Lana's Primarina

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Lana's Primarina
スイレンのアシレーヌ Suiren's Ashirene
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Lana's Primarina
Debuts in Alola to New Adventure!
Caught at Melemele Island
Evolves in Evolving Research!
The One That Didn't Get Away!
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Lana
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This Pokémon spent 105 episodes as Popplio and 14 episodes as Brionne.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Popplio Rikako Aikawa Eileen Stevens (SM001 - SM062)
Laurie Hymes (SM063 - SM106)
As Brionne Risa Shimizu Laurie Hymes
As Primarina Risa Shimizu Laurie Hymes

Lana's Primarina (Japanese: スイレンのアシレーヌ Suiren's Ashirene) is Lana's second known Pokémon. It was often seen outside of its Poké Ball.


Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon

Popplio being saved from Team Skull

Prior to its debut, Primarina, as a Popplio, was bullied by multiple Team Skull Grunts. Lana happened upon the scene and became furious at what was happening. As such, she 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.

Primarina debuted in Alola to New Adventure! as a Popplio 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 and Lana welcomed Ash to the school by competing in a race against him and Pikachu. 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 made one multiple times its normal size but could not retain it for long, resulting in 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 broke them free, but everyone quickly noticed 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.

Popplio being annoyed with Rowlet's incompetence

In They Might Not Be Giants!, Popplio was seen practicing making its water balloon again but floated away 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 and saved the duo. Litten took Popplio and Rowlet to its home, where Stoutland advised it to return the two to their Trainers. During their long search, the trio got caught by Team Rocket. However, they escaped thanks to Litten and blasted Team Rocket off with their combined attacks. Afterward, Popplio and Rowlet were reunited with their Trainers.

Popplio battling the Totem Wishiwashi

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 initially scared to battle the Small Fry Pokémon, it overcame 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 attempted to perform Hydro Vortex, as shown in Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!, but Popplio was unable to perform the Z-Move successfully. 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 use Confusion successfully. However, before it could do anything more to its opponents, Misty told Psyduck to put Popplio and Steenee down, saying they 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 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.

In Filling the Light with Darkness!, Popplio was used to help clear the mysterious black clouds that had appeared in Alola's skies. By combining its Z-Power alongside Ash's Pikachu, Kiawe's Marowak, and Gladion's Lycanroc, the Ultra Guardians powered a machine that managed to disperse the clouds.

In Securing the Future!, Popplio joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its normal form.

Popplio with Ida's Primarina

In We Know Where You're Going, Eevee!, Popplio spotted the Eevee that it had befriended earlier being chased by Pershie and helped protect it. Soon after, they were spotted by Rapp, Zipp, and Tupp, who started fighting over Eevee. Lana and her classmates soon intervened, and during the ensuing battle, Popplio ended up learning Surf, giving Eevee a platform it could use to jump down from and send the Team Skull Grunts blasting off with a powerful Double-Edge.

In Evolving Research!, Lana and Popplio trained alongside Ida and her recently evolved Primarina. After Ida displayed Primarina's signature Z-Move, Oceanic Operetta, Lana became determined to impress her and trained with Popplio for an entire night. The next morning, Lana showed the results of her training to Ida, which also resulted in Popplio evolving into Brionne. Before leaving, Ida gave Lana a Primarium Z so that she could one day use Oceanic Operetta as well.

In The One That Didn't Get Away!, while Ash and Lana were playing with Brionne's balloons in the sea, they were unexpectedly caught in a violent whirlpool that threw them onto a rocky reef. The cause of the whirlpool turned out to be a wild Kyogre that had been poisoned and was being chased by a hunter and his underlings. Thanks to Ash and Lana's help, the hunter was defeated and Kyogre was cured of its poison. However, Kyogre was still angry, and it dragged Lana underwater. Brionne then evolved into Primarina and saved Lana from drowning. Seeing Kyogre's rage, Lana decided to calm it down by reeling it in and having Primarina sing to it. This plan succeeded, and Lana was able to properly greet the Legendary Pokémon she had longed to meet for a long time.

Primarina battling Tsareena in the Alola League

In Battling Besties!, Lana used Primarina during her Manalo Conference battle against Mallow. Despite being at a type disadvantage against Tsareena, Primarina held the upper hand throughout the whole battle, having even learned Icy Wind to deal with Grass-type opponents. When Tsareena performed Bloom Doom, Primarina countered it with Oceanic Operetta before defeating Tsareena with Aqua Jet, winning the battle without having taken a single hit and allowing Lana to advance to the second round.

