Ash Ketchum is the main protagonist of the Pokémon anime series who has always dreamed of becoming a Pokémon Master. As soon as he turned ten years old, he rushed to Professor Oak's Laboratory to get his first Pokémon. He is the first character to be introduced in the series. Originally wanting to choose Squirtle, Ash ended up getting the Pokémon Pikachu, and left on his journey.
At first, Pikachu did not obey Ash and kept running away, so Ash had to tie him up. After getting chased by a flock of Spearow, Ash attempted to save Pikachu from them; seeing Ash so determined to help him, Pikachu protected Ash from the Spearow by electrocuting the entire flock. From then on, Pikachu and Ash became best friends for life. As a completely unskilled trainer, Ash started his adventure while meeting his friends Misty and Brock and capturing new Pokémon.
Ash eventually defeated all the Gym Leaders in Kanto, allowing him to enter in the Pokémon League. Since then, he has continued to travel, make new friends such as Tracey, May, Max, Dawn, Iris and Cilan, challenging all Gym Leaders and catching new Pokémon while still following his goal of becoming a Pokémon Master. Since this goal is so close to his heart, he sometimes acts a bit rash and rushes to the next battle he can as fast as possible without thinking. Ash is currently traveling in the Kalos region, with his new friends Bonnie, Clemont and his old childhood friend Serena. Ash's name in the Japanese version of the anime is Satoshi, likely after Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokémon. It's unknown who Ash's father is, but according to 'Pokémon Live!', his mother dated Giovanni and was in his gang but took a better route in life when she met Ash's father.
When Ash Ketchum was a little boy, he was enrolled in Professor Oak's Pokémon Summer Camp where he would learn about the basics of Pokémon and being a trainer when he got older. While looking for a Poliwag, Ash happened upon a young girl and fellow camper named Serena who got lost in the forest while looking for her group. She'd fallen and injured her knee after Poliwag startled her. He wrapped a clean, blue handkerchief with a Poké Ball on each corner around her wounded knee to brace it. But she couldn't get herself up due to the pain, so Ash lent her his hand and helped her stand up. Then he guided her out of the forest and took her back to the campsite.
Pokémon: Indigo League
Years later, Ash started his Pokémon journey when he had just turned ten years old. However, he overslept and when he got to the Professor's Lab, there were no more Starter Pokémon left. The Professor had one Pokémon left, but he said the Pokémon wasn't very friendly and released Pikachu. Pikachu disliked Ash straight away and shocked him with its Thundershock attack. (This marks the start of his journey with Pikachu.) Later, Pikachu starts to trust Ash. Upon challenging various Gyms, Ash started finding traveling companions such as Brock and Misty. On his journey he regularly encountered the wacky trio Jessie, James and Meowth of Team Rocket, who kept trying to (and still try to) steal Pikachu. He finished in the Top 16 in the Indigo League Competition. During his journey he participated in a Pokémon race, was involved in a movie, got sucked into cyberspace and helped with the Moltres flame. Before heading to the Orange Islands, he picked up the GS Ball from Professor Ivy and bade goodbye to Brock who'd decided to stay with her.
Pokémon: Adventures on the Orange Islands
During this time, Ash was sent to the Orange Islands by Professor Oak on an errand to retrieve the mysterious GS Ball as the transporter cannot send it to Oak's lab. Ash found out that there were Gyms in the Orange Islands and decided to challenge them, winning a trophy for beating the Gym Leaders. During his time in the Orange Islands, Ash gained a new travelling companion in Tracey Sketchit, a "Pokemon Watcher", who observes Pokemon in their natural habitats and draws them in his sketchbook, and caught new Pokémon, Snorlax and Lapras, as well. He battled the Orange Crew in a style of battling much different than what he was used to. Eventually he battled Drake and became the next Orange League Champion. Upon Ash's return to his lab with the GS Ball, Professor Oak couldn't open it either and asked Ash to deliver it to his associate Kurt in Azalea Town in the Johto region, where there are also Gyms for the Johto League. Brock returned and Tracey remained behind to help Professor Oak at his lab. Team Rocket tried to catch Pikachu again, but they were stopped by Gary.
Pokémon: The Johto Journeys
Ash heard that there was a region called Johto and traveled there to find and catch new Pokémon unseen in Kanto. He battled the Gym Leaders there and caught the three Starter Pokémon, just as he'd done in Kanto. Brock returned and left Professor Ivy (for unknown reasons) and Tracey remained at Professor Oak's Lab. During this season, Ash won two badges for the Johto League, by facing Falkner of the Violet Gym and Bugsy of the Azalea Town Gym. He also catches a Shiny Noctowl, had another battle with Misty and said goodbye to his Charizard as he left it at the Charicific Valley so it could become stronger.
Pokémon: Johto League Champions
Ash won three more badges, but was delayed from having his sixth Gym Battle as the Gym Leader was preoccupied with caring for an ill Electric Pokemon, Ampharos, that fueled the lighthouse's power. Determined to get his Gym Battle, Ash traveled over to Cianwood City to get the medicine needed for Ampharos. Along the way he meets Whitney, Morty, Jasmine and Chuck, along with some new friends like Sakura, an aspiring Trainer and one of the 5 Kimono Sisters and reunites with Casey, whose Chikorita evolved into Bayleef. After his Gym Battle with Chuck, Ash and his mates traveled to the Whirl Islands on Chuck's suggestion to take part in the Whirl Cup Competition, a tournament for Water-type Pokémon.
Pokémon: Master Quest
During this season, Ash finally collected the remaining three badges to enter the Johto League by beating Jasmine, Pryce and Clair. He also met Lance and stopped Team Rocket's latest scheme at the Lake of Rage and brought a Larvitar back to its mother. In the Johto League, he battled his old rival Gary and finally defeated him, bringing their long rivalry to an end, then fought Harrison from the Hoenn region, who had a Blaziken, a Fire-Type Pokemon Ash had never seen before. To face it, Ash chose his trusty Charizard: the two Fire-Types fought fiercely, but ultimately Charizard fainted and Ash lost. (However, Charizard managed to wound Blaziken badly enough to prevent Harrison from using it in his next match, which led to his defeat.) Ash then decided to travel to the Hoenn region, but sadly both of his friends had to return home and thus would not be traveling with him this time.
Starting a new journey, Ash received new clothes from his mom, trading his familiar button-up shirt for a sleeveless hoodie, his green gloves for black ones and got a new cap. Breaking with what he'd done previously when he left for Johto, Ash left the rest of his team with Professor Oak and Tracey, intent on capturing new Pokemon in Hoenn, taking only Pikachu, his Starter, with him from home - the idea being to recapture the feeling of first leaving Pallet Town as a new Trainer. Upon arrival, he gained two new traveling companions in May, a beginner Trainer starting out on her journey with no clue what to do, and her younger brother Max, who has an extensive, impressive knowledge of Pokémon that far exceeds his years. Brock also returned, having finished his errands at home. Ash won his first three badges by the end of the season: the Stone Badge from Roxanne of the Rustboro Gym, the Knuckle Badge from a rematch with Brawly from the Dewford Gym, and the Dynamo Badge from Wattson of the Mauville Gym.
