Ash's Quilava

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
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

As a 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 in an effort 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. After using its agility to dodge Spinarak's String Shot, Bugsy had Spinarak used String Shot on the whole field, getting Cyndaquil's feet stuck. Ash tried to get Cyndaquil to use Flamethrower, but it didn't work, with Ash noticing that it must take time for Cyndaquil to warm up. Spinarak then hit Cyndaquil with Poison Sting, and just as it was about to hit Cyndaquil with another one, Ash recalled Cyndaquil back and chose Chikorita. Later it went up against Bugsy's last and most powerful Pokémon, his Scyther. Cyndaquil was still unable to light its flame, and Scyther used Fury Cutter, which was easily dodged by its agility. Scyther then used Double Team, and Cyndaquil finally launched its Flamethrower, destroying all the clones. Despite this the real Scyther used Swords Dance like a fan to block the flames before using Slash. After realizing normal attacks wouldn't work, Ash came up with an idea; he waited for Scyther to again use Sword Dance before having Cyndaquil jump and use Flamethrower directly on Scyther. The combination turned into a deadly inferno that engulfed Scyther and Cyndaquil then finished things off with Tackle, winning Ash the battle and 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.

As a Cyndaquil with its flames ignited

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.

Ash used Cyndaquil in a battle against Satchel in You're a Star, Larvitar! where it battled his Magby but was defeated with Dynamic Punch. This loss along with Satchel's comments made Ash consider evolving Cyndaquil but 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 battle against Jackson at Misty's recommendation, in order 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.

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

Quilava without its flames lit

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 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. Some time before, Quilava had battled against Ash's Infernape before he had left the lab to battle Moltres.

Personality and characteristics

Quilava and Ash

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.

Moves used

Using Aerial Ace
Using Quick Attack 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.

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

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 JNM20 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 learned all of its moves in pairs, excluding Aerial Ace.
  • Quilava is Ash's only Fire-type starter to not evolve in the region it was caught.

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