and Pikachu meeting for the first time
In the first episode of the Pokémon anime, Pokémon - I Choose You!, Ash woke up late the day he was supposed to go to Professor Oak's Laboratory to obtain his first Pokémon. When he arrived at the lab, the three available starter Pokémon, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, had already been taken by other Trainers who had arrived on time. Seeing Ash's disappointment, Professor Oak gave him Pikachu, who, at first, did not care at all for his new Trainer, constantly zapping him and anyone else nearby. He refused to go into his Poké Ball, and when Ash failed to catch a Pidgey, he laughed at him. However, by the end of the episode, Ash gained Pikachu's trust by protecting him from an attack by a flock of Spearow. Seeing this act of selflessness, Pikachu defended Ash from the Spearow as well and the two of them became inseparable friends, a moment that was capitalized on by catching a glimpse of an unknown Pokémon flying by. Ash then rushed to the next town in order to get Pikachu hospitalized quickly, as he had received multiple life-threatening wounds in the fight.
In Pokémon Emergency!, Ash managed to get to the Viridian City Pokémon Center just in time with the help of Officer Jenny, who scolded Ash for "mistreating" Pikachu. Nurse Joy agreed to heal Pikachu, and thanks to her, Pikachu managed to regain his health. At the end of the episode, Pikachu had regained enough of his strength to send Team Rocket blasting off for the very first time.
Pikachu participated in Ash's first gym battle with Brock in Showdown in Pewter City. He faced Onix, but his Electric-type attacks were ineffective. Onix than started binding Pikachu, seeing no other option Ash forfeited. Ash and Pikachu later trained with Flint in order to increase the strength of Pikachu's Electric moves. Ash later challenged Brock to a rematch, where Pikachu managed to defeat Brock's Geodude. Pikachu then faced Onix again. Onix quickly was able to Bind Pikachu once again, but this time Pikachu's electric attacks dealt quite some damage. However despite their training Pikachu was still unable to defeat Onix, who was tightening its grip on Pikachu. As Ash was about to forfeit again. Pikachu's Thunderbolt managed to turn on the gym's sprinkler system, severely harming Onix. As Ash was about let Pikachu finish Onix off, Ash was stopped by Brock's siblings and Ash decided to forfeit again. Despite Ash forfeiting the match, Brock still gave him the Boulder Badge.
Pikachu's next major battle was against Lt. Surge's Raichu in Electric Shock Showdown. Lt. Surge laughed at Ash for attempting to defeat his Raichu with its pre-evolved form. Raichu's Electric moves did prove to be overwhelming for Pikachu, and he had to be hospitalized. Later in the episode, Ash offered to let Pikachu evolve into a Raichu with the Thunder Stone that Nurse Joy had given him. However, Pikachu refused, wanting to defeat Raichu on his own terms. In Ash's rematch with Lt. Surge, Pikachu once again struggled. However, Ash soon found out that since Raichu was evolved so early, it did not learn any of the moves that it could only learn in the Pikachu stage, such as Agility and Quick Attack. Through Pikachu's use of these moves, it managed to gain the upper hand. Raichu responded with an extremely powerful Thunderbolt attack that Lt. Surge was sure could defeat Pikachu. Luckily, Pikachu used his tail as an anchor to absorb the shock, and used its tail to slam Raichu and defeat it, earning Ash the Thunder Badge.
In Abra and the Psychic Showdown Pikachu was sent out to battle against Sabrina's Abra. It proved to be a tough foe, using Teleport to avoid Pikachu's move. After a period of intense battling, Abra evolved into Kadabra, making it much stronger. In the end Pikachu was defeated. In Ash's rematch with Sabrina in Haunter versus Kadabra, before Haunter showed up, Pikachu selflessly fought Kadabra, only to struggle again. Pikachu learned how to punch, taught by Ash in The Punchy Pokémon.
Pikachu's Poké Ball, with a lightning bolt mark, at Professor Oak's Laboratory
In Pikachu's Goodbye, Ash and his friends ran into another group of Pikachu, which was a very rare find. Pikachu tried to make friends with the other Pikachu, but received a lukewarm response. After saving a baby Pikachu from falling down a waterfall, Ash's Pikachu was accepted by the group. Ash was overjoyed by this at first, but soon began to feel sad because he thought that Pikachu would be better off with the rest of his kind. After stopping Team Rocket from poaching the wild Pikachu, Ash decided it was best to leave Pikachu behind with the others. Pikachu refused to leave Ash, however, and quickly ran to catch up with him, followed by the wild Pikachu, who supported Ash and Pikachu being together.
In Riddle Me This, Pikachu faced off against Blaine's Rhydon for his seventh gym badge. Despite being immune to Electric moves, Rhydon was defeated when Pikachu aimed his Thunderbolt attack at the horn on Rhydon's head. Pikachu briefly faced Blaine's Magmar, but was recalled when Magmar almost pushed Pikachu in the lava below.
Pikachu made friends with another Pikachu, named Puka, in The Pi-Kahuna. This particular Pikachu had blue eyes and was an excellent surfer. Ash and his friends had to save both Pikachu when Team Rocket tried to steal them both.
Ash used Pikachu many times during the Indigo League. In Fire and Ice Pikachu fought against Pete Pebbleman's powerful Arcanine. Pikachu started off using Agility to confuse Arcanine, but this strategy was countered by Arcanine by melting the ice field using its Fire Blast, which caused to whole battlefield to be one big pool of water. Pikachu however used this to his advantage by using the water to conduct his electricity and managaed to defeat Arcanine. In The Fourth Round Rumble he fought against Jeanette Fisher's Bellsprout, who already had defeated Ash's Bulbasaur, and despite trying his best, he was easily defeated by the skilled Pokémon.
Pikachu later faced off against Ritchie's Butterfree in Friend and Foe Alike where it managed to defeat it with a Thunderbolt attack. It then faced off against Zippo. Ritchie's Charmander, but due to being exhausted by battling Team Rocket earlier Pikachu was quickly overwhelmed by Charmander's Flamethrower and was knocked out.
Ash decided to take Pikachu, along with many of his other Pokémon, to the Orange Archipelago with him.
In Pikachu Re-Volts, Butch and Cassidy used a Drowzee to take over the minds of many Pokémon on Mandarin Island North, including Pikachu. In order to rescue the Pokémon, Ash taunts Pikachu into using Thunderbolt on him, which then hits the machine that Drowzee is wired to, freeing all of the Pokémon from its grasp.
In Navel Maneuvers, Ash called on Pikachu to help mold a block of ice into a sled, as part of his competition against Danny. It later rode in the sled along with Bulbasaur and Squirtle in a race against Danny and his team. In the end, Ash managed to win the coveted Sea Ruby Badge.
In Misty Meets Her Match, Pikachu participated in the first part of Ash's battle with Rudy, using his Thunderbolt to blast targets. He then faced off against Rudy's Electabuzz. Pikachu fought well, but was defeated after being hit with a powerful Thunder Punch.
In the following episode, Team Rocket hatched a plan to capture Pikachu that involves tying him up with Meowth. This succeeds at first, but Meowth and Pikachu get separated from Jessie and James. In the end, the two Pokémon have to work together to defeat powerful Pokémon on the island and get to safety. Ash, Misty and Tracey manage to find the duo first, and separate them.
In Pokémon Double Trouble, Pikachu was used in Ash's gym battle against Luana, where it had to fight alongside Charizard. Although Pikachu and Charizard didn't work well together at first, they eventually worked together and managed to defeat Luana's Alakazam and Marowak, winning Ash the Jade Star Badge.
In Hello, Pummelo!, Pikachu was Ash's first Pokémon used in his battle against Drake, where it faced off against Drake's Ditto. Despite Ditto being able to copy Pikachu's attacks, it wasn't in good shape as Pikachu and so Pikachu managed to defeat it. Later Pikachu faced off against Drake's powerful Dragonite, who already had defeated three of Ash's Pokémon. After getting hit by Dragonite's tail, he was attacked by a Hyper Beam. Pikachu however managed to jump on Dragonite's head by using his tail as a spring board to dodge the attack and finally defeat it with a powerful Thunder, earning Ash the Orange League Trophy and a spot in the Orange League Hall of Fame.
In The Rivalry Revival, Pikachu was used against Gary's Eevee, but was easily defeated by the Evolution Pokémon without landing a single hit.
Later in the episode Ash decided to take Pikachu, along with many of his other Pokémon, to Johto with him.
In The Double Trouble Header, Ash used Pikachu in his second battle against Casey, where he faced her Chikorita. Despite Casey having only recently obtained Chikorita, it quickly gained the upper hand. The battle got interrupted by Team Rocket however.
In Fighting Flyer with Fire, Pikachu was used in Ash's gym battle against Falkner, where it quickly defeated Falkner's Hoothoot. Pikachu then faced Falkner's Dodrio. Dodrio showed to be as fast as Pikachu and having good jumping abilities. Pikachu eventually managed to defeat it with a super-effective Thunder. Pikachu briefly faced Falkner's Pidgeot, but as he was already tired from his previous matches he was quickly defeated.
In Gettin' The Bugs Out, Ash used Pikachu as his third Pokémon in his Azalea Gym Battle, he went up against Bugsy's Metapod. Metapod used its jumping ability to jump high and use Tackle, although Pikachu dodged, it created a dust cloud and used the leaves of a nearby tree to make Pikachu unable to see it. Pikachu however managed to spot Metapod by using his hearing and after dodging a series of Tackles Pikachu managed to jump on Metapod's back and defeated it with Thunderbolt. He then went up against Bugsy's last and most powerful Pokémon, Scyther. Despite Pikachu having the type-advantage his Thunderbolt attacks constantly missed, because of Scyther using Double Team. The real Scyther then appeared behind Pikachu and hit him with Fury Cutter, with each Fury Cutter doubling in battle causing Pikachu to be knocked out.
In A Goldenrod Opportunity, Pikachu faced off against Whitney's powerful Miltank, but he was unable to stand up against Miltank's Rollout and was quickly defeated, causing Ash to lose the battle. In the following episode, Pikachu battled Miltank again in Ash's rematch against Whitney. Thanks to Ash's strategy, Pikachu managed to defeat Miltank by throwing her in the air and finished it off with a Thunderbolt.
Pikachu befriended a bunch of Pichu in The Apple Corp!. At first they framed Pikachu into eating apples, while they actually ate them. When the Pichu were attacked by a Fearow, Pikachu scared the Fearow off with a Thunderbolt. Later Pikachu's electricity was sucked away by Team Rocket and got kidnapped. The Pichu eventually managed to restore Pikachu's electricity and together they blasted Team Rocket off.
In From Ghost to Ghost, Pikachu was used in Ash's gym battle against Morty, where it faced off against Morty's Gastly. Pikachu managed to hit Gastly with a Quick Attack after Ash had Noctowl use Foresight earlier in the match. Despite this Gastly used its great speed to dodge Pikachu's Thunderbolt and defeated him with a single Night Shade.
In Fight for the Light!, Pikachu was sent out to battle Janina's Onix. The match was interrupted by Jasmine.
In Machoke, Machoke Man!, Ash chose Pikachu as his first Pokémon in his gym battle against Chuck. Pikachu battled Chuck's Poliwrath and managed to hit it with a super-effective Thunderbolt. Despite this Poliwrath was still standing and after absorbing a Quick Attack with its muscled body it hit Pikachu hard with a series of Double Slap attacks, knocking Pikachu out.
In Nerves of Steelix!, Ash sent out Pikachu to battle Jasmine's Magnemite. Both Pokémon proved to be equal in speed by constantly dodging each other's attacks. Finally Ash decided to let Pikachu take a Thunder Wave from Magnemite so Magnemite could get hit by a Thunderbolt, causing a lot of damage. After dodging another attack from Magnemite, Pikachu finished it off with a Quick Attack, crashing it into a wall. Next Pikachu faced off against Jasmine strongest Pokémon Steelix. Due to his previous battle against Magnemite, Pikachu was tired and was quickly defeated by a powerful Iron Tail.
In As Cold as Pryce, Pikachu was seen aiding Cyndaquil in reviving Pryce's Piloswine. In the following episode, Nice Pryce, Baby!, Pikachu was sent out to battle Piloswine, who already had defeated Ash's Cyndaquil. Due to the icy field Pikachu constantly slipped causing his Agility to be ineffective and almost unable to avoid Piloswine's attacks. Ash then got the idea to use the ice pillars to change Pikachu's direction while sliding on the ice. Using this tactic Pikachu gained a big amount of speed and slid under Piloswine giving him the opportunity to hit Piloswine hard with Thunder. Piloswine then started to use Rest in order to return to full health. Pikachu tried to finish it off with a Quick Attack, but was too late and got hit hard by a Take Down. Pikachu was still able to battle and countered Piloswine's next Take Down with a Quick Attack and hit it with Thunder. This caused the ice under Piloswine to break causing Piloswine to fall into the water. Pikachu then hit Piloswine with Thunderbolt which caused massive damage due to Piloswine's wet fur. Despite this Piloswine was still standing and constantly hit Pikachu with Fury Attack. Seeing no other option to escape Pikachu used a close-range Thunder causing a massive explosion. Pikachu got knocked down while Piloswine still seemed to be able to battle. Pikachu still managed to stand up and as he was about to attack again Pryce threw in the towel resulting into a T.K.O., giving Ash the win and earning him the Glacier Badge
In Great Bowls of Fire!, Pikachu helped calming down the rampaging Dragonite that belonged to the old Blackthorn Gym Leader. In the next episode, Pikachu was used in Ash's last Johto Gym Battle against Clair's Gyarados. Despite the double type advantage Gyarados proved to be quite a match for Pikachu, using its Dragon Breath to block Pikachu's electric attacks. After getting hit by a Hydro Pump, Pikachu got wrapped by Gyarados. This however allowed Pikachu to hit Gyarados hard with a Thunderbolt. Gyarados quickly managed to recover and launched a barrage of Bite attacks, causing Pikachu to get cornered. As Clair was ready to finish the battle with a close-range Hydro Pump, Ash had Pikachu use Agility to get onto Gyarados's Hydro Pump, and defeated the Atrocious Pokémon with a Thunderbolt. Clair then sent out her Dragonair to battle Pikachu, who managed to dodge Pikachu's attacks and knock him out with a point-blank Hyper Beam.
In A Claim to Flame!, Pikachu was used by Ash in the Athlete's Round of the Silver Conference against Salvador and his Furret. Furret proved to be a tough opponent by repeatedly using Dig to confuse and attack Pikachu. Eventually Pikachu managed to grab onto Furret's back and as it dove back into one of its holes, Pikachu unleashed a powerful Thunderbolt and finally finished the match with a Quick Attack.
Pikachu was used again in Tie One On!, where he faced off against Jackson's Azumarill. Azumarill started off using Water Gun. Pikachu evaded this attack using Quick Attack and reversed to hit Azumarill, which it nearly dodged. After a collision of Thunderbolt and Bubble Beam, Pikachu got hit by Icy Wind. Azumarill then hit Pikachu with Iron Tail, but Pikachu managed to hold on its tail and launched a super-effective Thunder knocking out Azumarill. Next Pikachu go up against Jackson's Shiny Magneton. After exchanging hits from each other's Thunderbolt, Magneton dodged Pikachu's Quick Attack and stunned Pikachu with Thunder Wave before defeating him with Tri Attack.
In Playing with Fire!, Pikachu was Ash's first Pokémon used in his battle against Harrison. Pikachu battled Harrison's Kecleon, which used its Color Change Ability to hide itself in the tall grass while hitting Pikachu with its tongue. Eventually Pikachu managed to grab Kecleon's tongue and defeated it with Thunderbolt. Harrison then sent out his Sneasel. Sneasel managed to avoid Pikachu's Thunderbolt and defeated him with a single Metal Claw.
After saying farewell to Misty and Brock in Gotta Catch Ya Later!, Ash decided to only take Pikachu with him to Hoenn and left Pallet Town with him at the end of the episode. In the the following episode, while getting ready to depart for Hoenn by ship, Ash and Pikachu got attacked by Team Rocket, who used an electromagnet to stick Pikachu to it and drain his electricity. Eventually Pikachu got saved thanks to the help of some wild Pokémon and Officer Jenny. The next day Ash tries to wake Pikachu up, but soon he sees Pikachu is suffering from a severe illness caused by the electromagnet.
Advanced Generation series
Pikachu performing in a Pokémon Contest
In Get the Show on the Road!, Ash was willing to take Pikachu for some help in taking care of the illness. Professor Birch takes Pikachu in to the lab. Even though they were able to strap him to the machine to drain out the overload electricity it received, the machine exploded as the electricity levels were too high. Eventually, when Team Rocket arrived for Pikachu, the mecha they used accidentally cured him of his illness and Pikachu was able to blast them off, destroying May's bike in the process.
In No Place like Hoenn, Ash used Pikachu in an unofficial 1-on-1 battle against Norman, since Ash only had one Pokémon at the time instead of the three required. Norman sent out his Vigoroth, which proved to be a tough opponent dodging Pikachu's attacks with ease and hit him hard with multiple Scratch attacks. Pikachu managed to successfully hit Vigoroth with Quick Attack, but Vigoroth hit Pikachu again and defeated him with one final Scratch. After their match, Team Rocket tried to steal Pikachu and Vigoroth but accidently stole Torchic. Later Pikachu was used alongside Norman's Vigoroth to battle Team Rocket and blasted them off as well as rescuing Torchic.
In All Things Bright and Beautifly!, Ash began teaching Pikachu Iron Tail in preparation for his Rustboro gym battle, a Rock-type gym, and got help from a coordinator named Chaz and his Sentret. Despite their effort and training Pikachu was still unable to fully master Iron Tail.
In The Winner by a Nosepass, Pikachu was Ash's last Pokémon used in his gym battle against Roxanne, where he was sent out against her Geodude. Pikachu started off using Thunder flatten the rocky battlefield. Geodude however countered with Rock Throw which Pikachu managed to dodge using Quick Attack only to end up right in front of Geodude. This gave Geodude the chance to hit Pikachu hard with a Mega Punch. As Geodude used Rollout to finish Pikachu off, it got stuck and couldn’t execute its attack because Pikachu had flattened the battlefield. Pikachu used this opportunity to get close using Quick Attack and hit Geodude with a powerful Thunder, defeating it.
Pikachu then faced Roxanne's Nosepass. Pikachu started off using Iron Tail which managed to successfully hit Nosepass. Dodging Nosepass’s attack Pikachu went for a second Iron Tail, but this time it failed. Nosepass then used Rock Tomb to trap Pikachu, but Pikachu managed to break free using Thunder. Nosepass then countered with Sandstorm, deteriorating Pikachu’s sight. Nosepass however was able to sense Pikachu using its electromagnetic nose and managed to slam its body on Pikachu. Nosepass then tried to stomp on Pikachu, but he managed to avoid it by using Quick Attack. After using Quick Attack again to dodge Nosepass’s Rock Tomb, Pikachu used Quick Attack to run around Nosepass in order to confuse it. Pikachu managed to get behind Nosepass and used Iron Tail, only to fail once again. Nosepass then went for Thunder Wave which Pikachu barely avoided. Ash then had Pikachu charge forward to Nosepass and let Pikachu take Nosepass's Zap Cannon, causing Pikachu to absorb the electricity. Pikachu then tackled Nosepass releasing the electricity at Nosepass, causing it to become paralyzed. Pikachu then defeated Nosepass with one final Iron Tail, finally mastering the move in the process as well as earning Ash the Stone Badge.
In Watt's with Wattson?, Ash and his friends arrived at Mauville City and immediately proceeded to the Mauville Gym. Inside the group encountered a robot Raikou. Thinking it would attack Ash ordered Pikachu to attack the robot with Iron Tail, causing an explosion. This destroyed the robot but also overcharged Pikachu with electricity, unbeknownst to the rest however. Later Pikachu was Ash's first Pokémon used in his Gym Battle against Wattson. Pikachu first faced Wattson's Magnemite. Due to being overcharged Pikachu defeated Magnemite with a single Thunderbolt after dodging a Swift attack. Next up Pikachu battled Wattson's Voltorb and also managed to easily defeat it with another Thunderbolt. Getting agitated Wattson sent out his Magneton and ordered it to use Zap Cannon. Pikachu easily managed to overpower this attack with Thunder, which also knocked Magneton out, earning Ash the Dynamo Badge.
In Cheer Pressure, he was used to battle Jessie's Seviper, but was having a hard time when the Cheer Squad, led by Sheridan, cheated by having his Shroomish and Makuhita use Helping Hand and his Roselia and Vileplume use Aromatherapy on Seviper. After Pikachu repeatedly attack Seviper, he was getting tired and despite the struggling from Seviper's Wrap, Pikachu hang in there in the last second and knocked out the Fang Snake Pokémon with Thunder.
In Going, Going, Yawn, Ash used Pikachu as his third Pokémon in his Lavaridge Gym Battle after volunteering to battle Flannery's Slugma after it burned Treecko and put Corphish to Sleep. After using Quick Attack to dodge Flamethrower, he hit Slugma, finally breaking Magcargo's Reflect that was affecting previous battles. After Slugma used Smog to cover itself, Pikachu was able to sense where it was and used Iron Tail, but Slugma dodged and jumped into the Smog again and hit him with a Flamethrower. Pikachu used Thunderbolt and although it looked like it initially missed, it electrified the Smog, harming Slugma. Flannery called for Yawn, but Ash unwilling for that to happen, had Pikachu used Quick Attack, hitting it before Yawn could appear, he then finished off Slugma with Thunder. Ash kept Pikachu in when Flannery used her last Pokémon, Torkoal. Pikachu used Thunderbolt, but it was blocked by Iron Defense. Pikachu dodged a Flamethrower and used Iron Tail, but it was blocked by Iron Defense. Torkoal then used Sludge Bomb, which hit Pikachu. He used Thunder but was blocked by Iron Defense once again. Torkoal then used Overheat, defeating Pikachu.
In Balance of Power, Ash used Pikachu as his first Pokémon in his Petalburg Gym Battle against Norman. He went up against Slakoth, Pikachu used Quick Attack on Slakoth which was dodged, Slakoth then used Shadow Ball, which Pikachu dodged and then used Iron Tail, which was also dodged making Pikachu dizzy. Slakoth used Hidden Power, Pikachu tried to destroy them with Thunderbolt but failed and was hit by the circling Hidden Power. Pikachu then used Thunder which was dodged and was hit by Slakoth's powerful Blizzard, being unable to move Pikachu was recalled. Later Pikachu was sent out against Norman's Vigoroth, Pikachu used Thunderbolt but Vigoroth swiftly dodged it and launched a Scratch attack. Pikachu however successfully blocked the attack with Iron Tail but Vigoroth quickly recovered and launched a Flamethrower, dealing much damage. Pikachu's electricity gave Ash and idea, he got Pikachu to use Quick Attack dodging Vigoroth's Flamethrower. Vigoroth then launched another Scratch and Ash got Pikachu to stop and let him get hit. This activated Pikachu's ability Static, paralyzing Vigoroth, this allowed Pikachu to defeat Vigoroth with Iron Tail. However being exhausted Pikachu also fell down, ending the battle in a draw.
In Sky High Gym Battle!, Pikachu was Ash's second Pokémon used in his gym battle against Winona. Pikachu battled against Winona's Pelipper and despite the major type-advantage, Pelipper proved to be a formidable opponent, being able to use Steel Wing as a lightningrod to conduct electric attacks to the ground, thus preventing damage. After getting hit by a Quick Attack, Ash decided Pikachu had to fight close-range had Pikachu use Quick Attack to get closer. This however gave Pelipper the opportunity to hit Pikachu hard with a Hydro Pump.Pikachu however stood his ground and when Pelipper lifted his wing from the ground for a moment Ash had Pikachu use Thunder on Pelipper. With both Pokémon being hit by powerful attacks, Pikachu and Pelipper both were knocked out.
In A Scare to Remember!, Pikachu developed amnesia after an attack by Team Rocket and their mecha. Team Rocket took advantage of this and tricked Pikachu into joining them. Using Pikachu to attack the group, Ash eventually managed to get through and Pikachu managed to gain his memory back. Pikachu then used Thunderbolt to send Team Rocket blasting off again.
In Solid as a Solrock, Ash used Pikachu and Swellow in the Double Battle between Tate and Liza with their respective Solrock and Lunatone. Solrock unleashed a powerful Tackle against Pikachu. While the twins quarrel, Ash seized the opportunity and had Pikachu use Iron Tail on Tate's Solrock. After Team Rocket destroyed the gym, they all agreed to battle on what appears to be Route 124. The twins managed to put their differences aside to launch a barrage of combinations against Ash. Ash thought about how to negate the dual attacks and had Pikachu use Thunder on the clouds. The Thunder hit Pikachu and Swellow. Once clear, Pikachu and Swellow were coated in what Max dubs "Thunder Armor". This improvised technique, despite the minimal effectiveness on Ash's end, dealt severe damage to Lunatone and Solrock, thus earning Ash the Mind Badge.
In The Great Eight Fate! Ash chose Pikachu as well has his Snorunt as his first two Pokémon in a Double Battle in the first round of the Sootopolis Gym battle, they went up against Juan's Sealeo and Seaking. Pikachu used his Thunderbolt on Sealeo but Seaking used Horn Drill to reflect it back to Snorunt. Pikachu then used Thunder, but Seaking used Horn Drill against to reflect the attack to Snorunt again but this time Pikachu protected Snorunt taking most of the damage. Sealeo then used Blizzard on the two, Pikachu took a lot of damage but Snorunt barely felt the attack being part Ice-type. Snorunt then used its Icy Wind to stop the Blizzard creating an Ice Pillar blocking everyone's view but Sealeo and Seaking destroyed it with their Aurora Beam and Hyper Beam respectively, this created ice shards which Ash had Snorunt and Pikachu jump on, Snorunt used Headbutt whilst Pikachu used Iron Tail, Seaking then used Hyper Beam on Snorunt and Sealeo used Aurora Beam on Pikachu, whilst Pikachu was able to dodge the attack, Snorunt wasn't and the Hyper Beam knocked it out. Ash then sent out his Corphish. After dodging Corphish's Bubble Beam, both of Juan's Pokémon attacked from below with Sealeo using Aurora Beam on Pikachu's platform, which he was able to dodge, after Corphish was damaged by Seaking, Pikachu used Iron Tail on it whilst Sealeo used Aurora Beam on Pikachu, Iron Tail knocked out Seaking whilst Aurora Beam missed. Pikachu then rode on Corphish like a surfboard. Whilst they rode towards Sealeo, it used Ice Ball, which was getting stronger with each attack, Corphish blocked the first two with Harden and Vice Grip whilst Pikachu destroyed the third one with Iron Tail, the fourth one then hit them both. Sealeo then launched a fifth Ice Ball at them both, which was very large and powerful, Pikachu launched a Thunder at the Ice Ball and after increasing its power, he was able to break it, while the falling ice shards were distracting Sealeo, Corphish was able to defeat Sealeo with its Crabhammer, knocking it out ending the first round of the Sootopolis Gym in Ash's favor. Both were then recalled. In the next episode, Pikachu is used as Ash's last Pokémon in the second round of the Sootopolis Gym battle, going up against Juan's last and strongest Pokémon, his Milotic. Ash knew regular electric attacks would just get blocked so he had Pikachu use Thunder, his most powerful attack, though it dealt a lot of damage to Milotic, it nullified the damage by using Recover, healing Milotic. Both Pokémon then used Iron Tail, in which Milotic's overpowered Pikachu's. Milotic quickly used Twister, which was powered up by the water, much to Juan's surprise, Pikachu was able to break through with Thunder, Pikachu followed with up with a powerful Quick Attack. Milotic used Hydro Pump, which Pikachu dodged and used Thunderbolt, which Milotic shook off and then used Recover, healing itself but it didn't recover completely. Milotic went underwater, making both Ash and Pikachu unable to see. Talking about water gave Ash an idea. Milotic used Iron Tail which Pikachu dodged and he began climbing up Milotic's body, Milotic used Hydro Pump, but Pikachu dodged and grabbed onto its eyebrows and flipped Milotic into the water, whilst underwater, Pikachu used Thunder, shocking the water, dealing major damage to Milotic as water is a better conductor of electricity than air, as later explained by Brock, knocking it out whilst Pikachu remained okay, winning Ash the battle and earning him the Rain Badge.
In Saved by the Beldum, Ash used Pikachu for the first round in the Ever Grande Conference, he went up against Gilbert and his Hitmonlee. Hitmonlee used Rolling Kick, but Pikachu's Iron Tail hit first, after dodging a Hi Jump Kick, which caused damage to Hitmonlee, it used Mega Kick, it hit but Pikachu used Iron Tail, knocking Hitmonlee out and advancing to the next round of the tournament.
In Shocks and Bonds, Ash used Pikachu as his second Pokémon in his Full Battle against Katie in the Victory Tournament part of the Ever Grande Conference. He went up against Katie's Golduck and was sent out due to the type-advantage, however Katie immediately switched to Dugtrio, who had a type-advantage of its own. Pikachu used Quick Attack and Dugtrio used Dig, Dugtrio then used Sand Tomb, expanding the hole, Pikachu tried to escape but couldn't and fell down the hole. Ash mentioned that he couldn't use Quick Attack, so Ash had Pikachu use Thunderbolt, which had no effect on Dugtrio since it was a Ground-type Pokémon. Dugtrio used Double-Edge and Pikachu attempted to block with Iron Tail, but when both moves collided, Pikachu was knocked out whilst Dugtrio emerged unscathed.
In Choose It or Lose It!, Ash used Pikachu as his second Pokémon in his Full Battle against Morrison in the Victory Tournament. He went up against his Steelix, Steelix used Dragon Breath, but Pikachu used dodged and used Quick Attack, but Steelix countered with Iron Tail, hitting Pikachu. Steelix then used Dig, hitting Pikachu from underneath. Pikachu used Iron Tail but Steelix dodged that with another Dig. Pikachu dodged Dig and hit Steelix with Quick Attack. Both Pokémon used Iron Tail, but Steelix's overwhelmed Pikachu's, knocking him out.
In At the End of the Fray, Ash used Pikachu as his sixth and last Pokémon in his Full Battle against Tyson in the Victory Tournament. He went up against Tyson's Metagross, which had already defeated Swellow and Grovyle, but had a crack in its armor as a result. Pikachu used Thunderbolt on the crack, but it didn't do much to Metagross, it then used Psychic on Pikachu, but he was able to use Iron Tail to escape and hit Metagross. Pikachu climbed onto Metagross, and it was unable to shake him off. Pikachu then used Thunder, defeating it. Pikachu then went up against Tyson's last Pokémon, his Meowth, after dodging its Slash, Pikachu used Thunderbolt whilst Meowth did the same, Pikachu launched Thunder whilst Meowth countered with Thunderbolt again, with Brock realizing Tyson was using Thunderbolt to defend against Pikachu's electrical attacks making them useless. Pikachu went close range with Quick Attack but Meowth dodged it with Double Team and used Iron Tail and Pikachu countered with the same. Quick Attack then collided with Slash, and both Pokémon look exhausted. Pikachu's Thunder collided with Meowth's Thunderbolt again. Both Pokémon used Iron Tail, with both Pokémon taking damage, knocking them both down. Though they both got up, Pikachu was knocked out from exhaustion causing Ash to end up in the Top 8 of the Ever Grande Conference.
Kanto Battle Frontier
In The Scheme Team, Ash used Pikachu in his battle against Agatha of the Elite Four and her Gengar at the Viridian Gym. Pikachu uses Quick Attack but fails since Gengar is a Ghost-type Pokémon. It was too fast for Pikachu's Thunderbolt but after dodging a Shadow Ball Pikachu was able to hit Gengar with an Iron Tail. After dodging a Shadow Ball, his Iron Tail was stopped by Double Team. He was able to destroy all the copies with Thunderbolt and dodge Shadow Ball and hit it with Iron Tail, when it looked like Pikachu was going to win with Thunder, Gengar used Hypnosis, putting Pikachu to sleep and he was defeated with Dream Eater. Afterwards he helped to defeat Team Rocket along with Agatha's Golbat, Ash later decided to enter the Kanto Battle Frontier along with Pikachu and his other Pokémon. He was later reunited with Misty.
In May's Egg-Cellent Adventure, while battling Team Rocket's mecha, he used Quick Attack but it morphed into Volt Tackle, easily destroying the mecha and sending Team Rocket blasting off.
In Queen of the Serpentine!, when going to the Battle Pike, Pikachu was captured by Team Rocket using their fake Battle Pike until rescued by Lucy and her Seviper from the real Battle Pike. Later Ash used Pikachu as his second and last Pokémon in his Battle Pike challenge against Lucy, Pikachu went up against her Milotic. Pikachu used Thunderbolt, but Lucy, not using defensive strategies, had it taken the attack and counter with Hydro Pump. Both Pokémon used Iron Tail, but Milotic's was stronger. His Quick Attack was countered by Twister and then he was hit with Hydro Pump. Milotic used iron Tail, but Pikachu countered with Volt Tackle, blocking Iron Tail and causing Milotic to become paralyzed due to its secondary effect, although as mentioned by Scott, it dealt damage to Pikachu, wearing him out. Pikachu used Quick Attack, but Milotic used Facade, since Milotic was paralyzed, its power doubled, dealing major damage to Pikachu. Ash noticed the major difference in power, so he came up with an idea and had Pikachu use Thunderbolt on himself, Lucy's supporters mocked him, and Lucy used Twister. However Ash was waiting for this, and with the boost from using Thunderbolt on himself, had Pikachu jump into the Twister, spin and use Volt Tackle, increasing his power and knocking out Milotic, winning Ash the battle and earning him the Luck Symbol.
In Talking a Good Game!, Pikachu was the third Pokémon to battle against Anabel. He went up against her Alakazam. Even though Pikachu was having a hard time, he was able to beat Alakazam with Thunderbolt after overpowering its Psybeam. He went up against Metagross next, but got defeated in the process, making Ash lose the battle. In the next episode, Pikachu was used in a rematch, this time against Espeon. Despite Espeon's speed and power, Pikachu was to able to hang in there and use Thunderbolt to turn the lights off, making Espeon hard to see. After all the lights went back on, Pikachu was able to defeat Espeon with Volt Tackle, earning Ash the Ability Symbol.
In Gathering the Gang of Four!, in preparation for Ash's rematch against Brandon for his final frontier symbol, Pikachu reunites with Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charizard. Using Quick Attack to round up leaves created by Squirtle's Rapid Spin and Bulbasaur's Vine Whip, they were able to make a den to sleep. However he got in a fight with the other Pokémon but later calms down. The next day they all continued to train. Pikachu was later captured by Team Rocket but was rescued due to the efforts by Ash and the other Pokémon. They then combined their attacks to send Team Rocket blasting off. Afterwards they met up with Brandon again and he agreed to have a 4-on-4 rematch with Pikachu and the other Pokémon at the Battle Pyramid.
Pikachu was the fourth and final Pokémon used in Ash's Battle Pyramid challenge against Brandon in Pace - The Final Frontier!. After Charizard, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Brandon's first three Pokémon were eliminated from the match, Pikachu was pitted against Brandon's Regice. Ash first had Pikachu used Thunderbolt, but Regice seemed unfazed by the attack. Regice then countered with Blizzard. Pikachu quickly recovered and used Iron Tail, but was unable to land since he had to dodge the Iceberg Pokémon's Ice Beam. Regice used Ice Beam again to counter Pikachu's Quick Attack and despite Pikachu managing to dodge the attack again, the whole battle field got frozen in the process. This made Regice be able to move much quicker, while making it harder for Pikachu to move. As Regice was about to hit Pikachu with a Focus Punch, Pikachu was able to hit Regice with Thunderbolt, stunning it. This allowed Pikachu to hit Regice with a super-effective Iron Tail. Regice however quickly recovered and used Ice Beam, creating ice pillars, which trapped Pikachu. With Pikachu unable to do anything Regice used Rest heal itself completely. Despite Pikachu managing to escape using Iron Tail, Regice was able to wake up before Pikachu could attack it and hit Pikachu with an Ice Beam, freezing him. With Ash yelling words of encouragement the referee began to declare Pikachu unable to battle. Pikachu however managed to thaw out using Thunderbolt as well as hitting Regice with it. Regice then hits Pikachu with Focus Punch to send Pikachu bouncing across the ice field, Pikachu however used this to his advantage and bounced back to Regice to hit it with two consecutive Iron Tails. Regice however was still standing and managed to trap Pikachu again between ice pillars using Ice Beam and starts to rest up again. Pikachu escaped again using Iron Tail and charged towards Regice using Volt Tackle. Regice managed to awake in time again and started using Ice Beam to stop Pikachu. Pikachu dodged the attack and hit Regice with a powerful Volt Tackle, finally knocking the Iceberg Pokémon out. This gave Ash the win and finally earned him the Brave Symbol.
In Once More With Reeling, Ash used Pikachu in the unoffical Terracotta Town Pokémon Contest in the appeals round. He used Quick Attack and Thunderbolt as the same time to create thunder rings and then sent them off with Iron Tail, when they collided it created a firework like effect, this performance allowed Ash to go onto the next round.
In Home is Where the Start Is!, Ash uses Pikachu in a friendly battle against Gary, who uses his powerful Electivire, a Sinnoh region Pokémon. Both Pokémon used Thunderbolt and were even, Pikachu used Quick Attack but it was dodged by Electivire using its tails, both Pokémon used Iron Tail, and they were even again, but Electivire looked unscathed. Pikachu used a close range Thunderbolt, and Electivire dodged by jumping, however this is what Ash wanted and had Pikachu use Volt Tackle since it was now defenseless, however Electivire blocked the attack with Protect and launched its powerful Thunder Punch, defeating Pikachu. Later he went with Ash to the Sinnoh region, intending for him to be the only Pokémon to go with him, as he left his other Pokémon at Professor Oak's laboratory, however Aipom, snuck on board and she went with them to the Sinnoh region.
Diamond & Pearl series
In Following a Maiden's Voyage!, Pikachu was temporarily separated from Ash thanks to yet another plot by Team Rocket. Eventually, in Two Degrees of Separation!, Dawn found Pikachu and tried to catch him. She also protected him from Team Rocket. Pikachu was eventually reunited with Ash in When Pokémon Worlds Collide!. They have a battle against Paul and his Elekid, but the match ended in a draw.
In Dawn of a New Era!, Ash used Pikachu to battle Nando's Budew. Although Budew evolved into Roselia during the battle, Pikachu was victorious.
In Gettin' Twiggy With It!, due to one of Team Rocket's plans, Pikachu was separated from Ash and the group once again, only to be found by a Turtwig. The Turtwig mistakes Ash for a foe, not realizing that he is Pikachu's Trainer, but the misunderstanding is eventually resolved and Ash was reunited with Pikachu as well as delighted with the addition of the Turtwig to his team.
In Sinnoh, he defeated Roark's Onix in the Oreburgh Gym rematch. Pikachu battled again in the Pastoria Gym battle, where he battled Crasher Wake's Gyarados and defeated it with a Volt Tackle to the face. He also battled Crasher Wake's Floatzel for a moment, allowing Buizel time to recover.
In Shield with a Twist!, Pikachu was Ash's third Pokémon in his Hearthome Gym battle. He went up against Fantina's Drifblim. Pikachu used a Thunderbolt Counter Shield, which Drifblim immediately broke with Psychic. Drifblim then used a combination of Will-O-Wisp and Psychic to create a Counter Shield of its own, Pikachu used Counter Shield again but it was overwhelmed as Drifblim's lasted longer due to it being supported by Psychic. Their Counter Shield surrounded him, and he was hit by Hypnosis putting him to sleep, which Pikachu was unable to repel with Thunderbolt due to the Counter Shield. Pikachu was then knocked out by Ominous Wind.
Pikachu activating his Static
Pikachu's next major battle after Fantina, was when he was used against Paul in Evolving Strategies!. First he went up against Magmortar; however, when he attacked with Quick Attack, he was burned by Magmortar's Flame Body and Pikachu was recalled. Later, he went up against Paul's very powerful Ursaring and paralyzed it with Static. This actually made things worse for Pikachu as being paralyzed activated Ursaring's Guts Ability, and Pikachu found himself completely outmatched by Ursaring's massive power and was defeated and thrown into Lake Acuity, taking him out of the match as well as injuring him. This defeat meant that Ash had to defeat Paul's remaining five Pokémon with only Chimchar.
Ash partnered with Pikachu during the Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament.
Later, in Flint Sparks the Fire!, Pikachu battled Flint's Infernape, but was defeated after a long fight.
In The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!, Pikachu battled against Volkner's Electivire, Pikachu launched a Quick Attack which was dodged and Electivire launched a Fire Punch and Ice Punch, both of which were dodged but Electivire absorbed two Thunderbolts due to its ability Motor Drive, due to its increased speed it dodged Iron Tail, Volkner then revealed the effects of Motor Drive to Ash. Pikachu was hit by Fire Punch, then Ice Punch which activated Pikachu's ability, Static, which caused Paralysis, slowing Electivire down, Pikachu then dodged one Ice Punch, countered another with Iron Tail. On the third Ice Punch, Pikachu hit Electivire with Iron Tail, knocking Electivire out. He was then recalled. He later went up against Luxray, his Quick Attack was blocked with Shock Wave which was powerful. Pikachu then launched three successful Iron Tail's but the fourth was countered by Thunder Fang. He was then knocked out by Shock Wave.
In the Lily of the Valley Conference, Ash used Pikachu in his battle against Paul in Familiarity Breeds Strategy!. He was used against Paul's Aggron, where he put up a good fight and weakened Aggron before he was recalled in place of Infernape. Pikachu was also used in the continuation of Ash's battle against Paul in A Real Rival Rouser!. He went against Paul's Froslass where he was seen having some trouble at first, but by the end, he was able to pull through and defeat Froslass with a powerful Volt Tackle attack. This gave Pikachu his first win against one of Paul's Pokémon and also gave Ash the lead in the battle. In Battling a Thaw in Relations!, he battled Paul's Electivire, but had trouble due to Electivire's Motor Drive Ability, and was soon defeated by a Brick Break. In The Semi-Final Frontier!, Pikachu was the last Pokémon chosen by Ash to battle Tobias in the semi-finals. Despite Ash losing five of his Pokémon, Pikachu tried his best to defeat Tobias's Latios. Almost none of the attacks hit or did any damage to Latios in the beginning, however, Pikachu finally managed to jump on top of Latios and used Thunderbolt several times before he was shaken off. As Pikachu was about to land, Latios used Luster Purge. Pikachu used Volt Tackle and Iron Tail, taking against the force of the Luster Purge. However, he was tied with Latios as both fainted. As Ash's last Pokémon also fainted, Tobias was crowned the winner of their battle.
Best Wishes series
Ash decided to just bring Pikachu to Unova with him, just like he did in Hoenn. In In The Shadow of Zekrom!, Pikachu had an encounter with Zekrom, which unaware by Ash, caused Pikachu to lose his ability to use Electric-type moves. Ash finally noticed during his battle against Trip and his Snivy, causing Ash to forfeit. Pikachu soon recovered his electric-type moves, however this incident appeared to cause Pikachu to suffer a loss in his overall power, as he was seen struggling in battles which, given his past experience, he should have had little trouble with (although this was never explicitly stated to be the case).
In Triple Leaders, Team Threats!, Ash used Pikachu in his second battle at the Striaton Gym, where he faced Cress and his Panpour. Pikachu's Quick Attack was countered with Double Team, it was then hit with Scratch. After dodging Water Gun, Pikachu tried to use Thunderbolt but Panpour aimed Water Gun at his feet, causing him to slip. He was then attacked by multiple Water Gun and Scratch attacks. Pikachu got up and attempted to use Volt Tackle, but this was countered with Mud Sport, causing Pikachu to slip, Panpour then finished him off with Water Gun.
In A Rival Battle for Club Champ!, he battled Trip's Tranquill, who had already taken out Ash's Oshawott and Tepig. He took a beating from multiple Aerial Aces, but showed Trip the power of his electrical attacks by defeating Tranquill with Volt Tackle. He then battled Snivy again, who by then had evolved into Servine. However, despite not being incapacitated, he was once again defeated.
In Minccino-Neat and Tidy!, Ash used Pikachu in a battle against Bianca and her Pignite. Even though he had some trouble at first, Pikachu was able to pull through in the end and defeat Pignite with a powerful Volt Tackle. He was also used to battle against Minccino and he was able to stand up to his Tickle and Double Slap combo when Bianca's Pignite couldn't, and since Snivy got infatuated by Minccino's Attract, and he was able to knock out Minccino using his powerful Thunderbolt.
In Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!, a trio of Ducklett stole Ash's hat and Sandile's sunglasses. Pikachu assisted Sandile in defeating them, and during the incident learned how to use Electro Ball. He learned electro ball because he was stuck in a beach umbrella. his suffering made him angry and suddenly the power started to rise in his tail and he learned electro ball. Later on, he battled against the Sunglasses Sandile. Even though Sandile evolved into Krokorok, Pikachu used Electro Ball and sent Stone Edge right back at Krokorok to defeat him.
Ash used Pikachu as his last Pokémon in his Nacrene Gym battle, in Battling For The Love of Big-Types!, instead of Oshawott, who volunteered himself. He went up against Burgh's Leavanny. Pikachu used Thunderbolt, which was dodged and he used Iron Tail, which was blocked by Leavanny's Protect. Leavanny's Leaf Storm drew with Pikachu's Thunderbolt, it then used String Shot on Pikachu binding his tail, making him unable to dodge Leaf Storm with Quick Attack, since Pikachu's tail is used for balance. He tried and failed to break the strings and was then hit with Leaf Storm, he tried a Thunderbolt but missed due to his loss of balance. He was hit by Hyper Beam but refused to surrender. When Leavanny used Leaf Storm, Pikachu span and charged into the Leaf Storm, breaking the threads. Pikachu then dodged Leavanny's String Shot's with Quick Attack. After countering another String Shot with Thunderbolt, he hit Leavanny with Iron Tail and finished off the Nurturing Pokémon with Electro Ball, earning Ash the Insect Badge.
In Movie Time! Zorua and the Pokémon Knight! Pikachu played a movie role as Ash's assistant. He battled Iris's Axew in order to gain the power to defeat the villain and his assistant. He succeeded with a Thunderbolt-Electro Ball combo. He later defeated the villain and rescued the princess.
Ash used Pikachu in the final round in the Club Battle in Club Battle Finale: A Hero's Outcome! against Iris. Pikachu went up against Iris's Excadrill. Pikachu did surprisingly well, but unfortunately, Pikachu fainted first, and Iris won the tournament.
In Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!, when Ash is in doubt for which Pokémon he should use after his two Pokémon were defeated in his Gym Battle against Elesa, Pikachu shocked Ash to convince him to use him. He went up against Elesa's powerful Emolga, who Pikachu defeated with a single Quick Attack. Later, Pikachu battled Elesa's Tynamo, defeating him with a powerful Iron Tail attack, winning Ash the Bolt Badge.
In Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1, Pikachu teamed up with Cilan's Stunfisk to battle Tornadus and Thundurus. Stunfisk used his amazing jumping ability to get them both into the air so that they could launch a Thunderbolt—Thunder Shock combination at the two legendary Pokémon. Later, in Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 2, Pikachu helped rescue the Forces of Nature from Team Rocket.
In An Amazing Aerial Battle!, Ash used Pikachu against Skyla's Unfezant, and Pikachu defeated him with an Electro Ball. Pikachu stayed in the battle to fight Skyla's last Pokémon, Swanna, but was defeated with a powerful Hurricane and a brutal Brave Bird.
In Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 2, Ash chose Pikachu as his final Pokémon in his Gym battle with Roxie and her strongest Pokémon, Garbodor. It was a very hard fought battle, but to Ash's luck, all the physical contact Pikachu made with Garbodor, had caused Pikachu's Static Ability to activate and paralyze Garbodor. Despite still being able to withstand a Thunderbolt, the Trash Heap Pokémon was unable to take a hit from the following Electro Ball, and was knocked out, making Ash victorious and earning him his eighth and final Unova Badge, the Toxic Badge, thus allowing him to enter the Unova League.
In Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!, Ash battled Giovanni with Pikachu trying to protect Meloetta, but was defeated by his Persian and Giovanni successfully captured Meloetta, and took it, along with the imprisoned Ash and Pikachu, to the Abyssal Ruins. In the next episode, Pikachu managed to break Team Rocket's force field prison by striking it repeatedly with Iron Tail, freeing both Ash and himself. Later, during the battle against the mind-controlled Therian Forme Forces of Nature, as Thundurus aimed a Thunder attack at Iris's Dragonite and Iris stepped in its way to protect her Pokémon, Pikachu jumped in, and absorbed the massive blast of electricity himself. This gave Pikachu a tremendous power boost, as seen later, when Ash told Pikachu to use Electro Ball on Team Rocket. The supercharged attack grew into amazingly massive proportions, inflicting notable damage on the Abyssal Ruins, sending Team Rocket flying, and freeing Meloetta.
In Curtain Up, Unova League!, Ash used Pikachu in the preliminary round of the Vertress Conference against Trip's Serperior, and Pikachu defeated him after a very hard fought battle with an Electro Ball-Iron Tail combo.
In Cameron's Secret Weapon!, Ash used Pikachu against Cameron's Samurott. Samurott blocked many attacks with his Razor Shell, but Pikachu eventually defeated him with an Iron Tail. Cameron then sent out his next Pokémon, Swanna, attempting to keep distance to Pikachu, but Pikachu ended it with an Electro Ball. Later during the battle, Ash sent Pikachu out to face Cameron's newly-evolved Lucario, which had just defeated Snivy, leaving Pikachu as Ash's last Pokémon. At the end of the climactic fight, Pikachu and Lucario fired blasts of Electro Ball and Aura Sphere, and Aura Sphere overpowered Electro Ball, knocking Pikachu out, and thus eliminating Ash from the Vertress Conference, placing him in Top 8.
In Cilan and the Case of the Purrloin Witness!, Pikachu participated in the Marine Cup Tournament. He managed to beat other Trainers with a Gurdurr and a Eelektrik and make it to the finals. He battled against Teaque's Galvantula. After a tough battle, Pikachu was able to knock out Galvantula with Iron Tail, winning the tournament for Ash.
Pikachu was reunited with Bulbasaur and the entire Unova team at Professor Oak's Laboratory in The Dream Continues!. He joined the others in a group attack on Team Rocket with his Thunderbolt to send them blasting off for the last time in the Best Wishes series. Pikachu then continued to travel with Ash when he set off for the Kalos region.
In Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!, Ash and Pikachu arrived in Kalos by plane along with Alexa. After being thrown out of the Lumiose Gym for not having enough Gym Badges, Ash was saved by Clemont while Pikachu was saved by Bonnie. Bonnie was excited to be holding Pikachu, leading to him shocking her because she was holding him too tightly. After becoming acquainted with their rescuers, Ash challenged Clemont to a battle, which Clemont reluctantly agreed to.
In the battle, Pikachu faced Clemont's Bunnelby. Despite Clemont admitting that he only recently caught Bunnelby, they proved to be a match for Pikachu. The battle was interuppted by Team Rocket, who once again attempted to steal Pikachu for their plans. Ash attempted to stop them, but Jessie had her Wobbuffet reflect Pikachu's attacks with Mirror Coat. Pikachu was saved by a Froakie, who shielded Pikachu with its body at the cost of being injured. With Bunnelby and Froakie's help, Pikachu was used to blast off the villains. Froakie soon collapsed from its injuries, so Ash, Pikachu, and their new friends went to Professor Sycamore to heal Froakie back to health.
In Lumiose City Pursuit!, Ash and Pikachu managed to get Froakie to Professor Sycamore so that he could be healed. When a Garchomp went crazy from one of Team Rocket's devices, Pikachu and Ash pursued her to get the device off and free her. After chasing her to the top of Prism Tower, Pikachu removed the device from Garchomp's neck with Iron Tail. However, due to the fight damaging the tower, the ground Pikachu was standing on broke off, causing him to fall off with Ash immediately leaping in to save his best friend. They were both saved by a Mega Blaziken, who intercepted them in the air and put the two safely back onto the ground.
In A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle!, Pikachu was the first Pokémon Ash used during his Santalune Gym battle with Viola, sending him out to face her Surskit. His Quick Attack was blocked by Protect and his Iron Tail was dodged, Surskit used its skating power to move quickly. After blocking Pikachu's Electro Ball with Ice Beam, it used Ice Beam on the field, freezing it. Whilst Pikachu slipped on the ice, Surskit was able to skate on it, although Pikachu did get a successful hit with Iron Tail, his Thunderbolt was overpowered by Ice Beam and he was knocked out by Signal Beam. After he was healed at the Pokémon Center, he trained with Fletchling for their rematch by using Alexa's Noivern's Gust to help them withstand Vivillon's Gust, who beat Fletchling in the first battle.
In Battling on Thin Ice!, continuing its training along with Fletchling. it was able to withstand Noivern's Gust well, later using one of Clemont's inventions, they practiced to avoid Surskit's Sticky Web, after it broke, they used Froakie and its frubbles instead to practice. Later Pikachu was Ash's first Pokémon for his Gym Battle rematch against Viola, it went up against her Surskit, using his training he was able to dodge Sticky Web, and after having his Thunderbolt avoided by Surskit's Protect and dodging its Signal Beam, he was able to hit with Iron Tail. Afterwards Pikachu tried to stop Surskit from using Ice Beam on the field by climbing on it and using Thunderbolt, but it failed causing the ice field to appear as well as freezing the area. Using his tail, he was able to stabilize himself on the ice field, his Thunderbolt overpowered Surskit's Signal Beam, defeating the Pond Skater Pokémon. Ash recalled Pikachu and substituted him for Fletchling. It was called out again to battle Vivillon, who beat Fletchling. After being hit with Gust, Pikachu looked tired, but Ash had Pikachu use Iron Tail to anchor himself to the ice field. Vivillon's Solar Beam was countered with Thunderbolt, then Vivillon used Sleep Powder, and due to Iron Tail being anchored into the ground, he was unable to dodge it. While Pikachu was struggling to stay awake, Vivillon used Solar Beam, but Pikachu used Electro Ball on himself to keep him awake. Vivillon launched the Solar Beam, but Pikachu was able to overpower it with Electro Ball, causing Vivillon to crash into the lamps which were frozen by Surskit's Ice Beam misfire, freezing its wing allowing Pikachu to defeat the Scale Pokémon with Thunderbolt, earning Ash the Bug Badge.
In Climbing the Walls!, Ash used Pikachu as his third and final Pokémon in his Cyllage Gym Battle against Grant. He went up against his Tyrunt. Pikachu was at a type-disadvantage since Tyrunt was part Dragon-type. Pikachu used Quick Attack and jumped and attacked from above to avoid Crunch and hit Tyrunt. It used its signature Draco Meteor but Pikachu dodged and used Iron Tail, then the meteor shower came but Pikachu used Iron Tail to jump on the Draco Meteor and perform the Draco Meteor Climb, which he based on the Rock Tomb Climb Froakie previously used, Tyrunt used its jumping abilities to jump high and use Dragon Tail and tied with Pikachu's Iron Tail. Grant used his favorite move Rock Tomb but Pikachu deflected the projectiles with Iron Tail, knocking one into Tyrunt's mouth, disabling Crunch and allowing Pikachu to move close and finish with Ash's favorite move, Thunderbolt, defeating Tyrunt, winning the battle and earning Ash the Cliff Badge.
In The Bonds of Evolution!, Pikachu was used in the Ash's battle against Diantha, the Kalos League Champion, where he faced her Gardevoir. Gardevoir managed to dodge all of Pikachu's attacks and hit him hard with a Shadow Ball. The battle was interrupted by Team Rocket.
In Mega Revelations!, Pikachu battled against Korrina's Lucario. Pikachu was quickly overwhelmed by Lucario's fast attacks and was easily defeated. Pikachu battled Lucario again in The Aura Storm!, but this time against Lucario's Mega Evolved form. Pikachu battled well, but got attacked aggressively when Mega Lucario started to go out of control, forcing Ash to protect Pikachu. When Mega Lucario was stopped by Gurkinn's Lucario, the battle was called off.
In Battling Into the Hall of Fame!, Pikachu was used in a Triple Tag Battle alongside with Serena's Fennekin and Clemont's Chespin against Tierno's Squirtle, Shauna's Bulbasaur and Trevor's Charmander. Pikachu and the others was having a hard time due to their opponents great teamwork, which led to Fennekin being defeated by Squirtle. When Pikachu was using Quick Attack, Squirtle used Rapid Spin to block and send Pikachu flying. He also took damage from Charmander and Bulbasaur's attacks. Bulbasaur fired a Solar Beam at Pikachu, but, much to Shauna and her friends's surprise, Chespin used Vine Whip to pull Pikachu up, giving Pikachu the perfect opportunity to defeat Charmander with Thunderbolt. When Squirtle uses Rapid Spin, Chespin used Vine Whip to stop it while Pikachu managed to defeat Bulbasaur with Electro Ball. After avoiding Squirtle's Aqua Tail, Pikachu also defeated it with Thunderbolt giving Ash, Serena and Clemont the win and the spot on the Hall of Fame.
In Showdown at the Shalour Gym!, Pikachu was the last Pokémon Ash used during his Shalour Gym battle with Korrina, sending him out to face Korrina's Mega Lucario. Ash was convinced that Korrina wasn't the only one who trained, both Pokémon stared off as this was going to be the final battle. Pikachu used Quick Attack and combined it with Electro Ball, launcing Electro Ball but this was deflected with Bone Rush, Pikachu's Iron Tail was blocked and Mega Lucario kicked him into the air, but Pikachu hit Mega Lucario with Thunderbolt, but it hit him back with Aura Sphere. Pikachu was able to get to up and show his strength, Mega Lucario used Metal Sound, which Pikachu drowned out using his Thunderbolt hitting Mega Lucario as well, then Mega Lucario used Aura Sphere, but Pikachu used Iron Tail to bounce off it and jump, similar to the Draco Meteor Tomb, Mega Lucario jumped and used Bone Rush, but Pikachu countered with Iron Tail, but Mega Lucario clashed with Bone Rush to reduce Iron Tail's power, then both Pokémon crashed into the ground, but both were standing but weak, Mega Lucario's Power-Up Punch was countered with Iron Tail, and its Aura Sphere with Electro Ball, Pikachu then used Thunderbolt finally defeating the Aura Pokémon, thus giving Ash the victory and earning him the Rumble Badge. As the group prepared to depart for Coumarine City, Pikachu and Lucario bumped fists as a promise to battle again someday.
In A Slippery Encounter!, Pikachu helped out a Goomy after they were stolen by Team Rocket. Knowing that his Thunderbolt won't break their cage, Pikachu tries to ram it but keeps getting hurt until the cage make a hole. Goomy manages to escape, but Pikachu couldn't go through until Goomy uses its slimy body around Pikachu making him slip right through the cage. After getting out, they both run off until they were noticed by Team Rocket, who gives chase. When Pikachu and Goomy was about to be hit by Jessie's Pumpkaboo's Shadow Ball, Ash came by to protect them. When Team Rocket was about to steal Pikachu in the same cage again, Ash tells him to use Iron Tail, destroying the cage in the process. Then while battling their foes, Ash tells Pikachu to use Electro Ball, countering Pumpkaboo's Shadow Ball. Then Inkay uses Psybeam, confusing Pikachu which makes him attack Fletchinder instead. As they were about to be finished by Pumpkaboo and Inkay's Dark Pulse and Psybeam, Goomy protected them and uses Bide to send it back at Team Rocket's Pokémon. As the confusion wore off, Ash tells Pikachu to finish off Team Rocket with Thunderbolt. Later, Pikachu informed to Ash that Goomy wants to go with them, allowing him to capture it.
In XY065, Pikachu alongside with Sliggoo was used in a Tag Battle against Tierno's Wartortle and Raichu. Before the battle can start, he was grabbed by a mecha created by Team Rocket. But Sliggoo was able to save Pikachu with Dragon Breath. After the mecha took Sliggoo, along with Tierno's Wartortle and Raichu, Pikachu split up with Ash and Serena to look for them. After Sliggoo evolved into Goodra to save Ash and Pikachu, they restarted their Double Battle, and after a hard fight, Pikachu and Goodra won with a Thunderbolt and Dragon Pulse combo.
In XY067, Ash used Pikachu as his first Pokémon in his Lumiose Gym Battle against Clemont and went up against his Bunnelby. Pikachu used Thunderbolt, which was blocked by Bunnelby using its ears to create a mud shield. Bunnelby used Dig which was too fast for Pikachu to evade. Pikachu hit Bunnelby with Quick Attack, which Bunnelby quickly recovered from. It then used Double Slap but Pikachu used Iron Tail which the Digging Pokémon caught with its ears. This reminded Bonnie of their first battle. Instead of letting Pikachu counter with Electro Ball, Bunnelby used its new move, Wild Charge, dealing major damage to Pikachu. Bunnelby then hit Pikachu with another Dig. He then responded with Quick Attack, but Bunnelby used Dig again. However, Ash had Pikachu use Iron Tail on the ground, forcing Bunnelby to emerge and dealing major damage. Pikachu then used another Iron Tail, defeating Bunnelby. When Clemont sent out Heliolisk, Ash recalled Pikachu. He was later sent out to battle Clemont's last Pokémon, Luxray. Pikachu could take advantage of Luxray's Electric Terrain, which increased the power of Electric-type moves. Pikachu first used Thunderbolt, which was blocked by Luxray's Thunder Fang. It then used Wild Charge on Pikachu, dealing a lot of damage. Luxray followed up with Swift, but Pikachu was able to deflect it back to Luxray with Iron Tail. However the Gleam Eyes Pokémon countered with Wild Charge, defeating Pikachu.