Ash's Quilava

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Ash's Quilava
サトシのマグマラシ Satoshi's Magmarashi
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Ash's Quilava
Debuts in Good 'Quil Hunting
Caught at Route 33
Evolves in An Old Family Blend!
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location Professor Oak's Laboratory
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This Pokémon spent 507 episodes as Cyndaquil.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Cyndaquil Yūji Ueda Kayzie Rogers
As Quilava Yūji Ueda Bill Rogers

Ash's Quilava (Japanese: サトシのマグマラシ Satoshi's Magmarashi) was the third Pokémon that Ash caught in the Johto region, and his seventeenth overall.

In the anime


Original series

Cyndaquil in its debut

Quilava first appeared as a Cyndaquil in Good 'Quil Hunting. On the way to Azalea Town, Ash heard from a Trainer named Koji that the forest was populated with Cyndaquil. Ash decided to search for one, but he was separated from his friends and chased into a cave by Team Rocket. While running through the cave, Ash found Cyndaquil. The two of them were attacked by Team Rocket's mecha, but Cyndaquil unleashed a powerful Flamethrower to defeat it. The mecha began to explode, so Ash threw a Poké Ball and caught Cyndaquil to protect it from the blast. Koji then reappeared and challenged Ash to a battle for ownership of Cyndaquil, which Ash accepted against his friends' orders. Cyndaquil, despite having the type disadvantage, was able to use its speed and Tackle attack to defeat Koji's Sandslash. Koji then resorted to stealing Cyndaquil anyway in a net, only to get badly burned when the Pokémon used a Flamethrower at him.

Cyndaquil coming down for an aerial attack on Bugsy's Scyther

In Gettin' The Bugs Out!, Ash used Cyndaquil as his first Pokémon in his Azalea Gym battle, going up against Bugsy's Spinarak. Although Misty thought Cyndaquil was a good choice, it was tired, and its flame wasn't ignited, causing Cyndaquil to struggle. Eventually, Ash recalled Cyndaquil back and replaced it with Chikorita. Later, Cyndaquil went up against Bugsy's last and most powerful Pokémon, his Scyther. After dodging some of Scyther's Fury Cutters, Cyndaquil finally managed to ignite its flames, although Scyther kept using Swords Dance to defend itself from Flamethrower. Eventually, Ash told Cyndaquil to attack Scyther from above, allowing him to bypass its defensive strategy and win the battle, earning him the Hive Badge.

Cyndaquil's sluggish battle skills were overcome in Hot Matches!, where it was outclassed by Miki's Skarmory. Ash trained with Cyndaquil, raising its attack and speed, and it also learned to ignite the flames on its back at will whilst fending off some wild Beedrill. In a rematch, Cyndaquil took down Skarmory with Flamethrower.

In A Goldenrod Opportunity, Cyndaquil easily took down Whitney's first two Pokémon. However, Whitney's Miltank proved far too powerful and knocked out Cyndaquil with a trio of Rollouts. In the rematch, it lost to Miltank again but managed to tire it out so that Pikachu could finish the battle. Against Morty in From Ghost to Ghost, it defeated Morty's Gastly with Tackle, since Gastly was still vulnerable to physical attacks from Noctowl's Foresight. Later, Cyndaquil was stuck battling against Haunter after it used Mean Look. It managed to strike with Swift and counter Hypnosis with a Smokescreen, but Haunter plucked Cyndaquil from the safety of the smoke and used Lick. It then tossed it to the ground, eliminating it from the battle.

It took part in Ash's Olivine Gym battle in Nerves of Steelix!, where Cyndaquil took down Jasmine's powerful Steelix. Steelix used Sandstorm to block Flamethrower, and a series of Digs and Iron Tails to attack Cyndaquil. However, Cyndaquil managed to hide in the holes dug by Steelix and took it down with an inferno fed by a sustained Flamethrower, winning Ash the battle and earning him the Mineral Badge.

Cyndaquil battling against Pryce's Dewgong while underwater

Cyndaquil was used in Ash's Gym battle against Pryce in Nice Pryce, Baby! where it battled and defeated Dewgong but was easily beaten by Piloswine's Blizzard, whom it had rescued from its icy tomb in the previous episode.

Cyndaquil was used briefly in the Battle Park in One Trick Phony!, where it was defeated by a powerful Venusaur used by James after its Flamethrower was overpowered by Solar Beam. In a battle against Satchel in You're a Star, Larvitar!, it faced his Magby, but was defeated with Dynamic Punch. This loss, along with Satchel's comments, made Ash consider evolving Cyndaquil. Ultimately, this didn't happen.

Cyndaquil helped Ash get through the screening round matches of the Silver Conference in A Claim to Flame!, and was entered in the battle against Jackson at Misty's recommendation, to counter his powerful Meganium. However, it didn't get to fight Meganium, losing to Jackson's Shiny Magneton's Thunder Wave and Tri Attack combination.

Ash left Cyndaquil along with the rest of his Johto team at Professor Oak's Laboratory when he wanted to start his journey fresh in the Hoenn region.

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon Chronicles

During Showdown at the Oak Corral, Cyndaquil was seen relaxing on the ground near Professor Oak's laboratory building. Cassidy stepped on Cyndaquil while she was approaching the building's window and Butch sprayed it with a fire extinguisher. Cyndaquil was not badly harmed and later helped defeat the two Team Rocket members using a Flamethrower attack commanded by Professor Oak.

