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Ash Ketchum

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{{series|Sun & Moon}}
'''Ash Ketchum''' (Japanese: '''サトシ''' ''Satoshi'') is the main character of the [[Pokémon anime]]. He is also the main character of various {{pkmn|manga}} based on the anime, including [[The Electric Tale of Pikachu]], [[Ash & Pikachu]], and {{OBP|Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl|Sakai Takayuki}}.
He is a [[Pokémon Trainer]] from [[Pallet Town]] whose goal is to become a [[Pokémon Master]]. He shares his Japanese name with the creator of theHis [[starter Pokémon]] franchise,was [[Satoshia Tajiri]].{{AP|Pikachu}} Histhat Englishhe surnamereceived isfrom a{{an|Professor punOak}} ofafter thearriving Englishlate motto,at "[[Gotta catchProfessor Oak'ems Laboratory|his all!laboratory]]."
He shares his Japanese name with the creator of the [[Pokémon]] franchise, [[Satoshi Tajiri]]. His English surname is a pun of the English motto, "[[Gotta catch 'em all!]]."
Ash also enrolled in {{an|Professor Oak}}'s Pokémon Summer Camp when he was young. One day, another camper named {{an|Serena}} got lost in the forest and wounded her leg after getting startled by a {{p|Poliwag}}. Ash, who was looking for the Poliwag, came to her rescue and wrapped a handkerchief around the wounded knee to brace it. He then helped her up and guided her out of the forest.
In ''[[EP269|The Ties That Bind]]'', Ash recalled a day when he was about to start his [[Pokémon journey]]. He and [[Gary Oak]] both fished out aan old, rusty {{i|Poké Ball}}, which snagged on both their lines. After arguing about who would keep it, they broke it in two, each keeping one half as a reminder of that day.
====[[Original series]]====
Many of Ash's first Gym Badges were given to him merely out of gratitude for his assistance, rather than claiming an actual victory in battle over the Gym Leaders. Of the first five Gym Badges that had been given to Ash in Kanto, only [[Lt. Surge]]'s {{Badge|Thunder}} in ''[[EP014|Electric Shock Showdown]]'' was earned from a victory in battle.
Ash's troubles were not made any easier when his Charmander, after evolving into a Charmeleon, and then a Charizard, grew too powerful and refused to listen to him until [[EP105|Ash could prove himself]].
Over time, Ash's dedication to his goal paid off. After earning his first eight Badges, Ash went on to compete in the [[Indigo Plateau Conference]], advancing to the fifth round - one further than Gary - and ending up in the Top 16.
===={{series|Diamond & Pearl}}====
[[File:Ash arriving in Sinnoh.png|thumb|220px|Ash arriving in Sinnoh]]
Following Ash's victory over the Battle Frontier, May set her sights on [[Pokémon Contest]]s in the Johto region and traveled there while Max returned home to Petalburg City in Hoenn. After encountering and battling his old rival, Gary (who has now become a Pokémon researcher), and learning of a new region with new Pokémon, Ash decided to leave for the [[Sinnoh]] region to earn the Gym Badges available there. Like before, he took only Pikachu with him at first, but brought his {{AP|Aipom}} along when she snuck onto the ship Ash was leaving on. While Brock did not directly accompany Ash to Sinnoh, he did travelmeet with him while there and travelled with him through Sinnoh like he had for Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn. This time, they were accompanied by another aspiring [[Pokémon Coordinator]] named {{an|Dawn}}. Ash enthusiastically supported Dawn in her endeavors to become a Top Coordinator. Unlike May, he watched all of Dawn's Contests without being distracted by the need to train. Just as he supportssupported Dawn in her Contests, she supported him in his Gym battles. She would even go as far as dressing up as a cheerleader with her Pokémon sometimes and cheer for him.
While traveling through Sinnoh, Ash formed a heated rivalry with a Trainer named [[Paul]]. Throughout Ash's journey, Paul would constantly put him down and the two often argued over their nearly opposite training styles. While Paul was harsh, distant, and sometimes plain cruel to his Pokémon, Ash insisted that the best way to raise Pokémon was through patience, caring, and friendship. Their rivalry came to a head after they competed in a [[Multi Battle|Tag Battle]] [[Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition|Tournament]] together, when Paul released his {{AP|Chimchar}} after it failed to meet his expectations. Ash then decided to take in the Chimp Pokémon and promised to make it strong using his own philosophy. Although Ash always considered himself on par with him Paul often bested him in battles as his own Pokémon were very powerful (He only kept Pokémon that were naturally very strong). Ash's Pokémon, while strong in their own right, were not yet equals. This came to a devastating defeat at [[Lake Acuity]] for Ash, losing a Full Battle while only knocking out two of Paul's Pokémon. Ash recognised that he had to take Paul more seriously and cautiously in future.
