Ash's Sceptile

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Ash's Sceptile
サトシのジュカイン Satoshi's Jukain
Poké Ball
Ash Sceptile.png
Ash's Sceptile
Debuts in Tree's a Crowd
Caught at Petalburg Woods
Evolves in Exploud and Clear
Odd Pokémon Out
Gender Unknown*
Ability Overgrow
Current location Professor Oak's Laboratory
This Pokémon spent 59 episodes as Treecko and 95 episodes as Grovyle.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Treecko Yūji Ueda Dan Green
As Grovyle Yūji Ueda Darren Dunstan
Bill Rogers
As Sceptile Yūji Ueda Bill Rogers

Ash's Sceptile (Japanese: サトシのジュカイン Satoshi's Jukain) was the second Pokémon that Ash caught in the Hoenn region, and his twenty-third overall.

In the anime


Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

As a Treecko

Treecko was caught in Tree's a Crowd after Ash helped it in trying to save its old tree home. Soon afterward, it had a battle with Ash's Pikachu and Ash caught it as a result. In the next episode, Treecko struggled to make friends with the other Pokémon until it rescued May's Torchic from a wild Seviper, though it was badly hurt in the process. Later in the episode, Treecko went off to do some special training on its own; when it had perfected a new variation of Pound in which it spun in the air before hitting the target. It then battled the Seviper again and won.

In The Winner by a Nosepass, Ash chose Treecko to battle Roxanne's Geodude, where it quickly lost. Brock pointed out that even though Grass-types are strong against Rock-types, Treecko did not have an advantage due to it not knowing any Grass-type moves. In Brave the Wave it was used during Ash's Gym Battle against Brawly. While it managed to defeat Machop, it was still beaten by Brawly's Hariyama, causing Ash to lose the battle. In Turning Over a Nuzleaf, when it and the other Pokémon were separated from their Trainers, Treecko frequently taunted Corphish, though they later made amends in order to beat Team Rocket. Treecko battled Brawly's Hariyama again in Just One of the Geysers and won, earning Ash the Knuckle Badge.

Treecko battled a Shiftry in Jump for Joy! to rescue a Nurse Joy. Ash revealed in What You Seed is What You Get that the Shiftry had inspired him to try to teach Treecko how to use Bullet Seed. This became a reality when they met Natasha and her Grovyle, who helped Treecko learn the move using watermelon seeds.

In Going, Going, Yawn!, Ash used Treecko as his second Pokémon in his Lavaridge Gym battle. It went up against Flannery's Slugma despite a type disadvantage. After using its speed to dodge Slugma's Flamethrower Treecko used Quick Attack, but the damage was halved thanks to Magcargo's Reflect that was set up earlier in the Gym Battle. After dodging another Flamethrower, Treecko used Pound, which was also weakened by Reflect. Slugma then used Smog, hiding itself. Treecko used multiple Bullet Seed attacks but they all ended up missing. Treecko was then hit by Slugma's Body Slam. It used Bullet Seed to escape but was burned by Flamethrower while escaping. Ash then recalled Treecko. Ash later sent out Treecko to battle Flannery's final Pokémon, Torkoal, despite still being injured from the burn. Torkoal ended up defeating it with a powerful Overheat.

In Exploud and Clear!, while the other Pokémon ate food, Treecko didn't eat and acted distant, hiding up a tree and ignoring attempts by Ash and Corphish to be friendly. This worried Max but Ash assumed that it was just in a bad mood. All of a sudden a Loudred started rampaging through the area, which caught Treecko's interest. The Loudred's rampage was stopped by its Trainer Guy. Guy mentioned his Loudred had been acting weird lately, which Ash compared to his Treecko. Ash decided to battle Guy and his Loudred as he thought exercise could solve its problems and Treecko volunteered itself to battle. After battling hard both Pokémon evolved at the same time, Loudred into Exploud and Treecko into Grovyle. Grovyle demonstrated its new Leaf Blade attack, putting a twig in its mouth. Ash and Guy decided to continue the battle, but Exploud ignored its Trainer's commands, rampaging off. The two then followed Exploud. While looking for Exploud, Grovyle refused to return to its Poké Ball and went to higher ground, which caused May to comment that Grovyle was more stubborn after evolving. After Team Rocket angered Exploud, Grovyle heard Exploud and followed it to a waterfall, battling it again. Ash and the others eventually caught up with Grovyle and Exploud with Ash and Guy deciding to pick up the battle, with Exploud ignoring Guy's commands again. Team Rocket then tried to capture Exploud again, but Guy was able to protect it, earning its respect. With Exploud obeying Guy again, Ash decided to finish the battle using Grovyle again. The outcome of the battle was unknown.