Pokémon: Advanced Challenge
Ash was eager to challenge more Gyms but was held up by May as she decided to be a Pokémon Coordinator. Ash encountered both Team Magma and Team Aqua, two villainous crime syndicates occupying the Hoenn region for the first time. Ash also won the Heat Badge from Flannery, the Balance Badge from Norman, May and Max's father, and a Feather Badge from Winona.
Pokémon: Advanced Battle
Before winning his last few badges, Ash was caught in a clash between Teams Magma and Aqua as they unleashed the legendary PokémonGroudon and Kyogre to reshape the world. Due to Pikachu's connection with Groudon, both teams were stopped and the legendary Pokémon returned to rest. After that, Ash beat the twin Gym Leaders Tate and Liza for the Mind Badge and Grand Festival winner Juan for the Rain Badge. Prior to entering the Hoenn League, Ash declined an offer from Professor Oak to trade in his current Pokémon with his previous captures on the grounds that his new team had earned it for themselves. He gained two new rivals in Morrison and Tyson, the former he would beat, but the latter he would lose to. He placed among the Top 8.
Returning to Kanto with Brock, May and Max, Ash was invited to partake in the Battle Frontier, battling Frontier Brains for Frontier Symbols. Upon encountering the first Frontier Brain, Factory Head Noland and his Articuno, Ash left his friends for a quick bit while the Factory Head took Max and Pikachu up in his airplane, telling them "I had to make a phone call." Later that night as the gang was watching Noland's Pokémon eat dinner, they speculated which of Noland's Pokémon Ash would challenge: Max guessed Venusaur, May guessed Rhyhorn, but Ash, aiming high, boldly decided on Articuno. Wondering which of Ash's Pokémon he would use against a Legendary, the gang was excited when they saw his pick; Ash had gone straight to the top and brought in the big guns, calling in Charizard from the Charicific Valley to take on the Ice/Flying-type head-to-head. Despite the Type advantage being set against it, Noland's Articuno demonstrated its ability to quickly recover after taking direct hits from Charizard's Flamethrower and DragonBreath attacks and managed to gain an advantage over the fiery behemoth with an Ice Beam to the wingtip and repeatedly combining its Ice Beam and Water Pulse attacks, the latter move being strong enough to counter Charizard's newest move: Overheat. Ultimately though, Charizard managed to withstand Articuno's Steel Wing attack, and as the Legendary Bird came in for one last strike, it grabbed its wings in midair, stopping the attack before it could connect and topped it off with its signature Seismic Toss, knocking out Articuno for the win and earning Ash the Knowledge Symbol.
Pokémon: Battle Frontier
Ash battled all of the remaining Frontier Brains, Arena Tycoon Greta, Dome Ace Tucker, Pike Queen Lucy, Palace Maven Spenser and Salon Maiden Anabel, and earned their Frontier Symbols. The last Frontier Brain however, Pyramid King Brandon, proved to be more difficult for Ash to defeat; Their first official battle saw Brandon's Registeel defeating Ash's Torkoal in spite of a new move it learned. For their rematch, which would be four-on-four, Ash took a "back to your roots" approach, once again calling in Charizard but also this time bringing in Bulbasaur and Squirtle to reunite his trio of Kanto Starters. Putting them together with Pikachu, Ash formed a team of aces from his early days: pitting the four aces against Brandon's Dusclops, Ninjask, Solrock and Regice, he finally claimed victory and the final Frontier Symbol - the Brave Symbol - completing the set and winning the Battle Frontier. After his victory, Scott offered Ash the position of Frontier Brain when one of them retired but he declined, opting instead to continue his journey. Before saying goodbye to May, Ash competed against her in the Terratta Pokemon Contest, their match ending in a tie. There was only one ribbon and they couldn't decide who to give it to. Ash had his Sceptile use Leaf Blade to cut the ribbon in half, choosing to split it with May before they all parted ways. Returning home, Ash met up with Gary again and saw the latter's new Electivire. Gary informed Ash about the region of Sinnoh, to which he immediately decided to travel next on his journey.
Diamond and Pearl Series
Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl
Departing for Sinnoh, Ash once again left his previous captures at Professor Oak's laboratory, with the exception of his Aipom who'd snuck along. After arriving in Sinnoh by boat and reuniting with Brock, he gained yet another new traveling companion in Dawn, a confident girl interested in following in her mother's footsteps as a Pokemon Coordinator. After receiving new clothes from his mother in the mail, Ash gained a new rival in a Trainer named Paul. Later in the season, Ash misses meeting Team Galactic due to moving on with his journey too soon. He won his first two Sinnoh Gym Badges: a Coal Badge from Roark and a Forest Badge from Gardenia. Ash encountered J, who temporarily kidnapped Pikachu by turning it into stone. Ash's first Sinnoh capture was a Starly which evolved into Staravia, and a Turtwig. His final Sinnoh acquisition came when he adopted Paul's Chimchar by the end of the season.
Pokémon: DP Battle Dimension
In this season, Ash continued battling and earning badges while Dawn continued to earn contest ribbons. They also encountered Team Galactic and tried to stop them from stealing the Adamant Orb. During this time, Ash earns his fifth Gym Badge. For most of the season, Ash had to wait for Gym Leader Fantina to return to her Gym in order to challenge her. Ash reunited with May during the Wallace Cup and took part as a coordinator once again (per Wallace's request). Late one night with Pikachu, he saw the spirit of Azelf rise out of the lake the contest was being held at. He tied with Maylene but earned a Cobble Badge from her and defeated both Crasher Wake and Fantina for the Fen and Relic Badges. He also acquired a new rival in Barry, a somewhat clumsy boy who insists on fining people. Ash acquired a few more Pokemon during this season; at the suggestion of Zoey, he traded his Aipom for Dawn's Buizel, the only trade so far he hasn't reversed; his Turtwig evolved into Grotle; and he caught a Gligar which became a Gliscor.
Pokémon: DP Galactic Battles
Continuing his journey in Sinnoh, Ash managed to beat Byron, winning the Mine Badge and Candice, winning the Icicle Badge. Along the trip to Sunyshore City, Ash and his friends encounter International Policeman Looker and were recruited to help stop the plans of Team Galactic as the three of them were chosen to share a bond with the three Lake Spirit Pokémon, during which Brock managed to find Uxie. Managing to find Team Galactic in the middle of creating a new universe with the captive Lake Trio controlling Palkia and Dialga, Ash, Dawn and Brock freed the trio and Team Galactic was arrested while their leader vanished into the collapsing new world, effectively disbanding Team Galactic. At the end of the season, Ash caught himself a Gible which was learning Draco Meteor.
