Ash (Masters)

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Ash
サトシ Satoshi
Spr Masters Ash.png
Ash's model
No. 152
English voice actor Sarah Natochenny
Japanese voice actor Rica Matsumoto
Description Ash is a boy from Pallet Town who dreams of becoming a Pokémon Master. He's honest, with a strong sense of justice. He is always with his best partner, Pikachu.

Ash (Japanese: サトシ Satoshi) is a Pokémon Trainer in Pokémon Masters EX, based on the character of the same name in the Pokémon anime. He forms a sync pair with Pikachu, which is capable of wearing his Trainer's World Cap. The sync pair could be obtained through a limited-time Master Fair Sync Pair Scout and was first made available on August 28, 2022. This pair can be raised to Masters EX star.png 6★ EX since its release.

In the games

History

Ash has experienced all the events from Pokémon the Series up until he became a member of the Masters Eight. Ash's starter Pokémon, Pikachu, was given to him by Professor Oak after he woke up late on the day he was set to get his first Pokémon. Although at first Pikachu didn't listen to Ash, after risking himself to protect his Pokémon, he earned Pikachu's trust, and the two have been inseparable ever since. On his first day of being a Trainer, Ash saw Ho-Oh in the sky, although at the time he didn't know the Pokémon's name. While still traveling in Kanto, Ash caught a Charmander, who happily obeyed him until he evolved into a Charmeleon and Charizard. After showing love and care towards his Charizard, despite Charizard's disobedience, Ash's Charizard regained full loyalty towards his trainer. While staying in Alola, Ash took care of Nebby until it became a Solgaleo. Ash also obtained Pikashunium Z, which allows Pikachu to use the Z-Move 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt. He later became the first Champion of Alola. While participating in the World Coronation Series, Ash caught a Dragonite, a Gengar who can Gigantamax, a Lucario who can Mega Evolve, a Sirfetch'd, and a Dracovish.

The Classic Thunderbolt

Ash's party in Pokémon Masters EX

While training for the Masters Eight Tournament, Ash somehow ended up on Pasio. By the time the player (Scottie or Bettie) and Tina find Ash, he has passed out due to hunger. The player and Tina take Ash to Lear to feed him, and after recovering his strength, Ash asks Lear where he is. After Lear explains what Pasio is to Ash, Lear asks him if he is confident in his battling skills. Ash shows off his entire team that he had during Pokémon Journeys: The Series, which impresses Lear. Ash asks Lear if he could stay on Pasio to train for the Masters Eight Tournament, which Lear allows. Lear has to leave and attend to other business, so he tells Ash to ask the player or Tina if he has further questions about Pasio. Before Lear leaves, Ash asks him if they can battle another time when Lear isn't busy, to which Lear agrees.

Later, the player battles Ash to demonstrate what a sync move is. Ash then has a battle against Tina, which Ash wins by successfully performing his first sync move with his Pikachu. However, Tina fails to perform a sync move with her Flareon during the battle, and Ash wonders why that is. Tina shrugs it off, saying that they just need more practice. Pikachu tries to cheer up Flareon, only for Flareon to scare him away. After Flareon attacks Tina and runs away, Ash asks if Tina and her Flareon usually fight. Tina says that Flareon never fought with her when he was an Eevee, but he has become a bit feisty ever since he evolved. Ash tells Tina that her Flareon is going through a rebellious stage. He explains that he has met all kinds of Pokémon throughout his journey, and he has been through a similar situation to what Tina is going through. He just had to start telling his Pokémon how he felt, that he wanted to get along with them, and that allowed them to understand each other better. Ash adds that he and Pikachu also had their difference when they first met and assures Tina that she and Flareon will be fine because Flareon is important to her. The player, Ash, and Tina then head out to find Flareon.

