Game Theory: What Level is Ash's Pikachu? (Pokemon)

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    Pokemon is one of the longest running series out there and for years, one question has plagued us all. What level IS Ash's Pikachu? This little electric mouse defeated CRAZY POWERFUL foes. They've made it to the top of multiple leagues. So, you'd think Pikachu is one of, if not THE STRONGEST Pokemon around, right? Well...

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    1. James Carter

      In xy and xyz ash is 14 years old

    2. PokeMasterGamePlays


    3. Jeremy May

      What never made sense to me is Ash making Pikachu learn Iron Tail. For someone who "loves" his Pokemon too much I would advise Ash to have agility to keep distance and the rest of Pikachu's moves to be electric to play it safe. I never watched Pokemon past Kanto Region but I still flinch when I see Pikachu hurt

    4. Idiotic Character

      The reason I believe no one takes the orange island win into consideration is because that it was a single match rather than a whole tournament like at the end of every region. Also please note that I have not seen sun and moon tournament and do not know how he wins it.

    5. Its SpeakableGaming

      This is more complicated than my Aldabra homework

    6. Straight Facts

      The Orange Islands League isn't an official league so no, nobody is forgetting it. It just isn't relevant, Ash won his first official league in Alola

    7. Dark Koki

      Lv 255.. that Pikachu beats legendary Pokemon lol

    8. Misery Blossom

      ...does ash use shared exp?

    9. son of ziggy gaming

      i have been thinking that pokemon when they faint they have the same symbol as saw creepy

    10. Katara

      I would say 90

    11. Sakthi Suba

      Pokemon Super Man

    12. Frozen Eevee

      If all the math is right Pikachu is honestly a lot weaker in terms of levels than what I thought he was, after so many battles I thought he would probably be LV:80 by the time Ash entered the Unova region.

    13. WE are heros

      hmmm, shouldn't this be on the film theory

    14. Seth Aquauis

      Wait how are the movies cannon? They literally contradict eachother and the series

    15. Skylar Gray

      Anyone notice how there was no intro??

    16. ツWIZ*JO

      Why does Arbok keep agreeing to fight Pikachu

    17. Gunnar Wagner

      Anything that should have been considered is that the reason Team Rocket wants Ash's Pikachu is because it's super strong for a Pikachu.

    18. Lagging Leland

      Over 600 episodes of filler pokemon content watched only to make one video? That deserv respec

    19. Abdur Rahman Mohammed

      who knows maybe the snivey pikachu battled might be using the ever stone thus it might have more experience than we presume it to have

    20. Cheezy


    21. Cleta Austin

      The various racing optically unite because wave ultrasonically list round a sharp increase. striped, torpid whale

    22. Andrea Plooy

      Jngjyn(mhmm(is (junk ,njlkhgkn

    23. Nasimaru

      Pikachu level gets reset every new gen

    24. l0bst3r gaming

      I think pikachu is strange somtimes

    25. bouytt guyt

      Plot Twist: Ash Use Gameshark.

    26. Syns Den

      I feel bad for this mans

    27. Cheyenne Bielawski

      Wheres part 2?

      1. bouytt guyt

        wouldn't including all the lv 5 magikarp you can fish up in every route with water severely bring the median level down? You could probably exlude outlier pokemon like that.

    28. Baughbe

      I have several theories on the Pokemon world, including that is is partially unstuck in reality. It's history is being rewritten backwards from one particular event from before Ash's birth. As the effect goes back into time, it keeps rewriting Ash's (and everybody else's) life. But imperfectly. More so for some than others. This is why Ash, despite having participated in many many battles, forgets the basics every couple years and has to relearn how to do captures and battles. And why Pikachu keeps losing all of his gained power and experience. These two keep resetting hard with every new wave of rewritten history.

    29. Levi Cars Pokémon Productions

      12:16 Who here thought he said "But if you don't agree with that method OMG it doesn't matter in the long run which you'll see later" just to find out he said methodology and not method OMG?

    30. Aman Kumar

      That's simple pikachu is in GOD level.🤣

    31. SCP 682 [used to be Long Horse cosplay]

      Plot twist: his attack and hp stats were lowered too much

    32. Biscuit Face7

      everyone talks about how strong pikachu would be after going through all the regions, but what about meowth?? I mean i know he hasn't won any fights but surely he's at least somewhat strong right?

    33. dem bones

      Pikachu level fighting everyone 999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 hp Pikachu fighting snivy 1 hp

    34. Lakshitha Hari

      Have you heard of beefwee

    35. BlueAmpharos

      11:50 They would only grow if they actually won battles. Team Rocket up to this point loses almost every battle they enter, and when they DO succeed they tend to use their smokescreen and wrap and such to make stealing pokemon or other stuff easier, which the pokemon wouldn't get exp for. Not to mention the number of times they rely on vehicles or devices to do the job.

    36. ???

