Ash's Bayleef

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Ash's Bayleef
サトシのベイリーフ Satoshi's Bayleaf
Poké Ball
Ash and Bayleef
Debuts in The Chikorita Rescue
Caught at Route 29
Evolves in Current Events
Gender Female
Ability Unknown
Current location At Professor Oak's Laboratory
Chikorita Bayleef
This Pokémon spent 73 episodes as Chikorita.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Chikorita Mika Kanai
As Bayleef Mika Kanai

Ash's Bayleef (Japanese: サトシのベイリーフ Satoshi's Bayleaf) was the second Pokémon that Ash Ketchum caught in the Johto region. Her voice actress in both Japanese and English is Mika Kanai.


Bayleef was introduced in The Chikorita Rescue as a Chikorita. Chikorita was especially stubborn, going so far as to fight against Ash's Charizard despite obvious overwhelming odds; she was injured in the process. Team Rocket tried to convince the stubborn Pokémon to join them, but Ash eventually won her confidence.

Chikorita later was used in Once In a Blue Moon to try getting the GS Ball back. However, Chikorita only wanted to be affectionate, so when Ash told Chikorita not to, Chikorita got angry and hit Ash with its leaf.

Chikorita developed what seemed to be a crush on Ash, constantly fighting for his attention and trying to get his approval. In Gym Battles, she lost to Falkner's Hoothoot and defeated Bugsy's Spinarak.

In Current Events, Chikorita evolved into Bayleef to protect Ash from Team Rocket. However, it took a while for the amorous Pokémon to realize that she had grown so much - she continued to act as though she was still small enough to leap into Ash's arms for quite some time.

In Ash's Gym Battle against Chuck, Bayleef defeated his Poliwrath and Machoke. At the Silver Conference she lost to Gary's Blastoise despite a type advantage, but made up for it the next day by defeating Harrison's Houndoom, against whom she had a type disadvantage. Ash left Bayleef with Professor Oak when he left for Hoenn.

Bayleef's personality is stubborn, sometimes violent, and passionate. She easily gets jealous of the attention Ash's other Pokémon receive - especially Pikachu. Some of her more extreme personality traits seemed to have mellowed with evolution, however.

It will appear in DP182 alongside Ash's other Pokemon.

Moves used

Using Vine Whip Move First Used In
Razor Leaf The Chikorita Rescue
Vine Whip The Chikorita Rescue
Tackle Chikorita's Big Upset
Sweet Scent Gettin' the Bugs Out
Body Slam Turning Over a New Bayleef
Headbutt Playing with Fire!
An x shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
  Moves used recently are in bold unless all moves all fit this case.


  • Chikorita was the only Pokémon that Ash owned that evolved during the Johto saga. Despite this, he also had another evolved Pokémon: Noctowl.
  • Aside from Pikachu, Bayleef is the only Pokémon Ash currently owns that is in its middle evolution.
  • Chikorita took as many episodes to evolve as another Pokémon that had a crush on Ash: Aipom. They were both Generation II Pokémon before their evolution as well, and their Japanese names are both very similar to their English names. Both are also confirmed to be female, and both Pokémon also use their Japanese voices in the dub.
  • Bayleef is the only one of Ash's current Pokémon to be confirmed as a female. Aipom is also a female, but was traded to Dawn and then left under O's care for training.
  • Bayleef is the 25th Pokémon that Ash obtained, including evolutions and not counting Haunter as it was not officially his.
  • Bayleef was the second starter Pokémon caught by Ash to evolve, the first being Charizard.
  • Bayleef is the only starter Pokémon owned by Ash to have evolved once. All of Ash's other starter Pokémon have either evolved twice or not evolved at all.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Chikorita and Bayleef.

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