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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  • Ramen Foxe
    Ramen Foxe

    Pikachus level resets in unova

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  • AlexElder91

    Its Level 81 everyone should know that

  • The Game Thinkers
    The Game Thinkers

    level 234

  • Leejai Ryder
    Leejai Ryder

    it took me 9 attempts to beaty miltank

  • Simpburbia

    Here’s a theory that might be good. I think that you play as Vanny in Fnaf VR. You gather all the tapes and that’s what Vanny did and Glitchtrap was freed, if the tapes were all assembled first by Vanny then by you that makes no sense if Glitchtrap was already first freed by Vanny and the talk between Vanny and Glitchtrap could just be happening in your character’s mind... BOOM!! (I’ve been posting this theory throughout multiple Game Theory videos)

  • Theon Epstein
    Theon Epstein

    Lv. 99 obviously, duh.

  • MrFrisMich

    In the pokemon world levels probably dont even exist. Its rather how skilled you are as a pomemon to fight different characters. Simmilar to a fighting game maybe

  • Luis Deleon
    Luis Deleon

    The movies are not cannon

  • Zanarih

    Plot twist: In anime doesnt exist the level concept

  • Vaughn Sangalang
    Vaughn Sangalang

    dude charmeleon evolves at lv 16 could have just search that

  • Vee Vendetta
    Vee Vendetta

    Lv.88 just like HG/SS.

  • Boso Yuki
    Boso Yuki

    Any link to part 2

  • Paul Albura
    Paul Albura

    i hate pikachu video

  • Zay Dawson
    Zay Dawson

    By gen 5 he is probably level 59 cause he had more battles in gen 4

  • Molnskuggan

    Video 13 of posting about otamatone lore

  • Zack Anderson
    Zack Anderson

    I know it wasn't a mechanic in the earlier games but if you take into consideration that exp raises at the pokemon camp like in sword and shield, they would definitely be much higher. Plus Ash would train his pokemon without fighting sometimes.

  • Gadget

    am I the only one thinking he just used this as an excuse to bingewatch the entire pokemon series?

  • KLanky Burd
    KLanky Burd

    Dude there aren’t levels in the anime

  • DirtyAce (NooBMaster)
    DirtyAce (NooBMaster)

    Pikachu trained under Z fighters he can mask his power level. Once vegeta said . Its over 9000

  • Michael Berresford
    Michael Berresford

    The funny thing is in this video, is Weezing and Arbok are way higher than pikachu and still lose quite badly.

  • The Crimson Gam3r
    The Crimson Gam3r

    my couculaton guess was 2247

  • Team ToooBananas
    Team ToooBananas

    This has been answered.

  • Seemes Legit
    Seemes Legit

    tl;dr its lv40

  • Hurricane

    I thought pokemon also gained exp from losing?

  • Skilz9989

    This video makes me be afraid of math and I’m about to go to 6th

  • Anton Lumijoki
    Anton Lumijoki

    Awesome hard work! But to be honest, I don't think it's okay to ignore the levels of Pokémon Pikachu beats on the basis of hard math. You don't know that we see all the battles Pikachu has done on screen. Similar to the audience never seeing them taking dumps, for all you know Ash grinds wild Pokémon a ton off screen. So I'd trust the data of what level Pokémon Pikachu beats more.

  • Dylan Molina
    Dylan Molina

    But what is his level

  • Sebastian Gomez
    Sebastian Gomez

    its been 3 years!?!??! i am so old

  • •Finyfin Plays•
    •Finyfin Plays•

    Ash battling Tapu Koko: beaten Tapu Koko: *wait im a god?* all tapus: *shush ur the main island guardian go on battling him until he beats you*

  • Jake0125

    They mention that "Pikachu uses a move that can only be gained through breeding" and "Ash seems to be pikachus original trainer" but doesn't ash get Pikachu from Oak? Does Oak ever say where they got Pikachu from?

  • Will johnstone
    Will johnstone

    I dont care what anyone says pickachu is level 100 after I seen him do an electro ball the size of frieza's damn death ball

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  • Aaron Asamoah
    Aaron Asamoah

    That is just imposible

  • Aaron Asamoah
    Aaron Asamoah

    Isn't it funny throughout all of his and pikachus battles, Pulaski didn't evolve into raichu

    • DragonBossYT

      Puts on nerd glasses. Well actually Pikachu only evolves using a lightning stone, and stated in the episode where Pikachu fights lieutenant surges raichu pikachu refuses to use a lightning stone to evolve and instead trains in his speed to beat raichu. Few

  • Saple Syrup
    Saple Syrup

    This is the most confused i’ve ever been at a Game Theory. This obviously took TONS of effort to make. A clap and a half to you, MatPat

  • billy wood
    billy wood

    like a smart person i clicked to the last minute the second i started this video. where is the 2nd video?

  • Rule 14
    Rule 14

    "Stupid Miltank and your stupid Rollout." 😂😂🤣

  • Zane O.
    Zane O.

    bro i always wanted to know

  • Utareangara

    Pikachu should be like over 100 >

  • Polgora

    I really like this, but the only problem I have with it is all the off-screen training that Ash and Pikachu had to have done, which makes accurate calculations pretty much impossible.