      Theory idea: How come ash's pikachu hasnt died after all those movies and episodes Normally i dont think rodents live that long (And before random people keep saying "Oh PiKaChU WoNt DiE" Death's in pokemon do exist)

    37. Doc.Delete

      Is it just me or does everyone say, "Pokemon is a Anime" but little do they know that if an anime gets a live action of it self then it's no longer considered as an anime?

    38. he who kills 10,000 things a day

      His Pikachu becomes so strong that it surpasses Level 100 and by the end of the season/region it is Level 255. When a Pokemon becomes Level 256 (In the Gen 1 and 2 games, at least), it reverts to Level 0.

    39. Noregian Tobz

      Pikachu's weakness and strength could be based also on his nature as I have assumed he has the Hasty( lower defense , higher speed ) or Naive ( lower special defense , higher speed ), which would probably make it more believeable or logical

      1. Noregian Tobz

        As long as pikachu doesnt get hit, levels and element advantage wont matter too much if pikachu's stats support a high speed and lower defense ( basically a glass cannon of sorts ) .

    40. eioshen boboi

      I never realised how much I needed the answer to that question, waiting for part 2!

    41. Ulysses Edens

      Plot twist, Ash's Pikachu is never the same Pikachu. What is the average lifespan of Pikachu? And now what is Ash's age? It is a new Pikachu every time. Pikachu dies and then is replaced by the next one.

    42. Ulysses Edens

      Over 9000

      1. eioshen boboi

        12:17 he looks funny with those big eyes

    43. Mwarrior1991

      wouldn't including all the lv 5 magikarp you can fish up in every route with water severely bring the median level down? You could probably exlude outlier pokemon like that.

    44. Carter Starks

      Matt, how did you watch all of Pokémon?? I want to do the same

    45. Mr Capano

      Game: take a shot every time he says Pokémon

    46. Ailsa Ni

      25 but it's probably not there yet is it?" even more hilarious.

    47. yotubesocialhd2

      At this point ,i am wondering just how long is Ash is gonna keep his Pikachu ,and when is Ash gonna evolve his Pikachu for that matter?

    48. Cream

      Pikachu did not start at level 5 because in pokemon journeys pikachu is a pichu

      1. Ailsa Ni

        Why is the matpat videos chat under my lazarbeam stream

    49. LaninusCruiser

      What if Pikachu lost because he had like no health left because Ash never heals him

    50. Yuan the super animated

      Umm...but snivy is a grass type and grass type have an advantage on electric type Pokemon.

    51. Asila Albedwawi

      #ash cachanm

      1. nieooj gotoy

        Pikachu is level 100. Ash let that snivy win to boost the kids confidence

    52. Max Ramos

      I thought he already evolved to Richiu?

    53. Michael Hawkins

      In the episode “enter pikachu”. It is revealed that ashes pikachu was born as a pichu. Pichu evolves through a friendship rating. So the assumption that ash met pikachu at a low level is silly. Pikachu could have been a much higher level before he had evolved from pichu.... you said it took pikachu roughly 20 episodes to begin to help ash on his dreams, well maybe it took pikachu that long to recover emotionally from detachment from his prior trainer who raised his friendship level enough to evolve from a pichu to a pikachu... Please make an updated video

    54. Michael Hawkins

      He might be level 100 but he’s like 20 something years old.... lol. He’s tired man

    55. bcvbb hyui

      Overpowered pokemons.

    56. Him

      WHY WOULD ANYONE DISLIKE THIS!? The research and work is insanely good.

    57. The Internet Peasant

      Electric won't work...ground rules...GROUND rules... Nice.

      1. bcvbb hyui

        I know it is a lot of unnecessary research, but I would imagine that ash has XP share, even if it's not stated. Especially since pikachu was out at all times.

    58. Levi Cars Pokémon Productions

      12:17 he looks funny with those big eyes

    59. Keadoman

      7:55 did he legit just say THEORYpist

    60. Stephine Marks

      Next you should make a vid on pikachu’s stats

    61. Harji

      Pikachu has defeated latous, regice ,tabukoko and many legendary and his bond with ash is amazing he must be more than 200 lvl

    62. Shubh live


    63. Bob Roberts

      you should make a theory on the game chkn

    64. Ismael Valdes Daltorpskolan 7G

      Why is the matpat videos chat under my lazarbeam stream

    65. Jared Flores

      Orange islands series was a really underrated show. Really good bgms and english intros.

    66. Jared Flores

      Pikachu: *beats Metagross, Regice, Latios, Dragonite, Tyranitar, and Mega Lucario* Also Pikachu: "I'm about to lose because of plot device"

    67. Sasuke Uchiha

      Pikachu is level 100. Ash let that snivy win to boost the kids confidence

    68. HiddeNinja89

      Does this Include shares exp? Sometimes multiple pokemon battle the same pokemon so the exp would be split.

