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For an overview of similar named pages, see Ash Ketchum (disambiguation).

A trainer from Pallet Town, aspiring to become a Pokémon Master, Ash Ketchum is a main character of the Pokémon Anime.


Like with his journey to the Hoenn region, Ash appeared with another new outfit, consisting of a black vest with a white collar and yellow stripe, a white short-sleeved undershirt, blue cargo jeans, black and red sneakers, and his hat's Poké Ball symbol is blue.

Ash's spiky hair is slightly shorter and slightly dull, and his lighting bolt-like markings are short and slightly big.


Ash became a lot more mature and skilled in the Sinnoh region. He was a mentor to Dawn just like May and he always cheered her up when she feels down from her contests which shows a development in his character. He is less of a hothead, but shows it sometimes when Pokémon are mistreated. He sometimes has that childish excitement when it comes to battling and catching Pokémon. He is open for advice and a lot more patient. Ash also rarely argues with his companions and rivals because he's grown a lot, but when he does he easily forgives them and moves on. Still, Ash has a long way to go before he becomes a Pokémon Master.



Professor Rowan

Ash and Professor Rowan.

When his Aipom join up with him and his Pikachu, Ash had to go get Aipom PokéBall from Professor Rowan. Whenever Ash and his friends encounter or call Professor Rowan he would greatly give them helpful advice or assistance whenever they need it. Ash with his friends attended the Pokémon summer academy that Professor Rowan runs.


Ash and Angie.

Angie is friend of Ash that he met during his time in the Pokémon Summer Academy. He at first mistook her for a boy. Ash formed a rivalry and friendship with Angie, although she ended up gaining a crush on him which he didn't notice. Also, Ash would help Angie whenever she needed it and was willing to take the fall for a mistake she made.



Ash and Paul.

Although they weren't friends due to their beliefs of raising Pokémon, Ash and Paul could't ignore each other if they tried, due to being rivals. Ash tried his hardest to get his respect from Paul, but due to seeing him as a weak trainer for bonding with Pokémon over training with strength and power, Paul disrepected Ash. During their full battle in the Lily of the Valley Conference, Ash greatly defeated Paul and gained respect from him, although he gained some when he heard that Ash beat the Kanto Battle Frontier, which led them to form a small friendship.


Ash and Nando.

Ash was able to hit of a friendship and friendly rivalry with Nando right away when they first meet. Also, Ash was impress how Nando does well in both Gym Battles and Pokémon Contests. Ash battled Nando when they first meet and in the Lilly of the Valley Conference where he won both times.


Ash and Conway.

Ash first met Conway during the Hearthome City Tag Battle Tournament. Through Conway, Ash was able to find a Gym to get one of his badges to compete in the Sinnoh League. They met again in the Pokémon Summer Academy and they also battled in the Lily of the Valley Conference, which was won by Ash.


Ash and Barry.

Every time they see encounter each other Ash would end up bumping into Barry due to him running way to fast to not see where he was going. However, Ash and Barry are both rivals and good friends with each other. Although they battle each other, Ash and Barry never got the chance to battle in the Lilly of the Vally Conference due to the latter losing to Paul. Barry watch Ash's battle during his participation and after he got eliminated from the tournament and Ash has done the same for him which show how supportive they are to each other as friends.



Ash and Staraptor.

Ash first meet Staraptor when he was a Starly as he instantly caught him as his first Pokémon from Sinnoh due to wanting to look for Pikachu from the air, after he got separated from him. They instantly became good friends with each other right away, after Ash caught Staraptor. When he evolved into Staravia and Staraptor, Ash had him battle in a couple of his gym battles and had him carrying smaller Pokémon on his back, especially Pikachu. Also, Ash was proud in Staraptor as he grew a lot stronger in his skills and abilities. Ash left Staraptor with Professor Oak when his Sinnoh journey ended but is happy to see him when he comes back to his hometown for a visit.


Ash and Torterra.

