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Incineroar SM artwork.png
The primary artwork for Incineroar, used since Pokémon Sun and Moon
First appearance Pokémon Sun and Moon (2016)
Latest appearance Pokémon Sword and Shield (2019)
Generation Generation VII
Category Heel Pokémon
Stage Stage 2
Evolves from Torracat
Type(s) Fire/Dark
Height 5'11" (1.8 m)
Weight 183.0 lbs. (83.0 kg)
Pokédex color Red
Egg group(s) Field
Abilities Blaze
Intimidate (Hidden Ability)
Signature moves Darkest Lariat
Voiced by H.D. Quinn (English, 2016–present)
Unshō Ishizuka (Japanese, 2016–2018)
Notable members
Ash's Incineroar
Pokédex navigation
National Pokédex:
Torracat | Incineroar (#727) | Popplio

Alola Pokédex:
Torracat | Incineroar (#006) | Popplio

Incineroar is a Fire/Dark-type Pokémon which debuted in the Generation VII games Pokémon Sun and Moon. Incineroar is the final evolution of the Starter Pokémon Litten, and it evolves from Torracat starting at level 34. Incineroar has the appearance of a bipedic tiger with bright red and black fur, and it is mainly based on heel wrestlers.

Game appearances

Pokémon series

Pokémon Sun and Moon

In Pokémon Sun and Moon, as is the case for most Starter Pokémon evolutions, Incineroar is only obtained by choosing Litten at the start and fully training it until its evolution at Level 34.

Incineroar has the highest HP out of each Starter Pokémon's final evolution, as well as good Defense and Special Defense statistics. Incineroar's signature move is Darkest Lariat, which allows it to deal damage while shielding the effects of stat changes that would normally affect its target. Incineroar is easily susceptible to the atmosphere, such as if the crowd's cheers become less enthusiastic during a Pokémon battle, Incineroar tends to lose focus or fight more poorly.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Incineroar is obtained through the same means as in Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Incineroar can only be obtained by transferring it over from Pokémon HOME.

Pokémon spinoffs

Incineroar serves as an event Pokémon in Pokémon Shuffle.

Incineroar is the boss of the Incineroar Grassland / Cave stage in Pokémon Rumble Rush.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Incineroar SSBU artwork.png
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Darkest Lariat
Side:  Alolan Whip
Up:  Cross Chop
Down:  Revenge
Final Smash:  Malicious Moonsault
Battle entrance
A Poké Ball is thrown, and Incineroar makes a pose while stepping out of it.
“Incineroar Enters the Ring!”
Introduction, "Clash of Flames" trailer

Incineroar appears as an unlockable playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It and Ken Masters both share a debut trailer, "Clash of Flames," in which the two briefly fight on the Boxing Ring stage. Prior to openly revealing itself, it also briefly wore a white hoodie when attacking Ken. Both Incineroar and Ken were the last base game characters revealed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with fighters starting with Piranha Plant (who was introduced on November 1, 2018, the same day as Incineroar and Ken) all being downloadable content.

Incineroar is a super heavyweight fighter with highly powerful attacks, yet very sluggish mobility to boot. It is heavier than Kazuya but lighter than Ganondorf, while having the same weight as Pokémon Trainer's Charizard. Incineroar is notorious for having the slowest walking and dashing speeds in the game. Like Sonic the Hedgehog, Charizard, and Inkling, Incineroar receives minor damage while swimming, seemingly as a reference to its weakness to Water-type Pokémon in the Pokémon series. Fittingly, the overwhelming majority of Incineroar's attacks consist of professional wrestling moves, extending to its special moves.

Incineroar's neutral special move is Darkest Lariat, which involves it performing a series of discus lariats that can block projectiles. Its side special is Alolan Whip, in which it lunges at an opponent in order to Irish whip them into wrestling ring ropes and, depending on when the special button is pressed, subsequently perform a lariat, a back body drop, or collide with the opponent. Incineroar's up special is Cross Chop, which has it leap vertically into the air and descend diagonally to perform a cross chop that causes a small explosion upon hitting a surface. Lastly, its down special is Revenge, a type of counterattack that makes Incineroar receive minor damage in exchange for retaliating with a small burst of flame and making its next attack much stronger. Incineroar is unique in that it poses after performing a special move, though these poses can be canceled at any point and thus do not affect the fight.

In an interview with Nintendo Dream, Masahiro Sakurai revealed that during the development of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Decidueye was almost chosen as the new Pokémon fighter, but Incineroar was chosen instead, with Sakurai stating that he wanted to include a professional wrestler character.[1][2]

Incineroar's inclusion in the game marks a tradition of a new Super Smash Bros. installment introducing a Pokémon fighter from a Pokémon core series game that marks the beginning of a new generation. Incineroar was the only newly-added character not decided upon in the project plan stages. Instead, because Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were not released until after the original early drafts of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate were written, a spot was left in the Smash Bros. for a new Pokémon character, and Incineroar was chosen later in the process.[3]

In the English version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Incineroar is voiced by H.D. Quinn, who has done voice-overs for the anime Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon. In the Japanese version, Incineroar is voiced by Unshō Ishizuka, who died about four months prior to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's release.

Classic Mode route

Burning Pro Wrestling Spirit!
Round Opponent(s) Rule Stage Song
1 Bowser Boxing Ring The Grand Finale
2 Ganondorf Molgera
3 Morton, Ludwig Team Battle
(Ally: Greninja)
Boxing Ring (Battlefield) Fortress Boss - Super Mario World
4 King K. Rool Gang-Plank Galleon
5 Donkey Kong Boxing Ring (Ω) Boss 2 - DK: Jungle Climber
6 Incineroar Battle! (Lorekeeper Zinnia)
Final Master Hand, Crazy Hand Team Battle
(Ally: Greninja)
Final Destination Master Hand / Crazy Hand

Pokémon anime

In the Pokémon anime, Incineroar debuted in the film Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, under the ownership of Cross. It was used in two battles against Cross's former Charmeleon, which was now under the ownership of Ash Ketchum. Incineroar emerged victorious in the first battle, but lost in the rematch when Charmeleon evolved into Charizard.

