English Name:
Ash Ketchum
Japanese Name:
10 (as of debut and BW001)


Eye Colour:
Hair Colour:


May 22
Trainer Class: 
Anime Debut:
Pokèmon - I Choose You
Game Counterpart:
Pallet Town
Delia Ketchum
Pokèmon on Hand (current):
Piakchu, Greninja, Talonflame, Hawlucha, Noivern
English Voice Actor/s:
Veronica Taylor (seasons 1-8) & Sarah Natochenny (season 9 - present)
Japanese Voice Actor:
Rica Matsumoto


  • Ash is believed to be based on Red from the first generation of Pokèmon games.
  • He is the main character of the Pokèmon anime and a few different mangas that are based on the anime.
  • He shares his Japanese name with Pokèmon creator Satoshi Tajiri. His English name, on the other hand, is a pun of the phrase "Gotta catch 'em all."
  • Ash and Gary Oak were friends up until they both caught the same Pokèball on each of their fishing lines. They ended up breaking it in two, each keeping one half to remind themselves of that day.
  • Ash's main goal in life, as described in the first episode, is to be the worl'd greatest Pokèmon master.
  • Ash's hat in the original series was actually similar to Red's hat in his original design from Pokèmon Red and Green before undergoing several changes until the final design.
  • Ash has never officially caught a Pokèmon of the Steel, Psychic, Ghost or Fairy types.
  • Ash has captured at least one of the starter Pokèmon in each region.
  • The date of Ash's birth, according to Takeshi Shudo's anime novelizations is 10 years, 10 months and 10 days exactly  prior to the day he began his Pokèmon journey. Being that the same novelization declares that Pokèmon Trainers obtain their first Pokèmon in April of the year following their 10th birthday and the anime itself began broadcast on the first of that month in 1997 in Japan, Ash's birthday, if April 1st was the first day of his journey, would be May 22nd.
  • On a related note, Ash is still considered 10 years old in promotional materials as well as the first episode of 'best wishes', despite 'best wishes, until we meet again!' strongly implying that at least a full year had passed since his time in Johto.
  • When Veronica Taylor was interviewed in the documentary "Adventures in Voice Acting", she stated that during her audition for the role of Ash, he was known as Casey at the time. This name would later be given to a recurring character from  Johto.
  • Ash can draw, as shown in "Up Close and Personable!", when he drew a Dewgong. However, this drawing was insulted by Angie.
  • Ash has been shown to be a good climber, as mentioned in 'Celebi: Voice of the Forest', when Misty and Brock say, "He climbs like a Mankey!", and 'Lucario and the mystery of Mew', when Brock calls him a "human Aipom!" Ash's climbing ability has also been shown in several episodes throughout the series, such as 'Enter Iris and Axew!', when he climbs up a tree to try to save Pikachu and Axew, and in 'Climbing the Walls!', in which he climbed up the rock-climbing wall to Grant to face him and win the cliff badge.
  • Ash has lost a match against every Normal-type Gym Leader he has faced: Whitney in 'A Goldenrod Opportunity', Norman in 'There's No Place Like Hoenn'. Lenora in 'The Battle According to Lenora' and Cheren in 'There's A New Gym Leader In Town!'
  • Ash has lost battles with Frontier Brains during the "Battle Frontier" arc of the anime. Losing once to Anabel and twice to Brandon.
  • As seen in 'The Path That Leads to Goobye!' and 'Under the Pledging Tree!', Ash apparently has an interest in catching a Dunsparce, having attempted to do so on both occasions but failing both times due to unforseen circumstances.
  • Ever since facing Wattson in 'Watt's with Wattson?', Ash has not won a Gym Badge in the same episode in which he meets a Gym Leader.
  • Ash has never owned a genderless Pokèmon.

Ash's Pokèmon


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 Charmander Spr 5b 004.png
 Bulbasaur Spr 5b 001.png
 Krabby Spr 5b 098.png
 Muk Spr 5b 089.png
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 Chikorita Spr 4h 152.png
 Heracross Male



 Taillow ? Swellow
 Treecko ? Groyvle ? Sceptile
 Snorunt ? Glalie


 Starly ? Staravia ? Staraptor
 Turtwig ? Grotle ? Torterra
 Chimchar ? Monferno ? Infernape
Gligar ? Gliscor