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Charmander

(ヒトカゲ Hitokage)

General
National Dex: #004
Evolves From: None
Evolves Into: Charmeleon
Generation: Generation I
Pronunciation: $Char-Man-Duhr$
Base Stats
HP: 39
Attack: 52
Defense: 43
Special Atk: 60
Special Def: 50
Speed: 65
Biological Details
Species: Lizard Pokémon
Type(s): Fire
Height: 2'00" (0.6 m)
Weight: 18.7 lbs. (8.5kg)
Abilities: Blaze
Pokédex Color: Red
Gender: 12.5% ♀/ 87.5% ♂

Charmander (ヒトカゲ Hitokage) is a Fire/Ground-type Pokémon and a starter Pokémon in the original Pokémon games, and their remakes. Starting at level 16, Charmander can evolve into a Charmeleon.

## Appearance

Charmander is a small, bipedal, dinosaur-like Pokémon. The majority of its body is coloured orange, while its underbelly is a lighter colour. Charmander, along with all of its evolved forms, have a flame that burns on the end of its tail.

## Special Abilities

All Charmander have the ability Blaze, which allows their Fire-type attacks to cause 150% damage if their HP drops below 30%.

As a natural ability, Charmander can produce flames inside of itself and project them from its mouth, which in short means it can breathe fire. The power of its flame attacks can be gauged by the size of the flame on its tail.

## In Anime

Ash Ketchum obtained a Charmander in the episode Charmander – The Stray Pokémon. This Charmander was first seen waiting on a rocks mass when it was abandoned by its original trainer. Even with the risk of dying, this Charmander waited in harsh weather conditions for its trainer, though he never came. Ash helped in its recovery by taking it to a Pokémon Center, where it would later leave, only to find Ash and become his Pokémon. Ash had Charmander for 32 episodes.

Ritchie owned a Charmander, first seen in the episode A Friend in Deed. He nicknamed this Charmander "Zippo". It is also seen in Friend or Foe Alike and Friends to the End.

A Charmander appears as one of the main characters in the special Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate!.

Since Profesor Oak gives out Charmander as a starter Pokémon, he is seen with one in Journey to the Starting Line, A Six Pack Attack, and The Right Place at the Right Mime.

## In Game

Charmander first appeared in the Generation I Pokémon games as the Fire-type starter Pokémon. Not obtainable in the wild, Charmander can only be obatined by trade in games where they are not offered as a starter Pokémon, or in an event.

Starting at level 16, Charmander are able to evolve into Charmeleon. It's final evolutionary form is Charizard.

### Pokédex Entries

Pokédex Entries
Red
Blue
Obviously prefers hot places. When it rains, steam is said to spout from the tip of its tail.
Yellow
The flame at the tip of its tail makes a sound as it burns. You can only hear it in quiet places.
Gold
The flame on its tail shows the strength of its life force. If it is weak, the flame also burns weakly.
Silver
The flame on its tail indicates Charmander's life force. If it is healthy, the flame burns brightly.
Crystal
If it's healthy, the flame on the tip of its tail will burn vigorously, even if it gets a bit wet.
Ruby
Sapphire
The flame that burns at the tip of its tail is an indication of its emotions. The flame wavers when Charmander is enjoying itself. If the Pokémon becomes enraged, the flame burns fiercely.
Emerald
The flame that burns at the tip of its tail is an indication of its emotions. The flame wavers when Charmander is happy, and blazes when it is enraged.
FireRed
From the time it is born, a flame burns at the tip of its tail. Its life would end if the flame were to go out.
LeafGreen
It has a preference for hot things. When it rains, steam is said to spout from the tip of its tail.
Diamond
Pearl
The fire on the tip of its tail is a measure of its life. If healthy, its tail burns intensely.
Platinum
The fire on the tip of its tail is a measure of its life. If healthy, its tail burns intensely.

## Learnset

 RGB Y GSC RS FRLG Attack Type Catch Catch Catch Catch Catch Scratch Normal Catch Catch Catch Catch Catch Growl Normal 9 9 7 7 7 Ember Fire -- -- -- 13 13 Metal Claw Steel -- -- 13 13 19 Smokescreen Normal 15 15 -- -- -- Leer Normal 22 22 19 19 -- Rage Normal -- -- 25 25 25 Scary Face Normal 38 38 31 31 31 Flamethrower Fire 30 30 37 37 37 Slash Normal -- -- 43 43 43 Dragon Rage Dragon 46 46 49 49 49 Fire Spin Fire

## Machine Moves

 D/P/P Attack Type TM01 Focus Punch Fighting TM02 Dragon Claw Dragon TM06 Toxic Poison TM10 Hidden Power Normal TM11 Sunny Day Fire TM17 Protect Normal TM21 Frustration Normal TM23 Iron Tail Steel TM27 Return Normal TM28 Dig Ground TM31 Brick Break Fighting TM32 Double Team Normal TM35 Flamethrower Fire TM38 Fire Blast Fire TM40 Aerial Ace Flying TM42 Facade Normal TM43 Secret Power Normal TM44 Rest Psychic TM45 Attract Normal TM50 Overheat Fire TM56 Fling Dark TM58 Endure Normal TM61 Will-O-Wisp Fire TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost TM75 Swords Dance Normal TM78 Captivate Normal TM80 Rock Slide Rock TM82 Sleep Talk Normal TM83 Natural Gift Normal TM87 Swagger Normal TM90 Substitute Normal HM01 Cut Normal HM04 Strength Normal HM06 Rock Smash Fighting

## Strategy

Since Charmander's Special Attack is about 15% higher than its physical Attack, it is best by far using fire moves than anything else. Defensively, it's Special Defense is about 16% higher than it's Physical, it is better on Pokémon using Special attack types than physical. It is weak to Water, Ground and Rock, and resistant to Bug, Fire, Grass, Ice (Not in Red, Blue and Yellow) and Steel.

If you need to fight a Charmander, the use the following chart (the number in the parenthesies - the actual damage/physical damage without weakness/resistance ratio: multiply the number by the base damage of the move and the attack/special attack of the attacking Pokémon - and the bigger the result, the more damage the move will do):

1. Ground, Rock - (2)
2. Water - (1.72)
3. Fighting, Flying, Ghost, Normal, Poison - (1)
4. Dark, Dragon, Electric, Ice (Only in Red, Blue and Yellow), Psychic - (0.86)
5. Bug, Steel - (0.5)
6. Fire, Grass, Ice (Not in Red, Blue and Yellow) - (0.43)

## Origins

Charmander's English name comes from combining the words "Char" (burn) and the later half of "Salamander"