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Shu

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This article is about the character from Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All. For the character from the Pokémon anime with the same Japanese name, see Drew.

Shu ‎
シュウ Shū
Shu.png
Shu and his Pikachu
Gender Male
Hometown Unknown
Region Kanto
Relatives Father, mother
Game counterpart Red
Anime counterpart Ash Ketchum
Counterpart debut Pokémon - I Choose You!

Shu (Japanese: シュウ Shū), is a Pokémon Trainer that specializes in capturing wild Pokémon. He is the main character of the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga.

Character

Shu in his alternate outfit

Shu uses a device called the Income, a headset created by his father that lets him talk to his Pokémon. He also uses a Pokédex. He has terrible aim and frequently misses his targets when throwing Poké Balls. Shu is enthusiastic and often comes up with bizarre but effective schemes for capturing wild Pokémon, such as dressing up in giant Pokémon suits. He is very loyal to his Pokémon, though his Pikachu is willful and will refuse orders. His rival is Tomio.

History

Shu met his Pikachu in Special Chapter: I Caught a Pikachu! when he found Pikachu's Poké Ball abandoned in a forest. Apparently, the Poké Ball had become defective and was releasing Pikachu's electricity everywhere. Shu was able to fight against the current and release Pikachu, after which they became partners. Even though they are close friends, they argue constantly.

Shu made his first official appearance in Shu and Pikachu's Debut! traveling with Pikachu. While encountering a Caterpie, he has Pikachu battle it before a Pidgey eats it for dinner. Pikachu refused as he was tired and fell asleep in a hanging sleeping bag. Pikachu told Shu to capture it himself. Shu tried many tactics to catch Caterpie but they all failed. Shu tried the Transformation Tactic as his last tactic by dressing up as one. As Caterpie got distracted by the sight of Shu's disguise, Shu escaped from his costume and caught Caterpie. As Shu was celebrating, a flock of Pidgey grab him by the costume as they think he was their dinner. Shu was freed by Pikachu as the flock released him from midair and as they crashed, Shu and Pikachu go back to their arguing.

In A Powerful Opponent, Venusaur!, they get lost in a forest and while Shu quietly sneaked in the grass, he bumped into a Venusaur. He pulled it out to get a closer look but Venusaur started to become angry at Shu for doing so. As Pikachu battled it, Shu told him to get away from Venusaur as it was too big. Shu eventually protected Pikachu after Venusaur was about to attack him with its vines. The bond between Shu and Pikachu caused Venusaur to cease its attacks.

In A Match For Pokémon, Shu attempted to capture a Venomoth but Tomio beated him to it. Tomio accused Shu of being a slowpoke when he was unable to capture Venomoth as well as other Pokémon from a couple of meters away. Shu, insulted, challenged Tomio to a match to see who can capture the most Pokémon. The match went underway and by the time it was sunset, Shu had 19 Pokémon. He encountered a Nidoran♂ and since Nidoran♂ had an injured leg, Shu gave him a bandage instead of capturing him. As the contest concluded, Shu had less Pokémon caught than Tomio so he was about to give up his Pokédex until Nidoran♂ and its family showed up and the match went to Shu.

Shu arrived in Celadon University in The Challenge at Celadon University!. A gatekeeper stopped him before Shu went in. The gatekeeper gives him an entrance exam in order to determine if Shu will be allowed in. Shu answered the question correctly and went in. He went to the Chemical Research Laboratory first and was given more questions during his journey in Celadon University in which he incorrectly answered the first as it was asking for the highest price tag instead of the tallest.

Shu heard a noise in the Pokémon University Hospital and went to check it out, which was a Machamp struggling during treatment. Shu tried getting Machamp to calm down with Pikachu's ThunderShock but it made Machamp more angry and destroyed a fish tank containing a Magikarp. Shu jumped in to protect Magikarp and gets pounded on by Machamp. Eventually, Magikarp saved him with Dragon Rage as it wanted to do the same that Shu did for it. As Shu saved the university, he was rewarded with a medal with Magikarp and Gyarados engravings on it.

In A Farfetch'd Fencing Match!, he attempts to catch a Farfetch'd but Farfetch'd sliced the Poké Ball in half. Farfetch'd's Trainer, Ryoma, arrived and accused Shu of stealing his Farfetch'd. Ryoma battled Shu after making fun of Shu and Pikachu. Shu had trouble keeping up with Farfetch'd since it was too fast. Eventually, Shu came up with a technique called Lightning Sword and defeated Ryoma and Farfetch'd.

Pokémon

Shu's Pikachu
Pikachu
Main article: Shu's Pikachu

Pikachu is Shu's main partner on his team and has been used more times than his other Pokémon. Despite their hard times with each other, both Shu and Pikachu remain to be friends.

Debut Shu and Pikachu's Debut!
Shu's Caterpie
Caterpie
Shu caught Caterpie by disguising himself as one. This plan worked unlike his previous ones.

Caterpie's known moves are String Shot and Tackle.

