Zhu Bajie, commonly referred to as Zhu, is one of Ayden's Pokémon currently residing at Ayden's home in Phenac City. He was initially one of the starter Pokémon belonging to Professor Juniper, which she would give out to new trainers. When Ayden arrived in Unova, Zhu became rather attached to her and left Juniper's lab to join Ayden.
As an Emboar, has immense physical strength but at the cost of lower speed. Therefore, he does not display the speed and dexterity that his friends, Blaze and Sun and instead adopts a more stationary fighting style. He can easily take several blows while dishing out equally powerful ranged and close up attacks. He has a number of fire type moves in his arsenal, often coating his chest in flames in battle.
Zhu Bajie originally belongs to Professor Juniper and was to be given to new trainers that came to her lab in Nuvema Town. However, time and time again, Zhu Bajie was never picked and Snivy and Oshawott were often picked over him. This resulted in some what of a depression and diminishing confidence in his abilities. When Ayden arrived in Nuvema Town, Zhu saw her and believed that she was the trainer for him and ran off from the lab to follow her, joining her team soon after.
Under her care, Zhu eventually evolved into Pignite and again into Emboar.
He was primarily used by Ayden during her time in Unova and now currently resides in her home in Phenac City. At home, he often trains with his best friends, Blaze and Sun, who are also fire fighting Pokémon.
Zhu Bajie is named after the character of the same name from Journey to the West.