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 In The Shadow of Zekrom!
Caught in A Sandile Gusher of Change!
Caught at Route 1
Gender Male
Ability Torrent*
Current location With Ash
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Oshawott Misato Fukuen Lisa Ortiz

Ash's Oshawott (Japanese: サトシのミジュマル Satoshi's Mijumaru) is the second Pokémon that Ash obtained 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 In The Shadow of Zekrom!, when Trip had to decide between the three starters. He then became extremely shocked when Trip 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 A Sandile Gusher of Change!. 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 has a sea-shell shaped appendage on its belly called a "scalchop" that can be detached and used in and out of battle, first seen in Enter Iris and Axew! when he popped Team Rocket's balloon, thereby saving Pikachu and Iris's Axew from captivity. Oshawott's scalchop 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 Dreams by the Yard Full!. During that decisive match for the Trio Badge, he subsequently used its scalchop in a Razor Shell attack to defeat Cilan'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 Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!. He became infatuated when hit by Snivy's Attract, and was eventually recalled.

In A Rival Battle for Club Champ!, he was used to fight against Trip's Tranquill. He was defeated by two consecutive hits of Aerial Ace, due to Tranquill's Super Luck ability.

In BW015, he battled Lenora and her Watchog after her Lillipup's Roar pulled him onto the battlefield, to his surprise. Despite fighting well and making use of his scalchop as a shield again, he was defeated by a powerful Thunderbolt after Watchog separated him from his scalchop. 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 Watchog again in Ash's rematch with Lenora after being pulled into battle again by Roar. He still showed some difficulty in controlling Aqua Jet, but he managed to hit Watchog on his third try. Unfortunately, he also knocked himself out in the process, leaving Tepig to battle Lenora's Herdier alone.

In BW027, Oshawott develops a crush on a wild Emolga. When she uses Attract on Bianca's Minccino, Oshawott voluntarily jumps in the attack's path so he could get hit with it instead. Later on, he decides to go up against a group of Swoobat to protect Emolga. On both occasions, Ash is forced to recall Oshawott to his Poké Ball. Later in BW028 he valiantly protected Emolga and Axew from some wild Watchog and retrieved them an apple each, however, Emolga let a wild Simisear knock him out.


Oshawott, like some of Ash's previous Pokémon, had constantly sought attention from Ash. In A Sandile Gusher of Change! 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 The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice! 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 Dewott, a Pokémon of his own evolved form. He also bears a few similarities to Dawn's Piplup in acting proud and a little boasting, but sometimes not being able to back it up, and acting a little dramatic when things go wrong, or he doesn't get his way.

Moves used

Using Water Gun
Move First Used In
Water Gun  Enter Iris and Axew!
Tackle Triple Leaders, Team Threats!
Razor Shell Dreams by the Yard Full!
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.
  • Oshawott has been shown to use a variation of Razor Shell such as in Minccino-Neat and Tidy!.

Related articles

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

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