[[File:Ash and Pokémon captured.png|thumb|left|250px|Ash and his Pokémon captured by Team Flare]]
During the closing ceremony of the conference, Team Flare began their final operation, using the power of the blue {{p|Zygarde}} {{DL|List of Pokémon with form differences|Zygarde|Core}} [[Z2]] to cause massive roots to destroy parts of Lumiose City. Ash and his Pokémon were ultimately abducted by Team Flare and were taken captive at the top of Prism Tower, as [[Lysandre]] intended to use Ash and Greninja's Bond Phenomenon for his plans by using Team Flare's Mega Evolution energy ray to control them. After talking some sense into Alain, Ash resisted the machine's influence and broke free using Bond Phenomenon. Ash and Alain soon engaged in a battle against Lysandre, and ultimately managed to defeat him. When Ash later heard about the [[Giant Rock]], he met up with the rest to combat it. Thanks to everyone's combined effort, [[Chespie]] was saved from the Giant Rock. Squishy and Z2 ultimately destroyed the creature, before the two Zygarde left.
Following the crisis, Ash helped Alain and Serena resolve their issues and bade farewell to his rivals. Later, after dropping Goodra off at the wetlands again, the group came across [[Xerosic]], one of Team Flare's Scientists. Ash, his Greninja, and his friends and the gang were ultimately able to foil Xerosic's plans and hand him over to Officer Jenny. The group soon reunited with Squishy and Z2, who requested Greninja's help to obliterate remaining negative energy left by Team Flare's crisis. Knowing this was for the sake of Kalos, Ash bade farewell to Greninja, before Greninja left with the two Zygarde. After releasing Greninja, Ash and the gang headed back to Lumiose City to say their final goodbyes. After bidding farewell to Serena, who headed for Hoenn, Ash separated from Clemont and Bonnie as well, and returned to Pallet Town.
In ''[[SM042|Alola, Kanto!]]'', Ash and his classmates traveled to Kanto for an extracurricular activity. This allowed Ash to reunite with Brock, Misty, and some of his Pokémon living at Professor Oak's Laboratory. In ''[[SM043|When Regions Collide!]]'', they paid a visit to the Cerulean Gym, where he and Pikachu had a battle against Misty and used Gigavolt Havoc to defeat her [[Mega Evolution|Mega]] {{TP|Misty|Gyarados}}.
In ''[[SM044|A Dream Encounter!]]'', Ash was entrusted to take care of a {{p|Cosmog}} by {{p|Solgaleo}} and {{p|Lunala}}, which he saw in a dream. The Cosmog, nicknamed [[{{DL|Light trio (anime)|Solgaleo|Nebby]]}}, by Lillie, took a liking to Ash and frequently caused trouble with its ability to {{m|teleport}} people around. In ''[[SM047|A Masked Warning!]]'', Nebby teleported Ash to [[Ten Carat Hill]], where Ash encountered Gladion again. There, he learned that Lillie's fear of touching was caused by a {{p|Nihilego}} [[Faba]] accidentally summoned from an [[Ultra Wormhole]].
In ''[[SM049|Mission: Total Recall!]]'', after an accident with Nebby caused Lillie's fear of touching Pokémon to resurface, Ash and Lillie traveled to [[Aether Paradise]] in order to find out how Lillie's trauma originated. Worried that Lillie regaining her memories could put him in trouble, Faba attempted to erase Lillie's memories again. Faba was defeated by Gladion's {{p|Type: Null}}, after it [[Evolution|evolved]] into {{p|Silvally}}. Seeing Silvally allowed Lillie to remember how her fear of touching Pokémon began and overcome it, thus regaining the ability to touch all types of Pokémon.