Pokémon: DP Sinnoh League Victors
After the Team Galactic incident, Ash entered the Sinnoh League after beating Volkner and earning the Beacon Badge. He also reunited with Jasmine from the Olivine Gym before heading to Lily-of-the-Valley. Taking a different approach in this League than he did in Hoenn, Ash combined his previous captures with his current Pokemon to form well-balanced teams of new and old. The Sinnoh League was one of the hardest and most intense Leagues he ever competed in, as he had rivals Paul and Barry to compete with, and a mysterious trainer who joined with the Legendary PokémonDarkrai. He battled against most of his rivals save for Barry, who battled Paul and lost, so Ash's next match was against Paul.
The battle was intense as Paul showed Pokémon that he didn't normally use while Ash had reassembled his team of six from their earlier battle at Lake Valor. The fight came down to Paul's Electivire and Ash's Infernape. Despite taking heavy damage, Infernape won the match for Ash with its ability Blaze. After defeating Paul, Ash faced an opponent other Trainers in the League dreaded to face as he was hard to defeat: the Trainer with the Darkrai, Tobias. After losing three of his Pokemon to it, Ash was able to defeat Tobias' Darkrai with Sceptile and even knocked out Tobias' Latios with Pikachu. However, as the rest of Ash's Pokémon had fainted, he lost the match and was eliminated. To this day, the Sinnoh League remains Ash's most impressive performance in a Pokemon League Tournament: he reached the Top 4 - the farthest he'd ever gotten in any Pokemon League - and was the only one of Tobias' opponents to defeat two of his Pokemon, let alone his Darkrai. After the Sinnoh League, Ash bade farewell to Dawn as she wished to continue entering contests, and also parted ways with Brock, his oldest friend and longest-running traveling companion for the final time, as Brock now wished to become a Pokémon Doctor.
Black and White Series
Pokémon: Black & White
At home in Pallet Town, Ash received new clothes and was invited along with his mother by Professor Oak to take a trip to the far away Unova region for a scientific expedition. Upon arrival, a more formidable Team Rocket - no longer fooling around and acting in a more serious capacity - once again tried to capture Pikachu. This was prevented by the timely intervention of Zekrom, one of Unova's two Legendary Pokemon. Zekrom caused a storm that scared away Team Rocket and temporarily knocked Pikachu out. Arriving at Professor Juniper's lab, Ash encountered a new rival named Trip, an insolent boy with an intolerant attitude towards Trainers from Kanto. Ash battled Trip, but lost as Pikachu's Electric attacks had been temporarily disabled from the encounter with Zekrom. Ash later decided to go out on a new quest to win the Unova League. After leaving on his new journey, Ash gained new traveling companions in Iris, an up-and-coming Dragon Master with keen eyesight, and Cilan, one of the three optional Gym Leaders of the Striaton City Gym who utilized Grass-Type Pokemon and also a Pokemon Connoisseur. Ash continued his inadvertent tradition of catching all three Starter Pokemon of a region, something not done since Johto: He adopted an Oshawott that had snuck away from Professor Juniper's lab and an abandoned Tepig whose Trainer no longer wanted it. Last but not least, Ash caught a very strong Snivy which acts like the mother of his team. Ash won the Trio Badge, Basic Badge and Insect Badge. As the season continued, he acquired a mysterious egg which later hatched into his Scraggy.
Pokémon: BW Rival Destinies
Continuing on his journey through Unova with Iris and Cilan, after they stopped Team Rocket from stealing Pokémon from the Nimbasa Pokémon Center, Ash and co. met up with Bianca and encountered both the Gym Leader Elesa and Bianca's father. After he allowed both his daughter and Ash to continue their respective journeys, Ash battled Elesa and won the Bolt Badge. Then he had the honor of meeting Alder, the Unova League Champion. He also saved Unova from being torn apart by Tornadus and Thundurus by summoning Landorus. Following this, Ash had a Gym Battle with Clay after getting him some Revival Herbs. During the battle Ash's Roggenrola evolved into a Boldore; using its ability, Sturdy, Ash defeated Clay, earning him the Quake Badge. After that he helped Bianca with her newly evolved Escavailer and met Cedric Juniper. He managed to catch the Krokorok that followed him, adding it to his team. Finally, he had a Gym battle with Skyla, duuring which his Tranquill evolved into Unfezant and managed to beat her, winning the Jet Badge. He participated in a race to the top of Celestial Tower and came in a close second losing to Stephan, as well as the Donamite tournament and ranked Semi-finalist. He also confronted Tepig's original trainer, Shamus, during which Tepig evolved into Pignite. He also had to endure a harsh training session from Brycen, which paid off as he won the Freeze Badge. His plans to go to Opelucid City were on hold as he found out the Gym was closed and had to go to Virbank City instead, where he battled Roxie and won his final badge, the Toxic Badge. He also met and befriended a Meloetta and reunited with his old friend Dawn from his time in Sinnoh and stopped Team Rocket's latest plot involving Meloetta. Along the way he met Cameron who faced off against Marlon, the Humilau CityGym Leader.
Pokémon: BW Adventures in Unova
Ash finally arrived at and competed in the Unova League, placing in the Top 8 as he'd done before. He made a new friend, N and learned about Team Plasma and another Legendary Pokémon, Reshiram. With N's help, Ash was able to stop Team Plasma. With his adventures in Unova behind him, it was time for him to head home again: fortunately for Ash, Professor Juniper scored him boarding tickets to the Queen Decolore which traversed through the Decolore Islands. Along the way he met Alexa, a reporter from the Kalos region and briefly reunited with Clair from the Blackthorn Gym to help find a Shiny Druddigon. After arriving in Vermillion City, he parted ways with Iris and Cilan as the two were headed to Johto, and returned home to Pallet Town once again with Alexa.
X & Y Series
Pokémon the Series: XY
Ash traveled to the Kalos region to compete in the Kalos League and to continue his dream of becoming a Pokémon Master. He gained new traveling companions in the siblings Clemont and Bonnie and later reunited with his childhood friend Serena, who still remembered Ash rescuing her a long time ago and would travel with him as well. Despite being childhood friends with Serena, he had no memory of their relationship until Serena showed him the handkerchief he used to mend her knee when they were little kids in the episode, Giving Chase at the Rhyhorn Race!. Ash also caught three new Pokémon: his first Kalos capture was a Froakie followed by a Fletchling then a Hawlucha.
Within the first five episodes of the season, Ash faced Alexa's sister Viola, the Gym Leader of Santalune City who specialized in Bug-type Pokémon. During their battle, Ash faced difficulty against Viola's Surskit, who gained an advantage over Pikachu by freezing the arena, turning it into an ice field. Ash decided that what needed improving was his Pokémon's balance, and with Alexa's help, engaged in special training designed to combat this flaw. Clemont also tried to help using one of his latest devices, but the machine backfired and exploded. In a rematch, Ash ultimately defeated Viola and claimed the Bug Badge, his first badge from a Kalos Gym. Much later, Ash battled against the Cyllage City Gym Leader Grant and his Rock-Type Pokemon. Having seen Grant defeat Viola at the Battle Chateau, Ash sought a way to defeat Grant's Rock Tomb. When he faced Grant, this ended up becoming Rock Tomb Climb, the use of which earned Ash his second Kalos Badge, the Cliff Badge. Some time later, Ash battle Moria, a Sky Trainer who specializes Sky Battles, and her Talonflame. During the battle his Fletchling evolved into a Fletchinder and won.
