Pikachu is my most favorite Pokemon because it is so adorable.
As I recall from the 2nd episode of the very first season, Team Rocket's Meowth says that Ash's Pikachu is really special. So, they have been trying to capture him for their boss since then.
Honestly, I don't see anything truly special about Ash' s Pikachu because he looks exactly the same as other Pikachu. If you mix him up with other Pikachu, it would be almost impossible to identify him correctly in the group.
Maybe, Ash's Pikachu has defeated 3 strong Pokemon in the past that sets him apart from other ordinary Pikachu.
First, when Ash has the very 1st gym battle against Brock, Pikachu beats Onix by luck when he sets off the water sprinklers with his random electric hits. The water weakens Onix and helps Pikachu beat it with thunder bolt.
Second, in Orange Island Adventures, Ash challenges Drake who has a Dragonite. Before its battle against Pikachu, Dragonite is slightly exhausted after a few battles against Ash's other Pokemon and Team Rocket's interference. This situation brings Pikachu an advantage to be victorious with the finishing move, thunder.
Third, in The Mastermind of Pokemon Mirage, when Mewtwo tries to destroy Pikachu and others, Mew holds back Mewtwo. That gives him to chance to defeat Mewtwo with volt tackle.
If it is not these big lucky wins by Pikachu, why would he be considered special?
Does anyone see anything really special about Ash' s Pikachu?
Last edited by PikaPiPi; 1st August 2012 at 6:53 PM.
I don't know anymore. Just because the Team Rocket trio said he's "special" doesn't mean Ash's Pikachu really is special. He's just been trained a lot over the years, so of course he's going to be powerful (except for, oh I don't know, losing to new Pokémon every single freaking time despite being high-leveled).
The first gym battle was cheap, Flint got Pikachu powered up just for such a fight, and we never did see such spectacular battles since then, except on rare occasions where his Thunderbolt makes explosions.
I don't remember much of that Orange Islands episode to make a proper comment.
Mirage Mewtwo wasn't the real one despite being just as powerful. Mirage Mew was pretty much overwriting the data in the system which I guess you can say was glitching Mirage Mewtwo in a way. Had Pikachu defeated Mirage Mewtwo when he was fully powered, I would've let it slide.
Lucky wins do not make a Pokémon "special", because they're done by luck, not by skill.
Makes me wonder if the writers know what they're doing with Ash's Pikachu anymore. He was more impressive in the first season, but not by much, really. Though I did like it when he learned new skills in the Hoenn saga, I'll give him and Ash that.
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I've imagined that the electricity Pikachu's absorbed is what set him apart from other Pikachu. It's amped up his strength in many ways compared to most Pikachu, and the fact Ash's training him has made him stronger, even if he does get debilitated a lot of times in the beginning of each new saga, but I chalk it up to some bad writing tactics even with Pikachu's experience. Sure, Levels aren't used supposedly in the anime, but it still is a bother. Anyhow, I've often beleived from the times Pikachu's absorbed electricity that he's gained power from it; from absorbing that electricity from Misty's bike and all those Pikachu at the Viridian City Pokémon Center as well as when Flint helped him and Ash get ready for a rematch with Brock and other times too.
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Ash's Pikachu has a rare trait known as Being The Most Marketable Pokemon, which allows it to win almost any battle even when such a win defies reality itself.
Although by now, Ash has has Pikachu for so long that you could argue a lot of its power comes from trainer and Pokemon knowing each other for so long and being really in sync with each other. And there's also the ~power of friendship~ that the anime loves to use so much.
He trains a lot and has a lot more experience than most Pikachus and most Pokemon in general.
He's only special because he's got that crazy bond with Ash that makes it so when there is a huge crisis where many people and Pokemon's lives are on the line or a very heated moment that both his trainer and himself can feel, some or in other cases, all of his attacks become OHKOs lol xP
There is nothing special about Ash's Pikachu. Nothing at all.
Team Rocket were always idiot villains through and through, they just weren't always exploited for it but rather for their kleptomaniac characteristics and their animal sidekick.
They believed it was all Ash's Pikachu at the Viridian Pokemon Center because they got really shocked, when it was pretty clear to us viewers that that was because of like 10-15 other Pikachus the hospital was using for "Pika-Power..."
Ah well, the writers needed a way to make TR stick as the series antagonists.
There is absolutely nothing special about ash's pikachu the reason team rocket thinks there is something special about it (and correct me if im wrong) is because A. they are idiots B. when it sent them blasting off the first time it had help from other pikachu and C. when its electir attack mixed with koffing's gas it create an explosion that sent TR blasting off.
as for its victory over regice and its draw with latios those were both a combination of pure dumb luck and the writers irratating influence.
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There is absolutely nothing special about ash's pikachu the reason team rocket thinks there is something special about it (and correct me if im wrong) is because A. they are idiots B. when it sent them blasting off the first time it had help from other pikachu and C. when its electric attack mixed with koffing's gas it create an explosion that sent TR blasting off.
That, Team Rocket was just misdirected about the whole thing.
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it some how knows how to reset its levels no other pokemon knows how to do that Team Rocket wants to catch Pikachu so they can learn how to reset other pokemons levels so that they can rule the world with a iron fist!!!
I think the specialness to him is the fact that Pikachu is able to take on such tough opponents! Most Pikachu's would not stand a chance against 80% of these Pokemon he battles. I think the specialness is the fact that Ash's Pikachu possesses so much power when compared to other Pokemon. Only reason it sucks at the start of each Saga is because of plot.
Not much is special about Pikachu at all. He is very well trained and powerful, which is not uncommon in other pokemon. He is also cute, which is not uncommon in other pokemon.
The only thing that sets him aside from other pokemon is that his bond with his trainer is extraordinary strong. However, that is not enough to make him overly "special". Just a good pokemon/companion.
Wow, Ash's Pikachu is very very very special. Why? This is my reason.
I watched the most recent episode of Pokemon Best Wishes 2 episode 13: Advance of Therian Formes! Unova's Greatest Crisis! just aired in Japan a few days ago.
In this episode, Giovanni and Team Rocket capture Meloetta and use her to summon three legendary Pokemon. There is a raging battle between the legendary Pokemon and other Pokemon from Ash and his gang's side. In one scene, Pikachu uses thunderbolt gallantly to protect Dragonite against an attack by one legendary Pokemon. Pikachu absorbs some energy from the attack. Next, at the top of a tower, Ash tells Pikachu to use Electro Ball against Giovanni to help release Meloetta.
Oh wow! you should watch that part where Pikachu builds a super gigantic Electro Ball and launches it at Giovanni, Team Rocket and the evil professor. That is awefully explosive. The Electro Ball is as big as the one where Goku in Dragon Ball Z makes and tosses it at Frieza.
I know Pikachu uses his absorbed energy to power up the ball so big. He is truly special.
I recommend that you watch that episode.
Last edited by Sushi; 7th October 2012 at 5:10 PM.
Ash's Pikachu is really special. I remember that way back in season 1 there is an episode, called Goodbye Pikachu. In the episode, there is a whole bunch of Pikachu. But, I was able to identify exactly which one was Ash's. When I see pictures of Pikachu online, my senses tell me which Pikachu is Ash's and which one is not.
Ash's Pikachu is different than all other pokemon in the entire Goldfish Bowl. Pikachu is wildly popular with people in general, and has caused people to think that the particular species of Pokemon, Pikachu, is actually good! ChaCha on!