As a Grovyle

In Go Go Ludicolo!, Grovyle was sent out with Ash's other Pokémon when Ash was deciding which three Pokémon he would use for his next Gym Battle. Corphish was immediately jealous of it, noticing that it had recently evolved. It was used a lot by Ash, such as getting oranges from a tree, freeing Ash's Pokémon from a net, and defeating Team Rocket. This got Grovyle lots of praise from the others, all of which made Corphish more jealous and angry. Ash was tempted to use Grovyle to battle Poncho and his Ludicolo but used Corphish instead after it got angry again and wanted to battle as well.

In Balance of Power!, Ash used Grovyle as his third and final Pokémon in his Petalburg Gym Battle against Norman, going up against Norman's final Pokémon, his Slaking. Both Pokémon stared off against each other initially with May mentioning that both Pokémon were big and scary. Grovyle used Bullet Seed which Slaking blocked with its hands, taking no damage. Norman mentioned that since Slaking was the Lazy Pokémon weak attacks won't arouse interest. Grovyle launched a Leaf Blade attack, which Slaking caught and threw Grovyle. Slaking used Focus Punch, which Grovyle responded to with Bullet Seed, causing the Focus Punch to fail as Slaking lost its focus. However, this just made Slaking angry. Slaking launched a powerful Earthquake and Ash had Grovyle jump and use Pound but it got caught again by Slaking, who sent Grovyle flying and caused it to hit the roof. Grovyle used Bullet Seed, but Slaking launched a Hyper Beam that overpowered Bullet Seed, dealing major damage. Grovyle got up but looked weak, and Norman suggested Ash forfeit for Grovyle's safety but Grovyle convinced Ash to continue. Grovyle's Overgrow ability immediately activated. Since it was weak, the power of its Grass-type moves increased significantly. Norman commented that the real battle was just beginning. Slaking used Earthquake but Grovyle jumped and then jumped off Slaking when it tried to catch it. Slaking then used Hyper Beam but Grovyle jumped off a wall to dodge. It hit Slaking with a powerful Pound, but Slaking didn't look hurt at all. Slaking launched a full power Focus Punch, with Grovyle launching a full power Leaf Blade. Although it struggled to remain standing up afterward, only Grovyle remained standing, defeating Slaking and earning Ash the Balance Badge.

In Sky High Gym Battle!, Grovyle battled Winona's Altaria and won, despite the type disadvantage. It was later used against Winona's Swellow, though it lost the battle. In Vanity Affair it once again battled an Altaria, this time belonging to the Hoenn Elite Four's Drake. With its incredible jumping ability, Grovyle was able to attack Altaria while it was high up but was unable to defeat it.

In The Great Eight Fate!, Ash used Grovyle as his first Pokémon in the second round of his Sootopolis Gym battle, going up against Juan's Luvdisc. Grovyle used Bullet Seed which Luvdisc dodged. Luvdisc countered with Water Pulse, which Grovyle was able to dodge by jumping. It went for a Leaf Blade but Luvdisc dodged and countered with Sweet Kiss. In the next episode, it was revealed that the Sweet Kiss confused Grovyle, causing it to be initially unresponsive and eventually bash its head against a wall. Although Brock told Ash to recall Grovyle, Juan took the initiative and had Luvdisc use Water Gun, knocking Grovyle out.

Grovyle was used many times in the Ever Grande Conference. Its first battle was in Shocks and Bonds where it teamed up with Glalie to battle Clark's Quilava and Charizard. Though it was able to defeat Quilava, it lost to Charizard, leaving Glalie to battle on its own.

Overgrow activated

In A Judgment Brawl, Ash used Grovyle as his sixth and last Pokémon in his Full Battle against Katie in the Victory Tournament, going up against Katie's last Pokémon Walrein. Walrein used Ice Beam and Grovyle was able to dodge and use Leaf Blade. However, Walrein dodged by diving underwater in the water field and coming back to hit Grovyle with Ice Beam from behind. Walrein confused Grovyle by diving and reappearing in different locations. To counter, Ash had Grovyle use Leaf Blade on the water, causing Walrein to emerge and take damage. Walrein used Ice Beam but Grovyle dodged and the Ice Beam froze the water, turning the field into ice. This was Ash's plan all along, preventing Walrein from going underwater. Grovyle then successfully used Quick Attack on Walrein crashing it into a wall, but Walrein wasn't finished and used Mimic, copying Grovyle's Quick Attack. Grovyle hit with Leaf Blade and Walrein used Body Slam, but Grovyle dodged and used Bullet Seed on Walrein. It then hit Walrein with a Quick Attack while dodging its Ice Beams. Walrein used Quick Attack and Ash had Grovyle move up close, surprising everyone since Walrein was larger. It dodged at the last second and used Leaf Blade, defeating Walrein and moving Ash to the next round of the Victory Tournament.