Debut Shu and Pikachu's Debut!
Shu's Nidoran
Nidoran
While Shu was in a Pokémon Get Match with his rival, Tomio, a Nidoran♂ shows up. However, before Shu can catch Nidoran, his leg appears to be in bad shape, so Nidoran was set free. After the contest, Nidoran shows up as soon as Shu was about to lose and joins Shu on the journey.

Nidoran♂'s only known move is Fury Attack.

Debut A Match for Pokémon
Shu's Bellsprout
Bellsprout (×2)
Shu captured a Bellsprout in a Pokémon Get Match against Tomio in A Match For Pokémon. He captures another Bellsprout in Catch Bellsprout!.

Shu's second Bellsprout knows the moves Stun Spore and Sleep Powder.

Debut A Match for Pokémon
Shu's Wartortle
Wartortle
Wartortle was causing trouble on an island. After Shu was able to catch it, Blastoise (disguised as an island) sends Shu and Pikachu back to shore.

Wartortle's known moves are Water Gun and Hydro Pump.

Debut A Mischievous Wartortle
Shu's Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee
Hitmonlee was known as the Kick Fighter (Japanese: 辻げり Streetkicker) as he would going around kicking people and Pokémon. After Shu caught him, Hitmonlee calmed down.

None of Hitmonlee's moves are known.

Debut Down with the "Kick Fighter"!
Shu's Poliwag
Poliwag
Shu caught sight of Poliwag while he was taking his break. This made him want to catch it. However, it was very fast as Shu kept on having trouble trying to catch it on his own. As Pikachu was able to use Thunderbolt, Shu was finally able to catch Poliwag.

Poliwag's known moves are Bubble and Water Gun.

Debut Catch the Poliwag!
Shu's Diglett
Diglett
Shu wanted to catch this Diglett to play whack-a-mole.

Diglett's only known move is Earthquake.

Debut Hammer the Diglett
Shu's Ditto
Ditto
Ditto was disguised as a Moltres when Shu entered town. As Moltres was a legendary Pokémon, Shu wanted to capture it. However, after its capture, it turned out to be a Ditto.

Ditto's only move is Transform.

Debut The Trial for Moltres
Shu's Zubat
Zubat
Shu captures a Zubat in Battle in the Smokescreen. Later in the same chapter, he uses it in a battle against a Trainer named Ken.

Zubat's only known move is Supersonic.

Debut Battle in the Smokescreen
Shu's Ponyta
Ponyta
Shu is first seen using a Ponyta in his battle with a Trainer named Ken in Battle in the Smokescreen. Shu uses Pontya to jump high above the battlefield so that Pikachu can attack from above. Ponyta appears again in Catch Bellsprout!, when Shu uses it in battle against a wild Bellsprout he intends to capture.

None of Ponyta's moves are known.

Debut Battle in the Smokescreen
Shu's Weedle
Weedle
After Shu rescued Weedle, it decided to join him in his adventures.

Weedle's only known move is String Shot.

Debut Weedle the Adventurous, Don't Let That Typhoon Beat You
Shu's Oddish
Oddish
Oddish first appeared in Honey-Loving Oddish where it was seem devouring some honey.

Oddish's only known move is SolarBeam.

Debut Honey-Loving Oddish
Shu's Slowpoke
Slowpoke
Shu caught Slowpoke with the help of Nidoran♂, Caterpie, Pikachu, and some others. In Get a Pokémon Shot!, Slowpoke was used in a Pokémon photography competition.

Slowpoke's known moves are Confusion and Disable.

Debut Who's the Leader?
Shu's Geodude
Geodude
Shu caught a Geodude three days prior to meeting Shinji.
Debut Enter Shinji, Ogre of Revenge!
Shu's Alakazam
Alakazam
Shu sent out Alakazam to prevent Mr. Mime from getting away with Pikachu. However, Alakazam was beaten when its Psybeam was countered by Mr. Mime's Light Screen.

Alakazam's only known move is Psybeam.

Debut Kigan Island is Full of Mystery!
Shu's Sentret
Sentret
Shu caught Sentret in a forest.

Sentret's only known move is Defense Curl.

Debut Alright! I Caught My First GS Pokémon!
Shu's Hoothoot
Hoothoot
Shu caught Hoothoot in a dark forest. Later, he sent it out to battle Ho-Oh.

Hoothoot's only known move is Hypnosis.

Debut The Plan to Catch Hoothoot!
Shu's Spinarak
Spinarak
Shu caught Spinarak after Pikachu weakened it. During an encounter with Rin and Ran, he sent it out to escape from them. Later, when Shu was falling down, he sent Spinarak out to save him from the fall using Spider Web.

Spinarak's known moves are String Shot and Spider Web.

Debut Rin, Ran, and Spinarak, the Big Feud!
Shu's Gyarados
Gyarados (×2)
Shu sent out Gyarados in order to save a lady from falling. He caught another one in Going Pole-fishing, the Humongous Gyarados! with the help of a fisherman.

The first Gyarados's only known move is Hydro Pump.

Debut Who'll be Miss Empress!?
Shu's Wooper
Wooper (×2)
Shu sent out Wooper after a lady tied him up in order to battle her team. Later, it assisted Shu in capturing Lugia. Shu captures another Wooper in Use Your Head to Catch Wooper!.

