Blitzle is a small quadrupedal equine Pokémon that resembles a young zebra. It has a mainly black coat covered in white stripes, and a particularly spiky mane with a single lightning bolt-shaped cluster of hair sticking out between its small ears. Its tail is rather short for a hooved mammal. It has yellow and blue eyes, and a very large black nose on its snout. Its small ears have blue insides.
This Pokémon was revealed along with six other Pokémon in July's issue of CoroCoro on June 11, 2010.
Blitzle is the first Zebra Pokémon.
Blitzle is the third horse-like Pokémon, the first being Ponyta, the second being Rapidash and the fourth being Zebstrika.
Blitzle is based on a young zebra.
Blitzle's English name seems to be a combination of the words "Blitz" (German for "lightning"), and "Dazzle".
It's Japanese name, Shimama, is a corruption of the Japanese word シマウマ Shimauma, meaning "zebra".