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This Primarina is a Water/Fairy-type Pokémon owned by Lana.


As a Popplio, Primarina was a cheerful Pokémon who loved to blow bubbles and clap her flippers. At first, she was afraid of people, but she became friendlier and learned to bond with humans under Lana's care.

Primarina cares deeply for her trainer and has a close friendship with her, as shown when she felt unsafe seeing a wild Dewpider be overly affectionate with her. She is also fond of her teammate Sandy, often acting as a big sister-figure towards him. Primarina is close with Lana's family, especially Harper and Sarah. In addition, she is good friends with Lana's companions and their Pokémon.

Primarina has an affinity for singing, a typical trait of her species. As a Popplio, her singing was loud and screechy, but it greatly improved when she evolved into a Brionne. Upon reaching her final form, Primarina's singing voice became near angelic, able to soothe enraged Legendary Pokémon. Amid evolving into a Brionne and later a Primarina, she maintained her personality from her earliest form.



Primarina and Lana.

After Lana saved her from Team Skull and took care of her, Primarina shared a close bond with her trainer. She would do anything to help and protect her.


Primarina and Sandy.

Not only is Sandy a teammate to Primarina, but he is also her best friend. Primarina may get annoyed with Sandy at times, but she does truly care about him. Both enjoy each other's company and would protect each other no matter what.


As Popplio

Popplio being bullied by Team Skull.

One fateful day, Lana was riding on a Poké Ride Lapras and spotted several members of Team Skull intimidating a wild Popplio. Lana had Lapras freeze the grunts with Ice Beam, then came to rescue Popplio. After taking her to the Pokémon Center, Lana fed Popplio, leading the two to become inseparable friends and partners.[1]

Popplio wins the swimming race.

Lana was fishing with Popplio. When they saw Ash being startled by a Bruxish, they both started laughing, with Ash laughing as well. Later, Lillie watched over Popplio while Lana and the other trial captains each rode a Tauros.[2]

Once Ash came to the Pokémon School, Popplio made a water balloon to surprise him, as Lana and the others made a surprise party for Ash. Lana also had Popplio race Pikachu. Though Pikachu was quicker than her on land and swam as fast as he could, Popplio was much faster at swimming and won the race. Lana praised Popplio and told her that she was amazing. Lillie later explained to Ash that Popplio could swim up to 40 kilometers per hour.[3]

Popplio was with her trainer, who went with Ash to see what new Pokémon he would catch in the forest. Popplio also watched as Team Rocket appeared, who threatened to steal all their Pokémon, and how they were dragged by a Bewear.[4]

After Ash's Pikachu got hurt in a battle against Grubbin, Popplio went with her trainer to report to Professor Kukui what happened.[5]

Popplio emits a giant bubble, wrapping Ash and Pikachu with it.

As Ash went to school, he saw Lana training her Popplio. Popplio tried to make a water balloon, but failed and fell in the sea. Once they arrived at school, Lana and Popplio heard that Lillie had a secret weapon for fishing. Popplio clapped and jumped into Lillie's lap. Lillie was terrified, so Lana took Popplio back and apologized to Lillie. Once school was over, Popplio had a race with Pikachu on the beach and won. After Lana told Ash how she met Popplio, she had her emit water balloons, which splashed and soaked Ash. Regardless, she admitted she wanted to have Popplio make a big balloon so they could travel under the sea and meet lots of Water-type Pokémon. Ash was confident Popplio was capable of achieving that dream. She tried to make one, but failed and soaked Ash and Lana. During fishing, Team Rocket stole the group's Wailmer and Lapras. Just as Pikachu freed the Pokémon from the net by using Iron Tail, the Pokémon were about to fall on sharp rocks. Fortunately, Popplio emitted a giant balloon, saving the Pokémon from a brutal demise. After Team Rocket's defeat, the group praised her. She promptly emitted one more balloon and enveloped Ash and Pikachu in it. However, the balloon soon splashed and made Ash and Pikachu fall down.[1]

The class spoke about the Rattata and Raticate problem and found out the solution were Yungoos and Gumshoos. Their yelling startled Sophocles' Togedemaru, who ran in circles and knocked Popplio and Mallow's Bounsweet off the table. Pikachu managed to stop and calm her down, but Togedemaru started showing affection towards him.[6] Popplio, along with her trainer, was at the party to celebrate Ash and his Pokémon's Grand Trial of Melemele Island victory.[7] Lana and Popplio spent a day on the beach with Lana's classmates. After the class's task was over, Popplio emitted bubbles to play volleyball with.[8]

