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Ash's Squirtle

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'''Ash's Squirtle''' (Japanese: '''サトシのゼニガメ''' ''Satoshi's Zenigame'') was the fifth {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} that {{Ash}} {{pkmn2|caught}} in the [[Kanto]] [[region]], and his sixth overall.
==HistoryIn the anime==
===[[Original series]]History===
====Kanto[[Original series]]====
[[File:Squirtle Debut.png|200px|thumb|left|Squirtle in its debut]]
Squirtle first appeared in ''[[EP012|Here Comes the Squirtle Squad]]'', being the leader of a gang known as the [[Squirtle Squad]], a group of rogue Squirtle who were deserted by their {{pkmn|Trainer}}s. {{MTR}} managed to befriend the Squirtle Squad by convincing them that [[Jessie]] and [[James]] were his pets. The Squirtle Squad then captured {{Ash}}, {{an|Misty}} and {{an|Brock}} so they could take {{AP|Pikachu}} back to Meowth. Ash managed to convince the Squirtle Squad to let him free to get a [[Super Potion]] for Pikachu, who was badly injured after an earlier encounter with a {{p|Goldeen}}. The Squirtle Squad agreed to let Ash go to town to buy a Super Potion, but if he didn't return by noon the next day, they threatened to dye Misty's hair purple (in the original, they threatened to kill her).
In ''[[EP079|Friend and Foe Alike]]'', Squirtle was sent out to battle [[Ritchie]]'s {{p|Butterfree}}, Happy. However, it was easily put to sleep by {{m|Sleep Powder}} and Ash lost the round.
=====Orange Islands=====
Squirtle was used more prominently in the Orange Island Gyms, first in competition against [[Cissy]]'s {{p|Seadra}} in ''[[EP085|Fit to be Tide]]''. Both Pokémon had to shoot cans with Water Gun, but when they hit the final can at the same time, the match resulted in a draw. Though it did not win, Ash still congratulated it on its admirable work.
In ''[[EP111|Hello, Pummelo!]]'', Squirtle was sent against {{OBP|Drake|Orange League}}'s Onix, who managed to evade Water Gun with {{m|Dig}} and then caught Squirtle with {{m|Bind}}. However, Squirtle broke free with a Withdraw/Hydro Pump combination, then hit Onix with Skull Bash to knock it out. In [[EP112|the next episode]], it fought {{TP|Drake|Dragonite}}, only for its Hydro Pump to be countered by Dragonite's Water Gun. Squirtle was able to use Withdraw in time to evade most of the following {{m|Thunderbolt}} but was still badly hurt. Squirtle used Bubble Beam to hit Dragonite dead-on, but this was the only successful attack and it was beaten by a slam from Dragonite's tail. Pikachu went on to defeat the exhausted Dragonite and Squirtle earned a place in the Orange Islands Hall of Fame.
Squirtle accompanied Ash to [[Johto]] as well, the final time it would serve as a permanent member of his team. In ''[[EP117|Don't Touch That 'dile]]'', Squirtle was used against Team Rocket with Pikachu, Bulbasaur, and Charizard. Combining its Water Gun with their attacks, it fired directly on Team Rocket's Pokémon. In ''[[EP118|The Double Trouble Header]]'', it was sent out to battle against Team Rocket along with Bulbasaur after they captured Pikachu and {{TP|Casey|Chikorita}}. During its time with him, it and Bulbasaur showed concern for him on occasions, such as when Ash, Pikachu, and his soon to be caught Chikorita were lost in a snowstorm in ''[[EP126|The Chikorita Rescue]].'' In ''[[EP127|Once in a Blue Moon]]'', a Quagsire stole the [[GS Ball]] and swam away. Ash tried to run after it but ended up sending out Squirtle to chase it down. After failing to wrestle it out of the Quagsire's mouth, Squirtle used Water Gun, causing the GS Ball it slips out of Quagsire's mouth, and allowing Pikachu to catch it on the shore. While both Quagsire and Squirtle were using Water Gun against each other, Misty tried once again to catch it, but before throwing the Poké Ball, Officer Jenny stopped them and arrested them for violating the Quagsire Preservation Restrictions.
