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Dawn's Piplup
Hikari's Pochama
Dawn's Piplup
Trainer: Dawn
Gender: Male
Ability: Torrent (Not yet activated)
Debut: DP001: Following A Maiden's Voyage!
Episode captured: DP001: Following A Maiden's Voyage!
Caught where: Sandgem Town
Current location: With Dawn
Evolved: Not yet evolved (Doesn't Want To Evolve)
Original Trainer: Dawn

Dawn's Piplup (ヒカリのポッチャマ Hikari's Pochama) is a cute but stubborn Water-type Pokémon. She was chosen by Dawn after they saved each other from the group of wild Ariados. Piplup doesn't really seem to like the idea of evolving, so she holds an Everstone. Because Piplup is a female, she wears cheerleading outfits while cheering for Dawn in contests.


Dawn's Piplup can be stubborn at times and she's also very proud like Piplup are. Overall, though, she is loyal to Dawn, and has helped her and her friends many times both in and out of battle (but always got lost when leading). Piplup has been shown that she deeply cares about Dawn, such as in the episode Stopped in the Name of Love! where Piplup's time for evolution has finally come. Piplup however refused to evolve feared to start disobeying Dawn just like her Mamoswine after evolving from Piloswine. In order to stop her evolution, Piplup transferred the energy of evolution powering up her attack Bide. Dawn respected Piplup's choice as she got an Everstone from Nurse Joy and decided to keep it by her side. Piplup has also been shown to have developed some kind of rivalry with baby Cyndaquil regarding Dawn's attention.

In the episode 'Where No Togepi Has Gone Before', Piplup is confirmed to be female along with Pikachu, Croagunk and Meowth due the effect of Attract used by male Togepi.

Piplup has recently become a target of Gible's Draco Meteor attacks as every Gible's Draco Meteor manages to hit Piplup no matter where she is. In the episode 'Piplup Gets Separated', Piplup is once again hit by the move but is even more saddened when he notices that Ash and Dawn are paying more attention to Gible than to her. Jealous, Piplup runs away only to bump into disguised Team Rocket who pretend to be the aids of Prof. Rowan. Suddenly, a wild Rhyperior starts rampaging splitting everyone up. In the same episode in order to save Dawn, Piplup learns a powerful move, Hydro Pump and so manages to attack Rhyperior.

In BW088, she returns along with Dawn in East Unova, and is identified by Ash's Pokedex to show Iris. Later in the episode, she falls in love with Meloetta and fights with Ash's Oshawott. She later battles Cilan's Pansage and wins, despite the type disadvantage and is revealed to have learned Ice Beam.


Piplup was the first Pokémon Dawn ever had. They met in the first Diamond and Pearl episode, "Following a Maiden's Voyage!", when the starter Pokémon from Professor Rowan's lab ran off. Dawn decided to try and find them, and Piplup was the first one she found. By the time the rest of the Pokémon were recovered, Dawn had grown attached to Piplup, and decided that she would be her Starter Pokémon.

Moves Used

Move Episode
Hydro Pump
Peck {{{3}}}
BubbleBeam + {{{3}}}
Bide {{{3}}}
Whirlpool {{{3}}}
Hydro Pump + {{{3}}}
Drill Peck + {{{3}}}
Ice Beam + {{{3}}}
Headbutt + {{{3}}}
+ indicates this Pokémon used this move recently.*
- indicates this Pokémon normally can't use this move.