Lana and Popplio participated in the Pokémon Pancake race. However, in the third part of the race, Bounsweet accidentally bumped into Mimikyu. This caused Mimikyu to fire Shadow Ball on Popplio's bubble and pierced it (the attack was meant for Ash's Pikachu). This event caused Bounsweet, Mimikyu and Popplio to be disqualified.[9]

The next day, Popplio watched as Lillie's egg hatched into a white Vulpix and Samson Oak's egg into a red Vulpix. While the white one, Snowy, ignored the group, the red one wanted to play with the others. The next day, after Lillie befriended Snowy and hugged her, Snowy was more interested in playing with the class's Pokémon.[10] Lana and Popplio were at class when Ash explained how Rockruff came to the house wounded the other night. Popplio emitted a bubble, which splashed Bounsweet, Pikachu, and Togedemaru. They also watched Ash train Rockruff.[11]

Popplio is angry that Rowlet is sleeping and oblivious of the situation.

Lana had her Popplio demonstrate creating a balloon and let Pikachu enter inside. Suddenly, Bounsweet sneezed, attracting Ash's Rowlet. Bounsweet repelled the attack, bouncing him away. Accidentally, Rowlet hit Popplio and the two entered the balloon, which flew off on the wind. Popplio tried to calm down Rowlet, who believed Ash deeply cared about him, and thought Lana would scold Popplio. Suddenly, Rowlet, again by accident, pierced the balloon, causing Popplio to fall down. Rowlet tried to grab her and fly away, but Popplio was too heavy for him.

Thus, Rowlet and Popplio fell on Team Rocket, who were making a device. As Popplio and Rowlet started apologizing, the latter realized he had a strange ring around him and couldn't fly. James had Mareanie fire Spike Cannon, but was repelled by Popplio's Bubble Beam. As Rowlet and Popplio fled, Meowth and Mareanie chased after them, while Jessie and James were grabbed by Bewear. Popplio had to bounce Rowlet on top of her nose, but tripped over a rock, injuring herself and Rowlet. Meowth and Mareanie appeared, as the latter tried to attack the two.

However, the two were rescued by Litten, who knocked Meowth and Mareanie out. Since they had nobody else to turn to, Rowlet and Popplio joined Litten, who took them to a place under the bridge. There, the old Stoutland licked Rowlet, sensing he was Ash's. Popplio confirmed this by clapping but was worried about her current situation. She even slapped Rowlet for getting them lost. Stoutland had Litten get Rowlet and Popplio to Ash's house, though Litten hesitated a bit. After walking through the city, the trio stopped at a building, where they were captured in a net by Team Rocket. Litten burned them with Ember though he wanted to join Team Rocket to set Popplio and Rowlet free. Team Rocket was touched by this. Just as they went to unlock the cage, Litten betrayed them by freeing Popplio and Rowlet. Popplio fired Bubble Beam, wrapping Team Rocket inside the bubbles. The trio combined attacks, making Team Rocket blast off. Ash and Lana arrived, pleased their Rowlet and Popplio were fine and safe, but also noted Litten's presence.[12]

Popplio uses the balloon on Snowy.

Lana had her Popplio practice making the balloon. Popplio created one, which Lillie's Snowy entered. Snowy was amused, as Popplio started to bounce the balloon up and down.[13] Seeing Ash was taken inside Palossand, Lana had Popplio use Bubble Beam. However, Palossand recovered from the attack, due to its ability to become stronger from such attacks. Instead, Popplio went to search for the shovel and had Pikachu trapped inside her bubble to help in the search. After some time, they found the shovel, but as Popplio emitted the bubble to take the shovel, a lot of Water-type Pokémon were in the way and got trapped instead. After some tries, Popplio and Pikachu returned with the shovel and bounced off the bubble. With Litten's Ember, the shovel stuck into Palossand, and it stopped outraging.[14]

During the Pokébase match, Popplio and Lana were on Ash's team. Popplio conjured a bubble to grab the ball. She also used one of her flippers to hit the ball Kiawe threw. However, Popplio's flipper got hurt. In the next match, Lana hit the ball Kiawe threw hard, earning herself and Popplio a home-run and a definitive victory.[15]