[[File:Ash Squirtle Bulbasaur.png|thumb|200px|left|Squirtle and Bulbasaur]]
It returned briefly to [[EP267|battle in the]] [[Silver Conference]] after {{AP|Kingler}} was badly injured by a group of renegade {{p|Voltorb}}. It joined {{AP|Totodile}} and {{AP|Phanpy}} against the {{type|Fire}} Trainer [[Macy]]. It was Ash's last Pokémon, faced with an advantaged {{p|Electabuzz}}. However, Squirtle proved much faster and managed to hit Electabuzz with a series of Water Guns before it could launch any {{type|Electric}} moves. A Skull Bash was enough to knock out Electabuzz and even up the match for Ash, leaving just {{p|Quilava}} left. Squirtle used an explosion of moves to cover a stealthy Water Gun, but was hit and knocked on its back by Quilava. As Macy went in for the knockout, Squirtle used Hydro Pump to hit Quilava with water and its own body, sealing the victory for Ash. Squirtle stayed around to watch Ash's Silver Conference battles, and then left in ''[[EP272|Johto Photo Finish!]]''
===={{series|Advanced Generation}}====
[[File:Ash and Squirtle.png|thumb|250px|Squirtle and Ash]]
While Squirtle made no appearances during the Hoenn arc of the {{series|Advanced Generation}}, it did make an appearance, along with the rest of the [[Squirtle Squad]], in ''[[SS007|Of Meowth and Pokémon (Part 2)]]''. Squirtle and two other members of the Squirtle Squad ambushed {{DL|Pichu Brothers|Smoochum}} and attacked her with a Water Gun, sending her flying.
=====Kanto Battle Frontier=====
In ''[[AG189|Gathering the Gang of Four!]]'', Squirtle returned to help Ash with his final battle against {{FB|Pyramid King|Brandon}}, meeting [[May's Squirtle]] in the process. It expressed happiness in seeing Pikachu and Bulbasaur again and departed with the two, Ash, and Charizard for the woods. Though tension between the group began to erupt, they settled their differences and sat as Ash recalled his meetings with the four of them. After Pikachu was captured by Team Rocket, Squirtle participated in saving his teammate.
In ''[[AG190|Pace - The Final Frontier!]]'', Squirtle battled Brandon's {{p|Ninjask}}. Squirtle's {{m|Rapid Spin}} successfully deflected {{m|Aerial Ace}}, but Ninjask gained the upper hand by stalling Squirtle with Double Team and hitting with Aerial Ace. Squirtle managed to escape {{m|Sandstorm}} with Hydro Pump, but became blinded by {{m|Sand Attack}}, leaving it exposed to Ninjask's attacks. While the next Hydro Pump missed, the water was able to clear Squirtle's eyes. Squirtle then swiftly unleashed Skull Bash, knocking Ninjask out of the battle. Squirtle was then matched up against Brandon's {{p|Solrock}}. In this battle, all of Squirtle's moves were dodged or blocked by Solrock's Psychic moves. A missed Rapid Spin saw Squirtle crash into the wall, and it was flattened by {{m|Solar Beam}}, causing it to lose the battle. After Ash defeated Brandon, Squirtle returned to the Squirtle Squad.
[[File:Squirtle Squad SM042.png|250px|thumb|Squirtle in Sun & Moon]]
===={{series|Best Wishes}}====
Squirtle appeared in a flashback in ''[[BW116|The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!]]'', when Ash remembered the night he was stuck in a snowstorm and Squirtle, along with Charmander, Bulbasaur, Pidgeotto and Pikachu, helped keep Ash warm.
===={{series|Sun & Moon}}====
Squirtle and some of its fellow Squirtle Squad members reappeared in ''[[SM042|Alola, Kanto!]]'', being photographed by {{Rotom}}.<!--Do NOT expand this, it is speculation to assume that it was either at Oak's Lab or around Kanto. Leave it vague.-->
===Personality and characteristics===
[[File:Squirtle Squad.png|200px|thumb|left|Squirtle and the Squirtle Squad]]
{{bulbanews|Personality & Development: Ash's Squirtle}}
===Moves used===
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