Ash's Snivy

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Ash's Snivy
サトシのツタージャ Satoshi's Tsutarja
Poké Ball
Ash Snivy.png
Ash's Snivy
Debuts in BW007
Caught at Route 3
Gender Female
Ability Unknown
Current location With Ash
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Snivy Megumi Hayashibara N/A

Ash's Snivy (Japanese: サトシのツタージャ Satoshi's Tsutarja) is the fourth Pokémon that Ash caught in the Unova region.


Ash and Snivy

Appearing in BW007, Snivy was discovered by Ash and his friends after she stole some food from them. Iris and Dent speculated that Snivy abandoned her Trainer who she deemed unworthy, as she was clearly demonstrating a high level of competency and skill, evident in her first escape from Ash by infatuating Pikachu with Attract then escaping using Leaf Storm.

Ash was able to capture Snivy when he won her respect, and was recognized before her eyes as a Trainer of not only skill, but of qualities like his unwavering determination and overpowering spirit. Despite his countless defeats with Snivy, especially when the majority of his team (Pikachu, Oshawott, Tepig) succumbed easily to her Attract, Ash nevertheless followed her all the way throughout from the time they met to the point of her capture. During this journey, Ash showed her two notable acts of sacrifice. The first when he shielded Pikachu from her Vine Whip, and the second when he asked Pikachu to climb onto his head when they were sinking into a muddy swamp. At last, Ash had to perform a show of skill before he could capture her. Luckily for Ash, Mamepato was also female and was not affected by Attract, and this allowed him to battle on even grounds. It took Ash two throws of Poké Ball to capture Snivy, and even then she was in visibly good condition. Just before her capture, she let out a small, private smile that signified her acceptance of her Trainer.

Ash used Snivy in a battle with Shooti in BW010, with its Attract, it was able to defeat Shooti's Janovy. It was later called upon to battle Shooti's Pururiru, Ash, who had no knowledge of his opponent's ability; Cursed Body, commanded Snivy to use physical attacks which ultimately led to their loss.

Moves used

Using Attract
Move First Used In
Attract BW007
Vine Whip BW007
Leaf Storm BW007
Leaf Blade BW010
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • Snivy's capture was first revealed in a short preview aired after DP190, featuring all the Unova starters.
  • The capture of Snivy marks the first time Ash has owned all three of the region's starters since his adventures in Johto.
    • Notably, in each of those regions, each Grass-type knew Vine Whip, and none of them are in their final stage.
  • Snivy's capture was Ash's last capture of the three Unova starters. To contrast, in the previous four regions, each region's Grass-type starter was the first starter to be caught by Ash.
  • Snivy is Ash's fourth Pokémon species to have its gender confirmed before he obtained it. The first three were Tauros (male only), Buizel (the two spots on its back) and Gible (due to the notch in its fin). In the case of Snivy, its gender was confirmed when it used Attract on Pikachu, who is male. Out of all these Pokémon, Snivy is the only female and the only one that was not confirmed through gender differences, as Snivy has none.
  • Snivy is the only Unova starter owned by Ash that doesn't know how to use Tackle.
  • Snivy is the fifth Pokémon of Ash's to battle its evolved form. The other four were Pikachu, Treecko, Buizel, and Gligar.
    • However, out of them, only Treecko and Gligar were unable to defeat their evolved form.

Related articles

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

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