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Ash Ketchum

Ash redirects here. For the item attached to Ho-Oh, see Sacred Ash. For the ash found at the foot of Mt. Chimney, see volcanic ash.

Ash Ketchum
サトシ Satoshi
Ash XY.png
Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu in the XY series
Age 10 (as of BW001)
Gender Male
Eye color Brown
Hair color Black
Hometown Pallet Town
Region Kanto
Relatives Delia, Unnamed father (EP002), Unnamed grandfather (EP002) (Japanese version only) (anime)
Mom (manga)
Trainer class Trainer
Baron*
Game counterpart Red
Anime debut Pokémon - I Choose You!
English voice actor Veronica Taylor
(EP001-AG145)

Sarah Natochenny
(AG146-present)
Japanese voice actor Rica Matsumoto
Manga counterpart(s) Red, Red, Red, Red, Ash Ketchum, Satoshi, Shu

Ash Ketchum (Japanese: サトシ Satoshi) is the main character of both the Pokémon anime and The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga, and is believed to be based on the protagonist of the first generation Pokémon games.

He shares his Japanese name—which can be taken to mean "wisdom" or "reason" (智)—with the creator of the Pokémon franchise, Satoshi Tajiri. His English surname is a pun of the original English motto, "Gotta catch 'em all!."

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In the anime

Character

Ash's main goal in life, as described in the first episode, is to be the world's greatest Pokémon Master.

One particular characteristic about Ash that has not changed over the course of the series, aside from his determination and his passion for raising and training Pokémon, is that he is incredibly selfless. He will often (and this has happened for just about every one of his Pokémon) go to extraordinary lengths to earn a Pokémon's trust and respect; and he will often go out of his way to better understand a Pokémon that he sees as troubled. He is also very fair-minded and trusting, a true testament to his good-natured character.

Ash is shown to have a strong sense of justice, especially when it comes to Pokémon. If a Pokémon is in trouble he will go out of his way to help them, even if he has no prior connection to them. If they are the cause of trouble, he will stop them, and then try to understand them, with almost all such occasions being a case of the Pokémon (or their trainer or friend(s)) having a problem which can't be resolved normally. In those cases, he will selflessly volunteer to help them. Should the problem be caused by a person, such as a Team Rocket, Pokémon thieves, hunters or poachers, Ash resolves to do anything in his power to stop them.

Despite this, and previous dealings with evil organizations, Ash has retained remarkably optimistic and naïve outlook, a trait his companions seem to share. He is quick to praise and has an unshakable trust in both his Pokémon and his friends. He is unable to see through the disguises of the Team Rocket trio, and will try to see the best in everyone and everything. An example would be Team Rocket's frequent 'sudden appearance' that coincidentally coincides with their needs at that time, and Ash never questioning it until it is too late. Another example would be how he easily praises Clemont for his 'genius' inventions, no matter their high failure rate, and the near inevitable explosion, or Cilan for his other varied 'connoisseur abilities,' even if they are ridiculous. Furthermore, even though almost all of his friends have large dreams, Ash fully supports them and has never doubted their ability to accomplish them, possibly due to his own highly ambitious goal. He also encourages Pokémon to do the best they can, even if they aren't his own, and has even helped train wild Pokémon.

In the Original series, though Ash actively took part in battles, he was rarely seen independently training his Pokémon. However, since the Advanced Generation series, Ash is shown to train more noticeably, having mock battles with his friends and focusing on moves, techniques and strategies with his Pokémon. A noticeable trait is his willingness to learn from both his victories and defeats in battle. For example, after winning in a Gym battle against Winona in a Sky High Gym Battle! and witnessing her Pokémon's powerful Aerial Ace, Ash was motivated to have his Swellow learn it, which it did during Pokéblock, Stock, and Berry and Lessons in Lilycove!. Even after he lost a battle, and witnessing a powerful Ice Punch, as seen in Short and To the Punch!, Ash was inspired to teach his Buizel it. He even believes in using serious battles as an opportunity to help train the move, even if he loses, like during the Double Battle in What You Seed is What You Get, when he was trying to teach Treecko Bullet Seed.

In the beginning, Ash had a bit of an inferiority complex, as well as some form of personal pride, most likely stemming from his rivalry with Gary Oak. As a result, he had some bad habits, like shamelessly boasting his own skill if he were ever on a winning streak, and easily getting mad if he were personally insulted, as seen in The Path to the Pokémon League. Ash even used to call foul on things that were perfectly legal, like Giselle's Cubone using a bone in The School of Hard Knocks, or Blaine's use of the lava in Volcanic Panic. He even locked himself up in his room and sulked after losing to Ritchie, though he got over it after being scolded by Misty in Friends to the End. Fortunately, during his journey, Ash has gotten over his complex and is now easily accepting of criticism to his own skill, though he still gets upset if his Pokémon is insulted or degraded. This was actually what lead to the source of conflict between Ash and Paul in the Diamond & Pearl series.

