Poochyena, as its name implies, is a quadrupedal Pokémon similar in appearance to hyenas and canines. Its body is primarily gray with a black face and throat, paws, and belly. Its eyes are red with yellow sclerae, and it has a red nose. Its lower jaw has two pointed teeth sticking out. The fur at the base of its tail is rumpled and shaggy. Poochyena has gray paw pads on its three-toed paws.
Poochyena have a very keen sense of smell, allowing them to find and chase their prey with ease. It takes a bite at anything that moves and makes the hair on its tail bristle out to try to intimidate its foes. Poochyena's vigorous barking attempt at opponents embodies Poochyena's cowardly nature. Known for its tenacious nature, it chases after prey alongside the pack until the victim becomes exhausted. If its victim strikes back, then it may turn tail. It is omnivorous and will eat anything. This Pokémon lives in grasslands, savannas, and forests.
Poochyena evolves into Mightyena
(For specifics on this Pokémon's evolution in the games, refer to Game data→Evolution data.)
Multiple Poochyena debuted in Get the Show on the Road. They attacked Professor Birch when he got separated from Ash, similarly to what happened in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.
In A Bite to Remember, Max befriended a Poochyena belonging to Katrina. He eventually helped it evolve and become a protector of the preserve.
In The Blue Badge of Courage, the Gym Badge thieves used a Poochyena and a Zigzagoon to battle Misty's Psyduck and Sakura's Espeon, but both were defeated.
In A Six Pack Attack!, a wild Poochyena assisted Professor Birch in finding Professor Oak, May, and Max.
In Grass Hysteria!, Old Man Obee's three Poochyena tracked down Ash and May after they got lost in the Forbidden Forest. They then joined in the fight against Team Rocket's mecha.
In An Explosive Operation!, a Team Flare Grunt used a Poochyena during a Team Flare effort to capture Z2.
In Sobble Spies a Stealthy Strategy!, Jessie pulled a Poochyena from the Rocket Prize Master to battle Ash and Goh. However, it was defeated by Jacqueline's Inteleon. It reappeared in a flashback in Not Too Close for Comfort!.
In A Bite to Remember, Brock's demonstration featured a Poochyena evolving into a Mightyena.
In All Things Bright and Beautifly!, a Coordinator's Poochyena competed in the Rustboro Contest.
In Now That's Flower Power!, a Coordinator's Poochyena was in the Slateport City Pokémon Center.
In Win, Lose or Drew!, a Coordinator's Poochyena competed in the Slateport Contest.
In Jirachi: Wish Maker, a Poochyena was playing with its Trainer, while another was living in Forina, Jirachi's home.
A Poochyena appeared in Disaster of Disguise, under the ownership of a young female Trainer.
In Disguise Da Limit, a Coordinator's Poochyena competed in the Verdanturf Contest. Another was in a flashback that revealed Mrs. Grimm's parents took it away from her when she was a child.
A Trainer's Poochyena appeared in Destiny Deoxys.
In Beg, Burrow and Steal, two Poochyena were living in the an underground paradise.
In Hi Ho Silver Wind!, a Coordinator's Poochyena competed in the Hoenn Grand Festival.
In Off the Unbeaten Path, a Trainer's Poochyena participated in the Pokémon Orienteering competition.
A Coordinator's Poochyena appeared in What I Did for Love!.
A Poochyena appeared in Not on MY Watch Ya Don't!.
In An Old Family Blend!, a Trainer's Poochyena competed in the Lily of the Valley Conference.
A Poochyena appeared in Lumiose City Pursuit!.
Two Poochyena appeared in Grooming Furfrou!.
In Foggy Pokémon Orienteering! and Battling Into the Hall of Fame!, a Trainer's Poochyena attended the Pokémon Summer Camp.
A Trainer's Poochyena appeared in Garchomp's Mega Bond!.
A Trainer's Poochyena appeared in A Performance Pop Quiz!.
A Trainer's Poochyena appeared in I Choose You!.
A Trainer's Poochyena appeared in Making Battles in the Sand!.
||Poochyena, the Bite Pokémon. Poochyena is the pre-evolved form of Mightyena. Its biting strength is superior to other Pokémon, and has the endurance to chase opponents down until completely exhausted.
In The Cavern, a wild Poochyena was fleeing from a storm that a Primal Kyogre was creating.
- Main article: Nana
A Poochyena nicknamed Nana is first seen in Ruby's possession, one of the three Pokémon given to him from his father, Norman, when he was very young. Even five years before Creeping Past Cacnea, Nana was shown to be a formidable battler, injuring a Salamence teaming up with Kiki and Rara. While she still hadn't evolved, Ruby saw a few wild Mightyena that attacked Birch and envied how splendid their fur looked. A few chapters down the line, Ruby would obtain his own Mightyena in Dewford Town when he met up with Steven, and Nana evolved together with Kiki, who touched the champion's Moon Stone. This new evolved form saw a furthering of Nana's abilities, allowing her to perfect her Hyper Beam attack.
Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪
- Main article: Kanata's Poochyena
Kanata has a Poochyena in Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team
Two Poochyena appeared in I Want to be Human Again!.