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Dawn's Piplup

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===={{series|Best Wishes}}====
[[File:Dawn Piplup and Ash Oshawott.png|thumb|250px|With his rival, Ash's Oshawott]]
Piplup accompanied Dawn to [[Unova]] prior to ''[[BW085|All for the Love of Meloetta!]]''. In [[BW086|the following episode]], he was able to reunite with {{Ash}} and meet {{an|Iris}}, {{an|Cilan}}, and his new object of affection—a {{an|Meloetta}} that had been following Ash's group since they were in [[Virbank City]]. He also socialized with all of the group's other Pokémon when they were brought out of their [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}}s, and found a rival in [[Ash's Oshawott]], who had feelings for Meloetta too. Later on, he had a battle with [[Cilan's Pansage]], during which he used {{m|Drill Peck}} to send Pansage's {{m|Bullet Seed}} back at him. When the Grass Monkey Pokémon used {{m|Rock Tomb}}, he negated the move using a variation of [[Counter Shield]]. After that, Pansage used {{m|Solar Beam}}, but Piplup countered with {{m|Ice Beam}}. As the two beams collided, they rose into the sky and exploded, creating a beautiful fireworks display. This left Meloetta greatly impressed, causing it to disrupt the battle and start dancing with Piplup.
In ''[[BW090|Jostling for the Junior Cup!]]'', Piplup was used in the first round of the [[Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup]], going up against [[Ramone]]'s {{p|Stoutland}}. Using Drill Peck, he was able to defeat his opponent, thus allowing Dawn to proceed to the second round.
===In the movie adaptations===
[[File:Dawn Piplup M10 manga.png|200px|thumb|right|Piplup and Dawn in The Rise of Darkrai manga]]
Dawn's Piplup appears in the following manga adaptations of [[Pokémon movie]]s: {{ma|The Rise of Darkrai}}, {{ma|Giratina and the Sky Warrior}}, {{ma|Arceus and the Jewel of Life}} and {{ma|Zoroark: Master of Illusions}}, like in the anime is Dawn's main Pokémon. The role of Piplup is basically the same in all the chapters, however in most stories he is shown inside his [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}} and has fewer interactions with Pokémon present in the story.
====The Rise of Darkrai====
[[File:Piplup C-Gear skin.png|thumb|190px|A [[C-Gear]] skin featuring Piplup]]
* For ''[[DP017|Wild in the Streets]]'', [[Professor Oak's Big Pokémon Encyclopedia]] is about Dawn's Piplup. He writes this {{wp|senryū}} about him: 「ポッチャマが みずにとびこむ ぽっちゃんと」 ''"{{tt|Pochama|Piplup}} jumps into the water with a splash."''
* The {{so|Diamond and Pearl|opening sequence}} of [[S10|Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl]] shows Dawn's Piplup coming out of his [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}} with a trail of stars behind him. However, Dawn did not use a [[Seal|Star Seal]] with Piplup's Poké Ball until ''[[DP161|Yes in Dee Dee, It's Dawn!]]'', three seasons later.
* During an interview with former director and storyboard artist of the [[Pokémon anime]], [[Masamitsu Hidaka]], he revealed that Dawn's Piplup would likely not [[Evolution|evolve]] very soon, referring to his {{p|Prinplup|evolved}} {{p|Empoleon|forms}} as "ugly" or not good for [[Pokémon Contest]]s.
* Of all 191 {{series|Diamond & Pearl}} episodes, Piplup was only completely absent from 17.