When Ash first meet Torterra during its time as a Turtwig was when it saved Pikachu from Team Rocket. However, Torterra thought Ash was part of Team Rocket but he cleared the misunderstanding with it and they instantly became friends. Ash caught Torterra as his second Pokémon he obtained in Sinnoh. During their time together, Ash and Torterra relationship grew as they became very close with each other. When it evolved into Grotle, Ash helped it recuperate the loss of its speed and train it very hard to help it became stronger in hopes of getting some of it speed back which worked as it learn a move that got some of it back. Also during its time as a Grotle and when it evolved into its final evolution, Ash uses Torterra in a lot of battles with very strong trainers, although it lost every time but it was still good experience for it. Ash had Torterra stay with Professor Oak when his Sinnoh journey ended but is happy to see it again when he comes to visit.


Ash and Infernape.

When Ash first met Infernape, he was a Chimchar and belonged to a different Trainer, Paul. After his original trainer abandoned him for not meeting his expectation, Ash decided to take Infernape in, which he accepted, thus becoming the third Pokémon he caught in Sinnoh. Ash and Infernape formed a close bond with each other. Also, Ash would risk his safety to protect Infernape. Ash was able to help Infernape become stronger as he helped him control his Blaze ability during its evolution line. After helping him gain control of its Blaze ability, Ash was very proud of Infernape. Ash used Infernape in a lot of his battles, due to him being one of his ace battlers.

After his journey through Sinnoh ended, Ash left Infernape in Professor Oak's care but was happy to reunite with him when he came to Pallet Town for a visit. During one of his visits, Ash finds out through Professor Oak that Infernape has been picking fights with his other Fire-type Pokémon and has left the lab. Ash goes looking for Infernape and was able to find him with Gary's help then teams up with him against Moltres. Despite the Legendary Pokémon fleeing, Ash and Infernape were pleased to battle side by side again.


Ash and Buizel.

Buizel is the fourth Pokémon Ash obtained in Sinnoh. He was originally Dawn's Pokémon but was later traded to Ash for Aipom because Buizel preferred battles over contests. Ash and Buizel form a close friendship with each as they love to battle. After his journey through Sinnoh concluded, Ash left Buizel with Professor Oak but is happy to see him again whenever he comes to his hometown for a visit.


Ash and Gliscor.

Ash first met Gliscor while it was as a Gligar where it took a liking to him. Although they help it and its friends get back home, Ash saw that Gliscor came back as it wanted to join his side and he happily accepts its request as he captures it thus becoming the fifth Pokémon he obtained in Sinnoh. Although he has a good relationship with Gliscor, Ash sometimes gets annoyed with it sometimes due to it falling on him but only does it to show affection towards him and even does it before and after evolving. Ash left Gliscor with someone else for a while to help it become stronger but reunite with it during the League. After the League was over, Ash left Gliscor with Professor Oak but is happy to reunite with it when he comes home for a visit.


Ash and Gible.

Ash first encountered Gible where it was a wild Pokémon with Old Lady Wilma. After visiting it, Gible had started following Ash, presumably having an interest in the young trainer. Ash was later reunited with Gible who made himself known by biting on his head. Seeing that Gible wanted to join him, Ash accepted him as he became the sixth and last Pokémon he caught in Sinnoh. After his Sinnoh journey ended, Ash left Gible with Professor Oak but he does like seeing it again when he comes to Pallet Town for a visit.


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Ash and Brock with their new companion, Dawn.

Departing for Sinnoh, Ash once again left his previous captures from the Hoenn Region at Professor Oak's laboratory, with the exception of his Aipom, who'd snuck along. After arriving in Sinnoh by boat and reuniting with Brock, he gained yet another new traveling companion in Dawn, a confident girl interested in following in her mother's footsteps as a Pokémon Coordinator. Before receiving new clothes from his mother in the mail, Ash gained a new rival in a Trainer named Paul. Later on his travels, Ash misses meeting Team Galactic due to moving on with his journey too soon. He won his first two Sinnoh Gym Badges: a Coal Badge from Roark and a Forest Badge from Gardenia. Ash encountered J, who temporarily kidnapped Pikachu by turning it into stone. Ash's first Sinnoh capture was a Starly which evolved into Staravia, and a Turtwig. His third Sinnoh acquisition came when he adopted Paul's Chimchar.