While going out camping, Popplio relaxed in the river. Due to Morelull's presence, Popplio fell asleep and was drained, along with others, except Lillie. Instead, everyone had dinner to end their hunger. Not soon after, the group encountered the Morelull, who, once again, made them asleep and drain them. Ash gave some of his own energy to feed Morelull, and consecutively ate the curry Mallow made. Morelull was fed up and went to the tree, where everyone, including Popplio, watched as the Morelull evolved into Shiinotic. The Shiinotic Ash fed turned them asleep. The next day, however, everyone woke up and found themselves not hungry at all, seeing that Shiinotic returned the energy it drained from them.[16]

Popplio with Kiawe on his Charizard.

Before the class started, Popplio had a race with other Pokémon around the room, a race Pikachu won. During the exchange, Kiawe traded his Turtonator with Lana's Popplio. While working on the farm, Kiawe wondered what he'd do with Popplio, so Mimo decided to spend some time with her. The next day, Mimo reported the Tauros were fighting with each other. Since Turtonator was absent, Kiawe had Popplio emit the balloon to douse the Tauros, preventing their fighting. Kiawe was amazed, and had her use Bubble Beam to wash the Tauros. Returning to school, Kiawe gave Popplio back to Lana and was impressed, seeing how Lana and her sisters cleaned Turtonator's back.[17]

Olivia, who came to the Pokémon School, wanted to meet the heroes' Pokémon, and met Lana's Popplio.[18] Popplio accompanied Lana, who was riding Stoutland to search for the treasures and bring them to Olivia. Since Stoutland disobeyed Lana, she and Popplio left it to sleep and search for the treasures on their own. Suddenly, Popplio was attacked by a Garbodor. Popplio used Bubble Beam to retaliate, and Lana took her and retreated. Lana tripped over a rock, and Garbodor caught up to them. Popplio used Bubble Beam to stop Garbodor, but was injured by its Sludge Bomb attack. Lana nevertheless thanked Popplio, and swore to protect her and Stoutland. The latter defended Lana and defeated Garbodor.[19]

Popplio battling the Totem Pokémon of Brooklet Hill.

Popplio joined Lana and Ash to fish out a mysterious Pokémon lurking in Brooklet Hill. During the fishing trip, Lana encountered an injured Wishiwashi flopping around. Once it was healed, Lana went back to fishing. When all of a sudden, Lana's fishing line got hooked by a Totem Wishiwashi in School Form. Popplio was terrified by it due to its ginormous size. However, after seeing how much Lana was struggling to reel it in, she eventually conquered her fear and battled it. During the battle, she got blasted away by an Alomomola. After Ash and Pikachu drove Alomomola away, Popplio proceeded to finish the battle with her newly learned move, Aqua Jet, helping Lana clear the trial and earn a Waterium Z.[20]

Popplio performs Hydro Vortex for the very first time.

After obtaining the Z-Crystal from Brooklet Hill, Lana and Popplio attempted to perfect the Z-Move, Hydro Vortex. Unfortunately, Popplio was unable to perform it due to not syncing her poses correctly. Later, she met up with Ida and her Brionne and watched them perform in front of a large crowd of people. Lana and Popplio then decided to train with Ida and Brionne. The training consisted of Popplio trying to pop Brionne's water balloons. Despite failing constantly, Popplio completed her training. Later, when Lana and the gang encountered an angry Dhelmise, she and Popplio successfully executed the Z-Move and sent the Sea Creeper Pokémon packing.[21]

When Lana and her classmates visited Cerulean City as part of their Kanto field trip, Popplio teamed up with Steenee in a battle against Misty's Psyduck. Steenee started with Magical Leaf while Popplio fired Bubble Beam, but Psyduck counterattacked with a blast of Water Gun. Popplio then created a water balloon during the battle and trapped Psyduck inside it. Misty commanded Psyduck to use Confusion, but to no effect. Steenee then attacked Psyduck with another Magical Leaf. The move burst the water balloon, causing Psyduck to fall in the battlefield as it landed on its head. Psyduck's head injury caused it to suffer a headache, which allowed it to fully execute Confusion on Popplio and Steenee. Before Psyduck got to finish them off, Misty called off the battle and told Psyduck that they had enough.[22]

When the group arrived in Ultra Space, Steenee, Popplio, Togedemaru, Charjabug, Litten, and Rowlet were sent out to battle Lusamine's Mismagius, Milotic, and Lilligant.[23] During the battle, Popplio performed Hydro Vortex to defeat Mismagius. But even though it looked like she successfully defeated it, Nihilego made it stand back up again. The battle ended with Ash and Pikachu defeating Nihilego with the 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt Z-Move, setting all of Lusamine's Pokémon free.[24] Popplio later attended Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet's wedding ceremony.[25]

Popplio and her friends excited for their first mission as Ultra Guardians.

