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Ash and Dawn holding hands in The Rise of Darkrai

PearlShipping (Japanese: サトヒカ SatoHika) is the belief that Ash Ketchum and Dawn belong in a romantic relationship. This Ship is among the more popular anime-based Shippings, along with PokéShipping, AdvanceShipping, ContestShipping, and AmourShipping. The name itself was coined from the belief that Dawn's game persona would be linked to the Pearl name upon Diamond and Pearl's release, as was the case for Ruby and Sapphire, before much was known about either the anime saga or Dawn's character.

Anime evidence

Dawn's hints

Dawn displayed worried expressions when one of Team Rocket’s Machine Tentacles hit Ash, as well as when Ash was climbing Team Rocket's machine, even though she had just met him.
At Professor Rowan's lab, while Professor Oak and Professor Rowan are talking on the videophone, Dawn suggests that she should travel with Ash and Brock, saying that she could spend more time with Pikachu. She may have used Pikachu as an excuse to get to know Ash better. Also, Dawn didn't apparently tell Ash about Pikachu burning her bike with an electric attack (she will later do so in DP038).
When Ash's first battle against Paul was starting, Dawn was excited that she was witnessing a Pokémon battle for the first time. When Ash's Aipom won against Paul's Chimchar, Dawn was happy with the result, doing a jump and exclaiming "All right!".
Dawn feels Ash does not respect or acknowledge her, and both argue with one another throughout most of the episode. Hoping that in doing so Ash will come to recognize her abilities as a Trainer, Dawn challenges Nando to a battle. In the end, after Nando manages to explain to them that their argument is baseless, Ash and Dawn exchange apologies, thereby strengthening their new friendship.
During a particularly bad hair day, Dawn becomes self-conscious and refuses to let Ash or Brock see her until after Piplup is able to address the issue with Bubble Beam. Her problem remedied, Dawn next asks a hygiene-illiterate Ash if he would like his hair done too.
Dawn comments on how awesome Ash looks when making his appeal in the Jubilife Contest. Later, while running to the stage to perform her own exhibition, she meets Ash and the two exchange their first high-five (even if looks like Ash started to raise his hand first). Noticeably, the scene where they clap their hands is slowed and has a full-white background; also, in the Japanese version, there's no background music and the sound of the hands meeting is very loud.
Dawn in the cheerleading outfit she wore to cheer for Ash
When Ash starts a new training with the Pokémon he used in the first battle against Roark, Dawn offers him to use her Piplup for the battle, since it's a Water-type Pokémon (however, Ash refuses, saying that he wants to use the same team). Later, just as Aerodactyl is about to severely injure Ash and Pikachu with its Hyper Beam, Piplup and Buneary used Bubble Beam and Ice Beam, respectively, to stop the attack. Dawn rushes over with her Pokémon and specifically asks Ash if he is okay.
Dawn dons a cheerleading outfit while she and her Pokémon cheer for Ash. Ash is thus able to find the confidence necessary to winning his first gym badge in Sinnoh. Neither Misty, nor May, nor Serena ever went to such lengths in any of Ash's battles, instead choosing to more passively sit on the sidelines when cheering. However, Iris cheered Ash on with a bass drum and face make-up during his battle at the Virbank Gym. Dawn reprises her role as Ash's cheerleader twice more over series' run.
After Dawn has won her first Pokémon Contest, she exchanges the second high-five with Ash.
When the gang meets the Champ Twins and they ask for a double battle, Dawn offers herself as Ash's partner for the tag battle, insisting even Ash is unsure because she's a bit inexperienced. After they lost the first battle, they continuely argue, stopping when they see that also Piplup and Turtwig were quarreling for the battle. Dawn is the first of the two to apologize. When they win the rematch, they have a double high-five.
