Ash's Pikachu (M20)

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Ash's Pikachu
サトシのピカチュウ Satoshi's Pikachu
Poké Ball
Ash Pikachu M20.png
Ash's Pikachu
Debuts in I Choose You!
Caught at Professor Oak's Laboratory
Gender Male
Ability Unknown[1]
Current location With Ash
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Pikachu Ikue Ohtani Ikue Ohtani
Kate Bristol*

Ash's Pikachu (Japanese: サトシのピカチュウ Satoshi's Pikachu) is the first Pokémon that Ash obtained on his journey as a Pokémon Trainer, given to Ash by Professor Oak. He appeared in I Choose You! and M21, Pokémon movies set in a different continuity from the main series. Despite having largely the same personality as the Pikachu of the main series and starting out his journey with Ash in a similar way, the rest of Pikachu's story developed in quite a different way.


I Choose You!

Pikachu and Ash

On his first day as a Pokémon Trainer, Ash learned from Professor Oak that the Kanto starter Pokémon, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, had already been taken by other Trainers from Pallet Town. Professor Oak then revealed there was one Pokémon left to give away. This turned out to be Pikachu, who acted very stubborn and showed no particular interest in Ash. Despite this, Ash chose Pikachu to be his partner, and together, they set out on a journey.

Pikachu gave the inexperienced Trainer a hard time, refusing to listen to his commands. It was not until Ash accidentally angered a flock of Spearow and Ash protected Pikachu from them that they started to bond. After this, they encountered Ho-Oh and Ash vowed to encounter Ho-Oh again someday with Pikachu. Pikachu would subsequently become a trusted partner for Ash, helping him catch a Caterpie and win Badges. Ash and Pikachu eventually met two other Trainers, named Verity and Sorrel, and found another friend in an abandoned Charmander.

After losing a battle against a Trainer named Cross, Ash started to question himself and his Pokémon, and even wished he had started out with a Bulbasaur or Squirtle instead of Pikachu. Luckily, a mysterious Pokémon called Marshadow helped Ash see the error in his new ways by pulling him into a dream where Pikachu was completely absent. Ash apologized to Pikachu and they continued their journey towards the Raizen Mountains to see Ho-Oh again.

Atop the Raizen Mountains at Mount Tensei, Ash's Rainbow Wing became corrupted when Cross appeared and placed it on Rainbow Rock with his evil heart. Marshadow in turn became corrupted by the Rainbow Wing and managed to possess a group of nearby Pokémon. Ash tried to stop Marshadow, but was stopped by the possessed Pokémon. Mirroring the start of their journey, Ash tried to protect Pikachu by standing in the way of the attacks. He eventually managed to recall Pikachu into his Poké Ball. Taking the full blast, Ash's body started to disappear, with only his consciousness surviving in a spirit world. Pikachu took hold of Ash's hat and started to cry, with the corrupted Rainbow Wing withering away, freeing Marshadow and the other Pokémon of its control.

Ash could hear Pikachu's cries in the spirit world and ran towards his voice. This caused his body to regenerate in the real world. Noticing this, Pikachu ran towards Ash and reunited with him, fully reviving him. After placing a new Rainbow Wing atop Rainbow Rock with his pure heart, Ho-Oh finally appeared. Ash and Pikachu had a fierce battle with Ho-Oh until the sun set. Some time after, Ash and Pikachu said their goodbyes to Verity and Sorrel, who continued on their own journeys. Pikachu continued to travel with Ash, aiding him in his dream to become a Pokémon Master.

Personality and characteristics

Much like the Pikachu of the main series, Pikachu was initially difficult and uninterested in Ash during the start of their journey, but became extremely loyal to him after he protected him from a flock of Spearow. He also took on Ash's interest and enthusiasm in battling. In addition, the two had a very close bond, to the point where Pikachu issued a massive Thunderbolt in outrage at Ash's death, and then started to cry.

Moves used

Ash Pikachu Thunderbolt M20.png
Using Thunderbolt
Move First Used In
Thunderbolt I Choose You!
Quick Attack I Choose You!
Iron Tail I Choose You!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 大谷育江 Ikue Ohtani
English Ikue Ohtani
German Sabine Bohlmann
Brazilian Portuguese Lhays Macedo
European Spanish Elena Palacios

Speaking scene

Language Voice actor
Japanese 大谷育江 Ikue Ohtani
English Kate Bristol
Italian Sabrina Bonfitto
Spanish Latin America Ana Lobo
Spain Elena Palacios

In the manga

Ash's Pikachu in I Choose You!

In the movie adaptations

Ash's Pikachu appeared in the manga adaptation of the 20th movie. His role is largely the same as it was in the movie.

Moves used

Ash Pikachu Quick Attack M20 manga.png
Using Quick Attack
Move First Used In
Thunderbolt Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!
Quick Attack Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!
Iron Tail Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Related articles

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


  1. Static in the main series

Movie characters
Human protagonists
AliceAsh Ketchum (M20)AudreyBarazBiancaCarlitaCoreyDamosDianaDianeEricFergusHisuiJack WalkerJuanitaKagachi
KarlKathrynKidd SummersKimiaLargoLisa (M03)Lisa (M21)LizabethLorenzoMannesMarenMelodyMerayNeeshaNewton Graceland
Professor LundRafeRaleighRebeccaRowenaSamSheenaSidSir AaronSorrelTonioToritoTory LundTowaVerityYuko
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Ho-OhHoopaJirachiKeldeoKyuremLatiasLatiosLucarioLugia (M02)Lugia (M21)MagearnaManaphyMarshadowMew (M01)Mew (M08)
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FlamelFreddyGabuGhrisGlacineGodeyGroudonGurūHeroes of Truth and IdealsInfiJennyJoeJudy
KaiKakoKanataKatoKevinKikoKing of the People of the ValeKyleLaylaLeekuLucianneLuisLuisaMakoMalin
ManukeMarcus's soldiersMauryMayor OliverMeredithMewtwo's creatorsMimiMirandaMisakiMooseMother and daughter
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