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ヒトカゲ Hitokage
Lizard Pokémon
Ability Gender
Solar Power (Hidden)
12.5% ♀
87.5% ♂
Pokédex color Egg groups
Red Monster
Weight Height
18.7 lbs. 8.5 kg 2'00" 0.6 m
Body style Footprint
Body06.png F004.png
Azurilland Pokédex
HP Attack Defense
39 52 43
Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
60 50 65

Charmander (pronunciation: CHAHR-man-der) is a Fire-type Starter Pokémon of the Kanto region. It evolves into Charmeleon at level 16, then into Charizard at level 32.


Artwork of Charmander for Pokémon Red and Blue

Charmander is a small, bipedal, dinosaur-like Pokémon. Most of its body is colored orange, while its underbelly is a light yellow color. Charmander, along with all of its evolved forms, has a flame that is constantly burning on the end of their tails.

Special abilities

Charmander has the ability Blaze, which allows their Fire-type attacks to cause 150% more damage if their health drops below 30%.

As a natural ability, Charmander can produce flames inside of itself and project them from its mouth, meaning that it can breathe fire. The power of its flame attacks can be gauged by the size of the flame on its tail.


Charmander evolves into Charmeleon once it reaches level 16. Charmander's final evolution is Charizard which it evolves into at Level 36.

In the anime

Ash's Charmander

Main article: Ash's Charizard

Ash Ketchum obtained a Charmander in the episode Charmander - The Stray Pokémon. This Charmander was first seen waiting on a rock when it was abandoned by its original trainer, Damian. Ash became angry for seeing this Pokémon so neglected. Even with the risk of dying, this Charmander waited in harsh weather conditions for its trainer, though the trainer never came. Ash helped in its recovery by taking it to a Pokémon Center, where it would later leave, only to find Ash and become his Pokémon. Ash had Charmander for thirty-two episodes. After beating a herd of Exeggutor in The March of the Exeggutor Squad, it evolved into Charmeleon. Ritchie owned a Charmander, first seen in the episode "A Friend in Deed". He nicknamed this Charmander "Zippo". It is also seen in Friend and Foe Alike and "Friends in the End". He is later seen as an evolved Charmeleon.

A Charmander appears as one of the main characters in the special Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate!.

Since Professor Oak gives out Charmander as a starter Pokémon, he is seen with one in Journey to the Starting Line, A Six Pack Attack! and The Right Place at the Right Mime.

Charmander also appears in the opening for the Indigo League season, otherwise known as the first season, of the anime.

Game info


Version(s) Location
Red/Blue Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town
Yellow Received from a Trainer on Route 24
Gold/Silver Time Capsule
Crystal Time Capsule
Ruby/ Sapphire Trade
Emerald Trade
FireRed/ LeafGreen Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town
Diamond/ Pearl Trade
Platinum Trade
HeartGold/SoulSilver Reward from Professor Oak after defeating Red
Black/White Poké Transfer, Dream World
Black 2/White 2 Poké Transfer
X/Y Received as a gift from Professor Sycamore after battling him

Spin-off game locations

Game(s) Location
Pokémon Snap Volcano
Pokémon Channel Mt. Snowfall
Pokémon Trozei! Huge Storage 5, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Starter Pokémon, Fiery Field (5F-8F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Starter Pokémon, Giant Volcano (1F-19F), Dark Crater (B1F-B10F)
Pokémon Ranger Jungle Relic
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Ranger School, Volcano Cave
Pokémon Rumble Fiery Furnace

Pokédex Entries

Red Obviously prefers hot places. When it rains, steam is said to spout from the tip of its tail. 
Yellow The flame at the tip of its tail makes a sound as it burns. You can only hear it in quiet places.
Stadium Even the newborns have flaming tails. Unfamiliar with fire, babies are said to accidentally burn themselves.
Gold The flame on its tail shows the strength of its life force. If it is weak, the flame also burns weakly. 
Stadium 2 
Silver The flame on its tail indicates Charmander's life force. If it is healthy, the flame burns brightly. 
Crystal If it's healthy, the flame on the tip of its tail will burn vigorously, even if it gets a bit wet.
Ruby The flame that burns at the tip of its tail is an indication of its emotions. The flame wavers when Charmander is enjoying itself. If the Pokémon becomes enraged, the flame burns fiercely. 
Omega Ruby 
Alpha Sapphire
Emerald The flame that burns at the tip of its tail is an indication of its emotions. The flame wavers when Charmander is happy, and blazes when it is enraged.
FireRed From the time it is born, a flame burns at the tip of its tail. Its life would end if the flame were to go out. 
LeafGreen It has a preference for hot things. When it rains, steam is said to spout from the tip of its tail.
Diamond The fire on the tip of its tail is a measure of its life. If healthy, its tail burns intensely. 
Black 2 
White 2


Generation I

Main article: Charmander/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Charmander/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Charmander/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Charmander/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Damage Type
1 Scratch 40 100% 35 Normal Physical
1 Growl 100% 40 Normal Status
7 Ember 40 100% 25 Fire Special
10 Smokescreen 100% 20 Normal Status
16 Dragon Rage 100% 10 Dragon Special
19 Scary Face - 100% 10 Normal Status
25 Fire Fang 65 95% 15 Fire Physical
28 Flame Burst 70 100% 15 Fire Special
34 Slash 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
37 Flamethrower 95 100% 15 Fire Special
43 Fire Spin 35 85% 15 Fire Physical
46 Inferno 100 50% 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.

Generation VI

Main article: Charmander/Learnset Generation VI

Generation VII

I Red (JP) Green (JP) Red Blue Yellow Back
Charmander RG.png Charmander RB.png Charmander Yellow.png Charmander gen1 back.png
II Gold Silver Crystal Back
Charmander Gold.png
Charmander Gold shiny.png
Charmander Silver.png
Charmander Silver shiny.png
Charmander Crystal.gif
Charmander Crystal shiny.gif
Charmander gen2 back.png
Charmander gen2 back shiny.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Charmander RS.png
Charmander RS shiny.png
Charmander Emerald.gif
Charmander Emerald shiny.gif
Charmander FRLG.png
Charmander FRLG shiny.png
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Charmander gen3 back shiny.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
File:Charmander DPP.gif
File:Charmander DPP shiny.gif
File:Charmander HGSS.gif
File:Charmander HGSS shiny.gif
File:Charmander gen4 back.png
File:Charmander gen4 back shiny.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Charmander BW.gif
Charmander BW shiny.gif
Charmander gen5 back.gif
Charmander gen5 back shiny.gif
VI X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
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Charmander gen6 back shiny.gif



Name Origins

  • Japanese: ヒトカゲ (Hitokage in Romaji) from the Japanese words Hi (火) which means fire and Tokage (蜥蜴) which means lizard, when joined it is Hitokage (火蜥蜴) which means a fire lizard or salamander.
  • English: Charmander's English name comes from combining the words "Char" from charcoal and the latter half of "Salamander".
  • French: "Salamèche" is a combination of the words "salamandre" (salamander) and "mèche"(wick).
  • German: Glumanda