Dawn tells Ash she doesn't mind of Ash burning her bike before the beginning of their journey, because it was a warning situation and they had Team Rocket following them. In addition, it seems she never told Ash about Pikachu burning her bike before this episode, showing she never wanted to make him worry about it.
Dawn has just lost the Hearthome Contest, but Ash has bought her a ticket for the Hearthome tag tournament. After having some doubts, she accepts Ash's inviting, getting temporarily over her sadness for the loss, probably because Ash insisted.
When Paul says that Ash and Chimchar belong together because they are both pathetic, Dawn defends Ash, telling Paul that it was a horrible thing to say. Moments later, Dawn seems surprised when Ash tells her to ignore him.
After Ash accepts to battle Spiritomb, Dawn seems very worried about Ash getting hurt and says "Please be careful, Ash".
After Pikachu gets recharged from a lightning bolt, Dawn happily clasps her hands together.
After the battle with Spiritomb, Ash and Dawn are the only ones running up to Pikachu to make sure he's all right, though, they do so cheerfully.
Dawn witnesses Ash leaving to train with his Pokémon and follows out of curiosity. Later, Dawn finds herself inspired by Ash's training, but, reflecting upon her recent Contest failure, suddenly begins crying. Ash, upon noticing Dawn's tears, asks whether she is okay and whether she has something in her eyes, the latter inquiry an (albeit faulty) assumption to which Dawn quickly agrees. Eager to avoid the possibility of having him worry over her, Dawn immediately follows this exchange with an invitation to snack on ice cream. A hungry and clueless Ash eagerly accepts.
Dawn stops Leona from telling Ash why all of her old friends call her Dee Dee, apparently wanting to stop Ash from hearing about some embarrassing information about Dawn's past.
When Dawn attempts to convince Maylene to take up Gym Leading again, she admits to Maylene that she wonders if her Contests are holding Ash back.
Dawn takes on Maylene, who is a Gym Leader, even though she's not participating for the Sinnoh League. This could be seen as a way for Dawn to simply inspire Maylene, but, it could also be for Dawn to have peace of mind that Ash will have a chance to be able to participate in the Sinnoh League.
For the second time, Dawn cheers for Ash and his Pokémon in her cheerleading outfit. She even goes so far as to include some dancing, and also continues to cheer while it's raining.
Ash asserts that his victory over Maylene owes to the training Dawn undertook with Buizel when it was still in her possession. Dawn quickly blushes and responds somewhat sheepishly, "Well, let's just say that I was going to do anything I could to see an awesome Gym Battle between Ash and Maylene!"
When Ash accepts Sho's challenge, Dawn tells him to make sure he won't lose.
After Ash loses against Sho, Dawn informs Ash that he needs a Thunder Stone to evolve Pikachu. The only reason she mentions this seems to be that she wants to help Ash succeed.
When searching for Pikachu, Ash separates himself from the rest of the group. Only Dawn calls out his name when he takes off.
When training for the rematch, Pikachu impresses Dawn by catching some Frisbees. She even comments on how she looks forward to seeing Pikachu's skills in a battle.
During the rematch, Dawn is really encouraging Ash and Pikachu.
At the episode's start, Dawn comments on how Ash does very well in training his Pokémon and notes that "Ash is incredible!" Also, when Wallace talks about the importance of love between the trainers and their Pokémon, Dawn agrees and looks straight at Ash as if she just realized something that involves him. Ash then looks back at her in confusion.
