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Ash's Pikachu

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In ''[[XY001|Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!]]'', Ash and Pikachu arrived in Kalos by plane along with Alexa. After being thrown out of the [[Lumiose Gym]] for not having enough Gym Badges, Ash was saved by {{an|Clemont}} while Pikachu was saved by {{an|Bonnie}}. Bonnie was excited to be holding Pikachu, leading to him shocking her because she was holding him too tightly. After becoming acquainted with their rescuers, Ash challenged Clemont to a battle, which Clemont reluctantly agreed to.
[[File:Ash and Pikachu.png|thumb|250px|left|Pikachu and Ash]]
In the battle, Pikachu faced [[Clemont's Bunnelby]]. Despite Clemont admitting that he only recently caught Bunnelby, he proved to be quite a challenge for Pikachu. Pikachu's Thunderbolt was blocked by Bunnelby, who used his ears to create a mud shield. Bunnelby then used Dig. Pikachu tried to confuse Bunnelby with his speedy movements, but the Digging Pokémon was able to hit him. Pikachu then scored a direct hit with Quick Attack, which Bunnelby quickly recovered from. Bunnelby then used Double Slap, hitting him several times before knocking him back. Pikachu then used Iron Tail which Bunnelby easily caught with his ears. Now, however, Bunnelby was unable to use his ears, giving Pikachu the opportunity to hit the Digging Pokémon with Electro Ball. The battle was then interrupted by Team Rocket, who once again attempted to steal Pikachu for their plans. Ash attempted to stop them, but Jessie had her Wobbuffet reflect Pikachu's attacks with {{m|Mirror Coat}}. Pikachu was saved by a {{AP|Froakie}}, who shielded Pikachu with its body at the cost of being injured. With Bunnelby and Froakie's help, Pikachu was used to blast off the villains. Froakie soon collapsed from its injuries, so Ash, Pikachu, and their new friends went to [[Professor Sycamore]] to heal Froakie back to health.
In [[SM002|the next episode]], Ash's classmates had a surprise welcome party for him, where he and Pikachu participated in several challenges. During their lunch break, Tapu Koko appeared again and stole Ash's hat, prompting Ash and his classmates to follow it. Arriving in a forest, Tapu Koko challenged Ash to a Pokémon battle. Pikachu was overwhelmed by Tapu Koko's fast moves and despite Electric Terrain being created by Tapu Koko's Ability {{a|Electric Surge}}, Pikachu's Thunderbolt didn't faze it. Tapu Koko then tapped Ash's Z-Ring, activating it and allowing Pikachu to perform {{m|Gigavolt Havoc}}, which destroyed a large part of the area but also caused Ash's Electrium Z to shatter. Afterwards, Tapu Koko flew off again.
[[File:Ash and Pikachu.png|thumb|250px|left|Pikachu and Ash]]
In ''[[SM009|To Top a Totem!]]'', Pikachu was used in Ash's first [[island challenge]] trial in [[Verdant Cavern]]. Alongside {{AP|Rowlet}}, he first fought a Yungoos and {{p|Gumshoos}}. The two {{type|Normal}}s showed to be tough opponents, as they were able to use {{m|Sand Attack}} to obstruct Pikachu and Rowlet's sight and movements before hitting them with their attacks. Ash then came up a similar tactic using Rowlet's {{m|Leafage}}, allowing Pikachu to knock Gumshoos out with Iron Tail, while Rowlet defeated Yungoos. Afterwards, Pikachu and Rowlet had to face a {{pkmn2|Totem}} Gumshoos. This Gumshoos proved to be extremely powerful, being able to endure Pikachu's Thunderbolt and knock him to the ground, after which it defeated Rowlet. After his Electro Ball got redirected by Sand Attack, Pikachu was hit hard once again. Pikachu then used Gumshoos's Sand Attack against it by hiding in the sand while using Quick Attack, allowing him confuse and repeatedly attack Gumshoos before finishing it off with a Thunderbolt. This win earned Ash a [[Normalium Z]].