Rapidash is a Fire type Pokemon introduced in Generation I. It evolves from Ponyta starting at level 40. In Galar, Rapidash has a Psychic and Fairy type regional form. It evolves from Galarian Ponyta starting at level 40. Take a look below for 25 awesome and fascinating facts about Rapidash.
1. Rapidash is an equine Pokemon with cream-colored fur and a pointed horn on its forehead.
2. It has small, red eyes and triangular ears with reddish interiors.
3. Yellow and reddish-orange flames stream from the back of its head to form a long, flowing mane.
4. A short version of the mane trails down its back to its equally fiery tail.
5. Flames are also present on its fetlocks.
6. It has slender legs, each with a single black hoof.
7. Rapidash is a very agile Pokémon. It runs at about 150 mph (240 km/h), chasing everything that moves in hopes of racing it.
8. With incredible acceleration, it reaches its top speed in only ten steps.
9. At full gallop, its hooves barely touch the ground.
10. The faster Rapidash goes, the longer the swaying flames of its mane will become.
11. At an all-out gallop, its blazing mane sparkles, a feature which is said to enhance its beautiful appearance.
12. Rapidash lives in grasslands, but it can also be seen on mountains in Pokémon Snap.
13. In early English-language promotional material for Pokémon Red and Blue, it was revealed that Rapidash was to keep its romanized Japanese name ‘Gallop’.
14. Rapidash is the favorite Pokémon of the Kanto Pokémon Fan Club Chairman. When the player first speaks to him, he goes on about why Rapidash is his favorite Pokémon at length.
15. Rapidash’s horn shows it may have been inspired by unicorns, but it also displays a lot of resemblance to a regular horse.
16. Rapidash and its pre-evolved form may also be based on fiery steeds in mythology, such as those of the Greek god Helios, Skinfaxi of Norse mythology, and the horses of the Ashvins in Hindu mythology.
17. Rapidash may be a combination of rapid and dash, referring to the high speed at which it runs. It could also be a combination of rapid and ash (referencing its Fire type).
18. Rapidash debuted in The Flame Pokémon-athon!, under the ownership of Lara Laramie. Ash used it in the Big P Pokémon Race while it was still a Ponyta. Ponyta eventually evolved into Rapidash near the end of the race, subsequently winning it.
19. A Rapidash appeared in Mewtwo Strikes Back, under the ownership of Neesha. It was one of the Pokémon that were captured and cloned by Mewtwo. The Rapidash clone reappeared in Mewtwo Returns.
20. A Rapidash appeared in Johto Photo Finish, under the ownership of Jon Dickson. It was used in the final match of the Silver Conference and went up against a Rhydon. Rapidash was able to defeat Rhydon, granting its Trainer victory in the Silver Conference.
21. A Rapidash appeared in the Hoopa’s Surprise Ring Adventures short Heated Battle. It was summoned by Hoopa alongside a Slugma, Magmortar, and Heatran. They all used Fire-type attacks to set Ash and Pikachu on fire.
22. A Rapidash appeared in It’s Mr. Mime Time as one of the Pokémon in Stella’s circus.
23. A Rapidash appeared in Showdown at the Po-ké Corral, where it was among the Pokémon living at Professor Oak’s Laboratory.
24. Multiple Rapidash appeared in The Power of One.
25. A Rapidash appeared in the Japanese credits of Pikachu’s Rescue Adventure.