Sometime later, Popplio helped Lana and her classmates complete several Ultra Guardian missions.[26][27][28][29] In the process, she meets a new friend, Ash's Poipole.[30]

Popplio and Lana with their fellow Ultra Guardians getting ready to use their Z-Moves.

When the adults in Alola started to act sluggish, Popplio went with Lana and her classmates to Poni Island to investigate the strange phenomenon above the Altar of the Sunne. She helped power up Faba's machine and clear the skies with her Z-Power combined with Ash's Pikachu's, Kiawe's Marowak's, and Gladion's Midnight Lycanroc's.[31]

After travelling through the Ultra Wormhole, the Ultra Guardians entered a strange dimension that used to be the home of Ash's Poipole. As they searched for Necrozma, they were attacked by wild Poipole, who were stopped by Ash's Poipole. Just then, an old and weak Naganadel arrived and the Ultra Guardians rushed over to help it, much to Gladion's dismay. After nursing Naganadel, Popplio, along with the other Pokémon, listened to its story about Necrozma's connection with the Blinding One, Ash's Poipole, and their homeworld. They learned that the reason why Necrozma possessed Nebby and Lunala was because it wanted a huge amount of Ultra Aura to restore its Ultra form and replenish Poipole's world due to the lack of its light. They also learned that Necrozma is actually the Blinding One the legends spoke about. Suddenly, the gang heard a crash outside and saw Lunala still fighting with Necrozma. Gladion and Silvally attempted to defeat Necrozma, but they were immediately stopped by Ash and his classmates. They told Gladion that if he drove Necrozma away, Naganadel, Poipole and its homeworld would die from the lack of light. Ash and the gang decided that the best way to save Nebby, help Necrozma, and replenish Poipole's world is to transfer their Z-Power. Together, Ash, Gladion, Kiawe, and Lana fired their Z-Moves at Necrozma.[32]

Unfortunately for them, their attempt was unsuccessful. Instead of freeing Nebby, the Z-Moves only increased Necrozma's power and made it stronger. Necrozma went to attack everyone, but was held off by Lunala. The Ultra Guardians learned from Professor Burnet that according to legend, Solgaleo, Lunala, and the people and Pokémon of Alola shared their Z-Power with the Blinding One when it lost its light. With the combined Z-Power of the Ultra Guardians, the Team Rocket Trio, the Guardian Deities, the Island Kahunas, and everyone else in Alola, Necrozma gained enough light to free Nebby from its grasp.

Despite their successful attempt, Necrozma was angered at their interference and attacked the Ultra Guardians in a blind rage. Hala, Olivia, and Nanu saved the Ultra Guardians by transferring their Z-Power to Necrozma. But Necrozma wasn't giving up just yet; it went after Nebby and Lunala again, only to be held off by Gladion and Silvally. With Necrozma distracted, Lunala gave Gladion the Lunalium Z while Nebby recovered. Just as Necrozma was about to attack again, Ash and Gladion combined Nebby and Lunala's Z-Moves to help Necrozma provide enough Ultra Aura to return into its heroic Ultra form. Necrozma then used its power to restore Poipole's homeworld to its previous majesty and disappeared just as the solar eclipse ended. As they prepared to leave, the Ultra Guardians bid a tearful farewell to Poipole and returned to Alola, while also witnessing Necrozma appearing above them in the sky.[33]

Popplio helped Lana with her friends set up a haunted house for Harper and Sarah. After finishing the haunted house for Harper and Sarah, they were visited by real Ghost Pokémon, with a Mismagius pulling them into a strange world. However, the strange world was just a dream.[34]

Popplio and her friends meeting Eevee for the first time.

