Dondozo (Pokémon)

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Dondozo
Big Catfish Pokémon
ヘイラッシャ
Heyrusher
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Dondozo



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Type
Water Unknown
Unknown Unknown
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Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Unaware or Oblivious Cacophony
Cacophony
Water Veil
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
25 (7.7%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Water 2
Hatch time
40 cycles
Height
39'04" 12.0 m
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Weight
485.0 lbs. 220.0 kg
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Mega Stone
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Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
265
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
Dondozo
3
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
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Speed
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Shape
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Footprint
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Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
50
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Dondozo (Japanese: ヘイラッシャ Heyrusher) is a Water-type Pokémon introduced in Generation IX.

It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

Dondozo interacts with Tatsugiri in Double Battles via its signature move, Order Up, and Tatsugiri's signature Ability, Commander.

Biology

 
Dondozo's tongue, with three Tatsugiri on top[1]

Dondozo is a giant piscine Pokémon. Its body has three colors: light blue at the top; dark blue in the middle; and white on its belly, upper lip, and fins. It has a pair of pectoral fins and its rear half is flanked on either side by elongated anal fins, ending at a large, fan-like tail fin. On top of its head is a ring of six frills arranged in a circle: the two rightmost frills are much longer and end in flat tips, while the other four are shorter and rounded. It has three gills on either side of its body. Its face has a short protrusion resembling a nose, along with dark blue lips, a blue tongue, a pair of long barbels above its upper lip, and five barbels on its lower jaw, with one of them being longer and curled, located just below its lower lip. Dondozo's tongue is long and rectangular with two blocky protrusions below it, altogether resembling a sushi geta (wooden serving tray for sushi).

Dondozo is one of the biggest Pokémon ever discovered, and is a heavy eater. Although powerful, Dondozo is dull and not very good at hunting, so it teams up with Tatsugiri to catch prey. The Tatsugiri would bait their prey by playing dead, and then commands Dondozo to attack. Dondozo is loyal to Tatsugiri and acts as its subordinate, protecting it inside its mouth from enemies. Basculin is among the species Dondozo preys upon.

Dondozo is the only known Pokémon capable of learning the move Order Up.

A giant Dondozo, together with a giant Tatsugiri, are both known as the False Dragon Titan, one of the Titan Pokémon found in the Paldea region.

In the anime

Major appearances

Minor appearances

In the manga

In the TCG

Main article: Dondozo (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IX.
Generation IX Paldea
#374
Scarlet This Pokémon is a glutton, but it’s bad at getting food. It teams up with a Tatsugiri to catch prey.
Violet It treats Tatsugiri like its boss and follows it loyally. Though powerful, Dondozo is apparently not very smart.


 
Dondozo in the Paldea Pokédex

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IX.
Generation IX
Scarlet Violet
North Province: Casseroya Lake
Tera Raid Battles (5★, 6★)


In side games

Held items

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
150
210 - 257 410 - 504
100
94 - 167 184 - 328
115
108 - 183 211 - 361
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
35
36 - 95 67 - 185
Total:
530
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.

Type effectiveness

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

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation IX
Other generations:
None
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Supersonic Normal Status 0000 05555% 20
011 Water Gun Water Special 04040 100100% 25
055 Tickle Normal Status 0000 100100% 20
1010 Flail Normal Physical 0000 100100% 15
1515 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00——% 5
1515 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00——% 10
2020 Dive Water Physical 08080 100100% 10
2525 Noble Roar Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
3030 Soak Water Status 0000 100100% 20
3535 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100100% 15
4040 Aqua Tail Water Physical 09090 09090% 10
4545 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00——% 5
5050 Order Up Dragon Physical 08080 100100% 10
5555 Heavy Slam Steel Physical 0000 100100% 10
6060 Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100100% 15
6565 Wave Crash Water Physical 120120 100100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Dondozo
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Dondozo

