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. Nasimaru

    Nasimaru46 mínútum síðan

    Pikachu level gets reset every new gen

  2. l0bst3r gaming

    l0bst3r gaming58 mínútum síðan

    I think pikachu is strange somtimes

  3. bouytt guyt

    bouytt guytKlukkustund síðan

    Plot Twist: Ash Use Gameshark.

  4. Syn

    Syn9 klukkustundum síðan

    I feel bad for this mans

  5. Cheyenne Bielawski

    Cheyenne Bielawski13 klukkustundum síðan

    Wheres part 2?

  6. bouytt guyt

    bouytt guytKlukkustund síðan

    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.

  7. Baughbe

    BaughbeDegi Síðan síðan

    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.

  8. Levi Cars Pokemon Productions

    Levi Cars Pokemon ProductionsDegi Síðan síðan

    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?

  9. Aman Kumar

    Aman KumarDegi Síðan síðan

    That's simple pikachu is in GOD level.🤣

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

    SCP 682 [used to be Long Horse cosplay]Degi Síðan síðan

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

  11. Biscuit Face7

    Biscuit Face7Degi Síðan síðan

    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?

  12. dem bones

    dem bonesDegi Síðan síðan

    Pikachu level fighting everyone 999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 hp Pikachu fighting snivy 1 hp

  13. Lakshitha Hari

    Lakshitha HariDegi Síðan síðan

    Have you heard of beefwee

  14. BlueAmpharos

    BlueAmpharosDegi Síðan síðan

    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.

  15. ???

    ???Degi Síðan síðan

    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)

  16. Doc.Delete

    Doc.Delete2 dögum síðan

    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?

  17. he who kills 10,000 things a day

    he who kills 10,000 things a day2 dögum síðan

    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.

  18. Noregian Tobz

    Noregian Tobz2 dögum síðan

    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

  19. Noregian Tobz

    Noregian Tobz2 dögum síðan

    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 ) .

  20. eioshen boboi

    eioshen boboi2 dögum síðan

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

  21. Ulysses Edens

    Ulysses Edens2 dögum síðan

    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.

  22. Ulysses Edens

    Ulysses Edens2 dögum síðan

    Over 9000

  23. eioshen boboi

    eioshen boboi2 dögum síðan

    12:17 he looks funny with those big eyes

  24. Mwarrior1991

    Mwarrior19912 dögum síðan

    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.

  25. Carter Starks

    Carter Starks2 dögum síðan

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

  26. Mr Capano

    Mr Capano3 dögum síðan

    Game: take a shot every time he says Pokémon

  27. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni3 dögum síðan

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

  28. yotubesocialhd2

    yotubesocialhd23 dögum síðan

    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?

  29. Preston

    Preston3 dögum síðan

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

  30. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni3 dögum síðan

    Why is the matpat videos chat under my lazarbeam stream

  31. LaninusCruiser

    LaninusCruiser4 dögum síðan

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

  32. Yuan the super animated

    Yuan the super animated4 dögum síðan

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

  33. Asila Albedwawi

    Asila Albedwawi4 dögum síðan

    #ash cachanm

  34. nieooj gotoy

    nieooj gotoy3 dögum síðan

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

  35. Max Ramos

    Max Ramos4 dögum síðan

    I thought he already evolved to Richiu?

  36. Michael Hawkins

    Michael Hawkins4 dögum síðan

    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

  37. Michael Hawkins

    Michael Hawkins4 dögum síðan

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

  38. bcvbb hyui

    bcvbb hyui4 dögum síðan

    Overpowered pokemons.

  39. Him

    Him4 dögum síðan

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

  40. The Internet Peasant

    The Internet Peasant4 dögum síðan

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

  41. bcvbb hyui

    bcvbb hyui4 dögum síðan

    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.

  42. Levi Cars Pokemon Productions

    Levi Cars Pokemon Productions5 dögum síðan

    12:17 he looks funny with those big eyes

  43. Keadoman

    Keadoman5 dögum síðan

    7:55 did he legit just say THEORYpist

  44. Stephine Marks

    Stephine Marks5 dögum síðan

    Next you should make a vid on pikachu’s stats

  45. Harji

    Harji5 dögum síðan

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

  46. shubh's live

    shubh's live5 dögum síðan


  47. Bob Roberts

    Bob Roberts5 dögum síðan

    you should make a theory on the game chkn

  48. Ismael Valdes Daltorpskolan 7G

    Ismael Valdes Daltorpskolan 7G5 dögum síðan

    Why is the matpat videos chat under my lazarbeam stream

  49. Jared Flores

    Jared Flores5 dögum síðan

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

  50. Jared Flores

    Jared Flores5 dögum síðan

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

  51. Sasuke Uchiha

    Sasuke Uchiha5 dögum síðan

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

  52. HiddeNinja89

    HiddeNinja895 dögum síðan

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

  53. Logan Escobar

    Logan Escobar5 dögum síðan

    Pika plus pikachu equal superchu

  54. Vanessa Hamsher

    Vanessa Hamsher5 dögum síðan

    Lv40 LoL

  55. Casjon Mule

    Casjon Mule5 dögum síðan

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

  56. Eudxii

    Eudxii5 dögum síðan

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

  57. Collin Riley

    Collin Riley5 dögum síðan

    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. John Chase

    John Chase5 dögum síðan

    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

  59. soiung toiue

    soiung toiue5 dögum síðan

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

  60. Jaxon Ferguson

    Jaxon Ferguson5 dögum síðan

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

  61. Jaxon Ferguson

    Jaxon Ferguson5 dögum síðan

    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

  62. soiung toiue

    soiung toiue5 dögum síðan

    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.

