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Ephraim (Japanese: ミノル Minoru) was the character of the day for The Grass Route.

He is a son of a couple of farmers who live in Johto. He specializes in raising Grass-type Pokémon, mainly because his parents use a large collection of Grass-type Pokémon to maintain their farm. He convinced Ash to enter his Chikorita and Bulbasaur in the Grass Tournament, held near where he lives.

Ash faced Ephraim in the finals of the tournament, with Ephraim using Skiploom and Ash using Bulbasaur. Skiploom almost lost, but learned Solar Beam at the last moment. It defeated Bulbasaur, and won the tournament. Ephraim's prize was a collection of Leaf Stones, which he planned on using to evolve his parents' Pokémon.


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Ephraim's Skippy
Ephraim has a Skiploom called Skippy which is his only known Pokémon. It first appeared when Ash and his friends spotted it skipping around before being introduced to Ephraim. Ephraim used it to battle Ash in a friendly battle, but the battle ended when Skippy injured itself.

The following day, Ephraim and Ash competed in the Grass Tournament. Ephraim battled James and his Victreebel, and went on to defeat it. Skippy also defeated a Paras and Tangela before facing Ash and his Bulbasaur. Despite Ash's best efforts, Skippy defeated Bulbasaur by learning Solar Beam and becoming the victor.

Skiploom's known moves are Tackle, Double Team, Leech Seed, and Solar Beam.

Debut The Grass Route
Voice actors
English Kayzie Rogers

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 小林由美子 Yumiko Kobayashi
English Tara Jayne
Finnish Jenni Sivonen
Polish Wojciech Majchrzak
Brazilian Portuguese Gabriel Noya
Spanish Latin America Eduardo Garza
Spain Isacha Mengíbar


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