ヤナギのイノムー Yanagi's Inomoo
Pryce's Piloswine (Japanese: ヤナギのイノムー Yanagi's Inomoo) is Pryce's main Pokémon in the anime and games.
In the anime
Pryce had obtained Piloswine somewhere in his youth and the two were very close to each other. During a tournament Pryce entered in, Piloswine managed to defeat a Nidoking with a Take Down, a Golem with a Fury Attack, and an Ursaring with a Blizzard, freezing it in the process. Piloswine was on a roll until it went up against a Trainer with a Magmar. Pryce was confident that Piloswine was going to defeat Magmar, though. The battle began and one of Magmar's attacks burnt the Ice-type. When Magmar used Fire Blast to finish it off, Pryce jumped in the way to prevent it from getting hurt. As a result, both Pryce and Piloswine suffered grave burns and were taken to a cottage. Suddenly, Piloswine stepped outside into a snowstorm, seemingly abandoning Pryce in disgust for the defeat. Shocked, Pryce angrily yelled at it for leaving him after everything he had done for it, but Piloswine kept walking away until disappearing. This resulted in Pryce growing bitter and distant toward Pokémon in general.
Many years later, Ash and Pryce went into a cave where they found Piloswine trapped in ice, with some herbs by its side. It was revealed that Piloswine had stepped into the blizzard in order to get some herbs to cure Pryce from his burns, but fell down and became frozen. Heartbroken, Pryce realized his huge misunderstanding. Ash melted the ice surrounding Piloswine with Cyndaquil's Flamethrower and then had Pikachu use Thunder Shock on the Pokémon to revive it. It looked like Piloswine wouldn't wake up no matter how many times it was shocked, but after many attempts, it finally revived. This one showed that it remembered its Trainer, and Pryce was ecstatic to reunite with his old friend. Piloswine then used Rest to recover from the wounds it suffered. Ash, Pryce, and Piloswine left the cave and reunited with Sheila, Misty, and Brock. Team Rocket showed up and Piloswine took on their Arbok and Weezing. Piloswine proceeded to attack them with Fury Attack first and then froze them with Blizzard, leaving Pikachu to finish them off. Having a change of heart, Pryce finally accepted Ash's challenge.
Piloswine preparing to battle against Ash's Pikachu
In Nice Pryce, Baby!, Pryce groomed Piloswine before his upcoming Gym battle. He sent it out after his Dewgong was defeated by Cyndaquil. Piloswine began with Blizzard which took Cyndaquil out in one hit. Pikachu was then sent out. Pikachu was hit by Piloswine's barrage of Blizzard attacks. Pikachu took advantage of this after one of the Blizzards formed an ice pillar, by having him slide under Piloswine and use Thunder. This hurt Piloswine, but it used Rest to recover. After waking up, Piloswine countered Pikachu's Quick Attack with a combination of Take Down and Fury Attack. Pikachu used Thunderbolt but it had no effect this time. Piloswine once again used the earlier used combo and started to get tired. Pryce threw in the towel and went up to Piloswine, rewarding it for a job well done.
It reappeared in a flashback in Why? Wynaut!.
Personality and characteristics
Piloswine is considered to be part of Pryce's family, as seen in various flashbacks during its debut episode. This was especially shown when, during a battle with a Magmar, Pryce put his own body in harms way to protect his Pokémon from taking a hit from a Fire Blast. However, Pryce's opinion about Piloswine changed after it left and didn't come back. Pryce's bitter feelings towards being abandoned by his beloved Pokémon lasted for years, until he and Ash found Piloswine frozen in a cave with some herbs meant to heal his then injured Trainer's burns. This showed Piloswine's own caring nature towards Pryce. With both Trainer and Pokémon's relationship repaired, Pryce was once again shown to be very protective of Piloswine when he willingly forfeited his Gym match against Ash after the Swine Pokémon started to get exhausted from the battle.
In battle, Piloswine was shown to be quite the powerhouse of Pryce's team. In Ash's Gym battle against the Ice-type Gym Leader, Piloswine was shown to be able to withstand many attacks, while using Rest to recover from any damage it did take. It was also able to overpower its opponents with moves such as Blizzard and Take Down.
|Using Take Down
|A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
In the games
As mentioned above, Piloswine is also Pryce's main Pokémon in the games. He uses it during the Gym battle against the player in Gold, Silver, and Crystal, as well as their remakes, HeartGold and SoulSilver. In the HeartGold and SoulSilver rematches, it has evolved into Mamoswine. Pryce also uses Piloswine in both rounds of Pokémon Stadium 2.
Piloswine is absent in the Pokémon World Tournament of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, as Pryce uses Mamoswine instead.
Pokémon Masters EX
- Main article: Pryce (Masters)
Pryce mentioned that he owns a Piloswine in Pokémon Masters EX.
In the manga
Pokémon Pocket Monsters
Piloswine appeared in Ice World. When Clefairy put on a Piloswine costume, Pryce's Piloswine was angered by the sight of it and attacked it. When Piloswine returned, the battle between Clefairy and Swinub was called off, and both Pryce and Swinub were able to see it again.
In the TCG
Pryce's Piloswine is featured in the TCG as one of Pryce's Pokémon. The following is a list of cards named Pryce's Piloswine.
- In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Pryce owns a level 31 Piloswine that knows Fury Attack, which Piloswine does not learn until level 33. Additionally, Swinub does not learn the move at all, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Piloswine.