After searching for Flareon for a while with no success, Tina starts to suspect that he was stolen by some of the bad people on the island. Suddenly, Team Break shows up saying that Tina will never get her Flareon back. For Ash's benefit, Tina explains that they're a group of Trainers who mess with their tournaments and steal people's Pokémon. Ash then asks Team Break what they meant, and they reveal that Tina's Flareon has joined them. The player and Ash battle Team Break to get Flareon back, but Ash has difficulty going all out against a friend's Pokémon and the player's Pikachu is knocked out by Team Break's other Pokémon. Tina is distraught at this turn of events, but Ash encourages her to not give up and tell Flareon how she feels. After she tells Flareon her feelings, Flareon is moved, and Team Break is annoyed that Flareon is still loyal to his Trainer. They send a Crobat to knock him out, but Ash takes the attack to protect Flareon. Ash tells Flareon that he's Tina's partner and Ash knows he hates being apart from her, prompting Flareon to return to her side. Once Flareon reunites with Tina, Ash and Pikachu knock out Team Break's Crobat with ease. Team Break doesn't want to give up just yet, but Ash sends out his full team to challenge them, causing them to chicken out and flee. Ash, the player, and Tina celebrate their victory.

Later, Ash guesses that Flareon was just jealous and thought that Tina was going to be taken away from him because he lost to Pikachu. Ash then invites Tina to battle again to cheer her up from the day's events, and the two proceed to battle.

Blazing Battle with Ash

While walking through Centra City, the player (Scottie or Bettie), Ash, and Tina notice a crowd has gathered to watch an announcement that Lear is making. He announces a single battle tournament called the "Single Master Challenge Cup" for Trainers who just arrived on Pasio, with the winner being able to challenge the leader of the team that won the first-ever PML. This shocks the whole group, especially after Ash remembers that the player was the leader of the team that won the first PML tournament. Ash wonders why the tournament is for single battles instead of Pasio's standard team battles; Tina guesses that it's because the tournament is for Trainers who are new to Pasio, and they'll be able to do better in a battle format they're used to. Tina and Ash both decide to enter the tournament, with Ash declaring that he wants to have a serious battle with the player on a big stage.

The first round of the tournament begins, with Ash's first opponent being Rochelle from Lilycove City in Hoenn. Ash first sends out Sirfetch'd against Rochelle's Salamence. During the battle, Ash recalls Sirfetch'd due to Salamence attacking in the air and sends out Dragonite to counter. Dragonite manages to knock out Rochelle's Salamence. Rochelle then sends out her Glalie, who knocks out Dragonite. Ash sends Sirfetch'd back out to defeat Glalie, who is then defeated by Rochelle's Banette. Both are down to one Pokémon left, with Ash sending out Gengar as his last Pokémon. Both Pokémon seem to be evenly matched until Ash Gigantamaxes his Gengar, defeating Rochelle's Banette and winning him the battle.

Ash's next opponent is Axel from Hau'oli City in Alola. Ash has his Dracovish battle against Axel's Kommo-o, and Dracovish knocks it out. Axel then sends out his Salazzle, which poisons Dracovish, so Ash recalls it. Ash then sends out Pikachu to battle, with Pikachu's speed overwhelming Axel's Salazzle, leading it to be knocked out. Axel sends out his last Pokémon, Tsareena. Ash has Pikachu attack Tsareena with Thunderbolt, but is surprised when Axel reveals that his Tsareena is immune to Electric-type moves. Tsareena then knocks out Pikachu. Ash decides to send out his Lucario to finish things off, quickly Mega Evolving Lucario. After a few hits from each side, Axel's Tsareena is knocked out, so Ash wins the battle.

Finally, Ash reaches the last battle of the tournament, where he gets to fight the player. Ash first sends out Dracovish, while the player sends out Torchic. Ash has Dracovish use Water Gun. Torchic keeps dodging the attack, but it turns out that Ash wanted to wet the ground with Water Gun in order to freeze it with Ice Fang, causing Torchic to lose its footing. Ash then has Dracovish slide on the frozen ground and use Fishious Rend to knock out Torchic. The player then sends out Solgaleo as their next Pokémon, shocking Ash. Ash has Dracovish attack with Fishious Rend, but it is knocked out by Solgaleo. Ash then sends out Sirfetch'd to battle. With the use of Detect to dodge and Fury Cutter to attack, Sirfetch'd manages to knock out Solgaleo, while also knocking himself out in the process. Both Ash and the player send out their respective Pikachu as their final Pokémon. Both Pikachu are evenly matched, but Ash uses the sync move Best Buds 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt in order to defeat the player, thus making Ash the winner of the tournament.

