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Several wild Pokémon had a recurring role in the Pokémon anime.

Original series

A wild Fearow
Spearow → Fearow
Main article: Fearow (anime)

Fearow's first appearance was the first episode of the anime, where it appeared as a Spearow. It attacked Ash and Pikachu after Ash threw a rock at it. Its second and final appearance was in Pallet Party Panic, where it was shown to have evolved into a Fearow. It battled against Ash's Pidgeotto, who soon evolved into a Pidgeot, Ash attempted to capture the Fearow while riding on Pidgeot's back. Despite its weakened state, he was still unable to capture it, and left Pidgeot behind to guard against any future attacks. It was seen in a flashback in Fighting Flyer with Fire.

Debut Pokémon - I Choose You!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Unshō Ishizuka
Ho-Oh in the original series

Ho-Oh in I Choose You!
Main article: Ho-Oh (anime)

Ho-Oh is the second recurring wild Pokémon in the anime, and the one that made three appearances.

After Ash and Pikachu were exhausted from fighting a flock of Spearow, Ash saw a glimpse of Ho-Oh flying over a rainbow. The Pokédex couldn't record the data of Ho-Oh as it was unknown at the time. Since then, it would often fly around.

An alternate version of Ho-Oh appears in I Choose You! as one of its central Pokémon.

Debut Pokémon - I Choose You!
Sabrina's Haunter
Main article: Sabrina's Haunter

Haunter first appeared in The Tower of Terror. After Ash befriended it, he attempted to use it to battle Sabrina, but Haunter decided to goof off. At the end of Haunter Versus Kadabra, Haunter decided to stay with Sabrina.

Debut The Tower of Terror
Voice actors
Japanese Toshiyuki Morikawa
English Ted Lewis
A wild Jigglypuff
Main article: Jigglypuff (anime)

The fourth recurring wild Pokémon in the anime, and the one that made the most appearances, is Jigglypuff.

Jigglypuff's first appearance was in The Song of Jigglypuff. At first it couldn't sing, but that changed once Brock gave it a piece of fruit which soothed its throat. Jigglypuff followed the gang throughout their journey until Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire, and returned after a long absence in the Sun & Moon series.

Jigglypuff is perhaps best known, however, for its running gag. Whenever it saw that its song put its listeners to sleep, it would inflate angrily, making a distinctive "honk" sound, then doodle over the faces of its audience with its marker.

Debut The Song of Jigglypuff
Voice actors
Japanese Mika Kanai
English Rachael Lillis (EP045-AG039)
Michele Knotz (SM042-Present)
A wild Clefairy
Ash and his friends first encountered the Clefairy after their spacecraft crash-landed near Viridian City in Clefairy Tales. The Clefairy resorted to stealing items, including Jigglypuff's signature microphone marker and even Pikachu, from a nearby town to rebuild their spaceship.

The group, accompanied by Oswald and Jigglypuff, tracked the Clefairy to an underground cave and stormed the spaceship to recover Jigglypuff's microphone and Pikachu. Though Jigglypuff ended up defeating all of the Clefairy with Pound, the spacecraft still took off because of its preset launch, though Ash, his friends, and Jigglypuff escaped in time. Oswald remained on board until the spaceship crashed again in another village. As a result, the Clefairy once again began stealing the locals' items to return to orbit.

The group re-encountered the Clefairy in Wish Upon a Star Shape, after their spacecraft crashed into a Johto mountainside. Prior to the crash-landing, the Clefairy beamed a Cleffa to safety, and it landed on Ash's Phanpy. Cleffa quickly struck up a friendship with Phanpy. It later led everyone to the crash site while also trying to escape Team Rocket and the Pokémon Mystery Club (PMC).

The Clefairy went on to use the parts from Team Rocket's mecha and the PMC's machine to repair their spacecraft. Pikachu's Thunderbolt ultimately helped the craft lift off. In the process, Cleffa evolved into a Clefairy and reunited with its family.

Clefairy's known moves are Light Screen, Pound, and Double Slap.

Debut Clefairy Tales
A wild Mewtwo
Main article: Mewtwo (M01)

Making its anime debut in The Battle of the Badge, Mewtwo was under the control of Viridian City Gym Leader and Team Rocket Boss Giovanni. Created to be world's most powerful Pokémon, its backstory was further detailed in The Uncut Story of Mewtwo's Origin.

Determined to feel a part of the world, Mewtwo went on to create its own army of clones in Mewtwo Strikes Back.

Debut The Battle of the Badge
Voice actors
Japanese Masachika Ichimura
English Philip Bartlett (M01)
Dan Green (M22)
A wild Slowking
Main article: Slowking (M02)

This talking Slowking lived on Shamouti Island, and was the guardian of the shrine located there. He gave Ash advice on where to find the Ice Sphere. He later praised the Team Rocket trio, upset that no one saw them being heroes, telling them that their heroic actions did not go unnoticed.

Slowking reappeared in Slowking's Day.

Debut The Power of One
Voice actors
Japanese Masatoshi Hamada
English Nathan Price
A wild Lapras
Prior to The Lost Lapras, a young member of the herd had somehow strayed away from its mother and the others, and ended up being stranded on the beaches of Tangelo Island. Ash and his friends rescued the young Lapras from a trio of unruly boys who were attacking it. Later, Ash promised to help return Lapras to its herd and went on to catch it.

In Viva Las Lapras, Ash and his friends finally located Lapras's school off the coast of Tarroco Island. However, the group wanted nothing to do with Ash's Lapras and they swam away. Later, Ash's group rescued the school from Captain Crook and his crew of Pokémon poachers, and Ash's Lapras subsequently returned to the herd.

