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Ash's friends

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Ash and his friends Dawn and Brock

Ash's friends are the traveling companions that Ash Ketchum has had with him on his journey on his quest to become a Pokémon master. While he started his journey alone, many people have joined his party while touring the Pokémon world; usually at least one new companion joins—and another leaves—every time a new region is visited. Johto is the only region where Ash did not acquire a new friend that would travel with him.

Original series

Misty

Main article: Misty

Misty joined Ash in Pokémon Emergency!, traveling with him because she wanted him to replace her bike, which was destroyed by his Pikachu. She would continuously travel with him until Gotta Catch Ya Later!, when she returned to Cerulean City nearly full-time to lead her family's gym, though she briefly traveled to Hoenn and met up with Ash's Advanced Generation group, and again to "escort" her back home.

Pokémon

Misty
Hometown: Cerulean City First joined in: Kanto
Episodes Present
EP001-EP273, AG044-AG045, AG132-AG134, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Method Pre-series Kanto Orange Johto Hoenn / Frontier Sinnoh
Caught 116054 060 222 130370
Hatched 175 298
Evolved 061186 176
Given 298
Released 176
Unknown 118120121


Brock

Main article: Brock

Brock first joined Ash in Showdown in Pewter City after Ash battled him in the Pewter City Gym. After his father Flint offered to take over the duties of Gym Leader, Brock followed Ash through Kanto, leaving briefly from Poké Ball Peril to A Tent Situation to work for Professor Ivy. After this episode, Brock returned to be with Ash and Misty until Gotta Catch Ya Later!, though he, unlike Misty, would return shortly, in You Can Never Taillow, sticking with Ash until the end of the series. He would again return in Two Degrees of Separation!, and so traveled through Sinnoh with Ash until Memories are Pearls! Friendship is a Diamond!!. Of all of Ash's friends, Brock is his closest friend and treats him like a brother.

Pokémon

Brock
Hometown: Pewter City First joined in: Kanto
Episodes Present
EP005-EP083, EP115-273, AG004-AG192, DP002-DP191
Method Pre-series Kanto Orange Johto Hoenn / Frontier Sinnoh
Caught 041 204 258270438 453
Hatched 440
Evolved 205042169 271272259208 185
Given 095 037
Released 037
Unknown 074


Tracey Sketchit

Main article: Tracey Sketchit

After Brock left, Ash's traveling group was again down to two, as it had been for the first five episodes of Kanto. However, this would not last very long, as in The Lost Lapras, Tracey essentially invited himself along for the rest of the Orange Islands saga. Traveling with Ash, he wished to attain his ultimate goal of meeting Professor Oak, which he did when Ash returned to Kanto in A Tents Situation. After this, he remained in Pallet Town to be Professor Oak's assistant.

Pokémon

Tracey
Hometown: Unknown First joined in: Orange Archipelago
Episodes Present
EP084-EP116, EP273, AG133, AG192
Method Pre-series Orange Johto Hoenn / Frontier Sinnoh
Caught 123
Hatched 298
Unknown 048183


Advanced Generation series

May

Main article: May

Ash may have traveled to Hoenn alone; however, shortly after his arrival, he met May, a young girl who desired to travel around the world and a fellow Trainer who was just starting her journey. Though she initially did not care for Pokémon battles, she eventually found Pokémon Contests, in which she competed in both Hoenn and Kanto. May traveled with Ash through the entire Advanced Generation saga, from Get the Show on the Road to Home is Where the Start Is. She, like Misty, reappeared briefly during the Diamond & Pearl series to compete in the Wallace Cup.

Pokémon

May
Hometown: Petalburg City First joined in: Hoenn
Episodes Present
AG001-AG192, DP075-DP079
Method Pre-series Hoenn / Frontier Post-Frontier Sinnoh
Caught 265300001446
Hatched 133
Evolved 266267256257 008002003 471
Given 255007


Max

Main article: Max

Max is May's younger brother. He did not have any Pokémon of his own because he was too young, but he often befriended certain Pokémon. He traveled with the group from There's no Place Like Hoenn until Home is Where the Start Is, when he went home to Petalburg City. However, he made a promise to Ash that as soon as he got his own Pokémon, he would battle Ash.

Max
Hometown: Petalburg City
First joined in: Hoenn
Episodes Present
AG003-AG192

Diamond and Pearl series

Dawn

Main article: Dawn

Like his journey into Hoenn, Ash ventured to Sinnoh alone, where, in When Pokémon Worlds Collide!, he would meet Dawn. From that point, after saving Ash's Pikachu and having her bike fried in a similar way to May's and Misty's, Dawn would travel with Ash and Brock through Sinnoh, which she did until DP191.

Pokémon

Dawn
Hometown: Twinleaf Town
First joined in: Sinnoh
Episodes Present
DP001-DP191
Method Pre-series Sinnoh
Caught 427417418220
Hatched 155
Evolved 424221473
Given 393468
Released 424
Trade 190
Traded 418


Best Wishes series

Iris

Main article: Iris

Iris is said to be a wild girl, as proven by the fact that she swings on vines. She is expected to travel throughout Isshu with Ash.

Pokémon

Iris
Hometown: ???
First joined in: Isshu
Episodes Present
???
Method Pre-series
Unknown Iris's Kibago

Dento

Main article: Dento

Dento, a Pokémon Sommelier and a Gym Leader, is the apparent replacement of Brock.

Pokémon

Dento
Hometown: ???
First joined in: Isshu
Episodes Present
???
Method Pre-series
Unknown Iris's Kibago


See also

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplup
IrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenne
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarry
UrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorSawyer
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchie
TabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarret
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor Rowan
Professor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor Sycamore
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCress
GraceMeyer
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceMr. SukizoRaoul Contesta
Vivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhoury
Don GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetMontgomeryJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorter
AlexaClembotAlainMairinLysandreStevenAriaDianthaGurkinnMonsieur Pierre
Gym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsMany temporary characters


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