Empoleon debuted in Barry's Busting Out All Over!. Barry sent it out to battle Team Rocket after they were responsible for setting up a fake Storage System where they could steal Trainers' Pokémon. It managed to send Seviper flying. Barry then mentioned that the same exact move was the cause for his victory over Gardenia's Cacnea after a long, hard-fought battle, despite Cacnea having the type advantage. However, this was cut short as the trio was sent flying from Empoleon's Hyper Beam with the combined effort of Pikachu's and Piplup's attacks.
Later, Empoleon was the last Pokémon sent out during Barry's battle against Ash after both sides lost two Pokémon. Even though Empoleon had the type disadvantage, it managed to hang in there long. However, Empoleon was defeated by Pikachu's Volt Tackle as it couldn't dodge due to the recharge effect of Hyper Beam.
In A Shield with a Twist!, it was revealed that Empoleon had trained with Barry in Iron Island before they defeated Byron. It also appeared in Jumping Rocket Ship! where Barry sent it out to get its picture taken along with the group as Barry did not want any of his other Pokémon to have their picture taken, only for it to fall into Team Rocket's pitfall traps as the photographers turned out to be the villains themselves. During the battle, after its Hydro Pump and Chimchar's Flamethrower collided with Carnivine's Bullet Seed barrage and Seviper's Haze and sent them flying, Empoleon got separated with Brock's Happiny, Dawn's Piplup, and Ash's Grotle. It, along with the other Pokémon, eventually got reunited with their Trainers.
Empoleon was seen training with Barry and Heracross on Iron Island in Steeling Peace of Mind!. Their training was cut short when Team Galactic's machine caused it to go reckless, due to it being part Steel-type. It later appeared in Saving the World From Ruins! with its Trainer, where it was freed from Team Galactic's control. Empoleon and Barry then bid Ash and his friends farewell.
Empoleon briefly appeared in Stopped in the Name of Love!. In To Thine Own Pokémon Be True!, it competed in the Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament with Barry. Both of them managed to get far in the tournament until they went up against O and his Shiftry, whom they lost to.
In Challenging a Towering Figure!, Empoleon was used in the Festival Battle Challenge, a tournament marking the end of the Twinleaf Festival whose winner gets a chance to battle Palmer. Barry was hoping to have a battle with his father. However, he and Empoleon lost to Ash and his Pikachu in the final round.
After Ash caught a Gible in Gotta Get a Gible!, Empoleon challenged him. It won as Empoleon had a large advantage against Gible. This gave Barry his first victory over Ash. It appeared again in Fighting Ire with Fire!, where it battled an unnamed Trainer's Mothim. Afterward, Empoleon started a battle with Ash's Monferno after Paul told him to battle Ash. Both sides managed to stay in sync despite Monferno's type-disadvantage. However, Empoleon's Hydro Cannon sent it flying, which resulted in the activating of Blaze. As a result, the battle had no conclusion.
In League Unleashed!, Empoleon got Barry through the preliminaries of the Lily of the Valley Conference after defeating another Trainer's Nosepass. In Casting a Paul on Barry!, it was Barry's final Pokémon in his battle against Paul. It battled Paul's Magmortar, where it managed to serve some damage to Magmortar only for Magmortar to survive the attack. Both sides then recalled their Pokémon. It was sent out again to fight against Paul's Ursaring, where it was able to hit a Focus Blast back to Ursaring before Paul recalled Ursaring for his newly evolved Electivire. Empoleon eventually activated Torrent after a long battle and then used Hydro Cannon. However, Electivire used Protect and was soon defeated by a powerful Thunder, making Barry lose the battle. It fainted standing up.
Empoleon briefly appeared alongside Barry during the ending credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
Personality and characteristics
Empoleon is considered to be Barry's most trusted Pokémon as it managed to defeat many Gyms that Barry challenged. It has even held its ground against stronger opponents, especially the ones with the type advantage. Since Barry uses Empoleon in almost every single one of his battles, it is used to battling alongside him and is always willing to do so.
Empoleon, while completely loyal to Barry, sometimes shows embarrassment with its Trainer's behaviour, shown when Barry lost his cool over not catching a Gible.
|A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
- In Stopped in the Name of Love!, Barry states, "The evolutionary road from Piplup to Empoleon only gets harder and harder", which implies that Barry obtained his Empoleon as a Piplup.
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Empoleon.
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