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Ash's Pikachu

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{{series|Diamond & Pearl}}
In ''[[DP132|Evolving Strategies!]]'', Pikachu was Ash's fifth Pokémon used in his Full Battle against Paul. First, he went up against {{TP|Paul|Magmortar}}. During the battle, Pikachu received multiple serious burns from Magmortar's {{a|Flame Body}} Ability as well as Flamethrower. Though he finally struck Magmortar with an Iron Tail, he took burn damage again after, forcing him to be recalled. Later, he went up against Paul's very powerful {{TP|Paul|Ursaring}}. Pikachu was soon hit with Hammer Arm, but the physical contact activated his Static, paralyzing Ursaring and giving Pikachu the opportunity to hit it with Iron Tail. The paralysis, however, activated Ursaring's {{a|Guts}} Ability, greatly increasing Ursaring's Attack. Pikachu tried stopping Ursaring with Thunderbolt, but it managed to push through and slammed him into [[Lake Acuity]] with an extremely powerful Hammer Arm, taking him out of the match as well as injuring him.
In ''[[DP140|Historical Mystery Tour!]]'', Pikachu was used in a battle against Barry's {{p|Heracross}}, but the battle ended prematurely when Barry saw a {{p|Xatu}} flying and decided to follow it. In [[DP141|the following episode]], Pikachu startedwas offused usingin Quickthe Attack[[Festival Battle Challenge]], buta Heracrosstournament enduredmarking the hitend andof hitthe him[[Twinleaf withFestival]], Hornwhose Attack.winner Theirgets the opportunity to battle was[[Tower stopped,Tycoon whenPalmer]]. Pikachu faced off against Barry's sawEmpoleon ain {{p|Xatu}}the flyingfinal round and decidedmanaged to followwin, itearning Ash a battle against the [[Frontier Brain]].
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Later, inIn ''[[DP165DP179|FlintThe SparksEighth Wonder of the FireSinnoh World!]]'', Pikachu was used in a battle againstbattled [[Sinnoh Elite FourVolkner]] member's {{efp|FlintElectivire}}. He faced [[FlintPikachu's Infernape]],Electric whoattacks hadwere alreadyrendered defeatedineffective Ashdue to Electivire's Buizel and his Infernape. Pikachu first used Quick Attack, but Infernape simply took the attack and used {{ma|FlareMotor BlitzDrive}}. PikachuAbility, counteredwhich withincreased Voltits Tacklespeed. However, causingsubsequent anattacks explosion.from InfernapeElectivire andactivated Pikachu's thenStatic, clashedslowing withElectivire {{m|Mach Punch}}down and Iron Tail, but Infernape overpoweredallowing Pikachu sendingto himdodge flyingits intoretaliatory a wallattacks. InfernapeAs thenElectivire hitwent Pikachufor hard withan {{m|CloseIce CombatPunch}} and slammed him down to the ground. Before hitting the ground, Pikachu still managed to hitoutrun Infernape withthe Thunderbolt. InfernapePokémon thenand headeddefeat downwardsit usingwith FlareIron Blitz, being unable to dodgeTail. Pikachu was hitthen hardrecalled. byHe thelater Fire-typewent move.up Pikachu, however,against still didnVolkern'ts give{{p|Luxray}}. up and usedHis Quick Attack. Infernapewas tookstopped theby attack{{m|Shock againWave}}, and used this chance to knockknocking him back with Close Combat. Pikachu then usedlaunched Thunderbolt,three butsuccessful Infernape countered with FlareIron BlitzTails, breaking throughbut the attackfourth and hitting him hard. Pikachu and Infernape then clashed with Volt Tackle and Mach Punch, causing an explosion, knocking Pikachu to the ground. As Pikachu went for one more Volt Tackle, Infernapewas countered withby {{m|Thunder PunchFang}}, causingwhich anotheroverpowered explosionPikachu. AsHe thewas smokethen clearedknocked bothout Pokémonby wereLuxray's still standing, but eventually Pikachu fell down, giving Flint theShock winWave.
