Pyroar is a quadruped, leonine Pokémon. It is mostly dark brown with light brown legs, tail tip, chest, and face. A male Pyroar has a large, dominantly red mane with gold streaks forming pattern resembling the Daimonji symbol 大. The shape also resembles the symbol for fire 火. In contrast, a female has a long, gold and red mane extending from its forehead to the whole length of its body. Pyroar's irises are tinted azure with black pupils.
Pyroar live in prides, led by the male with the largest mane of fire, and the females protect the pride's cubs. Male Pyroar are usually lazy, but will protect its friends at the risk of its own well-being. Pyroar viciously threatens any challenger with a fiery breath exceeding 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It prefers to eat its meat raw.
Four Pyroar appeared in A Fiery Rite of Passage!, with three of them being female and one being male; this marked the debut of Pyroar's female form. The male Pyroar forced a Litleo to leave their pride to become more independent, but kept an eye on it. It eventually allowed Litleo back into the pride.
Lysandre's Pyroar appeared in The Beauty Eternal. It was seen accompanying Lysandre during his announcement of the Holo Caster, using Flamethrower on him to showcase its hologram functionality. It often appeared outside of its Poké Ball.
NA: The cute Litleo with a red tuft of fur evolves into the majestic-looking Pyroar. Male Pyroar have huge, fiery manes. In the wild, the male with the largest mane of fire becomes the leader. Female Pyroar have long manes and will fiercely protect the pride's cubs.
PAL: Litleo, that adorable little Pokémon with a red tuft of fur, evolves into the majestic Pyroar. Males have huge fiery manes, and the one has the biggest mane is the leader of the pride. Females, on the other hand, have long, flowing manes and play the vital role of protecting the pride's cubs.
This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VI.
Pyroar is the only Pokémon with a base stat total of 507.
Pyroar shares its category with Slowking. They are both known as the Royal Pokémon.
Though the male Pyroar has a chevron-shaped nose in its official artwork and in Pokémon Battle Trozei, all other merchandise, game, and anime artwork shows it with a triangular shaped nose, similar to that of the female.
Pyroar is based on a lion. The style of its fur, in particular the spiked areas on its limbs and tail, more than likely is a reference to stylized lions in heraldry and coat of arms. The yellow pattern on the mane of a male Pyroar is similar in shape to the Daimonji, a bonfire lit during the Japanese festival Gozan no Okuribi in the shape of the symbol 大 (meaning great or large). The shape also resembles the kanji for fire (火), as written in certain (often calligraphic) styles. Its gender ratio also resembles lion prides, which consist of one primary male lion, several females, and one or two lesser males.