Sometime prior to Minccino—Neat and Tidy!, Bianca obtained Emboar as a Tepig and evolved into a Pignite. He first showed up in Minccino—Neat and Tidy! when Bianca attempted to use him to catch a wildMinccino that had stolen the dirty Badge case that she had given to Ash. He fought with an impressive Flame Charge attack but Minccino managed to escape it. Though he had overwhelming power, he was taken down by Minccino with a combination of Hyper Voice and Tickle.
Bianca later used Pignite to battle Ash's Pikachu. He managed to catch Pikachu off guard by rushing towards him with Take Down followed by a powerful Heat Crash attack. Despite him gaining the upper hand at first, the Fire Pig Pokémon was taken down by a single Volt Tackle from Pikachu.
Bianca used Pignite in her battle against Elesa in Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!. Her two other Pokémon had been knocked out by her Zebstrika and he was her last hope of winning. Though he outlasted his teammates, Pignite eventually fell to Zebstrika which resulted in a loss for Bianca.
Emboar struggling to break through Conkeldurr's defenses
In Search for the Clubultimate!, it was revealed that Pignite had evolved into Emboar sometime before the Clubsplosion. He began a battle against Trip and his Conkeldurr in the first round. Demonstrating his new capabilities, Arm Thrust and Hammer Arm, Emboar fought hard, but was unable to break through Conkeldurr's defenses. He was soon smashed into the ground, after Conkeldurr attacked him with a Bulk Up powered Strength, and then trapped by Rock Tomb. Emboar attempted to use Arm Thrust to destroy the rocks surrounding him but grew tired, just as his opponent launched a Stone Edge attack.
Emboar and Bianca
In A Clubsplosion of Excitement!, Emboar was shown to have caught Conkeldurr's Stone Edge then used Fling to send them back at it. While Conkeldurr was blocking the stones with its concrete pillars, Emboar got closer, snatched the pillars, and used Fling to hurl them at Conkeldurr, defeating the Muscular Pokémon and allowing Bianca to proceed to the next round of the tournament. Later in the second round, Emboar faced Georgia's Bisharp. He started the battle with Flamethrower before Georgia could finish her lecture. Flamethrower did a lot of damage to the Steel-type Pokémon. He collided with Bisharp's Guillotine attack with Hammer Arm and after enduring a Metal Sound-Iron Head combo, Emboar won the match with a second Flamethrower.
Emboar was sent out to battle against Mikael's Watchog in the first round of the Vertress Conference in Curtain Up, Unova League!, and was able to easily defeat the Normal-type Pokémon. In the second round, Emboar was the second Pokémon Bianca sent out to face Cameron's Samurott in her two on two battle against him. Despite the type-disadvantage, Emboar was able to withstand an Aqua Jet attack and a Hydro Cannon before infatuating Samurott with Attract. Emboar then easily beat Samurott with a rapid Arm Thrust and a powerful Hammer Arm. Emboar then had to face Cameron's Riolu. He started with an Arm Thrust attack, however Riolu dodged it and when Emboar attempted a Hammer Arm, Riolu countered with Circle Throw. Emboar stood up, only to be knocked down by multiple Force Palm attacks. He then grabbed the much smaller Riolu and threw it across the battle field, although Riolu was able to recover and land on its feet. Emboar then used Flamethrower, only for it to be dodged and then used back at him through the use of Riolu's Copycat. Emboar was finally knocked out by Vacuum Wave; eliminating Bianca from the Vertress Conference.
Personality and characteristics
Emboar is, undoubtedly, the powerhouse of Bianca's team. He alone was able to earn Bianca her first two Badges. As a Pignite, his personality was a lot like his Trainer's, as he can become pouty and throw a tantrum when his attacks fail to work as shown in Minccino—Neat and Tidy!. However, ever since he evolved into Emboar, he has shown to grow out of this behavior. He is now proud of his power, obedient to his Trainer, and able to take hits and defeats calmly, almost in the same way as Bianca has developed in her journey. He also has been shown to be clumsy like Bianca, seen in Search for the Clubultimate! when Bianca tripped on the battlefield and Emboar tried to catch her from falling, but to no avail.
A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
In the manga
Bianca and her Pignite
In the Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends manga
Pignite appeared as the starter Pokémon of Bianca in Pocket Monsters BW: Meetings with the Legends. Pignite was given to Bianca when it was only a Tepig by Professor Juniper. When Team Plasma stole a little girl's Minccino, claiming to be liberating it, Bianca worried at the thought of being separated from her Pignite, revealing it to have evolved.
Later at Dragonspiral Tower, she sent Pignite out to battle the Team Plasma grunts that prevented her, Cheren, and Brycen from getting to N.