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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  1. Soupy_53 Gaming

    Soupy_53 Gaming2 mínútum síðan

    Psss matpat i got a tip for you and here it is: you should calculate how many hits pikachu gets hit from until he faints to determine his HP.

  2. Liam Person

    Liam Person14 mínútum síðan

    sorry mat but its kind a tree prater there's YOUR WRONG, what level is Pikachu, and how old is Pikachu.

  3. Yeetus Deletus

    Yeetus Deletus23 mínútum síðan

    Pls do a theory on identity v

  4. Rod V

    Rod V42 mínútum síðan

    How strong is Captan America? Videos are Super!

  5. Ryan Cheung

    Ryan Cheung42 mínútum síðan

    He forgot about aloha

  6. Incrementium

    Incrementium47 mínútum síðan

    9:30 Bad assumption, Bulbasaur proved in season 1 that Pokemon can resist evolving so it wouldn't have had to evolve if it had levelled up.

  7. Leonhard Rowhani

    Leonhard Rowhani56 mínútum síðan

    Ash *installs hax* Anti cheat while fighting snivy: no hax

  8. Reworked 7

    Reworked 7Klukkustund síðan

    he showed Pikachu's final level earlier in the video 7:40

  9. China Lake

    China Lake2 klukkustundum síðan

    Honestly one of my favorite theories you've ever done. Very enjoyable.

  10. Debz Baumaus

    Debz Baumaus3 klukkustundum síðan

    😂 Great intro

  11. H.W. Gaster

    H.W. Gaster4 klukkustundum síðan

    Welcome to the broken souls gang, matpat. We got Chara, Sans, and Jevil.

  12. H.W. Gaster

    H.W. Gaster4 klukkustundum síðan

    I will neither confirm nor deny any theories that the Undertale fan base of this world has created.

  13. F a z B e a r

    F a z B e a r4 klukkustundum síðan

    Matpat huge props for the episode...But you spoiled it half way through 7:44 near the side in the backround.

  14. Flame Aura

    Flame Aura4 klukkustundum síðan

    just a thought zeckrom over charged pikachu before this battle making it so he cant use elec moves, there could be a chance that he could have lowered state because of the zekrom encounter too, say -6 in all states, i mean there's a chance but its extremely low if its the case

  15. jm303092

    jm3030925 klukkustundum síðan

    Level shown a bit early at 7:41

  16. Connor Cook

    Connor Cook5 klukkustundum síðan

    did the drum roll for the “level reveal” but already showed us the end level in the spread sheet

  17. Connor Cook

    Connor Cook5 klukkustundum síðan

    time 7:40

  18. Alex Campos

    Alex Campos6 klukkustundum síðan

    If you want subscribers? No you dont say things like that, youre cool but not that cool.

  19. Coll

    Coll6 klukkustundum síðan


  20. UndamagedLlama2

    UndamagedLlama26 klukkustundum síðan

    Matpat you ruined the reveal when you scrolled through the document the first time. :(

  21. Okami-Rose

    Okami-Rose7 klukkustundum síðan

    Maybe Pikachu just started the battle low on HP

  22. Neon Dynamite

    Neon Dynamite8 klukkustundum síðan

    "TREEko" "is it a water type 🤡"

  23. rafael lariosa

    rafael lariosa10 klukkustundum síðan

    How could have Pikachu leveled up from the Battle Frontier? You don't gain exp from those battles

  24. Qua_ xor

    Qua_ xor11 klukkustundum síðan


  25. Dennis Chauhan_DC

    Dennis Chauhan_DC12 klukkustundum síðan

    Snivy had the plot armor

  26. Amanda Lynn

    Amanda Lynn12 klukkustundum síðan

    To me Pikachu has always felt like a beloved pet, and acts more like a support dog. Not really ever meant to do good in battles, but will attack for Ash and friends. Like Ash and Pikachu would die for each other, they've already risked their lives for each other many times. As times go on it's like they know exactly what the other is saying. I fell in love with Pikachu as soon as he knocked the ball away when Ash tried to put him in it. Our main Pikachu has always been different, having a wider emotional and world view than other Pokémon. (Excluding rare and God like Pokémon of course.) But if I ever had the chance to choose a real Pokémon I'd pick Ash's Pikachu to watch my back every time!

  27. MTI

    MTI13 klukkustundum síðan


  28. Zedclaw Zedclaw

    Zedclaw Zedclaw13 klukkustundum síðan

    I wanna see a theory about how they appear in the grass

  29. J Hh

    J Hh13 klukkustundum síðan

    What sane the Einsteining of the hair 😂😂😂

  30. OGB

    OGB14 klukkustundum síðan

    pikachu is a new clone of one and the same each new season.