In most episodes of the anime, especially those during the Johto League saga, Ash befriends someone who will influence him and cause him to strive to become a better Trainer. Although he is not a dependent individual, he is still young and has learned to make his way relying on his friends, particularly the maternal skills of Brock. The honor of "best friend" is usually reserved for Pikachu but Ash has come to see his closest human friends in the same light over time; using the term for Misty and Brock in Gotta Catch Ya Later! as well as May and Max in Battling the Enemy Within.

History

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Ash Ketchum in the original series

Ash enrolled in Professor Oak's Pokémon Summer Camp when he was young. One day, another camper named Serena got lost in the forest and wounded her leg after getting startled by a Poliwag. Ash, who was looking for the Poliwag, came to her rescue and wrapped a handkerchief wounded knee to brace it. He then helped her up and guided her out of the forest.

Years later, Ash began his journey at the age of 10 as a warm-hearted and well-intentioned but stubborn, rash and amateur Pokémon Trainer. He was forced to accept the cheeky Pikachu from Professor Oak as his starter Pokémon because he broke his alarm clock in his sleep and woke up late on the day he was set to get his first Pokémon. He was determined to achieve his goal, however, and when Pikachu saw that he was willing to compromise his own safety to keep it safe he formed a strong bond of friendship with Pikachu. This would set his course for the future.

Ash trying to keep Pikachu safe

However, from that point, Ash still had a lot to learn about becoming a Trainer. The first Pokémon he caught, was caught by luck, as he knew absolutely nothing about battling, and was hesitant to admit it whenever he was wrong. Many of his first Gym Badges were given to him merely out of gratitude for his assistance rather than claiming an actual victory in battle over the Gym Leaders; of his first five Gym battles, only his victory over Lt. Surge was an actual victory. Every time he thought he was doing well, he would somehow cross paths with his childhood rival, Gary Oak. He always reminded Ash that he was always a step or seven behind, with Gary catching around forty-five Pokémon by the time Ash had only caught his seventh. This hampered matters further when, owing to his inexperience, his Charizard, one of his most powerful Pokémon, refused to listen to him until Ash could prove himself to the powerful Fire type.

Over time, Ash's dedication to his goal paid off. After earning his first eight Badges he went on to compete in the Indigo League, advancing to the fifth round - one further than Gary, and ending up in the top 16. After recovering from his defeat, he continued on to improve his skills; take on new challenges; and compete in more Pokémon League competitions - triumphing in the Orange League and the Battle Frontier.

Ash has changed a great deal over the course of the series, particularly in regards to his skill at Pokémon training, but his earnestness, rashness, and determination have remained. Never straying from his goal, he has remained loyal to his friends, his family, and his supporters, but most of all his Pokémon. Ash became a great Trainer by learning to find and use the inner strength of each of his Pokémon by bonding with them. For example, when he received a banner filled with prints from his Pokémon in The Unbeatable Lightness of Seeing!, he knew which Pokémon placed specific prints, showing his close bond with them. He also learns where their hidden abilities lie, as well as resorting to unorthodox strategies when fighting particularly challenging opponents. For example, he uses his Pikachu's speed to outmaneuver larger foes and attack. In another instance, his Charizard defeated Gary's Blastoise by causing the field to overheat before mounting a close-quarters attack while Blastoise was blinded by the steam. He also prefers to train a Pokémon to be the best it can without forcing it to evolve, as evidenced by his treatment of Gligar in Fighting Fear With Fear!. He is happy when his Pokémon evolve but lets them choose whether or not they want to evolve instead of forcing them.

Ash using Aura inside the Tree of Beginning

Early on, Ash originally trained not to further himself but instead to catch more Pokémon than Gary. He later slowed his pace which allowed him to focus on the individual traits of each Pokémon. At the Johto League Silver Conference, with great humility and maturity, Ash finally won a battle against his old rival, signifying a great milestone in his history. His maturity has also increased in his dealings with Pokémon. This is shown when a Mankey stole his hat in Primeape Goes Bananas, he screamed and yelled at it, even climbing trees just to get his hat back, but when an Aipom did the same in Slaking Kong, he stated merely that he would feel strange without a hat. When Aipom stole his hat again in Setting the World on its Buneary!, however, while she was under his ownership, he chased after her in the same manner as before.