At the Pokémon Summer Camp, Ash and his friends met Shauna, Trevor, and Tierno. He later had a first-touch-battle against Tierno's Squirtle with Froakie and lost. After spending a good time at the Pokémon Summer Camp, Ash went to Shalour City and battled Korrina, a Gym Leader who previously traveled with Ash and his friends in order to help her understand Mega Evolution with her Lucario. Despite a failed attempt of using Tierno's dancing strategy, Ash managed to win his third Kalos Badge, the Rumble Badge.
Pokémon XY: Kalos Quest
Soon, he teamed up with a ninja named Sanpei and battled against Saizo and his Barbaracle. During the battle, his Froakie evolved into a Frogadier and won the battle using its newly-learned Aerial Ace move. Three episodes later, Ash and co. encountered a wild Goomy who had fled its home on the back of a Swanna. The Goomy was frightfully timid, even being scared of Dedenne. After taking some time to care for it, Ash and the others discovered using one of Clemont's inventions that Goomy's home had been attacked by Bug-type Pokémon, which left the poor creature traumatized, and possibly having some deeper issues. Wanting to help it, Ash invited it to travel with him. Delighted, Goomy accepted, becoming Ash's fourth capture.
Finally arriving in Coumarine City, Ash had to first deal with Team Rocket trying to kidnap the Vanillite evolutionary line. In searching for Vanillite, its evolved forms had covered the city in ice, which was stopped by the Coumarine Gym Leader Ramos. In the very next episode, Ash faced down Ramos in his Gym battle... after enduring sitting through tea and helping the old man water and weed his garden. During this time Ramos saw Ash impatiently yanking out weeds without a second thought and slowed him down, telling him that if he rushes, he will miss the important things. Ash later had to apply this lesson in the Gym battle: Figuring his Type-advantaged Fletchinder would easily win, Ash had to endure both it and Hawlucha succembing to Ramos' Weepinbell's Poison Powder; Ash managed to defeat Weepinbell with Frogadier before facing down Ramos' Gogoat. While Frogadier was surrounded by a torrent of Gogoat's Razor Leaf, Ash remembered what the older man had told him about missing the important things. Using this lesson, Ash slowed himself down and was able to guide Frogadier more effectively; he won the battle and the Plant Badge and celebrated his fourth Kalos Gym victory.
Ash and the gang later heard about a festival where Trainers give gifts to their Pokémon. Ash agreed to go with Serena to shop for things to get for their Pokémon, but alone as he wanted the gift to be a surprise. To Serena's disappointment, Ash frequently ran off during their time together to see if a gift would be good to give his Pokémon, or later when he finally found out what to get them. Between these two moments, Ash ended up winning a blue ribbon from the monorail company. After dealing with Team Rocket yet again, Ash and his friends gave their Pokémon their gifts. For his Pokémon, Ash had done the simple thing and gotten them all a nice bounty of berries. Later, while watching the fireworks, Ash took Serena completely by surprise when he handed her a gift from himself, saying it was because of her that he was able to find a gift for his Pokémon. This marks the first and to date only time Ash has ever given a present to one of his female companions.
While traversing the Lumiose Badlands, Ash and co. happened upon a wounded Spoink. After Clemont gave it medical aid, it led the gang to an oasis where it lived that had been taken over by a rogue Grumpig that was being manipulated by Team Rocket, who used the Spoink as leverage to force Ash to hand over Pikachu. Goomy escaped and faced down Grumpig but was losing for a time. When Grumpig was about to hit Goomy with an Iron Tail, Ash intercepted the attack and took it to the chest in Goomy's stead. Moved by Ash's willingness to protect it from danger at his own expense, Goomy evolved into Sliggoo and defeated both Grumpig and Team Rocket with its newly-learned Dragon Breath attack.
Later, the gang happened upon the Lumiose Power Plant. Team Rocket had hijacked the plant and were using its microwaves to control Electric-type Pokemon, including Pikachu, Dedenne and Luxio. After the ordeal was over, Ash, Serena and Bonnie temporarily bade goodbye to Clemont, who wished to return to Lumiose City to train and become stronger so that he could give Ash a worthy Gym battle.
As time went by, Ash reunited with his rival from Pokémon Summer Camp, Tierno. They proposed a practice battle in order to help Ash get stronger for his promised battle with Clemont. But it was interrupted when Team Rocket showed up and captured their Pokémon. However, while battling Team Rocket, an explosion causes a wild fire which engulfed around Ash and the others. Sliggoo, who was determined to not let its trainer meet the same traumatizing fate, summoned a rainstorm to douse the fire, evolving into Goodra in the process. After blasting Team Rocket off with its newly-learned Dragon Pulse attack, Ash and Tierno resumed their practice battle, which resulted in Ash winning the match.
Later, after arriving in Lumiose City, and after resolving a crisis concerning the Clembot, Ash and Clemont faced each other in their promised gym battle. Despite Clemont electrifying the field with his Luxray's Electric Terrain, Ash managed to win the battle and earn his fifth Kalos League badge.
After leaving Lumiose City, Ash and his friends came across Goodra's old home in the wetlands. There, Ash learned about Goodra's home being taken over by a Blue Flower Florges and her army of Bug-type Pokémon. Goodra challenged Florges to a battle for leadership, which resulted in Goodra learning Ice Beam and winning the battle. However, the celebration was cut short when Team Rocket injured Goodra and blackmailed Florges into capturing Pikachu, Dedenne and Goodra's friend, Wooper. When Ash went off to save the Pokémon, he learned from Team Rocket that Florges blamed on the Pokémon for draining the water and was trying to save her sick child, a Blue Flower Floette. After resolving the crisis and saving the wetlands from Team Rocket, Floette was successfully cured and Goodra and Florges made a truce, bringing peace to both sides at last. Ash decided to leave Goodra in the wetlands so it can be happy with its friends as well as being their protector.
After obtaining his fifth Kalos League badge and releasing his Goodra to be the wetlands protector, Ash and his friends left for Laverre City. Along the way there the gang came across a group of angry Pangoro because Team Rocket had stolen their food which caused the gang to be separated, once everyone got back together they moved on with their journey. On the way there the gang came across a Spooky House run by a trio of Ghost type and their manager, after that the gang mysteriously made it outside with no memory of what happened except for Bonnie.
Finally, Ash and his friends made it to Laverre City and came across Scottie a young trainer that Clemont defeated some time ago when training for Ash's battle. During their time together both Ash and Scottie had a Double Battle but was interrupted due to a fashion show hosted by the Laverre City Gym Leader Valerie. As the boys were watching the show they were surprised to see that Bonnie and Serena were in it, then after the show Valerie challenged Scottie to a battle but she easily won the match with her Spritzee.