The player, Tina, and Lear congratulate Ash on the win. Lear asks Ash if he has forgotten about their promise to battle each other, and Ash says he hasn't. Ash then teams up with Tina and the player for a team battle against Lear, Rachel, and Sawyer.

Pikachu

Masters0025.png Masters0025W.png Type ElectricIC Masters.png Electric
Move type ElectricIC Masters.png Electric
Role Masters Special Strike.png Strike (Special)
Base Potential ★★★★★☆EX
Pikachu Pikachu (World Cap) Weakness GroundIC Masters.png Ground
Its nature is to store up electricity. Forests where nests of Pikachu live are dangerous, since the trees are so often struck by lightning.
Stats HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
Lv. 140, Base Potential 719 288 155 487 155 271
Lv. 140, Max Potential 819 328 195 527 195 311
Mega Pikachu
Lv. 140, Base Potential
Lv. 140, Max Potential

Availability

Ash was exclusive to the following Master Fair scout banners:

  • (Debut) Ash Master Fair Scout (August 28 to October 17, 2022)

Moves

Name Type Category Move gauge Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Description
Thunder Electric
ElectricIC Masters.png
Special 2 161 192 70% An opponent Never misses when the weather is rainy. Has a chance (30%) of leaving the target paralyzed.
Not Gonna Lose! None Status 0
(1 use)
Self Restores the user's HP by approximately 20% of its maximum HP. Charges the user's move gauge by 6. Applies the Gradual Healing effect to the user. Applies the Supereffective ↑ Next effect to the user. Applies the Damage Guard Next effect to the user.
Best Buddies Thunderbolt Electric
ElectricIC Masters.png
Special 0
(1 use)
400 480 An opponent Activation Condition: When the user uses any moves three times. Deactivation Condition: Cannot be deactivated.
Never misses. Uses a maximum of 6 slots of the user's move gauge. The more amount used, the greater the power of this attack.
Going All Out! None Status 0
(1 use)
Self Raises the user's Sp. Atk by 4 stat ranks. Raises the user's critical-hit rate by 3 stat ranks. In addition, raises the user's Sp. Atk and Speed by 2 stat ranks when the user's remaining HP is at half or more.
Sync moves
Best Buds 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt Electric
ElectricIC Masters.png
Special 250 300 An opponent Temporarily assume the form of World Cap Pikachu during this Sync Move. Except in certain circumstances, successful hits with this attack become critical hits.
(6★ EX) effect: Sync move targets all opponents.

Skills

Name Description
Passive Skills
Master Sync Pair Mark Masters.png Kanto Spirit Powers up the special attack moves of all allied sync pairs by 20%. Reduces special attack move damage taken by all allied sync pairs by 25%. The more allied sync pairs with the Kanto theme you have on your team, the higher these percentages are. (Each additional sync pair powers up moves by 15% and reduces damage by 3%. The maximum power-up is 50%, and the maximum damage reduction is 31%.)
Ash's Passion Powers up the user's Thunder. Decreases the amount of move gauge slots the user needs to use Thunder by 1. The user's Thunder never misses.
Ash's Tenacity When the user enters battle with full HP, applies the Enduring effect to it. When the user's Enduring effect activates for the first time and the user has 1 HP remaining, applies the Enduring effect to the user again.
Initial Pinch Special Boost 2 Increases the user's Special Moves ↑ Next effect by 2 ranks the first time it is in a pinch each battle.
Theme Skills
Theme skill icon type.png Electric Strike Raises allies' Attack and Sp. Atk by 15 when using Electric-type attacks.
Theme skill icon region.png Kanto Strike Raises the Attack and Sp. Atk of all allied sync pairs by 2.
Theme skill icon Trainer group.png Main Character Strike Raises the Attack and Sp. Atk of all allied sync pairs by 2.
Theme skill icon other.png Pallet Town Strike Raises the Attack and Sp. Atk of all allied sync pairs by 3.
Theme skill icon other.png Passionate Spirit Strike Raises the Attack and Sp. Atk of all allied sync pairs by 3.
Expedition Skills
Masters Fiery Crystal icon.pngFiery ↑ 2 Raises the following discovery level by 2:
Masters Fiery Crystal icon.pngFiery Crystal

Sync grid

Ash and Pikachu's sync grid is an expanded grid, made available since the pair first released.

