One of Ash's Tauros
Ash spent some time in the Safari Zone in the episode EP035. He was attempting to catch as many Pokémon as possible, though all he ended up with were thirty Tauros as they always ran in front of his Safari Balls when he tried to make a catch. At the end of Ash's adventures in the Safari Zone, all thirty Tauros were sent to Professor Oak's laboratory. This episode has never been aired outside of Japan due to the firearms being a plot point. The dub merely mentions in Showdown at the Po-ké Corral that Ash caught the Tauros in the Safari Zone without the captures ever being depicted.
The Tauros' main characteristic is stampeding. This means that the lab is a good place for them, as there is plenty of space to run around. They have proved useful at the laboratory, stampeding to wake up Ash's Snorlax in times of crisis. However, the stampeding has caused mishaps. The first time Ash returned to Pallet Town in Showdown at the Poké-Corral, they stampeded through a fence and sent Team Rocket blasting off.
Later, they stampeded through the lab, leaving a mess and a large hole in the wall.
Ash began using Tauros when he needed a replacement for Snorlax for his battle for the Winner's Cup of the Orange League in Hello Pummelo and Enter The Dragonite. He sent the now-sleeping Snorlax to Oak's for one of his Tauros to see if the "beginner's luck" strategy he had used in the Indigo Plateau Conference with Kingler and Muk would work again. Tauros seemed shocked but very pleased when Ash chose him.
After an initial failure when hit with Gengar's Confuse Ray, Tauros went up against Drake's Venusaur. His Fissure and Take Down attacks caused him to become lodged in the now sandy field, and he was helpless when Venusaur, who he had managed to hurl into the air, hit him with SolarBeam. However, this freed him from the sand, and he defeated Venusaur with a very powerful Take Down. He later fought Drake's Dragonite, managing to stand firm and catch Dragonite's Body Slam on his horns; Ash remembered the sand's cusioning effect and used it to his advantage this time. Tauros then slammed Dragonite into the ground, but Dragonite recovered and took down Tauros with a Thunder. His efforts allowed Pikachu to land the final blow and win Ash the tournament.
Ash's Tauros was returned to its herd in A Tent Situation. A Tauros appeared in A Farfetch'd Tale, where it crowded into Ash's screen with Kingler, Snorlax and Muk to wish him luck for his next gym battle.
The Tauros was used again in early Johto during the Pokémon Swap Meet, in Tricks of the Trade. One of the events was a Tauros-battling competition, which Ash entered after exchanging Heracross for Tauros. Ash then sprinted into the stadium to challenge Fernando, the undefeated champion with ten straight wins. Ash's Tauros locks horns with Fernando's, and manages to overpower his with a Take Down that threw Fernando's Tauros into the arena wall and knock it out, winning Ash the tournament. Ash then received multiple offers to trade Tauros for an Onix, Nidoqueen and a Rhyhorn, as well as Benny's Wobbuffet. However, he explained that he wasn't there to trade; and sent Tauros back to Professor Oak in the next episode, The Fire-ing Squad!.
Ash later used a Tauros in the Silver Conference, in The Ties That Bind. He fought Gary's Nidoqueen. managing to push through the rocks thrown by Rock Smash and charge with a Horn Attack. Nidoqueen blocked Tauros by catching his horns and then launched a Hyper Beam, easily knocking Tauros out of the match.
On Ash's return from Hoenn in The Right Place and the Right Mime, the Tauros were seen running towards him with his other Pokémon. However, they were so pleased to see him that they got carried away and stampeded off with Ash on their backs, and Ash had to be retrieved by his Bayleef before he could be reunited with the other Pokémon. He used Tauros again in the battle against Salon Maiden Anabel in Talking a Good Game!, first against her Alakazam. It went on an offensive charge, but was easily defeated by a combination of Focus Punch and Psybeam. After training the next day (and being so spooked by a Beedrill's Twineedle that it managed to hurl Ash, Anabel, Pikachu and Corphish flying into a lake), it was used in the rematch in Second Time's the Charm. This time, it was used against Metagross, using Horn Attack to throw Metagross into the air. Metagross' Hyper Beam was countered by Double Team, but the beam slashed through all of the duplicates and hit Tauros. He quickly recovered and struck the recharging Metagross hard. Its final Take Down was countered by Meteor Mash, taking out both Pokémon.
Due to the large number of Tauros, it is impossible to determine any one personality. However, the Tauros seem to share a very enthusiastic personality, and a love of exercise. In terms of battling, despite the very small moveset available during most of their screentime, they are all extremely strong, capable of throwing a Metagross, Dragonite, Tauros and Venusaur into the air from a standing position, using only his neck muscles.
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- Brock caught a Tauros at the same time that Ash caught his first Tauros. Because of this, some believe that Brock should own a Tauros, and the writers forgot about it in subsequent episodes. However, he caught it using one of Ash's Safari Balls, and therefore it is one of the thirty belonging to Ash.
- Despite them all being captured in green Safari Balls, they all have regular Poké Balls when Ash calls them into battle.
- It has never been revealed whether Ash uses the same Tauros whenever one of them is transferred to him or if Professor Oak simply sends him a random one each time. However, it is likely that the one Ash uses is the leader of the herd.
- Ash's Tauros are the only Pokémon belonging to a main character to be caught in a banned episode.
- Ash was offered a Rhyhorn in exchange for his Tauros after winning the Tauros battling competition. Ash had tried to capture a Rhyhorn in the Safari Zone, but a Tauros ran past and was captured instead. Despite this, Ash chooses to keep his Tauros.
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Tauros.
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