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In the manga
==In the anime==
The concept of levels of Pokémon is not as detailed, nor as frequently mentioned, in the {{pkmn|anime}}. Unlike the games, the term appears to be applied more loosely, with higher levels correlating with increased strength of the Pokémon and its moves. This can be seen in several instances throughout the anime:
* The first time levels were referred to was briefly by {{MTR}} during theIn ''[[EP002|secondPokémon episodeEmergency!]]'', when{{MTR}} hesays saidthat [[Ash's Pikachu]] wasis "powerful beyond its evolutionary level."
* {{an|Misty}} mentions levels inIn ''[[EP051|Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden]]'', where she says "That {{p|Rhyhorn}} must be at a ''high level''!"in referringreference to a {{tc|Hiker}}'s {{p|Rhyhorn's formidable strength as it}} useswhose {{m|Take Down}} onhas injured [[Ash's Bulbasaur]], severely{{an|Misty}} injuringsaid it."That {{p|Rhyhorn}} must be at a ''high level''!"
* In the Japanese version of ''[[EP065|Showdown at the Po-ké Corral]]'', {{an|Gary}} mentions taking the opponent's level into account before beginning a battle in the Japanese version of ''[[EP065|Showdown at the Po-ké Corral]]''.
* In ''[[EP112|Enter The Dragonite]]'', when {{Ash}} chose Bulbasaur to battle {{OBP|Drake|Orange League}}'s {{p|Electabuzz}}, Tracey reminded Ash that level had to be taken into account as well as type despite Grass Pokémon being resistant to Electric-type moves. After Bulbasaur was defeated, Drake comments that [[Ash's Charizard]] is at a higher level than he thought, as it was able to withstand a series of super-effective Electric attacks from Electabuzz.
* In ''[[EP120|Roll On, Pokémon!]]'', Ash's [[Pokédex]] mentions that the length of a {{p|Donphan}}'s tusks indicates its level, allowing Brock to deduce that the short-tusked Donphan they encountered was a young and low-level one.
* Brock mentions in ''[[EP201|Doin' What Comes Natu-rally!]]'' that moves become more powerful as a Pokémon's level is raised; and Ash adds that the best way to raise levels is by battling.
* In ''[[AG158|Queen of the Serpentine!]]'', Brock comments howthat {{FB|Pike Queen|Lucy}}'s {{p|Milotic}} is at a high level after it defeated [[Ash's Donphan]] with a single hit.
* In ''[[DP163|Fighting Ire with Fire!]]'', {{an|Brock}} mentions [[Barry's Empoleon]] has leveled up a ton since last seeing it, referring to how its battle against a {{p|Mothim}} went.
* In ''[[DP173|Dealing with a Fierce Double Ditto Drama!]]'', when teaching [[Narissa]], Brock says "Now let's level you up. And the only way to do that is to get [[experience]] from battling."
There are few instances in the anime where the concept of levels more closely resembles that of the games. In ''[[EP009|The School of Hard Knocks]]'', {{OBP|Joe|EP009|one of the students}} at [[Pokémon Tech]] was able to quote the levels at which {{p|Pidgey}} and the rest of its family [[evolution|evolve]] and learn certain [[move]]s. Furthermore, [[Giselle|another student]] stated that Pikachu should be at least level 25. Another time was during a quiz in ''[[EP245|Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up?]]'', when [[Nurse Joy]] asks {{an|Professor Oak}} and [[James]] (disguised as Professor Oak) what move {{p|Slowbro}} learns at level 46. When James fails to know the answer, he says that he has Amnesia. For his luck, however, {{m|Amnesia}} was the correct answer.
* In ''[[EP009|The School of Hard Knocks]]'', {{OBP|Joe|EP009}}, one of the students at [[Pokémon Tech]], was able to quote the levels at which {{p|Pidgey}} and the rest of its family [[evolution|evolve]] and learn certain [[move]]s. Additionally, [[Giselle]], another student, stated that [[Ash's Pikachu]] should be at least level 25.
* In ''[[EP245|Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up?]]'', [[Nurse Joy]] asks {{an|Professor Oak}} and [[James]] (disguised as Professor Oak) what move {{p|Slowbro}} learns at level 46, for which {{m|Amnesia}} was the correct answer.
Levels are also mentioned in the [[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon]] special episodes ''[[SS019|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate!]]'' and ''[[SS020|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness]]'', but are not explained.
===In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga===
The concept of levels appears rarely in the [[The Electric Tale of Pikachu]] manga; however, in ''[[ET07|Pikachu's Excellent Adventure]]'', [[Samurai]] specifically mentions level 99 {{p|Slowpoke}} and {{p|Magikarp}} which canare said to be found in the [[Hidden Village]].
===In the Pokémon Adventures manga===
At the end of every {{adv|volume}}, or starting from {{PAV|15}}, at the end of certain {{adv|round}}s, the current levels of at least one of the main characters' Pokémon are given in a Pokédex or Adventure Map section.
The level mechanic appears in the plot twice. In the {{chap|FireRed & LeafGreen}}, [[Orm]]'s black [[Pokédex]] was able to deduce the power of {{adv|Yellow}}'s Pokémon in terms of level; Yellow then used her own mysterious power to sharply raise her team members' levels. In the {{chap|Emerald}}, {{adv|Emerald}} found out that the {{pTP|Emerald|Sceptile}} he used during his {{gdis|Battle Factory|III}} challenge, and later smuggled out, was able to survive an opposing {{p|Glalie}}'s {{m|Sheer Cold}} due to its higher level; Sceptile was Levelat level 51, even though Emerald's challenge was in the Level 50, Single Battle mode, meaning that the rest of the rental Pokémon were Levelat level 50.
===In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga===
The concept of levels seems to exist in [[Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All]], as inIn ''[[GDZ17|Catch Bellsprout!]]'', [[Shu]] comments that the {{p|Bellsprout}} he is battling against is at a higher level than his {{p|Ponyta}}.