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Type(s)
Type Fire  
Species Fire Mouse Pokémon
Abilities Blaze
Flash Fire (DW)
Pokédex
Meganium ← 155 → Quilava
Kanto N/A Johto 004
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves From None
Evolves Into Quilava
Cyndaquil
155
ヒノアラシ Hinoarashi
155Cyndaquil
Generation II
Evolutionary Line
155156157
Gender
87.5% ♂ / 12.5 % ♀
Weight Height
17.4 lbs. 7.9 kg 1'08" 0.5 m
Pokédex Color Egg Group
Yellow Field
Body Style Footprint
Body12
F155
Cry

Cyndaquil (Japanese: ヒノアラシ Hinoarashi) is the Fire-type Starter Pokémon of the Johto region.

Biology

Physiology

Cyndaquil is a small quadrupedal Pokémon that hold a resemblance to an echidna. They are covered with a flame-resistant fur that is dark blue in color on its back to its head and light yellow on its underside. There are also four red spots of fur on the back that flames can be projected from. A shiny Cyndaquil has yellow fur on its back instead of dark blue.

Special abilities

All Cyndaquil have the ability Blaze which will cause its Fire-type attacks to do 150% damage when its health is below 1/3 its max HP.

Additionally, when a Cyndaquil is frightened or angry, it can focus its internal energy to produce blazing "spines" of flame from the spots on its back. While it is a quadruped, Cyndaquil is more than capable of maneuvering on two legs.

Cyndaquil are generally timid and not naturally aggressive, and are often seen curled up into a ball for protection. This action leaves its back and special flame-emitting vent fur exposed. When predators and enemies stalk too close, Cyndaquil unleashes a flame from the vents as a deterrent. If provoked further, Cyndaquil will intensify its flames, creating a smokescreen that it uses to confuse its foe, making time to escape.

Evolution

Cyndaquil evolves into Quilava at level 14 and then into Typhlosion at level 36.

Game info

Cyndaquil is one of the three starter Pokémon given out to new trainers by Professor Elm in Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver. Cyndaquil is the Fire-type in the tradition of the Grass, Water, and Fire-type starters. In Pokémon Emerald, a Cyndaquil can be received after completing the Hoenn Dex.

Game locations

Cyndaquil Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
Gold/Silver Starter Pokémon from Professor Elm in New Bark Town One
Crystal Starter Pokémon from Professor Elm in New Bark Town One
Ruby/ Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Reward from Professor Birch for completing the Hoenn Pokédex One
FireRed/ LeafGreen Trade None
Diamond/ Pearl Trade None
Platinum Trade None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Starter Pokémon from Professor Elm in New Bark Town One
Black/White Trade None
X/Y Transfer None


Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
Gold
It is timid, and always curls itself up in a ball. If attacked, it flares up its back for protection.
Silver
It usually stays hunched over. If it is angry or surprised, it shoots flames out of its back.
Crystal
The fire that spouts from its back burns hottest when it is angry. The flaring flames intimidate foes.
Ruby
Cyndaquil protects itself by flaring up the flames on its back. The flames are vigorous if the Pokémon is angry. However, if it is tired, the flames sputter fitfully with incomplete combustion.
Sapphire
Cyndaquil protects itself by flaring up the flames on its back. The flames are vigorous if the Pokémon is angry. However, if it is tired, the flames sputter fitfully with incomplete combustion.
Emerald
It flares flames from its back to protect itself. The fire burns vigorously if the Pokémon is angry. When it is tired, it sputters with incomplete combustion.
FireRed
It usually stays hunched over. If it is angry or surprised, it shoots flames out of its back.
LeafGreen
It is timid, and always curls itself up in a ball. If attacked, it flares up its back for protection.
Diamond
It has a timid nature. If it is startled, the flames on its back burn more vigorously.
Pearl
It has a timid nature. If it is startled, the flames on its back burn more vigorously.
Platinum
It has a timid nature. If it is startled, the flames on its back burn more vigorously.
HeartGold
It is timid, and always curls itself up in a ball. If attacked, it flares up its back for protection.
SoulSilver
It usually stays hunched over. If it is angry or surprised, it shoots flames out of its back.
Black
It has a timid nature. If it is startled, the flames on its back burn more vigorously.
White
It has a timid nature. If it is startled, the flames on its back burn more vigorously.
Black 2
It has a timid nature. If it is startled, the flames on its back burn more vigorously.
White 2
It has a timid nature. If it is startled, the flames on its back burn more vigorously.
X
It is timid and always curls itself up in a ball. If attacked, it flares up its back for protection.
Y
It has a timid nature. If it is startled, the flames on its back burn more vigorously.

