Ash caught Pidgeot as a Pidgeotto in Viridian Forest, in Ash Catches a Pokémon. Having previously failed to capture its pre-evolution, Pidgey, and a Spearow, Ash was prepared to fight the Pidgeotto before attempting a capture. However, his Caterpie was easily overwhelmed by the Flying-type Pokémon. After recalling Caterpie, Ash sent out his Pikachu. Pikachu used Thunder Shock to weaken Pidgeotto, allowing Ash to capture it. Later, Ash used Pidgeotto in its first battle against Team Rocket. Despite it fighting alone against Ekans and Koffing, it managed to hold its own, but was ultimately defeated.
In Challenge of the Samurai, Pidgeotto was used to weaken a wild Weedle for Ash to capture, but the small bug escaped when Samurai arrived and challenged Ash to a battle. Weakened by the battle with Weedle, Pidgeotto battled Samurai's Pinsir. Pidgeotto started off with Sand Attack, but Pinsir simply ran through the dust and defeated it with a single Tackle.
In Showdown in Pewter City, it battled Geodude in Ash's rematch with Brock. Its Gust proved ineffective on the Rock/Ground type Pokémon, and it was quickly knocked out.
In The Water Flowers of Cerulean City, Pidgeotto was used in Ash's Cerulean Gym Battle against Misty, where it fought Starmie. Pidgeotto started off with Whirlwind, but Starmie jumped into the water and then hit Pidgeotto with Tackle. Starmie then went for another Tackle, but got knocked into the water by Pidgeotto's Wing Attack. Starmie, however, quickly recovered and struck Pidgetto with Tackle again. As Starmie headed back to attack once again, Pidgeotto used Gust to propel it with great force into the Gym's wall. The battle was then interrupted by Team Rocket, who tried to steal the gym's Pokémon.
Pidgeotto was gradually weeded out as an everyday battler when Ash captured Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander, used most often to blow away Smokescreens, pop holes in Team Rocket's balloon, or scout around to find the way to their next destination.
In Tentacool & Tentacruel, Pidgeotto bore Pikachu into battle with a giant Tentacruel, and was the only one of itself, Butterfree and Zubat to avoid Tentacruel's attacks, allowing Pikachu to attempt to negotiate a truce with the colony.
In The Ninja Poké-Showdown, Pidgeotto was used in Ash's Gym Battle against Koga, where it faced his Venonat, which promptly evolved into Venomoth. Pidgeotto tried blowing Venomoth's Stun Spore away with Whirlwind, but failed to do so, crippling it. Pidgeotto was then put to sleep by Sleep Powder, forcing Ash to substitute Pidgeotto for Charmander.
Pidgeotto played a very important part in Ash's Gym Battle in Battle for the Badge!. Ash's Squirtle and Bulbasaur were being brutalized by Giovanni's Kingler and Machamp, commanded by Jessie, but Pidgeotto turned the tables by using a Quick Attack/Double-Edge combination to inflict serious damage on her Rhydon.
In The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis, Pidgetto was sent out to battle an ancient giant Gengar. However, its Gust had no effect on Gengar, and it was absorbed by the monster. It was saved after the giant Jigglypuff put the huge creature to sleep.
Pidgeotto towed Team Rocket's balloon all the way to the stadium in order to allow Ash to reach his battle with Ritchie in time in Friend and Foe Alike. However, due to this it was too exhausted to battle, leaving Ash with only his disobedient Charizard to fight with once Squirtle and Pikachu were defeated.
In Pallet Party Panic, Ash returned to Pallet Town following the Indigo League. Here, he encountered an old enemy; the Spearow Ash had tried to catch the first day of his journey had evolved into Fearow and was leading other wild Spearow in harassing the local Pidgey flock. Pidgeotto tried to lead the wild Pidgey to safety, but was badly injured. Desperate to help its fellow birds, Pidgeotto evolved into Pidgeot and attacked Fearow with Gust and Quick Attack. It then led the other Pidgey and Pidgeotto to defeat Fearow. After their victory, Ash released Pidgeot to guard the wild Pidgey so that Fearow would not return for a sneak attack.
Ash promised to return for it after he was finished in the Orange Islands, a sentiment that he still hoped he could do in Fighting Flyer with Fire, where it appeared in a flashback. However, Ash has yet to fulfill said promise, with its role as his Flying-type being filled by such new Pokémon as Noctowl, Swellow, Staraptor, Unfezant, and Talonflame.
Best Wishes series
Pidgeot appeared in a flashback as a Pidgeotto in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!.
Personality and characteristics
Ash's Pidgeot did not undergo as much character development as his other five team members, as it had far fewer episodes focused on it. However, it was loyal and had an extremely strong relationship with Ash, the only one of his original six Pokémon he had never been on bad terms with before or after capture. It always followed his orders to the letter, even when this resulted in personal risk of self injury - taking on Fearow, Jessie's Arbok and the Ancient Giant Gengar are just three examples. Brock once stated that Pidgeotto would take any attack for Ash, and Misty lamented that Charizard was not as loyal as Pidgeotto.
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as a Pidgeotto
| Using Sand Attack|
as a Pidgeotto
| A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
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|Description: A variation of Gust, used to force the foe to evade. This technique was used once by Ash's Pidgeotto in Ash Catches a Pokémon. Pidgeotto slams its wings together, creating a small air flow around its wings forcing Jessie's Ekans to jump away.
In the manga
Pidgeotto in The Electric Tale of Pikachu
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
Ash also owns a Pidgeotto in The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga. It is the fourth Pokémon that Ash captures in the manga. It first debuts in Play Misty For Me. In that chapter, it was given the nickname Walter Pidgeotto (Japanese: ビジョン Vision).
Pidgeotto's capture is not shown, it is first seen when Ash is writing home to May Oak describing the Pokémon he has captured on his journey so far. Later, he tries to use it in his Gym battle against Misty, but it has disappeared from its Poké Ball, leaving a note saying "I'm beat! Off to get some R&R. Don't forget to write! -Pidgeotto".
It is unknown if Pidgeotto has permanently left Ash's party following this. It does not appear in the manga since then, including when Ash brings his entire party out of their Poké Balls in You Gotta Have Friends. The role of Ash's main Flying Pokémon is instead filled by Ash's Fearow.
- Pidgeot debuted long before the episode in which it evolved. Since the first episode of the series, Ash is shown throwing a Poké Ball containing Pidgeot and battling a Fearow in the opening Aim to Be a Pokémon Master.
- Pidgeot has since appeared in the tenth opening for the anime, Spurt!. However, it did not return in any episodes aired with the opening.
- Pidgeot also appeared in the Battle Frontier opening along with Tyranitar (Larvitar's mother). It was the only one of Ash's old Pokémon to have its Spurt! scene carried across to the dub opening.
- Pidgeot is the first evolved Pokémon caught by Ash.
- Pidgeot is Ash's only regional Normal/Flying-type Pokémon he released.
- In Pokémon Yellow, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, it is possible to catch under-leveled Pidgeotto in Viridian Forest, as a reference to Ash's Pidgeotto.