In The Road to the Semifinals!, Primarina went up against Guzma's Golisopod. When the First Impression Lana was expecting didn't come, she tried to have Primarina use Sparkling Aria, only for Golisopod to use Throat Chop and disable the move. Afterward, Golisopod struck Primarina with multiple super effective Poison Jabs, poisoning it. Although Primarina eventually managed to pin Golisopod down with Icy Wind and use Oceanic Operetta, Golisopod countered by using Liquidation to cut through the Z-Move and defeat Primarina, eliminating Lana from the tournament. After the battle, Mallow had Shaymin use Aromatherapy on Primarina to heal its poison before Lana took it to the Pokémon Center.

In Z-Move Showdown!, after a trio of Guzzlord invaded the Manalo Conference, Lana and Primarina combined their Z-Move with those of the other Trainers, knocking the second Shiny Guzzlord back into Ultra Space.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

In That New Old Gang of Mine!, Primarina participated in a welcome party for Ash and Goh during their visit to Alola.

In Helping the Hometown Hero!, Primarina attended a party to celebrate the return of Lillie and her family after they found Mohn.

Personality and characteristics

Primarina and Lana

Primarina is a very happy and playful Pokémon, often seen playing and clapping in excitement. Initially afraid of people, Primarina quickly warms up to them, thanks to Lana. However, despite being comfortable around humans, Primarina became afraid of Team Skull due to them bullying it, but overcame its fear in We Know Where You're Going, Eevee!. Primarina is very close with its Trainer, as it's seen being very joyful when praised by her and was often seen in her arms or on her head as a Popplio. As shown in They Might Not Be Giants!, Primarina 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 very apologetic after it and Rowlet crashed into Team Rocket's Secret Base and even got Rowlet to apologize until it realized who they were apologizing to.

Primarina and Sandy

Primarina tended to become jealous whenever another Pokémon was affectionate with Lana. In Dewpider Ascending!, this jealousy was showcased when a Dewpider clung affectionately to Lana's leg. In Bright Lights, Big Changes!, Lana revealed that Primarina likes to eat seaweed salad, while in That's Some Spicy Island Research!, it was shown to hate the taste of Poni Island radishes due to its spiciness. Primarina cares deeply for its friends, especially its best friend and teammate, Sandy. Primarina shows an interest in singing, as is typical with its species. This was first shown in Let Sleeping Pokémon Lie!, where it took the lead with its Trainer in teaching Samson's Komala how to Sing. It later sang with Ida's Primarina as part of its "training". After evolving into Brionne, its singing skills improved dramatically, as seen in Keeping Your Eyes on the Ball!, and improved even further when it evolved into Primarina. After evolving into Primarina, it became strong enough to swim against raging ocean currents while carrying its Trainer.


As a Popplio As a Brionne
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Moves used

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Using Surf as a Brionne
Move First Used In
Bubble Beam They Might Not Be Giants!
Aqua Jet  Big Sky, Small Fry!
Surf  We Know Where You're Going, Eevee!
Sparkling Aria  Chasing Memories, Creating Dreams!*
Icy Wind  Battling Besties!
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

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Using Hydro Vortex
as a Popplio
Move First Used In
Hydro Vortex Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!*
Oceanic Operetta A Fiery Training Camp Trick!*
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
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The Guardian's Challenge! None None
Description: Primarina 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. After evolving into Brionne, it became capable of creating multiple, colorful balloons.
Super Pokémon Fireworks.png Twirling with a Bang! Electroweb, Zing Zap, Discharge, Bubble Beam, Magical Leaf, Flamethrower, Fire Blast, and Powder Snow The Ultra Guardians' Pokémon
Description: Super Pokémon Fireworks (Japanese: 超特大ポケモン花火 Super Special Pokémon Fireworks) A combination move used by the Ultra Guardians' 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.


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Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon


  • Primarina is the only concurrent first partner Pokémon owned by a main character to:
    • Be owned by that character prior to the start of a series they debuted in.
    • Fully evolve before any first partner Pokémon owned by Ash from the same region.
  • Out of all the Pokémon that were obtained and evolved during the course of Pokémon the Series: Sun and Moon, Popplio took the longest to evolve, at 105 episodes.
  • Primarina is the only Pokémon belonging to one of Ash's classmates to have used a Pokémon-specific Z-Move.

See also

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

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