Later, when Popplio played with her friends on the beach, she instantly formed an unbreakable bond with a messy-haired Eevee with a love for the ocean. Popplio and her friends played with Eevee until they had to return to their trainers.[35]

While getting some malasada with Lana, Popplio noticed the same Eevee she befriended before being chased by an Alolan Persian, and left on her own to go after him. Catching up to Eevee, Popplio was able to get her best friend away from the Persian by using Aqua Jet to make their escape quicker. However, Popplio and Eevee fell into a stream. Ending up in the outskirts of the city on the beach, Popplio became terrified when Eevee ran up to Team Skull's Pokémon. Popplio tried to save her best friend from Team Skull, but Lana, Ash, Sophocles, Mallow and Lillie, who all been looking for her, showed up just in time to help. After Pikachu used Quick Attack to get the Team Skull grunts to let go of him, Popplio saves Eevee from falling into the sand. Popplio assured a worried Lana that she was alright, with Eevee coming over to her as well.

Popplio and her best friend Eevee, who would later be nicknamed Sandy, high-fiving on top of the waves.

Determined to protect her best friend, Popplio battled Team Skull, learning Surf in the process. Eevee, who wanted to help, used various Water-type Pokémon to get on top of the waves, then used his Double-Edge attack to send the Team Skull grunts blasting off. Popplio praised and thanked her best friend for his help. After Kiawe arrived, Popplio and Eevee were praised by Lana for their teamwork as both of them played in the water. Popplio was in her trainer's arms when Lana formally asked Sandy, Eevee's nickname, if he wanted to join their team, to which he said yes. Popplio witnessed her best friend being caught in a Dive Ball, thus becoming teammates. After arriving home, Popplio and Sandy were playing around with Harper and Sarah when Lana's father arrived home. Popplio witnessed Lana giving Sandy a haircut, which helped him see better due to his shaggy hair being in the way of his vision.[36]

Popplio arrived on Poni Island with Lana and her classmates for their individual research projects for class. Hearing that Lana's project was gonna be seeing Ida and catching up with her, Popplio became overjoyed.[37] While waiting for Ida's arrival, Popplio and Sandy played in the water while Lana fished.[38]

While at the Pokémon Center, Popplio looked out the window and saw Ida, who had finally arrived on Poni Island. She was pleased that her friend/mentor Brionne had evolved into a Primarina at some point prior to the episode. Popplio spent the entire day training and playing with it. At night, while hanging out with them, Popplio witnessed Ida and Primarina perform their Z-Move Oceanic Operetta. Seeing that Lana wanted to show Ida how much they have grown, Popplio spent the entire night training. In the morning before Ida left for her journey, Popplio and Lana showed her what they've accomplished by blowing a big balloon. Encouraged by Lana, Sandy, and her friends, Popplio started to glow and evolve into a Brionne.[39]

As Brionne

Popplio evolving into Brionne.

After evolving, Brionne blew away the huge balloon before it burst. Brionne then witnessed Ida, who was satisfied with their hard work, give Lana a Primarium Z-Crystal for her so she can perform Oceanic Operetta one day. Later, Brionne waved goodbye with her trainer and friends to Ida.[39]

Brionne training with Lana and Sandy.

While their friends went to do their own thing, Brionne, Lana, and Sandy went to the beach to do some more training. Brionne practiced blowing big bubbles again, only for them to pop, but Lana kept on encouraging her to keep it up. Later, Brionne, Lana, and Sandy took a nap after training. Brionne, along with Lana and Sandy, reunited with their friends at the Pokémon Center.[40] Brionne later played on the beach with her trainer and friends. She splashed water at Ash, accidentally causing him to step on Pikachu and electrocute himself, Ash, Lana, Sandy, and herself. Afterwards, Brionne watched Ash battle Hapu and win the grand trial. After reuniting with Professor Kukui, Lana revealed to him that Popplio evolved.[41]

Brionne and Sandy playing PokéGolf together.

Later, Brionne helped Lana in PokéGolf by making colorful balloons while everyone else danced. One of the balloons carried the golf ball until it popped, causing the ball to fall in the hole. In the next round, Brionne and Sandy teamed up to help their trainer make another shot.[42] Brionne joined an Ultra Guardian mission by stopping and catching a Pheromosa that had been stealing Z-Crystals from Trainers.[43]

Brionne with Sandy, Lana, Ash, and Pikachu.

