Ash Ketchum’s journey in the Pokémon anime is one of great adventures. Ash has caught and trained many types of Pokémon. Not only did these companions grow in power under his tutelage, but some of them grew considerably stronger before returning to Ash.
Here are Ash’s 10 strongest Pokémon without including Pikachu:
Snorlax was caught in the Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands episode “Snack Attack”, which is actually an “eating machine”. Ash found it in the Orange Islands, Snorlax demonstrated his strength by swimming from island to island and devouring everything in sight.
Although strong, Snorlax’s laziness in combat and love of eating and sleeping are sometimes a challenge even for Ash.
Melmetal is a mythical Pokémon, captured in the episode “Got Meltan?” from Pokémon Sun & Moon. This is one of the rarest and most powerful things Ash has ever had. Originally a Meltan, Melmetal grew during the Alola Federation championship, thanks to the alliance of hundreds of Meltans.
Although he doesn’t have many opportunities to show his worth in battle, Melmetal is capable of using the Double Iron Bash attack, which is one of the strongest on Ash’s team.
Dracovish is a prehistoric Pokémon, captured in the episode “A Pinch of This, a Pinch of That!” by Jornadas Pokémon. Originating from a fossil experiment gone wrong, Dracovish is a ruthless opponent, capable of using Fishious Rend to defeat slower opponents. Its massive jaws are a powerful weapon, often used in conjunction with the Ice Fang to achieve spectacular results.
In the episode Champion of the Forest! from Pokémon XY, Ash meets Hawlucha, the guardian of the forest. Hawlucha quickly figures prominently in Ash’s adventures in Kalos, mainly due to its Flying Press move.
Hawlucha has achieved significant victories, such as against Valerie, a Fairy-type gym leader, despite the type’s disadvantages. In addition to being a formidable fighter, Hawlucha also proves to be a mentor to other Pokémon, such as Noibat.
Captured in Pokémon XY in the episode “A Slippery Encounter!”, Goodra begins her journey with Ash as a Goomy. It wants to become stronger and braver, and Ash plays an important role in this transformation.
Despite traumatic experiences that left it fearful of certain types of Pokémon, Goodra overcame these weaknesses with Ash’s help.
In Pokémon Advanced Generation, in the episode “Tree’s A Crowd”, Ash met Sceptile as Treecko. Sceptile has become one of Ash’s most trusted Pokémon, especially shining under pressure thanks to his Overgrow ability. Sceptile’s victory over Darkrai in the Sinnoh Pokémon League Championship was a notable achievement.
Lucario, one of Ash’s most recent Pokémon, first appeared in Pokémon Journeys, in the episode “Caring for a Mystery!”. Lucario’s direct connection with Ash, fueled by Ash’s ability to see the auras of his Pokémon, strengthens the strong partnership. Lucario fought bravely against Eternatus immediately after evolving and showed great prowess against Dynamaxed Pokémon.
Originally captured as a Chimchar in Pokémon Diamond & Pearl, in the episode “Smells Like Team Spirit!”, Infernape is one of Ash’s greatest redemption stories. Abandoned by his previous trainer Paul because he was considered “weak”, Ash saw Infernape’s potential and helped him become an extremely powerful Pokémon.
Charizard is perhaps Ash’s most iconic Pokémon after Pikachu. It begins its journey as an abandoned Charmander, nearly dying in the rain. At first, after its evolution, Charizard refused to obey Ash, but over time, it grew to respect him and understand the value of the bond they shared.
Charizard has participated in more Pokémon tournaments than any of Ash’s Pokémon other than Pikachu and helped him earn several badges. Charizard has faced off against several legendary Pokémon, showing impressive resistance.
In Pokémon XY, in the episode “Lumiose City Pursuit”, Ash captures Greninja and develops a bond so strong that it allows for a transformation similar to Mega Evolution. Greninja is always focused and serious in training. Greninja’s Water Veil technique is crucial to Ash-Greninja’s transformation, amplifying the power of its Water Shuriken attack.
Greninja chooses to stay on Kalos as a guardian, but appears in Journeys to assist in training Ash’s Lucario, making an important contribution to victory in the World Coronation Series. With an impressive winning record and a special bond with Ash, Greninja deserves to be recognized as Ash’s strongest Pokémon besides Pikachu.