Ash was given Pikachu by Professor Oak as the original Kanto starter Pokemon had been taken. Originally, Pikachu would not listen to Ash and constantly shocked him. However, after accidentally angering a flock of Spearow, Pikachu had a change of heart when he saw Ash defend him. Since then, Pikachu has assisted and been very successful in many of Ash's wins and over time has adopted Ash's mannerisms. Pikachu does not want to be in his Poké Ball so he stays out all the time, often riding on Ash's shoulder or head.
Froakie first appeared in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin! where he observed Pikachu shocking Bonnie, Clemont and Ash outside the Lumiose Gym. Froakie protected Pikachu from his own Electro Ball, which had been rebounded by Wobbuffet's Mirror Coat. At the end of the episode, Froakie appeared in front of Sycamore's lab with a Poké Ball and asked Ash to catch him, which Ash did so gladly. He later evolved into a Frogadier during a battle against Saizo and Barbaracle.
Fletchling first appeared where it swooped down to take a berry that Bonnie gave to a Dedenne. Afterwards, Froakie challenged it to a battle but Fletchling's speed and strength proved to be too much for Froakie. Froakie was finally able to land a hit on the Tiny Robin Pokémon. Ash threw a Poké Ball at it but the capture was unsuccessful. Froakie continued the battle with Fletchling and landed a hit with Water Pulse. Ash threw another Poké Ball at Fletchling and managed to catch it this time. It later evolved into Fletchinder during a sky battle against Moria's Talonflame.
Hawlucha first appeared when he was protecting a group of small Pokémon from a rampaging Ursaring. He was known as the "Champion of the Forest" after beating a Machamp prior to being captured. He decided to travel with Ash after he helped him perfect the move, Flying Press and settle the rivalry between it and Machamp.
Noibat hatched from its egg after being found by Ash's Hawlucha. It then ate some fruits and drank some water, but later got captured by Team Rocket, who wanted to make him evolve into Noivern. Later they confronted on a cave, but Noibat was smart enough to use his ultrasonic waves to identify Team Rocket and chase them out of the cave. Later it decided to join Ash's team.
Bulbasaur was the third Pokémon Ash caught. He had been protecting a village of Pokémon that were recovering from illnesses. Since then he became a vital part of Ash's team and won many gym and league battles for Ash. Bulbasaur has been given the choice to evolve but decided to stay at his base form. Long into his journey with Ash, Bulbasaur was called upon to stop feuds between the Pokémon in Oak's Lab and has continued to do so. He also appears to have a budding romance with May's Bulbasaur.
Ash and Brock once saved a Charmander from death, and after saving him from his incompetent trainer, Brock decided that Ash should remain with him. Then, evolving from Charmeleon, Charizard didn't obey any orders that Ash gave and quite often used his flamethrower attack on Ash, (he still does this today, but now he does it as a sign of affection towards Ash rather than a sign of disobedience.) However, after getting frozen in battle, Charizard started to respect Ash as Ash nursed him back to health. Since then he has been a vital powerhouse in Ash's team and has been used in several Gym, League and Frontier battles and has even held his own in battles against Entei and Articuno. He currently resides at Prof. Oak's Lab in Kanto.
It was Ash's seventh Pokémon in Kanto. Evolving in its first ever battle in the Indigo League, Kingler is a good strong Pokémon that Ash has fallen back on in both the Indigo and Johto leagues. However it has not seen much experience outside of those leagues.
Captured after taking over a Power Plant, Muk was immediately sent to Professor Oak's Laboratory. While being there it grew incredibly affectionate and is known to hug Professor Oak on many occasions. However, past this affectionate yet slimy exterior, Muk has been used in several League battles and manages to hold its ground. As a running gag, Muk often knocks over Professor Oak when he's talking with Ash over the video-phone.
When he was in the Safari Zone, Ash managed to capture thirty Tauros, all of which reside at Oak's Laboratory. However Ash has used one of the Tauros on several occasions in Leagues and Frontier battles.
Captured in the Orange Islands when stealing all the fruit from a small Island range, Snorlax has become a major powerhouse of Ash's, when he is awake that is. Due to his massive feeding requirements, Ash felt it better to stay at Professor Oak's, however he is still used for a number of Gym, League & Frontier battles. Also, Snorlax had defeated a Medicham, even at a Fighting disadvantage.
Heracross was the first Pokémon that Ash captured in Johto. He loves tree sap and has been known to suck the pollen out of Bulbasaur's Bulb on several occasions causing Bulbasaur pain. He is a powerful Pokémon of Ash's and has been used in several Gym, League, Frontier battles and even the Sinnoh Pokémon League.
After evolving from Chikorita, Bayleef kept her longing feelings for Ash which did end up getting her in trouble on several occasions. However after getting used to her size, she managed to become a vital part of Ash's team and helped win many Gym & League battles. Ash left her at Oak's when he decided to make a fresh start when he left for Hoenn.
While training for the Sinnoh League, Ash brought his Cyndaquil with many of his other Pokémon. However, Team Rocket tried to cause problems and Cyndaquil evolved in order to stop them. Quilava has numerous powerful attacks such as Flame Wheel at his disposal, showing that he has completely overcome his previous hindrances in his base form and is sure to be a powerful Pokémon within Ash's team.
Totodile was captured by Ash using his Lure Ball. Since Misty also wanted him, they decided to battle in order to determine whose he was. Ash won. Totodile has a quirky personality and really likes to dance. He has even been known to use this dancing tactic to help win battles. Ash left him at Oak's when he decided to make a fresh start when he left for Hoenn.
Noctowl is an incredibly rare Pokémon of Ash. He is a Shiny Pokémon which glitters as he comes out of his Poké Ball into battle. Due to his psychic abilities, he has been used many times to find and battle Ghost Pokémon as well as the usual flying requirements that Ash utilizes. Ash left him at Oak's when he decided to make a fresh start when he left for Hoenn.
After rejoining Ash's team as a Phanpy, he evolved to help free Pikachu from Team Rocket. However even after the evolution he kept his playful personality from being a Phanpy which sometimes can cause mayhem with other younger Pokémon. Ever since he evolved, he has become a powerhouse in Ash's team winning many Frontier Battles. He now resides back in Oak's Lab during Ash's journey to Sinnoh.
After evolving during a Pokémon Ring Contest, Swellow has partaken in many of Ash's battles in Gyms and Leagues and has got a good amount of wins under his wing. Swellow was left at Oak's Lab when Ash left for his journey to Sinnoh. But Ash used Swellow, one more time, in the Sinnoh League.
After evolving from Grovyle to defend his love interest, he lost all ability to use attacks due to a broken heart caused by rejection. Eventually regaining the ability to use the attacks, Sceptile became a vital powerhouse in Ash's team which can hold his own against legendary Pokémon including Deoxys, Regirock, and Darkrai. Despite being one of Ash's best-trained Pokémon, Ash decided to leave Sceptile at Oak's Lab while he travelled to Sinnoh. Sceptile was used again to defeat a Darkrai in the Sinnoh Pokémon League.
