried to attack, Charizard responding by placing its foot out and blowing a small puff of fire after being instructed by Ash to only weaken her. Charizard's puff of fire ended up on Chikorita's single leaf and caused her to run around for a short amount of time before using Vine Whip to attack Charizard. Charizard was recalled by Ash after it and Chikorita fell into a large canvas of rocks.

In Fighting Flyer with Fire, it participated in Ash's first Johto Gym battle against Falkner, where it battled Falkner's Pidgeot. Due to the latter's impressive Speed, Charizard started at a disadvantage, with Pidgeot's Whirlwind reflecting its Flamethrower back onto it. It was then knocked back down by a combination of Wing Attack and Quick Attack. Falkner told Ash to surrender but Ash refused and Charizard gained the strength to fight back and fly above Quick Attack. Charizard then baited Pidgeot, spinning around in midair when Pidgeot flew behind it and hitting it with Fire Spin, before seizing it and hurling it into the ground with Seismic Toss. Pidgeot was knocked out and Ash won the Zephyr Badge.

In Charizard's Burning Ambitions, Misty criticized Ash for using Charizard too often against fresh young Trainers, making him unbeatable but in an unfair way. Ash then met Liza, who taught Ash and Charizard how to fly together. After arriving in the Charicific Valley, Charizard was humiliated by Liza's insults and proudly tried to show off its power, but was shown to be smaller and weaker than the wild Charizard who lived there. Charizard continued to pick fights and kept getting itself beaten until Liza locked them out of the Valley, having Charla throw Charizard into the lake and telling it and Ash to stay away until they had trained and reflected. Team Rocket sympathized with Charizard and helped it to stay awake in the lake, as well as making a false attempt to break into the Valley, allowing Charizard to defeat them and win acclaim from Liza, Charla, and the wild Charizard. Facing an emotional battle, Ash told Charizard that he did not want a weakling on his team and he would be fine without it, forcing Charizard to stay at the Valley to train and become more powerful. He then ran away from the Valley, knowing that if he stopped, he would not be able to say goodbye. Pikachu wished Charizard well and followed Ash, leaving its teammate and friend behind.

During its time in the Charicific Valley, Charizard took the role of Charla's bodyguard, and the two seem to have a sort of romantic relationship with each other. Liza occasionally visited the Dragon Holy Land in Blackthorn City with the two Charizard. One such visit was in Great Bowls of Fire!, which coincidentally occurred when Ash was there for his final Johto Gym battle. Charizard helped Ash, Clair, Pikachu and Dragonair calm the wild Dragonite that was rampaging in the Dragon Holy Land.

In Better Eight Than Never, Charizard battled against Clair's Dragonair in Ash's rematch. It caused the water in the Gym's pool to evaporate with its Flamethrower and Fire Spin, thus depriving Dragonair of her protection. It then caught Dragonair with Seismic Toss and used Fire Spin to create a flaming twister to wear down Dragonair's defenses before she hit the ground and was knocked out. Ash surprised Liza by sending it back for training, knowing that Charizard still had a lot to learn.

Charizard and Ash

Ash later used Charizard in the Silver Conference during his fight against Gary Oak in Can't Beat the Heat!, as Brock had made a late night call to Liza requesting Charizard for the battle. Gary's Blastoise and Scizor cut Ash's team down to only Charizard, who had to fight three opponents single-handedly. It managed to match Scizor's speed and took advantage of its significant type advantage, defeating Scizor with a single Flamethrower. Despite Golem's weight preventing Charizard from using its Seismic Toss, Charizard overcame it with a powerful Dragon Rage. Charizard struggled against Gary's Blastoise, as it had supreme defensive capabilities and could keep Charizard at bay with Hydro Pump. Thinking outside the box, Ash told Charizard to superheat the field, which forced Blastoise to spend time cooling the molten rock. This created a huge steam cloud and allowed Charizard to seize Blastoise at close range. Blastoise could still use Withdraw to dodge Dragon Rage, so Charizard hurled Blastoise into the ground with Seismic Toss, defeating it and leaving Ash as the winner.

