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. No Luck Obi

    No Luck ObiPred uro

    So Pikachu can clearly attack multiple people he doesn't apply here

  2. John Mark Moncera

    John Mark MonceraPred 8 urami

    pikachu's level always reset every region.

  3. Dogan Acar

    Dogan AcarPred 8 urami

    The wild calf separately need because joke probably rush around a lackadaisical comparison. prickly, inconclusive addition

  4. Wigadama

    WigadamaPred 16 urami

    *_Glaube an Dich. Du bist mutiger als du denkst, talentierter als du denkst und zu mehr fähig, als du dir vorstellst_* ✨🌹✨

  5. Devan Olson

    Devan OlsonPred dnevom

    The spearows on route 1 are probably more like level 3-4 because the range is probably from 2-4 or 2-5 (it probably doesn’t matter much though)

  6. Peter Bolton

    Peter BoltonPred dnevom

    Where did you manage to find all of the series to watch

  7. Voidling studios official ✔️

    Voidling studios official ✔️Pred 2 dnevi

    Plot twist *the level is randomized from (0-100)

  8. LavaLamp

    LavaLampPred 3 dnevi

    WAIT THEROY TIME: Pikachu was breaded like it makes sense right? because ash got Pikachu from professor oak so Pikachu was breaded from the lab!! and if my theory is correct that means he can do moves like volt tackle from the series, affecting Pikachu's final level (btw I'm only writing this down 5 minutes into the video so this might be wrong )

  9. Caden Porter

    Caden PorterPred 3 dnevi

    I always have wondered what level his pikachu ‘s level is

  10. Totally Nameless

    Totally NamelessPred 3 dnevi

    Ohmygod, please take a nap. I cannot imagine how painfully over 600 episodes of Pokemon would.

  11. Unsightedmetal6

    Unsightedmetal6Pred 3 dnevi

    1:30 Tapu Koko was not in existence at that point in time, and so Ash could not have defeated it prior to coming to Unova.

  12. Sage Trent

    Sage TrentPred 3 dnevi

    But what about baby Kangaskhan?Where’s the Pokédex entry?



  14. Hiram Maze

    Hiram MazePred 4 dnevi

    13:46 I looked it up and Pikachu is on lvl. 225

  15. James Carter

    James CarterPred 4 dnevi

    In xy and xyz ash is 14 years old

  16. PokeMasterGamePlays

    PokeMasterGamePlaysPred 4 dnevi


  17. Jeremy May

    Jeremy MayPred 4 dnevi

    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

  18. Idiotic Character

    Idiotic CharacterPred 5 dnevi

    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.

  19. Its SpeakableGaming

    Its SpeakableGamingPred 6 dnevi

    This is more complicated than my Aldabra homework

  20. Straight Facts

    Straight FactsPred 6 dnevi

    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

  21. Dark Koki

    Dark KokiPred 7 dnevi

    Lv 255.. that Pikachu beats legendary Pokemon lol

  22. Misery Blossom

    Misery BlossomPred 7 dnevi

    ...does ash use shared exp?

  23. son of ziggy gaming

    son of ziggy gamingPred 7 dnevi

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

  24. Katara

    KataraPred 8 dnevi

    I would say 90

  25. Sakthi Suba

    Sakthi SubaPred 8 dnevi

    Pokemon Super Man

  26. Frozen Eevee

    Frozen EeveePred 8 dnevi

    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.

  27. WE are heros

    WE are herosPred 9 dnevi

    hmmm, shouldn't this be on the film theory

  28. Seth Aquauis

    Seth AquauisPred 9 dnevi

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

  29. Skylar Gray

    Skylar GrayPred 9 dnevi

    Anyone notice how there was no intro??

  30. ツWIZ*JO

    ツWIZ*JOPred 9 dnevi

    Why does Arbok keep agreeing to fight Pikachu

  31. Gunnar Wagner

    Gunnar WagnerPred 9 dnevi

    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.

  32. Lagging Leland

    Lagging LelandPred 9 dnevi

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

  33. Abdur Rahman Mohammed

    Abdur Rahman MohammedPred 9 dnevi

    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

  34. Cheezy

    CheezyPred 10 dnevi


  35. Cleta Austin

    Cleta AustinPred 10 dnevi

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

  36. Andrea Plooy

    Andrea PlooyPred 10 dnevi

    Jngjyn(mhmm(is (junk ,njlkhgkn

  37. Nasimaru

    NasimaruPred 10 dnevi

    Pikachu level gets reset every new gen

  38. l0bst3r gaming

    l0bst3r gamingPred 10 dnevi

    I think pikachu is strange somtimes

  39. bouytt guyt

    bouytt guytPred 10 dnevi

    Plot Twist: Ash Use Gameshark.

  40. Syns Den

    Syns DenPred 10 dnevi

    I feel bad for this mans

  41. Cheyenne Bielawski

    Cheyenne BielawskiPred 11 dnevi

    Wheres part 2?

  42. bouytt guyt

    bouytt guytPred 10 dnevi

    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.

  43. Baughbe

    BaughbePred 11 dnevi

    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.

  44. Levi Cars Pokémon Productions

    Levi Cars Pokémon ProductionsPred 11 dnevi

    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?

  45. Aman Kumar

    Aman KumarPred 11 dnevi

    That's simple pikachu is in GOD level.🤣

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

    SCP 682 [used to be Long Horse cosplay]Pred 11 dnevi

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

  47. Biscuit Face7

    Biscuit Face7Pred 11 dnevi

    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?