In ''[[SM050|Faba's Revenge!]]'', Faba kidnapped Nebby while Ash's attention was elsewhere. When Ash and Lillie learn about this, they enlisted Gladion and [[Lusamine]] in helping them rescue it. When the four found Faba, they also found that he successfully forced Nebby to summon a Nihlego from an Ultra Wormhole. Nihilego proceeded to knock Faba away, forcing the others to battle it. Nihilego proved to be too powerful, forcing Lusamine to push Gladion out of the way to prevent him from getting captured by it; as a result, she was caught instead, allowing Nihilego to easily drag her into the Ultra Wormhole. Afterwards, Ash discovered that the incident caused Nebby to evolve into a {{p|Cosmoem}}.
[[File:Z-Power Ring anime.png|thumb|left|250px|Ash's Z-Power Ring]]
In ''[[SM052|Revealing the Stuff of Legend!]]'', Ash, his classmates, and Gladion watched as the [[guardian deities]] helped Nebby evolve into the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and upgrade Ash's Z-Ring into a [[Z-Power Ring]]. With a [[Solganium Z]] he received from Nebby, Ash activated Solgaleo's Z-move, {{m|Searing Sunraze Smash}}, and had Nebby opened up an Ultra Wormhole, allowing everyone to traverse through Ultra Space on Nebby's back.
In ''[[SM055|The Professors' New Adventure!]]'', during Kukui's and burnet's wedding reception, Ash and his friends are invited to join an Ultra Beast response task force, known as the [[Ultra Guardians]], which they all agree to.
[[File:Ash Ultra Guardian outfit.png|thumb|250px|Ash in his Ultra Guardian uniform]]
In ''[[SM061|A Mission of Ultra Urgency!]]'', Ash and his classmates were invited to their first mission as the [[Ultra Guardians]], their goal being to capture a {{p|Buzzwole}} that had appeared through an Ultra Wormhole. The Ultra Guardians encountered Buzzwole at [[Mahalo Trail]], where Ash started battling it with Pikachu. Throughout the battle, although Pikachu was able to land a Thunderbolt, Buzzwole constantly had the upper hand. However, when Kiawe tried to join the fight, it turned out that Buzzwole actually preferred flexing to battling, so Ash and Kiawe started flexing with it, requiring {{Rotom}} to remind Ash that he needed to throw a {{ball|[[Beast}} Ball]] while the [[Ultra Beast]] was distracted. As such, Ash flung a Beast Ball at Buzzwole, successfully capturing it. Later, Buzzwole was brought to [[Melemele Meadow]], where [[Professor Burnet]] temporarily opened a new wormhole, allowing Buzzwole to return back home.
In ''[[SM067|Love at First Twirl!]]'', Ash encountered a {{AP|Poipole}} who seemed strangely attached to Pikachu. After a small incident in which Pikachu went missing, Rowlet was poisoned, and Team Rocket appearing (and consequently disappearing), Poipole was confirmed to be an Ultra Beast. Ash was permitted to capture it, though he failed several times as Poipole thought the catching process was a game. After Ash helped it understand what was really happening, Poipole allowed itself to be captured, and was allowed to stay with the group until they could find its Ultra Wormhole and send it back.
In ''[[SM074|Tough Guy Trials!]]'', Ash arrived on [[Ula'ula Island]] for his island challenge, though after being rejected by [[Nanu]] and losing an impromptu "pre-Trial", Ash decided to stay on the island and train under {{DL|Guardian deities (anime)|Tapu Bulu}}. Ash then formally participated in his island challenge in ''[[SM076|A Battle Hand-Off!]]'', which turned out to be a battle against [[Jessie's Mimikyu]], who recently gained a [[Mimikium Z]]. Ash barely won thanks to Pikachu learning {{m|Electroweb}}, as well as being able to once again use 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt. In the [[SM077|following episode]], Ash participated in the grand trial, where he faced off against Nanu in a 3-on-1 battle in Nanu's favor, and won, earning himself a [[Lycanium Z]].
In ''[[SM087|Filling the Light with Darkness!]]'', mysterious dark clouds appeared over the Alola region, causing all of the adults in Alola to lose their energy and motivation. The next day, Ash and his classmates embarked on their fifth mission to investigate the situation at the [[Altar of the Sunne]]. Shortly after arriving, Lusamine revealed that Gladion would be joining them as a new member. In order to disperse the clouds, Ash, Kiawe, Lana, and Gladion combined their Z-Power to fuel a device that successfully made the clouds disappear, but they uncovered a hidden Ultra Wormhole in the process. Afterwards, Lusamine took the Ultra Guardians into the ruins, where she showed them a mural depicting the {{p|Necrozma|Blinding One}}. Before any attempt to translate the mural could be done, the Ultra Guardians were forced to return outside, where they found the wormhole increasing in size. At that moment, a {{DL|RecurringLight wild Pokémon in thetrio (anime)|Lunala}} emerged from the wormhole with a {{DL|RecurringLight wild Pokémon in thetrio (anime)|Necrozma}} chasing after it.