Dawn seems impressed while watching Ash's performance in the Wallace Cup. Later, she meets Ash in the hallway while going to the stage and, very similarly to the scene in Mounting a Coordinator Assault!, she has a high-five with Ash.
Dawn is proud of Ash because he and Buizel, by turning the opponent's Ice Beam against it, successfully pulled off the Aqua Jet-Ice Beam combination, "Ice Aqua Jet." Dawn had previously attempted to perform this combination with Buizel in A Stand-Up Sit-Down!.
During most of the episode, Dawn kept emphasizing on the fact that Paul wasn't able to get Chimchar to its full potential, yet, Ash did.
Ash tries to restrain his Blaze induced raging Chimchar and his Pokémon bites him on his right shoulder. Dawn attempts to run to Ash's side, but is blocked by Brock. She protests to Brock that Ash needs help, but Brock tells Dawn to let Ash handle Chimchar.
In another scene, Dawn becomes so frightened by the numerous advancing Croagunk that she clutches Ash's arm and hides behind him.
Ash and Dawn exchange their first high-five in Mounting a Coordinator Assault!
Dawn tells Monica that Ash "won an amazing victory at the Pastoria Gym" and how she admires all of his success as a trainer.
At the end of the episode, after having captured Swinub, Dawn lets it stay on her right shoulder, just like Ash's Pikachu on Ash's right shoulder.
When Byron's Gym assistant exclaims that Byron has the upper hand during Ash and Byron's gym battle, Dawn angrily objects, "I am telling you you're wrong! Ash is going to win it for sure!", thereby revealing how confident she is in Ash's abilities.
When Ash asks Dawn which Pokémon she will use in the upcoming Pokémon Contest, Dawn responds with a wink, slyly asking him, "Well, who do you think I would use?"
Dawn states that she wants to enter Ambipom in the Sandalstraw Contest so that she might win for both her and Ash.
When Ash gets nervous during the Ping Pong competition, he grabs a fan instead of a paddle to which Dawn informs him "Ash, that's a fan!"
Dawn ran into the room at the Pokémon Center, on the verge of crying, and Ash questions "Dawn, what's the matter?"
When the group finds Ambipom, she's hitting a ping pong ball against the building, and Dawn explains that O offered her that he'd train Ambipom to become a Pokémon Ping Pong player, and since Ash went through a similar situation before having to decide whether to trade her for Dawn's Buizel, she asks Ash "What would you do if you were me, Ash?"
After Ash's Gliscor lost against Snover, Dawn was beginning to feel bad for Ash, apparently counting on his non-stop winning streak going through the entire match.
After Candace hands the Icicle Badge to Ash, Dawn notices Ash shivering, and gives him the coat that her mother gave him.
After Monferno collapsed, Dawn quietly says "Oh, no".
When Dawn noticed Ash crying over his defeat against Paul, she quietly says "Oh, Ash". Nobody else said anything at that point.
Ash, upset over his Pokémon team's injuries, runs off. Dawn, concerned, attempts to follow but is stopped by Brock. Nevertheless, Dawn later puts on a complex show for Ash, trying hard to improve Ash's mood and self-confidence. While Ash is initially oblivious to the Dawn's motivations, Nurse Joy soon informs him that Dawn went through so much trouble solely on behalf of him and his Pokémon.
When Ash fails to see the initial romantic connection between Marill and Piplup, Dawn makes a bizarre expression on her face that indicates some sort of disappointment that Ash really doesn't get romance. She even says "Talk about clueless!", with Pikachu agreeing with her, with the exact same facial expression. At that point, Pikachu could have picked up a few signs from Dawn that Ash is oblivious to.
After Ash's match with Palmer, Dawn tells Ash that she has a new way to show off her Pokémon.
When Ash, Dawn, Brock, Khoury, and Lyra are trapped in a storage room at the Valley Windworks, Lyra asks Dawn if Ash is her boyfriend. Dawn quickly denies this, expressing not only bewilderment but shock and defensiveness as well. Lyra, nevertheless, continues drilling Dawn on the subject, pointing out what she believes constitute Ash's strong points. Dawn appears to ponder some of Lyra's statements, perhaps realizing that Lyra has put him in a light she hadn't contemplated before.
