On a new journey in another region, Ash appeared with new clothing; a black and red hat with a green Poké Ball on it, a blue sleeveless hoodie with a gold trim and white hood, a black short-sleeve undershirt with a red stripe, black fingerless gloves with light green borders, light blue jeans with knee stitching, and blue sneakers.
Ash's spiky hair is slightly short and his lighting bolt like markings are slightly short.
Since entering the Hoenn region, Ash became a mentor to a new trainer named May, much like how Misty and Brock were to him. Ash started to train with his Pokémon more than he previous did along with him doing practice battles with his friends to help with their Pokémon's moves. In addition, Ash is a little more of taking his rivals more serious as Gary moved on to become a researcher. Also, Ash is getting better at opening up to advice and being patient with others. Although, during his Hoenn journey, Ash began to understand that his hot-headedness and cockiness needed fixing, especially when it came to both Pokémon and Gym battles. However, Ash still kept his hot-headedness side whenever Pokémon were being mistreated. Also, Ash has kept some of his other traits and love for Pokémon. After returning to Kanto for the Battle Frontier, Ash has slightly matured as he gives better advice to May and spends more time at her contest instead of training, but still corrects his mistakes.
When Ash was gonna head to Hoenn his first order of business was gonna meet Professor Birch, after hearing about him from his rival and friend Harrison. When Pikachu got sick when he absorb too much electricity from Team Rocket's magnet when they were arriving to Hoenn, Ash instantly called Professor Birch for help, after hearing that there wasn't a Pokémon Center in Littleroot Town. After their meeting, Ash along with his friends would cross path with Professor Birch during their Hoenn travels as they would all help both people and Pokémon on their problems.
When Ash first meet Morrison they not only easily became competitive with each other but they also became rivals. However, Ash and Morrison formed a friendship, after working together to save their Pokémon from Team Rocket. They train together for the victory tournament during the Hoenn League championship. When they were going to go up against each other in the second round of the victory tournament, Morrison had a hard time because he never fought a good friend before but Ash snapped him out of it before the first half of their battle ended then they both promise to give their all during the second half. Despite Ash beating Morrison they remain friends as he stay to watch his battle against their friend Tyson.
Shortly after arriving in Ever Grande City for the Hoenn League championship, Ash instantly found a new friend and rival in Tyson, after he help save him and his friends from a flock of Murkrow. After being paired up against each other in the quarter finals, Ash and Tyson promise each other to give them battle that none of them will ever forget. Ash may have lost to Tyson but they kept their promise before their battle, which show how much they become good friends during the League.
While heading back to Pallet Town, Ash encounter Scott, the owner of the Kanto Battle Frontier, in Viridian City. Ash instantly accepted Scott offer to do Battle Frontier as his next journey. All the Frontier Battle Ash had Scott would watch due to being the owner of the Battle Frontier. Although Ash was offer to be a Frontier Brain by Scott after beating all of them but he decline to continue his journey. However, Ash was told by Scott that the option to become a Frontier Brain was still open before they went their separate ways.
Ash first meet Swellow as a Taillow when it snatch Max's chocolate bar from his hand. When it followed them to an area with a river, Ash battle Swellow and caught as his first Pokémon he obtained in Hoenn. After that, Ash and Swallow became very good friends with one another. After it evolved and knowing it likes a challenge, Ash had Swellow battle in a few of his Gym battles and a couple of his Battle Frontier battles. Ash left Swellow with Professor Oak when his Battle Frontier journey ended but has called on it for help in battles.
When Ash first meet Sceptile while he was a Treecko, he instantly battle him in hopes of catching him but failed. Through a suggestion from Pikachu, Ash decided to wait for Sceptile, which worked. However, seeing Sceptile trying to save his home from dying, Ash decided to lend a hand, which got him interested in him. Despite their efforts, the tree died anyway, Ash told Sceptile that the tree was very grateful for trying to help it. Seeing that he wanted to battle him again, Ash gave Sceptile his request then caught him as his second Pokémon he obtained in Hoenn. Ash formed a great friendship with Sceptile during their time together and even maintained their friendship when he evolved twice. Due to being one of his most powerful Pokémon, Ash used Sceptile a lot in battles or to help others. After his Battle Frontier journey, Ash left Sceptile with Professor Oak but has called upon it for battle from time to time.
