basic information

Species: Light Pokémon
Type: Electric
Pokédex number: 181 (National), 55 (Johto), 329 (Hoenn)
Ability: Static, Plus (Dream World)
Height: 4'07" / 1.4m
Weight: 135.6lbs / 61.5kg
Footprint:

Ampharos debuted as part of the second generation of Pokémon introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver for the Gameboy Color, released in 1999 in Japan and 2000 in the United States. Its evolutionary line begins with Mareep, which evolves into Flaaffy at level 15, which then evolves into Ampharos at level 30.

                      
An Ampharos named "Amphy" has a notable role in the games; Amphy serves as the light in Olivine City's Glitter Lighthouse. When the player character reaches Olivine City, Amphy and sick and the city's Gym Leader, Jasmine, requests that the player retrieve the SecretPotion from Cianwood City to heal Amphy before she will take part in a gym battle.

origins

Ampharos and its pre-evolutions are based on sheep, though Ampharos seems to have lost its wool. The fact that they are electric-type sheep may be an allusion to Philip K. Dick's sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which was the basis for Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner. Ampharos also seems to have been designed to have the traits of a lighthouse, with the light on its tail described as serving as a beacon. Ampharos' name English name is derived from the words ampere, a unit of measurement for electrical current, and pharos, a word meaning "lighthouse." The term "pharos" originated from the name of an island the coast of Alexandria, Egypt, where the famed Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was constructed. Ampharos' name is the same in German, and its French name, "Pharamp," is derived from the same words. Its Japanese name is Denryuu, or デンリュウ, which translates to "electric dragon."

'dex entries

Gold - The tail's tip shines brightly and can be seen from far away. It acts as a beacon for lost people.
Silver - The bright light on its tail can be seen far away. It has been treasured since ancient times as a beacon.
Crystal - When it gets dark, the light from its bright, shiny tail can be seen from far away on the ocean's surface.
Ruby & Sapphire - Ampharos gives off so much light that it can be seen even from space. People in the old days used the light of this Pokémon to send signals back and forth with others far away.
Emerald - It gives off so much light that it can be seen even from space. People in the old days used its light to send signals back and forth with others far away.
Diamond, Pearl & Platinum - The tip of its tail shines brightly. In the olden days, people sent signals using the tail's light.
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