Later, Ash and his friends were spending a day off from school in Melemele Island's coral reefs. Sandy, Ash, Pikachu and Lana were playing in Brionne's bubbles while the others spent most of the day fishing. All of a sudden, Ash, Lana, and their Pokémon were caught in a violent whirlpool, which sent them flying into a rocky reef. The cause of the whirlpool turned out to be the Legendary Pokémon, Kyogre. Ash and Lana were amazed to see it at first, but they discovered that it was poisoned and chased around by a hunter and his minions. After successfully defeating the villains and foiling their plans, Lana managed to cure Kyogre's poisoning with an antidote attached to the lure she got from Misty. However, despite being cured and saved from the hunter, Kyogre unleashed its fury and created a rainstorm in a blind rage. Kyogre then dragged Lana underwater while holding the lure in its mouth. Brionne tried to keep up with her trainer, but Kyogre was moving too fast. In a desperate attempt to save her trainer, Brionne evolved into Primarina and carried Lana to the surface.[44]

Brionne evolving into Primarina.

As Primarina

Sun & Moon series

As Kyogre continued its rampage, Lana decides that the best way to calm the angry Sea Basin Pokémon would be to reel it in and have Primarina soothe it with her singing. After a brief struggle, Lana managed to reel Kyogre in as Primarina sang to it. With Kyogre calmed down and safe from danger, it bid Ash, Lana, and their Pokémon goodbye and swam off into the deep ocean. Lana and Ash later told the others about the event. They found it hard to believe, thinking it was just another one of Lana's jokes. However, Lana revealed her newly evolved Primarina, with Ash explaining what had happened, proving their adventures with the Legendary Pokémon were indeed real.[44]

Primarina performs Oceanic Operetta for the very first time.

When Mallow was working at Forest Pokémon Café to help Oranguru serve hungry Pokémon, Primarina and Sandy both helped Lana as extra waiters in Aina's Kitchen. Due to the countless customers, all three of them were worn out as a result when Mallow returned.[45] At the school, Primarina and Lana attempted to use their new Z-Move: Oceanic Operetta. Primarina later ate lunch with her friends at Lillie's mansion.[46] Primarina and her friends trained for the Alola League in Lillie's mansion.[47]

Primarina vs Tsareena at the Alola League.

During the Alola League, Primarina battled against Tsareena. In spite of her type disadvantage, Primarina was able to win the battle, allowing Lana to move on to the quarter finals.[48]

Primarina vs Golisopod at the Alola League.

Primarina was chosen to battle Guzma's Golisopod. Unfortunately, Golisopod poisoned her and used Throat Chop to make her unable to use sound-based moves, leaving her at an extreme disadvantage. After a fierce battle, Golisopod defeated Primarina with her own Z-Move. Thankfully, Shaymin healed her poison with Aromatherapy shortly after. Primarina was comforted by Lana and Sandy before being called back into her Poké Ball.[49] She and Sandy later witnessed Ash battle with Guzma during the semi-finals.[50] At some point during the Ultra Beast crisis, Primarina helped defeat one of the Guzzlord at the Manalo Conference.[51]

In the end, Primarina accompanied Lana and her father in their search for Manaphy.[52]

Journeys series

After a long absence, Primarina reappeared when she introduced herself to Goh's Raboot and Sobble. She was later seen having lunch with everyone else's Pokémon.[53]

Known moves

Move notes

  1. ^ Primarina knew this move as a Popplio, but executed it in SM130: Battling Besties!
  2. ^ Primarina knew this move as a Popplio, but executed it in SM?
  3. ^ Brionne knew this move as a Popplio, but executed it in SM?
  4. ^ Brionne knew this move as a Popplio, but executed it in SM110: Keeping Your Eyes on the Ball!
  5. ^ This is a Z-Move, used by Popplio.
  6. ^ This is a Z-Move, used by Primarina.

