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Venusaur (#3) - Charmander - Charmeleon (#5)

Name (japanese), NumberCharmander (Hitokage), 4
Evolves from(none)
Evolves toCharmeleon
Hit points39
Special attack²60
Special defense²50
SpeciesLizard Pokémon
Height2'0" (0.61 m)
Weight19 lb (8.55 kg)
Shiney colour 
Gender distribution87.5% male, 12.5% female
¹ Stats for trading card versions may vary.
² Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal
³ Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow
Charmander (Hitokage in Romaji Japanese) is a basic fire-type Pokémon that evolves into Charmeleon at level 16 and Charizard at level 36. Charmander, like its evolved forms, is notable for the flame on the tip of its tail; the flame is said to indicate its life-force, burning weaker or stronger depending on Charmander's condition. Baby Charmander that are not yet familiar with this flame sometimes accidentally burn themselves with it. Charmander generally prefers hot places to live.

In the anime TV show, Ash and his friends find a Charmander on a rock, waiting for its owner. Fearing for its life in the rainstorm because the Charmander will die if the flame on its tail goes out, they pick it up and take it inside, yet it returns to the very same rock once it has recovered. It turns out that its owner had abandoned it and deceived the Charmander by convincing it he would come back for it. After Charmander discovers that, it becomes Ash's Pokémon and breathes fire in the face of its previous owner. Once acquired, Charmander becomes a willing and eager Pokémon, speaking in its dilute, high-pitched, kawaii "Char! Char!" voice. Ash's Charmander later evolves into Charmeleon and then into Charizard.

Name Origin

Charmander's name is a combination of "char" and "salamander." Its Japanese name, Hitokage, means "fire lizard", from "hi" (meaning "fire") and "tokage" (meaning "lizard"). The name is thus a reanalysis of the word "hitokage", which in Japanese generally means "figure" (in the sense of the vague outline of a person, as in "I saw a shadowy figure passing by at the side of the hill"). In the usual sense of the word, "hitokage" is a compound of "hito" (meaning "person") and "kage" (meaning "shadow").


In Pokémon Red/Blue, Charmander is one of the starter Pokémon, together with Bulbasaur and Squirtle. In Pokémon Yellow, Charmander is not a starter; rather, it's obtained on Route 24. In Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal, Charmander must be obtained through trading with another cartridge. In Pokémon Sapphire/Ruby, Charmander is not available at all.

Charmander also appears in the Nintendo 64 game Pokémon Snap.

Strengths / Weaknesses

Charmander is vulnerable to Water, Ground and Rock, and strong against Fire, Bug, Grass, Steel and (in Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal) Ice.

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