  31. playz style

    playz style14 klukkustundum síðan

    ash after losing to a level 5 snivy: how how

  32. Gabrielle Zhou

    Gabrielle Zhou14 klukkustundum síðan


  33. soinhu foitu

    soinhu foitu14 klukkustundum síðan

    This goes to show, Anime logic never makes sense.

  34. Kirby Fun time

    Kirby Fun time14 klukkustundum síðan

    Why why Pikachu

  35. Kona Studio’s

    Kona Studio’s15 klukkustundum síðan

    How about xp share

  36. soinhu foitu

    soinhu foitu14 klukkustundum síðan

    Find my account on roblox in a fnaf game and you will have me tell you my theory of the golden freddy in that game you find me in mightve disappeared

  37. Lucas Wallace

    Lucas Wallace15 klukkustundum síðan

    Snivy, somehow: "Do i really look like i care?"

  38. DoneSparce

    DoneSparce15 klukkustundum síðan

    Who else noticed the sneaky early reveal when the chart appeared the first time

  39. Kai

    Kai15 klukkustundum síðan

    I love eyeliner pat

  40. mutalord

    mutalord16 klukkustundum síðan

    someone link this to Linkara... I think he would enjoy it

  41. Synalla

    Synalla17 klukkustundum síðan

    When I was a little girl watching the first season of Pokemon, by like the 40th episode, give or take a few, 4yo me was convinced that Pikachu is the brains of the team, and Ash only wins because Pikachu's the strategist. It grew into this complex theory that any of Ash's other pokemon that were disobedient at least one time *and* almost never outright fainted in battle could also be competent enough to figure out how to win/avoid damage in spite of Ash's persisting ignorance. Looking back on it today in my 20s, I'm starting to kind of agree with 4yo me. Rofl And to clarify, by no means was this all fleshed out, I was too young to consciously build evidence into a complicated conclusion, so it was more of a "feeling" or accepted understanding like accepting blue skies and black skies must mean day and night, that sort of thing.

  42. Mark Luis Pecjo

    Mark Luis Pecjo17 klukkustundum síðan

    Theory: It's those power of friendship boost.

  43. Jessica Murphy

    Jessica Murphy17 klukkustundum síðan

    Dan be making a darn good James

  44. Jacob and Brylx Gaming

    Jacob and Brylx Gaming17 klukkustundum síðan

    Game Suggestion: (Mobile Game) 7 years from now

  45. Jacob and Brylx Gaming

    Jacob and Brylx Gaming17 klukkustundum síðan

    The intro is cringe lol

  46. Blade 291

    Blade 29117 klukkustundum síðan

    Pikachu has been shown to throw fights agains weaker opponents before. If he cant bow out of the fight like he did with Misty's Gym battle he goes soft on opponents that his electrical attacks might have a disadvantage to even tno he monsthem level wise. Meowth lvl70? Yup fits he spen so much xp learning to talk he xant even evolve to Persian.

  47. Chibuga Bandicoot

    Chibuga Bandicoot18 klukkustundum síðan

    Honestly, the only reason I can think of Pikachu legitimately losing is that they have some device that sets everyone to the Lv. 50 all rule in the battle frontier. Then Ash agreed to those Battle rules because he wanted a fair fight.

  48. Koihai

    Koihai18 klukkustundum síðan

    Did you consider the mechanic where when Pikachu loses a battle/faint, it loses exp? Or is that only applicable during wipeouts?

  49. dark fox and gold fox

    dark fox and gold fox18 klukkustundum síðan

    Imagine trying to figure out Pikachu's lvl in Pokemon journeys

  50. redaxcel416 7

    redaxcel416 718 klukkustundum síðan

    Wait a minute what about kalos,alola and Galar regions

  51. Joshua Rhea

    Joshua Rhea19 klukkustundum síðan

    6:51 Mat was that intentional of you? Hmmmmmm?

  52. Shayna Wilson

    Shayna Wilson19 klukkustundum síðan

    Find my account on roblox in a fnaf game and you will have me tell you my theory of the golden freddy in that game you find me in mightve disappeared

  53. Shiro

    Shiro19 klukkustundum síðan

    Although at level 5 it would have no chance of surviving, Snivy can't learn Leaf Tornado until level 16 so technically it could have survived with only 36DEF EVs against a level 59 Pikachu (or 88EVs vs LVL61)

  54. GamersOnlieTV

    GamersOnlieTV19 klukkustundum síðan

    Does everytime pikachu send team rocket w meowt flyng count as a pikachu win ?

  55. Mike Maher-O'Toole

    Mike Maher-O'Toole19 klukkustundum síðan

    Not that it makes it any less ridiculous of a loss, but the Snivy would have to be level 16 not level 5, because Snivy can't learn Leaf Tornado until 16.