Ash first meets Corphish while they were camping on Dewford Island as it was causing trouble for him and his friends. After successful drawing it out of hiding, Ash battle Corphish and caught it as his third Pokémon from Hoenn. After that, Ash and Corphish became very good friends. Sometimes, Ash gets annoyed with Corphish due to its gluttony or the trouble it sometimes causes, but still cares about it no matter what. For example, right after its capture, Corphish gets sick and Ash had to bring it to the closest Pokémon Center, which was rather far, and put himself in danger for it, being attacked by wild Carvanhas from which it protected him. Ash left Corphish with Professor Oak once his Battle Frontier journey ended but is happy to see it when he reunites with it. Also, Ash would given affections from Corphish sometimes.
Instantly, Ash and Torkoal became good friends. Also, because of that friendship, Ash asked Torkoal if it wanted to join his team as it happily accepted and it became his fourth Pokémon he caught in Hoenn. Sometimes, Ash gets smoked by Torkoal whenever it was excited or upset. After his Hoenn journey ended, Ash left Torkoal with Professor Oak but has called on its help from time to time.
Ash was annoyed with Glalie when he first meet it during its time as a Snorunt as it took his gym badges from him and tried to get them back from it. However, Ash realized that Glalie stole his badges was because it really liked him. Realizing this, Ash caught Glalie as his fifth and final Pokémon he obtained in Hoenn. After that, Ash and Glalie became friends. Although, Ash gets annoyed when Glalie Ice Beam's hits him during its training to perfect the move and after it evolved. After leaving it with Professor Oak, Ash is happy to see Glalie again when he reunites with it.
Ash first meet Aipom as she, like Primeape, stole his hat from him. However, Ash was able to get Aipom to see that he wasn't a bad person, after he saved her from falling. Although Aipom gave Ash his hat back but she ended up following him. Had enough of her stealing his hat, Ash tried to catch her but failed. However, Ash was given a second chance when Aipom witness May's Pokémon contest battles and succeeded thus becoming the only Pokémon he caught during his Battle Frontier journey. Ash and Aipom became very good friends, although she still stole his hat. Although he was gonna start his Sinnoh journey with Pikachu, Ash ended being joined by Aipom as she followed him but he let her stay with him for his new journey. However, Ash traded Aipom to his friend for one of her Pokémon, due to being more interest in contest over battling. Despite being traded away and after evolving under her ownership, they maintain their friendship. When she found a new ambition, Ash supported her and they bid each other farewell as they both knew they'll always be friends no matter where they go.
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Upon arrival, he gained two new traveling companions in May, a beginner Trainer starting out on her journey with no clue what to do, and her younger brother Max, who has an extensive, impressive knowledge of Pokémon that far exceeds his years. Brock also returned, having finished his errands at home in Pewter City. When May decided to become a Pokémon Coordinator, Ash supported her and help in any way he can for her. Ash encountered both Team Magma and Team Aqua, two villainous crime syndicates occupying the Hoenn region for the first time. Ash won his first three badges by the end of this subtitle portion of the sixth season: the Stone Badge from Roxanne of the Rustboro Gym, the Knuckle Badge from a rematch with Brawly from the Dewford Gym, and the Dynamo Badge from Wattson of the Mauville Gym. He also caught three Pokémon: Taillow, Treecko and Corphish.
Ash was eager to challenge more Gyms as he was able to win the Heat Badge from Flannery, the Balance Badge from Norman, May and Max's father, and a Feather Badge from Winona. Ash's Pokémon team changed a bit. He caught a Torkoal while his Treecko and Taillow evolves into Grovyle and Swellow.
Before winning his last few badges, Ash was caught in a clash between Teams Magma and Aqua as they unleashed the Legendary Pokémon Groudon and Kyogre to reshape the world. Due to Pikachu's connection with Groudon since absorbed the Blue Orb, both teams were stopped and the legendary Pokémon returned to rest. After that, Ash beat the twin Gym Leaders Tate and Liza for the Mind Badge and Grand Festival winner Juan for the Rain Badge. Prior to entering the Hoenn League, Ash declined an offer from Professor Oak to trade in his current Pokémon with his previous captures on the grounds that his new team had earned it for themselves. He gained two new rivals in Morrison and Tyson, the former he would beat, but the latter he would lose to. He caught a Snorunt, which later evolves into Glalie. He placed among the Top 8.