He has traversed much of the Pokémon world and has thus far participated in five Pokémon League regional competitions, but he is still learning new things about Pokémon all the time.

Ash has gained a close connection with many legendary Pokémon, including Mewtwo, Ho-Oh, Lugia, Celebi, Latias, Azelf, Shaymin, Giratina, Arceus, Victini, Reshiram*, Zekrom* and Meloetta. In the English dub second movie, he was revealed to be "The Chosen One" - the one who would bring balance back to the world when it was disrupted.

Ash in the Wallace Cup

Although viewed as a normal human, Ash does have some special abilities, as he is said to have the same aura as Sir Aaron, a legendary hero, and is theoretically able to manipulate it in much the same way. Therefore, he made a connection with Sir Aaron's Lucario. However, he has not received any training in this field, opting to continue his Pokémon journey instead. He has also been likened to an ancient aura guardian in The Keystone Pops!, who also had a partner Pikachu. Later, in Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Parts 1 and 2, Ash uses aura again to locate a lost Riolu and read Riolu's mind as well. This time, however, he merely senses the aura, rather than manipulating it.

Ash has also participated in Contests. He has a Contest Pass for the Sinnoh region, as well as one for the Hoenn region as it was required to watch one of the Contests held there. Ash carries half of a broken Poké Ball with him everywhere, while Gary has the other half, as a symbol of their ongoing, but now friendly, rivalry; Misty's special lure, which she sent to him as a gift; and half of a Ribbon he received in a Contest against May before she left the group to compete in Johto. Ash also participated in the Wallace Cup on the suggestion of Wallace but he lost in the second stage of the Battle Round.

Ash soon obtained all of the Sinnoh Gym Badges. During his battles in the Lily of the Valley Conference, he managed to advance to the Top 4, during which time he defeated his long-time Sinnoh rival Paul for the first time, and fought against Tobias, becoming the only known Trainer to defeat his Darkrai. Though he lost later on in the battle, he seems to be okay with losing, as he has become closer to his Pokémon than ever before. Ash, Dawn, and Brock then set off on their own paths to follow their respective dreams, with Brock saying he will no longer be joining Ash on his next journey.

In the Best Wishes series, Ash came with Professor Oak and his mom on a trip to the Unova region. After losing in a battle to Trip and seeing the power of the legendary Zekrom, Ash became interested in traveling Unova to meet new Pokémon, as well as new friends. In Unova, he brought along only his Pikachu as he did in Hoenn.

During his time in Unova, along with his quest for the Badges, Ash also competed in the local competitions Club Battle, Clubsplosion and Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup. Despite battling quite well, he failed to win any of the tournaments and managed to be the runner-up of two of the three. Despite these mishaps, he didn't feel bad for seeing his friends winning the awards. After managing to obtain the Unova Badges he was allowed to participate in the Vertress Conference along with his current and some new rivals. In the preliminary round, he battled Trip one-on-one, defeating him for the first time and ending their rivalry. Ash also defeated his friend and rival Stephan. He then battled one of his recent rivals, Cameron, where he lost in A Unova League Evolution!, making it to the top 8 of the Vertress Conference.

In the XY series, Ash traveled to the Kalos region with Alexa, whom he met while traveling in the Decolore Islands. He first visited Lumiose City in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!, where he parted ways with Alexa and tried to challenge the Lumiose Gym at Prism Tower, only to be forcibly ejected from the tower when the computerized security system, later revealed to be the Clembot, found out that he didn't have any badges. He was rescued by Clemont and Bonnie, who started to travel with him after he calmed down a rampaging Garchomp at the top of Prism Tower. In Battling on Thin Ice!, Ash won his first Kalos Badge, the Bug Badge, after defeating the Santalune Gym Leader Viola. The group was also joined by Serena, who still remembered Ash rescuing her in her childhood and decided to start her own journey to reunite with him, although he initially did not remember the two of them meeting. In Clemont's Got a Secret!, Ash learned that Clemont is the Lumiose City Gym Leader. Although initially angry that his friend would keep such a secret from him, he quickly forgave Clemont and encouraged him to take back the Gym from the Clembot, the robot that had taken over the Gym and ejected him when he tried to challenge it. Even though the badge requirement ceased to be an issue after this, he still decided not to challenge the Gym until he had four badges and decided that his opponent would be Clemont rather than the Clembot.

Young Ash

Family

Ash is an only child that lived with his mother, Delia Ketchum, until he left for his Pokémon journey at the age of ten.