    69. Logan Escobar

      Pika plus pikachu equal superchu

    70. Vanessa Hamsher

      Lv40 LoL

    71. Casjon Mule

      I’m sorry WHAT 5:30 it’s clearly pronounced kanto not konto

    72. Eudxii

      He can make a website and I would trust it 100%, rather than those wiki sites.

    73. Collin Riley

      I know it is a lot of unnecessary research, but I would imagine that ash has XP share, even if it's not stated. Especially since pikachu was out at all times.

    74. John Chase

      what about the episodes where pikachu has watched one of ash's other pokemon battle? He would surely gain exp through watching in a similar way to how exp shares work? surely that would boost the levels at least slightly

    75. soiung toiue

      Suggestion for another episode: can the squirrel weapons in "it takes two" actually work?

    76. Jaxon Ferguson

      It’s simple, He’s just rebirthing to get 0.00001% more exp

    77. Jaxon Ferguson

      This has a easy format in terms of doing but in terms of time, it’s countless. Just see what’s the last learned move then that’s the base after that look at the opponent’s Pokémon’s most advanced move and learn a base of power then see how much exp it would get if it beat it

      1. soiung toiue

        up 11 points. Jeez. A normal Pikachu would be around Speed 30 but Ash's at level 12 is Level 41 due to that one scene. No wonder it's so fast.

    78. Southside Bear

      BRO DIFFERENT POKÉMON HAVE DIFFERENT TYPES...... Then there a chance they have different Universe

    79. Pickle “Roblox Sk8er Pickle”

      Is it possible to make actual latex animals like in the game “Changed”?

    80. de wizard

      I think ash is supposed to be buddah

    81. Dee Oh

      I like most of your stuff but this one felt like a waste of time. Pikachu lost to Snivy because its insanely bad writing. That's it. This anime is probably the worst written one I have ever seen and the writers don't even try to cover it up. They break their own rules so much I don't know why they even continue to try to have an actual plot.

    82. Angie Hickson


    83. alek4ever

      Ultimately Pikachu's level doesn't matter. It's an anime, and Pikachu have the power of friendship on their side...

    84. Quinn McRae

      Alright, I'm pausing at 11:36 because Matpat just talked about Whitney's Miltank, and I just have to say the game gives you plenty of options by the third gym to deal with Miltank's Rollout. It only gets powerful if it can hit consecutively, and by that point you'll have access to: Cyndiquil's Smokescreen or Pidgey/Pidgeotto's Sand Attack for lower accuracy, Zubat/Golbat's Confuse Ray for confusion, Mareep's Thunder Wave for paralysis, to name a few. Despite most of these Pokémon being weak to rock type moves, I've never found it very difficult to set up against Miltank and prevent it from ever getting its Rollout damage very high

    85. Latifa Benali

      Yeah but Pikachu gets shocked at every time a new season starts and it's level resets each time and the same happened at the start of the bw anime when zekrom shocked it so.......

    86. I Love arts

      He’s level 100

    87. Danji Chan

      The dedication Matthew puts into these videos are unbelievable...


      bow ut how does this corellate with pickachu wihtrh brown brcik in minecrap

    89. Gwen Wagner

      The uninterested flesh orly alert because kamikaze perplexingly knock throughout a fast club. quixotic, defeated kitty

    90. Austin A

      hey so love ya matpat but i watched this video second, and i have to say its totally unnecessary. I learned nothing new in this that wasnt already in the follow up video, I dont understand why you made this two parts?

    91. Nunquam Nex

      So, weird question, did you calculate the ex from switching? I remember many fights where Pikachu switches out and ash wins the fight. Wouldn't that also add xp or am I remembering incorrectly.

    92. Pump


    93. Rhysie McGinnis

      If you actually calculate the EV's for the Spearow Attack, which is 1 Speed EV for every Spearow and you need 4 points to level up a stat by one, that jumps Pikachu's Speed stat up 11 points. Jeez. A normal Pikachu would be around Speed 30 but Ash's at level 12 is Level 41 due to that one scene. No wonder it's so fast.

    94. Zadowgamer 64

      11:26 never in my life would I hear matpat say Cassidy and not be in a fnaf episode.

    95. Jmaniac

      Ground types: nooo you can’t beat me I’m immune to electric Ash’s pikachu: hahah thunderbolt go brr

    96. New life

      Wait... what about all them grimers pikachu smited when he was banging magnamite? hmmmm

    97. CarbonitePlays

      What about IV levels? Could Ash's pikachu be close to perfect or 100% IV if he's actually low level but still able to dish out that punishment?

    98. Barry Smith

      I seem to recall Ash's Orange League win being mentioned in one of the Battle Frontier episodes, which is also where they treat him getting Top 16 in Indigo and Top 8 in Silver and Evergrande as incredible accomplishments for his age.

    99. John Violette

      8:13 or gen 7 was alola. The islands of alola.