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 Unknown
Current location In rotation
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.

Oshawott appeared again in Enter Iris and Axew and used his scalchop to rescue Ash's Pikachu and Iris's Axew from the clutches of Team Rocket. He later battled Jessie's Woobat briefly before Team Rocket escaped.

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 he 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 his belly called a "scalchop" that can be detached and used in and out of battle, first seen being used 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 his scalchop in a Razor Shell attack to defeat Cilan's Pansage, earning Ash a victory.

Oshawott was revealed to be male when he 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 quick and consecutive hits of Aerial Ace, due to Tranquill's Super Luck ability, which increased Tranquill's chance of inflicting critical hits.

In The Battle According to Lenora!, 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 Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!, Oshawott trained with Ash in the Battle Club to increase their speed and power. They trained in a wave pool and after Iris's Axew messed with the controls, Oshawott 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 after taking a lot of damage from Watchog's Thunderbolt and Confuse Ray attacks, leaving Tepig to battle Lenora's Herdier alone.

In Emolga the Irresistible!, Oshawott developed a crush on a wild Emolga. When she used Attract on Bianca's Minccino, Oshawott voluntarily jumped in the attack's path so he could get hit with it instead. Later on, he decided to go up against a group of Swoobat to protect Emolga. However, he was soon defeated by a powerful Charge Beam. On both occasions, Ash was forced to recall Oshawott to his Poké Ball. Later in Emolga and the New Volt Switch! he valiantly protected Emolga and Axew from some wild Watchog and retrieved them an apple each, however, a wild Simisear knocked him out, despite Emolga hardly caring.

In Oshawott's Lost Scalchop! Oshawott battled against Stephan's Blitzle, where his scalchop ended up getting kicked out of his hands and off into the distance. Horrified, Oshawott chased after it but, alas, he could not find it. After many failed substitutes, Cilan's Dwebble crafted a new scalchop out of a nearby rock but it ended up being too big and too heavy for Oshawott. Ash then trained him, giving Oshawott the strength to carry the new scalchop. Unfortunately, it ended up being destroyed during a rematch with Blitzle, but Oshawott turned out to be much faster because of all the training and was able to defend himself without a scalchop. He soon defeated Blitzle with a lucky-shot Aqua Jet that sent them both crashing into a boulder. After the battle, Axew found the missing scalchop in the forest and returned it to Oshawott.

In Ash and Trip's Third Battle!, Ash sent out Oshawott to battle Trip's Timburr. Ash commanded Oshawott to use Aqua Jet, which went out of control again. When Oshawott tried the move again, Trip took pictures of him. Trip called a time-out and then showed Ash pictures of Oshawott's face, and revealed that Oshawott's eyes were closed whenever he used it. Trip suggested that was why Oshawott had so much trouble controlling Aqua Jet. The battle resumed, and while both Pokémon used their "weapons" to full extent, Oshawott won out over Timburr using Razor Shell. Following Trip's advice, Ash trained Oshawott to open his eyes under water in Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open!. Oshawott was at a major disadvantage to a group of Tympole that attacked him while his eyes were closed, eventually, Oshawott opened his eyes and scared off the Tympole. Later when battling the Palpitoad that ordered the first attack, Oshawott executed a perfect Aqua Jet, defeating it and enabling Ash to catch it.

Personality and characteristics

Oshawott trying to avoid a battle

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 his 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 has done this many other times, which also shows that Oshawott loves to battle, but only against opponents Oshawott thinks he can win against.

Oshawott acts proud and is a little boastful, but sometimes he can't back it up. He acts a little dramatic when things go wrong, or when he doesn't get his way. He seems to be a bit hyperactive as well. Oshawott also takes care of his scalchop, as he panics whenever he loses it and when he threw it down in anger in Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!, he was happy afterwards when he picked it up and found out he hadn't done any major damage to it. He also gets very angry when someone steals his scalchop, as shown in Scraggy-Hatched to be Wild!, when Ash's Scraggy took his scalchop. He is also shown to be quite lazy sometimes, as shown in The Battle According to Lenora!, when he didn't want to battle Lenora's Watchog after just being sent out by Roar. He also seems to be a little flirtatious, as seen in Emolga the Irresistable!, where he fell in love with a wild Emolga and in BW044, where he fell in love with a Purrloin that he thought was female. He seems to often clash with Meowth, usually when the two exploit two of their characteristics at the same time (falling in love with the same Pokémon, and their prides being entangled).

Moves used

Ash Oshawott Aqua Jet.png
Using Aqua Jet
Move First Used In
Water Gun Enter Iris and Axew!
Tackle Triple Leaders, Team Threats!
Razor Shell Dreams by the Yard Full!
Aqua Jet Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!
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.
  • 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.
  • The U.S. airing of the episode where Oshawott learned Aqua Jet occurred in the same week as the Japanese airing of the episode where he perfected it, similar to the fact of the episodes wehre Gliscor evolved aired in Japan when the episode where Gliscor was captured aired in America.

Related articles

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

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