Game Theory: You're WRONG About Ash's Pikachu! (Pokemon)
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Today is the day, Theorists! The day that I, once and for all, prove that Ash's Pikachu is WEAK! That's right! There is no Level 100 here. Throughout the anime, Pikachu has proved to not be as strong of a contender as we were led to believe. Let's get into the evidence!

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  • Anandbg

    Can I know why treeco eating or holding a stick in his mouth when born????????

  • CWLChaos

    alright, what about sun and moon and sword and shield, when you gonna add those 2 onto his lvl? :D

  • maxwell pete
    maxwell pete


  • Kirstin Nichols
    Kirstin Nichols

    13340000 of Game Theories' viewers are unsubscribed.

  • Night Mare
    Night Mare


  • Fire Boy09
    Fire Boy09

    How strong is pikachu

  • Liam Sveinson
    Liam Sveinson

    What if snivy just had a focus sash and the trainer powered them up with items, no one shot and more damage, just a hypothesis of mine that has no evidence but could be a possibility

  • Leonardy

    that Snivy is a god

  • BrownRiceBro

    sooo, what about the battles where he get partial exp because he was swapped out midway?

  • Ryaquaza 1
    Ryaquaza 1

    “I calculated what level Ash’s pikachu is, a task no sane person has ever completed” I mean, technically this hasn’t changed much then

  • Hrre Grg
    Hrre Grg

    You missed the ivs snivey had and his trainer could have had a focus sash then maxed out his ivs before the fight with pickachu by game logic it pauses when you train with bloons in that region so his level 5 could have won cause ash doesnt do ivs

  • Ayo

    Anime Logic

  • brocoli el 0
    brocoli el 0

    Game teory just meshoning memes wer created bi you ant onli you reli i know ets bafeling sents de first days of ge teory

  • Pedro Ivo G.S.
    Pedro Ivo G.S.

    Dam you work even harder than Polygon to make each video! The bob-omb video is shocking!

  • arlaine carinugan
    arlaine carinugan

    Ummm, does he not know that zekrom took all of Pikachu's power?

  • GaiGeeked

    Some else

  • Øгæñgę

    Where would I put my ash’s dad theory? On the newest video or the newest Pokémon video. I’ll do both. Ok so We know ashs dad has not been talked about since episode two in the Pokémon center call but I have a theory about not exactly who he is but what why he disappeared, ash’s dad is an aura guardian. It may sound weird but the evidence makes sense. Ash has a connection with riolu and lucario and can feel their aura like an aura guardian. We know this power can be passed on from generation to generation, so his dad or mum most likely have this ability unless he is adopted which I don’t think this is true but hey it might happen. Aura is also in every living thing and Ash has a strong connection to righteousness and can understand what a Pokémon wants more than most people in the entire Pokémon franchise. They also like exploring the world like Ash does. Aura guardians will help anyone in need and use their aura power to help. However they have controlled this power, while ash hasn’t yet. But we know he has this power with this piece of evidence, his bond with greninja. His bond with his greninja is special, kinda like mega evolution but different, it seems whenever they go into this form you see blue which is aura colour. However it could also be water but it still shows that he can connect to Pokémon unlike anyone we have seen in the anime or the games. Aura guardians usually catch lucario as lucario can use their aura to heal, attack and protect which can come in handy for them. But however Ash didn’t know about the aura guardians when he got his Pokémon and he didn’t know he had this power. I think his dad either left for a mission which took a long time (years) or got stuck and couldn’t go back and/or died. Or He left not telling ash about his power because he wanted ash to have a different life away from any danger or that ash’s dad was in danger and wanted to keep him safe. That’s my theory of ash’s dad so if you have read the whole thing thanks so much. I may be wrong. If anyone finds any evidence against my theory that definitely proves it wrong please tell me. Tysm again