Ash and his friends met Naomi, a marine biologist and Lapras expert, near New Bark Town, in Lapras of Luxury. They also re-encountered Ash's Lapras and its herd as they continued their annual migration from the Orange Islands to the Johto region. Ash's Lapras became the leader of the herd after it defeated Team Rocket, who were attempting to snatch the group. The Lapras herd later left to continue their migration.

Lapras's known moves are Water Gun, Mist, and Ice Beam.

Debut Viva Las Lapras
A wild Suicune
Suicune first appeared in Don't Touch That 'dile as a form of energy. When Ash, Misty and Brock were lost in a forest, Togepi and Pikachu sensed something and led the trio to a lake. Suicune was standing on a small island in the lake. At first, Ash did not understand what Pokémon it was and wanted to capture it. However, Suicune ran away towards the direction of New Bark Town as soon as Ash made an attempt to battle it. Ash and group chased it to New Bark from where they began their Johto adventure.

Suicune appeared once again in For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!. After Team Rocket had removed a Crystal Bell from Ecruteak's Tin Tower, many Bug-type Pokémon invaded the city. They wrapped Jessie, James and Meowth in a web by using String Shot and blocked off the entry to the Tin Tower. The bugs even attacked Ash, Misty, Brock, Morty and Eusine when they wanted to go to the Tin Tower. Suicune appeared, calming down the Pokémon and freeing the Rocket trio as well as the city from the webs of the bugs. Eusine wanted to capture Suicune and sent out his Alakazam to battle it. Alakazam used a Disable, but Suicune easily blocked it with a Mirror Coat. It then used Roar to send Alakazam back into its Poké Ball and fled from the area before Eusine could even react.

Suicune's known moves are Aurora Beam, Mirror Coat, and Roar.

Debut Don't Touch that 'dile
Voice actors
Japanese Masahiko Tanaka
English Masahiko Tanaka
The Pichu Brothers and their friends
Pichu Posse
Main article: Pichu Brothers

The Pichu Brothers were first introduced in Pikachu & Pichu, where they met Ash's Pikachu. Pikachu was lost after falling off a nearby building, in which Ash was planning a party celebrating the anniversary of when he and Pikachu first met. Pikachu and the Pichu Brothers went all throughout the town chased by a Houndour who eventually helped them when the local Pokémon Playhouse was collapsing.

They also have a number of friends living in Big Town that regularly take part in their adventures. They have all made appearances in various side story episodes, as well as a cameo at the beginning of Giratina and the Sky Warrior, and the gang have also received their own game for the Pokémon mini, Pichu Bros. mini.

Debut Pikachu & Pichu
A wild Articuno
Todd first spotted Articuno from a distance as it flew across the sky in Moving Pictures, and again in Spring Fever. Its multiple appearances led Todd, Ash, and his friends to Snowtop Mountain in Freeze Frame.

Its presence was likely responsible for the extended cold conditions that affected the south slope and Sunflora Lodge featured in Moving Pictures. This caused all of the wild Sunflora to abandon the area, which nearly spoiled Sophia and Marcello's 50th wedding anniversary photograph with the Sun Pokémon. Luckily, a newly-evolved Sunflora was able to bring back the warmer conditions with Sunny Day and call the other Sunflora out of hiding.

In Freeze Frame, the group stumbled across Jigglypuff, who was frozen in ice. After being defrosted, Jigglypuff indicated that it had seen Articuno and pointed to Snowtop Mountain, affirming Todd's beliefs. Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny also knew that an Articuno had been frequenting the area because of a traveler's tale from 1,200 years ago.

Later, Articuno rescued Team Rocket after they were stranded on an ice ledge over a crevasse. Despite helping the trio, Team Rocket became set on capturing the legendary bird after Todd confirmed its identity. During their first attempt, Jessie had Wobbuffet use Mirror Coat to deflect one of Articuno's Ice Beams at it. This caused some icy debris to hit Articuno and send it down a crevasse, which Todd and Ash also fell into, while Pikachu and Jigglypuff followed after them. Articuno eventually overcame its injuries and saved both Ash and Todd from hitting the ground below. Team Rocket later landed nearby and tried to capture Articuno for a second time, but it sent them, along with Jigglypuff, blasting off with a powerful Blizzard.

As the sun rose, Articuno's blue plumage sparkled in the light. It then stayed still for a moment, allowing Todd to take his photograph, before flying off.

Suicune's known moves are Ice Beam, Powder Snow, Agility, and Blizzard.

Debut Moving Pictures

Silver's parent
Silver and its parent
Main article: Silver (Johto) and Lugia

A juvenile Lugia, Silver, and its parent were central figures during Ash and his friends's visit to the Whirl Islands, and were targeted by Dr. Namba of Team Rocket.

Debut Around the Whirlpool
A wild Wynaut
Wynaut is a wild Pokémon who followed Ash, his friends, and Team Rocket around in Blackthorn City. Even though it followed them everywhere, Jessie's Wobbuffet, Ash's Bayleef and Noctowl were the only ones to see it.

Wynaut first appeared in Fangs for Nothin' where it was briefly seen taking some food from Team Rocket. Wobbuffet only saw it doing so.

In Great Bowls of Fire, Wynaut popped its arm out of the bushes while Ash, Misty, Brock, Clair, and Liza returned to the Blackthorn Gym for Ash's Gym battle.

