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.


Oshawott's debut appearance

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. She permitted Oshawott to travel with Ash, but Oshawott had disappeared by the time Ash received his Poké Ball. After nearly falling into boiling hot water, Ash saves Oshawott by successfully returning him to his Poké Ball.

Oshawott was then used against Ash's Gym battle with Cilan and went up against Pansage in Triple Leaders, Team Threats!. Oshawott's inexperience, slow speed, and clumsiness put it at a disadvantage during the battle. However, Ash's quick thinking managed to win them the match when Oshawott managed to deflected Pansage's Bullet Seed and ultimately SolarBeam with his Scalchop 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.

Ash and Oshawott

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 Ash's 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.

Oshawott without his scalchop

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.

In A Call for Brotherly Love!, Oshawott was used in a battle against Chili's Pansear. After Oshawott volunteered to battle with Pansear, Ash decided that it was a good idea, and the battle commenced. Although Oshawott battled well, hitting Pansear with several powerful Razor Shells, Pansear proved to be too strong and defeated Oshawott with its newly learned SolarBeam.

In Battling the King of the Mines!, Oshawott was used first in the battle against Clay, being sent out to battle his Krokorok, having the type advantage. However, Oshawott was prevented from using his Water-type attacks by Krokorok's Sandstorm, getting sand in his eyes and impairing his vision. Ash was able to get Oshawott back on track by spinning around and using Water Gun, which stopped the Sandstorm and washed out Oshawott's eyes when it rained down on him. With his usual accuracy regained, Oshawott was able to defeat Krokorok. He next went up against Clay's Palpitoad, where his Water Gun was far outmatched by Palpitoad's Hydro Pump. Then after Oshawott was hit by a Sludge Bomb attack, he lost track of his Scalchop, distracting him from the battle leading him to take a devastatingly powerful hit from Rock Smash and being defeated.

In Baffling the Bouffalant!, Oshawott was seen scoffing his food and finishing his meal before all the others. Oshawott then went to take some of Tepig's food, but he noticed and tackled Oshawott. The two of them began to fight until Ash and Pikachu broke them up. After fleeing from a herd of stampeding Bouffalant, Oshawott ended up separated from his trainer; along with Iris, Axew, Snivy and Tepig. The group encountered Nurse Joy who gave them all curly wigs (Japanese: アフロ Afros) so that they wouldn't be attacked anymore by Bouffalant. However, Oshawott started to poke fun at Tepig and they both started fighting again, with Oshawott's Water Gun knocking Axew into the middle of many Bouffalant, without his wig. After he and Tepig were scolded by Iris and Snivy, Axew was eventually rescued. After the five came across an injured Bouffalant, they set out to find some healing herbs to heal it. Axew soon spied some far up a cliff, and after both Iris and Snivy were unable to reach them, Oshawott attempted to knock them down with Water Gun but to no success. Tepig, without thinking, attempted to get them down with Flamethrower, but Oshawott smacked him and stopped his move. The two began fighting once again, until Snivy broke them up and told them a plan of her own. Oshawott was then thrown into the sky by Snivy, along with Tepig who rocketed him into the sky with Flamethrower, allowing Oshawott to reach the herbs. Oshawott and Tepig later laughed about their disagreements. Though they later squabbled once more in Battling the Leaf Thieves!, after Oshawott laughed at Tepig wearing the leaf hood that Leavanny had made him, despite Oshawott wearing one exactly the same.

Personality and characteristics

Oshawott trying to avoid a battle

Oshawott's behavior is similar in a way to many of Ash's past Pokémon, notably Aipom, often attention-seeking and sometimes interfering. This was first shown 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. Like Ash's Aipom again, he seems to be a bit hyperactive. 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 Irresistible!, where he fell in love with a wild Emolga and in Purrloin: Sweet or Sneaky?, where he fell in love with a Purrloin that he thought was female. During the time when Meowth was traveling with the group, Oshawott fought with him, usually when the two exploit two of their characteristics at the same time (falling in love with the same Pokémon, or when their prides are being entangled).

Oshawott has recently found a new crush on a Genderless Meloetta! and has a rival in the form of Dawn's Piplup who is also attracted to Meloetta as seen in BW086

Moves used

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Using Tackle
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!
Hydro Pump  BW087
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 Grass-type 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.

Related articles

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

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