  • Wow I wish I could be as smort as him

  • kids


  • peaktra kh
    peaktra kh

    I guess Pikachu level is 60 and the answers below me up

  • Kyl Lite
    Kyl Lite

    I'm late to the video but hey, I'm here. So personal theory I've had (probably late to this conclusion too) on why Ash is an idiot, besides weak writing, is because he is written for the audience. He is a literary device to help the audience navigate the pokemon world. We do see him learn and get batter as a trainer but he kind of soft resets with each new region my guess to introduce the new pokemon/lore that comes with the new regions plus we know the show doesn't target their older audiences. They've already been hooked onto the games and merchandise so they need to focus on bringing in the new and younger crowd. As much as people dragged Alola for the animation change and some weird Super Sentai/Power Ranger episodes, I have a genuine appreciation for that series. They dedicate more time to showing Ash actively training with his pokemon, he is actually shown to be pretty smart in battles and with pokemon in general, is rather emotionally intelligent, and not so much the punching bag for all jokes like in the original. They still show him as not book smart but they didn't use that to degrade his character. I get OG Pokemon and Alola are written within vastly different eras but character wise, Alola had the better writing.

  • Abhishek Das
    Abhishek Das

    It's 61 welcome

  • Leon Russell
    Leon Russell

    Hey a can you make a video about who is ash true love cause not ash in the anime but real ash irl age is 21 who is love ash through out the entire series

  • Scared Tiny dog
    Scared Tiny dog

    Matpat be insane because he sees the stupidity of ash

  • why am i here?
    why am i here?

    i may or may not be hallucinating but on some episode in gravity falls i saw a unkown? it may be my imagination but maybe pokemon leaked into gravity falls. it probably is my imagination. but i would love to see some kind of of theory behind it.

  • Ming Fan Zhang
    Ming Fan Zhang


  • Gagan patidar
    Gagan patidar

    Wow he color coded it

  • Gagan patidar
    Gagan patidar

    MatPat gotta watcha em all gotta watcha em all to make theory

  • CountSi

    I refuse to believe

  • Agnes Maria
    Agnes Maria

    Plot twist he replaces his pikachu every series.

  • Edge Productions
    Edge Productions

    In the beginning of the kalos league pikachu loses to a bunnlbee that I think is around lvl. 22. Sooo... yeah........ I say part 3 and until the end of alola.

  • David Lockhart
    David Lockhart

    im just amazed that pokemon has continued this long. And someone put ash ketchum in the pokemon hall of fame. This dude is running train in multiple countries. Pikachu too, whats the life span of a pokemon? Pikachu is a mouse type, so it living 23 yrs to the date of this comment IS AMAZING!!! Thats a good question, does Ash just get new pikachu because they shouldn't be living this long. Also, how does Ash not age? hes easily in his mid to late 30's by now...

  • Jonny Lawless
    Jonny Lawless

    OR, the games are like Final Fantasy and you only get to do cooler things when your level is high enough, and the anime about it has no mechanics like that because it only shows the Pokemon evolve or learn new moves when they're ready.

  • Abawiha Gaming
    Abawiha Gaming

    Pikachu forget how to battle

  • Creepers Cavern
    Creepers Cavern

    2:35 season 6 = sinnoh 4:35 next up hoenn HMMMMMMMMMM😕😕😕😕😕

  • Eduardo Sousa
    Eduardo Sousa

    Yeah, that would be right, if it was in the games, but in the anime, every hit you land or take seems to acount for EXP, making it so every team rocket blasting of plus Ash's off camera training and all of hiss lost battles would give have given him EXP

  • TheCJCarter

    I would love to know how complete Ash’s Pokédex is

  • Robert Gough
    Robert Gough

    Probably safe to say 3 things. 1: Pikachu is clearly God Tier. 2: He also has the ever important thing in TV land, plot armor.(Pays to be the face of the franchise eh Pikachu.) 3: Ash is not a good trainer he just lucked out with the most OP pokemon in existance apparently.

  • Commenter

    PIKA nice mustache

  • CarrotCake

    Ash’s pikachu: defeats a heckin god Also ash’s pikachu: dies like a moth from a level -1 snivy

  • Avan Simmons
    Avan Simmons

    You say there won't be a part 3. MatPat, what about Kalos, Alola, and Galar?

  • IHaveANameWow ThatsInsaneDude
    IHaveANameWow ThatsInsaneDude

    So I can just use some XL xp candies and beat a pokemon that has been trained for years?

  • rmhartman

    That was clearly a new Pikachu!

