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Ash's Pikachu

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[[File:Ash Pikachu EP001.png|thumb|left|220px|Pikachu's debut appearance]]
In the first episode of the [[Pokémon anime]], ''[[EP001|Pokémon - I Choose You!]]'', Ash woke up late the day he was supposed to go to [[Professor Oak's Laboratory]] to obtain his first Pokémon. When he arrived at the lab, the three available starter Pokémon, {{p|Bulbasaur}}, {{p|Charmander}}, and {{p|Squirtle}}, had already been taken by other Trainers who had arrived on time. Seeing Ash's disappointment, {{an|Professor Oak}} gave him Pikachu, who, at first, [[Obedience|did not care at all for his new Trainer]], constantly zapping him and anyone else nearby. He refused to go into his [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}}, and when Ash failed to catch a {{p|Pidgey}}, he laughed at him. However, by the end of the episode, Ash gained Pikachu's trust by protecting him from an attack by a flock of angry {{p|Spearow}}. Seeing this act of selflessness, Pikachu defended Ash from the Spearow as well, and the two of them became inseparable friends, a moment that was capitalized on by catching a glimpse of an {{an|Ho-Oh|unknown Pokémon}} flying by. Ash then rushed to [[Viridian City]] in order to get Pikachu hospitalized quickly, as he had been badly injured during the fight.
[[File:Ash Pikachu debut.png‎|thumb|220px|Pikachu and Ash meeting for the first time]]
In ''[[SM109|A Grand Debut!]]'', Ash used Pikachu in his [[Poni Island]] grand trial against [[Hapu]], where he went up against her {{p|Mudsdale}}. Due to the type disadvantage and Mudsdale's {{a|Stamina}} Ability, Pikachu initially struggled to inflict damage on his opponent. After Pikachu endured a hit from Mudsdale's {{m|Tectonic Rage}}, the battle turned to Pikachu's favor when one of the battlefield's pillars crashed into the ocean. This splashed Musdale with seawater, which induced the effects of {{m|Soak}} and allowed Pikachu to knock the Draft Horse Pokémon out with Gigavolt Havoc. Afterwards, Hapu offered Ash a choice of type-specific Z-Crystals; Pikachu opted for a [[Steelium Z]], which Hapu awarded to Ash for his victory.
In [[SM115]], Pikachu battled [[Team Skull]]'s leader [[Guzma]] and his {{p|Golisopod}}. The match ended prematurely when Golisopod returned to its [[Poké Ball]] due to its {{a|Emergency Exit}} [[Ability]].
==Personality and characteristics==
Ash's Pikachu, along with {{Ash}}, {{an|Misty}} and {{an|Brock}}, makes a cameo appearance in the bonus chapters at the end of every volume of the [[Magical Pokémon Journey]] {{pkmn|manga}} series. In the bonus chapters, Ash and friends have mistakenly wandered into the Magical Pokémon Journey world and are trying to return to the world of the {{pkmn|anime}}, encountering many unusual situations along the way, including encounters of aspects of the Magical Pokémon Journey canon which are different in anime canon.
Ash's Pikachu shows a video to {{MPJ|Pikachu}} of him bouncing a [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}} on his head in [[One Hundred Fifty-One]].
===In the Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl manga===
* Pikachu is Ash's only Pokémon capable of evolving by use of an evolutionary stone, not counting {{AP|Snorunt}} who could not evolve through use of an evolution stone at the time of its capture and normal evolution.
* Pikachu is the first Pokémon in the anime to defeat a Mega Evolved Pokémon without Mega Evolving, defeating [[Korrina]]'s [[Mega Evolution|Mega]] {{TP|Korrina|Lucario}} in ''[[XY044|Showdown at the Shalour Gym!]]''.
* As Pikachu hates being in his [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}}, it is rarely ever seen, with a known total of only six confirmed appearances throughout the whole series (flashbacks not included). These being in ''[[EP001|Pokémon - I Choose You!]]'', ''[[EP005|Showdown in Pewter City]]'', ''[[Snow Way Out!]]'', ''[[AG024|A Corphish Out of Water!]]'', ''[[XY020|Breaking Titles at the Chateau!]]'', and ''[[XY079|A Frenzied Factory Fiasco!]]''.
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