Ephraim (Japanese: ミノル Minoru) is a character of the day who appeared in The Grass Route.


He is the son of a couple of farmers who live in a small town close to Ecruteak City. He specializes in raising Grass-type Pokémon, mainly because his parents use a large collection of Grass-type Pokémon to maintain their farm of flowers. He convinced Ash to enter his Bulbasaur in the Grass Tournament, held near where he lives.

Ash faced Ephraim in the finals of the tournament, with Ephraim using Skiploom. Skiploom almost lost, but learned Solar Beam at the last moment. It defeated Bulbasaur, and won the tournament. Ephraim's prize was a collection of Leaf Stones, which he planned on using to evolve his parents' Pokémon.


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Ephraim has a Skiploom nicknamed Skippy, which is his only known Pokémon. It first appeared when Ash and his friends spotted it skipping around before being introduced to Ephraim. Ephraim used it to battle Ash in a friendly match. Despite its incredible speed, it was defeated by Ash's Chikorita.

The following day, Ephraim and Ash competed in the Grass Tournament. Ephraim battled James and his Victreebel, and Skiploom defeated it in the first round. Skippy also defeated a Paras and Tangela before facing Ash and his Bulbasaur in the finals. Despite Ash's best efforts, Skippy defeated Bulbasaur upon learning Solar Beam, thus becoming the victor.

Skippy's known moves are Tackle, Double Team, Leech Seed, and Solar Beam.

Debut The Grass Route
Voice actors
English Kayzie Rogers

Pokémon competitions

Ephraim and his prizes

Ephraim has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 小林由美子 Yumiko Kobayashi
English Tara Jayne
Finnish Jenni Sivonen
Italian Monica Bonetto
Polish Wojciech Majchrzak
Brazilian Portuguese Gabriel Noya
Spanish Latin America Eduardo Garza
Spain Isatxa Mengíbar


  • Pokemon.com misspells Ephraim's name as Ephram.
  • In the European Spanish dub, Ephraim was renamed Jairo, after José Escobosa's (Meowth's voice actor) son. Escobosa also played Ephraim's father in the episode.

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