Returning to Kanto with Brock, May and Max, followed by leaving Torkoal & Glalie at Professor Oak's laboratory & bringing Phanpy on the team once, Ash was invited to partake in the Battle Frontier, battling Frontier Brains for Frontier Symbols. Upon encountering the first Frontier Brain, Factory Head Noland and his Articuno, Ash left his friends for a quick bit while the Factory Head took Max and Pikachu up in his airplane, telling them "I had to make a phone call." Later that night, as the gang was watching Noland's Pokémon eat dinner, they speculated which of Noland's Pokémon Ash would challenge: Max guessed Venusaur, May guessed Rhyhorn, but Ash, aiming high, boldly decided on Articuno, the Legendary Bird of Ice. Wondering which of Ash's Pokémon he would use against a Legendary, the gang was excited when they saw his pick; Ash had gone straight to the top and brought in the big guns, calling in Charizard from the Charicific Valley to take on the Ice/Flying-type head-to-head. Despite the Type advantage being set against it, Noland's Articuno demonstrated its ability to quickly recover after taking direct hits from Charizard's Flamethrower and DragonBreath attacks and managed to gain an advantage over the fiery behemoth with an Ice Beam to the wingtip and repeatedly combining its Ice Beam and Water Pulse attacks, the latter move being strong enough to counter Charizard's newest move: Overheat. Ultimately though, Charizard managed to withstand Articuno's Steel Wing attack, and as the Legendary Bird came in for one last strike, it grabbed its wings in midair, stopping the attack before it could connect and topped it off with its signature Seismic Toss, knocking out Articuno for the win and earning Ash the Knowledge Symbol.
Ash battled all of the remaining Frontier Brains, Arena Tycoon Greta, Dome Ace Tucker, Pike Queen Lucy, Palace Maven Spenser and Salon Maiden Anabel (after losing to her once), and earned their Frontier Symbols. The last Frontier Brain however, Pyramid King Brandon, proved to be more difficult for Ash to defeat; Their first official battle saw Brandon's Registeel defeating Ash's Torkoal in spite of a new move it learned. For their rematch, which would be four-on-four, Ash took a "back to your roots" approach, once again calling in Charizard but also this time bringing in Bulbasaur and Squirtle to reunite his trio of Kanto Starters. Putting them together with Pikachu, Ash formed a team of aces from his early days: pitting the four aces against Brandon's Dusclops, Ninjask, Solrock and Regice, he finally claimed victory and the final Frontier Symbol - the Brave Symbol - completing the set and winning the Battle Frontier. After his victory, Scott offered Ash the position of Frontier Brain when one of them retired but he declined, opting instead to continue his journey. Before saying goodbye to May, Ash competed against her in the Terratta Pokémon Contest, their match ending in a tie. There was only one ribbon and they couldn't decide who to give it to. Ash had his Sceptile use Leaf Blade to cut the ribbon in half, choosing to split it with May before they all parted ways. Returning home, Ash met up with Gary again and saw the latter's new Electivire. Gary informed Ash about the region of Sinnoh, to which he immediately decided to travel next on his journey. He manages to catch an Aipom, who joins him on his Sinnoh journey.
With Professor Oak
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Pokémon League Status
Pokémon Championship Battles
- Kanto Battle Frontier: Champion
- This is the first time Ash:
- Did not bring any of his previous Pokémon, minus his Starter, with him for his journey.
- Traveled with three companions.
- Travel with a companion that either doesn't have or could't have Pokémon.
- Had to go through a rematch in a Gym Battle for his second badge.
- Had a companion return briefly.
- Avoided or gotten away from getting captured by a villainous organization.
- Helped out in defeating a villainous organization or more.
- Had more than one Pokémon League rival at the competition.
- Defeated a Pokémon League rival at the competition.
- Ash's Hoenn team are the very first team to:
- Have no new Types on a team.
- Have five members on a team.
- Have one Starter Pokémon on a team.
- Have a member or more that revealed their ability other than their Trainer's Starter Pokémon.
- Have four members caught through a battle.
- Have one member caught without a battle.
- Have a fully evolved Ice-Type and Grass-Type Starter Pokémon.
- Have signal handily competed in a Regional League alongside their Trainer's Starter Pokémon.
- Have a member participated in a Pokémon Contest other than their Trainers Starter Pokémon.
- Ash's Hoenn team shares many similarities with both his Pokémon from the Orange Islands and his Johto team:
- They have a Normal-Type and Water-Type on their teams.
- They don't have a Dark-Type, Dragon-Type, Fairy-Type Ghost-Type, Psychic-Type, Rock-Type and Steel-Type on their teams.
- They have members that knows Normal-Type, Water-Type and Psychic-Type moves.
- They have a member or more that participated in a different tournament or competition.
- They have a member or more that didn’t participated in a different tournament or competition.
- They have a member or more that were kept in storage with a Pokémon Professor during their Trainer's journey or after.
- They had some of their members participated in the Battle Frontier battles.
- They had some of their members participated in more than one Regional League.