After Ash falls into a Trapinch's Arena Trap, Dawn becomes worried and scolds him for endangering himself. While the two argue, Lyra looks on and thinks to herself how nice it is that both Ash and Dawn care for one another as much as they do. Later, Dawn is once again startled by Lyra's talk of romance, although this time Lyra discusses the possibility of dating Khoury herself.
During the night, while Ash is training Gliscor for the Air Battles, Dawn wakes up and reaches him, giving him some shredded tin foils she prepared to help them in the training. Apparently, Ash never asked her to do that, so she projected the thing herself. She also spends the whole night outside with Ash (they're seen to stop training at the sunrise).
When Ash gives Dawn a cup of hot milk after her fainting, she seems surprised, and gently smiles at him telling it's been a very nice gesture from him. Probably, because of Ash's usual denseness, Dawn didn't expect him to be that tender with her. She thanks Ash, but doesn't say anything to Brock also when Ash tells her it's been Brock's idea. Later in the episode, after the appeal round, she has a high-five with Ash.
After the conclusion of the Grand Festival, Zoey asks Dawn if she would like to accompany her back to Snowpoint City. Dawn declines, saying she has something to do. Zoey assumes that this "something" is cheering for Ash in his upcoming battles, an assumption that Dawn soon confirms is correct.
Dawn again cheers for Ash and his Pokémon in her cheerleading costume for the third time.
Kenny invites Dawn to a journey together, but she's unsure about her future; she tells Jasmine that the only thing she's sure of is that she wants to support Ash during the Sinnoh League, without knowing what to do after that. When Ash and Kenny are battling, Dawn is supporting Ash as she used to do in every battle, and she looks sad when Kenny wins. Later, even if Kenny insisted, Dawn decided to stay, at least temporarily, still with Ash at the Sinnoh League. However, in the last episode, she will tell Ash she wants to come to Kanto with him, indicating that maybe she had already made that decision after Ash and Kenny's battle.
When Ash and Paul find Dawn and Paul walking together, Dawn looks awkward for a moment, and then runs to Ash's side as if embarrassed to be caught by Ash talking with another boy.
As Ash and Brock prepare leave the Sinnoh region, Dawn initially proclaims that she would like to accompany Ash to his hometown of Kanto, now that her Contest run has concluded. This plan is quickly derailed, however, when an opportunity for Buneary in Sinnoh presents itself. Near the episode's conclusion, as Ash and Brock walk away, Dawn calls out for Ash one last time, prompting a startled Ash to turn around and see her right arm raised high above her head. The two high-five for the last time (in the DP series) this seems to be the first time that's Dawn "asking" for the high-five). The camera pans down to show Pikachu and Piplup high-five and then hug one another. Dawn begins to cry as the boat departs but, upon hearing Ash yell words of encouragement, regains composure, quickly running after the boat and waving alongside a tearful Piplup.
Dawn teasing Ash
When Ash enters Cynthia's villa in Undella Town, Dawn playfully hides behind him while giggling when he cannot find her. She then surprises him with her appearance. Some moments later, she winks and raises her arm to propose Ash a high-five, like they used to do in Sinnoh. Later on, during her battle against Cilan's Pansage, Dawn also makes Piplup use Ash's old Counter Shield, a move they developed together.
Dawn begins to mimic Iris in calling Ash a kid in order to tease him. When Iris and Dawn get separated from Ash and Cilan, Dawn seems worried about Ash.