Name Effect Energy required Sync orb required Move level required
HP +10 HP +10 0 5 1
HP +10 HP +10 2 24 1
HP +10 HP +10 2 24 1
Defense +5 Defense +5 0 5 1
Defense +5 Defense +5 2 24 1
Defense +5 Defense +5 2 24 1
Sp. Atk +5 Sp. Atk +5 0 5 1
Sp. Atk +5 Sp. Atk +5 0 5 1
Sp. Atk +5 Sp. Atk +5 2 24 1
Sp. Atk +5 Sp. Atk +5 2 24 1
Sp. Atk +10 Sp. Atk +10 4 48 2
Sp. Def +5 Sp. Def +5 0 5 1
Sp. Def +5 Sp. Def +5 2 24 1
Sp. Def +5 Sp. Def +5 2 24 1
Speed +5 Speed +5 0 5 1
Speed +5 Speed +5 2 24 1
Speed +5 Speed +5 2 24 1
Speed +5 Speed +5 2 24 1
Thunder: Power +2 Thunder: Power ↑ +2 3 36 1
Thunder: Power +2 Thunder: Power ↑ +2 3 36 1
Thunder: Power +2 Thunder: Power ↑ +2 3 36 1
Thunder: Power +2 Thunder: Power ↑ +2 3 36 1
Thunder: Power +2 Thunder: Power ↑ +2 3 36 2
Thunder: Power +2 Thunder: Power ↑ +2 3 36 2
Thunder: Move Gauge Refresh 3 Has a chance (40%) of charging the user's move gauge by one when a move is successful. 7 84 1
Thunder: Hostile Environment 1 Raises the chance of inflicting status conditions with the additional effects of moves. 8 96 2
Thunder: Power Reserves 5 Powers up the user's moves when in a pinch. 10 120 3
Not Gonna Lose!: Shake Off 9 Removes all status conditions from the user when its move is successful. 7 84 2
Not Gonna Lose!: Master Healer 1 Increases the amount of HP restored by the user's healing moves. 8 96 2
Not Gonna Lose!: Master Healer 1 Increases the amount of HP restored by the user's healing moves. 8 96 3
Not Gonna Lose!: Propulsion 9 Reduces the user's sync move countdown by one when the user's move is successful. 10 120 3
Going All Out!: MP Refresh 2 Has a chance (30%) of restoring one MP of the user's move when that move is successful. 7 84 1
Dauntless Sp. Atk cannot be lowered. 5 60 1
Haste Speed cannot be lowered. 5 60 1
Lithe Prevents the user from getting paralyzed. 5 60 1
Quick Cure Removes the confused, flinching, and trapped conditions from the user the first time they are inflicted each battle. 7 84 2
On the Run 3 Raises the user's evasiveness by 3 stat ranks the first time it is in a pinch each battle. 7 84 2
Shock Recovery 1 Restores the user's HP whenever its Pokémon takes an action when the terrain is Electric Terrain. 8 96 2
Turbo Charge 2 Quickly charges the move gauge when the field is Electric Terrain. 8 96 2
Trainer Sync Redemption 1 Restores 1 MP for the user's Trainer the first time its sync move is used each battle. 8 96 3
Rejuvenate 6 Charges the user's move gauge by 6 after using a sync move. 8 96 3
Pinch Push 3 Reduces the sync move countdown by 3 the first time the user is in a pinch each battle. 10 120 3
Brain Sync 8 Powers up the user's sync move when its Sp. Atk is raised. 10 120 3
Static Shock 8 Powers up the user's sync move when the target is paralyzed. 10 120 3
Best Buds 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt: Power +25 Best Buds 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt: Power ↑ +25 5 60 2
Best Buds 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt: Power +25 Best Buds 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt: Power ↑ +25 5 60 2
Best Buds 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt: Power +25 Best Buds 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt: Power ↑ +25 5 60 3
Best Buds 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt: Power +25 Best Buds 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt: Power ↑ +25 5 60 3

Other Pokémon

On hand

During his appearances, Ash uses his team from Pokémon Journeys: The Series.