While Charla was about to eat some food in Better Eight Than Never, Liza provided to her, Wynaut quickly snatched the food from Charla, unbeknownst to her.

In Why? Wynaut!. While Team Rocket were spying on Ash and his friends, Wynaut sneaked over and took their snack, putting the blame on Wobbuffet. Wynaut went for Ash's Badges but Wobbuffet caught Wynaut this time. However, despite doing so, it was unable to tell Team Rocket that Wynaut took the badges. Later, Wynaut met Ash's Bayleef and Noctowl while they were searching for Ash's stolen badges. After finishing the berries Wynaut found, Wynaut went back inside a bush. When Team Rocket attacked Wooper and Bayleef, Wynaut jumped out and countered Arbok's Poison Sting and went back hiding in the bush. After defeating Team Rocket, Wynaut found the Rising Badge that Ash needed and gave it to Bayleef secretly. Wynaut left before Ash found out.

Wynaut's only known move is Counter.

Debut Fangs for Nothin'
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara
English Kayzie Rogers
Ash's Larvitar
Egg → Larvitar
Main article: Ash's Larvitar

Larvitar was given to Ash and his friends as an Egg in Lapras of Luxury. It hatched in Hatch Me if You Can and was given to its mother in Mother of All Battles!.

Debut Hatch Me if You Can
Voice actors
Japanese Miyako Itō
English Tara Jayne

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

A wild Loudred
Loudred first appeared in A Hole Lotta Trouble, where it ran by and stepped on Jessie when she was climbing up to the next floor or Granite Cave. In the next episode, Jessie fell on top of it while it was sleeping when she hastily ran to catch whatever was attacking Ash and his friends. Loudred then sent her, James, and Meowth flying with an extremely loud Screech attack.

It reappeared again in Turning Over a Nuzleaf, where it was pinched on the ear by Ash's Corphish. Loudred ran around in pain, screeching, causing the Silcoon to fall from May's arms and roll off, separating it and the other Pokémon that went to its rescue to become separated from their Trainers. Loudred's last appearance was in A Three Team Scheme! where Professor Birch fell from a Wingull's nest on to it, waking it from its sleep. Loudred screeched at him before leaving.

It appeared in a flashback in Exploud and Clear!.

Loudred's known moves are Screech and Dig*.

Debut A Hole Lotta Trouble
Voice actors
Japanese Kōichi Sakaguchi
English Darren Dunstan
A wild Spoink
Spoink first appeared in Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend. It had lost its pearl, and Ash and his friends were trying to find it. As it turns out, Team Rocket had found it and had traded it to the Magikarp salesman for a Magikarp. After learning this, the travelers confronted the salesman and demanded he give back the pearl. Team Rocket also demanded he give them the pearl back as well. In the ensuing battle, Spoink's pearl was returned and Team Rocket was sent blasting off.

It made its second, and final, appearance in Clamperl of Wisdom. Like the previous time, it had lost its pearl. This time, it was lost in the ocean without any way of retrieving it. But the travelers learned from a scientist named Isaiah that Spoink's pearls come from Clamperl. Eventually, they found a Clamperl who was willing to give its pearl to Spoink. They said goodbye to Spoink, and it hasn't been seen since that episode.

Spoink's known moves are Psychic, Confuse Ray, and Psybeam.

Debut Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend
Voice actors
Japanese Miyako Itō
English Rachael Lillis
A wild Groudon
Groudon first appeared in Gaining Groudon sleeping in its containment chamber.

In The Scuffle of Legends, Pikachu, who became possessed by the Blue Orb, awakened Groudon. It broke out of the chamber and destroyed Team Aqua's ship. Groudon nullified Kyogre's Drizzle with its own Ability, Drought. Groudon fought Kyogre in the ocean. Because of Brock and May's interference with Kyogre, Groudon was able to defeat Kyogre with Solar Beam. After the Blue and Red Orbs went in the sky, Groudon went back in a volcano.

Groudon's known moves are Solar Beam, Fissure, and Mud Shot. Its ability is Drought.

Debut Gaining Groudon
A wild Kyogre
Kyogre first appeared in Gaining Groudon sleeping in the containment room of Team Magma's ship. It was freed by Shelly who infiltrated the ship in disguise as a member of Team Magma. After being freed, Kyogre escaped Team Magma's ship and destroyed it with Hyper Beam. Kyogre was later seen sleeping in its containment chamber on Team Aqua's ship. Kyogre once again escaped after Team Rocket failed to catch it with their net electrified.

In The Scuffle of Legends, Kyogre was out in the ocean near Monsu Island where its appearance caused a heavy downpour and strong winds. Using the Red Orb, Archie took control of Kyogre where he had it attack Lance's Dragonite which Dragonite narrowly dodged the attack and then fought Gyarados. After Groudon appeared which nullified the weather, Kyogre fought Groudon. Because of the interference with May's Beautifly and Brock's Mudkip, Kyogre was defeated by Groudon's Solar Beam which separated the orbs from Archie and Pikachu. Despite Archie being saved by Dragonite, Pikachu fell in the ocean and Kyogre, released from the Red Orb, swam underwater to rescue both Ash and Pikachu. Kyogre resurfaced with the two and both the Blue and Red Orbs went in the sky. With that done, Kyogre returned deep in the ocean.

Kyogre's known moves are Hyper Beam and Hydro Pump. Its ability is Drizzle.

