Wednesday, February 10, 2016

20 Years of Pokemon: The 20 best Pokemon Ash had

Continuing on Pokemon's 20 Year Celebration, it's time to look on the best twenty Pokemon belonged or used to belong to the TV series' hero Ash Ketchum (Satoshi).

Ash wants to be the very best like no one ever was (there goes that theme song everyone remembers) and with Pikachu and his friends, this young chap explores through different worlds, meeting new Pokemon, make new friends, perfecting his fighting style, saving the world from impending world chaos, and fulfill his lifelong dream to become a Pokemon master. Looks like he had a lot of goals to achieve over his lifetime.

Time to jot down my favorite twenty Pokemon belonged or used to belong to the kid from Pallet Town who wants to be the very best like no one ever was.

1) Pikachu - Of course, Pikachu has been Ash's longtime partner when the show began and as years passed by, the bond between Ash and Pikachu has become stronger than ever. Between you and I, this long-term relationship between Ash and Pikachu has been turning into a so-called love story and for them, they really do believe in forever! No matter how many times Pikachu got hurt in the heat of battle or how many times Team Rocket got their dastardly hands on Pikachu, Ash's love to Pikachu will always solve everything. Now the one question remains in my mind, is Ash's Pikachu male or female?

2) Charmander/Charmeleon/Charizard - Ever since Ash saved a Charmander during a rainstorm after it was abandoned by its trainer, it became part of Ash's team and later, it evolved into Charmeleon and then Charizard. The relationship between Ash snd his Charizard can be very harsh but with mutual understandings, this Pokemon will always comes back to Ash fron time to time.

3) Caterpie/Metapod/Butterfree - Caterpie's the first Pokemon Ash caught but in a very questionable method no trainer ever done. When evolved into Metapod, Ash tries to protect it even from the hordes of Kakuna and Beedrill until it evolves into Butterfree. Sadly, the two parted ways after Ash saved a flock of Butterfrees from Team Rocket's evil plan.

4) Bulbasaur - Bulbasaur's quite a decent part of Ash's team before. He onced battled it to become part of it.

5) Squirtle - The Squirtle that Ash had is once the leader of the notorious Squirtle Squad. Making up from its bad boy image, Squirtle seems to have a soft side.

6) Pidgey/Pidgeotto/Pidgeot - At first, Ash caught Pidgey by accident and then it stayed on until it evolved into Pidgeotto and then Pidgeot.

7) Heracross - Heracross is the first Pokemon Ash caught during the Johto Journeys and despite being soft, it's the most powerful in Ash's arsenal and it will do everything it can if things get desperate.

8) Noctowl - The Noctowl Ash caught is rather a shiny one, a Noctowl with a different coloring. Apart from its shiny appearance, Noctowl's the trump card thanks to its Foresight that can expose every Ghost-type Pokemon in existence and then attack it. Clever, I dare say.

9) Totodile - This energetic Pokemon is what made Ash and Misty argued who will belong. They ended up throwing each orher's Poke Ball but because no one knows who caught it, they fought for it and Ash wins Totodile.

10) Treecko/Grovyle/Sceptile - Treecko became part of Ash after saving the tree that Treeckos called it home. Later on, it evolved into Grovyle and then evolved into Sceptile. This Grass-type Pokemon Ash had during the Advanced Generation is all about speed.

11) Snorunt/Glalie - Snorunt is just one of the Pokemon who loves Ash's hat so it stoled his as well as his badge case. After saving it from Team Rocket, Snorunt became part of Ash's and later evolved into Glalie during its intense training to perfect its Ice Beam.

12) Chimchar/Monferno/Infernape - Chimchar's story is similar to Ash's Charmander. It was once abandoned by Ash's rival, Paul, and then became part of Ash's team. Later, it evolved into Monferno and then Infernape, where its anger point is deemed to be difficult for Ash.

13) Starly/Staravia/Staraptor - Ash caught a Starly after his Aipom attacked it. Later, it evolved into Staravia during a fight against Team Rocket and learned Brave Bird, and then evolved into a powerful Staraptor. Staraptor's the strongest of the Flying-type Pokemon Ash had in his lifetime and it overcome numerous situations that Ash can't.

14) Buizel - Ash got a Buizel from his companion Dawn after traded his Aipom due to the tendency that Buizel prefers battling rather than taking part at contests. A very excellent choice to have Buizel part of Ash's team thanks to its speed courtesy of its Aqua Jet. It once pinned down Crasher Wake's Floatzel during a gym battle at Pastoria City.

15) Tepig/Pignite - Tepig's situation is just like Charmander and Chimchar because it was onced abandoned by its former trainer and became part of Ash's team. Thanks to its friendship between Ash and his Snivy, it defeated the trainer who abandoned it at the first place. It even evolved into Pignite as well!

16) Oshawott - Having tailed Ash while starting his Unova adventure, it became part of his team. Very eager, it tends to pop out from the Poke Ball every time there's a battle but it can be careless at all times.

17) Pidove/Tranquill/Unfezant - Ash's first caught Unova Pokemon is a Pidove and it saved Pikachu from Team Rocket. Then, it evolved into Tranquill while averting a crisis in Castelia City, and then evolved into an Unfezant after being injured by Skyla's Swanna during a gym battle. The Unfezant Ash had is female and female Unfezants are good at flying, making it an excellent advantage to try out its Aerial Ace attack and won the battle.

18) Fletchling/Fletchinder/Talonflame - Ash caught a Fletching after his Froakie succeeded in attacking it. Later, during a battle against a sky trainer's Talonflame, it evolved into Fletchinder, armed with a Flame Charge that makes it quicker, and then during a battle against a legendary Moltres, it evolved into a Talonflame, armed with a very powerful Brave Bird attack.

19) Goomy/Sligoo/Goodra - Ash and his friends once rescued a lone Goomy and became part of Ash's team after fending off against Team Rocket. Later, it evolved into Sligoo, and when things get soaked up in the rain, it evolved into a more powerful Goodra. Goodra's responsible for having Ash defeated Clemont in a gym battle but Ash said goodbye to Goodra after saving its homeland from Team Rocket.

20) Froakie/Frogadier/Greninja - Ash's first Kalos Pokemon was Froakie after being tailed by it and protect Pikachu. Later, it evolved into Frogadier and then later, Greninja. Unknown to many, Greninja comes with a special power to transform into Ash-Greninja due to its bond between the two.

What's your favorite Pokemon that Ash had? Next time, the best Pokemon belonged by his companions.

Photo: Nintendo, Creatures, GAME FREAK, TV Tokyo, Shopro, JR Kikaku

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