- They have a member or more that didn't battle a Legendary or Mythical Pokémon.
- Ash's Hoenn team shares many similarities with just his Pokémon from the Orange Islands:
- They both have a Ice-Type on their teams.
- They both don't have a Bug-Type, Fighting-Type, Ground-Type and Poison-Type on their teams.
- They both have one member that is a duel Type.
- They both have a member or more that cannot evolve.
- They both had none of their members be the same Type on a team.
- They both had none of their members that was received or found as an Egg.
- They both have a member that knows Ice-Type moves.
- They both had all their members participate in a Gym battle.
- They both had all their members participate in a full battle or more.
- Ash's Hoenn team shares many similarities with just his Johto team:
- They both have a Grass-Type and Fire-Type on their teams. -Type,
- They both have members that know Grass-Type and Fire-Type moves. -Type,
- They both have four members that are only one Type.
- They both had none of their members that changes from a one Type to a duel Type upon evolution.
- They both gotten their Trainer to the Quarter-finals in their Regional League, although the difference between them is that one of team worked with a previous team to achieve this rank while the other team achieved this rank single handily.
- They both have members that has or had a Signature Move.
- They both have members that knows or knew a Signature Move.
- They both have a member or more travel in more than one region with their Trainer.
- They both have a member or more that didn't defeat a Legendary or Mythical Pokémon.
- They both had three members that evolved.
- They both had one member that didn't evolve once.
- They both have a member or more that didn't evolve in their home Region.
- They both have a member or more that is capable of Mega Evolving.
- Ash's Hoenn team shares a few similarities with his Kanto team:
- They both have a member that knows Steel-Type moves.
- They both have a member that has been given or had an accessories.
- They both had a member or more that temporarily or a while disobey their Trainer, although the difference between them is that the member from one team was because out of disrespect while the other was because it was temporally being commanded by somebody else.
- They both have a fully evolve Normal-Type. -Type and
- They both have a member or more that defeated a Legendary or Mythical Pokémon.
- During his Battle Frontier journey, Ash for the very first time:
- Traveled a region that he previous traveled in.
- Didn't battle Gym battles for badges.
- Had to go through a rematch to get a symbol.
- Was controlled or attempted by somebody.
- Had an unofficial battle against a Battle Frontier Brain.
- Had more than one rematch to get a symbol.
- Competed in a Pokémon Contest, although the contest was unofficial.
- Ash's Battle Frontier Pokémon is the very first to:
- Not have a Water-Type on a team.
- Not have a duel Type on a team.
- Have one member caught through a battle.
- Have a member that can only evolve while knowing a certain move.
- Ash's Battle Frontier Pokémon shares many similarities with both his Johto team and his Hoenn team:
- They have a Normal-Type on their teams.
- They don't have a Dark-Type, Dragon-Type, Fairy-Type, Ghost-Type, Psychic-Type, Rock-Type and Steel-Type on their teams.
- They have members that knows Normal-Type moves.
- They didn't have a member or more that changes from a one Type to a duel Type upon evolution.
- They have a member that didn't evolve once, although it did evolve under someone else's ownership.
- They were kept in storage with its Trainer home region Pokémon Professor during their Trainer's journey or after.
- They have a member or more that knows or knew a Signature Move.
- They traveled more than one Region with its Trainer.
- They have a member or more that didn't participated in a different tournament or competition.
- They have a member or more that didn't evolve in their home Region.
- They have a member or more that didn't battle a Legendary or Mythical Pokémon.
- Ash's Battle Frontier Pokémon shares a few similarities with just his Johto team:
- They both don't have a Ice-Type on their teams.
- They both had none of their members temporally or for a while disobey their Trainer.
- They both have a member that knows Fighting-Type moves.
- They both have a member from a previous Generation, although the difference between them is that one was given away while the other was traded.
- They both have a member or more that did not participated in a full battle.
- They both have a member or more that did not revealed their ability.
- Ash's Pokémon from Battle Frontier shares a few similarities with just his Hoenn team:
- Ash's Battle Frontier Pokémon shares a few similarities with the Pokémon from the Orange Islands:
- They both have only one member that is a one Type.
- They both don't have a Fire-Type and Grass-Type on their teams. -Type,
- They both have the least amount of members.
- They both don't 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 didn't battle a Legendary or Mythical Pokémon.
- Ash's Battle Frontier Pokémon shares a couple simulates with his Kanto team:
- They both have a member or more not participated in a Pokémon League competition.
- They both had a member or more that was traded over to somebody else, although the difference between them is that their Trainer decided to take it back from one team while the one member from the other team was traded over permanently.