Ritchie then used Zippo in his battle in the Indigo Plateau Conference against Ash. It used Flamethrower against Ash's Pikachu but Pikachu was able to dodge it. Zippo then used Tackle on Pikachu, knocking Pikachu out after attempting to stand up. Ash recalled his Pikachu and sent out his Charizard. Zippo approached Charizard but Charizard used Flamethrower which chased Zippo. Ritchie then decided to recall Zippo and send Pikachu, Sparky, out.
Ritchie joined the heroes and sent Zippo, who evolved into a Charmeleon, to battle Team Rocket. Zippo used Flamethrower in the air to warn Lugia that it would be captured. However, Butch's Hitmontop used Rolling Kick and Cassidy's Houndour used Flamethrower on Zippo and Misty's Politoed, so their trainers called them back.
- ^ This move cannot normally be used by Charmander.