  • Monnie Gardner
    Monnie Gardner

    i just realized matpat's entire theory is wrong pikachu never gets an everstone and never evolves to raichu so its wrong pikachu cant be that high.

  • Monnie Gardner
    Monnie Gardner

    theory idea: The wealth of people in pokemon games this theory comes from you get like 1,000 plus dollars just from beating a random guy or girl off the street.

  • Nombre


  • Daniele Corsa
    Daniele Corsa

    I would have said 70, not too far off


    "The person who'd win in a fight is the person that the script writer wants to win!" ~ Stan Lee

  • caileyanimates

    Yo...dont you know that Ash isn't the 1st trainer of pikachu? Yeah, that means pikachu was op before him even being ashes pokemon so....uhmm, I think you already know what I mean by this so bye

  • The Almighty Yeet Lord
    The Almighty Yeet Lord

    i got a game theory ad while watching this wtf

  • Cherry Man
    Cherry Man


  • enderpig

    I don't think it's good to assume Team Rockets Pokémon level up the same as ash's pikachu. No EXP is gained from losing a battle. Also, Meowth is a more interesting case because he rarely uses an attack at all.

  • Divine realm Tarot
    Divine realm Tarot

    Pikachu lvl doesn't matter because he just defeated and interract with God's and God's lvl doesn't matter I just love Pikachu and he is much stronger

  • GugaHx

    He actually spoiled his level in the excel at 7:40

  • Snowy

    The reason he lost against snive is because his electric moves were taken away by a legendary Pokémon

  • Samuel Small
    Samuel Small

    Thanks Matpat for making DougDoug’s twitch chat find an anime video Yes very epik video

  • Starwars Jones
    Starwars Jones


  • RiskyWorks

    I love how matpat said hoeen spans 4 seasons, ignoring the location of the battle frontier in the anime (it is in kanto) but yeah it makes sense, he means gen 3

  • el3ctrogamer

    Can't wait for the video on all the other regions

  • DeprivedCloud

    what if... now hear me out, what if pikachu... took a dive?

  • Dabi Blue
    Dabi Blue

    Dedication is a virtue...but it can also be sleep depriving and insanity inducing.

  • De10re

    Didn't really need to watch the whole episode as you sorta told us the level when showing off your excel sheet with the total at the bottom....

  • Lusira


  • Jeyawue - Undervirus
    Jeyawue - Undervirus

    What is with the comment that snivy might be level 16 because of lead tornado?

  • Dakota Shroom
    Dakota Shroom

    Meowth never learned Pay Day.

  • dylan hatton
    dylan hatton

    Where can I watch seasons 3-9 and 14-19?

  • Lord Sin
    Lord Sin

    i always knew pikachu sucked, and he now sucks even more.

  • David Campos
    David Campos

    I know this is a late post to this video, but I only remember ash taking pikachu to the Pokémon center once. Maybe pikachu red bar

  • A P E R T U R E: Open Up
    A P E R T U R E: Open Up

    Picachu is great I beat the whole game with him!!!

  • Gleamgo Pengo
    Gleamgo Pengo

    acctually the gift ash pikachu in pokemon USUM is level 35 :)

  • Finn de Lacy
    Finn de Lacy

    I have a theory about the Snivey that defeated Pikachu, and it involves *R*. Anyone who has played Detective Pikachu or saw the movie will know what R is. It's a chemical that overpowers pokemon to unreasonable levels for a short amount of time, at the cost of the trainer's ability to command it, and the pokemon becoming extremely angry. I believe that Snivey was given R, and was able to defeat Pikachu because of it. My explanation as to how Sniveys trainer was still able to command it is that at the end of the game, a new version of R was made, and this one had the ability to let the pokemon recognise its trainer. In fact, a common side effect of R is red eyes, and even if they're not blazing red, Snivey has naturally red eyes which could possibly hide this fact. The only real downside to this theory is that R was destroyed at the end of the game, but who knows? Maybe R lives on...

  • ꧁Unicorn Queen꧂
    ꧁Unicorn Queen꧂

    my god that intro XD

  • hieu hoang
    hieu hoang


  • SmashOnSight 88
    SmashOnSight 88

    Treecko a water type lmao funny asf

  • izzick brock
    izzick brock

    I wish I was him so could have wach the whole thing

  • Stephen Maund
    Stephen Maund


  • aidan kerr
    aidan kerr

    You spoil the final level when you show the excel spreadsheet at 7:40

  • Cicikat 548
    Cicikat 548

    Am I the only one who saw the final level on the excel sheet before the reveal at 7:40.

