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On the morning that Ash was to start his Pokémon journey, he woke up late and by the time he reached Oak's laboratory, all of the beginner Pokémon were already taken. However, Professor Samual Oak did have one Pokémon left, a wild Pikachu. At first, Pikachu did not like Ash and would refuse to enter his PokéBall. He would often laugh at Ash's failures and refused to listen to him. However, after Ash proved his loyalty to Pikachu by protecting him from a flock of Spearow, and thus began to earn Pikachu's trust and respect. The two have since become best friends and Pikachu never leaves Ash's side.

Since the day Team Rocket first encountered Pikachu, it has been their sole goal to capture it. Day after day, their plan to capture Pikachu has been thwarted mainly due to Pikachu's amazingly powerful Thunderbolt that keeps on blasting them off.

On numerous occasions, Pikachu has made it evident that he is happy being a Pikachu and has no desire to evolve into a more powerful Raichu. It has proven time and time again that it is a powerful and worth opponent to any Pokémon that dares to battle it.

Gym Battle against Burgh's Leavanny

Pikachu was then sent out to battle Burgh's Leavanny. Burgh's Leavanny managed to tie up Pikachu with String Shot but unlike Ash's Swadloon who was able to break free, Pikachu ended up getting hit with a couple of Leaf Storm attacks and a Hyper Beam before it rolled into another of Burgh's Leavanny's Leaf Storm attacks to break the string off its body so it could attack. Freed from the String Shot, Burgh's Leavanny tried to tie it up again but Pikachu managed to avoid it with its speed and then knocked Burgh's Leavanny out with a combination of Iron Tail and Electro Ball.

Gym Battle against Elesa

Elesa's Emolga knocked out Ash's Snivy and was then matched up with Pikachu. Pikachu made quick work of Elesa's Emolga and knocked it out with one attack, its Iron Tail.

Elesa's Tynamo was the last Pokémon that she used in her gym battle against Ash. It was matched up against Pikachu who had just defeated her Emonga. Pikachu had a hard time defending against the fast Tackle attack that Elesa's Tynamo kept hitting it with but Pikachu used its Thunderbolt to create a large dust cloud leaving only a small corridor for Pikachu to focus on it and so Elesa's Tynamo couldn't maneuver out of the way. Pikachu one hit K.O'd Elesa's Tynamo with a Iron Tail. The loss gave Ash the overall victory.

Battle against Alder's Bouffalant

Ash challenged Alder to a battle and he accepted though he had been walking all night and was actually quite tired. Alder sent out his Buffron to battle Pikachu but just as the battle started, Alder fell asleep standing up and didn't give any orders to his Buffron. Alder's Bouffalant stood still as Pikachu began hitting it with attack after attack until it Alder's Bouffalant finally got mad at Alder and charged at him and set him flying into a tree. After that, Alder's Bouffalant no longer wished to battle and Alder conceded the battle.

Gym Battle against Skyla

In Skyla air battle simulation, Ash's Tranquill was matched up against Skyla's Unfezant and since her Pokémon was the highest evolved form, she determined that her Pokémon would be the winner in that match-up. In the actual gym battle, Ash's Tranquill was up against Skyla's Unfezant which was the match-up just after Ash's Tranquill had defeated Skyla's Swoobat. Skyla's Unfezant proved to be stronger and faster than Ash's Tranquill, so Ash recalled it and set out Pikachu. Pikachu had a definite advantage over Skyla's Unfezant with its electric attacks and it quickly knocked it out with its Electro Ball attack.

Just after Pikachu ended up knocking out Skyla's Unfezant, Skyla's Swanna was sent out to battle against it. Skyla had been watching her grandpa's battle videos and noticed that he used the move Aqua Ring to defend against Electric attacks. She used that same defense against Pikachu which nullified its Electric attacks. It's Iron Tail also couldn't hit it so high in the air. Ash then noticed the rings in the air and Pikachu jumped up on them and managed to hit Skyla's Swanna but not directly. Pikachu was now up in the air though and Skyla's Swanna had the advantage there and it quickly knocked Pikachu out with a powerful Brave Bird attack.

Battle Against Trip's Serperior at the Isshu League

Pikachu participated in the Isshu League in the preliminary match where it is was matched up against Trip's Serperior. Cilan noted that Trip's Serperior speed and its attack power had leveled up quite a bit too since the last time they saw it. The match was pretty one sided for a long time as Pikachu wasn't able to counter its speed and ended up getting wrapped up. After using Iron Tail on the ground to get loose, Pikachu used a combination attack of Iron Tail and Electro Ball to one hit KO Trip's Serperior. As a result, Trip was eliminated from the Isshu League and Ash advanced to the next round.

Z-Move Gigavolt Havoc

Tapu Koko is the guardian deity of Melemele Island. It watched Ash a couple times during his first day in Alola. After the battle with Skull Gang, he spotted it but no one else did. Later that night, it appeared again and Ash followed it. Tapu Koko presented Ash with a Z-Ring which he accepted.

It appeared at the Pokémon School the next day and took Ash's hat. He quickly followed it into the forest where Tapu Koko challenged Ash to a battle. Tapu Koko is a Pokémon that is positively brimming with curiosity and ever since the olden days, there have been instances of it challenging islanders to Pokémon battles or to Alolan sumo wrestling matches. Pikachu battled it and difference in power between the two was initially too big. Tapu Koko then came and activated the Z-Ring and the Electric-Z on Ash's arm but he didn't have the slightest clue what he was supposed to do. He managed to fire off Sparking Gigavolt which Tapu Koko was able to defend and then fled the battle.