Learnset

Leveling

Leveling Generation V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Tackle 50 100% 35 Normal Physical
1 Leer 100% 30 Normal Status
6 Smokescreen 100% 20 Normal Status
10 Ember 40 100% 25 Fire Special
13 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical
19 Flame Wheel 60 100% 25 Fire Physical
22 Defense Curl —% 40 Normal Status
28 Flame Charge 50 100% 20 Fire Physical
31 Swift 60 —% 20 Normal Special
37 Lava Plume 80 100% 15 Fire Special
40 Flamethrower 95 100% 15 Fire Special
46 Inferno 100 50% 5 Fire Special
49 Rollout 30 90% 20 Rock Physical
55 Double-Edge 120 100% 15 Normal Physical
58 Eruption 150 100% 5 Fire 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.

Leveling Generation II
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Tackle 35 95% 35 Normal
1 Leer 100% 30 Normal
6 Smokescreen 100% 20 Normal
12 Ember 40 100% 25 Fire
19 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal
27 Flame Wheel 60 100% 25 Fire
36 Swift 60 —% 20 Normal
46 Flamethrower 95 100% 15 Fire

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

Sprites

Version
Gold Silver Crystal Back
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
X Y Back
Cyndaquil XY Cyndaquil Back XY
Cyndaquil Shiny XY Cyndaquil Back Shiny XY

Appearances

In the anime

Ash's Cyndaquil

CyndaquilFlamethrower

Ash's Cyndaquil using a Flamethrower attack.

Main article: Ash's Quilava

Cyndaquil has made numerous appearances in the Pokémon anime, mostly as one of Ash's Pokémon during his journey in Johto. His Cyndaquil often shown as very shy and relaxed, sometimes sleeping. When Ash first caught it, it needed time to warm up and use Flamethrower, but with some training it became capable of using its Flamethrower whenever it wanted. It also possessed incredible dodging capabilities, able to wear opponents down by simply evading long series of attacks over an extended period of time. Cyndaquil is currently at Professor Oak's lab since Ash decided to make a fresh start when going to Hoenn, leaving all of his Pokémon, except Pikachu, with Professor Oak. In Pokémon episode 650, Ash called Prof. Oak for all his Pokémon from Oak's Lab (leaving behind only Tauros, Sceptile, and Swellow). When he found all his Pokémon (this due to an earlier attempt of Team Rocket trying to steal all of Ash's Pokémon causing an explosion too scatter them around the League Dome) Team Rocket tried stealing his Pokémon again. Ash's Cyndaquil was nearly caught by them, then evolved into a Quilava and thus saving all the Pokémon.

Dawn's Cyndaquil

Main article: Dawn's Quilava

Dawn received her Cyndaquil as an egg after she defeated Lyra's Chikorita with her Piplup. In a special focusing around Dawn, it evolved into Quilava while battling a bunch of Ariados, including their shiny leader.

Trivia

Cyndaquil is the only Fire-type Starter Pokémon to be pure Fire throughout all evolution.

Origins

Cyndaquil is modeled after a porcupine. It also shows inspiration of a mouse.

Sources

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