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[[File:Type Fire.gif|link=Fire type]]  
Species Flame Pokémon
Abilities Blaze
Solar Power (Dream World)
None ← 005 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves From [[Charmander]]
Evolves Into [[Charizard]]
(リザード Rizaado)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary Line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex Color Egg Group
<font color=Red>Red</font>
Shape Footprint

Charmeleon (Japanese: リザード Rizaado) is the Fire-type Starter Pokémon of the Kanto region, evolved from Charmander.



Charmeleon is a small, bipedal, dinosaur-like Pokémon with an appearance similar to that of its pre-evolved form, Charmander. Charmeleon differs from Charmander in that it has a much darker skin color, a larger structure, claws and a horn-like protrusion on the back of its head, similar to that of an ornithopod's.

Special abilities

Charmeleon like its other evolutionary forms, can breathe fire. Its powers though, are much greater than Charmander's but lesser than Charizard's.

In the anime

Ash Ketchum owned a Charmeleon early on in his travels. His Charmeleon had evolved from a Charmander that Ash had befriended. Unlike the obedient Charmander, Charmeleon was rebellious and never listened to Ash's commands, even attacking him sometimes. It only spent three episodes as a Charmeleon, The March of the Exeggutor Squad, The Problem with Paras, and Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon. Since it evolved from a Charmander into a Charmeleon in The March of the Exeggutor Squad, the first episode it had been featured in, and from Charmeleon into a Charizard in Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon, the third episode it had been featured, it had been only Charmeleon for one entire episode, The Problem with Paras.

Ritchie's Charmeleon is seen in A Parent Trapped!, A Promise is a Promise, Oaknapped, and Celebi And Joy!.

In the Pokémon movie Pokémon 4Ever - Celebi: Voice of the Forest, it is revealed that Professor Oak had a Charmeleon as a kid.


Charmeleon evolves from Charmander starting at level 16 and evolves into Charizard once it reaches level 36.

Game info


Charmeleon Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Evolve Charmander None
Yellow Evolve Charmander None
Gold/Silver Trade None
Crystal Trade None
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/LeafGreen Evolve Charmander None
Diamond/Pearl Pal Park None
Platinum Pal Park None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Evolve Charmander None
Black/White Poké Transfer, Dream World None

Pokédex entries



Generation I

Main article: Charmeleon/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Charmeleon/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Charmeleon/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Charmeleon/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
1 Scratch 40 100% 35 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


1 Growl 100% 40 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


1 Ember 40 100% 25 [[Fire type|Fire]] [[Move#Special Special


7 Ember 40 100% 25 [[Fire type|Fire]] [[Move#Special Special


10 Smokescreen 100% 20 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


17 Dragon Rage 100% 10 [[Dragon type|Dragon]] [[Move#Special Special


21 Scary Face - 100% 10 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


28 Fire Fang 65 95% 15 [[Fire type|Fire]] [[Move#Physical Physical


32 Flame Burst 70 100% 15 [[Fire type|Fire]] [[Move#Special Special


39 Slash 70 100% 20 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


43 Flamethrower 95 100% 15 [[Fire type|Fire]] [[Move#Special Special


50 Fire Spin 35 85% 15 [[Fire type|Fire]] [[Move#Physical Physical


54 Inferno 100 50% 5 [[Fire type|Fire]] [[Move#Special Special


Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
File:Charmeleon-RB.png File:Charmeleon Y.png File:Charmeleon G.png Charmeleon Back I
Gold Silver Crystal Back
File:Charmeleon Gld.png File:Charmeleon Slv.png File:Charmeleon C.gif File:Charmeleon Back II.png
Charmeleon Gld Shiny Charmeleon Slv Shiny Charmeleon C Shiny Charmeleon Back Shiny II
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
File:Charmeleon RS.png File:Charmeleon E.gif File:Charmeleon FRLG.png Charmeleon Back III
Charmeleon RS Shiny Charmeleon E Shiny Charmeleon FRLG Shiny Charmeleon Back Shiny III
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
File:Charmeleon DPPt.png File:Charmeleon DPPt.png File:Charmeleon HGSS.png Charmeleon Back IV
Charmeleon DPPt Shiny Charmeleon DPPt Shiny Charmeleon HGSS Shiny Charmeleon Back Shiny IV
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
File:Charmeleon BW.png File:Charmeleon Back V.png
File:Charmeleon BW Shiny.png File:Charmeleon Back Shiny V.png
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back


  • Japanese: リザード (Rizādo in Romaji) means lizard.
  • English: Charmeleon's English name comes from combining the words char (burn) and chameleon.
  • French: "Reptincel" comes form the combination of the words "reptile"(reptile) and "étincelle" (sparkle).


  • In Generation I, Charmeleon learns Slash at level 22, and is given the chance to learn Slash again when it evolves to Charizard at level 32.


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