Ash continued battling and earning badges while Dawn continued to earn contest ribbons. They also encountered Team Galactic and tried to stop them from stealing the Adamant Orb. During this time, Ash earns his fifth Gym Badge. For some time, Ash had to wait for Gym Leader Fantina to return to her Gym in Hearthome City in order to challenge her. Ash reunited with May during the Wallace Cup, and took part as a coordinator once again, per Hoenn Pokémon League Champion/Contest Master Wallace's request. Late one night with Pikachu, he saw the spirit of Azelf rise out of the lake the contest was being held at. He tied with Maylene, but earned a Cobble Badge from her and defeated both Crasher Wake and Fantina for the Fen and Relic Badges. He also acquired a new rival in Barry, a somewhat clumsy boy who insists on fining people. Ash acquired a few more Pokémon during his travels; at the suggestion of Zoey, he traded his Aipom for Dawn's Buizel, the only trade so far he hasn't reversed; his Turtwig evolved into Grotle; and he caught a Gligar which became a Gliscor.

Continuing his journey in Sinnoh, Ash managed to beat Byron, winning the Mine Badge and Candice, winning the Icicle Badge. After his victory over Candice at the Snowpoint Gym, Ash briefly reunited with Brandon from the Battle Pyramid back in Kanto's Battle Frontier and witnessed a full 6-on-6 battle between him and his rival Paul. It was then after that battle that it was Ash's turn for his full battle with Paul, which occurred at Lake Acuity. However, Ash was not victorious in his battle with Paul, even after Chimchar evolved into Monferno. Along the trip to Sunyshore City, Ash and his friends encounter International Policeman Looker, and were recruited to help stop the plans of Team Galactic as the three of them were chosen to share a bond with the three Lake Spirit Pokémon, during which Brock managed to find Uxie. Managing to find Team Galactic in the middle of creating a new universe with the captive Lake Trio controlling Palkia and Dialga, Ash, Dawn, and Brock freed the trio and Team Galactic was arrested while their leader vanished into the collapsing new world, effectively disbanding Team Galactic. Sometime after that, Ash gives Gliscor to the Air Battle Master named McCann for some training and has caught himself a Gible which was learning Draco Meteor.

After the Team Galactic incident, Ash entered the Sinnoh League after beating Volkner and earning the Beacon Badge. He also reunited with Jasmine from the Olivine Gym back in Johto before heading to Lily of the Valley. Taking a different approach in this League than he did in Hoenn, Ash combined his previous captures with his current Pokémon to form well-balanced teams of new and old. The Sinnoh League was one of the hardest and most intense Leagues he ever competed in, as he had rivals, Paul and Barry, to compete with, and a mysterious trainer who joined with the Mythical Pokémon Darkrai. He battled against most of his rivals, save for Barry, who battled Paul and lost, so Ash's next match was against Paul. The battle was intense as Paul showed Pokémon that he didn't normally use while Ash had reassembled his team of six from their earlier battle at Lake Acuity. The fight came down to Paul's Electivire and Ash's Infernape. Despite taking heavy damage, Infernape won the match for Ash with its ability Blaze. After defeating Paul, Ash faced an opponent other Trainers in the League dreaded to face as he was hard to defeat: the Trainer with the Darkrai, Tobias. After losing three of his Pokémon to it, Ash was able to defeat Tobias' Darkrai with Sceptile and even knocked out Tobias' Latios with Pikachu. However, as the rest of Ash's Pokémon had fainted, he lost the match and was eliminated. To this day, the Sinnoh League remains Ash's most impressive performance in a Pokémon League Tournament: he reached the Top 4 - the farthest he'd ever gotten in any Pokémon League - and was the only one of Tobias' opponents to defeat two of his Pokémon, let alone his Darkrai. After the Sinnoh League, Ash bides farewell to Dawn as she wished to continue entering contests, and also parted ways with Brock, his oldest friend, and longest-running traveling companion, for the final time, as Brock now wished to become a Pokémon Doctor.