Charizard was then used in Ash's fight against Harrison in Playing with Fire!, where it went up against Harrison's Blaziken. Charizard's aerial advantage was negated by Blaziken's powerful legs and ability to maneuver in midair. Each Pokémon hit hard blows on the other, and their Flamethrowers were shown to be equal in power. Blaziken even managed to get up after a devastating Seismic Toss, while Charizard took a Blaze Kick to the neck and continued on. A fiery clash between Flamethrower and Dragon Rage knocked both Pokémon down, but only Blaziken could get up, eliminating Ash from the tournament. Charizard once again returned to Charicific Valley, and it was later revealed that it had injured Blaziken so badly that Harrison had to rest his primary battler in the next round, which contributed to his later loss.

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

In The Symbol Life, it returned for Ash's first Battle Frontier battle, where it took on Noland's Articuno at the Battle Factory. Ash and Charizard flew together, where Charizard demonstrated a far improved Flamethrower and that it had learned Dragon Breath. In battle, it showed that it was a match even for the Legendary Pokémon, using Flamethrower to burn through Ice Beam and strike Articuno. However, Articuno did not take much damage from Flamethrower or Dragon Breath, blinding Charizard with Mist and then knocking it to the ground with Steel Wing. Articuno then inflicted serious damage with Water Pulse and froze Charizard's wing tip, crippling its movements. Finally, Charizard used Overheat, which it had just learned, to melt the ice, then it caught Articuno as it tried to use Steel Wing and struck with a Seismic Toss. Charizard collapsed, but managed to get up just as Articuno passed out, giving Ash and Charizard the victory.

Charizard also battled alongside Pikachu, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle in a four-on-four battle against Brandon's Pokémon in Gathering the Gang of Four!. It went up against Dusclops. Charizard had been training since its battle with Articuno and learned Steel Wing, but was put at a disadvantage when Dusclops used Confuse Ray and Mean Look, forcing Charizard to keep battling in its baffled state, all the while taking damage from Will-O-Wisp. Finally, Charizard snapped out of its confusion and attacked with Dragon Breath, wearing both Pokémon down. However, an attempt to use Seismic Toss to finish the match cost Ash dearly, as the Ghost-type simply dissipated and re-emerged safely at a distance, where a single Shadow Punch took Charizard out and put Ash at a supreme disadvantage. However, Pikachu, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle managed to win the battle and the Brave Symbol. After the match against Brandon, Charizard returned to Charicific Valley.

Pokémon the Series: Black & White
Charizard reuniting with Pikachu

In The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!, Ash and his friends attended a Kanto Fair, where one of the presentations featured the local starter Pokémon, involving a live action show with a Charmander. This made Ash remember his own Charmander, prompting him to tell Iris, Cilan, and N about his Charizard. Filled with a desire to see his old friend again, Ash called Professor Oak, who, in exchange for Ash's Unfezant, sent Charizard over to him. While being introduced to Iris, Cilan, N, and their Pokémon, Charizard immediately started a fiery rivalry with Iris's Dragonite, which encouraged Ash and Iris to have a battle with their two stubborn Pokémon. During the battle, Charizard was shown to have learned Wing Attack, Slash, and Dragon Tail. It quickly gained the upper hand as not even Dragonite's Dragon Rush was able to hurt it, while Dragonite was taking serious damage from Charizard's Dragon Tail. Before it could be settled, the battle was called off by N. Ash then corrected Iris's misconception that Charizard was a Dragon-type, upsetting her since she had wanted to train one as well.

In Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation!, it was called out by Ash in order to once again fight Iris's Dragonite, who was this time being controlled by Colress.

In Meowth, Colress and Team Rivalry!, Charizard was called out to help Ash's Pignite, which had difficulty breathing through his nostrils because something was blocking it. Charizard lifted him up into the air and tossed him to help, but it did not work. Eventually, the blockage was removed, much to everyone's delight.

Later, in Team Plasma and the Awakening Ceremony!, Charizard was sent out alongside the rest of Ash's team to help Ash and N dig up to the surface of the White Ruins after they had fallen into a pit. Charizard cleverly improvised a spinning Dragon Tail to help Krookodile dig through the earth that Oshawott had softened with Hydro Pump. While battling Team Plasma again, Charizard withstood many of Team Plasma's attacks before Pignite came to its aid. The two then launched an incredibly powerful double Flamethrower at Team Plasma's Pokémon. However, when Colress turned his mind control machine on them, Charizard was quickly recalled to its Poké Ball along with Ash's other Pokémon.

