ジッポ Zippo
Poké Ball
Ritchie Zippo.png
Debuts in A Friend in Deed
Caught at Kanto
Evolves in Prior to A Parent Trapped!
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Ritchie
This Pokémon spent between 3 and 143 episodes as Charmander.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Charmander Yūji Ueda Michael Haigney
As Charmeleon Yūji Ueda Eric Stuart

Zippo (Japanese: ジッポ Zippo) was the first Pokémon introduced on Ritchie's team. It is unclear whether Zippo or Sparky was Ritchie's first Pokémon. It first appeared in A Friend in Deed.

In the anime


Original series

As a Charmander

Zippo was introduced as a Charmander during the Indigo Plateau Conference, breaking open a wall in a van Team Rocket trapped Ritchie and Ash in with Slash when Ash's Bulbasaur couldn't do it on its own. Later, during Ritchie's battle with Ash, Zippo was sent out against Ash's Pikachu when Ritchie's Butterfree, Happy, was defeated. Even though Pikachu dodged multiple Flamethrowers, he wasn't able to keep up and lost to Zippo's Tackle. Zippo's next opponent was Charizard. Zippo ran away from Charizard's far stronger Flamethrower after using Flamethrower itself. This caused Ritchie to recall it.

In Friends to the End, it was briefly shown battling Assunta's Rhydon. It was revealed to have been knocked out later when Ritchie's last Pokémon was shown to be Sparky. In that same episode, it saved Ash's Pikachu along with Sparky when they were captured by Team Rocket.


In A Parent Trapped!, during the Whirl Islands, Zippo was revealed to have evolved into a Charmeleon. It was sent out along with Ash's Cyndaquil to take on Butch's Hitmontop and Cassidy's Houndour. It wasn't able to match up with the opposing Pokémon as the headgear they were wearing made them more powerful.

Pokémon Chronicles

In Oaknapped!, Zippo was sent out to take on Butch's Mightyena. It used Flamethrower on Mightyena but some of the flames landed in Professor Oak's hair. Zippo then used Fire Spin on it, also hitting Cassidy's Sableye. The opposing Pokémon landed on their Trainers, leaving Sparky a chance to blast them off with Thunder.

Personality and characteristics

Zippo and Ritchie

Zippo, as a Charmander, was willing to battle any opponent, including ones that have evolved as shown when it was battling Charizard.

Moves used

Using Flamethrower
Move First Used In
Slash A Friend in Deed
Flamethrower Friend and Foe Alike
Tackle × Friend and Foe Alike
Fire Spin Oaknapped!
An × shows that the move cannot be legitimately known by this Pokémon in the games.
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the manga

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Charley in The Electric Tale of Pikachu

In the manga series The Electric Tale of Pikachu, Zippo competes against Ash's Charizard in the Indigo Plateau Conference in the chapter The Indigo Finals and is defeated and heavily wounded during the battle. Unlike in the anime, however, Zippo has already evolved into a Charizard by this point.

Ritchie running to his heavily wounded Charley

In the original Japanese version, it retains its nickname of Zippo. However, in the VIZ Media English translation, it is renamed to Charley.

Moves used

Using Swords Dance
Move First Used In
Swords Dance The Indigo Finals
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In spin-off games

Pokémon Puzzle League

Zippo is one of Ritchie's three Pokémon in Pokémon Puzzle League.


  • Zippo's name is a reference to the real-world brand of metal lighters.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Charmander, Charmeleon, and Charizard.

Ritchie's Pokémon
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