Debut Gaining Groudon
Noland's Articuno
Main article: Noland's Articuno

Articuno befriended Factory Head Noland after it became injured during its annual migration. It appeared in Numero Uno Articuno and The Symbol Life where it was defeated Ash's Charizard, earning Ash the Knowledge Symbol. Afterwards it left Noland's side to continue its migration.

Debut Numero Uno Articuno
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
Deoxys in Normal Forme

Deoxys in Attack Forme
Deoxys first appeared in Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys' Crisis! (Part 1), where it emerged from a portal in the sky. As Max saw Deoxys, he experienced a vision as soon as it went back into a portal.

Later, Solana investigated a cave as it was where the source of the geomagnetic disturbances that have been going on. She went on her own originally, but she ended up allowing Ash and his friends to tag along since she spotted Max behind some bushes. At the end of the cave, Deoxys emerged from a portal above a meteorite. It ended up battling Ash, his friends, and Solana. Solana tried capturing Deoxys with her Capture Styler, but the effort failed as it had to be in Normal Forme. Everyone finds out from Meowth that Deoxys was in pain. Max climbed up the meteorite with Meowth and Deoxys up there. Deoxys creates a Safeguard around it, Max, and Meowth. Max found out that during the space flight, it was cold and scared. Deoxys then took the two to its world.

In Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys' Crisis! (Part 2), Deoxys continued telling Max its story. After Ash and the others returned to the cave, Deoxys came out of its world. Everyone evacuated the cave as the meteorite was overloading with energy while Deoxys went back in its dimension. Deoxys emerged from the portal with Max and Meowth still inside. The group had another battle with it in an attempt for Solana to recatch it. During the battle, Meowth and Max were able to escape the alternate dimension. Sceptile battled Deoxys in order to get it to change into Normal Forme, and managed to do so. Immediately afterwards, Solana successfully used her Capture Styler to capture Deoxys. Solana had it use Recover to heal itself and then protect the group from the meteorite's strong blast of energy. With the disturbance gone, Deoxys left, hoping to visit the planet even more.

In Normal Forme, Deoxys's known moves are Safeguard, Psychic, and Recover. In Attack Forme, Deoxys's only known known move is Psycho Boost. In Defense Forme, Deoxys's only known known move is Protect. In Speed Forme, Deoxys was not seen using any moves

Debut Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys' Crisis! (Part 1)

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

The lake guardians in the anime
Lake guardians
Main article: Lake guardians (anime)

The lake guardians are a group of three Legendary Pokémon consisting of Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf that protect Sinnoh in the anime. Team Galactic wishes to take control of them in order to create a new world. Jupiter revealed that she, Saturn, and Mars were planning to bond with the three lake guardians. Instead, the lake guardians each chose to bond with one of main protagonists of the anime. Cyrus hired Pokémon Hunter J to capture all three of them. He would later use them to awaken Dialga and Palkia as part of his plan to create the new world.

Debut Following A Maiden's Voyage!
Voice actors
Japanese Ikue Ohtani (Mesprit)
Kei Shindō (Azelf)
Satsuki Yukino (Uxie)
English Bella Hudson (All three)
The Singing Marill
A Marill with the ability to Sing appeared in Pikachu's Exploration Club, Pikachu's Ice Adventure, Pikachu's Big Sparking Search, and Pikachu's Big Mysterious Adventure. It seems to be similar to Jigglypuff in that it is offended whenever its listeners fall asleep and responds by inflating itself in anger.

Marill's known moves are Sing and Tail Whip.

Debut Pikachu's Exploration Club
A wild Hippopotas
Hippopotas made his first appearance in Mass Hip-Po-Sis!, where Ash, with the aid of his friends, rescued the Pokémon from being trapped upon a high ledge. It was then discovered that Hippopotas was lost, having been separated from its herd. As a result, Ash and his friends helped Hippopotas find his way back. Like a few other Pokémon, Hippopotas seemed to like riding atop of Ash's head.

Team Rocket attempted to steal Hippopotas for Giovanni. All the while, Jessie had trouble saying the Pokémon's species name.

Hippopotas's second and final appearance was in Sleight of Sand! with his Hippowdon father. In this episode, Butch and Cassidy also wanted to kidnap the Hippo Pokémon, but they failed.

Hippopotas's Yawn, Sand Attack, Sand Tomb, and Sandstorm.

Debut Mass Hip-Po-Sis!
Voice actors
Japanese Chie Satō
English Chie Satō

Pokémon the Series: Black & White

A wild Zekrom
Zekrom first appeared in In the Shadow of Zekrom!, where it was hiding in a dark storm cloud. It zapped electricity at Pikachu, subsequently disabling him of using his Electric powers. This was not found out until Ash's first battle with Trip, which Ash lost thanks to this temporary loss.

In Enter Iris and Axew!, Zekrom appeared once more and caused a thunderstorm. The storm hit Pikachu again and he regained his Electric powers.

Zekrom made further appearances in flashbacks.

Zekrom's only known move is Thunder.

Debut In the Shadow of Zekrom!
The Forces of Nature

The Forces of Nature in their Therian Formes
Forces of Nature
Main article: Forces of Nature (anime)

The Forces of Nature are a trio of Legendary Pokémon that appeared in Pokémon the Series: Black & White. They were targeted twice for capture by Team Rocket, who desired to use their powers to control the weather and take over the world.