Corphish was captured while terrorizing Dewford Island and his inhabitants. However once caught Corphish managed to tame his terrorizing attitude and become a vitally used member of Ash's team. However whenever one of Ash's Pokémon evolves or gets a bit more attention, Corphish does get the tendency to get a bit jealous. After his tenure with Ash through Hoenn and the Battle Frontier, Corphish was left at Oak's Lab.
Torkoal was found under attack by a bunch of Steel Pokémon in the valley. When Ash arrived to rescue him, he ran off but eventually followed Ash's instructions and defeated the Steel Pokémon. He is an emotional Pokémon which has been known to burst into tears when happy. Torkoal hasn't been in many gym battles but is used in standard battles on many occasions and proves his strength in those battles. After the Hoenn League, Ash decided to give him some time off at Oak's Laboratory.
Glalie was newly evolved when Ash entered the Hoenn League. Convinced of his power Ash used him in a number of battles where he managed to hold his own successfully. After the league was over he decided to give him a break at Oak's Laboratory.
Ash's Staraptor evolved from Staravia during a PokéRinger contest against Paul's Honchkrow. As he has evolved, he became one of the powerhouses of Ash's team and was still used for long-distance searching.
After being knocked to the brink of fainting in a battle against Barry's Empoleon, Monferno went berserk with his Blaze Ability and unleashed his full power against Team Rocket. While protecting the Pokémon, he evolved into Infernape.. He was later used in a battle against Flint's Infernape, but lost due to his lack of experience.
Originally captured by Dawn, Buizel has always been an incredibly strong Pokémon with an aptitude for Pokémon Battles. After Zoey saw how Ash & Dawn had Pokémon that preferred the other's vocations, a trade followed.
During his Gligar stage, Gliscor was a fairly weak Pokémon, not knowing many attacks and thus not being very strong, all due to his age. However, evolving by grabbing a Razor Fang while he was falling, he gained a lot of strength and confidence. Even after evolving though, he still wished to battle more and still vied for Ash's approval. During a battle with the Air Battle Master, he learned Giga Impact but decided to stay for training. But during Sinnoh League he returned back to Ash with powerful moves from his training. However instead of returning to the Air Battle Master, Gliscor decided be with Ash and stay at Professor Oak's Lab.
Ash first encountered his Gible when he met Old Lady Tatsu, a woman who was teaching an Altaria a special move for Dragon Pokémon, Draco Meteor. Ash assisted Gible in the learning of the move and Gible decided to follow Ash. He also has the habit of biting on to heads. Later on, Ash noticed Gible followed him and eventually captured him. He had lots of trouble with Draco Meteor at first, often hitting poor Piplup on his head.
Unfezant was captured as a Pidove in Enter Iris and Axew!. She was then sent out to battle Jessie's Woobat, but lost easily. her only major battle since then was against a wild Snivy, where she was confirmed to be female after Snivy's Attract failed to effect her. Eventually, Pidove weakened Snivy enough for Ash to catch her. Ash later sent Pidove to Juniper's to make room for his Sewaddle, but brought her back afterwards. She evolved into a Tranquill after clearing out a swarm of Venipede from Castelia City. She was currently in Ash's Party but she went back to the lab after a while. She evolved again in the battle against Skyla and managed to beat Skyla to which she happily celebrated by flying around the Gym.
Oshawott was one of the starters in Unova who Professor Juniper was giving away. However, after Ash left, Oshawott started following Ash and even defended him against Team Rocket. Professor Juniper gave Ash the Poké Ball for Oshawott which Ash used to obtain Oshawott. Oshawott is very affectionate towards Ash and even tries to knock Pikachu off of Ash's shoulder and its personality is similar to Bayleef. Oshawott later developed a crush on Iris' Emolga. He has shown wanting to battle on certain occasions, and if he's not chosen he'll turn completely white and faint. On other occasions, he doesn't show interest in battling. He is also very gluttonous and takes food from other Pokemon.
Ash found Tepig when he was at the Battle Club in Accumula Town when he saw him escape from the Battle Club's warehouse. When he found him, he saw his mouth had been tied by his past trainer who left him at the Battle Club after he lost to a Deerling, making him unable to eat and so Ash helped free him and created a bond with him. He has powerful fire attacks such as Ember and became a prime member of Ash's Unova team. He later confronted his original trainer and evolved with new-found strength, confidence and resolve.
Ash found Snivy when he was in a forest heading towards Nacrene City. Snivy was difficult for Ash to catch due to her using Attract. Ash encountered her after she had taken some of Cilan's food. To stop her, Ash decided he needed to capture her She also has powerful grass attacks such as Leaf Blade, Vine Whip and Leaf Storm. In addition to that, she has been shown to be very agile and able to evade attacks expertly. Snivy seems to be stronger, confident, and skilled compared to the other Pokémon Ash has caught in Unova. Trip even said that Snivy was a strong Pokémon, enough to defeat his Servine, Snivy's evolved form.
After receiving an egg from the Day Care in Route 3, the egg eventually hatched into Scraggy. However, Scraggy was a bit of a violent Pokémon, attacking Ash, Iris & Cilan's other Pokémon at will. Scraggy was a very angry Pokémon, but unfortunately his attacks, such as Headbutt, are not strong. However, despite this, he is continually trying to improve his Headbutt attack. Scraggy has calmed down since he first hatched and has developed a deep friendship with Iris' Axew. He later learned to use Hi Jump Kick
Leavanny is a Pokémon Ash caught as a Sewaddle while he was travelling through Pinwheel Forest. He evolved into a Swadloon during a battle with Burgh's Whirlipede. Swadloon evolved into a Leavanny during a battle against Iris' Emolga and as a result started to make clothes and headgears out of leaves for Pikachu and the other Pokemon, which they like. During the battle against Stephan in the Unova League, it was revealed that his ability was Swarm, but he wasn't strong enough to defeat Stephan's Sawk and lost.
Ash caught Palpitoad in BW035. He was the leader of a crew which was held by some Tympole. He reappeared in BW041 in which he battled against Burgundy's Stoutland and won it using a massive Hydro Pump. He was used again during the Tournament, this time against a Trainer's Darumaka which was easily defeated by a strong Hydro Pump. Despite not being shown on screen often, during the times he was shown he was incredibly strong.
Ash caught Roggenrola after he helped it to save a group of some other Roggenrola from Team Rocket. After an intense battle with Ash's Tepig, Ash captured it. Roggenrola evolved into Boldore while fighting Clay's Excadrill. Boldore is shown to be very resourceful, like using Sandstorm to put out a fire.
Krokorok was a Pokémon that appeared in several episodes in the anime. He was a Sandile until he evolved into Krokorok while battling Ash's Pikachu. He reappeared in the end of Explorers of the Hero's Ruin!, and officially joined Ash's team in the next episode. He later evolved further into a Krookodile. As he evolved and grew in size his sunglasses remained with him.
After evolving from Metapod, Butterfree managed to defend Ash from a swarm of Beedrill. From this he managed to gain some power and became a vital part of Ash's team during his tenure. He eventually left to start a family with a female Pink Butterfree.