In ''[[SM088|Full Moon and Many Arms!]]'', Lusamine's group came to the conclusion that Necrozma was the cause of the Alolan adults' loss of energy. Realizing that Necrozma intended on draining Lunala's Ultra Aura in order to possess it, Lusamine sent the Ultra Guardians off to protect Lunala. The Ultra Guardians chased Necrozma to Melemele Island, where they fought alongside Lunala to drive Necrozma away. Despite their best efforts, Necrozma easily shrugged off the Ultra Guardians' attacks and eventually took over Lunala's body to become {{DL|List of Pokémon with form differences|Necrozma|Dawn Wings Necrozma}}. Soon afterwards, an elite [[Team Rocket]] group known as the [[Matori]] Matrix appeared and attempted to capture Necrozma, only for it to easily break free from their electrified net.
In ''[[SM090|Securing the Future!]]'', the combined Z-Moves were absorbed by Necrozma, but it wasn't enough to get it to release Nebby. After informing Lusamine's group of the situation, the Ultra Guardians learned that, in the tale of Alola's creation, the people and Pokémon of Alola assisted Solgaleo and Lunala in restoring Necrozma's light by sharing their Z-Power with it. Together, the Ultra Guardians, their Pokémon, Lunala, Poipole's comrades, and everyone else back in Alola shared their Z-Power with Necrozma, causing to release Nebby. Afterwards, Ash and Nebby used {{m|Searing Sunraze Smash}}, while Gladion and Lunala used {{m|Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom}} on Necrozma. The combined Z-Moves fully restored Necrozma's light, giving it the strength to become its true form, Ultra Necrozma, and restore Poipole's home world back to its original state. Afterwards, the Ultra Guardians, Nebby, and Lunala traveled back to Alola through the Ultra Wormhole as Ash said farewell to Poipole, who chose to stay behind.
In ''[[SM104|That's Some Spicy Island Research!]]'', Ash and his classmates arrived on Poni Island for their individual research projects for school. Ash's project was to have a grand trial battle. In ''[[SM109|A Grand Debut!]]'', Ash battled the newly-appointed Island Kahuna [[Hapu]] in a one-on-one battle and won. Letting Pikachu choose their reward for the completion, Ash received a [[Steelium Z]].
Ash is shown to have a strong sense of justice, especially when it comes to Pokémon. If a Pokémon is in trouble, he will make every effort to help them, even if he has no prior connection to them. If they are the cause of trouble, he will stop them, and then try to understand them, with almost all such occasions being a case of the Pokémon, or their Trainers or friends, having a problem which can't be resolved normally. In those cases, he will selflessly volunteer to help them. Should the problem be caused by [[human]]s, such as {{TRT}}, {{pkmn|poacher|Pokémon thieves, hunters, or poachers}}, Ash will resolve to do anything in his power to stop them.
Despite this, and previous dealings with [[Villainous teams|evil organizations]], Ash has retained a remarkably optimistic and naive outlook, a trait {{ashfr|his companions}} seem to share. He is quick to praise and has an unshakable trust in both his Pokémon and his friends. Also, Ash is determined to see the best in everybody unless he has a very good reason not to. An example would be Team Rocket's frequent 'sudden appearances' that coincide with their needs at that time, and Ash never questioning it until it is too late. Another example would be how he always praises {{an|Clemont}} for [[ListClemontic of Clemont's inventionsGear|his inventions]], no matter their high failure rate, and the near inevitable explosion, or {{an|Cilan}} for his various hobbies. Furthermore, even though almost all of his friends have large dreams, Ash fully supports them and has never doubted their ability to accomplish them, possibly due to his own highly ambitious goal. He also encourages Pokémon to do the best they can, even if they aren't his own, and has even helped train [[wild Pokémon]].
