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Ash Catches a Pokémon!
ポケモン ゲットだぜ!
I Caught a Pokémon!
First broadcast
Japan April 15, 1997
United States September 10, 1998
English themes
Opening Pokémon Theme
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター
Ending ひゃくごじゅういち
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation director 玉川明洋 Akihiro Tamagawa
No additional credits are available at this time.

Ash Catches a Pokémon! (Japanese: ポケモンゲットだぜ! I Caught a Pokémon!), was the third episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 15, 1997 and in USA on September 10, 1998.

In this episode, Ash and Misty travel through Viridian Forest, where Ash makes his very first capture.

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Ash and Misty head into Viridian Forest, where Ash effortlessly captures a Caterpie to which Misty shows her complete dismay. The next morning, Ash, with the help of Pikachu, captures a Pidgeotto. Team Rocket then attacks the party and defeats Pikachu and Pidgeotto. In a last ditch effort, Ash sends out Caterpie, who gets rid of Team Rocket. Caterpie then evolves into a Metapod after its victory.

Major events

  • Ash captures a Caterpie.
  • Ash captures a Pidgeotto.
  • Ash's Caterpie evolves into Metapod.





Who's That Pokémon?: Caterpie


  • This is the first episode in which evolution is shown.
  • Misty cannot stand carrots, peppers and Bug Pokémon.
  • This is the only time Ash catches a Pokémon that evolves in the same episode.
  • Misty reads the episode title at the start instead of Ash.
  • This is the first episode where type advantages are mentioned- Flying types are effective against Bug types.
  • A real animal appears in this episode, as Pidgeotto is seen eating a regular worm. Real animals were only shown in the first season (due to the lack of Pokémon in Kanto).
  • This also the only episode where Ash captures two Pokémon of different species in one episode.
  • Misty owns a red sleeping bag decorated with bubbles.
  • Ash owns a blue sleeping bag.
  • Ash mentions that the Pokémon League has regulations stating that trainers may only use one Pokémon at a time in battles. This could have been retconned years later in Advanced Generation where two-on-two battles are not considered unusual.
  • Despite the episode title saying "a Pokémon", Ash catches two.


Dub edits

  • When Caterpie is looking sad due to Misty telling it to stay in its Pokéball, the katakana for "Ga~n" (a Japanese sound effect) moves across the screen. This was painted out for the dub.
  • When Misty is telling Ash that birds eat worms, she slaps him for putting his Pokémon in danger. This scene was cut.

In other languages

  • French: Capture du premier Pokémon
  • German: Ash im Jagdfieber
  • Italian: Il primo pokémon catturato
  • Portuguese: Ash Pega um Pokémon.
  • Spanish: Ash Atrapa un Pokémon


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