Squirtle was the sixth Pokémon Ash caught. It was originally the leader of the Squirtle Squad but took a liking to Ash after he saves it from a bomb attack made by Team Rocket and decided to travel with him as it let its Squirtle Squad to stay with Officer Jenny as Pokémon firefighters to put out fires.
Squirtle was one of Ash's most commonly used Pokémon throughout his travels in Kanto and the Orange Islands and proved to be a powerful fighter despite its small size. Squirtle is best friends with Ash's Bulbasaur and like Bulbasaur it has shown no interest in evolving despite the fact that it was certainly strong enough to have evolved. Squirtle kept the glasses it had while it was a member of the Squirtle Squad in its shell but rarely wore them. Squirtle is also use in some occassions to assist other Pokemon such as to stop lit of the dynamite and cooling them off while they are stopping the lava from flowing.
In Beach Blank-Out Blastoise, Ash was bumped into a wild Wartortle who needs someone's help as Pikachu could not understand what it says. Pikachu sends Squirtle to come out on Ash's Poke Ball as they converse. Squirtle realizes their problem and he shows his Squirtle Squad glasses to wore them as both turtle Pokemon swims through the island of Turtle Pokemon while Ash and the group followed it. Ash and the group see all of Squirtle and Wartortle are living in this island and its king Blastoise who are all asleep. When Ash tried to hug a Blastoise, he ends up falling asleep even Squirtle as well. Pikachu uses Thunder Shock similar to an alarm clock to wake them up making Ash and his Squirtle among others are mad and realizing the strange noise they heard. When Brock realizes it was Jigglypuff who made everyone to sleep and was stuck on one of Blastoise's hydro cannons, Team Rocket manage to get it by chance before Jigglypuff manages to Sing them to sleep. Upon the panic of all Squirtle and Wartortle, Squirtle washes them with Water Gun to stop panicking and leads them to get Blastoise from Team Rocket's submarine. They successfully get the submarine retrieving a sleeping Blastoise. Team Rocket later attacks them with their submarine with wheels to capture all of it. All Squirtle and Wartortle use their Water Guns but it does not work as it gives chase to capture them. Squirtle and Pikachu tries to wake Blastoise with its Water Gun and Thunder Shock combination and it successfully wakes Blastoise while Jigglypuff was out of its hydro cannon and lands inside Team Rocket's ground submarine. Blastoise fight off the ground submarine and it manages to destroy its controls. Squirtle teams up with Wartortle and Blastoise and its inhabitants to wash them with its Water Gun followed by Blastoise's Hydro Pump to send Team Rocket drifting off the ocean before it exploded. Squirtle also saves Jigglypuff from the explosion of the submarine before it sings them to sleep. Afterwards, they woke up with black mark sketches made by Jigglypuff and everyone gives a hearty laugh. They happily bid farewell to Ash and his group as they travel back to Viridian City.
In The Pokemon Water War, Squirtle teams up with Staryu to stop the fire but is not enough until the arrival of Aidan and his Team Wartortle who manage to stop the fire. Aidan's Wartortle which is its leader of the team has a initial rivalry with Squirtle after it became disappointed for losing its pride as a fire fighting Pokemon. It's rivalry later subsides during Team Wartortle's training session and its capture by Team Rocket including Pikachu. Both Squirtle and Wartortle manage to flood the cabin with its Water Gun to put Jessie, James and Meowth in its collision course. When Meowth attempts to use Scratch on them, Squirtle and Team Wartortle uses Withdraw as his scratch attack cut through the net. Afterwards, Team Rocket is blasted off by Team Wartortle and Squirtle Water Gun followed by Pikachu's Thunder Bolt. They arrived at the burning building where the kid was trapped on fire. Both Squirtle and Wartortle are being lifted up by Aidan's Blastoise to save the kid from the burning building. Squirtle manages to save Wartortle from falling while the latter is saved by it from a falling burned debris. Both Pokemons are seen safe with minor injuries while Wartortle carries the kid to safety. After the incident, Squirtle and Wartortle finally shake hands showing their friendship and respect with one another before Ash, Misty and Tracey parting ways with Aidan and his team.
Squirtle also battled against the Orange Islands Champion, Drake. It was squeezed by Bind, but used Hydro Pump to break free and finished it off with Skull Bash. In Enter The Dragonite, it fought Dragonite, only for its Hydro Pump to be countered by Dragonite's Water Gun. Squirtle was able to use Withdraw to endure most of the following Thunderbolt, but was still badly hurt. Squirtle used Bubble to hit Dragonite dead-on, but the attack was only half successful and it was beaten by a Slam attack from Dragonite's tail.