Debut Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1
Voice actors
Japanese Kensuke Satō (Tornadus)
Unshō Ishizuka (Thundurus)
Kenta Miyake (Landorus)
English Scott Williams (Tornadus)
Sean Schemmel (Thundurus)
Marc Thompson (Landorus)
Ferris's Tirtouga

Ferris's Carracosta
Tirtouga → Carracosta
Ferris befriended a Tirtouga when he mysteriously traveled back in time and saved it from a flock of Archen when he was a young boy. He gave it his pendant as a sign of their friendship before returning to his own time. Ferris found its Fossil sometime later and it was stolen and then revived by Team Rocket and Dr. Zager as its life energy was needed to open a time gate inside Twist Mountain. Because it was scared, Tirtouga attacked then escaped and it did not remember Ferris at all. It was able to trust Ferris after he saved it from a group of Whirlipede.

While the group took a break to eat Tirtouga was able to remember Ferris because he had made the same expression when he tasted the fruit that it liked. Shortly after that Team Rocket tried to take back Tirtouga but it had evolved into Carracosta at the very same moment allowing it to elude capture and it ran back to Twist Mountain. There Team Rocket electrocuted it and it caused it to open the time gate. However it called for its friends to help stop them as did Ash and the others. After Team Rocket's plans were foiled, it went back to its own time through the time gate and was given the same pendant to wear around its neck to remember Ferris.

Carracosta's known moves are Ancient Power, Brine, and Hydro Pump.

Debut A Restoration Confrontation! Part 1
Voice actors
Japanese Shin'ichirō Miki (Tirtouga)
Kensuke Satō (Carracosta)
English Kayzie Rogers (Tirtouga)
Tom Wayland (Carracosta)
A wild Meloetta
Main article: Meloetta (anime)

Meloetta began following Ash and his friends in An Epic Defense Force!. It is the first Mythical Pokémon to follow the group.

Debut An Epic Defense Force
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Nakajima
English Megumi Nakajima
Erica Schroeder (Singing voice only)
A wild Reshiram
Reshiram first appeared in The Name's N! in a flashback N had during his time in his castle. It flew away when the castle was set on fire.

It reappeared in Secrets From Out of the Fog! in another flashback, following N's admission that he was once a member of Team Plasma. In this flashback, it was revealed that Reshiram was responsible for burning the castle.

Reshiram reappeared in a flashback in Ash and N: A Clash of Ideals!.

Reshiram was revived from the Light Stone in What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!. Following the revival, Colress zapped it with his machine and Ghetsis took control of it. Because of Pikachu and Reshiram rebelling against the machine, Colress and Ghetsis lost control of Reshiram. Before Reshiram flies off, N stopped it and said that he always wanted to meet it. N asked Reshiram how it felt when it saw everyone battle against evil in the ruins, and Reshiram silently responded to him by looking at him.

N also asked if it could believe in humans as they believe in Pokémon. He then told Reshiram that just like it, he will keep fighting for the ideal world that everyone can live in. Reshiram accepted N's request and flew away peacefully into the sky.

Reshiram's known moves are Fusion Flare and Blue Flare.

Debut The Name's N!

Pokémon the Series: XY

A wild Malamar
Main article: Malamar (anime)

Malamar first appeared in A Conspiracy to Conquer!. Unlike most wild Pokémon, this Malamar is an independently evil being who conspires to change the face of the world. Ash, his friends, and Team Rocket ran afoul of Malamar twice, both times in which they had to put their differences aside to thwart its dark designs.

Debut A Conspiracy to Conquer!
Voice actors
Japanese Kensuke Satō
English Marc Thompson
A wild Rayquaza

As a Mega Rayquaza
Rayquaza ↔ Mega Rayquaza
Rayquaza first appeared in Mega Evolution Special II, where its slumber was disturbed by Alain and the gang when they excavated a giant megalith. It appears in a fit of rage and violently attacked, fighting against Alain and Steven with their Mega Charizard X and Shiny Mega Metagross, gaining the upper hand before destroying the megalith with Draco Meteor. It then left and returned to the ozone layer.

It reappeared in Mega Evolution Special III, where it stopped a battle between Primal Kyogre and Primal Groudon.

Rayquaza's known moves are Dragon Pulse, Dragon Ascent, Draco Meteor, and Hyper Beam

Debut Mega Evolution Special II
As a Primal Kyogre
Kyogre ↔ Primal Kyogre
Kyogre made a cameo appearance in Mega Evolution Special II, where it was shown being awakened by the presence of the Giant Rock.

It played a significant role in Mega Evolution Special III. Lysandre first alerted Alain and Steven to Kyogre's appearance off the coast of Sootopolis City, where it was shown in its primal state. It soon clashed with Primal Groudon over the Giant Rock. It also fought Steven's Mega Metagross, and was almost defeated by it until Metagross was beaten by Mega Rayquaza. Kyogre was quickly defeated by Mega Rayquaza's Dragon Ascent and reverted back to its normal form.

Kyogre reappeared in flashbacks during Cloudy Fate, Bright Future! and The First Day of the Rest of Your Life!.

Rayquaza's known moves are Origin Pulse, Sheer Cold, and Ice Beam

Debut Mega Evolution Special II
As a Primal Groudon
Groudon ↔ Primal Groudon
Groudon made a cameo appearance in Mega Evolution Special II, where it was shown being awakened by the presence of the Giant Rock.

It played a bigger role in Mega Evolution Special III, where it was shown in its primal state. As it made its way to the Giant Rock it left a trail of boiling magma behind it, making the area incredibly warm. It fought with Primal Kyogre over the Giant Rock and defeated Alain's Charizard. Primal Groudon was quickly defeated by Mega Rayquaza's Dragon Ascent and reverted back to its normal form.

