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Let's count? I am including pokemon such as Charmander, Chimchar, etc, which joined Ash of their own will without a battle as "CAUGHT". List of Ash's Pokemon: Kanto and Orange Islands Pikachu - Given. Not caught. Caterpie - Caught. Released as a Butterfree. Pidgeotto - Caught. Left in the wild as a Pidgeot Bulbasaur - Caught. Charmander - Caught. ...


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No, Lavender Town Syndrome (LTS) is not real. It is an urban legend. Unfortunately, the internet loves itself a good urban legend, and determining truth from fiction (especially for an event from 1996) can be very difficult. This phenomenon was never mentioned on the anime itself, and did not really become well known until sometime around 2010. What really ...


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It's most likely a matter of different character designers over the different generations of the franchise. The original design was created by Game Freak's (original game's designers) character development team and finalized by artist Ken Sugimori. The games themselves had changes in Pikachu's designs, which were in turn mirrored by the anime: "Green and ...


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I think it is best to start looking for the answer on the metaphysical level. The writers' purpose made this scene ambiguous as to leave uncertainty in the viewers' mind, and spark their imaginations. This distinction is even brought up explicitly by the characters themselves as they reflect on the scene as they are leaving. It seems that the writers were ...


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Let us be reminded that the Pokemon franchise started off from video game, and its initial release was Pokemon Red and Green in Japan in 1996. So Mew's very first appearance can only be in Japanese Pokemon Red and Green. According to Bulbapedia, in the Trivia section of Mew: Mew was a little-known secret when Pokémon Red and Green were first released in ...


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Because Mew wasn't intended to be one of the 150 pokemon you can acquire through normal gameplay. It was the "mystery" Pokemon, no one was supposed to know its existence. It was only attainable by Nintendo events Gameshark Game glitch So yeah it makes no sense, but, if Mewtwo had been #151, your Pokedex in Red and Blue would have a gaping hole in it at #...


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There are multiple reasons (and theories. People won't give up with Pokémon theories & creepy pasta) of why Team Rocket would like to get Ash's Pikachu. 1) In ep65 "The Battle Of The Badge" in Season One, it revealed that the boss asked them to, by team rocket saying to the Jovani "It's even rarer than the Pikachu you want so much". the question ...


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According to an GameInformer interview with the art director and the producer (Junichi Masuda) from Gamefreak: There is a rumor that in the original Pokémon games, versions Red and Blue, that the Pokémon Ditto was a failed attempt at cloning a Mew. I was wondering if you could speak to this, to whether or not it’s true. Masuda: That’s the first time I have ...


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Both of the comments by looper and Krazer are correct, and they tell pretty much the whole story. As of episode 658, Ash (Satoshi) is 10 years old, the same age he was when he began his journey. However, based on reasonable assumptions for how often the Pokemon leagues meet, he should have aged at least 5 years. The strongest indication that time has passed ...


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First, the things we know: Ash got late and had to pick the reserve Pokemon Pikachu. The other 3 starter Pokemon already got picked, one of which was picked by Gary. At the end of the series, you could see that Gary picked Squirtle. So the question is, who picked the other 2 starters and where were they mentioned? Your question really inspired me to find a ...


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While it's not an ordinary Pokéball, the Mewtwo ball is capable of capturing another Pokéball inside it. This is demonstrated in the first Pokemon movie and quoted in the synopsis section of the movie's wiki page. A gif of the event is below too: "Ash tries returning Bulbasaur and Squirtle (who have been fighting the balls bravely), but it's no use. Two ...


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Yes they do. Just like in real world we eat some animal and we keep some as pets. Edible pokemons : Basculin, Slowpoke. Humans eating Pokémon Meat is often shown in the anime, but while it has never been directly shown to come from Pokémon, no other food source has yet been explained. It is known that some Pokémon produce edible foods and by-products ...


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I don't think our known biology can be applied to Pokemon. Blastoise has cannons, for instance, and Pikachu can shoot electricity (is not the same be able to create electricity to shock predators that attack you and actually shooting it). I mean, we could make theories about how they can do all those things, but the designers just didn't think about it. It ...


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In Gastly's Pokédex entry for Fire Red it states a being that exists as a thin gas. It can topple an Indian elephant by enveloping the prey in two seconds. Fish are also seen in the episode Pokémon Shipwreck:


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Ash has never managed to defeat all 8 gym leaders in a single try. Ash loses against the following Gym Leaders, in every region.Kanto: Brock, Lt. Surge, Sabrina, and BlaineJohto: WhitneyHoenn: BrawlySinnoh: Roark & Fantina Unova: LenoraKalos: Viola & WolfricFew additional exceptions:In Kanto, against his battle with Erika, the match was interrupted ...