Decolore Islands

In A Pokémon of a Different Color!, Charizard and Iris's Dragonite set off to search for Clair's Dragonite, who had been separated from Clair on an island in the Decolore Archipelago. After Iris's Dragonite found Clair's, Charizard brought the group over to them, only to find the pair squabbling. Although Charizard attempted to stop the fighting, the two Dragonite knocked it away. Later on, Charizard continued to unsuccessfully act as a peacemaker; Ash eventually thanked it for trying and returned Charizard to its Poké Ball.

In Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!, Charizard, along with all of Ash's Pokémon, was stolen by Team Rocket. Later, after recovering all of their Pokémon, Ash used Charizard to attack Jessie's Frillish, who was using Bubble Beam on Ash and company. Charizard easily defeated Frillish with Wing Attack and scorched James's Amoonguss with a super-effective Flamethrower. Charizard, alongside Pikachu, Axew, and Pansage, subsequently sent Team Rocket blasting off.

Charizard was reunited with all of Ash's Unova Pokémon at Professor Oak's Laboratory in The Dream Continues!. It joined the others in a group attack on Team Rocket with its Flamethrower to send them blasting off for the last time in Pokémon the Series: Black & White. Charizard was left at the lab before Ash set off for the Kalos region. It later posed with the rest of Ash's Pokémon in a group photo with him.

Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon

Charizard reappeared in a flashback in Alola, Kanto!.

Personality and characteristics

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The emotional turmoil of being abandoned by Damian defined Charizard when it was a Charmander. Despite the scorn it received from Damian, it loyally waited outside for his return, convinced that it had a good relationship when in fact none had existed. Only a violent confrontation revealed to it the unhealthy nature of and its relationship with Damian. Charmander struggled with this abandonment, as seen in Island of the Giant Pokémon, it became discouraged when Bulbasaur suggested that Ash had abandoned them all. Charmander was markedly shy and shown to be anxious, though its confidence quickly grew under Ash's guidance.

Refusing to battle against Sparky

Despite being one of Ash's most often used Pokémon, Charmander's evolution saw Charmeleon grow distant from Ash, scorning all of its former friends and seeking power alone. Charmeleon had grown to become like Damian, obsessed with power and reputation while ignoring the value of friendship, loyalty, and kindness. Charmeleon's battle with Aerodactyl in Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon was purely based on a bruised ego, just as Charizard's later battles with Magmar and Zippo were, and in the case of the post-league celebration, the destruction of the food. Nevertheless, it did retain some degree of loyalty to its master and its fellow Pokémon, as the aforementioned incident with Aerodactyl had Charizard barely swooping in to save Ash before completely falling asleep while being affected by Jigglypuff's singing, and also saving Pikachu after Team Rocket blasted off before resuming his rampage, with Mewtwo Strikes Back even having Charizard crying for its master when Ash ended up petrified.

Once Ash made the selfless act to save Charizard from freezing in Charizard Chills, Charizard finally shook off the poisonous personality traits left by Damian and regained full loyalty to Ash. Its ability to work as part of a team was still hampered but when working together with Pikachu to defeat Luana, it finally managed to overcome that difficulty. Since this point, Charizard has been willing to assist Ash in any battle, ranging from Casey's Chikorita to Falkner's Pidgeot with no complaint. However, Charizard maintained the rebellious Flamethrower attacks as a sign of affection for its master and while Charizard was loyal, its love of power and reputation remained. This was shown significantly in its departure in Charizard's Burning Ambitions, where it brashly challenged each of the wild Charizard at Charicific Valley even though it was defeated every time.

Despite retaining its fiery nature and fierce battling spirit, Charizard's return to Ash's regular command in Pokémon the Series: Black & White showed that it had significantly matured throughout Liza's training regime. This was displayed in A Pokémon of a Different Color!, where it attempted to act as a peacemaker between Clair and Iris's two squabbling Dragonite.

Moves used

Ash Charizard Ember.png
Using Ember
Ash Charizard Flamethrower.png
Using Flamethrower
Move First Used In
Flamethrower  Charmander – The Stray Pokémon
Leer The Tower of Terror
Rage Primeape Goes Bananas
Skull Bash Pokémon Scent-sation!
Ember The Ninja Poké-Showdown
Fire Spin The Ninja Poké-Showdown
Submission Volcanic Panic
Seismic Toss Volcanic Panic
Mega Punch Charizard Chills*
Dragon Rage Charizard Chills
Take Down Charizard Chills
Tackle × Pokémon Double Trouble
Dragon Breath The Symbol Life
Overheat The Symbol Life
Steel Wing Gathering the Gang of Four!
Wing Attack  The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!
Slash  The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!
Dragon Tail  The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!
An × shows that the move cannot be legitimately known by this Pokémon in the games.
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
  • In the English dub of Fighting Flyer with Fire, Ash told Charizard to use Fly. In the original Japanese version, he just told Charizard to take flight. In either case, Charizard was unable to execute the command.
Moves improvised
Picture First Used In Moves Involved Partnered With
Ash Charizard Flaming Seismic Toss.png Better Eight Than Never Fire Spin/Seismic Toss and Dragon Rage Clair's Dragonair
Description: Flaming Seismic Toss is a combination of Charizard's Seismic Toss and Fire Spin along with Dragonair's Dragon Rage.

