This Quilava is a Fire-type Pokémon Ash caught in Johto that evolved from Cyndaquil shortly prior to the Lily of the Valley Conference.



As a Cyndaquil, similar to Ash's CharizardInfernape, and Pignite, Quilava was forced to deal with an abusive trainer before Ash caught it, although unlike Charizard, Infernape, and Pignite it did not actually belong to that trainer.

At first, Cyndaquil had difficulty using its Fire type moves which saw it lose to a Steel-type Pokémon, Skarmory during JE036: Hot Matches!.

As such, it embarked on a training regime with Ash and it also finally gained the ability to ignite the flames on its back at will with the training also raising Cyndaquil's attack and speed.

Cyndaquil also beat Skarmory in a re-match. It also eventually mastered Flamethrower and was capable of using it with such power that Jasmine's Steelix was roasted within its own Sandstorm.

Cyndaquil was used frequently in the Johto region and was left at Professor Oak's lab when Ash went to Hoenn.


While training for the Sinnoh League, Ash Ketchum brought Cyndaquil with many of his other Pokémon. However, Team Rocket tried to cause problems and Cyndaquil evolved into Quilava.

Quilava learned Eruption and was revealed to have learned Aerial Ace.

Known moves

Move Episode/Chapter
Ash Quilava Eruption
Flamethrower + Good 'Quil Hunting
Tackle Good 'Quil Hunting
Agility - Hot Matches!
Smokescreen Hot Matches!
Swift From Ghost to Ghost
Quick Attack From Ghost to Ghost
Flame Wheel + An Old Family Blend!
Eruption + An Old Family Blend!
Aerial Ace + League Unleashed!
+ indicates this Pokémon used this move recently.*
- indicates this Pokémon normally can't use this move.

Voice actors and actress


  • It took Quilava the longest of all of Ash's Pokémon to evolve after spending 507 episodes as a Cyndaquil.
  • So far, Quilava is the only one of Ash's Fire-types that did not evolve in its introduction series.
  • Quilava is the first of Ash's Fire-type starter evolution that has not evolved into its final form, the second being Pignite.
  • Quilava was the first of two Fire-type starter Pokémon that Ash caught that was not abandoned by its original trainer, the other one being Litten.
  • Quilava is Ash's first Pokémon that is not a flying type to learn the move Aerial Ace, followed by Greninja.


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