On hand

Ash was given Pikachu by Professor Oak as his Starter Pokemon, in the Kanto region, as the other three had already been taken, one by Gary Oak. Originally, Pikachu would not listen to Ash and constantly shock him. However, after accidentally angering a flock of Spearow, Pikachu had a change of heart when he saw Ash defend him. Since then, Pikachu has assisted and been very successful in many of Ash's battles and over time has adopted Ash's mannerisms. Pikachu does not like to be in his Poké Ball, so he stays out all the time, often riding on Ash's shoulder or head.

Originally captured by Dawn, Buizel has always been an incredibly strong Pokémon with an aptitude for Pokémon Battles. After Zoey saw how Ash & Dawn had Pokémon that preferred the other's vocations, a trade followed.

Ash first encountered his Gible when he met Old Lady Tatsu, a woman who was teaching an Altaria a special move for Dragon Pokémon, Draco Meteor. Ash assisted Gible in the learning of the move and Gible decided to follow Ash. He also has the habit of biting on to heads. Later on, Ash noticed Gible followed him and eventually captured him. He had lots of trouble with Draco Meteor at first, often hitting poor Piplup on his head.

With Professor Oak

Captured after taking over a Power Plant, Muk was immediately sent to Professor Oak's Laboratory. While being there it grew incredibly affectionate and is known to hug Professor Oak on many occasions. However, past this affectionate yet slimy exterior, Muk has been used in several League battles and manages to hold its ground. As a running gag, Muk often knocks over Professor Oak when he's talking with Ash over the video-phone.

Totodile was captured by Ash using his Lure Ball. Since Misty also wanted him, they decided to battle in order to determine whose he was. Ash won. Totodile has a quirky personality and really likes to dance. He has even been known to use this dancing tactic to help win battles.


Traded away

Aipom originally met Ash on a mountain where she worshiped a Giant Slaking, where she stole Ash's hat. However after Ash found Aipom, they quickly befriended. Ash originally was going to give the hat to Aipom but she gave it back. For a short time Aipom followed Ash and turned up at the Grand Festival, again stealing Ash's hat. Near to the finals of the Grand Festival, Ash decided to battle Aipom and finally caught her. Apart from her battling strengths, Aipom has shown a great aptitude for Contests and as such, was eventually traded to Dawn for her Contests and few episodes later Aipom evolved into Ambipom.


After the heroes split up at the labyrinth, Ash teamed up with Piplup to come out of the maze. In Unova, during their stay at the deserted island, Ash used Piplup to attack the Onix.

After the heroes split up at the labyrinth, Ash teamed up with Sudowoodo to come out of the maze.

During the first two days of the Pokémon Summer Academy, Ash took care of the Raichu. Raichu was very shy at first, but he eventually became more engaging.

Ash used Buneary to freeze water for Dawn's ill Pachirisu.

Ash used Happiny to shatter the ice that was meant for Dawn's ill Pachirisu.

Ash temporarily helped a Luxio save a lost Wailmer from getting lost in the sewers.


Ash befriended Zorua and helped it in a search and rescue for its mother, Zoroark. Zorua even helped Ash protect Celebi from Grings Kodai.

Ash befriended Zoroark after it was healed by Celebi and reunited with its child, Zorua.


Sinnoh League

Ash's Sinnoh Badges.

  1. Coal Badge
  2. Forest Badge
  3. Cobble Badge
  4. Fen Badge
  5. Relic Badge
  6. Mine Badge
  7. Icicle Badge
  8. Beacon Badge

Pokémon League

Pokémon Contests


Ash with the Twinleaf Festival Battle tournament trophy.


