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Ash's Bayleef
サトシのベイリーフ Satoshi's Bayleaf
Poké Ball
Ash Bayleef.png
Ash's Bayleef
Debuts in The Chikorita Rescue
Caught at Route 29
Evolves in Current Events
Gender Female[1]
Ability Unknown
Current location At Professor Oak's Laboratory
Chikorita Bayleef
This Pokémon spent 73 episodes as Chikorita.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Chikorita Mika Kanai
As Bayleef Mika Kanai

Ash's Bayleef (Japanese: サトシのベイリーフ Satoshi's Bayleaf) was the second Pokémon that Ash caught in the Johto region, and his fifteenth overall.


In the anime


Original series

As a Chikorita

Bayleef debuted in The Chikorita Rescue as a Chikorita. Chikorita was especially stubborn, going so far as to fight Ash's Charizard despite obvious overwhelming odds, and was injured in the process. Team Rocket kidnapped her and tried to convince the stubborn Pokémon to join them, but Ash eventually won her confidence by saving her from Team Rocket.

Chikorita was used in Once in a Blue Moon to try getting the GS Ball back. However, Chikorita only wanted to be affectionate, so when Quagsire got near Ash, Chikorita got angry and tried to hit it with her leaf but accidentally hit Ash instead. Misty and Brock noticed her affection toward Ash, leading Brock to speculate that she had developed a crush on Ash.

Chikorita made her Gym battle debut in Fighting Flyer with Fire, where she took on Falkner's Hoothoot. Ash showed that he believes in Chikorita by defending his choice to a disapproving Falkner, but Chikorita was outclassed by the Flying-type, who dodged her Vine Whip and Razor Leaf and then knocked her out with a Peck and a Tackle.

Chikorita's jealousy of Pikachu and resentment towards Ash arose in Chikorita's Big Upset. Ash tried to withdraw Chikorita for Pikachu in a battle with a Trainer's Raticate, but Chikorita would not allow this and the battle was suspended by the time Ash returned her. She later ran away during the night and stumbled into the territory of a group of urban Pokémon. Lashing out at the leader, she knocked it out and became the new leader. Team Rocket tried to take her and the other Pokémon with their robot made out of tires, but Ash risked himself to save her, and Chikorita returned the favor by catching him when he fell. The two then took down the robot and Chikorita forgave Ash and became friends with Pikachu.

In Gettin' The Bugs Out, Ash used Chikorita as his second Pokémon in his Azalea Gym Battle despite the type disadvantage, something which Bugsy mocked. She went up against Spinarak. After dodging some String Shots she used Vine Whip, which Spinarak was able to dodge by aiming String Shot at a tree. Chikorita launched multiple Vine Whip attacks, all of which were dodged by Spinarak who used the trees to dodge. Her Razor Leaf and Spinarak's Poison Sting collided and destroyed each other. Chikorita then used Sweet Scent to distract Spinarak and then she defeated it with Tackle. She then went up against Metapod, Chikorita used Vine Whip but Metapod countered with Harden, and Vine Whip didn't faze Metapod. The same thing happened with her Razor Leaf. She used Razor Leaf again but Metapod jumped and used Tackle, knocking Chikorita out.

In The Totodile Duel, Chikorita defeated Misty's Staryu in a battle to determine who got a wild Totodile. She was almost defeated by the powerful Water Gun, but she dug in her heels and then managed to dodge a Tackle and hit Staryu from behind with Vine Whip. By this point, she had proven to increase her battling capability significantly, taking down Jessie's Arbok in a single Tackle in The Heartbreak of Brock.

With Ash, upon evolution into Bayleef

In Current Events, Chikorita evolved into Bayleef to protect Ash from Team Rocket. However, in the following episode, Turning Over A New Bayleef, the amorous Pokémon was shown not to have realized she had grown so much and continued to act as though she was still small enough to leap into Ash's arms. This problem was addressed when she ran away after Ash scolded her to "get away and stay away". Bayleef then came across Haruno and her Pokémon, and she and Ash made up in the process of taking down Team Rocket's giant Bayleef mecha. After the villainous trio had been defeated, Bayleef showed her affection towards Ash by using her newly learned Body Slam on him.

In Ash's Gym battle against Chuck in Machoke, Machoke Man!, Bayleef single-handedly won Ash the Badge after Pikachu's defeat to Poliwrath. She bested Poliwrath in a display of strength, slamming Poliwrath to the ground with a Vine Whip and then using Body Slam to knock it out. She then fought Chuck's powerful Machoke, taking damage from Karate Chop and Submission, but showed good strategy by restricting Machoke's arms with her vines to block his Cross Chop, and then used her own Submission-induced momentum to in turn slam Machoke to the ground. She then used Body Slam and a point blank Razor Leaf to take out Machoke and win the battle.