Shortly after their adventures in the Orange Islands, from the episode, The Fire-ing Squad! where it reunites with its Squirtle Squad led by Officer Jenny and Aidan with his group of Wartortles. Both groups are entering the fire and rescue Grand Prix which Aidan's group is the current champion. During target practice, Squirtle sees its squad has a lack of practice and its nervousness it angrily manages to step their tails with its foot to focus on the target. After that Brock comments that Squirtle can lead his squad to win the Grand Prix. When Ash and the group are easily eliminated in the competition, they cheer for the Squirtle Squad but they don't listen to Officer Jenny's commands. Pikachu gives them attention with its Thunder Shock as Ash tells then to follow the leader and convinces Squirtle to help its squad which it succeeds until it was interuppted by a giant robot led by Team Rocket which is manned by Jessie, James and Meowth. They are threaten with its flamethrowers causing Aidan and his Wartortle group retaliate but the robot extinguish its Water Gun. As Pikachu and all of the Water-type Pokemon from the competition are captured, this makes Squirtle and its Squad to do their old troublemaking antics this time is against the robot manned by Team Rocket who is finally knocked down with their teamwork. Squirtle manages to break through the robot's face with Skull Bash while knocking the trio with its Water Gun as it destroys most of its controls while they are inside as it manages to release Pikachu and all of the Water-type Pokemon competitors in captivity and eventually blasted Team Rocket and its robot off with Water Gun along with Pikachu's Thunderbolt. Ash finally convinces Squirtle to help its Squirtle Squad to stop fires as the competition is now resumed after the incident. Both Team Wartortle and the Squirtle Squad are now in the finals as both had a tough time clearing up the fires and rescue the victim inside the fire. The Squirtle Squad manages to win the competition beating Team Wartortle in one minute and two seconds to stop the fire. Aidan congratulates Officer Jenny for the win. After the competition, Ash allows Squirtle to go with the Squirtle Squad and Officer Jenny as it gives farewell to Ash's Cyndaquil, Pikachu, Chikorita and its best friend, Bulbasaur who turned away and uses its vines to shake its friend's hand which it saddened to see his friend go as Squirtle and the squad riding off with Officer Jenny's motorcycle as Ash remembers the time Squirtle joins his team and its battles in the Kanto region and having a good time partying in Pallet Town as Ash and the group watch Squirtle and its Squirtle Squad riding away.
Squirtle's latest appearance was when it joined Ash's team, along with Bulbasaur and Charizard in order to battle against Pyramid King Brandon. Squirtle defeated Brandon's Ninjask with Skull Bash, but is defeated by Solrock. After the battle, Squirtle returned to the Squirtle Squad and has not been used since.
Squirtle is immature and fun loving, who's personality contrasts with its best friend, Bulbasaur, who is the serious and mature one. Despite this, Squirtle is a capable leader when it was part of the Squirtle Squad.
In Beach Blank-Out Blastoise, Squirtle alongside a wild Wartortle to lead the other Squirtle and Wartortle in the Island of Turtle Pokemon to save a Gyarados submarine powered up by Team Rocket and later being team up with its king, Blastoise to blasts them back to the ocean with their Water Gun and Hydro Pump combination.
In Gathering the Gang of Four! after reuniting with Ash along with Pikachu, Charizard and its best friend, Bulbasaur, Squirtle also befriends May's Squirtle when they play together upon meeting and it does a playful noogie to think it has a little sibling on its own.
|Water Gun +||Here Comes the Squirtle Squad|
|Skull Bash +||The Kangaskhan Kid|
|Tackle||The Misty Mermaid|
|Bubble Beam||Mewtwo Strikes Back|
|Withdraw||Fire and Ice|
|Hydro Pump +||Misty Meets Her Match|
|Bubble||Enter The Dragonite|
|Rapid Spin +||Gathering The Gang Of Four!|
|+ indicates this Pokémon used this move recently.*|
- indicates this Pokémon normally can't use this move.
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- Ash initially wanted a Squirtle as his first Pokémon.
- Squirtle is Ash's first Pokémon to have a trademark item; its sunglasses, Sceptile during all of its evolutionary phases; the twig in its mouth, and the third, Krookodile coincidentally also wears sunglasses.
- Squirtle knew Bite In Island of the Giant Pokémon!, which was the only time used it.
- Even though Squirtle was seen at Professor Oak's lab in the opening titles of Pokémon BW: Adventures in Unova, it (along with Primeape) wasn't present in the photo seen at the end of the Best Wishes! series of Ash and all of his Pokémon, making it the only member of Ash's original team who didn't return in the Best Wishes series.