By TM

Generation IX
Other generations:
None
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM001  TM001 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
TM006  TM006 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 10
TM007  TM007 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM010  TM010 Ice Fang Ice Physical 06565 095}}95% 15
TM011  TM011 Water Pulse Water Special 06060 100}}100% 20
TM022  TM022 Chilling Water Water Special 05050 100}}100% 20
TM025  TM025 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM028  TM028 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM046  TM046 Avalanche Ice Physical 06060 100}}100% 10
TM047  TM047 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM050  TM050 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM059  TM059 Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 08080 090}}90% 15
TM066  TM066 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TM070  TM070 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM077  TM077 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM084  TM084 Stomping Tantrum Ground Physical 07575 100}}100% 10
TM085  TM085 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM086  TM086 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM089  TM089 Body Press Fighting Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM103  TM103 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM108  TM108 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM110  TM110 Liquidation Water Physical 08585 100}}100% 10
TM121  TM121 Heavy Slam Steel Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM123  TM123 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM142  TM142 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 080}}80% 5
TM149  TM149 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TM152  TM152 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM156  TM156 Outrage Dragon Physical 120120 100}}100% 10
TM163  TM163 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM171  TM171 Tera Blast Normal Special 08080 100}}100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Dondozo
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Dondozo

By breeding

Generation IX
Other generations:
None
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
 * Curse Ghost Status —% 10
   Fissure Ground Physical 30% 5
      Thrash Normal Physical 120 100% 10
 * Yawn Normal Status —% 10
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Dondozo in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Dondozo
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Dondozo

Side game data

Evolution

 
Unevolved
Dondozo
 Water 


Sprites

Trivia

Origin

Dondozo seems to be based on the wels catfish, a large species of catfish that is native to Europe and was introduced to Spain. Its Shiny coloration resembles an albino wels catfish. The presence of bird Pokémon in Dondozo's diet may be inspired by the wels catfish's hunting behavior, as some individuals have been known to successfully hunt terrestrial birds by beaching themselves. Dondozo may also be based on a sushi chef, considering its relationship with Tatsugiri, the frills on its head which resemble a bandana or headband commonly worn as part of a sushi chef's uniform, and its tongue which resembles a sushi geta. Its face also somewhat resembles that of a smooth-head blobfish.

Dondozo keeping Tatsugiri inside its mouth may be a reference to mouthbrooding, a parenting style performed by many species of fish–including some catfish species–where the parent fish will keep their offspring safe by holding them inside their mouth. Dondozo's low smarts and larger size compared to Tatsugiri, combined with their synergy together, seem to reference the common "Brains and Brawn" team-up trope in media. Tatsugiri acting as the boss supports this, as the "Brains" is most often the leader in these team-ups.

Name origin

Dondozo may be a combination of don (Spanish for lord) and どうぞ dōzo (Japanese for "please (help yourself)"; typically said when offering something). Don also refers to a crime boss, which may allude to Dondozo's relationship with Tatsugiri, who acts as its consigliere. It may also derive from bozo, in reference to Dondozo's dimwitted nature.

Heyrusher may be a combination of へいらっしゃい heirasshai ("Hey, come on in"; typically said by sushi restaurant chefs when greeting customers) and the agentive suffix ~者 -sha or -er. It may also refer to Rusher Itamae, a Japanese comedian. 板前 Itamae is a Japanese word referring to a chef of traditional Japanese cuisine, and can refer to a sushi chef.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese ヘイラッシャ Heyrusher From へいらっしゃい heirasshai, the agentive suffix ~者 -sha or -er, and possibly Rusher Itamae
  French Oyacata From 親方 oyakata and poissons-chat
  Spanish Dondozo Same as English name
  German Heerashai From Herr and its Japanese name
  Italian Dondozo Same as English name
  Korean 어써러셔 Eosseoreosyeo From 어서 오세요 eoseo oseyo and 러셔 rosyeo, a transcription of rusher from its Japanese name
  Mandarin Chinese 吃吼霸 Chīhǒubà From chī, hǒu, , and 食予飽 tsia̍h-hōo-pá
  Cantonese Chinese 吃吼霸 Hekháuba From hek, háu, ba, and 食予飽 tsia̍h-hōo-pá


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References

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