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Alexa's Helioptile (Japanese: パンジーのエリキテル Pansy's Erikiteru) is a Pokémon owned by Alexa in the anime and manga.
In the anime
Best Wishes series
Helioptile first appeared in The Journalist from Another Region!, in which it encountered Ash and his friends on Harvest Island. As Helioptile was a Pokémon not recognized by Ash's Pokédex, Ash wanted to battle it and catch it. Helioptile became scared and attacked him in retaliation, until Alexa came and told that it belonged to her. She also explained it was a Pokémon from the Kalos region. Later, Helioptile acted as a charger when Alexa needed to charge her recording equipment after the battery was low.
Helioptile joined Alexa on her journey through the Decolore Islands to Kanto, with Ash and his friends. During their travels, the timid Pokémon gradually warmed up to the group.
In The Dream Continues, Helioptile was being examined by Professor Oak, but proceeded to shock him in fear. Later, it traveled back to Kalos with Alexa and Ash.
In Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!, Helioptile and Alexa arrived in Lumiose City in Kalos, where they parted ways with Ash and Pikachu.
Helioptile reappeared in A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle!, in which it happily greeted Ash upon seeing him at the Santalune Gym. It watched Ash's Gym battle against Viola as well as his rematch in the following episode.
It made more appearances alongside Alexa in Coming Back into the Cold! and Confronting the Darkness!, in which they met up with Ash and his friends again.
It briefly appeared in Master Class is in Session! and Performing a Pathway to the Future!, watching Serena's Master Class Pokémon Showcase. It had another brief appearance in A Towering Takeover!, where it was seen watching Lysandre's broadcast from Lumiose City along with Alexa and Viola. It reappeared in some flashbacks in Till We Compete Again!.
Helioptile appeared in The Legend of X, Y, and Z!, in which it and Alexa visited ruins related to the Legendary Pokémon, Xerneas, Yveltal, and Zygarde.
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Helioptile appeared in JN132, where it was watching Ash's battle against Leon in the Masters Eight Tournament, alongside Alexa.
Personality and characteristics
Helioptile is a very shy and timid Pokémon, and often hides behind Alexa when encountering something new. While it was initially hesitant of Ash, it would eventually befriend him as Alexa predicted, running into the young Trainer's arms in Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!. In The Dream Continues!, Helioptile showed it had developed a good relationship with Pikachu, often linking their electricity. Despite having become accustomed to others, it's still easily startled as shown in The Dream Continues!, when it shocked Professor Oak, and in Coming Back into the Cold!, in which it got startled by Dedenne.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In Pokémon Adventures, Helioptile is nicknamed Heli (Japanese: エリちゃん Eri-chan) and is Alexa's only known Pokémon.
It was first seen with its Trainer in Vaniville Town to interview Y. When Y angrily flew towards them, she startled Heli in the process. Later, in Lumiose City, Heli went to Prism Tower with its Trainer so that Alexa could do an interview with Professor Sycamore. When the Lumiose Press editor-in-chief beat them there, he revealed himself as a Team Flare member and kidnapped Heli. When X defeated the editor-in-chief's Pangoro, it fell out a window, letting in sunlight that Heli used to recharge itself and shock the editor-in-chief, knocking him unconscious.
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- Helioptile is the first Generation VI Pokémon to appear in the anime.
- For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Helioptile.