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Dario in the anime

Dario (Japanese: ドリオ Dorio) is a character of the day who appeared in The Flame Pokémon-athon!. He also appeared in The Electric Tale of Pikachu.


In the anime

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Dario is an arrogant, stuck-up, and rude Trainer who will go to great lengths of winning a race, even if it involves cheating. He and his Dodrio wanted to beat Lara Laramie in a Pokémon race, at any cost. He hired Team Rocket to break her arm, thinking she wouldn't be able to enter. However, he didn't count on Ash entering the race for her and riding her Ponyta.

With the help of Team Rocket, Dario soon went into the lead. They were successfully able to knock out a Tauros, Nidorina, and an Electrode. They also nearly knocked out Ash and Lara's Ponyta.

It looked as though Dario was about to win the race, but out of nowhere, Ash emerged and caught up to him. Dario had his Dodrio peck Ponyta, but it only delayed the Pokémon temporarily. It then evolved into Rapidash and defeated Dario by just a few centimeters.

Blaming Team Rocket for his loss, Dario tied them up and had his Dodrio use Peck on them.


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Dario's Dodrio
Dario's Dodrio's only appearance was in The Flame Pokémon-athon where it first appeared when it wanted to win the Pokémon Race with his Dodrio. The day of the race had arrived and Dario was riding with his Dodrio, riding in first for most of the race. Suddenly Ash and Ponyta caught up, Dario tries to put Ponyta off balance with a Peck but suddenly Ponyta evolves into a Rapidash and wins the race sending Dodrio flying with a Stomp.

Dodrio's only known move is Peck.

Debut The Flame Pokémon-athon

Pokémon competitions

Dario has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 結城比呂 Hiro Yūki
English Maddie Blaustein
Czech Daniel Tůma
Finnish Pasi Ruohonen
Italian Paolo De Santis (K2 dub)
Norwegian Erik Skøld
Polish Wojciech Majchrzak
Brazilian Portuguese Vágner Fagundes
Spanish Latin America Eduardo Garza
Spain Pablo Sevilla

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Dario in The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Dario appears in The Human Race and the Pokémon Race, where he spooks Lara's Ponyta so that she will be injured and unable to participate in the Fuchsia Free-For-All Race. Unlike his anime appearance, he spooks Ponyta by himself without Team Rocket's help. He also hired a bunch of thugs and a herd of Squirtle, Wartortle and Blastoise to help him cheat in the race. He was revealed to be a poor sport when Ash won, trying to take the flag away from him.


This listing is of Dario's Pokémon in the manga:

Dario's Dodrio
Dodrio was used in the Fuchsia Free-For-All Race. In the past, it was revealed that he won many races using Dodrio.

None of Dodrio's moves are known.

Debut The Human Race and the Pokémon Race
Dario's Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise
Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise (multiple)
When Ash was about to be in the lead, Dario sent out Squirtle, Wartortle and Blastoise to hold him back. However, they were defeated by Pikachu.

Their only known move is Hydro Pump.

Debut The Human Race and the Pokémon Race


  • Both his Japanese and English names may be a pun on "Dodrio", a Pokémon which seems to be his main Pokémon in both the anime and the manga.

Main characters
Ash KetchumPikachuGary OakRitchieMay OakProfessor OakDelia KetchumJessieJamesMeowth
Gym Leaders
A.J.AyaBillDamianDarioDuplicaEevee brothersGiselleJeanette FisherOfficer JennyJoeNurse Joy
Lara LaramieMahriMelanieMikeyMimiProfessor OrvillePotterFlorinda ShowersRubySamuraiTommy

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