In Choose It or Lose It!, Ash uses Grovyle as his fourth Pokémon in his Full Battle against Morrison in the Victory Tournament, Grovyle went up against Steelix, who had already defeated Pikachu and Torkoal. Grovyle dodged Iron Tail and used Bullet Seed, which Steelix was able to dodge with Dig. Grovyle was able to jump from the incoming Dig and Steelix used Dragon Breath, but Grovyle was able to push through Dragon Breath with Leaf Blade, hitting it and defeating Steelix. Morrison then sent out his Gligar to match Grovyle's speed. Grovyle used Quick Attack and Gligar was able to dodge. Gligar used Steel Wing on Grovyle but it jumped into the grass and hid. Grovyle hit it with a Bullet Seed and Gligar used Steel Wing again. Although Grovyle hid in the grass again, Gligar used Steel Wing to try and search it out, but Grovyle was able to jump onto Gligar's back and attempted to use Leaf Blade, but Gligar shook it off and used Guillotine. Grovyle was unable to dodge and attempted Bullet Seed, but Gligar dodged and hit with the attack, the one-hit knockout move defeating it.

In At the End of the Fray, Ash used Grovyle as his fifth Pokémon in his Full Battle against Tyson in the Victory Tournament, Grovyle went up against Metagross. A crack in Metagross's armor caused by Swellow gave Ash an idea on how to defeat it. Grovyle used its Bullet Seed attacks on the chink in the armor; however, this didn't defeat Metagross and it used Hyper Beam. Grovyle dodged and made the Iron Leg Pokémon unable to move, allowing Grovyle to focus more Bullet Seed attacks on the crack, dealing major damage. Ash attempted to finish Metagross off with Leaf Blade, but Metagross used Meteor Mash to defeat Grovyle.

Kanto Battle Frontier
Sceptile and Ash

Grovyle battled Greta and her Hariyama in Wheel of Frontier, but was defeated.

In Odd Pokémon Out!, it developed a crush on a Meganium owned by the Nurse Joy from Camomile Island and evolved into a Sceptile to rescue it when it had fallen into Team Rocket's hands. However, the Meganium was attracted to a Tropius, leaving Sceptile heartbroken and unable to use any moves. It regained its ability to use attacks in Cutting The Ties That Bind! to save Ash from Team Rocket with the use of Leaf Blade. It then used Quick Attack to save him and Bullet Seed to soften the fall. It was used in Ash's battle against Spenser in the following episode, Ka Boom with a View!, where it battled and defeated Shiftry and Claydol, giving Ash the Spirit Symbol after learning a new move, Solar Beam.

In Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys' Crisis! Parts 1 and 2, Sceptile helped battle a wild Deoxys. It later battled a Legendary Pokémon in Battling the Enemy Within!, Brandon's Regirock, when Ash was possessed by the evil spirit of the King of Pokélantis. Despite a type advantage and dirty tactics from King of Pokélantis such as using the referee as a shield, Sceptile was soon defeated.

In Once More With Reeling!, it was entered in the Terracotta Town Pokémon Contest, an informal event not sanctioned by the Pokémon Activities Committee. Sceptile was used in the Battle Round, where it went up against May's newly-evolved Blaziken in a match that saw both Pokémon activating their Abilities. At the end of the five-minute time limit, Ash and May had the same amount of points, but due to the event's informality, a sudden-death round did not take place, and the battle resulted in a tie. As there was just one Terracotta Medal, Sceptile used its Leaf Blade to split the commemorative Ribbon in half.

Ash left Sceptile at Professor Oak's Laboratory before setting off to the Sinnoh region.

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

In The Semi-Final Frontier!, Ash's Sceptile had its first battle against a Mythical Pokémon when it was sent out against Tobias's Darkrai in the semi-finals of the Lily of the Valley Conference. It used its newly-learned attack, Leaf Storm, to attack Darkrai, but was hit by its Ice Beam first. After the attack, Sceptile was hit by a Dark Void and put to sleep, allowing Darkrai to hit it with a Dream Eater attack, but was able to wake up almost instantly, shocking Tobias, and defeated Darkrai with a powerful Leaf Blade. Sceptile was the only Pokémon in the Sinnoh League (or the region for that matter) to defeat Darkrai. However, after all the damage it had taken, it was unable to defeat Tobias's next Pokémon, Latios, whose Giga Impact overpowered Leaf Blade, knocking Sceptile out.