In the [[original series]], though Ash actively took part in {{pkmn|battle}}s, he was rarely seen independently {{pkmn|training}} his Pokémon. However, since the {{series|Advanced Generation}}, Ash is shown training more noticeably, having practice battles with his friends and focusing on [[move]]s, techniques, and strategies with his Pokémon. A noticeable trait of Ash's is his willingness to learn from both his victories and defeats. For example, after winning in a [[Gym]] battle against [[Winona]] in ''[[AG085|Sky High Gym Battle!]]'' and witnessing her Pokémon's powerful {{m|Aerial Ace}}, Ash was motivated to have his {{AP|Swellow}} learn it. Even his losses can inspire him, such as when he lost to [[Clayton]] in ''[[DP159|Short and To the Punch!]]'' and decided to teach his {{AP|Buizel}} {{m|Ice Punch|one of the moves}} Clayton's {{p|Mr. Mime}} had used during their battle. He believes nothing he and his Pokémon do on their journey is a waste of time.
[[File:Ash catches a Pokémon SM.png|thumb|250px|Ash after catching a Pokémon]]
Physically, Ash is in very good shape, especially for someone 10 years of age. He has constantly been shown to have a lot of stamina, walking miles upon miles through all kinds of environments, while journeying between towns on his journey. He also has huge endurance, as seen when he took powerful attacks from various Pokémon head on and then recovering quite quickly. Furthermore, Ash has demonstrated himself to be a bit acrobatic, occasionally being able to keep up with {{an|Iris}}, who virtually grew up swinging and jumping through treetops. Ash has occasionally displayed great reflexes, being able to dodge attacks or catch falling objects out of the blue, and even being able to save himself, or others, in the last second during perilous situations. What's more, Ash has exhibited tremendous will power, as seen when he took attacks for long periods of time and keeps advancing, which also drives his "never give up" attitude when it comes to Pokémon battles.
Ash is also quite dense when it comes to matters of the opposite sex, more specifically in the field of [[Shipping|romance]]. Throughout the series, Ash has only displayed open interest in a [[Giselle|female]] only [[EP009|once]], and nothing came out of it. Though some girls in the series have actually shown obvious (and subtle) affection towards him, Ash meets it with nearly unfailing obtuseness, which some characters have also noticed. Even when it involves other people's romance, Ash is usually oblivious until someone points it out to him. AAlso, on a few timesoccasions when it came to a matter of Pokémon love, with a male who's experiencing difficulty in gaining the attention of a female, while his friends will often mainly give advice in improving the male's looks or charm, Ash's advice is simply to be stronger. Despite this, however, it is shown on several occasions that Ash does seem to understand the concept of marriage, most notably in ''[[SM055|The Professors' New Adventure]]'', when he got excited by the news of {{an|Professor Kukui}} and [[Professor Burnet]]'s engagement, and subsequently worked with his classmates to organize a big wedding ceremony for them.
Early on, Ash originally trained not to further himself but instead to catch more Pokémon than Gary, a feat that he never accomplished. Ash later slowed his pace, which allowed him to focus on the individual traits of each Pokémon. At the [[Silver Conference]], with great humility and maturity, Ash finally won a battle against his old rival, signifying a great milestone in his history as a Trainer. His maturity has also increased in his dealings with Pokémon. This was shown when {{AP|a Mankey|Primeape}} stole his {{AP|hat}} in ''[[EP025|Primeape Goes Bananas]]'', he screamed and yelled at it, even climbing trees just to get his hat back, but when an {{AP|Aipom}} did the same in ''[[AG179|Slaking Kong]]'', he stated merely that he would feel strange without a hat. When Aipom stole his hat again in ''[[DP009|Setting the World on itsseveral Buneary!]]''future occasions, however, while she was under his ownership, he chased after her in the same manner as before, most likely out of exasperation that she still hadn't learned her lesson.
Ash has traversed much of the [[Pokémon world]] and has thus far participated in various [[Pokémon League Conference]]s, but he is still learning new things about Pokémon all the time. He has also gained a close connection with many {{pkmn2|Legendary}} and [[Mythical Pokémon]], such as the ones who played major roles in the {{pkmn|movies}}. In the English dub [[M02|second movie]], he was revealed to be "The Chosen One" - the one who would bring balance back to the world when it was disrupted.