Ash's hints

Just like Dawn, after Nando told them that their arguing was baseless, Ash apologizes to Dawn, saying he hasn't been very nice with her.
When Brock says he can't find Dawn, Ash gets worried and says that he's going to look for her. After his performance, Ash meets Dawn in the hallway and wishes her good luck giving her their first high-five. After Dawn comes back from performing, Ash and Brock tell her she did a great job. Dawn falls to the ground in relief after Brock says "You should be feeling pretty good,", at which Ash says "Dawn, come on! You okay?". Dawn says she's fine.
Dawn dresses in a cheerleading outfit and cheers for Ash. Ash notices this and, with a grin on his face, remarks, "Gee, thanks, Dawn."
Ash calms Dawn's nerves after she makes what she thought had been a bad appeal and consoles her through the use of Dawn's frequent catchphrase, "No need to worry!" (Japanese: "Daijōbu!"). While doing so, Ash expresses an encouraging look.
After Paul tells Ash that he has seen neither Brock nor Dawn, Ash wonders if his friends have gotten lost in the maze. He then imagines Dawn yelling, "No need to worry!" while being bound by an Onix and immediately yells out, "That's when I worry the most!" In the original Japanese episode, Dawn yells painfully, "I'm all right! I'm all right!" while Ash wryly says "You're not all right at all!" He quickly tells Pikachu that they need to go find everyone.
Ash enrolls Dawn in the Hearthome Tag Battle Tournament in an effort to cheer her up following a recent Contest loss. Informed of this, Dawn objects on the basis that she won't do well, but Ash counters with his belief that she will do great and asks her to simply try her best. Dawn agrees, and Ash, with a big grin on his face, raises his hand to to give her a high-five.
Ash showing emotion over Dawn's second Contest loss
Ash is deeply saddened when Dawn loses in the appeal round for the second time. After the loss, "Jessilina" walks up to her and tells her to leave. Dawn refuses, telling "Jessilina" that she wants to stay, while the camera focuses on Dawn's slightly shaking fist. The camera then cuts to Ash's face. The brown in Ash's eyes can be seen; this usually happens only when Ash is very upset. Ash lowers his head and hides his eyes behind his hat.
When Ash sees how nervous Dawn is, he inspires her by telling her to have fun.
After the battle, after Dawn lost, Ash showed for a moment that he was sad for her. However, he quickly approaches her to tell her that she and Piplup both battled hard.
Ash credits the training Buizel underwent with Dawn while still in her possession for his recent earning of a badge from Maylene. Dawn blushes and replies, "Thanks, but it was all worth it to see an amazing battle between you and Maylene, Ash." Ash smiles widely at her.
Ash asks Dawn to dance during the Croagunk Festival.
Ash and Dawn climb onto Team Rocket's robot, but Ash falls off. As he does so, Ash yells Dawn's name twice, once while falling and again after losing sight of her.
Dawn infuriates Ash by suggesting that Ash treat his Pokémon as Gary does. Some PearlShippers consider that to be jealousy over Dawn's supposed feelings for Gary.
Dawn becomes frustrated while designing outfits for the collection. Ash assures her that all of her designs are good and tells her to just do her best.
When Brock comments on how great Conway is with his Venonat, Ash begins to worry and yells, "'Kay Dawn, hang in there!" Later, Ash is happy to see Dawn win the prize for being closest to her Pokémon.
Ursula insults Dawn, angering her. Dawn prepares a retort, but Ash beats her to the punch, yelling to Ursula that Dawn is a much better Coordinator and Trainer than she is.
Ash discovers that Dawn has fallen into the river and thus becomes worried. He continues to express concern over her well-being until she is found. Meanwhile, Brock does not show nearly as much concern.
When Dawn asks Ash and Brock about if her focus on getting her fifth ribbon was a bit much, Ash is the only one to reply, telling her that if he would be going for his last badge, he would be hung up, for sure.
Dawn puts on a show for Ash and his Pokémon, but Ash does not know why. Nurse Joy informs him that it Dawn is trying to cheer up not only his Pokémon but him as well. Ash quickly gives Dawn a weird look as if to say, "Is this true?" Dawn responds with a smile and a wink and starts the show. Ash and his Pokémon enjoy themselves.
When Lyra invites Dawn to battle with her Chikorita, Ash exclaims, "Yeah, go Dawn!" and pushes her to the podium by the shoulder.
Lyra tries to play matchmaker with Dawn and Khoury as the target couple. Later, Ash and friends are separated by a flock of Zubat while exploring a cave. Dawn is shown alone and scared with her Piplup, but, soon after, Ash is shown running up to her and calling out her name.
In this episode, Ash states Dawn is awesome and "number one."
In this episode, Ash is seen giving Dawn many kind gestures. First, after Dawn faints, Ash gives her some warm milk to make her feel better—though it is revealed Brock told Ash to go get it—and comments on how worried he is about her well-being. These kind words touch Dawn, prompting her to note that he is being really, almost uncharacteristically, nice to her. Later, during the Contest, Brock worries aloud that Dawn's performance might not go well; Ash objects and tells Brock that he thinks Dawn will be fine. Finally, after the first round of the Contest, Ash runs into the contestant area (Brock behind), telling Dawn that she was awesome and complimenting her Pokémon pair. Dawn is touched and she and Ash high-five. At the episode's end, Ursula comments on how close Ash and Dawn have become.
Dawn tries on a princess outfit leaving Ash with a visibly stunned face (though some say it's because she looks so much like Princess Salvia). Ash praises Dawn, commenting that the dress looks good on her.
Ash and Dawn's high five in the Best Wishes series
Throughout the episode, Ash was constantly joking around with Dawn. At the beginning of the episode, Ash tells Dawn's mother that traveling with Dawn was a lot of fun and that he enjoyed her around. At the end of the episode, Ash becomes worried about Dawn when she was crying as he left so he yells her catchphrase and cheers her up.
After meeting Dawn again in Cynthia's villa, Ash exchanges a high-five with her, in sign of their old habit in Sinnoh. Later he loudly declares he wants to be the first to battle with Dawn, and when Cilan anticipates him, he looks very disappointed.
Ash gets discouraged when it's Dawn specifically who teases him.