I Choose You!

Ash's Charizard in I Choose You!
As a Charmander

Charizard appeared in I Choose You!, which is set in a different continuity from the main series. In this continuity, it was the second Pokémon Ash caught on his journey.

As a Charmander, it originally belonged to a Pokémon Trainer named Cross. Cross deemed Charmander too weak however, and abandoned it and told it to stop following him. Charmander was eventually found in the rain by Ash and Verity. After arguing briefly with Cross over his decision to abandon Charmander, they took it and went inside a cave to seek shelter from the rain. There, they found Sorrel, who brought Charmander back to good health.

As a Charmeleon

The following day, Charmander had fully recovered and Ash offered it to join his team. Charmander accepted, despite still feeling loyalty towards Cross. Charmander joined Ash, Verity, and Sorrel on their journey towards the Raizen Mountains to meet Ho-Oh. After a battle against a Trainer's Jigglypuff, Charmander evolved into Charmeleon. Soon after, Ash encountered Cross again and started a battle with him. Ash used Charmeleon against its former Trainer and his Incineroar. Charmeleon proved to be no match for Incineroar however and was defeated. Ash started to question himself and faulted the loss on Charmeleon, but later apologized when he realized his errors.

Finally reaching the Raizen Mountains, Ash tried to place his Rainbow Wing atop Rainbow Rock. He was stopped by Cross however, who wanted to take the Rainbow Wing for himself. Ash battled Cross again, once again using his Charmeleon against Cross and his Incineroar. In the midst of a fierce battle, Charmeleon evolved into Charizard, and this time, it managed to defeat it. Distraught of losing against his former Pokémon, Cross started to realize the error in his ways.

Moves used

Ash Charmeleon Seismic Toss M20.png
Using Seismic Toss
as a Charmeleon
Move First Used In
Flamethrower I Choose You!
Slash I Choose You!
Seismic Toss I Choose You!
Dragon Rage I Choose You!
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

A Charmander is given to the player in Pokémon Yellow, Let's Go, Pikachu!, and Let's Go, Eevee! — games which contain several references to the original series — from a boy on Route 24. In Yellow, the boy will give the player the Charmander with no extra prerequisites, but in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, the player can only obtain Charmander if they have caught 50 or more individual Pokémon.

Pokémon Yellow Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and
Let's Go, Eevee!
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Fire Unknown
Charmander Lv.10
Fire Unknown
No Ability
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Charmander/ Lv.14
Normal Physical
Normal Status
Normal Status
Fire Special

I Choose You! Ash's Charizard

A Japanese event distributed an in-game representation of Ash's Charizard from Pokémon the Movie 20: I Choose You!, along with Sorrel's Lucario and Verity's Piplup via serial code and local wireless.

The serial codes could be obtained by collecting two different virtual stamps via 7-SPOT at 7-Eleven stores in Japan. The serial codes were available from August 1 to 20, 2017 at 7 am to 7 pm, and can be redeemed from August 1 to 28, 2017. The local wireless were available at Pokémon Center stores and Pokémon Stores in Japan from August 22 to September 3, 2017.

#006 Charizard
Poké Ball summary IV.png Level 40 006Charizard.png
Fire Flying
Ability: Blaze
Held item: None
ID: 170715
OT: サトシ
Met: 2017 Pokémon Movie (fateful encounter)
Nature: Adamant
Ribbon: Wishing Ribbon Wishing Ribbon
Fire Special
Dragon Rage
Dragon Special
Normal Physical
Seismic Toss
Fighting Physical
Games Method Region Location Duration
SM serial code Japanese online August 1 to 28, 2017
SM local wireless all Pokémon Center stores, Japan
Pokémon Stores, Japan
August 22 to September 3, 2017
Moves in bold can be taught again at the Move Reminder as a special move if forgotten.
Date received is the date on the system when the gift is picked up from the deliveryman.
This Pokémon is set to the same language as the game that received it.

Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution Ash's Charizard

This Charizard was disributed in South Korea as a bonus for attendants of the Korean dub screening of Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution on September 30, 2020. The serial code will be redeemable until November 30, 2020.

This Charizard bears many similaries to the Charizard listed above, with the unsuable Dragon Rage being replaced by Dragon Tail.

#006 Charizard (리자몽)
Bag Poké Ball Sprite.png Level 50 006Charizard.png
Fire Flying
Ability: Blaze
Held item: None
ID: 200930
OT: 지우
Met: a Pokémon movie (fateful encounter)
Nature: Adamant
Ribbon: Wishing Ribbon Wishing Ribbon
Fire Special
Dragon Tail
Dragon Physical
Normal Physical
Seismic Toss
Fighting Physical
Games Method Location Duration
SwSh serial code online September 30 to November 30, 2020
Moves in bold can be taught again at the Move Reminder as a special move if forgotten.
Date received is the date on the system when the gift is redeemed.
This Pokémon is Korean in origin, regardless of the language of the game.

In the manga

Ash & Pikachu

Charizard in the Ash & Pikachu manga

Ash's Charizard appeared in Off To The Battle Frontier!!. It was excited to see Ash when he called it over as it was sent for training earlier. After arrival, Ash sent it out to battle Noland's Articuno. During the battle, it struggled to keep up with Articuno despite the type advantage due to the fact that Articuno's speed was quicker than Charizard's in terms of reflexes. However, Charizard focused in on where Articuno was going to strike next and defeated it, earning Ash the Knowledge Symbol.

Moves used

Ash Charizard Overheat AP.png
Using Overheat
Move First Used In
Flamethrower Off To The Battle Frontier!!
Dragon Breath Off To The Battle Frontier!!
Overheat Off To The Battle Frontier!!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

As a Charmander
Charizard in The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Ash's Charizard makes a few appearances in The Electric Tale of Pikachu; however, the circumstances of its capture seem to differ in the manga. While Damian appears in Pikachu's Excellent Adventure, he was separated from his Charmander because he was injured, not because he abandoned it. At the end of the chapter, the two reunite in the Hidden Village.

Despite this difference, Ash is still seen owning a Charmander, which first appears in You Gotta Have Friends. Charmander's capture is not shown in the manga, instead, it is explained that "Ash has been busy since the last comic!" when Charmander first appears from its Poké Ball. Charmander is first seen when a lonely Ash decides to play with his other Pokémon while Pikachu is off playing with a group of Pikachu. Charmander simply sets Ash on fire while his Oddish paralyzes him with Stun Spore.

Later, at the 88th Pokémon League, Ash presents his Charmander, now fully evolved into a Charizard, to Brock and Misty. Despite the fact that Ash wanted to use Charizard as a secret weapon, Charizard refuses to listen to him unless he holds a special flare that burns with the fire of a Moltres. Due to the fact that the flare burns out quickly and Ash could lose points for using a prop, he decides to not use it and use his other Pokémon instead.

Charizard violently attacking Ritchie's Charley

In the fifth round of the Pokémon League, Ash sends out Charizard as his third and last Pokémon in his match against Ritchie. Ritchie counters with his own Charizard, named Charley. Though evenly matched at first, Charizard goes into a violent frenzy and mercilessly starts scratching, biting, and burning Charley. Ash attempts to stop this mauling with his flare but Charizard ignores it and continues to attack Charley, heavily injuring it and splattering its blood everywhere.

Ash decides to return Charizard to its Poké Ball, forfeiting the match and making Ritchie the winner in the process. Overwhelmed with guilt, Ash leaves the arena and apologizes to Ritchie who states that it's alright and that his Charley will be fine after a trip to the Pokémon Center.

Charizard appeared again in You Bet Your Wife where Ash decided to use it in a dance competition in his Gym battle against Rudy. After flying around in circles, Charizard set Ash aflame as it did in its first appearance.

Charizard appeared one last time in Pikachu's Plan where it was used to battle Drake in the Orange League finals. Charizard, now listening to Ash perfectly, battles against Drake's Dragonite. Despite being much larger and putting up a good fight, Charizard is eventually defeated, leaving Ash with only Pikachu left to use.