[[File:Ash Aura.png|thumb|left|250px|Ash using Aura inside the [[Tree of Beginning]]]]
Although viewed as a normal [[human]], Ash does have some special abilities, as he is said to have the same [[Aura]] as [[Sir Aaron]], a legendary hero, and is theoretically able to manipulate it in much the same way. Therefore, he made a connection with Sir Aaron's {{OBP|Lucario|M08}}. However, he has not received any training in this field, opting to continue his Pokémon journey instead. He has also been likened to an ancient Aura guardian in ''[[DP056|The Keystone Pops!]]'', who also had a partner {{p|Pikachu}}. Later, in ''[[DP071|Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 1]]'' and ''[[DP072|Part 2]]'', Ash uses Aura again to locate a lost {{p|Riolu}} and read Riolu's mind as well. This time, however, he merely senses the Aura, rather than manipulating it. Ash also has the unique ability to use [[Bond Phenomenon]].
Though his passion remains in battling, Ash is always eager to try new things, especially if he can do them together with {{cat|Ash's Pokémon|his Pokémon}}, having participated in other events like [[Pokémon Contest]]s, [[PokéRinger]] tournaments, and even a [[Hearthome Collection|fashion show]] and a {{pkmn|Dress-Up Contest|cosplay convention}} as well as various other {{cat|Pokémon competitions}}. He has [[Contest Pass]]es for [[Sinnoh]] and [[Hoenn]]. Ash carries with him half of a broken [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}}, while [[Gary Oak]] has the other half, as a symbol of their ongoing, but now friendly, rivalry; [[Misty's special lure]], which she sent to him as a gift; and half of the {{DL|Ribbon|Terracotta Medal}} he received after his [[Contest Battle]] with May in the unofficial {{to|Terracotta}} Contest ended in a tie.
His father has not been introduced. The anime suggests that his father was once a Pokémon Trainer who began his journey in Pallet Town, and that he is still living. In the original, he is also confirmed to have a grandfather, whose son followed his footsteps. An interview with the series' storyboarder [[Masamitsu Hidaka]] confirmed Ash's father is a Trainer on his own journey. According to Hidaka, Ash's father may or may not be introduced in the series, depending on its necessity to further Ash's maturity and development as a Trainer. On the other hand, according to [[Pocket Monsters: The Animation|Takeshi Shudō's novelization]], Ash's father left home to go on a journey right after Ash was born, and never returned since. As he never registered his name in the Pokémon Trainer's list, his whereabouts are unknown.
As a Trainer, Ash has {{pkmn2|caught}} and [[Friendship|befriended]] a sizable number of Pokémon over the course of the anime. His philosophy on {{pkmn|training}} is that Pokémon are individuals and that a combination of trust, friendship, and hard work are needed to overcome adversity. In fact, several of Ash's Pokémon were caught because they allowed him to, after he befriended them. He seems to {{pkmn|battle}} best with Pokémon that are similar to Pikachu: ones that are [[Appendix:Metagame terminology#Sweeper|speedy and maneuverable, yet able to perform high-powered attacks]]; however, he is willing to work with any Pokémon that comes into his care.
Ash's battle style is generally spontaneous and fairly unorthodox, and his Pokémon often reflect these traits. He has been shown to use unusual strategies. For instance, during the {{series|Diamond & Pearl}}, he incorporated a twisting-spinning type maneuver in his Pokémon's offensive and defensive techniques, which eventually lead to him creating the original technique, [[Counter Shield]]. Also, sometimes he wouldwill use someone else's battle strategies as shown with [[Paul]] and {{an|Tierno}}, though when using the latter's, Ash stated that his own unique strategy is the one he can truly count on, instead of simply mimicking others.
Ash is very attached to his Pokémon, and prefers to fightbattle and train with them personally. Furthermore, he cares forabout their opinion, even giving them the option of whether they should [[Evolution|evolve]] or not. As such, the majority of his Pokémon also share Ash's stubborn and reckless nature, persistently attempting to rise and continue the battle, even after receiving great amount of damage and being at the end of their rope. However, if it is by their own wish, or if he believes it is best for them, Ash will (if sometimes reluctantly) [[trade]] or [[Released Pokémon|release]] them, and in some cases, leave them with more experienced individuals so that they could get stronger.