Other hints

  • Unlike Misty, May, Iris, and Serena, Dawn asks in a straightforward manner to come along with Ash in When Pokémon Worlds Collide! rather than coming up with some reason to hide her intentions. In return, Ash accepts her request. While Ash felt some obligation to Misty and May due to Pikachu ruining their bikes, Iris invited herself, while Serena was invited by Ash to travel with him, Clemont and Bonnie.
  • Since Mounting a Coordinator Assault!, Ash and Dawn are often seen exchanging high-fives whenever one of them accomplishes something, which might possibly portray a special friendship.
  • Ash and Dawn are the only main characters to trade Pokémon with each other: Ash's Aipom for Dawn's Buizel. This may symbolize they highly trust in themselves.
  • Dawn's Buneary has a crush on Ash's Pikachu. Professor Oak and Brock have said in the past that Pokémon represent the feelings of their masters and when two Pokémon fall in love, there is a good chance the Trainers will too. However, it is to be pointed out that Buneary developed this crush before Dawn caught it. The claim has also been refuted at various points during the series, so the feelings of the Pokémon are not always definitive to the feelings of the Trainers.
  • Ash has watched all of Dawn's Contests. He did not do this with May because he would sometimes be training his Pokémon instead of watching her.
  • Dawn is the source of some of the moves and strategies used in battle by Ash, which include Ice Aqua Jet and Spin. Ash watching Dawn's Contest may (in part) be so he can learn new things to apply in battle, though some say this is because of advice given to him by others.
  • One of the movie posters for Giratina and the Sky Warrior depicts Pikachu and Piplup sitting on Ash's and Dawn's heads, respectively. Some fans have pointed out that the distance portrayed between Dawn and Ash is very small. However, other fans point out how Ash's hair, which can usually be seen from the sides of his hat, is not present. This may mean the Trainers are not really wearing their hats.
PearlShipping in the Japanese opening High Touch!
The opening is sung by Ash and Dawn. The lyrics show how close their friendship is to each other and their Pokémon. But, mainly to each other.
  • On High Touch! / Surely Tomorrow's Japanese album, only appears Ash and Dawn with Pikachu and Piplup on the CD's cover so close each other giving a high touch.
  • Wild in the Streets!
While Dawn battled a revived Aerodactyl, Ash is fascinated with Piplup and Buneary's new dodging tactic that he asks Dawn to help him practice for his rematch. He then has Pikachu, Aipom, and Turtwig use them in O'er the Rampardos We Watched in his rematch with Roark, again in Getting the Pre-Contest Titters in his match against Kenny, and a few other times since, the tactic becoming a regular (if not frequent) feature in Ash's strategy.
When Ash and Dawn were in the submarine, they saw a school of Luvdisc. Some PearlShippers consider this a hint because Luvdisc's Pokédex entry says if two people see a school of Luvdisc, they will be blessed with eternal love (however, there's been long-debated discrepancies about how much the anime and the game are relatable, and should not be taken at face value. Also, AdvanceShippers have a similar hint from the ninth movie).

