Barry's Empoleon (Japanese: ジュンのエンペルトJun's Emperte) is a Pokémon owned by Barry and his main battling Pokémon.
Barry and his Empoleon
Empoleon first appeared in Barry's Busting Out All Over! when Barry sent it out to battle Team Rocket after they were responsible for setting up a fake Storage System where they could steal Trainers's Pokémon. It managed to send Seviper flying. Barry then mentioned that the same exact move was the cause for his victory over Gardenia's Cacnea after a long hard fought battle, despite Cacnea having the type-advantage. However, this was cut short as the trio was sent flying from Empoleon's Hyper Beam with the combined effort of Pikachu's and Piplup's attacks.
Later, Empoleon was the last Pokémon sent out during Barry's battle against Ash after both sides lost two Pokémon. Even though Empoleon had the type-disadvantage, it managed to hang in there long. However, Empoleon was defeated by Pikachu's Volt Tackle as it couldn't dodge due to the recharge effect of Hyper Beam.
In A Shield with a Twist, it was revealed that Empoleon had trained with Barry in Iron Island before they defeated Byron. It also appeared in Jumping Rocket Ship where Barry sent it out to get its picture taken along with the group as Barry did not want any of his other Pokémon to have their picture taken, only for it to fall into Team Rocket's pitfall traps as the photographers turned out to be the villains themselves. During the battle after its Hydro Pump and Chimchar's Flamethrower collided with Carnivine's and Seviper's Bullet Seed and Haze which sent them flying, Empoleon got separated with Brock's Happiny, Dawn's Piplup and Ash's Grotle. It along with the other Pokémon eventually got reunited with their Trainers.
After Ash caught a Gible in Gotta Get a Gible!, Empoleon challenged him. It won as Empoleon had the severe advantage against Gible. This gave Barry his first victory over Ash. It appeared again in Fighting Ire with Fire!, where it battled an unnamed Trainer's Mothim. Afterwards, Empoleon started a battle with Ash's Monferno after Paul told him to battle Ash. Both sides managed to stay in sync despite Monferno's type-disadvantage. However, Empoleon's Hydro Cannon sent it flying, which resulted in the activating of Blaze. As a result, the battle had no conclusion.
Empoleon's next appearance came in League Unleashed!, where it got Barry through the preliminaries of the Lily of the Valley Conference after defeating another Trainer's Nosepass. In Casting a Paul on Barry!, it was Barry's final Pokémon in his battle against Paul. It battled against Paul's Magmortar, where it managed to serve some damage to Magmortar only for Magmortar to survive the attack. Both sides then recalled their Pokémon. It was sent out again to fight against Paul's Ursaring, where it was able hit a Focus Blast back to Ursaring before Paul recalled Ursaring for his newly evolved Electivire. Empoleon eventually activated Torrent after a long battle and then used Hydro Cannon. However, Electivire used Protect and was soon defeated by a powerful Thunder, making Barry lose the battle. It fainted standing up.
Empoleon is considered to be Barry's most trusted Pokémon as it managed to defeat many Gyms that Barry participated in. It has even held its ground against stronger opponents, especially the ones with the type advantage. Despite the fact that Barry uses Empoleon in almost every single one of his battles, it is highly used to battling alongside him and always seems to be happy to battle at any time.