Ash's Pidgeotto was the second Pokémon that Ash captured while in the Viridian forest. Ash sent out Ash's Caterpie
to battle the Pidgeotto, not realizing that Bug-type Pokémon are weak against Flying-type Pokémon. Pidgeotto quickly dealt significant damage to Ash's Caterpie
, forcing Misty
to suggest that Ash Ketchum
recall it. Ash Ketchum
then called out Pikachu
and ordered him to use Thundershock
on the Pidgeotto. Weakened by Pikachu
, Ash Ketchum
was then able to capture Pidgeotto with a PokéBall.
As a Flying type, Ash's Pidgeotto
often helped prevent Team Rocket from using their hot air balloon by puncturing it. Brock
said that Ash's Pidgeotto
would stand up to any kind of attack if it was to protect Ash from harm.
While walking through a forest near Pallet Town, Ash Ketchum
realizes the Spearow that he hit with his Poké ball on the first day that he was on his journey must have evolved into a Fearow. A bunch of Pidgey and Pidgeotto were stuck in a tree and were too afraid to leave it. Ash's Pidgeotto
helped them be brave enough to leave but just as they did the Fearow attacked Ash's Pidgeotto and injured it. Realizing that the Pidgey and Pidgeotto were still in trouble, Ash's Pidgeotto
evolved into a Pidgeot.
Kanto Pokémon League
Just before Ash Ketchum
's fifth round battle against Ritchie
had tricked Ash Ketchum
into leaving the arena by impersonating Ritchie
all delayed Ash Ketchum
from reaching the arena and Pidgeotto had to use all of its energy in helping Ash Ketchum
get to the arena before he was disqualified. Unfortunately, due to the amount of energy Pidgeotto had used up, Ash Ketchum
decided not to use it in the fifth round.