The same Groudon reappeared in flashbacks during Cloudy Fate, Bright Future! and The First Day of the Rest of Your Life!.

Groudon's known moves are Precipice Blades, Eruption, Solar Beam, and Hyper Beam

Debut Mega Evolution Special II
A wild Wooper
Main article: Wooper (anime)

Prior to the events of A Slippery Encounter!, Wooper was close friends with a lone Goomy who lived in the wetlands. The two were very happy together and often played with the rest of the Pokémon in the wetlands. One day, while Wooper and Goomy were playing together in a lake, the wetlands were invaded by a Florges and her Bug-type and Poison-type army. During the chaos, Wooper became separated from its friend Goomy as Goomy landed on a fleeing Swanna.

Debut A Slippery Encounter!
Voice actors
Japanese Hitomi Nabatame
English Hitomi Nabatame
A wild Blue Flower Florges
Main article: Florges (anime)

Florges made her debut in Defending the Homeland! where she was the presumed leader of the group of Pokemon attacking Goodra's wetland. In the end she was defeated by Goodra's Ice Beam. She did this to protect a Floette, and joined forces with Team Rocket. She reappeared in Beyond the Rainbow!, where she learned of Team Rocket's deception and teamed up with Goodra to help defeat them. She reappeared in Master Class is in Session!, Performing a Pathway to the Future!, and A Diamond in the Rough!.

Debut Defending the Homeland!
Voice actors
Japanese Megumi Hayashibara (XY069-XY070)
Hitomi Nabatame (XY123)
English Aurora Bea

Squishy and Z2
Main article: Squishy and Z2

Zygarde is a recurring Pokémon character in the anime that first appeared in Mega Evolution Special IV, and is a central figure in the XY&Z arc of the XY series. There are two separate Zygarde Cores, both of which were targeted by Team Flare. One Zygarde Core is known by Team Flare by the code name Z1, nicknamed Squishy by Bonnie. It formerly traveled with Ash and his friends. The other is known as Z2.

Debut Mega Evolution Special IV
Voice actors
Japanese Yūki Kaji
English Billy Bob Thompson

Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon

The Guardian deities in the anime

A Shiny Tapu Koko
Guardian deities
Main article: Guardian deities (anime)

The guardian deities of Alola are a group of Legendary Pokémon that appeared in the Sun & Moon series. They have appeared at various times during Ash's island challenge, at times to help him and his friends, and at other times to test him and his Pokémon. They play an important part in the story line, especially in the case of the Solgaleo and Lunala, their pre-evolutions, as well as the Ultra Beasts.

A Shiny Tapu Koko from an alternate version of Melemele Island appeared in Battling the Beast Within! and Parallel Friendships!, where watched over Ash and Dia, eventually helping them by giving them Z-Power to enable them to use Gigavolt Havoc.

Debut Alola to New Adventure!
Voice actors
Japanese Rikako Aikawa (Tapu Koko)
Risa Shimizu‎ (Tapu Lele)
Unshō Ishizuka (Tapu Bulu SM044-SM090)
English Erica Schroeder‎ (Tapu Koko)
Suzy Myers (Tapu Lele)
Sam Black (Tapu Bulu)
Lisa Ortiz (Tapu Fini)
Bewear and Stufful
Bewear and Stufful
Main article: Bewear (anime)

Bewear debuted in Alola to New Adventure!, where she accidentally scared off Ash and Pikachu while trying to greet the newcomers. In Loading the Dex!, she met Team Rocket and took them to her den in the forest. Since then, she has apparently appointed itself as Team Rocket's caretaker while in Alola, sharing her food with them and rescuing them every time they are about to be defeated and sent flying.

During a plot by Team Rocket to steal the Pokémon at Aether Paradise in Don't Ignore the Small Stufful!, a Stufful met and became attached to Jessie, although it refused to be caught. When Bewear came to pick up Team Rocket, Bewear recognized Stufful as its child and took them all back to its den. While doing so, it allowed Stufful to spin a helicopter blade that would allow them to fly. Since then, Stufful has remained at its mother's side, even helping her "rescue" Team Rocket on numerous occasion.

Debut Alola to New Adventure!
Voice actors
Japanese Mika Kanai (Bewear)
Nicole Fujita (Stufful)
English Michele Knotz (both)
Toucannon's flock
Toucannon's flock
Main article: Toucannon's flock

A flock of Pikipek led by a Trumbeak and a Toucannon made several appearances in the anime. They were the foster family of Ash's Rowlet before he caught it, and have come to its aid on more than one occasion to teach it new moves.

Debut First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style!
A wild Stoutland
Main article: Stoutland (anime)

Stoutland was a friend of a Litten that wandered around Melemele Island. It was an elderly Pokémon that Litten looked out for, by giving it food, and keeping it company. Ash intended to catch Litten but he gave up when he discovered the Pokémon giving food and company to Stoutland.

Debut That's Why the Litten is a Scamp!
Voice actors
English Marc Thompson
Wild Alolan Exeggutor
A group of Alolan Exeggutor can be found on Treasure Island. They first appeared in Partner Promises!, when Ash and Pikachu visited the island. They allowed Ash and Pikachu to play with them before leaving. They reappeared when Pikachu requested their assistance in helping free a trapped Wimpod.

They reappeared in Alola, Alola!, when Ash and Pikachu visited Treasure Island alongside his classmates and Misty.

None of Exeggutor's moves are known.

Debut Partner Promises!
Voice actors
English Marc Thompson
A wild Oranguru
Main article: Oranguru (anime)

Oranguru debuted in Mallow and the Forest Teacher!, in which it took care of a lost and injured Mallow and later helped her and Abe reconcile.