In Journey to the Starting Line!, a string of events caused by Kingler caused Cyndaquil to get spooked by Snorlax and accidentally awaken the Tauros, who in turn stampeded through Professor Oak's lab. This allowed a group of first partner Pokémon to escape.

Following Ash's adventures through the Hoenn region, Cyndaquil greeted Ash's Torkoal in The Right Place and the Right Mime.

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

Ash called Cyndaquil back into his party for the Lily of the Valley Conference in An Old Family Blend!. It was separated from Ash along with Snorlax, Bayleef, Totodile, and Corphish when Team Rocket attempted to steal them. While trying to find and reunite with Ash, Cyndaquil was attacked by one of Team Rocket's mechas. In the battle against Team Rocket, Cyndaquil demonstrated that it had learned the move Flame Wheel during its time at Oak's lab. Despite its new attack, Cyndaquil was having trouble defeating the robot. Cyndaquil then evolved into Quilava and used its new Eruption attack to destroy their mecha.

In the following episode, Quilava was the second Pokémon Ash used to battle Nando in the first round of the Lily of the Valley Conference after Staraptor. Quilava went up against Nando's powerful Armaldo, and during the battle, it was revealed that it had learned Aerial Ace. When Quilava's Aerial Ace and Armaldo's X-Scissor collided, Armaldo went down first. Quilava smiled to itself but then fainted; thus, both Pokémon were knocked out.

Pokémon the Series: Black & White

Quilava with Ash's Fire types and Gengar

Quilava was reunited with Ash in The Dream Continues!, where it and the rest of Ash's Pokémon posed for a group photo with their Trainer.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

In Advice to Goh!, Quilava reunited with Ash during his visit to Professor Oak's Laboratory with Goh. Sometime before, Quilava had battled against Ash's Infernape before he had left the lab to battle Moltres.

Quilava, along with the rest of Ash's Pokémon at the lab, reunited with Ash in Friends, Rivals, Lend Me Your Spirit!. During the visit, it helped train Ash's Gengar to learn Will-O-Wisp and later watched the battle between Ash and Paul. Before Ash left, it posed with the rest of Ash's Pokémon in a group photo with him.

From Battling as Hard as Stone! onwards, Quilava watched Ash's Masters Eight Tournament matches against Steven, Cynthia, and Leon. In Partners in Time!, Quilava appeared as a vision to Pikachu during his battle against Leon's Charizard.

In Heroes Unite!, Quilava, along with the rest of the Pokémon at the lab, welcomed Ash back to Pallet Town after his victory over Leon.

In The Rainbow and the Pokémon Master!, Quilava assisted Ash in looking for a missing Charmander around Oak's lab, but to no avail.

Personality and characteristics

Quilava and Ash
Quilava without its flames lit

Personality-wise, Cyndaquil was the "baby" of Ash's team. It started off very weak and lazy and was easily tired out. In battles, it usually had to wait for the flame on its back to ignite before using any Fire-type attacks, though its excellent reflexes usually made up for it. After training with Ash in Hot Matches!, Cyndaquil was able to ignite at will.

Its evolution into Quilava marked a significant spike in its maturity and skill level. Quilava's personality was completely revamped as it became calm, serious, and stoic. During its time at Professor Oak's lab, Quilava is usually with Ash's other Fire types and gets along really well with them. Quilava also befriended Gengar during its visit to the lab.


As a Cyndaquil

Moves used

Using Eruption
Using Swift as a
Move First Used In
Flamethrower  Good 'Quil Hunting
Tackle Good 'Quil Hunting
Agility × Hot Matches!
Smokescreen Hot Matches!
Quick Attack From Ghost to Ghost
Swift From Ghost to Ghost
Flame Wheel  An Old Family Blend!
Eruption  An Old Family Blend!
Aerial Ace  League Unleashed!
An × shows that the move cannot be legitimately known by this Pokémon in the games.
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Moves improvised

Picture First Used In Moves Involved Partnered With
  Nerves of Steelix! Sandstorm and Flamethrower Jasmine's Steelix
Description: A combination of Sandstorm and Flamethrower. Steelix traps the opponent in a Sandstorm while Cyndaquil strikes the Sandstorm with Flamethrower, leaving the opponent trapped in a tornado of superheated sand. This was used to defeat Steelix in Ash's Olivine Gym battle against Jasmine and win Ash the match.


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In the games

In the spin-off games

Pokémon: Catch the Numbers!

Cyndaquil appears in Pokémon: Catch the Numbers! as one of the Pokémon the player needs to get back from Team Rocket.

In the manga

Cyndaquil in Ash & Pikachu

Ash & Pikachu

Ash's Cyndaquil appeared in The Murkrows' Plot.

Movie adaptations

Ash's Cyndaquil appeared in Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei.

Moves used

Using Flamethrower
Move First Used In
Flamethrower Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei
Flame Wheel Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Quilava appeared in Advice to Goh! at Professor Oak's Laboratory.


  • Quilava, as a Cyndaquil, took the longest to evolve out of Ash's Pokémon, having been a Cyndaquil for 507 episodes, longer than a decade. Previously, this record was held by Donphan, which spent 198 episodes as a Phanpy.
    • Quilava also took the longest to evolve out of any Pokémon featured in the anime that has evolved onscreen.
  • Quilava is Ash's only Fire-type first partner Pokémon to:
    • Never have known Ember.
    • Not have a secondary type.
    • Not evolve in the region it was caught.
    • Not be under the ownership or care of another individual, nor endure any tragedy related to said individual before joining Ash.
  • Quilava is Ash's only Johto first partner Pokémon to not have a confirmed gender.

See also

  This article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.