  • SFS

    What about moves that pikachu learns

  • Vidar Karu
    Vidar Karu

    Use 1 pokemon name to discribe someone Me: Dreamnotaken=wheezing B-)

  • soSAMuk's UK slot channel
    soSAMuk's UK slot channel

    Can someone give me the link to the next part please

  • o_o

    pikachu is actually lvl 900, he just didn't hit the growth button yet :P

  • Shinji

    Wait so what’s the level

  • Tmarzooqi Kids
    Tmarzooqi Kids

    Bro are you kidding me man your really a pokemon nerd

  • Snard Alexander
    Snard Alexander

    Me : Why does this channel have 14 million subs? Them: We watched 650 episodes of Pokemon.... Me: Take my sub and likes !!! Jesus H Christ 😂

  • YewTo0b

    Pikachu is like Samus. After every adventure they just start over.

  • Ryan Harmer
    Ryan Harmer

    Love the episode but immediately noticing an issue. The average level of Pokémon encountered in the route doesn’t take in to account encounter rates. The average number of the Pokémon you encounter would drastically changed based on the amount each Pokémon shows up and what levels they typically do. It’s just flawed due to lack of understanding of the games

  • Waylon Hastings
    Waylon Hastings

    Why wouldn't all the meowth blast offs count?

  • TheMethodMaker

    It's all because of the theory of Ash's Pikachu has a "level reset" each time Ash starts a new journey.

  • Ol Po
    Ol Po

    Pokemon is just a dream Ash has after an accident so the calculations dont matter. Great Episode Mat! Edit: Ah hell nah, you doing a two parter again? Not even warned about it in the video title.


    I'd say lvl 100

  • Moon Sea
    Moon Sea

    Gotta watch em all!

  • SawManga

    I'am not even half way on video. and the amount of information collected is probably more than you get just casually watching all the episodes.

  • Vareq

    Obviously high enough to draw against a Latios in the Sinnoh League but low enough to get recked by a Snivy Starter in Unova lol

  • Eldritch Abomination
    Eldritch Abomination

    Level 83.

  • Tyler Doud
    Tyler Doud

    In the anime I think pikachu gets experience points regardless of whether he knocks the opponent out or not... so that would basically double pikachu's power level... making pika around level 60 when he defeated the orange island champions Dragonite... but yeah it seems like pikachu gets nerfed atleast when initially entering new regions... but about midway through a region pikachu seems to get his power back lol

  • Tim Luo
    Tim Luo

    The problem with this set up is that it won't work. Use Butterfree for example, there just aren't enough battles for Caterpie to evolve into Butterfree. I doubt this equation would work with any of the pokemons. (edit: Good example is the Charizard's level, or how Pikachu beats Dragonite. The excuse that Ash is a good trainer wouldn't make any sense since we are seeing his command in real time.)

  • SouseigintouLP

    You could have taken Pikachus level and calculate the enemies level with the moves pikachu uses on the enemy pokemon

  • Clo Rei
    Clo Rei

    Pikachu level literally get reset every new region.. Along with Ash age

    • aeb8312

      And both facts suck. Otherwise Ash might have become a champion a long time ago.

    • Arcanist

      Ash is a pokemon confirmed


    where did he watch all the episodes, I've been trying to find somewhere to watch it but haven't been able to

  • Bud Fahnestock
    Bud Fahnestock

    if someone did this 20 years ago they would be the legend of school, now they can build a career out of it

  • Backlog Rob
    Backlog Rob

    I mean, the blast off’s should definitely be counted….

  • Rodrigo

    That guy is the definition of insanity, there's no way a person could watch 600 episodes just to create a video and make non sense calculation. Whould it be insanity or true passion of a genius? 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Justin Miller
    Justin Miller

    I love you videos keep doing the good work

  • Justin Miller
    Justin Miller

    Make a video how strong is the Incredible Hulk

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  • Leo B
    Leo B

    Ash resets his Pikachu's level for every region and I think with this method the Maximum level he can reach per season is level 55-60 like in the game if you use one pokemon everytime unless you really try hard where you can reach higher levels

  • Lauren Banananana
    Lauren Banananana

    Hm, i actually go a pokemon ad for this. Cool

  • Kenny Groth
    Kenny Groth

    Pokemon don't level up in the show. Not to state the obvious or anything.. but yeah

    • Kenny Groth
      Kenny Groth

      @Solano idkkkkk there needs to be more than just that to convince me. especially, in early episodes of anime, things can be a bit non cannon. Like Naruto going ham in the first episode of naruto.

    • Solano

      Go watch episode 9, "School of Hard Knocks." In the episode, the characters go to school to learn about pokemon, and there are clear mentions that pokemon learn moves at specific levels.

  • LUKYNDR 37
    LUKYNDR 37

    The anime doesn't make sense. Its just. For example... In the latest series i saw an Eevee knockout a Rhyperrior with a tacke The Rhyperrior was from an Elite member of the rocket team and the eevee was just a pokemon to a worthless trainer ... Or atleast i think.