Though Ash normally catches five or more Pokémon per [[region]] (not including when he traveled through the [[Orange Archipelago]] and challenged the {{gdis|Battle Frontier|III}} in his second tour of [[Kanto]]), he rarely ever switches the Pokémon in his current [[party]] with those in [[Pokémon Storage System|storage]] at {{an|Professor Oak}}'s [[Professor Oak's Laboratory|Laboratory]]. He usually only diddoes so when he participatedbattling against powerful opponents (such as Trainers in the [[Pokémon League Conference]]s, and [[Frontier Brain]]s), or when attending certain events that requires a specific Pokémon (like {{AP|Tauros}} at the [[Pokémon Swap Meet]] or {{AP|Snorlax}} at the [[Sumo Conference]]). However, during the {{series|Best Wishes}}, Ash actively cycled through the nine Pokémon he managed to catch in [[Unova]], although these Pokémon, when not in his party, were instead kept in storage at [[Professor Juniper]]'s lab in [[Nuvema Town]]. Near the end of his journey in Unova, Professor Juniper transferred all of Ash's Pokémon to Professor Oak's lab. Ash did not use this system of training in the [[XY series|following series]].
Ash currently has ownership of 71 Pokémon, including all 30 of his Tauros. Including pre-evolutions, traded, released, and [[Gift Pokémon|given away]] Pokémon (and not including the additional Tauros), in total, Ash has currently officially owned a total of 87 different Pokémon species.
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| {{InactivePoké|Ash|Totodile|Ash Totodile.png|water|size=200px}}
| {{InactivePoké|Ash|Noctowl|Ash Noctowl.png|normal|flying|size=200px}} [[File:ShinyVIIStar.png]]{{shinystar}}
| {{InactivePoké|Ash|Donphan|Ash Donphan.png|ground|fir=Egg|mid=Phanpy|size=200px}}
| {{InactivePoké|Sabrina|Haunter|Sabrina Haunter.png|ghost|poison}}
| {{InactivePoké|Ash|Larvitar|Ash Larvitar.png|rock|ground|fir=Egg}}
| {{InactivePoké|Ash|Solgaleo|Nebby Solgaleo anime.png|psychic|steel|nick=Nebby|link=Light trio (anime)|size=200px}}
|pkmn=Rayquaza ↔ Mega Rayquaza [[File:ShinyVIIStar.png|link=Shiny Pokémon]]{{shinystar}}
|main=Ultra Beasts (anime)#Buzzwole
|epname=A Mission of Ultra Urgency!
|vaen=Billy Bob Thompson
|desc={{p|Buzzwole}} entered [[Alola]] through an [[Ultra Wormhole]] at [[Melemele Meadow]], prompting the [[Ultra Guardians]] to embark on their first mission. They chased the Swollen Pokémon to [[Mahalo Trail]], where it was eventually caught by Ash. It was then brought back to Melemele Meadow, allowing it to return back home through a new wormhole opened by [[Professor Burnet]].}}
None of Buzzwole's moves are known.}}
|main=Ultra Beasts (anime)#Stakataka
|epname=The Long Vault Home!
|vaen=Daniel J. Edwards
|desc={{p|Stakataka}} entered Alola through an Ultra Wormhole at the [[Pokémon School]]. The initial attempts by the Ultra Guardians to catch it failed due to it managing to avoid all of their Beast Balls, and during the following night, it moved to a construction site owned by [[Viren]], where it was mistaken for a pedestal for a statue of Viren. Once the statue was placed on top of it, Stakataka became angry and started rampaging around until Ash removed the statue. Stakataka then let itself be caught by Ash upon learning that he was doing it only to make sure it would get back home. Later, back at the Pokémon School, Stakataka was safely returned to its home dimension through an Ultra Wormhole.}}
None of Stakataka's moves are known.}}
|main=Ultra Beasts (anime)#Pheromosa
|epname=Beauty is Only Crystal Deep!
|desc={{p|Pheromosa}} entered [[Alola]] through an Ultra Wormhole and began attacking Trainers who possessed [[Z-Crystal]]s, stealing the Z-Crystals afterwards. {{MTR}} fell in love with Pheromosa and thwarted several attempts by the Ultra Guardians to catch it. Pheromosa was eventually defeated by {{an|Bewear}}, allowing Pheromosa to be caught and returned home.}}
None of Pheromosa's moves are known.}}
* [[Thrifty Megamart (Abandoned Site)|Thrifty Megamart]] trial (''[[SM076|A Battle Hand-Off!]]'')
* [[Ula'ula Island]] grand trial (''[[SM077|Guiding an Awakening!]]''; received the [[Lycanium Z]])
* [[Poni Island]] grand trial (''[[SM109|A Grand Debut!]]''; received the [[Steelium Z]])
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If we know the eight regional Badges beforehand, please wait until Ash is actually confirmed to get each one. This is because Ash could get the Badges in a different order, or unanticipated Badges, like what happened in Sinnoh and Unova.-->
* [[Marine Cup Tournament]] - Winner (''[[BW125|Cilan and the Case of the Purrloin Witness!]]'')
