Platinum's Empoleon

Platinum's Empoleon
プラチナのエンペルト Platinum's Emperte
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Platinum's Empoleon
Debuts in Stagestruck Starly
Caught at Jubilife City
Evolves in Ring Around the Roserade I
Great Gible
Gender Female
Ability Torrent
Nature Serious
Current location With Platinum
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This Pokémon spent 8 chapters as Piplup and at least 14 chapters as Prinplup.

Platinum's Empoleon (Japanese: プラチナのエンペルト Platinum's Emperte) is a Pokémon that Platinum owns in Pokémon Adventures and her second overall. Platinum received her from Professor Rowan prior to the start of her journey. As of The Final Dimensional Duel X, she is at level 68, and her Characteristic is that she is "a little quick tempered."


Diamond & Pearl arc

Empoleon and Platinum

Empoleon first appeared as a Piplup in Stagestruck Starly, as one of the three Pokémon given to Platinum from Professor Rowan. When Platinum started her journey, she chose Piplup as her first partner Pokémon and let her out of her Poké Ball.

In Putting a Crimp in Kricketot, Platinum was attacked by a group of wild Kricketot and Kricketune, forcing Piplup to defend her. Despite her best efforts, Piplup was unable to defeat them entirely, dealing a huge blow to her pride. In an attempt to regain her self-respect, Piplup insists that she and Platinum challenge the local Gym Leader Roark. In order to prepare, Piplup trains with Tru and Chimler. The next day, Piplup faces off against Roark's Cranidos at the Oreburgh Gym, but is hurt by a powerful Shock Wave and is forced to be sent back. After Ponyta falls to Roark's Onix, Piplup is sent back out and quickly defeats it with a Water-type attack. With some advice from Diamond and Pearl's comedy routine, Platinum commands Piplup to use Water Pulse, which confuses Cranidos and causes it to knock itself out, giving Platinum the victory and allowing Piplup to regain her pride.

In Ring Around the Roserade I, after leaving the Old Chateau, the group meets Gardenia, who somewhat nudges them into challenging her the next day. The three soon begin training with their first partner Pokémon when Cynthia walks by and notices that the three are going to evolve. Quickly after saying this, the three evolve, with Piplup evolving into a Prinplup.

As a Prinplup after winning a Super Contest

In Ring Around the Roserade II, Prinplup participated in Platinum's Double Battle alongside Ponyta against Gardenia and her Roserade and Cherubi. Despite the type advantage, Ponyta was quickly defeated due to Roserade's poison thorns, leaving Prinplup to battle by herself. Due to the distance that Gardenia put between them, Prinplup continues getting pummeled by both Cherubi and Roserade and being unable to counterattack. This quickly changes as Platinum takes advantage of the holes made in the ground by Grass Knot and uses that to direct a hidden Blizzard at both Roserade and Cherubi, knocking them out cold.

In Perturbed by Pachirisu, Platinum and Prinplup enter a Normal Rank Pokémon Super Contest in the Coolness segment. Due to several saboteurs working against them, Platinum and Prinplup lose their confidence and consider quitting. However, with words of encouragement from Diamond, they gain enough confidence to continue going on and manage to win the competition, earning themselves a Ribbon.

In Great Gible, it is revealed that Prinplup evolved into an Empoleon.

In Crafty Carnivine, Empoleon is picked as Platinum's first choice in her battle against Crasher Wake and his Floatzel. The two exchange a few blows before moving the battle to the waters. Empoleon manages to easily beat Floatzel with a Vacuum Wave and then goes up against Quagsire. The two fire Blizzard at each other and it appears to be even, but due to tiring herself out from the last battle Quagsire overpowers her and wins, knocking her out.

Empoleon defeating Candice's Snover

In Mirages of Mismagius I, Empoleon participated in Platinum's next Gym battle and faces Fantina's Drifblim. Empoleon manages to win by freezing its Ominous Wind with Blizzard, which spread to Drifblim and froze it. She then fought Mismagius and lost quickly due to its illusion powers. In Brash Bronzong I, when Platinum goes to find her kidnapped father, she uses Empoleon against the Gym Leader Byron, who she believed to be the perpetrator. Empoleon manages to damage Byron's two Bronzong but is defeated by a Payback attack.

