Platinum's Rapidash first appeared as a Ponyta in Stagestruck Starly, where he was used as Platinum's steed. He was mainly used as her mode of transportation, not seen in many battles until A Conk on Cranidos's Cranium, where he was used in Platinum's first Gym battle against Roark and his Onix. The battle ended quickly, however, as he was defeated by a combination of Double-Edge and Slam that sent him flying into a wall and was knocked out as a result.
In Ring Around the Roserade II, Ponyta was used in Platinum’s double battle alongside Prinplup against Gardenia and her Roserade and Cherubi. Despite the type advantage he was quickly defeated due to Roserade's poison thorns, leaving Prinplup to battle by herself.
In Mirages of Mismagius I, Ponyta was used in Platinum's Gym battle against Fantina and her Mismagius. Due to Mismagius's illusions Ponyta began to panic and was taken out by a single Dark Pulse.
In Brash Bronzong I, Ponyta was used to battle Byron. Fueled by his Trainer's determination, he defeated both of Byron's Bronzong in one Flamethrower. In Hurrah for Rapidash after refusing her father's plea to not do anything dangerous, Ponyta evolved into a Rapidash after Platinum expressed her resolve to defeat Team Galactic.
In To and Fro Froslass Rapidash was used in Platinum’s Gym battle against Candice where he battled against her Froslass. Due to the speed he gained from his previous evolution, Rapidash easily managed to prevent Froslass from hitting him. When Froslass got a hit in, Platinum had Rapidash use Rest to prevent any further damage, only for Froslass to deal a powerful hit with Wake-Up Slap. Rapidash was recalled and switched with Lopunny afterwards, but he returned after Lopunny used Healing Wish to sacrifice herself and fully heal Rapidash. With his health fully restored, Rapidash defeated Froslass and earned Platinum her seventh Gym Badge. During the battle against Jupiter, he was used alongside Platinum's other Pokémon as well as Candice and Maylene's. They were all eventually defeated, and an exhausted Platinum had Rapidash use his flames to keep them warm while they were trapped in a blizzard.
In Shorting Out Electivire, Rapidash was Platinum's last choice in her battle against Volkner and called out against Electivire. Rapidash managed to survive a powerful Thunder Punch, proving to Volkner that Platinum had a strong resolve.
In Getting the Drop on Gallade II, Rapidash is used in Platinum's Battle Castle challenge and is used against Darach and his Gallade. Platinum attempted to get Rapidash to defend by using Protect, but he was defeated when Gallade used Feint to bypass it.
In Exit Empoleon, Platinum used Rapidash in her Battle Arcade challenge. During the battle against Arcade Star Dahlia, Platinum and Dahlia had to switch Pokémon due to the roulette, meaning Rapidash and Platinum's other Pokémon were forced to fight against their Trainer. Although both sides were reluctant at first, both Platinum and her Pokémon manage to fight at their full strength, which eventually ended with Platinum as the victor.
When Platinum went to challenge the Battle Factory, she sent Rapidash and her other Pokémon to search for Looker on Stark Mountain, who had gone missing. They soon return, heavily injured and exhausted with a similarly injured Looker and Buck.
In The Final Dimensional Duel XI, Rapidash is used to try and stop Charon from closing the portal to the Distortion World with his machine. Charon quickly uses the machine to control Rapidash and have him attack his own Trainer instead. Rotom then shows up in a Proteam Omega toy and destroys the machine.
Personality and characteristics
Rapidash is a modest and quiet Pokémon, preferring to stay off to the side unless needed. Rapidash has good battling skills, even though he often loses the battles he participates in. He is very loyal and had an extremely strong relationship with Platinum, and is willing to do anything to help her out.
| Using Flamethrower
| A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
- Rapidash is the only male Pokémon that Platinum owns.
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Ponyta and Rapidash.