Ash's friends

This article is about Ash's main traveling companions. If you were looking for a general list of people Ash has met on his journey, see Character of the day.


Ash and his current traveling friends Iris and Cilan

Ash's friends are the traveling companions that Ash Ketchum has had with him on his journey on his quest to become a Pokémon master. While he started his journey alone, many people have joined his party while touring the Pokémon world; usually at least one new companion joins—and another leaves—every time a new region is visited.

Johto is the only region where Ash did not acquire a new friend that would travel with him, although Brock came back after his absence.

Original series

Misty

Main article: Misty

Misty joined Ash in Pokémon Emergency!, traveling with him because she wanted him to replace her bike, which was destroyed by his Pikachu. She would continuously travel with him until Gotta Catch Ya Later!, when she returned to Cerulean City nearly full-time to lead her family's Gym, though she briefly traveled to Hoenn and met up with Ash's Advanced Generation group, and again to "escort" her back home.

Pokémon

Misty
Hometown: Cerulean City First joined in: Kanto
Episodes Present
EP001-EP273, AG044-AG045, AG132-AG134, M01-M05, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Method Pre-series Kanto Orange Johto Hoenn / Frontier
Caught          
Hatched    
Evolved     
Given  
Released  
Unknown    


Brock

Main article: Brock

Brock first joined Ash in Showdown in Pewter City after Ash battled him in the Pewter City Gym. After his father Flint offered to take over the duties of Gym Leader, Brock followed Ash through Kanto, leaving briefly from Poké Ball Peril to A Tent Situation to work for Professor Ivy. After this episode, Brock returned to be with Ash and Misty until Gotta Catch Ya Later!, though he, unlike Misty, would return shortly, in You Can Never Taillow, sticking with Ash until the end of the series. He would again return in Two Degrees of Separation!, and so traveled through Sinnoh with Ash until Memories are Made of Bliss!. Of all of Ash's friends, Brock is his closest friend and treats him like a brother.

Pokémon

Brock
Hometown: Pewter City First joined in: Kanto
Episodes Present
EP005-EP083, EP115-273, AG004-AG192, DP002-DP191, M01-M13, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon, SS025
Method Pre-series Kanto Orange Johto Hoenn / Frontier Sinnoh
Caught          
Hatched  
Evolved            
Given    
Released  
Unknown  


Tracey Sketchit

Main article: Tracey Sketchit

After Brock left for working with Professor Ivy, Ash's traveling group was down to two, as it had been for the first five episodes of Kanto. However, this would not last very long, as in The Lost Lapras, Tracey essentially invited himself along for the rest of the Orange Islands saga. Traveling with Ash, he wished to attain his ultimate goal of meeting Professor Oak, which he did when Ash returned to Kanto in A Tents Situation. After this, he remained in Pallet Town to be Professor Oak's assistant.

Pokémon

Tracey
Hometown: Unknown First joined in: Orange Archipelago
Episodes Present
EP084-EP116, EP225, EP273, AG133, AG192, DP001, M02-M04, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Method Pre-series Orange Johto Hoenn / Frontier
Caught  
Released  
Unknown   


Advanced Generation series

May

Main article: May

Ash may have traveled to Hoenn alone; however, shortly after his arrival, he met May, a young girl who desired to travel around the world and a fellow Trainer who was just starting her journey, and then ended up destroying her bike just like that of Misty. Though she initially did not care for Pokémon battles, she eventually found Pokémon Contests, in which she competed in Hoenn and then later in Kanto. May traveled with Ash through the entire Advanced Generation saga, from Get the Show on the Road to Home is Where the Start Is, after which she went off to Johto to compete Contests there. She, like Misty, reappeared briefly during the Diamond & Pearl series to compete in the Wallace Cup.

Pokémon

May
Hometown: Petalburg City First joined in: Hoenn
Episodes Present
AG001-AG192, DP075-DP079, M06-M09, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Method Pre-series Hoenn / Frontier Post-Frontier Sinnoh
Caught     
Hatched  
Evolved           
Given   


Max

Main article: Max

Max is May's younger brother. He does not have any Pokémon of his own because he is too young,(however, he does own a pokenav) but he often befriends certain Pokémon(such as Jirachi, in the movie "Pokemon Jirachi Wish Maker). He traveled with the group from There's no Place Like Hoenn until Home is Where the Start Is, when he went home to Petalburg City. However, he made a promise to Ash that as soon as he got his own Pokémon, he would battle Ash.

Max
Hometown: Petalburg City
First joined in: Hoenn
Episodes Present
AG003-AG192, M06-M09, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon

Diamond and Pearl series

Dawn

Main article: Dawn

Like his journey into Hoenn, Ash ventured to Sinnoh alone, where, in When Pokémon Worlds Collide!, he would meet Dawn. From that point, after saving Ash's Pikachu and having her bike fried in a similar way to May's and Misty's, Dawn would travel with Ash and Brock through Sinnoh, which she did until Memories are Made of Bliss!.

Pokémon

Dawn
Hometown: Twinleaf Town
First joined in: Sinnoh
Episodes Present
DP001-DP191, M10-M13, SS024
Method Pre-series Sinnoh
Caught     
Hatched  
Evolved     
Given   
In training  
Trade  
Traded  


Best Wishes series

Iris

Main article: Iris

Iris is said to be a wild girl, as proven by the fact that she swings on vines. She decided to travel throughout Unova with Ash.

Pokémon

Iris
Hometown: Dragon Village
First joined in: Unova
Episodes Present
BW001-Present
Method Pre-series Unova
Caught    
Given  
Evolved  

Cilan

Main article: Cilan

Cilan, a Pokémon Connoisseur and one of the Gym Leaders of Striaton City, travels with Ash and Iris in their journey through Unova.

Pokémon

Cilan
Hometown: Striaton City
First joined in: Unova
Episodes Present
BW005-Present
Method Pre-series Unova
Caught    
Unknown  

See also

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisHaxorusCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom PokédexGoh
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulNandoZoeyKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronAriaAlainMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladionHoracioHauLeonRaihanHoraceBeaLeague Conference participantsCoordinatorsPerformersWorld Coronation Series participants
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerGozuTabithaMaxieShellyArchieHunter JSaturnCyrusMarsJupiterCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretMalamarLysandreMableCelosiaAlianaXerosicBryonyTuppZippRappPlumeriaGuzmaVirenRoseOleana
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor BurnetProfessor CeriseProfessor MagnoliaSoniaProfessor Amaranth
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUluWalkerCamilleHalta
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceClairRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoSteven StoneVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaBrandonMarianYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryTobiasDon GeorgeElderAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisVirgilNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaKorrinaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSamson OakAnelaHobbesNinaAnnaLakiDanaYansuWickeFabaIlimaAcerolaDiaChloeChrysaRenParkerTaliaLeiDanikaQuillonHopGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland kahunasMany temporary characters
Supporting Pokémon Ho-OhHaunterJigglypuffMewtwoMimeyGranbullPichu BrothersDelibirdLarvitarLake guardiansMeloettaWooperSquishyZ2Guardian deitiesBewearToucannon's flockStoutlandOranguruLight trioStuffulUltra BeastsGrandpa ForestShayminRotom PhonesPelipperDrone RotomRecurring wild Pokémon


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