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Dragonite
Masters0094.png
Gengar ↔ Gigantamax Gengar
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Lucario ↔ Mega Lucario
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Sirfetch'd
Masters0882.png
Dracovish


Flashback

In the special event The Classic Thunderbolt, Ash reminisces about his Charizard.

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Charmander → Charmeleon → Charizard


Appearances

Battle appearances

Ash and Pikachu can be battled against in:

Ash has also been shown to pair alongside the following Pokémon and can be battled against in:

  • Dragonite
    • Special event: Challenge from Ash (August 28 to September 27, 2022)
  • Gengar
    • Special event: Challenge from Ash (August 28 to September 27, 2022)
  • Lucario
    • Special event: Challenge from Ash (August 28 to September 27, 2022)
  • Sirfetch'd
    • Special event: Challenge from Ash (August 28 to September 27, 2022)
  • Dracovish
    • Special event: Challenge from Ash (August 28 to September 27, 2022)

Story appearances

Ash appears in his normal outfit in the following story areas:

Sync pair stories

  • A Day with Ash

Quotes

Main article: Ash Ketchum/Quotes → Pokémon Masters EX

Gallery

Spr Masters Ash 2.png VSAsh Masters.png Spr Masters Ash EX.png VSAsh EX Masters.png Ash Mindscape.png
6★ model
(Normal colors)
VS model
(Normal colors)
6★ model
(EX colors)
VS model
(EX colors)
Ash's sync move mindscape
(Professor Oak's Laboratory)
Ash Emote 1 Masters.png Ash Emote 2 Masters.png Ash Emote 3 Masters.png Ash Emote 4 Masters.png Masters 3rd Anniversary artwork.png
Trainer emote
Nice!
Trainer emote
Watch out!
Trainer emote
Let's do this!
Trainer emote
Thanks!
Masters Medal 1-Star Blazing Battle with Ash.png Masters Medal 2-Star Blazing Battle with Ash.png Masters Medal 3-Star Blazing Battle with Ash.png Masters Medal To Be a Master.png
Medal
1★ Blazing Battle with Ash
Medal
2★ Blazing Battle with Ash
Medal
3★ Blazing Battle with Ash
Medal
To Be a Master
3rd Anniversary title screen artwork

Trivia

Origin

Ash's design is based on his appearance in Pokémon Journeys: The Series. Pikachu is Ash's starter Pokémon, as well as the mascot for the Pokémon anime as a whole. Pikachu's Dex entry comes from Pokémon Ultra Sun.

In other languages

Not Gonna Lose!

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese 負けるもんか! Makerumon ka!
Mandarin Chinese 我絕不認輸! Wǒ jué bù rènshū!
France Flag.png French À nous la victoire !
Germany Flag.png German Verlieren kommt nicht infrage!
Italy Flag.png Italian Perdere è fuori questione!
South Korea Flag.png Korean 질수없지! Jilsueopji!
Spain Flag.png Spanish ¡No pienso rendirme!

Best Buddies Thunderbolt

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese 友情の10まんボルト Yūjō no 10 Man Boruto
Mandarin Chinese 友情十萬伏特 Yǒuqíng Shíwàn Fútè
France Flag.png French Tonnerre S
Germany Flag.png German Freundlicher Donnerblitz
Italy Flag.png Italian Fulmine S
South Korea Flag.png Korean 우정의100만볼트 Ujeong-ui 100 Man Bolteu
Spain Flag.png Spanish Rayo S

Going All Out!

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese 思いっきりいくぜ! Omoikkiri iku ze!
Mandarin Chinese 使出全力上吧! Shǐchū Quánlì Shàng ba!
France Flag.png French Nous allons tout donner !
Germany Flag.png German Ich gehe aufs Ganze!
Italy Flag.png Italian Daremo il meglio di noi!
South Korea Flag.png Korean 있는힘껏간다 Inneunhimkkeotganda
Spain Flag.png Spanish ¡Voy a ser maestro Pokémon!