Moves used

Ash Charmander Flamethrower EToP.png
Using Flamethrower
as a Charmander
Move First Used In
Flamethrower You Gotta Have Friends
Fire Spin Pikachu's Plan*
Seismic Toss Pikachu's Plan*
Dragon Rage Pikachu's Plan
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Movie adaptations

Mirage Pokémon Lugia's Explosive Birth

Ash's Charizard first appeared in Mirage Pokémon Lugia's Explosive Birth. Ash sent it out along with Squirtle and Bulbasaur to free the legendary birds from their prisons.

Genesect and the Legend Awakened

Charizard reappeared in Genesect and the Legend Awakened, where Ash sent it out along with his other Pokémon while he was in Pokémon Hills.

I Choose You!

Charizard in I Choose You!
As a Charmander
As a Charmeleon

Charizard appeared in I Choose You!. It was first shown as a Charmander where Cross got it from Professor Oak. Later, Cross was revealed to have abandoned Charmander when Ash encountered it out in the rain. After Ash and Verity took Charmander in a cave to recover, Sorrel helped it back to good health.

The next day, Ash offered Charmander to join his team and Charmander accepted. It then battled a Jigglypuff and defeated it, which resulted in it evolving into a Charmeleon. Charmeleon battled Cross's Incineroar. During the battle, it kept on damaging Incineroar, something that Cross allowed. However, it turned out to be part of Cross's plan as Incineroar's strength increased by every attack Charmeleon threw at it. Because of that, Incineroar was able to defeat Charmeleon with Cross Chop.

After Ash and his friends reached the Raizen Mountains and encountered Cross again, Charmeleon was used in the rematch against Cross's Incineroar. During the battle, Charmeleon evolved into Charizard and defeated Incineroar. When Marshadow became corrupted by the evil tainting it because of Cross placing the Rainbow Wing on top of the rock instead of Ash, Charizard protected Cross from an attack coming from Lycanroc when Marshadow possessed it and took part in the battle against the other Pokémon possessed by Marshadow. After Ash disappeared from existence because of a combined attack coming from Marshadow's army, Charizard and the others were saddened to see that happen. Charizard became happy when Ash was revived.

Moves used
Ash Charmeleon Flamethrower M20 manga.png
Using Flamethrower
as a Charmeleon
Move First Used In
Flamethrower I Choose You!
Slash I Choose You!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You! Remix

As a Charmeleon

Charizard, as a Charmander, belonged to a Trainer named Cross. Cross released Charmander as he deemed it weak and then Ash eventually caught Charmander. Later, Charmander evolved into a Charmeleon.

In ICYR3, Charmeleon was sent out to take on three Nidoking at Mount Tensei. Charmeleon's Flamethrower caused the Nidoking to go running. Later, it was used to battle Cross's Incineroar. During the battle, Cross's Incineroar got the upper hand but Charmeleon evolved into Charizard when it was about to lose. Using its newfound power, Charizard defeated Incineroar with Seismic Toss. Charizard then faced off against Cross's Lycanroc but the outcome was unknown.

Moves used
Ash Charmeleon Flamethrower ICYR.png
Using Flamethrower
as a Charmeleon
Move First Used In
Flamethrower ICYR3
Seismic Toss ICYR3
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Charizard in Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Charizard appeared in a fantasy in JNM01.


Charizard greeting Ash with Flamethrower
  • Charizard is the first Fire-type Pokémon obtained by Ash.
  • During the English dub of Tanks a Lot!, Brock referred to Charizard as a male when he said that the Pokémon could use his Flamethrower to destroy the Arbo-Tank, but this is not considered canon since the Japanese version has never established Charizard's gender.
  • Charizard was the first of Ash's starter Pokémon to evolve to its final stage.
  • Charizard became the first Pokémon in the anime to defeat a Legendary Pokémon when it beat Noland's Articuno in The Symbol Life.
  • Charizard is the only Pokémon Ash has had that refused to obey him after evolving. This behavior was also seen post-evolution in Dawn's Mamoswine and Iris's Excadrill.
  • Until the episode Charizard Chills, Charizard only seemed to obey Ash when fighting another Fire-type Pokémon. It was obedient when battling against Blaine's Magmar, Mewtwo's cloned Charizard, and Zippo.
  • It has become a running gag in the anime that whenever Charizard returns to Ash, it greets him by scorching him with its Flamethrower.
  • Out of all of Ash's Pokémon, Charizard holds the record for having the most amount of episodes between its capture and being left in Professor Oak's care, at 788 episodes.

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