Satoshi (Zensho)

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サトシ Satoshi
Satoshi Zensho.png
Age 10
Gender Male
Hometown Pallet Town
Region Kanto
Relatives Mom
Trainer class Trainer, Champion
Game counterpart Red
Champion of Indigo League
Anime counterpart Ash Ketchum
Counterpart debut Pokémon - I Choose You!

(Japanese: サトシ Satoshi) is the main character of Pokémon Zensho, who is directly based on Red of the original games. Like his counterparts, he has a rival based on Blue: Shigeru.


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Satoshi first appears in Prologue: Pallet Town, beginning his journey on the same day as Shigeru. He starts off with Charmander, Shigeru with Squirtle. They have their first battle, which Satoshi wins.

Satoshi obtains all eight Badges and challenges the Pokémon League, where he sweeps through the Elite Four quickly and defeats his rival, Shigeru, who already beat the Elite Four, for the final time.

Satoshi pushes Shigeru out of the way of a falling pillar, damaged in their last battle by Shigeru's Blastoise, and the two renew their friendship, pledging to capture Mewtwo together.


On hand

Charmander → Charmeleon → Charizard
Main article: Satoshi's Charizard (Zensho)

Charizard is Satoshi's first Pokémon. He obtains it as a Charmander in the Prologue. It evolves into Charmeleon after defeating Shigeru's Squirtle and into Charizard after defeating Blaine's Arcanine.

Debut Prologue: Pallet Town

Pikachu → Raichu
Satoshi finds Raichu in Viridian Forest when it is still a Pikachu. Shy at first, it warms up to Satoshi after he proves that he is friendly.

In Cerulean City, Pikachu participates in its first Gym battle: it has trouble swimming and falls into the water. Although Satoshi does not defeat Misty, the Gym Leader, Pikachu wins Satoshi his Cascade Badge by saving Misty from a Team Rocket Grunt's Gyarados.

Pikachu voluntarily evolves into Raichu with a Thunderstone before battling the Elite Four. At the Indigo Plateau, it is seen defeating Lorelei's Cloyster.

Raichu's known moves are Thunderbolt and Thunder.

Debut Pewter City
Ditto is a Pokémon that Satoshi finds in the Safari Zone.

Ditto's only move is Transform.

Debut Fuchsia City
Lapras originally belonged to Sabrina and is given to Satoshi after it tries to defeat Giovanni.

Lapras's known moves are Mist and Hydro Pump.

Debut Saffron City
Satoshi captures Jigglypuff around the time he battles Blaine. Satoshi has Jigglypuff lull Articuno to sleep that Blaine might capture the legendary bird. The circumstances of its capture are never explored.

Jigglypuff's only known move is Sing.

Debut Cinnabar Island
Satoshi's Alakazam first appears when Satoshi sends it out to battle Agatha's Gengar. The circumstances of its capture are never explored.

None of Alakazam's moves are known.

Debut Indigo Plateau

In the Box


Magikarp, Slowpoke, Krabby, and Psyduck
Satoshi receives many Magikarp (at least three), a Slowpoke, a Krabby, and a Psyduck from a fisherman in return for his Dratini while at the Safari Zone. They are all sent to his Box afterwards.

None of these Pokémon's moves are known.

Debut Fuchsia City

Formerly owned

Misty gives Seel to Satoshi after he saves her from Gyarados. Satoshi then releases it upon arriving in the Seafoam Islands.

None of Seel's moves are known.

Debut Cerulean City
Dratini is a Pokémon that Satoshi found in the Safari Zone by fishing. He gives it to a fisherman afterwards, in exchange for several Water-type Pokémon (see above).

None of Dratini's moves are known.

Debut Fuchsia City
Satoshi catches a Nidoran♂ while the Pokémon is getting the mail. However, the Nidoran♂ ends up being a metamorphosed Bill. Bill returns to his human self when Satoshi places him in a machine that separates his human self from his Pokémon self.

None of Nidoran♂'s moves are known.

Debut Vermilion City


  • He shares his name with Ash Ketchum from the Pokémon anime. However, he is based on Red, not Ash, so his name actually comes from the optional names from the game. A similar situation applies to Shigeru, Satoshi's rival and Haruka from Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪.
  • Satoshi suffers a complete loss to Shigeru in their second rematch; despite the comic being based almost entirely on the games, this situation actually runs counter to them, because, in the games, victory is necessary to proceed.
  • Unlike Ash's Pikachu, Satoshi's Pikachu voluntarily uses a Thunderstone on itself in order to evolve into Raichu; this is in preparation for the battles against the Elite Four.
    • Satoshi is Red's only counterpart to own a Pikachu, and permanently evolve it into Raichu.

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