Togedemaru first appeared in Alola to New Adventure! alongside her Trainer, where they first welcomed Ash to the school. Togedemaru later watched as a group of Team Skull Grunts battled Ash and Kiawe. In The Guardian's Challenge!, she was used to help welcome Ash to the school, competing in Sophocles's challenge against Ash and Pikachu to pop balloons the fastest. Sophocles and Togedemaru quickly took the lead, using Togedemaru's spikes to efficiently break the balloons. After Ash attempted to use Pikachu's Thunderbolt to turn the tides, Togedemaru used her Lightning Rod Ability to absorb the attack and quickly pop the remaining balloons with Zing Zap.
In A Shocking Grocery Run!, Togedemaru got separated from Sophocles due to a power outage at the shopping mall caused by Team Rocket. She, Pikachu, and Rotom eventually made their way to the mall's roof, where they came across Team Rocket. During a showdown with the trio, Pikachu got blasted off the roof by Mimikyu's Shadow Ball, but was able to hang on to an opposite building. When Sophocles and Ash arrived, Togedemaru used her Lightning Rod Ability with Pikachu's Thunderbolt to turn the tide of battle with Zing Zap.
In So Long, Sophocles!, Togedemaru was horrified at the mere idea of being separated from Pikachu when Sophocles overheard his parents discussing the possibility of moving houses. She later assisted Sophocles in battling against a wild Charjabug brought as a farewell gift from Ash. She succeeded in weakening it enough for Sophocles to capture it. When Togedemaru discovered that the whole thing was blown out of proportion and that her family would only be moving down the street, so she wouldn't be separated from Pikachu, she got overly excited and shocked Sophocles, Ash, and Kiawe out of happiness.
In When Regions Collide!, Sophocles used Togedemaru alongside Snowy in a battle against Brock's Geodude. Geodude took no damage from Togedemaru's Zing Zap and knocked away Snowy's Powder Snow with Gyro Ball.
In Rescuing the Unwilling!, Togedemaru was sent out at the Ultra Deep Sea in order to rescue Lillie's mother, Lusamine, from the Nihilego that had captured and possessed her. When the possessed Lusamine sent out her Mismagius to attack everyone, Togedemaru absorbed its Electric-type moves with Lightning Rod. Lusamine's Lilligant then made it dance with Teeter Dance. Ash's Litten and Rowlet released it from the dance, and it rejoined the fight. In the next episode, Togedemaru and Charjabug used Zing Zap and Discharge, respectively, on Milotic. Although Milotic appeared to have been defeated by this move, Nihilego made it get back up and continue battling. The battle ended when Ash and Pikachu performed 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt to defeat Nihilego.
Personality and characteristics
Togedemaru has a strong relationship with her Trainer, often being seen attached to Sophocles's side. Sophocles even goes to sleep with her by his side, using her glowing cheeks as a nightlight to help with his fear of the dark. Togedemaru loves to be helpful, as seen when she seems very pleased to help Sophocles run his programs, and is very proud to have helped him win a balloon popping challenge.
She seems to be very fond of Ash's Pikachu, even going so far as to jump on Pikachu in order to show her affection towards him. Togedemaru is also a really energetic Pokémon who is very fond of playing, whether by repeatedly rolling and bouncing around or dancing with Pikachu. At the prospect of being separated from Pikachu, Togedemaru cried a lot, but upon learning that she would not be moving far away, she was overcome with joy and bounced around uncontrollably and shocked the others out of happiness. In Alola, Kanto!, when Pikachu was hit by Kiawe's Marowak and another Marowak commanded by Brock, Togedemaru got angry and fought back. When Pikachu went missing in Love at First Twirl!, Togedemaru began crying and had to be comforted by Sophocles and Charjabug.
She is a sore loser, as shown in Racing to a Big Event! when she attacked her Trainer after he got eliminated from the Pokémon Pancake Race. She also has a slightly darker side, as seen in the Poké Problem segment for SM083, where she smirked at the idea of scaring students and their Pokémon at the Pokémon School due to her increase in size from Faba's size altering machine. In That's Some Spicy Island Research!, Togedemaru was shown to have a distaste for Poni Island daikon.
In Evolving Research!, while Sophocles was trying to battle with Charjabug so it could evolve into Vikavolt, Togedemaru was shown to be inconsiderate, absorbing Charjabug's Discharge and attacking a wild Golduck with Zing Zap. In the same episode, she was revealed to enjoy riding on Vikavolt without fear.
|A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.|
|Picture||First Used In||Moves Involved||Partnered With|
|Twirling with a Bang!||Electroweb, Zing Zap, Discharge, Bubble Beam, Magical Leaf, Flamethrower, Fire Blast, and Powder Snow||The Ultra Guardians' Pokémon|
|Description: Super Pokémon Fireworks (Japanese: 超特大ポケモン花火 Super Special Pokémon Fireworks) A combination move used by the Ultra Guardians' partner Pokémon and their Ride Pokémon. Pikachu launches Electroweb into the air, followed by Togedemaru and Charjabug adding to it by creating a makeshift Electroweb with Zing Zap and Discharge, respectively. Popplio, Steenee, Turtonator, and Charizard add to the combination with Bubble Beam, Magical Leaf, and a double Flamethrower, respectively. Flygon, Garchomp, and Altaria then use a triple Fire Blast, followed by Snowy's Powder Snow and Poipole's poison. Together, the moves make a giant spinning ferris wheel-shaped construction.|
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Togedemaru first appeared in PASM19, standing next to Sophocles watching people be evacuated to Hokulani Observatory when Ultra Beasts started rampaging around Ula'ula Island. Later, it was seen trying to help prevent a Celesteela and Guzzlord from reaching Hokulani Observatory, but was defeated.
In the games
In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Togedemaru, nicknamed Togemaru (Japanese: とげまる Togemaru), helps around the Hokulani Observatory. During Sophocles's trial, the device used to summon the Totem Pokémon malfunctions and begins attacking the Charjabug used as a part of the trial. Although Togemaru uses its Lightning Rod to absorb the electricity fired by the device, it isn't able to fully absorb the attack, forcing Totem Togedemaru to step in and rescue it as well.
Sophocles uses another Togedemaru in battle. It appears in the following games:
In the TCG
Sophocles's Togedemaru is featured in the TCG as of one Sophocles's Pokémon. The following is a list of cards featuring Togedemaru.
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.
|Togedemaru||Ash vs Team Rocket Deck Kit||006/026|
|Japanese||とげまる Togemaru||From トゲデマル Togedemaru|
|English, German||Togemaru||Same as Japanese name|
|Italian||Togeriparu||From Togedemaru and riparare (to repair)|
|Korean||토게마루 Togemaru||From 토게데마루 Togedemaru|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||小刺球 Xiǎo Cìqiú||From 小 xiǎo (small), 刺 cì (thorn), and 球 qiú (ball)|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||小刺球 Síu Chikàuh||From 小 síu (small), 刺 chi (thorn), and 球 kàuh (ball)|
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Togedemaru.