Lana's Popplio

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Lana's Popplio
スイレンのアシマリ Suiren's Ashimari
Poké Ball
Lana Popplio.png
Lana's Popplio
Debuts in Alola to New Adventure!
Caught at Melemele Island
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Lana
Popplio
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Popplio Rikako Aikawa Eileen Stevens

Lana's Popplio (Japanese: スイレンのアシマリ Suiren's Ashimari) is Lana's first known Pokémon. It was often seen outside of its Poké Ball.

History

Popplio and Lana

Prior to its debut, Popplio was bullied by multiple Team Skull Grunts. Lana, furious at what was happening, attacked them with her Lapras's Ice Beam, freezing the group solid. She then used a fishing rod to pull it to safety. Lana then took Popplio to heal its wounds. Lana decided to personally feed and care for Popplio, as she did not want it to be afraid of humans in the future. Popplio quickly warmed up to her, and became her partner Pokémon.

Popplio first appeared in Alola to New Adventure! alongside its Trainer, fishing for wild Pokémon. Once Ash came to the Pokémon School, it helped in welcoming him. Popplio later watched very concerned as Team Skull Grunts battled Kiawe.

In The Guardian's Challenge!, Popplio was used to help welcome Ash to the school, competing in Lana's challenge against Ash and Pikachu, competing in a race. The race began on the ground where Popplio quickly fell behind compared to Pikachu's speed. Once it reached the water section of the race, Popplio immediately caught up to Pikachu, swiftly moving through the water. Popplio finished first, receiving praise from Lana and the others watching.

In Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio!, Lana had Popplio train on its water balloon, hoping to increase its size. After a few tries, Popplio managed to make one multiple times its normal size, but was unable to retain it for long, resulting with it dousing Lana and Ash. The following day, Popplio helped Lana fish for Water-type Pokémon. Soon after, the Poké Ride Lapras were stolen by Team Rocket's hot air balloon. Pikachu succeeded in breaking them free, but everyone quickly noticed that they were positioned directly over spiked rocks. Popplio swam at high speeds towards the rocks and quickly made a giant water balloon that the Lapras fell on, bouncing them away from the rocks safely into the water. It then used its water balloon to counter Jessie's Mimikyu's Shadow Ball, while Ash had his Rowlet break the hot air balloon with Leafage.

In They Might Not Be Giants!, Popplio was seen practicing on making its water balloon again, but floated away in in one of its balloons along with Ash's Rowlet when the latter accidentally bumped into it. While the others looked for the duo, Rowlet accidentally popped the balloon, causing the duo to fall straight onto a radar that Team Rocket was constructing. Popplio distracted Team Rocket by using Bubble Beam to escape, but the two were soon confronted by Meowth and James's Mareanie. A Litten then appeared who saved the duo. Litten took Popplio and Rowlet to its home, where Stoutland advised it to take the two back to their Trainers. During their long search, the trio got caught by Team Rocket. However, they managed to escape thanks to Litten and blasted Team Rocket off with their combined attacks. Afterwards, Popplio and Rowlet were reunited with their Trainers.

In Big Sky, Small Fry!, Popplio assisted Lana in the trial at Brooklet Hill by distracting a Totem School Form Wishiwashi, which Lana had hooked with her fishing rod. Although it was initially scared to battle the Small Fry Pokémon, it managed to overcome its fear after seeing Lana struggling to reel Wishiwashi in. As it started attacking Wishiwashi with Bubble Beam, Popplio soon got sent flying by an attack from an Alomomola, blasting it into a rock. After Pikachu had defeated Alomomola, Popplio attacked it with a newly learned Aqua Jet, defeating the Totem Pokémon and causing it to revert to multiple Solo Form Wishiwashi, which then made the Solo Form Wishiwashi that Lana healed earlier to hand over a Waterium Z to her.

After obtaining her Z-Crystal, Lana and Popplio had attempted to perform Hydro Vortex, as shown in Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!, but Popplio was unable to successfully perform the Z-Move. After witnessing Ida and her Brionne use Hydro Vortex, Lana requested Ida to train her and Popplio. Their training consisted of having Popplio attempt to burst Brionne's water balloons using its own. Despite failing initially, Popplio eventually succeeded after some hard training. Later, when the group got attacked by a wild Dhelmise, Lana and Popplio were able to successfully execute Hydro Vortex, which sent Dhelmise flying.