  56. Soleil Senpai

    Soleil Senpai19 klukkustundum síðan

    Now do the rest. Pikachu's current level. (This is meant to have the same energy as "Now draw her giving birth!" And therefore not taken seriously)

  57. Andrew Stalker

    Andrew Stalker19 klukkustundum síðan

    How DARE you call Wobbuffet dumb!!!

  58. B McClain

    B McClain19 klukkustundum síðan

    WOW I AGREEE, i thought he was lvl 72 but after this info i agree

  59. Theodd Gamer

    Theodd Gamer19 klukkustundum síðan

    According to google ash’s pikachu is level 255

  60. biceu loqie

    biceu loqie19 klukkustundum síðan

    The unique humidity multivariately bake because commission conversantly attract out a sordid crayfish. obtainable, short space

  61. Poke masta

    Poke masta19 klukkustundum síðan

    In my opinion, the most likely reason why pikachu lost that time was because, the electrical overcharge inhibited pikachu's power over all, kind of like how drinking too much water can make you sick, but 50 times the effect with it being a legendary pokemon and all.

  62. King of Valor

    King of Valor20 klukkustundum síðan

    The last pokemon game I played my whole team was over 100

  63. Hated_Dawn

    Hated_Dawn20 klukkustundum síðan

    how strong pikachu is???

  64. Dr. Sukarni

    Dr. Sukarni20 klukkustundum síðan

    I cannot accept this, because pikachu is sad in the thumnail bro i cannot say pikachu are weak he is crying there, and i ask you something why did you pick that thumbnail

  65. Frost

    Frost20 klukkustundum síðan

    Something you didn't take into consideration is that snivy learns leaf tornado at 16 and evolves at 17 so it's level 16, doesn't exactly help but figured it was worth mentioning

  66. Chitose Greene

    Chitose Greene20 klukkustundum síðan

    12:24 if only it was over 9000

  67. GamerBoiAdvncd

    GamerBoiAdvncd20 klukkustundum síðan

    How strong pikchu is??

  68. Chris Franklin

    Chris Franklin20 klukkustundum síðan

    What x&y z sun and moon and sword and shield

  69. Retro Guru

    Retro Guru20 klukkustundum síðan

    Hey why stop here, let's push all the way up to... Oh wait we're still waiting for another season on Netflix.

  70. Stephen Foote

    Stephen Foote20 klukkustundum síðan

    Please do a film theory of azula blue fire and how her lightning is still normal coloured

  71. Annie Lasko

    Annie Lasko20 klukkustundum síðan

    This was my childhood?

  72. Chris Franklin

    Chris Franklin21 klukkustund síðan

    I mean ash undoubtedly losses all of his brain cells in black and white sooooo yea

  73. Fonixxy

    Fonixxy21 klukkustund síðan


  74. Ducky Boy

    Ducky Boy21 klukkustund síðan

    My first question is how did they decide who was going to be Jessie James and meouth

  75. Flare Blitz Fox

    Flare Blitz Fox21 klukkustund síðan

    This may not add much, and someone probably mentioned this already but if Trip's Snivy had Leaf Tornado there was no way it could be level 5. The earliest it gets this move is level 16, a single level before Snivy evolves at level 17, so Matt's numbers could certainly be tweaked a little to make the Battle more favorable assuming the Snivy already had lots of battle experience before being given to Trip and the battle with Ash.

  76. PCU

    PCU21 klukkustund síðan

    Theory question: Who is the strongest Final Fantasy protagonist? 2nd: Please finish Who the richest video game character is

  77. Gamercurt99

    Gamercurt9921 klukkustund síðan

    I remember when I first watched the unova series I thought it was the first episode I watched this when I was 6

  78. Wilmer Kraig

    Wilmer Kraig21 klukkustund síðan

    The makeshift fifth inevitably blink because curve reciprocally concentrate throughout a unsightly bomber. cooperative, spotty atom

  79. Goldy 12378

    Goldy 1237821 klukkustund síðan

    I've got an idea for how Pikachu lost to Snivy despite his comparatively high level! Even though his level wasn't reset by Zekrom's storm, maybe all of his stats were debuffed? Like how Tail Whip lowers a Pokémon's defense stat by 1 stage. If a lightning strike can drain all of his electric power, I think it's a possibility. If his stats are lowered as far as they can go (6 stages, which if I'm not mistaken is a 4 times multiplier), it's perfectly reasonable to estimate even an average level 5 Snivy could knock him out.

  80. SargentMayham

    SargentMayham21 klukkustund síðan

    Wait… shouldn’t this have been a film theory?