In ''[[DP179|The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!]]'', Pikachu battled against [[Volkner]]'s {{p|Electivire}}. Pikachu first launched a Quick Attack, which Electivire dodged. Electivire then launched a Fire Punch and {{m|Ice Punch}}, both of which were dodged. After dodging these attacks Pikachu had hit Electivire with two Thunderbolts, which Electivire absorbed due to its Ability {{a|Motor Drive}}, increasing its Speed. Due to its increased Speed, it dodged Iron Tail with ease and managed to hit Pikachu with Fire Punch. Electivire then hit Pikachu with Ice Punch, which activated Pikachu's Static, paralyzing Electivire as well as slowing it down. Due to Electivire's paralysis, Pikachu was able to dodge an Ice Punch and countered another one with Iron Tail. As Electivire went for another Ice Punch, Pikachu managed to outspeed the Thunderbolt Pokémon and defeat it with Iron Tail. Pikachu was then recalled. He later went up against Volkern's {{p|Luxray}}. His Quick Attack was stopped by {{m|Shock Wave}}, knocking him back. Pikachu then launched three successful Iron Tails but the fourth was countered by {{m|Thunder Fang}}, which overpowered Pikachu. He was then knocked out by Luxray's Shock Wave.
In the [[Lily of the Valley Conference]], Ash used Pikachu as his first Pokémon in his battle against Paul in ''[[DP186|Familiarity Breeds Strategy!]]''. He was used against Paul's {{p|Aggron}}. First he and Aggron clashed with Iron Tail and Metal Claw, proving to be equal in power. Aggron then countered with {{m|Metal Sound}}, hurting Pikachu's ears. Pikachu managed to stop Aggron with Thunderbolt and headed forwards using Volt Tackle. This attack, however, was stopped by Aggron's {{m|Flash Cannon}}, dealing much damage. Pikachu was then recalled in place of Infernape. [[DP187|Later]] Pikachu was used again in Ash's battle against Paul, this time facing Paul's {{p|Froslass}}. Froslass started off using {{m|Hail}}, activating her {{a|Snow Cloak}} Ability, making it hard to keep track of Froslass's movements. As Pikachu kept getting attacked by his opponent, he tried countering with Thunderbolt. The falling hail, however, protected Froslass from Thunderbolt, giving Froslass the chance to hit Pikachu hard with an {{m|Ice Shard}}. Pikachu then tried attacking with Volt Tackle, only to be easily dodged by the Snow Land Pokémon. As Froslass went for another Ice Shard to finish Pikachu off, Pikachu managed to avoid it by jumping and hit Froslass with a super-effective Iron Tail. Due to the large amount of damage Froslass had taken, the hail disappeared. Froslass then went for an Ice Beam, freezing Pikachu. As Froslass was about to finish Pikachu off with Ice Shard, Pikachu managed to thaw out with Volt Tackle and knocked the Snow Land Pokémon out. This gave Pikachu his first win against one of Paul's Pokémon and also gave Ash the lead in the battle. He was then once again recalled. During [[DP188|the continuation of their battle]], Ash sent Pikachu out to battle Paul's Electivire. Electivire started off by using Thunder on the battle field, launching rocks at Pikachu. Pikachu, however, managed to maneuver through the rocks with Quick Attack and strike Electivire with a direct hit on the head. Electivire, however, quickly recovered and grabbed Pikachu with its tails. As Pikachu tried using Iron Tail, Electivire smacked him to the ground. Using these movements however, Pikachu managed to escape from Electivire's grip. Pikachu and Electivire then clashed with Quick Attack and Brick Break, pushing both Pokémon back. Pikachu then went for Volt Tackle. Electivire blocked the attack, activating its Motor Drive Ability. It then went for a speedy Thunder Punch, but this was countered by Pikachu's Iron Tail. Both attacks, however, proved to be equal in power making Pikachu unable to move. This gave Electivire the opportunity to use Brick Break with its other arm, knocking Pikachu out.