Ash's friends

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Ash and his friends Dawn and Brock

Ash's friends are the traveling companions that Ash Ketchum has had with him on his journey on his quest to become a Pokémon master. While he started his journey alone, many people have joined his party while touring the Pokémon world; usually at least one new companion joins—and another leaves—every time a new region is visited. Johto is the only region where Ash did not acquire a new friend that would travel with him.

Original Series


Main article: Misty

Misty joined Ash in Pokémon Emergency!, traveling with him because she wanted him to replace her bike, which was destroyed by his Pikachu. She would continuously travel with him until Gotta Catch Ya Later!, when she returned to Cerulean City nearly full-time to lead her family's gym, though she briefly traveled to Hoenn and met up with Ash's Advanced Generation group, and again to "escort" her back home.


Hometown: Cerulean City First joined in: Kanto
Episodes Present
EP001-EP273, AG044-AG045, AG132-AG134, The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Method Pre-series Kanto Orange Johto Hoenn / Frontier Sinnoh
Caught 116054 060 222 130370
Hatched 175 298
Evolved 061186 176
Given 298
Released 176
Unknown 118120121


Main article: Brock

Brock first joined Ash in Showdown in Pewter City after Ash battled him in the Pewter City Gym. After his father Flint offered to take over the duties of Gym Leader, Brock followed Ash through Kanto, leaving briefly from Poké Ball Peril to A Tent Situation to work for Professor Ivy. After this episode, Brock returned to be with Ash and Misty until Gotta Catch Ya Later!, though he, unlike Misty, would return shortly, in You Can Never Taillow, sticking with Ash until the end of the series. He would again return in Two Degrees of Separation!, and so traveled through Sinnoh with Ash until Memories are Pearls! Friendship is a Diamond!!. Of all of Ash's friends, Brock is his closest friend and treats him like a brother.


Hometown: Pewter City First joined in: Kanto
Episodes Present
EP005-EP083, EP115-273, AG004-AG192, DP002-DP191
Method Pre-series Kanto Orange Johto Hoenn / Frontier Sinnoh
Caught 041 204 258270438 453
Hatched 440
Evolved 205042169 271272259208 185
Given 095 037
Released 037
Unknown 074

Tracey Sketchit

Main article: Tracey Sketchit

After Brock left, Ash's traveling group was again down to two, as it had been for the first five episodes of Kanto. However, this would not last very long, as in The Lost Lapras, Tracey essentially invited himself along for the rest of the Orange Islands saga. Traveling with Ash, he wished to attain his ultimate goal of meeting Professor Oak, which he did when Ash returned to Kanto in A Tents Situation. After this, he remained in Pallet Town to be Professor Oak's assistant.


Hometown: Unknown First joined in: Orange Archipelago
Episodes Present
EP084-EP116, EP273, AG133, AG192
Method Pre-series Orange Johto Hoenn / Frontier Sinnoh
Caught 123
Hatched 298
Unknown 048183

Advanced Generation series


Main article: May

Ash may have traveled to Hoenn alone; however, shortly after his arrival, he met May, a young girl who desired to travel around the world and a fellow Trainer who was just starting her journey. Though she initially did not care for Pokémon battles, she eventually found Pokémon Contests, in which she competed in both Hoenn and Kanto. May traveled with Ash through the entire Advanced Generation saga, from Get the Show on the Road to Home is Where the Start Is. She, like Misty, reappeared briefly during the Diamond & Pearl series to compete in the Wallace Cup.


Hometown: Petalburg City First joined in: Hoenn
Episodes Present
AG001-AG192, DP075-DP079
Method Pre-series Hoenn / Frontier Post-Frontier Sinnoh
Caught 265300001446
Hatched 133
Evolved 266267256257 008002003 471
Given 255007


Main article: Max

Max is May's younger brother. He did not have any Pokémon of his own because he was too young, but he often befriended certain Pokémon. He traveled with the group from There's no Place Like Hoenn until Home is Where the Start Is, when he went home to Petalburg City. However, he made a promise to Ash that as soon as he got his own Pokémon, he would battle Ash.

Hometown: Petalburg City
First joined in: Hoenn
Episodes Present

Diamond and Pearl series


Main article: Dawn

Like his journey into Hoenn, Ash ventured to Sinnoh alone, where, in When Pokémon Worlds Collide!, he would meet Dawn. From that point, after saving Ash's Pikachu and having her bike fried in a similar way to May's and Misty's, Dawn would travel with Ash and Brock through Sinnoh, which she did until Memories are Pearls! Friendship is a Diamond!!.


Hometown: Twinleaf Town
First joined in: Sinnoh
Episodes Present
Method Pre-series Sinnoh
Caught 427417418220
Hatched 155
Evolved 424221473
Given 393468
Released 424
Trade 190
Traded 418

Best Wishes series


Main article: Iris

Like his journey into Hoenn and Sinnoh, Ash ventured to Isshu alone. It seems that he will meet Iris (Probably in BW001) as his female friend from the region.


Hometown: ???
First joined in: Isshu
Episodes Present
BW001- Present
Method Pre-series Isshu
Iris's Kibago  ???


Main article: Dento

Dento seems to be the replacing Brock in the Best Wishes series, because of his status of Pokémon Sommelier.


Dento's Pokémon are not announced yet.

Hometown: ???
First joined in: Isshu
Episodes Present
???- Present
Method Pre-series Isshu

See also

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash KetchumPikachuMistyTogeticBrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawnPiplupIrisAxewCilanSerenaClemontBonnieDedenneLanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom Pokédex
Rivals GaryRitchieHarrisonDrewHarleyMorrisonTysonSolidadPaulZoeyNandoKennyConwayBarryUrsulaTobiasTripBiancaBurgundyStephanGeorgiaCameronVirgilAlainAriaMietteTiernoShaunaTrevorNiniSawyerGladion
Antagonists JessieJamesMeowthWobbuffetGiovanniButchCassidyDr. NambaMatoriPierceDr. ZagerShellyArchieTabithaMaxieHunter JSaturnMarsJupiterCyrusCharonColressAldithGhetsisBarretLysandreXerosicCelosiaBryonyMableAlianaTuppZippRappFaba
Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperCedric JuniperDr. FennelProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor Burnet
Relatives Delia KetchumFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsNanny and Pop-PopNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's motherHarper and SarahLusamineGladionRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherAbeMallow's brotherSophocles's parents
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceStevenMr. SukizoRaoul ContestaVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianMarianRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerLyraKhouryDon GeorgeAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinDianthaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSquishyZ2Samson OakHobbesNebbyWickeGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland KahunasMany temporary characters

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