His father has not been introduced. The anime suggests that his father was once a Pokémon Trainer who began his journey in Pallet Town, and that he is still living. In the original, he is also confirmed to have a grandfather, and his son (Ash's father) followed his footsteps.
Ash with all his Pokémon as of The Dream Continues! (except for Squirtle and Primeape) at Professor Oak's lab
An interview with the series' storyboarder Masamitsu Hidaka confirmed Ash's father is a Trainer on his own journey. According to Hidaka, Ash's father may or may not be introduced in the series, depending on its necessity to further Ash's maturity and development as a Trainer. On the other hand, according to Takeshi Shudō's novelization, Ash's father left home to go on a journey right after Ash was born, and never returned since. As he never registered his name in the Pokémon Trainer's list, his whereabouts are unknown.

Pokémon

As a Trainer, Ash has captured and befriended a sizable number of Pokémon over the course of the anime. His philosophy on training is that Pokémon are individuals and that a combination of trust, friendship and hard work are needed to overcome adversity. In fact, several of Ash's Pokémon were captured because they allowed him to, after he's befriended them. He seems to battle best with Pokémon that are similar to Pikachu: ones that are speedy and maneuverable, yet able to perform high-powered attacks; however, he is willing to work with any Pokémon that comes into his care. Ash's battle style is generally spontaneous and fairly unorthodox, and his Pokémon often reflect these traits. He has been shown to use unusual strategies, such as during the Diamond & Pearl series he incorporated a twisting-spinning type maneuver in his Pokémon's offensive and defensive techniques, which eventually lead to him creating the original technique, Counter Shield. The majority of his Pokémon also shares Ash's stubborn nature, persistently attempting to rise and continue the battle, even after they've received a great amount of damage and are at the end of their rope.

On hand

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Pikachu
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Froakie
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Fletchling → Fletchinder
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Hawlucha

With Professor Oak

This section shows the Pokémon that Ash keeps at Professor Oak's laboratory.

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Bulbasaur
Ash Charizard.png
Charmander → Charmeleon → Charizard
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Krabby → Kingler
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Muk
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Tauros (×30)
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Snorlax
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Heracross
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Chikorita → Bayleef
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Cyndaquil → Quilava
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Totodile
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Egg → Phanpy → Donphan
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Taillow → Swellow
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Treecko → Grovyle → Sceptile
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Corphish
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Torkoal
Ash Glalie.png
Snorunt → Glalie
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Starly → Staravia → Staraptor
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Turtwig → Grotle → Torterra
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Chimchar → Monferno → Infernape
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Buizel
Ash Gliscor.png
Gligar → Gliscor
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Gible
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Pidove → Tranquill → Unfezant
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Oshawott
Ash Pignite.png
Tepig → Pignite
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Snivy
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Egg → Scraggy
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Sewaddle → Swadloon → Leavanny
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Palpitoad
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Roggenrola → Boldore
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Krokorok → Krookodile

In training

This section is for the Pokémon that Ash still owns but are in the care of another Trainer. Some can be called upon at any time if needed.

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Squirtle
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Primeape

Released

This section is for the Pokémon that Ash formally released back into the wild.

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Caterpie → Metapod → Butterfree
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Pidgeotto → Pidgeot
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Lapras

Traded away

This section is for the Pokémon that Ash traded away.

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Raticate
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Aipom

Given away

This section is for the Pokémon that Ash gave to another Trainer to keep for themselves.

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Beedrill

Unofficial

This section is for the Pokémon that Ash had bonded with over the course of several episodes but never officially caught.

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Haunter
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Egg → Larvitar

Temporary

This section is for the Pokémon that Ash temporarily used, many of which were rented and belong to another Trainer.

Lara Laramie's Ponyta

Lara Laramie's Rapidash
Ponyta → Rapidash
Ash borrowed Rapidash from Lara Laramie when it was a Ponyta after she was injured and could not ride it in the race. It evolved into Rapidash when it was racing against Dario's Dodrio. Thanks to the speed gained through the evolution, Ash and Rapidash were able to win the race.

Rapidash's only known move is Stomp.

Debut The Flame Pokémon-athon!
Dr. Akihabara's Porygon
Porygon
Porygon was lent to Ash by Dr. Akihabara to help stop Team Rocket from stealing Pokémon from the Pokémon Center's PC system. After they got out of the computer world, it was returned to Akihabara.

Porygon's known moves are Conversion, Tackle and Sharpen.

Debut EP038
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
Pokémon League entrance exam instructor's Arbok
Arbok
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.

Arbok's known moves are Glare and Wrap.