Best Buds 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese 最高のともだちと放つ 1000まんボルト Saikō no Tomodachi to Hanatsu 1000 Man Boruto
Mandarin Chinese 與最棒的朋友釋放之 千萬伏特 Yǔ Zuìbàng de Péngyǒu Shìfàng zhī Qiānwàn Fútè
France Flag.png French Amitié survoltée ! Giga-Tonnerre !
Germany Flag.png German Tausendfacher Donnerblitz bester Freunde
Italy Flag.png Italian Iperfulmine dei migliori amici
South Korea Flag.png Korean 최고의 친구와 발하는 1000만볼트 Choego-ui Chingu-wa Balhaneun 1000 Man Bolteu
Spain Flag.png Spanish Gigarrayo fulminante de Mejores Amigos


Pokémon Champions
Core series BlueLanceRedStevenWallaceCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaTraceLeonMustardPeonyNemonaGeetaKieranDraytonMost player characters
Masters EX BlueLanceRedStevenCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaLeonScottieBettieAshNemonaCalemSerenaMarnieBedeHopLeafNateRosa
Other
spin-offs
Ronald (TCG GB)Mark (TCG GB)Mint (TCG GB)Glenn (Pokkén)
Anime LanceCynthiaWallaceAlderDianthaStevenAsh KetchumLeonIrisNemona
Other animation Blue (Origins)Red (Origins)Calem (Generations)Edgar Troy (PttP)Ava (PttP)
Adventures Professor OakRedSidneyPhoebeGlaciaDrakeStevenWallaceCynthiaAlderIrisDianthaLeonMustardPeony
Other manga Shigeru (Zensho)Satoshi (Zensho)Rald (Battle Frontier)


Characters appearing in Pokémon Masters EX
Pasio ScottieBettieLearRachelSawyerPauloTina
Kanto BrockMistyLt. SurgeErikaBlaineLoreleiBrunoAgathaJanineKogaBlueGiovanniLeafLanceProfessor OakRedSabrinaJessieJamesAshElaineChase
Johto KrisBugsyWhitneyPryceClairWillKarenLyraEthanSilverJasmineMortyFalknerEusineArcherArianaPetrelProton
Hoenn BrendanRoxanneBrawlyFlanneryNormanWinonaTateLizaPhoebeDrakeNolandGlaciaZinniaStevenWallaceWallyLucyLisiaMayMaxieArchieSidneyCourtney
Sinnoh BarryRoarkGardeniaMayleneCrasher WakeCandiceFlintThortonCherylMarleyCynthiaFantinaDawnCyrusVolknerDarachLucasAaronBerthaLucianLookerAdamanIridaPalmerArgentaAkariReiRiley
Unova RosaClaySkylaBrycenIrisRoxieMarlonShauntalMarshalCherenHilbertHildaElesaCaitlinGrimsleyBurghAlderNateBiancaNGhetsisIngoEmmetHughColressLenora
Kalos GrantKorrinaRamosWulfricSieboldWikstromViolaCalemValerieClemontSerenaLysandreProfessor SycamoreDianthaEvelynNitaHelenaKaliShaunaEmmaOlympiaDrasnaDanaKatherine
Alola HauSophoclesMinaOliviaHapuKahiliNanuAcerolaKukuiPlumeriaGuzmaLusamineGladionLillieMolayneMallowSeleneElioLanaKiaweHalaThe Masked RoyalNaomiAnabelRyuki
Galar GloriaPiersLeonMarnieRaihanNessaBeaHopAllisterSoniaBedeGordieMelonyVictorBall GuyRoseOleanaEvePetey
Paldea NemonaPennyIonoGrusha
NPCs Professor BellisTristaTriciaTrinniaMeowthTabithaMattShellyMarsJupiterSaturnCilanChiliCressChuckShadow TriadTiernoTrevorMalvaFabaTeam Break


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