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Type Fire  
Species Fire Pig Pokémon
Abilities Blaze
Thick Fat (DW)
Serperior ← 498 → Pignite
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova 004 Kalos N/A
Evolves From None
Evolves Into Pignite
ポカブ Pokabu
Generation V
Evolutionary Line
87.5% ♂ / 12.5% ♀
Weight Height
21.8 lbs 9.9 kg 1'08" 0.5 m
Pokédex Color Egg Group
Red Field
Shape Footprint

Tepig (Japanese: ポカブ Pokabu) is a Generation V Fire-type Starter Pokémon, along with Oshawott and Snivy. It is classified as the Fire Pig Pokémon. It has the ability Blaze, like previous Fire-type starters. Tepig can learn all three moves that were introduced in Generation V: Flame Charge, Fire Pledge and Heat Crash.



Tepig is a small quadrupedal mammalian Pokémon that resembles a piglet. Its plump body is mainly a bright fiery orange color. Its ears, forehead, backside, tail, and the tips of its front feet are black. It has long ears, large eyes with black pupils, and a distinctly pig-like pink nose with two large nostrils. It has a short yellow stripe extending vertically across the front of its face, just above its nose. It has a short curly tail with a round red orb at the tip; the orb at the tip of Tepig's tail glows when it uses its Fire-type attacks. It shoots fire from its nostrils, and when it is unhealthy the fire it exhales from its nose becomes black smoke.

Special Abilities



Gender differences



Tepig evolves into Pignite, a Fire/Fighting-type, at level 17. Pignite evolves into Emboar at level 36.

Game data


Pokédex Entries

Pokédex Entries
It can deftly dodge foe's attacks while shooting fireballs from its nose. It roasts berries before it eats them.
It blows fire through its nose. When it catches a cold, the fire becomes pitch-black smoke instead.
Black 2
It loves to eat roasted berries, but sometimes it gets too excited and burns them to a crisp.
White 2
It loves to eat roasted berries, but sometimes it gets too excited and burns them to a crisp.
It can deftly dodge its foe's attacks while shooting fireballs from its nose. It roasts berries before it eats them.
It loves to eat roasted berries, but sometimes it gets too excited and burns them to a crisp.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire


Tepig Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
Black/White Starter Pokémon from Professor Juniper in Nuvema Town. One
Black 2/White 2 Starter Pokémon from Bianca in Aspertia City. One
X/Y Transfer None
OR/AS after defeating the elite 4 for the second time one



Leveling Generation V
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat.
1 Tackle 50 100% 35 Normal Physical
3 Tail Whip 100% 30 Normal Status
7 Ember 40 100% 25 Fire Special
9 Odor Sleuth - -% 40 Normal Status
13 Defense Curl - -% 40 Normal Status
15 Flame Charge 50 100% 20 Fire Physical
19 Smog 20 70% 20 Poison Special
21 Rollout 30 90% 20 Rock Physical
25 Take Down 90 85% 20 Normal Physical
27 Heat Crash - 100% 10 Fire Physical
31 Assurance 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
33 Flamethrower 95 100% 15 Fire Special
37 Head Smash 150 80% 5 Rock Physical
39 Roar - 100% 20 Normal Status
43 Flare Blitz 120 100% 15 Fire Physical

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

TM and HM

Egg moves

  • Heavy Slam


Special moves


Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Tepig BW Sprite Tepig B2W2 Tepig BW Back
Shiny Tepig BW Shiny Tepig B2W2 Shiny Tepig BW Back
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
Tepig XY TepigBackXY
TepigShinyXY TepigBackShinyXY



Ash Tepig

Ash's Tepig

Tepig made its first appearance in BW001. It was voiced by Wasabi Mizuta in the Japanese version of the anime Pokémon series and Pokémon video games, and Marc Thompson in the English version of the anime Pokémon series.

Ash's Tepig

Main article: Ash's Pignite

Ash's Tepig evolved into Pignite during the battle against his former trainer, Shamus.

Trainers with a Tepig


Pokemon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Black owns a Tepig.


  • Tepig is the third starter Pokémon to be a mammalian, with the first two being Cyndaquil and Chimchar. It is also the third Fire-type Pokémon to be mammalian, continuing the trail, though it is broken by the Water-typed Otter Pokémon Oshawott, both in the same region.
  • A silhouette of Tepig, Snivy, and Oshawott was released on May 9, 2010 during an episode of Pokémon Sunday. An actual photo of the three starters was shown in an issue of CoroCoro magazine on May 12. It was shown again on November 22 for the official English names.
  • Tepig is the only Unova region starter to be a quadruped, being that Oshawott and Snivy both walk on two legs. When it evolves into Pignite and Emboar, it walks around on two legs as well.
  • Tepig is the only Unova Starter to gain a second type as it evolves.
  • Tepig is one of the playable characters in PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond, where he wishes to participate in the Battle Tournament. He seeks to prove that he can be as brave and strong as his mentor, Emboar.


Tepig's body design is most likely based on a baby Japanese wild boar.


Tepig's English name is derived from the word "tepid" (meaning slightly warm) and "pig".

Names in other languages

Tepig's Japanese name (Pokabu) is derived from ぽかぽか pokapoka, warmth circulating through one's body, combined with 豚 buta, pig; or ブー , "oink".



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