Debut Mallow and the Forest Teacher!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Scottie Ray
Ash and Gladion with the Light Trio
Light trio
Main article: Light trio (anime)

Solgaleo and Lunala both debuted in A Dream Encounter!, where they appeared to Ash Ketchum in a dream after descending to the Altar of the Sunne through two Ultra Wormholes. There, they created a Cosmog, which Ash later found and took care of. The Cosmog was then given the name Nebby by Lillie. Nebby later evolved into Cosmoem during the events of Faba's Revenge! after being forced by Faba to open an Ultra Wormhole. In Revealing the Stuff of Legend!, the guardian deities helped Nebby evolve into Solgaleo after performing a ritual. Nebby assisted Ash and his classmates in rescuing Lusamine from Nihilego in Ultra Deep Sea before returning to the wild in The Professors' New Adventure!.

Solgaleo and Lunala appeared in Tough Guy Trials! in a fantasy, along with Ultra Necrozma, as part of a legend that explains the origins of Alola and how the three brought light into the region.

Necrozma debuted in Filling the Light with Darkness!, appearing alongside Nebby and a Lunala.

Debut A Dream Encounter!
The first Ultra Beast to appear in the anime, Nihilego
Ultra Beasts
Main article: Ultra Beasts (anime)

The Ultra Beasts are a group of extradimensional Pokémon originating from Ultra Space that appeared in the Sun & Moon series. Many of them were the subject of missions taken by Ash and his classmates in their capacity as Ultra Guardians, in order to maintain the safety of the Alola region whenever they stray into the Pokémon world.

Debut Faba's Revenge
Grandpa Forest
Grandpa Forest
Main article: Grandpa Forest

Drampa, also known as Grandpa Forest (Japanese: のおじいちゃん Grandpa Forest), debuted in Tasting the Bitter with the Sweet!. In the past, it saved a young Lana and Mallow when they fell off a cliff.

Debut Tasting the Bitter with the Sweet!
Voice actors
Japanese Yuji Ueda
English Jason Griffith (SM059)
Pete Zarustica (SM096-present)
The Melemele Greens
Melemele Greens
The Melemele Greens are a group of Passimian who live in a forested area close to Iki Town. One nicknamed Tiny is the current leader of the Melemele Greens.

The Melemele Greens debuted in the banned episode SM064. The Red Buns clan from Akala Island, led by one nicknamed Claw, had arrived on Melemele Island and asserted leadership of the Melemele Greens after taking possession of their special fruit. The Melemele Greens felt helpless under Claw's ruthless reign and simply complied. Ash decided to dress up like a Passimian, which bolstered the confidence of Tiny and the other Melemele Greens. Tiny went on to challenge Claw for leadership of the Melemele Greens, and competed alongside Ash in a Berry-tossing game on the beach. The Red Buns dominated much of the match due to their larger size, though the game encouraged the other Melemele Greens to revolt and outnumber Claw and its allies to reclaim their territory and freedom. Tiny and the other Melemele Greens eventually regained control, and later took Ash back to their nest to celebrate the victory.

They reappeared in A Recipe for Success!, where they were among the Pokémon who visited Oranguru's place and had their meal served by Mallow and Oranguru.

None of their moves are known.

Debut SM064
Voice actors
Japanese Toru Sakurai (SM121)
Ryota Iwasaki (SM121)
Mantine first appeared in the second episode of the Eevee, Where Are You Going? shorts. It rescued Eevee after it was accidentally knocked off a boat by a passing by Wailord. In the third episode of the segment, they decided to try Mantine Surfing on a nearby wave. Eevee initially kept getting knocked off whenever Mantine did a flip, Eevee eventually learned how to time its jumps with Mantine's flips, allowing it to stay on Mantine's back. Mantine reappeared in the fourth episode of the segment, where, after arriving at Alola, it said its farewells to Eevee and headed back out to sea. It reappeared in a flashback in We Know Where You're Going, Eevee!.

It made its main series debut in Alola, Alola!, where it met up with Sandy again and helped it Mantine Surf with Lana. Later, it and several other Mantine were captured by Team Rocket before being rescued by Ash and his classmates. Afterwards, it and the other Mantine returned to the sea.

None of Mantine's moves are known.

Debut Where Are You Going, Eevee? Episode 2
Dia's Zeraora
Zeraora is a Pokémon that Dia befriended after it saved him from being attacked by a Guzzlord and realizing that they wanted the same thing, to send Guzzlord back to its home world. It was first used to save Ash and Pikachu from Guzzlord. It then battled Pikachu and won.

Zeraora has been shown to be a solitary Pokémon. Its close companionship with Dia and the fact that it offered a Sitrus Berry to Pikachu is evidence of its kind nature.

It reappeared during a flashback in Z-Move Showdown!.

Zeraora's known moves are Close Combat, Plasma Fists, Quick Attack, and Slash.
Zeraora can perform the Z-Move Gigavolt Havoc.

