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Ash's Pikachu

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{{series|Sun & Moon}}
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|The Dealer of Destruction!]]'', Pikachu battled [[Team Skull]]'s leader [[Guzma]] and his {{p|Golisopod}}. Despite the type advantage, Pikachu was quickly overwhelmed by Golisopod, as he was unable to penetrate the Hard Scale Pokémon's armor even when using his Z-Move {{m|Corkscrew Crash}}. The match ended prematurely when Golisopod returned to its Poké Ball due to its {{a|Emergency Exit}} [[Ability]].
 
Ash used Pikachu in the [[Battle Royal]] round of the [[Manalo Conference]] in [[SM129]], where he was able to defeat various Trainers' Pokémon. Pikachu briefly faced Jessie's Mimikyu before the round came to a conclusion, allowing Ash to proceed to the next round.
 
==Personality and characteristics==
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