Debut The Ultimate Test
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Unshō Ishizuka
Pokémon League entrance exam instructor's Weezing
Weezing
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.

Weezing's known moves are Smog, SmokeScreen, Tackle and Explosion.

Debut The Ultimate Test
Voice actors
Japanese Shin'ichirō Miki
English Eric Stuart
Pokémon League entrance exam instructor's Meowth
Meowth
Meowth was the 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.

Meowth's only known move is Fury Swipes.

Debut The Ultimate Test
Voice actors
Japanese Chiyako Shibahara
English Adam Blaustein
Hagatha's Hoothoot
Hoothoot
Ash, Brock and Misty borrowed Hoothoot from Hagatha in order to navigate the haunted forest. It was returned to her sister, Nagatha after they were able to get to the exit.

Hoothoot's known moves are Foresight and Peck.

Debut Illusion Confusion!
Misty's Staryu
Staryu
Main article: Misty's Staryu

Ash borrowed Staryu from Misty for the Fire and Rescue Grand Prix in The Fire-ing Squad!. However, he did not win the contest and returned Staryu to her around the end of the episode.

Debut The Fire-ing Squad!
Voice actors
Japanese Shin'ichirō Miki
English Shin'ichirō Miki
Misty's Psyduck
Psyduck
Main article: Misty's Psyduck

Ash borrowed Psyduck from Misty for the Fire and Rescue Grand Prix in The Fire-ing Squad!. However, he did not win the contest and returned Psyduck to her around the end of the episode.

Debut The Fire-ing Squad!
Voice actors
Japanese Rikako Aikawa
English Eric Stuart
Ash's Seaking
Seaking
Ash hooked a Seaking during a Seaking fishing contest. It was put back under park rules.
Debut Hook, Line, and Stinker
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Eric Stuart
Officer Jenny's Pidgeot
Pidgeot
Ash flew on Officer Jenny's Pidgeot in order to catch up with a boat that was leaving to Littleroot Town.

None of Pidgeot's moves are known.

Debut Hoenn Alone!
Brock's Lombre
Lombre
Main article: Brock's Lombre

Ash commanded Brock's Lombre during the battle with Team Rocket since Brock stayed behind in a stadium to perform with Corphish while Ash and the others went after Team Rocket after they took Lombre instead of Mawile.

Debut Once in a Mawile
Voice actors
Japanese Miyako Itō
English Dan Green
Master Hamm's Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee
Ash borrowed Hitmonlee from Master Hamm to battle May with Hitmonchan after Master Hamm was having problems.

Hitmonlee's known moves are Rolling Kick, Hi Jump Kick, Jump Kick and Focus Punch.

Debut Pasta La Vista!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Eric Stuart
Dawn's Piplup
Piplup
Main article: Dawn's Piplup

Ash encountered Dawn's Piplup the first time in A Maze-ing Race! when everyone got separated by Graveler's and Golem's Rollout. Piplup was commanded to use BubbleBeam to take care of various problems that happened in the maze.

Piplup went with Ash in Expedition to Onix Island! after getting separated from his Trainer on the island of Onix. Ash commanded Piplup to use BubbleBeam to fight a trio of them.

Debut A Maze-ing Race!
Voice actors
Japanese Etsuko Kozakura
English Michele Knotz
Brock's Sudowoodo
Sudowoodo
Main article: Brock's Sudowoodo

Ash encountered Brock's Sudowoodo when the group was separated by Graveler and Golem. After stopping a fight, Ash went with Sudowoodo to get out of the maze and find Dawn and Brock. When they were found, Ash had Sudowoodo Mimic Pachirisu's Discharge to break a hole in the maze wall after finding them from the other side.

Debut A Maze-ing Race!
Voice actors
Japanese Daisuke Sakaguchi
English Bill Rogers
Dawn's Pachirisu
Pachirisu
Main article: Dawn's Pachirisu

Ash encountered Dawn's Pachirisu along with Piplup, Buizel and Sudowoodo when the group was separated by Graveler and Golem. It mostly worked with Sudowoodo's Mimic when it used Discharge.

Debut A Maze-ing Race!
Voice actors
Japanese Chinami Nishimura
English Chinami Nishimura
The Pokémon Summer Academy's Raichu
Raichu
During the first day of the summer school academy, Ash was given a Raichu to train. It was called to battle Angie's Monferno and was able to put up a great fight. It had a very timid personality, digging into the ground when Ash first talked to it.

Raichu's known moves are Dig, Thunderbolt, Focus Punch and Double Team.

Debut Camping It Up!
The Pokémon Summer Academy's Spoink
Spoink
Ash was given a Spoink in the first leg of the Pokémon Triathlon. He returned it after he was done with the first part of the race.
Debut One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!
Voice actors
Japanese Chie Satō
English Kayzie Rogers
The Pokémon Summer Academy's Mantyke
Mantyke
Ash was given a Mantyke for the second leg of the Pokémon Triathlon to ride across the lake. It was returned after the event was done.
Debut One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!
A wild Cottonee
Cottonee
Ash temporarily commanded a wild Cottonee in order to help him win over a love interest. With Ash's assistance, he was able to learn to dodge attacks and aim his own attacks better.

Cottonee's known moves are Cotton Spore, Cotton Guard, Razor Leaf, and Energy Ball.

Debut Cottonee in Love!
Voice actors
Japanese Naomi Shindō
English Michele Knotz
A wild Caterpie

A wild Butterfree
Caterpie → Metapod → Butterfree
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.

Butterfree's known moves are String Shot, Tackle, Confusion, and Psybeam.

Debut Butterfree and Me!
Voice actors
Japanese Rikako Aikawa
English Rikako Aikawa (as Caterpie and Butterfree)
A borrowed Rhyhorn from Odyssey Village
Rhyhorn
Ash temporarily commanded a borrowed Rhyhorn, in order to participate at the Rhyhorn race held at Odyssey Village. In the beginning it was hard for Ash to handle it, but gradually it teamed up with Ash.

None of Rhyhorn's moves are known.

Debut Giving Chase at the Rhyhorn Race!
A wild Scatterbug

A wild Vivillon
Scatterbug → Spewpa → Vivillon
A Scatterbug was stolen by Dolan and locked in a cage. The cage fell off the truck while Dolan was on the run from Officer Jenny. Ash and his friends found Scatterbug and prevented it from being caught by Dolan. It evolved into a Spewpa afterwards and when it had a battle with Dolan's Diggersby, it eventually evolved into a Vivillon with an Elegant Pattern. Vivillon was able to defeat Dolan and Diggersby.

Vivillon's known moves are Tackle, Protect, String Shot, Safeguard, and Stun Spore.

Debut To Catch a Pokémon Smuggler!
Voice actors
Japanese Rikako Aikawa (as Spewpa)
English Eileen Stevens

Badges obtained

Indigo League

Ash's eight Badges from Kanto


Orange League

Ash's four Orange League Badges


Johto League

Ash's eight Badges from Johto


Hoenn League

Ash's eight Badges from Hoenn


Battle Frontier

Ash's seven Frontier Symbols


Sinnoh League

Ash's eight Badges from Sinnoh


Unova League

Ash's eight Badges from Unova


Kalos League

Ash's current Badges from Kalos


Pokémon competitions

Pokémon League ranking

Ash placed in the Pokémon League competitions listed below.

Pokémon championship battles

Ash challenged the following Pokémon championships as well:

Miscellaneous competitions

Ash has also participated in the following competitions:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 松本梨香 Rica Matsumoto
English Veronica Taylor (EP001-AG145, M01-M08)
Sarah Natochenny (AG146-present, M09-present, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon re-dub)
Kayzie Rogers (The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon first dub only)
Arabic بثينة شيا Buthaina Shia
Catalan Enric Puig
Mandarin Chinese 賀世芳 Hè Shìfāng (EP001-EP081, EP117-EP274)
李明幸 Li Míngxìng (EP082-EP116)
汪世瑋 Wāng Shìwěi (AG001-present)
Croatian Saša Buneta
Marko Torjanac
Czech Radek Škvor
Danish Mathias Klenske
Dutch Christa Lips
Unknown voice actor (M05-M07)
Filipino Klariz Magboo
Finnish Sari Moilanen (EP001-EP142) (M01-M04)
Jami Kantola (M05-M07)
Hanna Leino (EP158-present) (M10-present)
French Canada Sébastien Reding
Europe Aurélien Ringelheim
Charles Pestel (M04, M07)
German Caroline Combrinck (EP001-EP157, DP105-present)
Veronika Neugebauer (EP158-DP104)
Greek Βούλα Κώστα Voula Kosta
Hebrew יהונתן מגון Yonatan Magon
דניאל מגון Daniel Magon
Hindi Rahul Sharma (Cartoon Network dub)
Nachiket Dighe (Hungama dub)
Hungarian Szvetlov Balázs
Ungvári Gergely (AG)
Szalay Csongor (DP)
Indonesian Ahmad Zulkifli Lubis (EP001-AG192, DP004-present)
Kamal Nasuti (DP001-DP003)
Italian Davide Garbolino
Korean 최덕희 Choi Deok-Hyi
이선호 Lee Seon-Ho
안현서 An Hyeon-Seo
Norwegian Nils-Martin Crawfurd
Polish Hanna Kinder-Kiss (EP001-AG040, DP053-present, M01-present)
Grzegorz Drojewski (DP001-DP052)
Portuguese Brazil Fábio Lucindo
Portugal Maria João Luís (EP001-EP031, EP033, M01-M02)
Sandra Faleiro (EP032, EP034-EP094)
Sandra de Castro (EP095-EP128, EP158-EP209, AG093-AG177, DP001-DP052, Pokémon Live!)
Alexandra Sedas (EP129-EP157)
Cristina Carvalhal (M03-M04)
Bárbara Lourenço (EP210-AG040, Pokémon Chronicles)
Raquel Ferreira (AG041-AG092)
Unknown actress (M07)
Ana Madureira (AG178-AG192)
Raquel Rosmaninho (DP053-present, M10-present)
Russian Анна Левченко Anna Levchenko (EP001-EP105)
Лариса Некипелова Larisa Nekipelova (DP105-present)
Spanish Latin America Gabriel Ramos (EP001-DP090, DP105-DP157, M01-M11)
Irwin Daayán (DP091-DP104)
Rommy Mendoza (young, DP138)
Miguel Ángel Leal (DP158-present, M13-present)
Pablo Gandolfo (M06-M07)
Alan Fernando Velázquez (M12)
Spain Adolfo Moreno
Rafael Alonso Naranjo Jr. (M03 and Mewtwo Returns)
Swedish Dick Eriksson
Thai ฉันทนา ธาราจันทร์ Chanthana Tharachan
Turkish Ahmet Taşar

In the manga

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

Ash in Ash and Pikachu

Ash is a starring character in Ash and Pikachu, a manga series based on the Johto saga of the Pokémon anime.

Pokémon

Currently owned
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Pikachu
Ash Cyndaquil AP.png
Cyndaquil
Ash Totodile AP.png
Totodile
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Bulbasaur
Ash Larvitar AP.png
Egg → Larvitar
Silver Conference Scoreboard AP.png
Heracross
Silver Conference Scoreboard AP.png
Muk
Silver Conference Scoreboard AP.png
Bayleef
Ash Snorlax AP.png
Snorlax
Ash Tauros AP.png
Tauros
Ash Grovyle AP.png
Treecko → Grovyle
Ash Corphish AP.png
Corphish
Ash Swellow AP.png
Taillow → Swellow
Ash Torkoal AP.png
Torkoal
Ash Glalie AP.png
Snorunt → Glalie
Ash Charizard AP.png
Charizard


Temporary
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Psyduck


Ash and Brock in Magical Pokémon Journey

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Main article: Ash Ketchum (EToP)

Ash Ketchum is a starring character in The Electric Tale of Pikachu, a manga series based on the anime. Ash's journey in The Electric Tale of Pikachu follows roughly the same plot as in the anime: first traveling the Kanto region to participate in the Pokémon League, before embarking on a journey around the Orange Archipelago.

In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga

Ash, along with Misty and Brock, made cameo appearances in bonus chapters of the Magical Pokémon Journey manga. In the bonus chapters, Ash and his friends have mistakenly wandered into the world Magical Pokémon Journey is set in. The bonus chapters chronicle their attempts to return to their own world (of the anime) and their encounters with various aspects of the Magical Pokémon Journey canon which differ from the anime's canon (such as the use of Poké Balls).

In the Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl manga

Ash and Pikachu appear as main characters alongside Dawn and her Piplup in the manga series Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl, an adaptation of the anime set in the timeline of the Diamond & Pearl series.

Pokémon

On hand
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Pikachu
Ash Grotle PDP.png
Turtwig → Grotle
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Staravia
Ash Chimchar PDP.png
Chimchar
Dawn Buizel PDP.png
Buizel
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Gliscor


Traded away
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Aipom


Temporary
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Piplup


In the movie adaptations

Ash with his friends in the movie 10 manga adaptation

Since Ash and his Pikachu have appeared in every Pokémon movie to date, likewise, Ash is a main character in every Pokémon movie manga adaptations. The same applies with Ash's team as they made similar appearances.


In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Ash or his Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Ash's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Ash's Torkoal Fighting       Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Space Fissure's Deoxys   009/019
Ash's Grovyle Grass       Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Aura's Lucario   001/020
Ash's Phanpy Fighting       Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Aura's Lucario   004/020
Ash's Swellow Colorless       Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Aura's Lucario   007/020
Ash's Aipom Colorless       Movie Commemoration VS Pack: Sea's Manaphy   010/019
Ash's Treecko Grass       ADV-P Promotional cards   036/ADV-P
Pikachu Pokémon M Lightning       Movie Commemoration Random Pack   012/022
Staraptor Pokémon M Colorless       Movie Commemoration Random Pack   018/022
Pikachu Pokémon M LV.X Lightning       DPt-P Promotional cards   043/DPt-P
 

Trivia

Ash after catching a Pokémon
Ash's drawing of a Dewgong

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese サトシ Satoshi Can be taken to mean 智 akira (wisdom; reason); named after Satoshi Tajiri.
English, German, Italian, Spanish, Canadian French Ash Ketchum Ketchum sounds similar to catch 'em. First name can be found in Japanese name, Satoshi. Also, Ash is a default name for Red in Pokémon Red and Blue. Ash trees are suggested as another explanation as well.
European French Sacha Ketchum Similar to Ash.
Korean 한지우
Han Jiu
ji is from 智 Satoshi. Alternatively, 지우 (知友) jiu can mean "close friend".
Chinese (Mandarin) 小智
Xiǎo Zhì
Diminutive nickname derived from 田尻智, Satoshi Tajiri.
Chinese (Cantonese) 小智
Síu Ji
Same as Mandarin name.
Indonesian Ali (Kanto saga)
Satoshi (Johto saga - present)
Originally from Arabic names that mean "high" or "exalted". Slightly similar to Ash.
Same as his Japanese name.
Thai ซาโตชิ
Satoshi
Same as his Japanese name.
Vietnamese
  • Satoshi
  • Ash Ketchum (in early promotions)
  • Same as his Japanese name.
  • Same as his English name.


See also

External links

On Bulbagarden forums



Trainers in PokéRinger competitions
Crossgate Town: VoltMayShaneJamesAsh
Squallville: TaylorProvoJamesStevelandPaulAsh

Games: BlueLanceRedStevenWallace
CynthiaAlderIrisDiantha
Anime: CaptainDrakeAsh KetchumLanceJon DicksonTyson
CynthiaWallaceTobiasAlderVirgilDianthaSteven
Origins: BlueRed
Adventures: Professor OakRedSteven
WallaceCynthiaAlderDiantha
EToP: DrakeAsh Ketchum

Indigo Plateau Conference: MandiPeteGaryJeanetteMelissaAshRitchieAssunta
Silver Conference: SalvadorJacksonMacyGaryAshHarrisonJon
Ever Grande Conference: JumpVivicaGilbertGavinDominickClark
JohnnyKatieMorrisonAshTyson
Lily of the Valley Conference: JeffreyNandoBarryConwayPaulAshTobias
Vertress Conference: RadleyMikaelUltimoKendrickTripBiancaEmmanuel
GeraldoStephanFloraKentonManningAsh
KatharineAntonioRussetRamoneCameronDinoVirgil

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplup
IrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenne
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarry
UrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilTiernoShaunaTrevor
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchie
TabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarret
Lysandre
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor Rowan
Professor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor Sycamore
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCress
GraceMeyer
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceMr. SukizoRaoul Contesta
Vivian MeridianScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlder
LukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMontgomeryJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaAlainMairin
AriaDianthaGurkinn
Gym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsMany temporary characters

Ash and Pikachu characters
Main characters
Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogepiBrockMayMaxJessieJamesMeowth
Rivals
Gary OakDrewMorrison
Gym Leaders
WhitneyClairRoxanneNormanNolandGretaLucy
Other
AnnaAzusaProfessor BirchCalistaCarolineProfessor CozmoDrakeEriko
Eriko's grandmotherMrs. GrimmHirotoJack PollocksonKiyoLilyProfessor Oak
OliverRobertShellySolanaTabithaTeam Rocket ScientistTimmy
Whitney's grandmotherWinstrate family

Main characters
Ash KetchumPikachuGary OakRitchieMay OakProfessor OakDelia KetchumJessieJamesMeowth
Gym Leaders
BrockMistyKogaSabrinaGiovanniRudyDrake
Other
A.J.AyaBillDamianDarioDuplicaEevee brothersGiselleJeanette FisherOfficer JennyJoeNurse Joy
Lara LaramieMahriMelanieMikeyMimiProfessor OrvillePotterFlorinda ShowersRubySamuraiTommy

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Last modified on 4 October 2014, at 12:10