Debut Battling the Beast Within!
Voice actors
Japanese Kōichi Yamadera
English Pete Zarustica
Ash's Melmetal

Ash's Melmetal
Meltan → Melmetal
This group of Meltan was discovered in Show Me the Metal! by Clefable, who chased them off after discovering they had been eating machinery around the base. The Meltan returned to the base in Got Meltan?, where Clefable used their hunger for metal as incentive to listen to her instructions, eventually training them to be her assistants. One that had befriended a Rowlet chose to be caught by the Rowlet’s Trainer, Ash Ketchum. The Meltan were later seen in Beauty is Only Crystal Deep!, giving the Ultra Guardians their Beast Balls and medical kit before they left to catch Pheromosa. In Living on the Cutting Edge!, they were revealed to have started multiplying. In the Poké Problem extra scene for SM133, they left the base after hearing Ash's Meltan calling them from the Manalo Stadium. In Final Rivals!, the Meltan met up with Ash's Meltan at the Manalo Stadium docks. The wild Meltan subsequently fused with Ash's Meltan, resulting in it evolving into Melmetal.

Their known moves are Flash Cannon, Thunderbolt, and Double Iron Bash.

Debut Evolving Research!
Voice actors
Japanese Kenta Miyake
English Samantha Cooper
Mallow's Shaymin

Mallow's Shaymin
Shaymin first appeared in Memories in the Mist!, where it encountered Mallow after being drawn to her strong feelings of gratitude towards her late mother. Mallow then decided to take it in until the time came for it to turn into its Sky Forme and fly away.

In Drawn with the Wind!, Shaymin traveled with Mallow and the others to Malie City. When Mallow's hair ornament was blown away by a gust, Shaymin became lost trying to retrieve it for her, leading Sandy and Meltan to pursue it. Team Rocket tried to capture them, but were ultimately unsuccessful. Shaymin was ultimately able to retrieve Mallow's hair ornament and return it to her.

In SM129, Shaymin was used by Mallow in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference, despite officially being a wild Pokémon. It defeated a Staryu, Herdier, and Corsola with Sandy's help. Shaymin was later among the 16 Pokémon still standing at the end, allowing Mallow to progress to the next round.

In Thank You, Alola! The Journey Continues!, Mallow's brother Ulu returned home and brought with him some Gracidea flowers. Shaymin touched them and turned into its Sky Forme. Heading outside, Shaymin saw other Shaymin and shared a heartfelt goodbye with Mallow before flying away with them.

Shaymin's only known move is Aromatherapy.

Debut Memories in the Mist!
Voice actors
English Lori Phillips
Magearna Shiny
This Shiny Magearna was a Pokémon that Mohn found and purchased at an antique store. He then stored it away in his room and planned on reviving it so it could play with Lillie, but he was never able to before his disappearance. It reappeared in Living on the Cutting Edge! and Chasing Memories, Creating Dreams!, where it remained inactive.

None of Magearna's moves are known.

Debut The Secret Princess!
Celebi first appeared in A Timeless Encounter!. It was relaxing in a forest when it came across Ash, who was training with his Pokémon for the Manalo Conference. The battle disrupted Celebi and prompted it to start time traveling. Ash and Torracat were accidentally caught up in its act and were subsequently sent to the past, where they encountered a young Professor Kukui. Celebi later flew past them and noticed an aura radiating from Ash and Torracat. Realizing they came from the future, it took them back to their proper time period, where it was photographed by Rotom Pokédex. Celebi briefly reappeared in the next episode.

None of Celebi's moves are known.

Debut A Timeless Encounter!
Voice actors
Japanese Wakana Kingyo
Wingull first appeared in SM131. It was asked by Ash's Rowlet to bring its foster family to the Manalo Stadium. It reappeared in SM132, where it accomplished its task by explaining the situation to the family who flew off soon afterwards.

None of Wingull's moves are known.

Debut The Battlefield of Truth and Love!

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Mew first appeared in a flashback in Enter Pikachu!, four years prior to the events of Pokémon - I Choose You!. Goh and Chloe spotted it while attending Professor Oak's Summer Camp, where it was seen battling a Nidoking. Mew soon ran off, leading Goh and Chloe to chase it. Mew saved a baby Kangaskhan from a fall before leaving. After reporting this to Professor Oak, Goh became determined to make Mew his first capture.

Mew reappeared in the present day in JN020, where it Transformed into a Lugia and attacked Team Rocket, who had captured Ash's Pikachu, Goh's Raboot, and Chloe's Yamper, freeing the trapped Pokémon. Everyone thought it was Lugia, but once it left, Mew revealed itself.

Mew's known moves are Teleport, Fire Blast, and Transform.

Debut Enter Pikachu!
Voice actors
Japanese Koichi Yamadera
English Koichi Yamadera
Drednaw ↔ Gigantamax Drednaw

Drednaw ↔ Gigantamax Drednaw
Drednaw ↔ Gigantamax Drednaw
Drednaw first appeared in JN012. Team Rocket encountered it whilst in Wyndon and attempted to catch it but the Bellsprout that emerged from the Rocket Prize Master ended up cutting into the ground where a red light emerged and engulfed Drednaw, causing it to Gigantamax and go on a rampage and attack Wyndon Stadium.

It reappeared in JN013, where it continued to attack the Stadium, only to be confronted by Ash and Goh, who tried to battle it. Their attacks had no effect on Drednaw until Pikachu became engulfed in red light, causing it to Gigantamax and therefore give it enough power to defeat Drednaw.

None of Drednaw's moves are known.*
As a Gigantamax Drednaw, it can use G-Max Stonesurge and Max Rockfall.

Debut Flash of the Titans!
Voice actors
English Ray Chase

Recurring Pokémon that have been caught

Fifteen Pokémon that recurred in the anime were later caught, nine by Ash, one by Clemont, one by Jessie, one by Lana, one by Goh, one by Lance, and one by Acerola. Aside from Ash’s Melmetal, there are these occurrences: