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In ''[[SM055|The Professors' New Adventure!]]'', during Kukui's and burnet's wedding reception, Ash and his friends are invited to join an Ultra Beast response task force, known as the [[Ultra Guardians]], which they all agree to.
[[File:Ash Ultra Guardian outfit.png|thumb|250px|Ash in his Ultra Guardian uniform]]
In ''[[SM061|A Mission of Ultra Urgency!]]'', Ash and his classmates were invited to their first mission as the [[Ultra Guardians]], their goal being to capture a {{p|Buzzwole}} that had appeared through an Ultra Wormhole. The Ultra Guardians encountered Buzzwole at [[Mahalo Trail]], where Ash started battling it with Pikachu. Throughout the battle, although Pikachu was able to land a Thunderbolt, Buzzwole constantly had the upper hand. However, when Kiawe tried to join the fight, it turned out that Buzzwole actually preferred flexing to battling, so Ash and Kiawe started flexing with it, requiring {{Rotom}} to remind Ash that he needed to throw a {{ball|[[Beast}} Ball]] while the [[Ultra Beast]] was distracted. As such, Ash flung a Beast Ball at Buzzwole, successfully capturing it. Later, Buzzwole was brought to [[Melemele Meadow]], where [[Professor Burnet]] temporarily opened a new wormhole, allowing Buzzwole to return back home.
 
In ''[[SM067|Love at First Twirl!]]'', Ash encountered a {{AP|Poipole}} who seemed strangely attached to Pikachu. After a small incident in which Pikachu went missing, Rowlet was poisoned, and Team Rocket appearing (and consequently disappearing), Poipole was confirmed to be an Ultra Beast. Ash was permitted to capture it, though he failed several times as Poipole thought the catching process was a game. After Ash helped it understand what was really happening, Poipole allowed itself to be captured, and was allowed to stay with the group until they could find its Ultra Wormhole and send it back.
Although viewed as a normal [[human]], Ash does have some special abilities, as he is said to have the same [[Aura]] as [[Sir Aaron]], a legendary hero, and is theoretically able to manipulate it in much the same way. Therefore, he made a connection with Sir Aaron's {{OBP|Lucario|M08}}. However, he has not received any training in this field, opting to continue his Pokémon journey instead. He has also been likened to an ancient Aura guardian in ''[[DP056|The Keystone Pops!]]'', who also had a partner {{p|Pikachu}}. Later, in ''[[DP071|Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 1]]'' and ''[[DP072|Part 2]]'', Ash uses Aura again to locate a lost {{p|Riolu}} and read Riolu's mind as well. This time, however, he merely senses the Aura, rather than manipulating it. Ash also has the unique ability to use [[Bond Phenomenon]].
 
Though his passion remains in battling, Ash is always eager to try new things, especially if he can do them together with {{cat|Ash's Pokémon|his Pokémon}}, having participated in other events like [[Pokémon Contest]]s, [[PokéRinger]] tournaments, and even a [[Hearthome Collection|fashion show]] and a {{pkmn|Dress-Up Contest|cosplay convention}} as well as various other {{cat|Pokémon competitions}}. He has [[Contest Pass]]es for [[Sinnoh]] and [[Hoenn]]. Ash carries with him half of a broken [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}}, while [[Gary Oak]] has the other half, as a symbol of their ongoing, but now friendly, rivalry; [[Misty's special lure]], which she sent to him as a gift; and half of the {{DL|Ribbon|Terracotta Medal}} he received after his [[Contest Battle]] with May in the unofficial {{to|Terracotta}} Contest ended in a tie.
 
His father has not been introduced. The anime suggests that his father was once a Pokémon Trainer who began his journey in Pallet Town, and that he is still living. In the original, he is also confirmed to have a grandfather, whose son followed his footsteps. An interview with the series' storyboarder [[Masamitsu Hidaka]] confirmed Ash's father is a Trainer on his own journey. According to Hidaka, Ash's father may or may not be introduced in the series, depending on its necessity to further Ash's maturity and development as a Trainer. On the other hand, according to [[Pocket Monsters: The Animation|Takeshi Shudō's novelization]], Ash's father left home to go on a journey right after Ash was born, and never returned since. As he never registered his name in the Pokémon Trainer's list, his whereabouts are unknown.