She was briefly sent back to Professor Oak's lab in Dueling Heroes in exchange for his Kingler, who Ash needed to compete in the Whirl Cup. She did not warm up to Oak well, and Oak called Ash to inform him that Bayleef was restless. Finished with Kingler, Ash returned Bayleef to his team in the next episode.

In Extreme Pokémon!, Bayleef participated in the Extreme Pokémon Race with Ash, racing Gary Oak and his Arcanine. She showed an immense feat of strength by hurling Ash at Team Rocket's balloon so that Ash could pierce it with his skateboard and rescue Arcanine. She then arrived just in time to attack Jessie's Arbok and hold it off long enough for Gary to catch up, who took down Arbok with his Arcanine. Bayleef and Ash worked together to finish the race and they managed to best Gary just at the end, winning the race for Ash.

It was the only member of his then-current team to make up Ash's team of six against Gary Oak. In Can't Beat the Heat!, she was sent out to give Ash a type advantage over Gary's powerful Blastoise, managing to use Vine Whip to jump above Hydro Pump. However, her aerial Razor Leaf was deflected by a Rapid Spin, and she was knocked out when Blastoise bit her leaf and tossed her aside.

Bayleef leaping with Vine Whip

She redeemed this loss in Playing with Fire!, in a battle with Harrison's Houndoom, again showing innovativeness by clamping Houndoom's jaw shut with Vine Whip and then using Body Slam to take it down. She put up her best efforts against Blaziken, but was unable to overcome another type disadvantage and was defeated by Fire Punch.

Ash left Bayleef at Professor Oak's lab before he departed for the Hoenn region.

Advanced Generation series

In Showdown at the Oak Corral, she was seen helping Tracey to feed the Pokémon at the ranch.

She was reunited with Ash in The Right Place and the Right Mime, where she rescued him from his stampeding Tauros, who had carried him off in their excitement.

Diamond & Pearl series

In An Old Family Blend!, after briefly being stolen by Team Rocket, Bayleef escaped from her ball and went looking for Ash. Eventually, Bayleef thundered out of the trees and tackled Barry. Then, she found Ash and tackled him too. When he tried to return her to her Poké Ball, she took it in her mouth, wanting to spend more time with Ash. She later helped destroy the hands of one of Team Rocket's mechas, and afterwards was sent back to Professor Oak's lab. Bayleef was not seen participating in the Lily of the Valley Conference.

Best Wishes series

Bayleef was reunited with Ash in The Dream Continues!, where she and the rest of Ash's Pokémon posed in a group photo with him.

Personality and characteristics

Chikorita showing affection

In the early part of the series, Bayleef developed what seemed to be a crush on Ash, constantly fighting for his attention and trying to get his approval. As a Chikorita, her personality was stubborn, passionate and sometimes violent. She easily gets jealous of the attention Ash’s other Pokémon receive — especially Pikachu. However, some of her more extreme personality traits seemed to have mellowed with evolution. She has proven to be a powerful and tactical battler, often using her vines to restrict her opponent's moves (clamping Houndoom’s jaw and Machoke’s arms) or even as a propeller to become airborne, a move later copied by Gary’s Nidoqueen.

Moves used

Ash Bayleef Body Slam.png
Using Body Slam
Ash Chikorita Sweet Scent.png
Using Sweet Scent
as a Chikorita
Move First Used In
Razor Leaf  The Chikorita Rescue
Vine Whip  The Chikorita Rescue
Tackle Chikorita's Big Upset
Sweet Scent Gettin' The Bugs Out
Body Slam  Turning Over A New Bayleef
Headbutt  Playing with Fire!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the manga

Bayleef in Ash & Pikachu

In the Ash & Pikachu manga

Bayleef only appeared on the scoreboard in One Half Of A Poké Ball.

In the movie adaptations

Bayleef appeared as a Chikorita in Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei.

Moves used

Move First Used In
Vine Whip Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • Bayleef was the only Pokémon that Ash owned that evolved during the Johto saga.
  • Bayleef was Ash's first confirmed female Pokémon.
  • Bayleef is Ash's only Grass-type Pokémon to evolve only once. All his other Grass-types either evolved twice or have not evolved at all.
  • In the Dutch dub of the anime, Chikorita was incorrectly referred as a "he", implying it was a male.

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