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Donphan
Armor Pokémon
ドンファン
Donfan
#232
Donphan



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Ground Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Sturdy Cacophony
Cacophony
Sand Veil
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
60 (14.8%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Field
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
3'07″ 1.1 m
Donphan
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Weight
264.6 lbs. 120.0 kg
Donphan
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
189
Gen. II-IV
Unknown
IV
175
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 2
Donphan
0
HP
1
Atk
1
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body08.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F232.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Gray
Base friendship
70
External Links

Donphan (Japanese: ドンファン Donfan) is a Ground-type Pokémon introduced in Generation II.

It evolves from Phanpy starting at level 25.

Contents

Biology

Donphan is a gray, elephant-like Pokémon with a thick, black band of hide running down the length of its back and extending to the tip of its long trunk. When this Pokémon curls up, the band resembles a car tire. This tough hide prevents regular attacks from inflicting even a scratch. A pair of white tusks, which are smaller on the female, extend from the corners of its mouth. It has thin, elongated ears held out almost perpendicular to its body. Its four short legs are each encircled with a broken, black band and have three toes.

Donphan has the ability to curl up into a ball and violently roll around like a wheel. These rolling tackles are strong enough to knock down a house. Once it starts its rampage, it will be almost unstoppable. The anime shows that this ability is further used as a form of courtship. The male Donphan have rolling competitions to demonstrate their toughness to the females. It has been demonstrated that Donphan has a keen sense of smell, capable of sniffing out a gem known as amberite. Donphan travels in herds with a ranking system. The larger its tusks, the higher its rank in the herd. It lives in rough, mountainous terrain.

In the anime

Donphan in the anime

In the main series

Major appearances

Ash's Donphan

In Reversing the Charges, Ash's Phanpy evolved into a Donphan. It proved to be an excellent member of his team, showing its strength in every battle.

Other

In the beginning of Mewtwo Strikes Back, Raymond's Donphan battled Ash's Bulbasaur. It managed to land two successive hits with Rollout, only to then defeated by Bulbasaur's Solar Beam. At the time, Donphan was an unknown Pokémon. In the film's remake, Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, it played the same role.

In Roll On, Pokémon!, Rochelle used four Donphan to sniff out amberite.

In Date Expectations, a Shiny Donphan was the center of romantic attention for multiple male Donphan. Ash and his friends eventually helped one such Donphan to succeed and mate with the Shiny Donphan.

In Chose It or Lose It!, Tyson used a Donphan in his Ever Grande Conference battle against Ash. It went up against Swellow but was soon defeated.

In Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 2), Kellyn used his Capture Styler to capture a Donphan. He then had it smash through the cave-ins that were caused by an Aggron belonging to J's client.

A Shiny Donphan in the anime

Minor appearances

In Tricks of the Trade, a Donphan was at the Pokémon Swap Meet in Palmpona.

A Donphan appeared in The Legend of Thunder!.

A Donphan appeared in Pikachu's PikaBoo.

In Gotta Catch Ya Later!, Misty's flashback featured multiple Donphan.

In Beg, Burrow and Steal, a Donphan was living in an underground paradise.

A Coordinator's Donphan appeared in Deceit and Assist.

In Battling The Generation Gap!, a Coordinator's Donphan competed in the Celestic Contest.

In Challenging a Towering Figure!, a Trainer's Donphan battled a Snover during the Festival Battle Challenge.

In An Old Family Blend!, a Trainer's Donphan was at the Lily of the Valley Conference.

In the opening of Zoroark: Master of Illusions, Ethan used a Donphan to battle Ash and Pikachu, though the outcome of that battle was left unknown.

A Trainer's Donphan appeared in Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.

In The Power of Us, a Trainer's Donphan competed in the Pokémon Catch Race.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP120 Donphan Ash's Pokédex Donphan, the Armor Pokémon. With its strong tusks and tough skin, Donphan is known for its powerful Tackle attack. The length of Donphan's tusks indicates its level.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
AG114 Donphan Ash's Pokédex Donphan, the Armor Pokémon. Donphan is the evolved form of Phanpy. They attack by rolling their bodies into a circle and charging their enemies.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
AG154 Donphan May's Pokédex Donphan, the Armor Pokémon. Donphan has razor-sharp tusks, armor-like skin, and enormous power.

In the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

In the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer, a Trainer's Donphan was in a town square in Pasio.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

A silhouette of a wild Donphan appeared in Ponyta Tale, when Professor Oak mentioned new Pokémon beyond the previously known 151 species.

In Number One Donphan, a thieving ruffian used multiple Donphan, but they were defeated by Gold afterwards. They reappeared in Bellsprout Rout.

In Quilava Quandary, the Day-Care Couple used a Donphan to train Gold.