* [[Scalchop King Competition]] - Disqualified (''[[BW126|Crowning the Scalchop King!]]'')
* [[Grand Harvest Festival]] [[Pokémon Sumo Tournament]] - Winner (''[[BW134|The Journalist from Another Region!]]'')
* [[Pokémon Summer Camp]] - Winner (with {{an|Serena}}, {{an|Clemont}}, and {{an|Bonnie}}; ''[[XY042|Battling Into the Hall of Fame!]]'')
* [[Pokémon Sky Relay]] - Runner-Up (''[[XY077|A Relay in the Sky!]]'')
* [[Charjabug race|Charjabug race Koko Cup]] - Winner (with {{an|Sophocles}} and {{an|Kiawe}}; ''[[SM041|Mounting an Electrifying Charge!]]'')
* [[Pokémon Sled Jump Games]] - Unknown (''[[SM060|Getting a Jump on the Competition!]]'')
* [[Kantonian Gym]] - Winner ([[SM118]])
===Voice actors===
* Ash has never officially caught a Pokémon of the {{t|Psychic}}, {{t|Ghost}}, or {{t|Fairy}} types, a female-only, or [[Legendary Pokémon]], nor has he [[Mega Evolution|Mega Evolved]] any of his Pokémon.
* Ash has captured at least one of the [[starter Pokémon]] in every [[region]].
* Ash's birthdatebirthday in the main series of the anime, according to [[Takeshi Shudo]]'s anime novelizations, is 10 years, 10 months, and 10 days ''exactly'' prior to the day he began his Pokémon journey. In [[M20]], Ash's birthdate is instead the same day he began his journey.
** On a related note, Ash is still considered 10 years old in promotional materials as well as the [[BW001|first episode]] of ''Best Wishes'' despite ''[[BW141|Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!]]'' strongly implying that at least a full year had passed since his time in Johto.
* When [[Veronica Taylor]] was interviewed in the documentary "Adventures in Voice Acting", she stated that during her audition for the role of Ash, he was known as Casey at the time. This name would later be given to a {{an|Casey|recurring character from Johto}}.
* Ash has been shown to be a good climber, as mentioned in ''[[M04|Celebi: The Voice of the Forest]]'' (when {{an|Misty}} and {{an|Brock}} say "He climbs like a {{p|Mankey}}!") and ''[[M08|Lucario and the Mystery of Mew]]'' (when Brock calls him a "human {{p|Aipom}}"). Ash's climbing ability has also been shown in several episodes throughout the series, such as ''[[BW002|Enter Iris and Axew!]]'', when he climbs up a tree to try to save {{AP|Pikachu}} and {{TP|Iris|Axew}}, and in ''[[XY025|Climbing the Walls!]]'', in which he climbed up the rock-climbing wall up to [[Grant]] to face him and win the {{badge|Cliff}}.
* Ash has lost a match against every {{type|Normal}} [[Gym Leader]] he has faced: [[Whitney]] in ''[[EP158|A Goldenrod Opportunity]]'', [[Norman]] in ''[[AG003|There's no Place Like Hoenn]]'', [[Lenora]] in ''[[BW015|The Battle According to Lenora]]'', and [[Cheren]] in ''[[BW111|There's a New Gym Leader in Town!]]''.
* Ash has lost at least one official Gym battle in every region. He lost to {{an|Brock}}, [[Lt. Surge]], [[Sabrina]], and [[Blaine]] in Kanto, [[Whitney]] in Johto, [[Brawly]] in Hoenn, [[Roark]] in Sinnoh, [[Lenora]] in Unova, and [[Viola]] and [[Wulfric]] in Kalos. He also lost to [[Cress]] in Unova, but he didn't need a rematch since he defeated both {{an|Cilan}} and [[Chili]].
** Ash also lost battles with [[Frontier Brain]]s during the [[S09|Battle Frontier arc]] of the anime, losing once to {{FB|Salon Maiden|Anabel}} and twice to {{FB|Pyramid King|Brandon}}.
** Ash also lost trials to [[Island Kahuna]]s in the {{series|Sun and Moon}} of the anime, losing once to [[Nanu]].
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