The first Wooper's known moves are Double Team and Water Gun.

Debut Run Out the Thieves!
Shu's Jynx
Jynx
Jynx first appeared when Shu went to a Bug-Catching Contest. Her affectionate side would get in the way of Shu wanting her to battle.

Later, Jynx assisted Shu in capturing Lugia by using an icy attack to freeze the waters to make it easier for Shu to cross.

Jynx's known moves are Blizzard and Ice Punch.

Debut Aim for a Big One, the Bug-Catching Contest!
Shu's Yanma
Yanma
Shu caught Yanma in a Bug-Catching Contest. Later, it assisted Shu in capturing Lugia.

Yanma's only known move is Supersonic.

Debut Aim for a Big One, the Bug-Catching Contest!
Shu's Ursaring
Ursaring
Shu met Ursaring after getting startled by it. He caught it after it got squished by a falling tree. Later, Ursaring assisted Shu in capturing Lugia.

None of Ursaring's moves are known.

Debut Beware the Bear in the Forest!
Shu's Hitmontop

Shu's Hitmontop
Tyrogue → Hitmontop
Hitmontop debuted in the chapter as a Tyrogue when he was thrown out of the dojo for being too weak. After Shu took him in and trained him, they went back to the dojo where a battle with a Machoke caused Tyrogue to evolve into Hitmontop. With Hitmontop's newfound power, he was able to defeat Machoke.

Hitmontop was then used to battle Tyranitar and Lugia.

Hitmontop's known moves are Tackle, Triple Kick, and Rolling Kick.

Debut Do Your Best, Tyrogue!
Shu's Chinchou
Chinchou
Shu caught Chinchou underwater. He used it later during a battle with a Trainer's Kingdra.

Chinchou's known moves are Zap Cannon and Spark.

Debut You Saw a Ghost in the Sea!?
Shu's Skarmory
Skarmory
Skarmory was sent out to battle Charizard in its debut appearance. Since then, Skarmory was sometimes relied on for flight transportation.

Skarmory's only known move is Cut.

Debut A Grand, Mid-air Battle with a Rival!
Shu's Gloom
Gloom
Gloom was sent out to battle a wild Swinub. However, its stench caused Swinub to run off. It is not known if Gloom evolved from Oddish or if Shu caught it as a separate Pokémon.

None of Gloom's moves are known.

Debut Who'll Get Swinub-chan?
Shu's Dragonair
Dragonair
Shu sent out Dragonair to battle Rin and Ran. When Rin held out Shu's Pikachu, Shu was forced to call off the attack Dragonair was using as Pikachu would have been harmed.

Dragonair's only known move is Hyper Beam.

Debut Shu and the Twins, Battle of Tricksters!
Shu's Quagsire
Quagsire
Shu sent out Quagsire to battle a pack of Houndour. It is not known if it evolved from Wooper or if Shu caught it as a separate Pokémon.

Quagsire's only known move is Water Gun.

Debut Fierce Battle with the Houndour Pack!
Shu's Houndour
Houndour
Shu met Houndour as a leader of its pack. Using Quagsire, he was able to catch it. In the next chapter, he used it to battle a Sneasel.

Houndour's known moves are Flamethrower and Ember.

Debut Fierce Battle with the Houndour Pack!
Shu's Sneasel
Sneasel
Shu met Sneasel during his travels on the mountains. He was able to catch it by putting it in the water. This Sneasel is a trickster as it would steal items from people or Pokémon. Despite that, it respected Shu as ts friend.

Sneasel's known moves are Faint Attack, Icy Wind, Blizzard, and Slash.

Debut I Caught Sneasel, But...!?
Shu's Sunkern
Sunkern
Sunkern was sent out to weaken Wooper.

Sunkern's only known move is Mega Drain.

Debut Use Your Head to Catch Wooper!
Shu's Slowbro
Slowbro
Shu sent out Slowbro to take on a wild Jynx Shu wanted to catch. However, it was placed to sleep by Jynx's Lovely Kiss. It is not known if Slowbro evolved from Slowpoke or Shu caught it as a different Pokémon.

Slowbro's only known move is Psychic.

Debut My First Kiss is a Lovely Kiss!?

Released

Shu's Lugia
Lugia
After a heated battle, Shu succeeded in capturing Lugia with the help of Pikachu, Hitmontop, Jynx, Ursaring and Wooper. It then left so it can continue to protect the ocean.

Lugia's only known move is Aeroblast.

Debut Guardian Deity of the Sea (Part One)
Shu's Celebi
Celebi
Shu encountered Celebi after meeting a female Trainer with boomerang Poké Balls. He and the Trainer encountered it again later on where Shu was able to catch it. After seeing the rest of its species, Shu decided to release Celebi.

Celebi's only known move is Leech Seed.

Debut Goodbye, Pikachu!?


Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All characters
ShuPikachuAsukaHidekiHinokoKen
MasatoshiMayaMikuriMomokoNagiRei
Rin and RanRyomaRyukoShinjiShu's father
Shu's motherThiefTomioYukiYuta


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