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Ash's Pikachu

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{{series|Sun & Moon}}
==={{series|Sun & Moon}}===
Pikachu joined Ash, Delia, and Mimey on a vacation to the [[Alola]] region in ''[[SM001|Alola to New Adventure!]]''. On their way to the [[Pokémon School]] on [[Melemele Island]], Pikachu and Ash followed a wild {{p|Grubbin}} into a forest, where the two noticed {{an|Kiawe|a Trainer}} riding a {{p|Charizard}}. They followed him and arrived at the Pokémon School, where they met some of the school's students as well as {{an|Professor Kukui}} and Professor Oak's cousin, [[Samson Oak]]. Ash later used Pikachu to battle a trio of {{tc|Team Skull Grunt}}s, who were harassing Kiawe, and their trio of {{p|Zubat}}, {{p|Salandit}}, and {{p|Yungoos}}. PikachuAfter wasa able to dodge their Salandit's attacks with ease and seriously damage them with Quick Attack and Thunderbolt.while, Kiawe then had his {{TP|Kiawe|Turtonator}} use the [[Z-Move]] {{m|Inferno Overdrive}}, which knocked [[Team Skull]]'s Pokémon out in one shot. That evening, Pikachu and Ash followed {{DL|Guardian deities (anime)|Tapu Koko}}, the [[Guardian deities|guardian deity]] of Melemele Island, who handed Ash a [[Z-Ring]] and an [[Electrium Z]]. Pikachu later remained in Alola with Ash, when he decided to study at the Pokémon School.
In [[SM002|the next episode]], Ash's classmates hadheld 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'swhich Thunderbolthe didn't faze itaccepted. Tapu Koko theneventually 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 obstructAfter 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 knockknocked Gumshoos out with Iron Tail, while Rowlet defeated Yungoos. Afterwards, Pikachuthey and Rowlet had to facefaced a {{pkmn2|Totem}} Gumshoos. ThisDespite Gumshoosits provedextreme to be extremely powerfulstrength, 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 usedoutwitted Gumshoos's Sand Attack against it by hiding in the sand while using Quick Attack, allowingwith himpure confusestrategy and repeatedly attack Gumshoos before finishingfinished it off with a Thunderbolt. This win earned Ash a [[Normalium Z]].
Pikachu was used as Ash's final Pokémon in his battle against [[Hala]] during the Melemele Island grand trial in ''[[SM010|Trial and Tribulation!]]''. He faced Hala's {{p|Hariyama}}, who was able to block his attacks using its big hands and hit him afterwards. WhileDespite repeatedlysustaining gettingseveral hit by Hariyama's {{m|Arm Thrust}}hits, Pikachu eventually managed to slip past Hariyama and strike it with Thunderbolt. Hariyama, however, was not fazed by this attack and proceededable to use {{m|Belly Drum}}, maximizing its Attack but also halving its health. Pikachu then used Quick Attack in an attempt to dodgeknock Hariyama's Z-Move {{m|All-Out Pummeling}}, but was ultimately hit by the attack. After getting up, Pikachu circled around Hariyama using Quick Attack and managed to knock it off its feet using Iron Tail. Ash used this opportunity to have Pikachu perform {{m|Breakneck Blitz}}, which sent Hariyama flying and knocked it out. Having cleared the Melemele Island grand trial, Ash was rewarded a new Electrium Z.
In ''[[SM019|A Guardian Rematch!]]'', Ash and Pikachu trained for a rematch against Tapu Koko. The next day, the two were greeted by Tapu Koko again and were challenged to another battle. Unlike their last battle, Pikachu managed get a few hits on the guardian deity, but was eventually struck by its powerful attacks. Ash and Pikachu showed their improvements by performing Gigavolt Havoc, which was this time powerful enough to sent Tapu Koko flying. A clash between Pikachu and Tapu Koko, however, blasted the former off a cliff, prompting Ash to jump after him. The two were saved in time by Tapu Koko, who flew off afterwards.
In ''[[SM030|The Ol' Raise and Switch!]]'', Professor Kukui tasked everyone with switching their partner Pokémon with somebody else. As a result, Pikachu was given to {{an|Lillie}}, whilst [[Snowy]] went to Ash. Because of her fear of Pokémon, Lillie decided to have a battle with [[Hobbes]] and his {{p|Oricorio}} to help conquer her fear. where despiteDespite her lack of battle experience, Lillie was able to defeat Oricorio and was able to touch Pikachu. Ash then proposed a battle against Lillie and Pikachu, to show them how strong he and Snowy had gotten together.
In ''[[SM043|When Regions Collide!]]'', Ash used Pikachu in his battle against Misty, in whichwhere he battled her {{TP|Misty|Gyarados}}. The two started with a collision of Hydro Pump and Thunderbolt. Pikachu then rushed towards Gyarados and scored a direct hit with Quick Attack, sending Gyarados flying. Pikachu then started charging up Electro Ball as Gyarados used {{m|Rain Dance}}, confusing everyone. Ash told Pikachu to ignore the rain and attack. Gyarados, however, countered with a Rain Dance powered Hurricane, which destroyed the Electro Ball and sent Pikachu flying. Deciding it was time toAt getone seriouspoint, Misty revealed her [[Key Stone]] and Mega Evolved Gyarados into Megaher Gyarados. Gyarados launched a Hydro Pump that destroyed the rock Pikachu was standing on and sent him flying into the water. Not letting up, Gyarados tried to attack Pikachu with Crunch, but was struck by Iron Tail after Pikachu managed to climb onto its body. Gyarados then dove underwater and used Hurricane, creating a cyclone of water aroundthat trapped Pikachu. Ash told Pikachu to use Thunderbolt to break itHowever, but failed. Ash soon came up with the idea to have Pikachu run on Thunderbolt's electricity with Quick Attack, allowing Pikachu to escape from the cyclone. The two then preformed their Z-Move, Gigavolt Havoc, which hit Gyarados head -on, defeating it and giving Ash the win.
During Ash and his classmates' travels in [[Ultra Deep Sea]] to rescue [[{{an|Lusamine]]}} in ''[[SM054|10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!]]'', Pikachu fought Lusamine, who had been fused with a {{DL|Recurring wild Pokémon inUltra theBeasts (anime)|Nihilego}}. Eventually, Pikachu and Ash prepared to perform Gigavolt Havoc, until Ash's Electrium Z mysteriously turned into a [[Pikashunium Z]]. This allowed the two to perform {{m|10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt}} for the first time; the Z-Move defeated Nihilego, weakening it enough for Lillie and {{an|Gladion}} to pull Lusamine free from its hold.
In ''[[SM076|A Battle Hand-Off!]]'', Ash used Pikachu in his trial battle at the {{OBP|Thrifty Megamart|Abandoned Site}}, where he battled Team Rocket and {{TP|Jessie|Mimikyu}}. Pikachu was quickly overwhelmed by Mimikyu's barrage of attacks, eventually leaving him open for Mimikyu's Z-Move, {{m|Let's Snuggle Forever}}. However, Pikachu was able to survive the attack by protecting itself with his newly learned {{m|Electroweb}}. Using his new move, Pikachu was also able to trap Mimikyu, which allowed him and Ash to perform a Z-Move of their own. Ash's Electrium Z then turned into a Pikashunium Z again, allowing Pikachu to use 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt once more and defeat Mimikyu. This allowed Ash to qualify for a chance to challenge [[Nanu]]'s grand trial.