In The Last Battle XIII, a Donphan was sent to participate in the fight in Ilex Forest.

In I'm Your Biggest Fan, Donphan, Wattson accidentally catches Sapphire in a trap designed to catch a wild, rampaging Donphan. After coming across New Mauville, Sapphire uses the wild Donphan to help Wattson shut down a power generator, adding it to her team in Plugging Past Electrike II and naming it Phado.

In a flashback in Innocent Scientist, the International Police trained a Donphan.

Pokédex entries

Manga Chapter Entry
Pokémon Adventures PS096 The longer and bigger its tusks are, the higher it is ranked amongst its herd.*

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

A Donphan appeared in The Secret Of The Fighting Type Pokémon.

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

A Donphan appeared in GDZ40, under the ownership of a male Trainer.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

In Clefairy, the Battle Instructor, a boy who had trouble controlling a Donphan. It would usually fall asleep and did so since its loss to Silver's Totodile.

In the TCG

Main article: Donphan (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II Johto
#196
Gold It has sharp, hard tusks and a rugged hide. Its Tackle is strong enough to knock down a house.
Silver The longer and bigger its tusks, the higher its rank in its herd. The tusks take long to grow.
Crystal Because this Pokémon's skin is so tough, a normal attack won't even leave a scratch on it.
Stadium 2 It has sharp, hard tusks and a rugged hide. Its Tackle is strong enough to knock down a house.
Generation III Hoenn
#166
Kanto
#—
Ruby Donphan's favorite attack is curling its body into a ball, then charging at its foe while rolling at high speed. Once it starts rolling, this Pokémon can't stop very easily.
Sapphire If Donphan were to tackle with its hard body, even a house could be destroyed. Using its massive strength, the Pokémon helps clear rock and mud slides that block mountain trails.
Emerald A Donphan is so strong it can easily haul a dump truck. Its hide has toughened to a rock-hard state. An ordinary sort of attack won't even leave a scratch.
FireRed The longer and bigger its tusks, the higher its rank in its herd. The tusks take long to grow.
LeafGreen It has sharp, hard tusks and a rugged hide. Its Tackle is strong enough to knock down a house.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#201
Diamond It attacks by curling up, then rolling into its foe. It can blow apart a house in one hit.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold It has sharp, hard tusks and a rugged hide. Its Tackle is strong enough to knock down a house.
SoulSilver The longer and bigger its tusks, the higher its rank in its herd. The tusks take long to grow.
Generation V Unova
#—
Black It attacks by curling up, then rolling into its foe. It can blow apart a house in one hit.
White
Black 2 It attacks by curling up then rolling into its foe. It can blow apart a house in one hit.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#173
X It has sharp, hard tusks and a rugged hide. Its Tackle is strong enough to knock down a house.
Y The longer and bigger its tusks, the higher its rank in its herd. The tusks take long to grow.
Omega Ruby Donphan's favorite attack is curling its body into a ball, then charging at its foe while rolling at high speed. Once it starts rolling, this Pokémon can't stop very easily.
Alpha Sapphire If Donphan were to tackle with its hard body, even a house could be destroyed. Using its massive strength, the Pokémon helps clear rock and mud slides that block mountain trails.
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold
Trade, Evolve event Phanpy
Silver
Route 28, Mt. Silver, Victory Road*
Crystal
Route 45MorningDay
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Evolve Phanpy
Emerald
Evolve Phanpy
FireRed LeafGreen
Evolve Phanpy
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Evolve Phanpy
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Evolve Phanpy
Platinum
Evolve Phanpy
HeartGold
Route 28, Mt. Silver, Victory Road
SoulSilver
Trade
Pal Park
Mountain
Generation V
Black White
Trade
Black 2 White 2
Evolve Phanpy
Generation VI
X Y
Evolve Phanpy
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Safari Zone (Zone 4, tall grass), Mirage Mountains (west of Route 104, north of Lilycove City, northeast of Route 125, south of Route 131)
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Pokémon Bank
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Pokémon Bank
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable

In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Pinball: R&S
Evolve Phanpy
Trozei!
Secret Storage 18, Trozei Battle, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Evolve Phanpy
Ranger
Fiore Temple
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Crystal Cave (B6F-B11F)
MD Sky
Crystal Cave (B6F-B11F)
MD Stormy
Evolve Phanpy
Ranger: GS
Faldera Island, Fire Temple
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Desert: Sunny Seashore (Post-ending)
Rumble U
Variety Battle: Pokémon on a Roll
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Infinite Ruins: Stage 2
Shuffle
Silbern Museum: Stage 101
Blau Salon: Stage 409
Rumble World
Ruby Volcano: Dusty Desert (Center Boss, Back), Starlight Islands: Surveillance Dunes (Special)

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
HeartGold SoulSilver Passho Berry Passho Berry (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
90
150 - 197 290 - 384
120
112 - 189 220 - 372
120
112 - 189 220 - 372
60
58 - 123 112 - 240
60
58 - 123 112 - 240
50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Total:
500
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/4 ★★☆☆
Power
5/5 ★★★★★
Skill
2/2 ★★
Stamina
4/4 ★★★★
Jump
2/2 ★★
Total
15/17 ★★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
This Pokémon is unavailable within Generation VIII.
Click on the generation numbers above to see Donphan's learnsets from other generations.


