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Ash's Squirtle
サトシのゼニガメ Satoshi's Zenigame
Ash Squirtle
Trainer: Ash Ketchum
Ability: Torrent (Not yet activated)
Debut: Here Comes the Squirtle Squad
Episode captured: Here Comes the Squirtle Squad
Caught where: Near Route 24 and Vermilion City
Current location: With the Squirtle Squad

This Squirtle is a Water-type Pokémon owned by Ash.


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 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, Ash asked Squirtle to go back to the Squirtle Squad to help them stop fires.

Squirtle returned when Ash's battled Macy in the Silver Conference, defeating Macy's Electabuzz and Quilava.

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 also appears in It's Always You and Me, and also appeared in a flashback in Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!.


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.

Known moves

Move Episode
Ash Squirtle Water Gun
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.

Voice actresses and actor


  • 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.


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