In When Regions Collide!, Popplio was used in a battle against Misty's Psyduck alongside Mallow's Steenee. Steenee started the battle with Magical Leaf while Popplio quickly followed with Bubble Beam. Psyduck then counterattacked with Water Gun. Popplio then created a water balloon, absorbing the Water Gun, which it then launched at the Duck Pokémon, trapping it inside. Misty commanded Psyduck to use Confusion, but Psyduck didn't respond. Steenee then attacked with another Magical Leaf, breaking the balloon and causing Psyduck land on its head, giving it a headache. This allowed Psyduck to successfully use Confusion, but before it could do anything more to its opponents, Misty told Psyduck to put Popplio and Steenee down, saying that they had already had enough.

In Rescuing the Unwilling!, Popplio was among those used to fight Lusamine's Mismagius, Milotic, and Lilligant, which were under Nihilego's control, to allow Ash to save Lusamine. Popplio knocked back Lilligant with Bubble Beam, but Lilligant then made it dance with Teeter Dance. Ash's Litten and Rowlet released it from the dance, and it rejoined the fight. In the next episode, Lana and Popplio used Hydro Vortex on Mismagius. Although Mismagius appeared to have been defeated by this move, Nihilego made it get back up and continue battling. The battle ended when Ash and Pikachu performed 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt to defeat Nihilego.

Personality and characteristics

Popplio is a very happy and playful Pokémon, often seen playing and clapping in excitement. Initially afraid of people, Popplio quickly warms up to them thanks to Lana. Popplio is very close with its Trainer, as it's seen being very joyful when praised by her and is often seen in her arms. As shown in They Might Not Be Giants!, Popplio is also a very responsible Pokémon, taking control as leader, when it and Rowlet were separated from their Trainers, by carrying Rowlet and even fighting against Team Rocket, even when the Rowlet's lax and sleepy behavior left it frustrated. In the same episode, it was also shown to be very apologetic after it and Rowlet crashed into Team Rocket's Secret Base and was even getting Rowlet to apologize until it realized who they were apologizing to.

Popplio has been shown to be jealous in SM071, when a Dewpider clung affectionately to Lana's leg.

Moves used

Lana Popplio Bubble Beam.png
Using Bubble Beam
Move First Used In
Bubble Beam They Might Not Be Giants!
Aqua Jet Big Sky, Small Fry!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Z-Moves used

Picture Z-Move First Used in Base Move
Lana Popplio Hydro Vortex.png Hydro Vortex Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence! Bubble Beam or Aqua Jet
Description: Popplio strikes a series of synchronized poses with its Trainer to build Z-Power. It then charges at the target while cloaked in a light blue glow. Popplio then spins around the opponent, surrounding them in a giant whirlpool.

Moves improvised

Picture First Used In Moves Involved Partnered With
Lana Popplio water balloon.png The Guardian's Challenge! None None
Description: Popplio is able to make water balloons of varying size. The balloons are able to hold people and Pokémon inside of it, allowing those inside to breathe underwater. The balloons can also be used as an attack, able to be fired at opponents and reflect attacks, as well as absorb Water attacks.
Super Special Pokémon Fireworks.png SM078 Electroweb, Zing Zap, Discharge, Bubble Beam, Magical Leaf, Flamethrower, Fire Blast, and Powder Snow The Ultra Guardians's Pokémon
Description: (Japanese: 超特大ポケモン花火 Super Special Pokémon Fireworks) A combination move used by the Ultra Guardian's partner Pokémon and their Ride Pokémon. Pikachu launches Electroweb into the air, followed by Togedemaru and Charjabug adding to it by creating a makeshift Electroweb with Zing Zap and Discharge, respectively. Popplio, Steenee, Turtonator, and Charizard add to the combination with Bubble Beam, Magical Leaf, and a double Flamethrower, respectively. Flygon, Garchomp, and Altaria then use a triple Fire Blast, followed by Snowy's Powder Snow and Poipole's poison. Together, the moves make a giant spinning ferris wheel-shaped construction.

Trivia

  • Popplio is the first starter Pokémon to be owned by a main character prior to the start of a series they appeared in.

Related articles

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


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