Incineroar is a Pokémon owned by Professor Kukui in the anime and the games. In the anime, Professor Kukui uses it under the alias of the Masked Royal, and it developed a rivalry with Ash's Litten. Incineroar would later be owned by Ash by the end of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon by evolving it after defeating Professor Kukui's own Incineroar during the Manalo Conference exhibition match.

General information


Incineroar is a bipedal feline creature, with a muscular build. It showcases a distinct red-and-black stripe design on his arms, legs, and tail, as well as fur spikes around his head and shoulders. The design of Incineroar also drew some inspiration from Hawaiian wildlife.[4] The shiny variation of Incineroar instead has a color scheme of orange fur with white stripes. Incineroar is taller than the average Pokémon, standing at 5 feet and 11 inches, around the same height of certain humans.

The Incineroar's personality and design are based upon the "heel" concept in professional wrestling, which refers to a wrestler who plays a villainous or antagonistic role in the storyline.[5] Its set of aggressive combat moves and attacks are also inspired by this heel premise. A key component of the character's design is belt of fire around his waist resembling a professional wrestling championship belt, known as a "flame belt." This flame of this belt becomes stronger as Incineroar's fighting spirit increases, and as crowds around him cheer for him during battles. It can also be utilized to unleash flames at opponents during combat, and Incineroar often finish opponents by spewing fire from the belt after attacking with ferocious punches and kicks.

In terms of personality, Incineroar tends to act cold and abrasive, and has been described as unlikable and attention-seeking. It outwardly presents a cold attitude when praised by young Pokémon and children, even though it secretly enjoys this encouragement. The Pokémon itself can be rather violent at times, often ignoring a trainer's orders if it doesn't feel like listening. It prefers challenging, no-holds-barred battles, and often gets pumped up to battle stronger opponents. However, despite his violent behavior, there appears to be a softer side to the creature. What's more, the Pokémon prefers a fair fight, and often loses morale when battling a weak or injured Pokémon.


Pokémon Sun and Moon

English website

As its fighting spirit increases, the flames that Incineroar produces within its body burst from its navel and waistline. Since the flames somewhat resemble a championship belt, they’re known as its “flame belt,” and the Pokémon unleashes moves that use flames from it. In the heat of battle, Incineroar shows no concern for its opponents—and sometimes even launches attacks that strike the opposing Trainer! As a result, many tend to dislike this Pokémon and keep it at a distance.

If a crowd watching it battle is pumped up, Incineroar’s fighting spirit will burn brighter. But a lackluster crowd can make it lose focus or fight shoddily. When it receives the admiration of young Pokémon and children, it may keep up its cold attitude on the outside, but in its heart of hearts, Incineroar is immensely happy. It loses the desire to fight when faced with a Pokémon that’s clearly weak or injured, and it sometimes gets taken advantage of as a result.

Darkest Lariat is a Dark-type physical move that only Incineroar can learn, and it allows Incineroar to deal damage while ignoring the effects of any stat changes that the target might otherwise be affected by.[6]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Palutena's Guidance

  • Pit: Ha! That's[sic] tiger's on fire!
  • Palutena: How astute of you, Pit. That's Incineroar. Before it evolved into this form, it was a cute little Litten. Incineroar is unpredictable, self-centered, and rambunctious. Although it's supposedly great with children.
  • Viridi: It specializes in wrestling moves. Brute force is its M.O., but it's no slouch in the technical department either.
  • Palutena: Incineroar is also a performer at heart, so when it lands a big attack, it likes to show off for the crowd.
  • Pit: Now that you mention it, I do hear crowd cheers sometimes. It's almost like an audience is watching us fight.
  • Palutena: Incineroar has an attack called Revenge that feels like it was inspired by pro wrestling. If Incineroar takes damage while Revenge is active, its body ignites, and its attacks become more powerful!
  • Pit: If that happens, I'll just let everyone else fight Incineroar until it wears off. Then I'll swoop in and steal the KO!
  • Viridi: Sure, if you wanna be THAT guy. Might as well edge guard while you're at it.

Super Smash Blog bio

  • A fighter with many special moves that appear to come from the world of pro wrestling. Incineroar has many moves from its original game, like Darkest Lariat, Cross Chop, and Revenge. Its Final Smash is Max Malicious Moonsault. Let the Z-Power explode and deliver a powerful blow!


  • This Pokémon™ has a violent, selfish disposition. If it's not in the mood to listen, it will ignore its Trainer's orders with complete nonchalance.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ガオガエン
From「ガオー」(gaō, onomatopoeia for roaring) and the voiced version of「火炎」(kaen, flame)
Chinese 炽焰咆哮虎 (Simplified)
熾焰咆哮虎 (Traditional)
Chìyàn Páoxiāo Hǔ (Mandarin)
Chiyìhm Pàauhhāau Fú (Cantonese)
Literally "Blazing-Flame Roaring Tiger"; From chì/chi (blazing, splendid), yàn/yìhm (flame), páoxiāo/pàauhhāau (roar), and hǔ/fú (tiger)
Dutch Incineroar -
French Félinferno From félin (feline) and inferno
German Fuegro From fuego ("fire" in Spanish) and growl
Italian Incineroar -
Korean 어흥염
From 어흥 (eoheung, growl) and 염 (yeom, flame)
Russian Инсинероар
Spanish Incineroar -


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