  48. dem bones

    dem bonesPred 12 dnevi

    Pikachu level fighting everyone 999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 hp Pikachu fighting snivy 1 hp

  49. Lakshitha Hari

    Lakshitha HariPred 12 dnevi

    Have you heard of beefwee

  50. BlueAmpharos

    BlueAmpharosPred 12 dnevi

    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.

  51. ???

    ???Pred 12 dnevi

    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)

  52. Doc.Delete

    Doc.DeletePred 12 dnevi

    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?

  53. he who kills 10,000 things a day

    he who kills 10,000 things a dayPred 12 dnevi

    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.

  54. Noregian Tobz

    Noregian TobzPred 13 dnevi

    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

  55. Noregian Tobz

    Noregian TobzPred 13 dnevi

    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 ) .

  56. eioshen boboi

    eioshen boboiPred 13 dnevi

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

  57. Ulysses Edens

    Ulysses EdensPred 13 dnevi

    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.

  58. Ulysses Edens

    Ulysses EdensPred 13 dnevi

    Over 9000

  59. eioshen boboi

    eioshen boboiPred 13 dnevi

    12:17 he looks funny with those big eyes

  60. Mwarrior1991

    Mwarrior1991Pred 13 dnevi

    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.

  61. Carter Starks

    Carter StarksPred 13 dnevi

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

  62. Mr Capano

    Mr CapanoPred 13 dnevi

    Game: take a shot every time he says Pokémon

  63. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa NiPred 13 dnevi

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

  64. yotubesocialhd2

    yotubesocialhd2Pred 14 dnevi

    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?

  65. Cream

    CreamPred 14 dnevi

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

  66. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa NiPred 13 dnevi

    Why is the matpat videos chat under my lazarbeam stream

  67. LaninusCruiser

    LaninusCruiserPred 14 dnevi

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

  68. Yuan the super animated

    Yuan the super animatedPred 14 dnevi

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

  69. Asila Albedwawi

    Asila AlbedwawiPred 14 dnevi

    #ash cachanm

  70. nieooj gotoy

    nieooj gotoyPred 14 dnevi

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

  71. Max Ramos

    Max RamosPred 15 dnevi

    I thought he already evolved to Richiu?

  72. Michael Hawkins

    Michael HawkinsPred 15 dnevi

    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

  73. Michael Hawkins

    Michael HawkinsPred 15 dnevi

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

  74. bcvbb hyui

    bcvbb hyuiPred 15 dnevi

    Overpowered pokemons.

  75. Him

    HimPred 15 dnevi

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

  76. The Internet Peasant

    The Internet PeasantPred 15 dnevi

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

  77. bcvbb hyui

    bcvbb hyuiPred 15 dnevi

    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.

  78. Levi Cars Pokémon Productions

    Levi Cars Pokémon ProductionsPred 15 dnevi

    12:17 he looks funny with those big eyes

  79. Keadoman

    KeadomanPred 15 dnevi

    7:55 did he legit just say THEORYpist

  80. Stephine Marks

    Stephine MarksPred 15 dnevi

    Next you should make a vid on pikachu’s stats

  81. Harji

    HarjiPred 15 dnevi

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

  82. Shubh live

    Shubh livePred 15 dnevi


  83. Bob Roberts

    Bob RobertsPred 16 dnevi

    you should make a theory on the game chkn

  84. Ismael Valdes Daltorpskolan 8G

    Ismael Valdes Daltorpskolan 8GPred 16 dnevi

    Why is the matpat videos chat under my lazarbeam stream

  85. Jared Flores

    Jared FloresPred 16 dnevi

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

  86. Jared Flores

    Jared FloresPred 16 dnevi

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

  87. Sasuke Uchiha

    Sasuke UchihaPred 16 dnevi

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

  88. HiddeNinja89

    HiddeNinja89Pred 16 dnevi

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

  89. Logan Escobar

    Logan EscobarPred 16 dnevi

    Pika plus pikachu equal superchu

  90. Vanessa Hamsher

    Vanessa HamsherPred 16 dnevi

    Lv40 LoL

  91. Casjon Mule

    Casjon MulePred 16 dnevi

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

  92. Eudxii

    EudxiiPred 16 dnevi

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

  93. Collin Riley

    Collin RileyPred 16 dnevi

    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.

  94. John Chase

    John ChasePred 16 dnevi

    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

  95. soiung toiue

    soiung toiuePred 16 dnevi

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

  96. Jaxon Ferguson

    Jaxon FergusonPred 16 dnevi

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

  97. Jaxon Ferguson

    Jaxon FergusonPred 16 dnevi

    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

  98. soiung toiue

    soiung toiuePred 16 dnevi

    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.

  99. Southside Bear

    Southside BearPred 16 dnevi

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

  100. Pickle

    PicklePred 16 dnevi

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

  101. de wizard

    de wizardPred 16 dnevi

    I think ash is supposed to be buddah

  102. Dee Oh

    Dee OhPred 16 dnevi

    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.

  103. Angie Hickson

    Angie HicksonPred 16 dnevi


  104. alek4ever

    alek4everPred 16 dnevi

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

  105. Quinn McRae

    Quinn McRaePred 16 dnevi

    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

  106. Latifa Benali

    Latifa BenaliPred 17 dnevi

    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.......

  107. I Love arts

    I Love artsPred 17 dnevi

    He’s level 100