Ash's Oshawott

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Ash's Oshawott
サトシのミジュマル Satoshi's Mijumaru
Poké Ball
Ash Oshawott.png
Ash's Oshawott
Debuts in BW001
Caught in BW003
Caught at Route 1
Gender Male
Ability Unknown
Current location With Ash
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Oshawott Misato Fukuen N/A

Ash's Oshawott (Japanese: サトシのミジュマル Satoshi's Mijumaru) is the second Pokémon that Ash caught in the Unova region.


Ash and Oshawott

Oshawott originally belonged to Professor Juniper, as one of the three starter Pokémon a new Pokémon Trainer could choose. Ash called him cute when he was sent out in BW001, when Shooti had to decide between the three starters. He then became extremely shocked when Shooti chose Snivy. Soon after, he started taking interest in Ash, observing him but staying out of sight, and to the point that he left Professor Juniper's lab to follow him.

Eventually, Oshawott expressed interest in traveling with Ash and convinced Ash to take him along on his journey in BW003. Ash only realized that it was Professor Juniper's Oshawott when he failed to capture it in a new Poké Ball, and had to obtain a worried Professor Juniper's approval to allow Oshawott to travel with him and to request for Oshawott's Poké Ball.

Oshawott, like some of Ash's previous Pokémon, had constantly sought attention from Ash. In BW003 when he wanted to travel with Ash, he jealously knocked Pikachu off Ash's shoulders and pretended that he was as close as Ash was to Pikachu. Then, when Ash was at the Pokémon Battle Club in BW004 battling another trainer, he came out of its Poké Ball, even though Ash had already clearly chosen Pikachu. However, he promptly changed his mind to battle when he realized that his opponent was Futachimaru, a Pokémon of his own evolved form.

Oshawott has a sea-shell shaped appendage on its belly that can be detached and used to battle, and occasionally throwing, as it did in BW002 when he popped Team Rocket's balloon, thereby saving Pikachu and Iris's Axew from captivity. Oshawott's shell is made of keratin, and being light but strong, it is capable of deflecting attacks, prominently shown when he deflected Pansage's Bullet Seed and ultimately SolarBeam in BW006. During that decisive match for the Tri Badge, he subsequently used its shell in a Shell Blade attack to defeat Dent's Pansage, earning Ash a victory.

Oshawott was revealed to be male when it battled a wild female Snivy that would be caught by Ash in BW007. He became infatuated when hit by Snivy's Attract, and was eventually recalled.

In BW010, he was used to fight against Shooti's Hatooboo. He was defeated by two consecutive hits of Aerial Ace, due to Hatooboo's Super Luck ability.

In BW015, he battled Aloe and her Miruhog after her Yorterry's Roar pulled him onto the battlefield, to his surprise. Despite fighting well and making use of his shell as a shield again, he was defeated by a powerful Thunderbolt after Miruhog separated him from his shell. In BW016, Oshawott and Tepig trained with Ash in the Battle Club to increase their speed. During the training, he learned Aqua Jet, but had trouble with hitting the target. He battled Miruhog again in Ash's rematch with Aloe after being pulled into battle again by Roar. He still showed some difficulty in controlling Aqua Jet, but he managed to hit Miruhog on his third try. Unfortunately, he also knocked himself out in the process, leaving Tepig to battle Aloe's Haderia alone.

Moves used

Using Aqua Jet
Move First Used In
Water Gun BW002
Tackle BW005
Shell Blade  BW006
Aqua Jet BW016
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • Oshawott's capture was first revealed in a short preview aired after DP190, featuring all the Unova starter Pokémon.
  • Similar to Aipom and Gible, he followed Ash behind his back and debuted a few episodes earlier than his official capture.
  • Oshawott is the only starter Pokémon that Ash has captured first that isn't the region's Template:Type2 starter.
    • He is also the only starter Pokémon, other than Pikachu, Ash has obtained that was previously owned by the regional professor.
  • Like Ash's first Water-type starter Pokémon, Squirtle, Oshawott wanted to be caught and was not battled.
  • Oshawott seems to share a common trait with both Bayleef and Aipom, as all wanted Ash's full attention, and were jealous of the bond Pikachu has with Ash.
    • Unlike the others, Oshawott is male, as revealed in BW007.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Oshawott.

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