Movie evidence

Dawn's hints

When Darkrai first appears in front of Ash and company, Dawn runs over to Ash's side. At one point, as they are climbing the Space-Time Tower staircase, Ash almost falls off, and Dawn catches him. When they do fall out of the staircase and land safely, she holds his hand for a brief moment and smiles. When Ash begins to cry, believing he lost Darkrai, Dawn looks at him with a worried expression and begins to cry as well.
In the beginning part of the movie, Ash playfully splashes water on Dawn, then she does the same. When Ash tries to defeat Marcus, he has trouble beating Heatran and Bronzong. As soon as they both attack Pikachu, Dawn and her Piplup protect Ash and Pikachu, and help him fight. During this time, Brock is not with Dawn and Ash but with Sheena and Damos.
When Ash became electrocuted, Dawn right away comes to his side to comfort him and make sure he is okay.

Ash's hints

When both Ash and Dawn are falling off the hot-air balloon because of Dialga and Palkia's moves, he grabs her hand, trying to save her; some moments later she falls anyway, and when she lands safe, Ash is relieved. When both Ash and Dawn are falling off the tower together, Ash holds Dawn tightly so that she doesn't fall. When they land, he shows a relieved smile.
When Dawn gets sucked into the Reverse World, Ash yells, "Dawn!" and runs after Dawn into the portal. Brock does not follow Ash's lead. Later in the movie, Brock says "I'm starting to notice a pattern here...", as if noticing Ash and Dawn being together throughout the events of the movie.
At the beginning, when Ash and Dawn are in the river, he playfully splashed water on her, causing the same reaction. During the opening music, when they battle against Kato and Kiko, Ash's Pikachu protect Dawn's Piplup from an attack, then Ash makes an "okay" sign to Dawn. Later they exchange another high-five, too; noticeably it happens while High Touch! is in the background, in the Japanese version.

Other movie hints

  • Movie posters
Throughout most promotional posters of Diamond & Pearl movies, Brock seemed to be excluded, leaving only Ash and Dawn in them.


  • Prior to getting their starter Pokémon, Ash and Dawn have both imagined about each of the three starters. Ash dreamed about Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander, while Dawn had a daydream about Chimchar, Piplup, and Turtwig, in these respective orders.
  • Ash lost a battle to both, Brock and Roark, who are the first Gym Leaders of their respective regions (Kanto and Sinnoh). When Ash lost to Brock, Misty offered to lend him her Water type Pokémon, which he declined, though, rudely. Dawn offered to lend Ash her Water type, Piplup, and Ash turned her down, though more respectfully.
  • When Ash and Dawn have started their respective journeys, they both started to get in contact with their mothers early on in their journeys.
  • Both Dawn and Ash saw a Legendary Pokémon at the beginning of their journeys (Ash saw Ho-Oh in Pokémon - I Choose You! and Dawn saw Mesprit in Following a Maiden's Voyage!).
  • Neither of Ash or Dawn's fathers have ever been acknowledged on-screen in the anime. They are also only children with no siblings.
  • They both have childhood rivals: Ash's is Gary and Dawn's is Kenny. In addition, Gary and Kenny have a fully-evolved Water-type starter Pokémon from their respective regions: Empoleon for Kenny and Blastoise for Gary.
  • The rivals of their game counterparts (Gary and Barry) have appeared in the anime instead of making a cameo, as Silver and Brendan have.
  • Ash first participated in an official Pokémon Contest at the same time as Dawn.
  • Both encountered Team Rocket for the first time in the second episode of their respective series (Ash in Pokémon Emergency! and Dawn in Two Degrees of Separation!).
  • They are the only main characters that have battled members of the Elite Four.
  • Just like Ash's Pikachu, Dawn's Piplup was not ready to obey her when they first met. Eventually, they became friends.

Alternate names

  • AADL - occasionally used, standing for Ash And Dawn Love
  • ShinouShipping (please note that this name conflicts with FortuneShipping, the pairing of Lucas and Dawn in the games, also referred to as ShinouShipping)
  • Sakari - also occasionally seen, a name taken from Satoshi and Hikari
  • SatoHika - often used, this name is taken from Satoshi and Hikari

Notable PearlShippers

DP144 - Lyra asks Dawn if Ash is her boyfriend

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