  • Lorina gw2
    Lorina gw2

    Pikachu - defeats pokemon league trainers... Next season: pikachu loses vs level 5 snivy

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      @Lorina gw2 80 is crazy. There’s absolutely no way hes 80. That particular pikachu is a soy boy that only fights when he feels like it. Is rather have a magicarp than that egotistical self ego stroking yellow electric potato.

    • Lorina gw2
      Lorina gw2

      @Loading . . . in the first season of pokemon, we see some school or smething where theres a machine that shows the level of pokemon, yes level system in the anime...and pikachu was level 20 or somthing like that, thats more than 5.... and thats just the first season, it makes sense to think pikachu is around level 80

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      @Lorina gw2 how do you know paikachus was level 80? There no way he’s 80. Ash has a good team of pokemens that fight too. He only uses Pikaboi once in a while

    • Lorina gw2
      Lorina gw2

      @Loading . . . Never heard pikachu hurted Arceus with his attacks but cant defeat miserable snivy?

    • Lorina gw2
      Lorina gw2

      @Loading . . . Ye ye level 5 snivy vs level... 80 pikachu? Snivy used 60 power skill pant type...

  • Stevan Tavera
    Stevan Tavera

    pikachu didnt fight topu koko yet......for that snivy fight

  • Matthew Spawn
    Matthew Spawn

    Pikachu is special because of his enhancements so despite his low level his base special attack stat might be like 300. At least that’s how I explain the logic behind the league fights.

  • josehim7x

    I always believe Pikachu was at lvl100 +

  • Roblost

    i dont understand why ash leaves his pokemon when going to a new arc and why no body cares that he has ben /won some pokemon legues

    • Roblost

      i that i spelled somethings wrong

  • Toke Daddy
    Toke Daddy

    Glad i skipped to the end and didnt waste time like u did making this only to not give an answer.

  • Sofa King Wetahded
    Sofa King Wetahded

    I always thought he had that stone rust keeps em from evolving n liked maxed XD

  • Juan Manuel Cardona
    Juan Manuel Cardona

    Levels don’t exist in the anime, Pokemon need to train like DBZ/DBS characters to become stronger, not just level up

    • 2chin4u

      @Juan Manuel Cardona That you are right

    • Juan Manuel Cardona
      Juan Manuel Cardona

      @2chin4u and that is your opinion

    • 2chin4u

      Who cares the anime is trash anyways

  • Jesus Colmenares
    Jesus Colmenares

    Paras sucks lol in evry game

  • XxRav3nClawX -
    XxRav3nClawX -

    Snivy hood focus sash and hit pickachu with return or counter rofl

  • Lupe Arismendez
    Lupe Arismendez

    My guess is the show doesn't make sense

  • Arhon Valran
    Arhon Valran

    I believe you did 2 minor mistake in your calculation but I'm not a pokemon expert so I can mistake here. First, if I remember correctly in pokemon games you gain expert points for winning battle not defeating pokemon. It's important in battles with trainers like that one with dragonite, because after this battle pikachu didn't just gain points for dragonite but also for others pokemons defeated in it. Of course if Ash retreated some of his pokemons in this battle exp was shared for all of them (but I believe it wasn't). Second, as I sayed in games exp was received after battle but because you are trying to calculate pikachu's lvl from anime you should think about how exp was received in there. Because there is a lot of moments when pokemons evolv in the middle of battle or even learn new moves I believe in this version of universe pokemons gain exp not for winning but for each action they did and this change your calculation entirly.

  • Jonathon Billingsley
    Jonathon Billingsley

    He's been on the show for 20years. there's no way he's not at level 100

    • Eldritch Abomination
      Eldritch Abomination

      Nah... There's a lot of weaker Pokémon, including prevolves, that Pikachu hasn't ko'd..

  • Gaming Kids
    Gaming Kids

    I feel bad for him he did a lot of calculations

  • James Cretsinger
    James Cretsinger

    Has part 2 not been added yet?

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  • Tyrese luong
    Tyrese luong

    where can we watch all the pokemon episodes ?

  • Benjamin Morgan
    Benjamin Morgan

    Jesus dude pokemath

  • David Triick
    David Triick

    what abt season 1 episode 5 where ash overcharges Pikachu with the water wheel. I always assumed that that gave him a lvl bump.

  • Davidn93

    Never forget he also beat the donphan

  • ZekeWZ

    I just want to say, level is a game mechanic. In the anime pokemon world, level is unnecessary. Pokemon can learn moves or evolve depend on age. Therefore pokemon battle in the anime world solely depend on the skills of the trainers and their pokemon partners instead of stats which makes level obsolete. ps: i'm not being serious :)

  • J

    Just google it

  • Annabel Hawksworth
    Annabel Hawksworth

    I mean hard time doing this so well done but tv and movie logic, it’s not all shown. Characters will progress and change more than it Shows. He could be grinding or sending pikachu to a trainer. It’s not gonna show that but 🤷🏼‍♀️