Pokémon the Series: Black & White

Sceptile was reunited with Ash in The Dream Continues!, where it and the rest of Ash's Pokémon posed in a group photo with him.

Personality and characteristics

Ever since its debut, Sceptile has been known to act cool, calm, and collected; holding a twig in the side of its mouth almost always. Sceptile has an overpowering pride, similar to Buizel's, that it will defend at all costs from anyone or anything that damages it, most notably after being defeated by Seviper, Hariyama and when a Tropius flirted with a Meganium it had taken a liking to. Before evolving into Sceptile, it was shown to tease the other Pokémon, especially Corphish, although it would always defend and protect them.

Moves used

Ash Sceptile Pound.png
Using Pound
Ash Treecko Quick Attack.png
Using Quick Attack
as a Treecko
Move First Used In
Pound Tree's a Crowd
Quick Attack  A Tail with a Twist
Bullet Seed What You Seed is What You Get
Leaf Blade  Exploud and Clear
Solar Beam Ka Boom with a View!
Agility Curbing the Crimson Tide!
Leaf Storm  The Semi-Final Frontier!
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
Ash Treecko Spinning Descent Pound 1.pngAsh Treecko Spinning Descent Pound 2.png A Tail with a Twist Pound None
Description: A variant of Pound developed by Ash's Treecko after losing to Jessie's once wild Seviper. While falling, it spins to triple the striking power of Pound before hitting its target. Treecko managed to perfect it by training by a waterfall, then used it to defeat Seviper in a rematch moments after.
Ash Grovyle Spinning Leaf Blade.png The Great Eight Fate! Leaf Blade None
Description: A variant of Leaf Blade developed by Ash's Grovyle during its Gym battle against Juan. While using Leaf Blade in the air, it spins its arms around, flies down in great speed, and hits the opponent. Grovyle tried to use it against Luvdisc, but it dodged.


Advanced Group.png AG Characters and Pokémon.png Ash AG Party.png
Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

In the games

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Advanced Generation: I've Begun Hiragana and Katakana!

Grovyle appears in Pokémon Advanced Generation: I've Begun Hiragana and Katakana!.

Pokémon Advanced Generation: Pokémon Number Battle!

Treecko appears in Pokémon Advanced Generation: Pokémon Number Battle!.

Pokémon Masters Arena

Treecko appears in Pokémon Masters Arena.

In the manga

Ash & Pikachu

As a Treecko
Grovyle in Ash & Pikachu
Grovyle and Ash

Ash's Sceptile first appeared as a Treecko in The Keeper Of The Tree, Treecko!!. In the next chapter, it was the first Pokémon sent out during Ash's Gym battle against Roxanne, where it lost to her Geodude since it didn't know any Grass-type moves at the time.

Sometime before I'll Win With My Own Battle Style!!, Treecko was revealed to have evolved into Grovyle. During the Gym battle against Norman, it was the last Pokémon sent out, going up against Norman's Slaking. After a long battle, Grovyle emerged victorious. In Start Of The Pokémon League!!, Grovyle fought Morrison's Steelix and Gligar, where it lost to the latter.

Moves used

Ash Treecko Quick Attack AP.png
Using Quick Attack
as a Treecko
Move First Used In
Pound Trust In Each Other!!
Quick Attack Trust In Each Other!!
Bullet Seed I'll Win With My Own Battle Style!!
Leaf Blade I'll Win With My Own Battle Style!!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the TCG

Ash's Sceptile was featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as both a Treecko and a Grovyle. The following is a list of related cards.

Ash's Sceptile
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 #
Ash's Treecko Grass       ADV-P Promotional cards   036/ADV-P
Ash's Grovyle Grass       Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Aura's Lucario   001/020


  • Sceptile's habit of keeping a twig in its mouth is much like a 番長 banchō, a juvenile gang leader, a character type that was common in manga and anime in the 1960s and early 1970s.
  • Sceptile has been referred to as a male in episodes such as Tree's a Crowd and Odd Pokémon Out, but only in the English dub.
  • Sceptile is Ash's first fully evolved Grass-type starter Pokémon, as well as his first fully evolved Grass-type Pokémon overall.
  • Sceptile is Ash's only Pokémon to have evolved in two different regions.
  • Sceptile is the only Grass-type owned by Ash to not know any Grass-type moves upon being caught.
  • Sceptile is the first Pokémon belonging to a main character that defeated a Mythical Pokémon in a battle.

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