  63. Southside Bear

    Southside Bear5 dögum síðan

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

  64. Pickle

    Pickle5 dögum síðan

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

  65. de wizard

    de wizard6 dögum síðan

    I think ash is supposed to be buddah

  66. Dee Oh

    Dee Oh6 dögum síðan

    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.

  67. Angie Hickson

    Angie Hickson6 dögum síðan


  68. alek4ever

    alek4ever6 dögum síðan

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

  69. Quinn McRae

    Quinn McRae6 dögum síðan

    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

  70. Latifa Benali

    Latifa Benali6 dögum síðan

    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.......

  71. I Love arts

    I Love arts6 dögum síðan

    He’s level 100

  72. Danji Chan

    Danji Chan6 dögum síðan

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


    NUKEBOYPLAYZ RIVAL6 dögum síðan

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

  74. Gwen Wagner

    Gwen Wagner6 dögum síðan

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

  75. Austin A

    Austin A6 dögum síðan

    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?

  76. Nunquam Nex

    Nunquam Nex6 dögum síðan

    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.

  77. Pump

    Pump6 dögum síðan


  78. Rhysie McGinnis

    Rhysie McGinnis6 dögum síðan

    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.

  79. Zadowgamer 64

    Zadowgamer 646 dögum síðan

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

  80. Jmaniac

    Jmaniac6 dögum síðan

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

  81. New life

    New life6 dögum síðan

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

  82. CarbonitePlays

    CarbonitePlays6 dögum síðan

    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?

  83. Barry Smith

    Barry Smith6 dögum síðan

    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.

  84. John Violette

    John Violette7 dögum síðan

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

  85. Pickle Nik

    Pickle Nik7 dögum síðan

    Well MatPat, you forgot about one thing, pika chi doesn’t have to defeat a Pokémon to gain exp. Any battle he’s in that even if he switches out and something else defeats a Pokémon, Pikachu still gets exp.

  86. Sock Boi

    Sock Boi7 dögum síðan

    I wanna know if Pokémon have a life expectancy; do certain Pokémon live longer than others based on type? Wild or caught? Size or potentially the moves they use? Could it somehow correlate with their reproduction rates?? Just me? Okay 😂

  87. Oliver Fraser

    Oliver Fraser7 dögum síðan

    Sevii islands. The most complicated seven eight nine joke I have ever seen

  88. Leo Staffenhagen

    Leo Staffenhagen7 dögum síðan

    my theory is that every region(anime not the games) is technically a different timeline where he did his kanto journey, then whatever other journey(s) that were referenced in that series, not to say that pikachu isnt way underleveled sometimes

  89. Marko G

    Marko G7 dögum síðan

    How is Pikachu beating level 75 trainer pokemon and only getting 5 levels out of it?

  90. RustedZeus

    RustedZeus7 dögum síðan

    Mattpat you know you can just make longer episodes right?

  91. Darestruction

    Darestruction7 dögum síðan

    just to be anoying i want to know pikachus ev and iv count

  92. Red

    Red7 dögum síðan

    How the hell level 5 snivy learn leaf tornado? while it learn in level 16 -Anime

  93. Infamous E

    Infamous E7 dögum síðan

    I wonder some times we see team rocket catch pikachu at the start of a new region and hook pikachu up to a machine so I wonder if they over charge pikachu with to much electricity causing his own level to reset

  94. PURE CHAOS!!!!

    PURE CHAOS!!!!7 dögum síðan

    I know this is anime exclusive, but isn't Red supposed to be based off of Ash? His Pikachu is lv 81 in The 2nd Gen games.

  95. Epik Roblox Gaming!!!!

    Epik Roblox Gaming!!!!7 dögum síðan

    When will part 2 release ree

  96. Abhay Mhatre

    Abhay Mhatre7 dögum síðan

    When is it's next episode coming ???

  97. Abhay Mhatre

    Abhay Mhatre7 dögum síðan

    OP 🔥🔥🔥

  98. Meeku makes videos

    Meeku makes videos7 dögum síðan

    Kind of funny that pikachu was ash's starter pokemon, thus given to him by professor oak. Meaning someone else caught pikachu and ash isnt the original trainer (i know.. the games make your starter as though you caught it, but pikachu shows traits of a defiant traded pokemon). Did you see that they showed ash's pikachu as a pichu before he was captured?

  99. aquariantroll

    aquariantroll7 dögum síðan

    Well I think pikachu might have gotten volt tackle through breeding because we don't know if he was a breeding pokemon

  100. Chinki Minki Shorts

    Chinki Minki Shorts7 dögum síðan

    Hi 👍👍

  101. ArtsyCam

    ArtsyCam7 dögum síðan

    Ah yess, at last the question I’ve been wondering my whole life

  102. catbat the sofa king

    catbat the sofa king7 dögum síðan


  103. Jose Pio

    Jose Pio7 dögum síðan

    Plot twist ash feeds pikachu rare candies and was level 100 since the second episode

  104. veRs- over

    veRs- over7 dögum síðan

    My theory is that pikachu lvls go back to lvl 5 agian everytime they go to a different region

  105. Matt Hollingsworth

    Matt Hollingsworth7 dögum síðan


  106. It's such a meme the 2nd

    It's such a meme the 2nd7 dögum síðan

    I wanna be the very best theorist, like no one ever was, to theorize is my real test, and to upload is my CAaaaaaaause, game theory gotta watch em all!

  107. Marisella Llallico

    Marisella Llallico7 dögum síðan

    This shoude be on on fimle theroy cause its not the game