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[[File:Ash Pikachu wounded.png|thumb|left|220px|Ash rushing Pikachu to the Pokémon Center]]
Pikachu's next major battle was in Ash's [[Vermilion Gym]] battle against [[Lt. Surge's Raichu]] in ''[[EP014|Electric Shock Showdown]]''. [[Lt. Surge]] laughed at Ash for attempting to defeat his Raichu with its pre-evolved form, angering Ash and Pikachu. Indeed, Raichu turned out to be more powerful than Pikachu, and a combination of attacks from it resulted in so much damage to Pikachu that he had to be hospitalized. Later, Ash offered to let Pikachu evolve into a {{p|Raichu}} with a [[Thunder Stone]] that Nurse Joy had given him. However, Pikachu refused, wanting to defeat Raichu on his own terms. During the subsequent rematch with Lt. Surge, Pikachu once again faced Raichu. Using moves like {{m|Agility}} and {{m|Quick Attack}}, which Raichu didn't know, Pikachu managed to gain the upper hand, dodge Raichu's attacks, and ultimately defeat it, thus earning Ash the {{badge|Thunder}}.
 
In ''[[EP022|Abra and the Psychic Showdown]]'', Pikachu was sent out to battle [[Sabrina's Abra]] during Ash's [[Saffron Gym]] battle. It proved to be a tough foe, using {{m|Teleport}} to avoid Pikachu's attacks. Abra then suddenly evolved into Kadabra, making it much stronger. Eventually, Kadabra used {{m|Psychic}} to control Pikachu's body and repeatedly smash him into the ceiling. Unwilling to see his friend suffer, Ash forfeited the match. In Ash's subsequent rematch with [[Sabrina]] in ''[[EP024|Haunter versus Kadabra]]'', Pikachu fought Kadabra again, since {{TP|Sabrina|Haunter}} didn't show up and his other Pokémon were too terrified. Eventually, Haunter appeared and made Sabrina and Kadabra laugh, leaving them incapacitated. As a result, Ash was declared the winner by [[Sabrina's father]], which earned him the {{badge|Marsh}}.
In [[SS013]], Ash used Pikachu to battle a [[Gigantamax]] {{p|Drednaw}} that was rampaging outside [[Wyndon Stadium]]. His attacks were ineffective, forcing Ash and Pikachu to run, but unexpectedly, they stumbled upon glowing cracks on the ground, from which [[Dynamax]] energy poured out and caused Pikachu to Gigantamax too. Initially, Pikachu had trouble moving around in his new, giant form, but soon got used to it. Following advice from [[Leon]], Ash told Pikachu to use {{m|G-Max Volt Crash}}, defeating Drednaw and causing it to revert back to normal. Afterwards, Pikachu returned to normal as well. Later, Ash used Pikachu in a battle against Leon and his {{p|Charizard}}. With the help of the [[Dynamax Band]] that Ash received from Leon, Pikachu was able to Gigantamax again. Despite this, however, Pikachu was defeated by Charizard's {{m|G-Max Wildfire}}.
 
In [[SS018]], Ash used Pikachu in his battle against [[Visquez]] so he could increase his [[World Championships|Pokémon World Championships]] ranking. Pikachu first went up against Visquez's {{p|Raichu}}., Evenbut thoughstarted Pikachuto wasget doing his best, Raichu overpowered himoverwhelmed. Because ofAs thissuch, heAsh waschose recalledto soonwithdraw afterPikachu and wassend substituted forout {{AP|Gengar}}. Later,in hehis wasplace. Ash later sent Pikachu back out to battleface Visquez's {{p|Electrode}}, which had just defeated Gengar. Despite Electrode's powerinitially andhaving the upper speedhand, Pikachu usedwas Ironeventually Tailable to slowdefeat it. downHowever, andupon defeatedreceiving it.the Whenknockout blow, Electrode's [[{{a|Aftermath]] Ability}} activated, hebut shieldedPikachu himselfused Electroweb just fromin the blastknick usingof Electrowebtime to protect himself, winningleading to only Electrode fainting. As such, Ash won the battle, andleading bringingto his rankWorld Championships ranking shooting up to 3,763.
 
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