Side game data

Pokémon Pinball RS
PinRS232.png
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani232.png
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Safari
Phrases
51%-100% HP The length of these tusks is a measure of my power!
26%-50% HP This won't do. My health has dwindled to half.
1%-25% HP I've had enough... My tusks are too heavy to move...
Level up I've leveled up! My tusks seem to have thrust out more!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 232.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0.5%
IQ group: E
Pokémon Ranger
Group:
Ground
Poké Assist: Ground PA.png
Ground
Field move: Tackle fm.pngTackle fm.png
(Tackle ×2)
Loops: 10 Min. exp.: 60 Max. exp.: 85
Browser entry R-035
Donphan rolls its body into a ball to charge. Its crash can shake things up!
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Ground
Poké Assist:
(present)
Ground Assist.png
Ground
Field move:
(present)
Tackle 3 field move.png
(Tackle ×3)
Poké Assist:
(past)
Ground Assist.png
Ground
Field move:
(past)
Tackle 1 field move.png
(Tackle ×1)
Browser entry R-210/N-086
It triggers tremors to attack.
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●●
Defense ●●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Ground
Attack Power: ★★★★★

BT232.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Ground
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 125 Raise Max Level.png 15

#46
Shuffle232.png

Quake
Sometimes increases damage and leaves opponent paralyzed for a short period of time.
Skill Swapper: Ground Forces
Pokémon GO
GO232.png Base Stamina: 207 Base Attack: 214 Base Defense: 185
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Tackle, Counter, Mud-Slap*, Charm*
Charged Attacks: Earthquake, Heavy Slam, Play Rough

Evolution

231Phanpy.png
Unevolved
Phanpy
 Ground 
Rare Candy
Level 25
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First evolution
Donphan
 Ground 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 232.png Spr b 2g 232.png Spr 2s 232.png Spr b 2g 232.png Spr 2c 232.png Spr b 2g 232.png
Spr 2g 232 s.png Spr b 2g 232 s.png Spr 2s 232 s.png Spr b 2g 232 s.png Spr 2c 232 s.png Spr b 2g 232 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 232.png Spr b 3r 232.png Spr 3e 232.png Spr b 3r 232.png Spr 3r 232.png Spr b 3r 232.png
Spr 3r 232 s.png Spr b 3r 232 s.png Spr 3e 232 s.png Spr b 3r 232 s.png Spr 3r 232 s.png Spr b 3r 232 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Male Male Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
232MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Donphan images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Japanese sprites

Spr 2s 232 jp.png
Spr 2s 232 s jp.png
Silver

Trivia

  • Donphan shares its category with Tyranitar. They are both known as the Armor Pokémon.
  • Donphan and Ursaring, along with their pre-evolutions, are the only Pokémon to swap version-exclusive status between localizations. While Phanpy and Donphan are found only in the Japanese and Korean Gold, they are not found in Gold in other languages, being found in the Silver Version of those languages instead, with Teddiursa and Ursaring getting the opposite treatment. This is corrected in the remakes HeartGold and SoulSilver, where they follow the Japanese and Korean Gold and Silver.

Origin

Donphan appears to have been based on an adult elephant, although it resembles the tire of an automobile when curled up or using its trademark Rollout attack. As both Phanpy and Donphan are much smaller compared to humans than conventional African or Asian elephants, they may have actually been inspired by the dwarf elephant or the pygmy elephant.

Name origin

Donphan and Donfan are a combination of don and elephant. Don may refer to lord; a root word meaning teeth, referring to its tusks; or mastodon, a prehistoric elephant. Don may have also been included to reflect Donphan's robust physique and great strength, especially in comparison to Phanpy.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ドンファン Donfan From don and elephant
France Flag.png French Donphan Same as English name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Donphan Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Donphan Same as English name
Italy Flag.png Italian Donphan Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 코리갑 Korigap From 코끼리 kkokkiri and 갑 (甲) gap
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 冬凡 Dūngfàahn
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 頓甲 / 顿甲 Dùnjiǎ From dùn and jiǎ


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