Melemele Island Pilgrimage Grand Trial battle vs Hala's Hariyama

During the Grand Trial battle against Pikachu, Hala's Hariyama used Fake Out to set up Knock Off in a manner that came as a complete surprise to Rotom Pokédex. Professor Kukui thought it was a magnificent combo. Pikachu tried to counterattack with Electro Ball but it didn't work. Ash instructed Pikachu to use Quick Attack and run circles around Hariteyama until it used Iron Tail on its legs to create a combo attack of their own. Pikachu won the match by using the Z-Move Breakneck Blitz which knocked out Hariyama and gave Ash the win in the Melemele Island Pilgrimage Grand Trial battle!
Move Type First Episode Used Notes
Thunder Shock Electric SL 3 First called in the battle with Pidgeotto, presumably the electric attack used in earlier episodes too.
Thunderbolt Electric SL 5 First called during the second battle against Brock, presumably learned during Flint's power-up session.
Agility Psychic SL 14
Quick Attack Normal SL 14
Thunder Electric SL 22
Iron Tail Steel AG 13 Chaz sends out his Sentret to teach Pikachu how to use Iron Tail.
Volt Tackle Electric AG 151 While attempting to attack Team Rocket with Tackle, Brock tells Ash that Pikachu learned Volt Tackle.
Electro Ball Electric BW 20 Pikachu get's mad at the Ducklett and charges up its tail.
Gigavolt Havoc Electric SM 2 The Electrium Z shattered during the battle against Tapu Koko.
Breakneck Blitz Normal SM 10 Ash and Pikachu were both dazzling and could feel they were becoming incredibly strong when using the Z-Move.
10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt Electric SM 54 Base move is for this Z-move is Thunderbolt.
Electroweb Electric SM 76 Pikachu unknowingly learned the move protected itself against Mimikyu,
Max Steelspike Steel PM2019 13 Dande is suprised that Satoshi doesn't have a Dynamax Band. Satoshi calls the move as Iron Tail.
Max Strike Normal PM2019 13 Dande's Lizardon quickly dodged the move.
Episodes (1057)

Alola, Alola!アローラでアローラ! タケシとカスミ!An Alola! in Alola! Takeshi and Kasumi!
走れカキ!己を超えて!!Run, Kaki! Surpass Yourself!!
Enter Pikachu!ピカチュウ誕生!Pikachu is Born!
Legend? Go! Friends? Go!サトシとゴウ、ルギアでゴー!On Lugia They Go, Satoshi and Go!
Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower!フシギソウってフシギだね?Fushigisou is Quite Mysterious, Don't You Think Sou?
Settling the Scorbunny!行くぜガラル地方!ヒバニーとの出会い!!Let's Go to the Galar Region! An Encounter with Hibanny!!
Mind-Boggling Dynamax!カビゴン巨大化!?ダイマックスの謎!!Kabigon Grows Gigantic?! The Mystery of Daimax!!
ポケモン大量ゲットだぜ!ミュウへの道!!I'm Gonna Get a Ton of Pokémon! The Road to Mew!!
激闘のホウエン地方!挑戦バトルフロンティア!!The Houen Region, Site of Fierce Fights! The Battle Frontier Challenge!!
負けるなポッチャマ!シンオウ地方の流氷レース!!Don't Give In, Pochama! An Ice Floe Race in the Sinnoh Region!!
あの日の誓い!ジョウト地方のホウオウ伝説!!The Pledge We Made That Day! The Houou Legend of the Jouto Region!!
カイリューの楽園、ハクリューの試練!The Kairyu Paradise and the Hakuryu Trial!
コハルとワンパチと、時々、ゲンガーKoharu, Wanpachi, and Sometimes Gangar Too
ダイマックスバトル!最強王者ダンデ!!Daimax Battle! Dande, The Greatest of Them All!!
サトシ対ダンデ!最強への道!!Satoshi VS Dande! The Path to Power!!
初イッシュ地方!遺跡でレイドバトル!!The First Visit to the Isshu Region! Raid Battle at the Ruins!!
サトシ参戦!ポケモンワールドチャンピオンシップス!!Satoshi Joins In! The Pokémon World Championships!!
Revenge Match at Hanada Gym!
Do Your Best! The Future-minded Rocket Gang
Pokémon the First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Backミュウツーの逆襲Mewtwo Strikes Back
The Explosive Birth of the Mythical Pokémon Lugia
Pokémon the Movie 2000 - The Power of One
幻のポケモン ルギア爆誕
Pokémon Heroes水の都の護神 ラティアスとラティオスThe Guardian Gods of the Water Capital Latias and Latios
Pokémon Jirachi: Wish Maker七夜の願い星 ジラーチWishing Star of the Seven Nights
Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys裂空の訪問者 デオキシスThe Sky-Rending Visitor Deoxys
Mew and the Hero of the Wave - Lucario
ミュウと波導の勇者 ルカリオ
Pokémon Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
Pokémon The Rise of Darkrai
Dialga VS Palkia VS Darkrai
ギラティナと氷空の花束 シェイミ
Giratina and the Sky's Bouquet: Shaymin
Giratina and the Sky Warrior
Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Lifeアルセウス超克の時空へArceus - Towards the Continuum of Conquest
Pokémon Zoroark: Master of Illusions幻影の覇者 ゾロアークThe Ruler of Illusions Zoroark
Pokémon The Movie White Victini and Zekrom
Pokémon The Movie Black Victini and Reshiramビクティニと白き英雄レシラム
ビクティニと黒き英雄ゼクロムVictini and the Light Hero - Reshiram
Victini and the Dark Hero - Zekrom

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