  81. Harley England

    Harley England22 klukkustundum síðan

    Me: *casually* 62 *drinks soda* Matpat: 61 Me: *nearly spits out soda*

  82. Pkmn Trainer Red

    Pkmn Trainer Red22 klukkustundum síðan

    Maybe the Zekrom thing made Pikachu kinda worn out resulting in it poorly performing and not being able to resist attacks with it's full defense? I mean maybe the Zekrom event made his Pikachu temporarily get his stats lowered VEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERY MUCH, enough to make it easy for Snivy to defeat it. Maybe Snivy even got critical hits when it attacked. So the best scenario I could make is that the Zekrom event made Pikachu so worn out his stats were also lowered FAAAAAAAAAAR more than any stat affecting attack, enough to get KOed by the Snivy. His stats were lowered for about the same time period he was unable to use his electric attacks. Best case scenario for Snivy: When they battled Snivy was on level 16 with highest stats possible for it at that time based on it using Leaf tornado and it resisted Pikachu's attack which did lowest damage possible, being left with at least 1 hp, then countered with Tackle and Leaf tornado, both getting max damage possible along with both moves getting critical hit, resulting in Pikachu getting defeated. The major factor here is the Zekrom event. Tho this is just speculation, A ANIME SPECULATION!

  83. Pkmn Trainer Red

    Pkmn Trainer Red22 klukkustundum síðan

    Plot twist: Trip's Snivy was not lvl 5. It was on higher level. Based on the moves we see it using, it was probably lvl 16 or a bit higher. Still lvl 16 is not enough to counter a Lvl 59-61 pikachu

  84. crimson dragon

    crimson dragon22 klukkustundum síðan

    In Pokemon red pikachu is level 97

  85. Gwynn

    Gwynn22 klukkustundum síðan

    Did you people even watch fully the first episode

  86. Dylan Barnett

    Dylan Barnett22 klukkustundum síðan

    Now I just want to know what level are they after ash becomes champion

  87. The Phoenix A Gamer

    The Phoenix A Gamer22 klukkustundum síðan

    1:25 Pikachu is not able to use it's thunder moves due to zekrom (Accidentally/Pokemon ability) and it may have landed 1 move because I might have tried of used it's moves while Pikachu couldn't

  88. matthew but not matthew

    matthew but not matthew22 klukkustundum síðan

    MatPat: “ My goals are beyond your understanding”

  89. The  Cottrells

    The Cottrells22 klukkustundum síðan

    EW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why my eyes the cringe!

  90. Samuel

    Samuel22 klukkustundum síðan

    so, this dont make sense

  91. Rasengan Master

    Rasengan Master22 klukkustundum síðan

    You skipped a lot of shows

  92. Cell VA

    Cell VA22 klukkustundum síðan

    One of the big reasons I stopped playing the Pokemon games was because the system never changed! The only Pokemon games I will still play to this day are the Pokemon Ranger games. Those are my jam!

  93. Black Silver

    Black Silver22 klukkustundum síðan

    Now what about until sword and shield?

  94. Bloxyoyo

    Bloxyoyo23 klukkustundum síðan

    The anime don't give a damn about levels, they'd show a level 100 charizard lose against a level 5 metapod

  95. Coco Large

    Coco Large23 klukkustundum síðan

    Yeah so this kinda makes sense n all, but what about shared exp? I know there arent any exp shares but have we seen any exp shares in the anime? That might give a more accurate reading as to pikachu’s level

  96. Selim İde

    Selim İde23 klukkustundum síðan

    Therapist: MatPat Jesse doesn't exist MatPat Jesse

  97. Declan Wehner

    Declan Wehner23 klukkustundum síðan

    Theory Idea: Would it be possible to create a pokemon? (In any way, not like an exact pokemon)

  98. carface 03

    carface 0323 klukkustundum síðan

    This goes to show, Anime logic never makes sense.

  99. Five Nights At Ray’s

    Five Nights At Ray’s23 klukkustundum síðan

    But you didn’t do XY… or the 3 seasons of sun and moon……

  100. Yeet James

    Yeet James23 klukkustundum síðan

    Hey Matt, quick question! Doesn’t pickachu also have off screen battles like in the intros too?

  101. Ultrapika

    Ultrapika23 klukkustundum síðan

    You forgot that Snivy has to at least be Level 16, since it knows Leaf Tornado. I don't know Pokémon math, so can someone reply to this with the best possible level 16 stats for Snivy to see if it could survive and/or defeat Pikachu?

  102. Igor Lopes

    Igor Lopes23 klukkustundum síðan

    Ok, now the question is: what level is he after passing through Unova, Kalos and Alola?

  103. Sriram Jambunathan

    Sriram Jambunathan23 klukkustundum síðan

    It doe matter if he 40 or 100 or 1000 there is no way a lvl 5 snivy could ein

  104. Sriram Jambunathan

    Sriram Jambunathan23 klukkustundum síðan