After Pidgeotto evolved into Pidgeot, it went into battle against a flock of Spearow and Fearow that were terrorizing Pidgey and Pidgeotto in Viridian Forest. After the battle was done, Ash decided to leave it in the forest to lead the flock, but left with the promise that he would someday return for it.
Lapras was the first Pokémon that Ash captured in the Orange Islands. Originally she was found washed up on a beach but Ash & Co. managed to help nurse her back to health until she was kidnapped by Team Rocket. Ash managed to free her and captured her until they could find Lapras' family. Lapras was primarily used as the gang's transport throughout the Orange Islands but she was also used in several of the Gym battles and the final League match. Ash eventually let her go to be with her family, but saw her again when in Johto and helped her defend a lab and the other Lapras from Team Rocket.
Goomy first appeared when it landed on Ash's head after getting flown away from its home by a Swanna. Goomy is a shy and timid Pokémon and whenever it sees Clemont's Dedenne, it always goes and hides. However despite being cowardly, it does possess some intense strength and uses Rain Dance to build up its powers. Goomy first decided to travel with Ash after he defended it from Team Rocket. Goomy later evolved into Sliggoo during a battle against Team Rocket and a wild Grumpig. Sliggoo later evolved into Goodra in order to save its trainer and his friends from a wild fire caused by Team Rocket. Sometime after saving the marshlands from Team Rocket, Ash released Goodra so it can remain with its companions.
Aipom originally met Ash on a mountain where she worshiped a Giant Slaking, where she stole Ash's hat. However after Ash found Aipom, they quickly befriended. Ash originally was going to give the hat to Aipom but she gave it back. For a short time Aipom followed Ash and turned up at the Grand Festival, again stealing Ash's hat. Near to the finals of the Grand Festival, Ash decided to battle Aipom and finally caught her. Apart from her battling strengths, Aipom has shown a great aptitude for Contests and as such, was eventually traded to Dawn for her Contests and few episodes later Aipom evolved into Ambipom.
Ash captured Beedrill while in the Bug Catching Contest just a bit shy from Goldenrod City in Johto. His capture of Beedrill made him win the contest. After the contest he decided to give the Beedrill to Casey as she loves Pokémon with yellow and black stripes, for they resemble an Electabuzz.
When Squirtle was captured him was part of the Squirtle Squad, a terrorizing group of Squirtle that were causing havoc around Vermillion City. However after gaining respect for Ash, he joined his team and has since become an incredibly competent battler. He has won many Gym and League matches but has since returned to the Squirtle Squad to lead after the team started falling apart. Later, he appears with other Ash's captured Pokémon in Prof. Oak's lab, in the opening scene of BW: Adventures in Unova.
Ash first met Primeape after he, as a Mankey, stole his hat. Determined to get his hat back, Ash chased Primeape and battled with him ending with a capture. Primeape was a Pokémon that went berserk easily and originally didn't follow Ash's commands. However after Ash saved him from a fall in a fighting contest, he gained respect for Ash. After the contest, Ash decided to leave him with a trainer for more training so he could become a P1 Champion.
When Team Rocket was trapped inside the Pokémon Center's PC system so they could steal Pokémon, Ash borrowed a Porygon from Dr. Akihabara in order to stop them. After that, they left the computer world and returned it to him.
The Pokémon League entrance exam instructor gave Ash a Weezing by having him choose his own set of Poké Balls provided by the instructor. It was used during the Pokémon League exam by battling the Instructor's Flareon and won. Ash even used it to help stop Team Rocket and send them blasting off. After that, he gave Weezing back to the instructor.
The Pokémon League entrance exam instructor gave Ash an Arbok by having him choose his own set of Poké Balls provided by the instructor. It was used during a Pokémon League exam by battling the Instructor's Jolteon and lost. Ash even used it to help stop Team Rocket and send them blasting off. After that, he gave Arbok back to the instructor.
Meowth was the third and final Pokémon used by Ash during the Pokémon League exam. It was up against the Instructor's Vaporeon in which Vaporeon froze the Meowth causing Team Rocket's Meowth to interfere with the battle by kicking the frozen one free. It was accidentally blasted off along with Team Rocket. The temporary switch was fixed in the next episode.
Ash, Brock and Misty borrowed Hoothoot from Hagatha in order to navigate the haunted forest. It attacked Ash and got affectionate with Misty since it only got along well with pretty girls. It was returned to her sister, Nagatha after they were able to get to the exit.
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This Butterfree was found on Wayfarer Island as a Caterpie, where its lazy tendencies caused it to not evolve and be left behind by its swarm. To help it, Ash temporarily trained the wild Caterpie in order to help it evolve all the way to Butterfree so it wouldn't be left behind. Caterpie evolved into Metapod after it and Pikachu fended off a wild Ursaring. To save Pikachu from Team Rocket, it evolved into a Butterfree and teamed up with Pikachu to blast the trio away. Afterward, it had a tearful goodbye with Ash as it returned to its swarm.
Ash temporarily commanded a borrowed Rhyhorn, in order to participate at the Rhyhorn race held at Sumiru Village. In the beginning it was hard for Ash to handle it, but gradually it teamed up with Ash.
While Officer Jenny was persuing Dolan, a cage containing a Scatterbug fell out of his truck. Ash, Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie somehow rescued the Scatterbug and took it to the Pokémon Center for treatment. During that time, it evolved into a Spewpa and assisted them in saving the captured Spewpa from Dolan. It later assisted its friends in a battle against Dolan's Diggersby and evolved into a Vivillon in its Elegant Pattern form. After defeating Diggersby with a single Stun Spore attack, Officer Jenny arrested Dolan. With Dolan defeated and all the Spewpa free, they all evolve into Vivillon but with different patterns and they all flew away. Vivillon bid its friends good-bye and flew away with the others.
Ash first encountered Ho-Oh when he began his Pokémon journey with his first Pokémon, Pikachu. Since then, Ho-Oh was seen again before Ash set off for the Hoenn and again when Ash lost his battle against Brandon in the Battle Frontier due to him being possessed by the King of Pokélantis.
Ash met Haunter in IL023: The Tower of Terror in the Pokémon Tower in Lavender Town. It, with several other Ghost Pokémon played with Ash after he had been trapped under a chandelier. However after Ash returned to his body, Haunter agreed to join Ash's team to battle Sabrina's Psychic Pokémon. Once it got to Saffron City, it disappeared but eventually returned to battle. However it was much more interested in joking about and immobilizing Sabrina's Kadabra and thus Ash decided to leave Haunter with Sabrina. Haunter's Moves: Lick.
Mewtwo was a Pokémon that have been originally created by Team Rocket. Giovanni then used it in Pokémon battles at the Viridian City gym, but when it learned about his true intentions, it flew away. Mewtwo lured different Pokémon trainers to an island it took refuge and challenged them into a battle with its cloned Pokémon. When Mew stepped in, it fought against Mewtwo. During the battle, Ash stepped in between Mewtwo and Mew's attacks and gets himself petrified. Mewtwo was puzzled at Ash's actions at first, but when the Pokémon and cloned Pokémon's tears restored Ash to life, Mewtwo had a change of heart and flew away with its clones. Mewtwo met Ash again in the Johto region when Giovanni attempted to get revenge on it by capturing it once again. But Ash and his friends managed to stop Giovanni and Team Rocket and Mewtwo and its clones continued to live peacefully.
