Incineroar is a muscular, bipedal feline Pokémon resembling an anthropomorphic tiger. It is colored mostly red and black, with banded stripes covering its arms, legs, and tail. It has green eyes, five-fingered hands with sharp claws, and a grey-colored torso resembling a sleeveless muscle shirt with black markings. Around its waist is a flaming red, orange, and yellow belt, out of which Incineroar produces its fire attacks.
Incineroar is a violent, aggressive Pokémon known for its brutal prowess in battle. It is known to be indifferent and arrogant, even refusing to battle weak or injured foes, though it is said Incineroar deep down loves praise and attention and plays its antagonistic "heel" impression for show.
Incineroar's belt (which is its navel) can create very dangerous flames when its fighting spirit is risen.
Incineroar evolves from Torracat at of level 34. It is also the final evolution of Litten.
Incineroar shares the same type combination with Houndour and Houndoom but in reverse as a Fire/Dark type Pokémon.
Incineroar continues the trend of Fire-type starters being based on animals from the 12-year Chinese Zodiac, with Incineroar representing the Year of the Tiger.
Incineroar is the third consecutive Fire-type starter to begin as a quadruped but evolve into a biped in its final stage (unlike Pignite and Braixen however, Torracat is still a quadruped).
Upon its initial leakage to the media Incineroar was negatively received by the fanbase, due to the fact that three starters already were Fire/Fighting-types and was seen to be clichè. The concerns were put to rest upon its official trailer reveal, confirming it to be a Dark-type instead.
An image arose comparing Incineroar's design to Kane, a famous WWE wrestler.
In the in-game animations, Incineroar releases its fire attacks from its belt as opposed to its mouth in its previous evolutions.
Incineroar is based on a tiger and a wrestler, specifically that of a heel, or a villain role wrestler. Its appearance also draws similarities to the popular manga character Tiger Mask, who was also a heel wrestler, and to Japanese mythological interpretations of tigers, as some were depicted in tiger and dragon fighting motifs as being bipedal and standing upright like a human.
Its shiny form is based on Lucha Libre heels, or rudos, who are often themed in demonic and skeletal motifs.
Incineroar is most likely a combination of incinerate (to burn) and roar (the sound a tiger makes).