Pryce's Piloswine (Japanese: ヤナギのイノムーYanagi's Inomoo) is Pryce's main Pokémon in the anime and games.
In the anime
Pryce had obtained Piloswine somewhere in his youth and the two were very close to each other. During a tournament Pryce entered in, Piloswine managed to defeat a Nidoking with a Take Down, a Golem with a Fury Attack, and an Ursaring with a Blizzard, freezing it in the process. Piloswine was on a roll until it went up against a Trainer with a Magmar. Pryce was confident that Piloswine was going to defeat Magmar, though. The battle began and one of Magmar's attacks burnt the Ice-type. When Magmar used Fire Blast to finish it off, Pryce jumped in the way to prevent it from getting hurt. As a result, both Pryce and Piloswine suffered grave burns and were taken to a cottage. Suddenly, Piloswine stepped outside into a snowstorm, seemingly abandoning Pryce in disgust for the defeat. Shocked, Pryce angrily yelled at it for leaving him after everything he had done for it, but Piloswine kept walking away until disappearing and never came back. This resulted in Pryce growing bitter and distant toward Pokémon in general.
Piloswine and Pryce
Many years later, Ash and Pryce went into a cave where they found Piloswine trapped in ice, with some herbs by its side. It was revealed that Piloswine had stepped into the blizzard in order to get some herbs to cure Pryce from his burns, but fell down and became frozen. Heartbroken, Pryce realized his huge misunderstanding. Ash melted the ice surrounding Piloswine with Cyndaquil's Flamethrower and then had Pikachu use Thunder Shock on the Pokémon to revive it. It looked like Piloswine wouldn't wake up no matter how many times it was shocked, but after many attempts, it finally revived. This one showed that it remembered his Trainer, and Pryce was ecstatic to reunite with his old friend. Piloswine then used Rest to recover from the wounds it suffered. Ash, Pryce and Piloswine left the cave and reunited with Sheila, Misty and Brock. Team Rocket showed up and Piloswine took on their Arbok and Weezing. Piloswine proceeded to attack them with Fury Attack first and then froze them with Blizzard, leaving Pikachu to finish them off. Having a change of heart, Pryce finally accepted Ash's challenge.
In Nice Pryce, Baby!, Pryce groomed Piloswine before his upcoming Gymbattle. He sent it out after his Dewgong was defeated by Cyndaquil. Piloswine began with Blizzard which took Cyndaquil out in one hit. Pikachu was then sent out. Pikachu was hit by Piloswine's barrage of Blizzard attacks. Pikachu took advantage of this after one of the Blizzards formed an ice pillar, by having him slide under Piloswine and use Thunder. This hurt Piloswine, but it used Rest to recover. After waking up, Piloswine countered Pikachu's Quick Attack with a combination of Take Down and Fury Attack. Pikachu used Thunderbolt but it had no effect this time. Piloswine once again used the earlier used combo and started to get tired. Pryce threw in the towel and went up to Piloswine, rewarding it for a job well done.
Piloswine is considered to be part of Pryce's family as seen in various flashbacks during its debut episode. However, Pryce's opinion about Piloswine changed after it left and didn't come back. Years later, he was still the same until he and Ash found Piloswine frozen in a cave.
Piloswine appeared in Ice World. When Clefairy put on a Piloswine costume, Pryce's Piloswine was angered and attacked it. When Piloswine returned, the battle between Clefairy and Swinub was called off and both Pryce and Swinub were able to see it again.
In the TCG
Pryce's Piloswine is featured in the TCG as one of Pryce's Pokémon. The following is a list of cards named Pryce's Piloswine.
Pryce's Piloswine Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format. Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
In Gold, Silver, and Crystal, Pryce owns a level 31 Piloswine that knows Fury Attack, which Piloswine does not learn until level 33. Additionally, Swinub does not learn the move at all, which means it cannot know it at a lower level due to breeding.
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Piloswine.