  • This is the first time Ash:
    • Had more than one main rival during his journey.
    • Watched one of his main rival's Gym battles.
    • Tied with a Gym Leader in the battle.
    • He use a woman-like shriek heard in season 10 to 13.
    • Shown to have a unique ability, although it was shown in one of the Movies.
    • Been captured by a villainous organization as a hostage for a Pokémon.
    • Defeated a main rival during his journey.
    • Did a full battle outside the Pokémon League.
    • Didn't battle a main rival at the Pokémon League.
    • Achieved Top 4 in a Pokémon League.
  • Ash's Sinnoh Team are the very first team to:
    • Have members from the Generation IV group.
    • Have two Starter Pokémon on a team.
    • Have a member that was received through a trade from somebody else.
    • Have a member temporally lose control of its ability.
    • Have a member that can only evolve through an Evolution item other than their Trainer's Starter Pokémon.
    • Have a member evolve through an Evolution item.
    • Have a member evolve into its cross-generational evolution.
    • Have a member that can only evolve either during day or night.
    • Have three members caught without a battle.
    • Have a Dragon-type on a team.
    • Have a fully evolved Fighting-type.
    • Have more than one Ground-type on a team.
    • Have members that an Elite Four has or owned.
    • Have gotten their Trainer to the Semi-finals in a Regional League alongside their Trainer's Starter Pokémon, although his previous teams had a hand in achieving this rank.
    • Have a member or more that a Pokémon Professor has or owned.
  • Ash's Sinnoh team shares many similarities with both his Hoenn team and the Pokémon from Battle Frontier:
    • They have a Normal-type on their teams.
    • They don't have a Bug, Dark, Fairy, Ghost, Poison, Psychic, Rock and Steel-type on their teams.
    • They have a member that participated in a Pokémon Contest.
    • They have a member or more that doesn't have or had a Signature Move.
    • They don't have a member that was received or found as an Egg.
    • They have members that knows Normal-type moves.
    • They had a member or more that didn't battle a Legendary or Mythical Pokémon.
    • They have a member or more that were kept in storage with their Trainer's Pokémon Professor during their Trainer's journey or after.
    • They have none of their members that a Pokémon Champion has or owned.
    • They have none of their members that a Island Kahuna has or owned.
  • Ash's Sinnoh team shares many similarities with just his Hoenn team:
    • They both have a Flying, Grass, Fire and Water-type on their teams.
    • They both have members that knows Flying, Grass, Fire, Steel, Water and Ice-type moves.
    • They both have a member or more that revealed their ability.
    • They both have a fully evolved Flying and Normal-type.
    • They both have a fully evolved Grass-type Starter Pokémon.
    • They both have a member or more that a Gym Leader has or owned.
    • They both had all their members participate in a full battle.
    • They both have a member or more that participated in a different tournament or competition.
    • They both have a member or more be the same member that one of their Trainer's main or Pokémon League rivals had or owns.
    • They both have a member or more be the same member that one of their Trainer's Traveling Companions had or owns.
    • They both had a member or more that battled a Legendary or Mythical Pokémon.
  • Ash's Sinnoh team shares many similarities with just his Pokémon from Battle Frontier:
    • They both have a member or more from the Generation II group.
    • They both had none of their members temporally or for a while disobey their Trainer.
    • They both don't have a Ice-type on their teams.
    • They both have one member that is a one Type.
    • They both have a member that knows Fighting-type moves.
    • They both have a member or more with an appearances based on gender.
    • They both have a member or more from a previous Generation, although the difference between them is that the one member from one team was traded away while the other evolved into its teammates current generation.
    • They both have a member who has a cross-generational evolution.
    • They both have a member or more that doesn't have or had a Signature Move.
    • They both have a member or more that didn't know or knew a Signature Move.
  • Ash's Sinnoh team shares many similarities with his Johto team:
    • They both have a Fighting-type and Ground-type on their teams.
    • They both have a member that knows Bug, Dark, Ground and Rock-type moves.
    • They both have six members on a team.
    • They both have two members that were caught through a battle.
    • They both have a fully evolve Ground-type.
    • They both have a member or more that didn't participated in a Gym Battle.
    • They both have some of their members be the same type on a team.
    • They both team up with past members for their Regional Leagues.
    • They both have a member or more that didn't defeat a Legendary or Mythical Pokémon.
  • Ash's Sinnoh team shares many similarities with his Kanto team:
    • They both have five members that are dual Types.
    • They both have a member or more that changes from a one Type to a dual Type upon evolution.
    • They both have a member that was abandoned by their original Trainers.
    • They both have more than one Flying-type on a team.
    • They both have a member that knows Dragon-type moves.
    • They both have a fully evolved Fire-type Starter Pokémon
    • They both had four members that evolved.
    • They both had two members that didn't evolve once.
    • They both had a member return from their training with somebody else.