  • Hrishabh Mittal
    Hrishabh Mittal

    7:40 u can see the level

  • Brian Rosado
    Brian Rosado

    1:30 Ok, Pikachu was sick and weakened so is dosen't count. I should know, I saw the episode.

  • Simon Carter
    Simon Carter

    Obviously went into the battle on less health

  • NeRethil Wolfsson
    NeRethil Wolfsson

    Pikachu in Season 1, ep.5: Manages to electrocute to death an Onix, a Rock/Ground Pokémon immune to Electric damage. Also Pikachu in Season 1, ep.77: Loses to a Bellsprout which isn't even ground-type because he's somehow immune to electric. I think we can tell Pikachu's power is whatever serves the scenario.

  • Joshua

    Interesting theory, but moot: Ash forgot to heal pickachu before snivy

  • Ace The Pacifist
    Ace The Pacifist

    Hello Matpat and other theorists. I have a thing I am working on currently. WHEN TF DOES BLACK AND WHITE COME IN!? I have an opposition, though. I’ve figured out that Black and White come 8 years after Emerald, and emerald is at the same time as Red & Blue(games). My opposition is that whoever sees this helps me out- but you don’t have to! I’m also increasingly working on it as I go along, and once i’m done I will edit this comment with the time! I’m determined to figure it out before Legends comes out! Edit: IT COMES 3 YEARS AFTER THE GAME BEFORE IT. I DID THE(very simple) MATH!

  • Erik Feral
    Erik Feral

    After all that calculation over 600+ episodes, I'd hate to ask for a Theory on One Piece.

  • Hayveon

    Idea for game theory!: (Pokémon o-o) what are ‘berries’ and what do they actually do? (For example in Pokémon go, you can feed them to wild Pokémon, it either helps the catch rate or ups the amount of that specific Pokémon candy, you may also feed them to your buddy Pokémon for raising friendship, and heal Pokémon in gyms (that are your colour) to heal them, yet in other games these exact berries are inexistent) I haven’t done a deep dive but am interested in the outcome of this theory

  • Jinaria

    Soo what would Pikachu’s level be in the current anime today?

  • Tikruqueen_playz

    The level isnt only thing that maters also the trainers level,pokemons type and pokemon level before the start.

  • [[ 💜 Lillie Lavender 💜 ]]
    [[ 💜 Lillie Lavender 💜 ]]

    Galas the newest season.

  • Saúl Ocejo Garcia
    Saúl Ocejo Garcia

    Maybe Snivy was holding a focus band/sash and pikachu was not fully healed and just had that HP left, Idk, just saying.

  • Isabelle and Lucario
    Isabelle and Lucario

    My theory is in the anime pikachu’s lives are very short and ash keeps getting more and more pickachu’s breeding them and breeding them so they can get exclusive breeding moves my evidence supporting this theory? NOTHING but why he lost to the snivy is because his pikachu then just hatched from the egg and was extremely weak

  • FATbulldog

    Xp share?

  • Stevco Trajkov
    Stevco Trajkov

    I sabd

  • Azra Özmenteşe
    Azra Özmenteşe

    I game theory: WHAT İs mimikyu and why those it hate pikachu so much ? Or other stuff about mimikyu-

  • C. D. Baker
    C. D. Baker

    Pikachu must have REALLY good starter stats

  • Princess Kitten
    Princess Kitten

    Pikachu more like Weakachu

  • Sus.baka.imposter

    69 atk (nice) 🤣


    You said that his other pokemon had a bunch of other battles, if exp share is in the show then he could be a higher level (I don't know if there is exp share though)

  • HotDog

    Pikachu is lvl 61 (to ppl who r too lazy to watch the whole video)

  • KiraRedpaw

    I stopped watching Pokémon at season 10 episode 3 when Pikachu had a stalemate with a new trainer and his Elekid. What was Pikachu's level at this point like 40? Yeah, that episode and everything past that point was complete BS.