Ash encountered Lugia when the Legendary Birds were attacking each other as the world began to fall apart, thanks to Lawrence III's attempts to capture them. Lugia and Ash worked together to bring three treasures from the islands of fire, ice, and lightning and managed to save the world from destruction and calm down the Legendary Birds.
Still on their way to Goldenrod City, Ash and co. decide to have a lunch break. Only to find that Ash's backpack had been stolen. Elsewhere Team Rocket steals a ham from Nurse Joy's grocery bag, only to have it stolen by something else. Brock comes up with a plan to lure out the thieves. Later that night, the thieves turn out to be the Dark Pokémon, Houndour. A Houndour with a scar on its right eye appears on a ledge. This particular Houndour is the leader of the pack.
Ash encountered Celebi when Sammy traveled through time to save it from a greedy Team Rocket member called the Iron-Masked Marauder. With the help of Suicune, Ash and Sammy protected Celebi from the Iron-Masked Marauder and saved the forest.
Ash encountered Latias in the form of Bianca at Alto Mare when he saved her from Oakley and Annie. Latias developed a close bond with Ash and have been playing with him and with her brother, Latios. One night, when Oakley and Annie captured Latios, Latias teamed up with Ash to rescue him. When Latios gave his life to save the city from a massive and deadly tidal wave, Latias was heartbroken and Ash comforted her over the loss of her brother. The next day, Ash and his friends were leaving Alto Mare and Latias (or Bianca herself) bid farewell to Ash.
While not Ash's per say, Larvitar was in an egg that Ash was given to take to Professor Elm, however in transit of the Egg it hatched into Larvitar. Like any Pokémon just hatched it had the personality of a child, but a tortured child through memories of what happened to its mother. It froze up whenever anyone other than Ash spoke to it or held it, which it eventually managed to get over. Not long after meeting, Ash managed to return it to its mother and stopped the Poachers from ever disturbing them again.
Ash befriended Lucario after releasing him from Sir Aaron's staff due to having the same Aura as its master. Although they didn't get along at first, Lucario teamed up with Ash in a desperate search for Pikachu at the Tree of Beginning. When the tree was beginning to fall apart, Ash and Lucario transferred their Aura to Mew. But just as Ash is about to use up all of his Aura, Lucario pushed Ash to safety as he doesn't want Ash to die. Before Lucario dies, he saw how Sir Aaron truly cared about it and how he was willing to sacrifice everything to save the land from the war, even if he had to seal Lucario in his staff.
Ash befriended Mew at the Tree of Beginning after it told the tree that Ash and his friends are not a threat. But Mew's request made it gravely ill and the tree began to fall apart. Ash and Lucario risked their lives to use their Aura and save the tree and Mew was successfully recovered.
Ash befriended Giratina after he saved it from Zero. They both worked together to stop Zero from taking over the Reverse World. It later helped Dialga and Palkia protect Ash and his friends from Arceus's attacks and buy them time to change the timeline for the better.
Ash first encountered Azelf in its spirit form at Lake Valor. When Azelf was captured by Team Galactic, Ash and Pikachu came and freed it from the Red Chain's power. Together with their hearts connected along with Dawn, Mesprit, Brock, and Uxie, Ash and Azelf worked together to calm Dialga and Palkia and save the Sinnoh region from destruction.
Ash befriended Victini in the first "Black and White" movie. Learning of it's past and the unfortunate events that leave it trapped within the city, Ash helps heal the wounds in Victini's heart that the centuries of lonliness had inflicted. In the climax of the movie, Ash helps free Victini from unintentional harm in trying to revitalize the land with the Dragon Force, destroying the pillars that kept Victini trapped in the city, allowing the Pokemon to go wherever its heart desired.
Ash befriended Reshiram in the first "Black and White" movie. Learning of it's past and the unfortunate events that leave it trapped within the city, Ash helps heal the wounds in Victini's heart that the centuries of lonliness had inflicted. In the climax of the movie, Ash helps free Victini from unintentional harm in trying to revitalize the land with the Dragon Force, destroying the pillars that kept Victini trapped in the city, allowing the Pokemon to go wherever it's heart desired.
Ash befriended Zekrom in the first "Black and White" movie. Learning of it's past and the unfortunate events that leave it trapped within the city, Ash helps heal the wounds in Victini's heart that the centuries of lonliness had inflicted. In the climax of the movie, Ash helps free Victini from unintentional harm in trying to revitalize the land with the Dragon Force, destroying the pillars that kept Victini trapped in the city, allowing the Pokemon to go wherever it's heart desired.
Ash befriended Keldeo when it was injured from its battle with Kyurem. When Ash learned that it was trying to save the Swords of Justice, he teamed up with it and helped it gain enough confidence to fight Kyurem.
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Ash's Japanese name, Satoshi, comes from Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokémon. Ash may be a shortening of Satoshi and his last name, Ketchum, may have come from the phrase "Gotta catch 'em all".
Ash has had 49 Pokémon including different evolutionary forms (78 if all Tauros are included).
Ash has caught at least one of the Starter Pokémon in every region, and has caught the main bird Pokémon that appears in that region's Pokédex.
He caught Pidgeotto in Kanto that later evolved into Pidgeot (Ash also almost captured a Spearow and later that same Pokemon evolved into Fearow) which he soon released to protect and lead a flock Pidgey and Pidgeotto.
It is Interesting to note that Ash must have accidentally evolved the Spearow into a Fearow a few episodes after its first appearance.
In the Kanto region, Ash often turned his cap backwards when preparing for a battle or to capture a Pokemon. This habit wore off as time went on. However he was shown turning his cap backwards when he was battling Tobias, presumably because Tobias was arguably the strongest trainer he'd ever faced, being the only one who was capable of beating all six of his Pokemon using only two of his own. Although in the Best Wishes series, Ash is seen turning his cap backwards more often. He recently turned his hat around in A Battle of Aerial Mobility! when he used Froakie to help defeat and capture Fletching.
It is currently unknown how old he is as of the latest episode, although he was canonically 10 from seasons 1-3. Though it is said in the first episode of the Best Wishes series (on the TV) that Ash is ten. Which means the directors have confirmed that Ash is still 10.
Ash has seen every legendary Pokémon from Kanto to Unova.
In Tekken 6, there is a female character named Eleonore "Leo" Kliesen, who can be customized to look like Ash Ketchum. Coincidentally, both characters were voiced by Veronica Taylor and sounded very similar.
Almost every character in the Pokémon anime are featured in the games, such as Misty (who even appeared as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee), Brock (who appeared in Pokémon Red/Blue version), and Lyra (from Diamond & Pearl), as a Trainer♀ in Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver version and Gary, who appeared as main rival in Pokémon Red/Blue version default named as Blue. However, the only game Ash has ever appeared was in Pokémon Puzzle League for the Nintendo 64.