Improvised moves

Voice actors


  • Lana's Primarina shares similarities with the previous Water-type Starter Pokémon:
    • Like Brock's Marshtomp and Dawn's Piplup, Primarina is a starter Pokémon that was owned by a main character other than Ash within their respective series.
    • Like Ash's Greninja, May's Wartortle, and Brock's Marshtomp, Primarina is a Water-type Starter Pokémon that evolved.
      • Primarina (as Popplio) and Piplup were recently owned by respective main female characters at the same time of their debuts, whereas Ash's Water-type Starter Pokémon Greninja (as Froakie) and Oshawott are only owned by him in the some later episodes after their debuts.
  • Primarina shares a similar backstory with Ash's Lapras. Both were harassed by thugs before being rescued by a main character.
  • Similar to Misty's Politoed, Primarina loved to clap as a Popplio.
  • Like Primarina in "Battling Besties," Dawn's Piplup also learned an Ice-type move while battling against a Grass-type Pokémon in order to counter its Grass-type moves.
  • As revealed in "Bright Lights, Big Changes!", Primarina's favorite food is seaweed salad. In "That's Some Spicy Island Research!", she is shown to hate spicy food, especially the radishes from Poni Island.
  • In the segment of "Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!", Primarina (as Popplio) dressing up as a Brionne foreshadowed her evolution into the Popstar Pokémon. Lana being gifted a Primarinum Z also foreshadowed her evolution into Primarina.
  • Despite having evolved twice by that point in the series, Primarina was still featured as a Popplio at the beginning of Your Adventure.
  • Primarina and Serena's Delphox are the only main female starter Pokémon who are not Grass-types.
  • Primarina is currently one of the only two fully evolved Water-type starter Pokémon owned by a main protagonist to remain with their trainers, the other being Goh's Inteleon.
    • Primarina is also the first fully evolved Water-type starter Pokémon owned by someone besides Ash.
    • Primarina is also the only starter Pokémon owned by one of Ash's companions to fully evolve before his Starter Pokémon.



  1. ^ a b c SM061: A Mission of Ultra Urgency!, Primarina wears a ribbon as an Ultra Guardian, which typically only female Pokémon wear


  1. ^ a b SM005: Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio!
  2. ^ SM001: Alola to New Adventure!
  3. ^ SM002: The Guardian's Challenge!
  4. ^ SM003: Loading the Dex!
  5. ^ SM004: First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style!
  6. ^ SM009: To Top a Totem!
  7. ^ SM010: Trial and Tribulation!
  8. ^ SM012: The Sun, the Scare, the Secret Lair!
  9. ^ SM013: Racing to a Big Event!
  10. ^ SM014: Getting to Know You!
  11. ^ SM015: Rocking Clawmark Hill!
  12. ^ SM016: They Might Not Be Giants!
  13. ^ SM017: Crystal-Clear Sleuthing!
  14. ^ SM022: A Shivering Shovel Search!
  15. ^ SM028: Pulling Out the Pokémon Base Pepper!
  16. ^ SM029: Lulled to La-La Land!
  17. ^ SM030: The Ol' Raise and Switch!
  18. ^ SM031: The Island Whisperer!
  19. ^ SM032: Treasure Hunt, Akala Style!
  20. ^ SM033: Big Sky, Small Fry!
  21. ^ SM040: Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!
  22. ^ SM043: When Regions Collide!
  23. ^ SM053: Rescuing the Unwilling!
  24. ^ SM054: 10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!
  25. ^ SM055: The Professors' New Adventure!
  26. ^ SM061: A Mission of Ultra Urgency!
  27. ^ SM069: Rise and Shine, Starship!
  28. ^ SM078: Twirling with a Bang!
  29. ^ SM085: The Long Vault Home!
  30. ^ SM067: Love at First Twirl!
  31. ^ SM087: Filling the Light with Darkness!
  32. ^ SM089: The Prism Between Light and Darkness!
  33. ^ SM090: Securing the Future!
  34. ^ SM094: A Haunted House for Everything!
  35. ^ Where Are You Going, Eevee?
  36. ^ SM099: We Know Where You're Going, Eevee!
  37. ^ SM104: That's Some Spicy Island Research!
  38. ^ SM105: Showdown on Poni Island!
  39. ^ a b SM106: Evolving Research!
  40. ^ SM107: Run, Heroes, Run!
  41. ^ SM109: A Grand Debut!
  42. ^ SM110: Keeping Your Eyes on the Ball!
  43. ^ SM114: Beauty Is Only Crystal Deep!
  44. ^ a b SM120: The One That Didn't Get Away!
  45. ^ SM121: A Recipe for Success!
  46. ^ SM123: A Fiery Training Camp Trick!
  47. ^ SM127: Chasing Memories, Creating Dreams!
  48. ^ SM130: Battling Besties!
  49. ^ SM134: The Road to the Semifinals!
  50. ^ SM136: Getting Down to The Ire!
  51. ^ SM140: Z-Move Showdown!
  52. ^ SM146: Thank You, Alola! The Journey Continues!
  53. ^ PJ037: That New Old Gang of Mine!