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[[File:Type Fire.gif|link=Fire type]]  
Species Fire Mouse Pokémon
Abilities Blaze
Flash Fire (Dream World)
None ← 155 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves From None
Evolves Into [[Quilava]]
(ヒノアラシ Hinoarashi)
[[Generation II]]
Evolutionary Line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex Color Egg Group
<font color=Red>Red</font>
Shape Footprint
Cyndaquil (Japanese: ヒノアラシ Hinoarashi) is the Fire-type Starter Pokémon of the Johto region.



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.


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

In the anime

Ash's Cyndaquil

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.

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

Pokédex entries



Generation II

Main article: Cyndaquil/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Cyndaquil/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Cyndaquil/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
1 Tackle 50 100% 35 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


1 Leer 100% 30 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


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


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


13 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


19 Flame Wheel 60 100% 25 [[Fire type|Fire]] [[Move#Physical Physical


22 Defense Curl —% 40 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


28 Flame Charge 50 100% 20 [[Fire type|Fire]] [[Move#Physical Physical


31 Swift 60 —% 20 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Special Special


37 Lava Plume 80 100% 15 [[Fire type|Fire]] [[Move#Special Special


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


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


49 Rollout 30 90% 20 [[Rock type|Rock]] [[Move#Physical Physical


55 Double-Edge 120 100% 15 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


58 Eruption 150 100% 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.


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


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


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