In Striking Out Snover, Empoleon participated in Platinum's battle against Candice, fighting against her Snover. With a powerful Metal Claw, Empoleon quickly defeats Snover, but is soon knocked out by Snover's Seed Bomb which it fired earlier, resulting in a tie.

During the battle against Jupiter in Getting Past Gastrodon, Empoleon was sent out to battle against Jupiter's Sableye, but she was quickly defeated.

In Shorting Out Electivire, when Platinum was trying to convince Volkner to train her, Maylene, and Candice, Empoleon fought against his Raichu. Even though she managed to trap it in ice with Blizzard, Raichu managed to free itself with a Berry and defeated Empoleon with Thunderbolt. After Volkner accepts, Empoleon battled his Electivire and manages to win, earning Platinum her final Badge.

Empoleon infected with Pokérus

Platinum arc

In Getting the Drop on Gallade I, Empoleon participated in Platinum's Battle Castle challenge and fought against Darach and his Gallade. Empoleon uses her speed to get behind Gallade and hold him still, but he extends his blades behind him and deals heavy damage, making Platinum recall her. She is later switched back in to fight his Houndoom and defeats it with a Hydro Pump. After that, Staraptor is called out, and after a tiring battle, Empoleon beats it with Blizzard. She has later switched back in again and later called out to finishes off the confused and infatuated Gallade with Drill Peck, giving Platinum her first Battle Frontier win.

In Exit Empoleon, Empoleon fought in Platinum's Battle Arcade challenge. During the battle against Dahlia, Platinum and Dahlia had to switch Pokémon due to the roulette, meaning Empoleon and Platinum's other Pokémon were forced to fight against their Trainer. Although both sides were reluctant at first, both Platinum and her Pokémon manage to fight at their full strength, which eventually ended with Platinum as the victor.

When Platinum went to challenge the Battle Factory in Softening Up Kakuna, she sent Empoleon and her other Pokémon to search for Looker on Stark Mountain, who had gone missing. They soon return, heavily injured and exhausted with a similarly injured Looker and Buck.

In The Final Dimensional Duel IX, Empoleon participated in the battle against Charon inside the Distortion World. During the battle, it was revealed that Platinum's whole party had caught Pokérus through her three new Pokémon, powering them up.

Personality and characteristics

Typical of her species, Empoleon is a prideful and proud Pokémon. Despite this, she is not rude to others and makes friends with the other Pokémon very easily. She is very headstrong, fierce, determined, and hates losing. She is also a very strong Pokémon and is the powerhouse of Platinum's team. The two share a very strong bond and is one of the closest Pokémon to Platinum.


As a Piplup As a Prinplup

Moves used

Using Ice Beam as a Prinplup
Using Drill Peck
Move First Used In
Bubble Putting a Crimp in Kricketot
Peck A Conk on Cranidos's Cranium
Pound A Conk on Cranidos's Cranium*
Water Sport A Conk on Cranidos's Cranium
Water Pulse A Conk on Cranidos's Cranium
Growl Ring Around the Roserade I
Blizzard  Ring Around the Roserade II
Metal Claw Perturbed by Pachirisu
Ice Beam Perturbed by Pachirisu
Vacuum Wave Floatzel and Jetsam*
Aqua Jet  Brash Bronzong I
Hydro Pump  Getting the Drop on Gallade II
Drill Peck  Getting the Drop on Gallade II
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • At level 68, Empoleon is the highest leveled Pokémon belonging to Platinum.
  • Empoleon is tied with Pika for having used the most moves in the Pokémon Adventures manga, with a total of 12 (13 if the unused Pound is included).

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Piplup, Prinplup, and Empoleon.

  This article is part of Project Manga, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each series of Pokémon manga.