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User Caciulacdlac on Bulbapedia has compiled a list of Pokemon that appeared before their generation starts airing. I assume the Japan broadcast date is used as the criteria. The whole answer below is mostly based on the link above, and several other articles on Bulbapedia. All the dates cited below will be Japan broadcast dates. Episode numbering will ...


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Where does this phrase comes from? According to Bulbapedia, this phrase is a rough translation from the Japanese games : The Japanese equivalent is Get Pokémon! (Japanese: ポケモンゲットだぜー! Pokémon get da ze~!, also spelt ポケモンGETだぜー!) When did the phrase Gotta catch 'em all first appeared? While the previous answers are correct, it is important to notice ...


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At first: As kuwaly mentioned, normally no one falls asleep while singing a lullaby. That's most likely the reason, but there are other possible points: Like in the game, Pokémon using Sing aren't affected by the attack. This was most likely done to make this move usable, and was copied in the anime so the viewers aren't confused. Some of the Pokédex-...


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From S05E275 ("Gotta Catch Ya Later!", second to last episode of Master Quest) Ash: Professor! I've decided to start a new journey too, and only take Pikachu with me. I want it to be just like the first time I left Pallet Town." Pikachu: Pikan~~ ... Tracy: And you can count on me to take care of your Pokemon for you! Ash: Really? Thanks a lot,...


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Pokemon could die in multiple ways, some of which are listed here: By Over Exertion: In the Movie, Celebi: Voice of the Forest, it is shown that a celebi goes out of control, wreaking havoc in the forest. It exerts itself so much that when it calms down it simply disintegrates and dies. By Sacrificing Themselves: It is seen in the movie, Pokemon ...


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Pokemon came before Digimon. The conceptualization of Pokemon predates the conceptualization of Digimon, the game release of Pokemon predates the game release of Digimon, and the anime broadcast date of Pokemon predates the anime film release of Digimon. The Digimon game release happened after the Pokemon anime had started airing. The details: Pokemon was ...


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Censored creatures: Likely little. As @Torisuda has mentioned, there's no incentive for them to create pokemon that toe the line - it's a show for kids, they will want innocent monsters. Sexual content/innuendoes A definite no go area for a kids show Violence (gore, mutilations, etc.) Considering pokemon only 'faint' and there is purposefully no death ...


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Pokémon actually started as a pair of video games published by Nintendo for the Game Boy in 1996. Known as Pokémon Red and Blue (although in Japan the games were released as Pokémon Red and Green), these games were followed up by some short stories. IIRC, first came the Pokémon comics, then the Pokémon series debuted on television on April 1, 1997, and ...


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I forget the reason about this, did he don't want to evolve? It's pretty safe to guess that part of the selling point of the series is that Pikachu is "cute". If you let him evolve into Raichu, you've lost this appeal. So from the author's standpoint, there is no reason to evolve Pikachu. In the Anime, it was expressed as Pikachu simply not wanting to ...


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When researching to see if there has ever been an animal featured that isn't a Pokémon in a scene or Manga I came across this on Bulbapedia's article Animals in the Pokémon world: Real-world animals have been mentioned a number of times to exist in the world of Pokémon. Most often, they are mentioned in relation to a Pokémon category. For example, Pikachu ...


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Ash did have the choice of choosing from the starter trio. But he wasn't able to, since he arrived late. The starter trio had been chosen by other trainers and Professor Oak gave Ash a Pikachu. This plot was shaped in a clever manner to bring Pikachu up as Pokemon that will represent the Pokemon series. Like you've mentioned, the game versions give Pikachu ...


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There have been several instances in the show where a Pokémon was in its Poké Ball for a long time, such as in Sandshrew's Locker. In this episode, Ash and friends helped Mira recover Sandshrew's Poké Ball from the bottom of the lake, where it's been for a long time. Additionally, Mira and her friends discovered Sandshrew's Poké Ball themselves. In the ...


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Krazers answer is correct, but I want to add something: In the first movie, the process of cloning Mew can be seen, from start (where they find the DNA) to end (where Mewtwo flees). Nowhere a Ditto is seen, but Mewtwo is the only successful clone. I think that the reason why Mew learns Transform, is because Mew holds all the genes of all Pokémon.


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That's Sparky, Ritchie's Pikachu. His first appearance was episode 78 of the original anime.


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This is an ongoing joke in the Pokemon series. Jessie and James memorized the motto incorrectly because they aren't the brightest, as explained by Cassidy and Butch in Episode 86. The real motto as said by Cassidy and Butch: Cassidy: Prepare for trouble Butch: And make it double Cassidy: To infect the world with devastation Butch: To Blight all ...


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