Ashs 10 Strongest Pokémon (That Are Weak In The Games)

Ash’s 10 Strongest Pokémon (That Are Weak In The Games)


There’s no doubt that Ash has caught some tough Pokémon, but those very same Pokémon aren’t seen in the same light in the game.

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Ashs 10 Strongest Pokémon (That Are Weak In The Games)

Pokémon’s Ash Ketchum has come a long way since his journey began, and that’s thanks in part to the many Pokémon that he’s caught and trained. There’s no doubt that Ash has caught some tough Pokémon that have brought him to victory even when the odds were stacked against them. Though there are quite a few of them that wouldn’t do as well if they followed game logic.

To be fair, Pokémon battles in the anime work a lot differently than they do in the games, and things like “levels” and “stats” don’t apply the same way as they do there. That being said, Ash has a lot of strong Pokémon that would be considered rather weak in the games.

10 Tauros Were Useful But Found Themselves Nerfed Each Generation

Ashs 10 Strongest Pokémon (That Are Weak In The Games)

While Ash didn’t intend it, he actually caught a whole herd of Tauros once. While rarely called upon, they would prove to be reliable in battle, like how it managed to take on several of Drake’s Pokémon in the Orange Islands’ Winner’s Cup. However, in the games, it’s a different story for Tauros.

Tauros’ current base stats are HP: 75, Attack:100, Defense:95, Sp. Atk:40, Sp. Def:70, and Speed:100, which is decent, but not too impressive. In truth, Tauros used to be incredible thanks to how critical hits worked in Gen 1, but as the games went on and improved, Tauros became less and less useful. These days Tauros is outpaced by many other Pokémon that boast better stats.

9 Lycanroc Are Not Able To Walk Off Hits

Ashs 10 Strongest Pokémon (That Are Weak In The Games)

Lycanroc was among Ash’s Alola Region team that would win him the Pokémon League. It held on during the final battle too, dealing a major hit to Kukui’s Incineroar. While the Dusk Form (which Ash’s Lycanroc is) is the rarest of the three Lycanroc forms, it’s not all that tough stat-wise in the games.

A Dusk Form Lycanroc’s base stats are HP: 75, Attack:117, Defense:65 Sp. Atk:55, Sp. Def:65, and Speed:110, which is pretty good for attack and speed stats, but not so much in the other areas. One could say that Lycanroc is something of a glass cannon, able to deal out hits, but not able to take them.

8 Swellow Is Fast But Simply Is Not Fast Enough

Ashs 10 Strongest Pokémon (That Are Weak In The Games)

Ash has a tendency to catch the common regional bird on his travels more often than not, this includes Hoenn’s swallow Pokémon, Swellow. Among the many flying-type Pokémon Ash has caught, Swellow proved to be one of the most reliable, having a pretty good win-to-loss record and has been able to excel in double battle settings (like against Tate and Liza’s Gym or Tucker during the Battle Frontier).

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Sadly Swellow isn’t nearly this good in the games, despite having great stats in terms of speed. Its current base stats are HP: 60, Attack:85, Defense:60, Sp. Atk:75, Sp. Def:50, and Speed:125. Between the 6th and 7th generation it got a small boost in special attack, but that didn’t change much. If applied to the game’s logic, that “Thunder Armor” combo move Ash pulled off would’ve KO’d Swellow instantly rather than give it a boost.

7 Gible Is Very Weak Compared To Its Evolutions

Ashs 10 Strongest Pokémon (That Are Weak In The Games)

Gible wasn’t on Ash’s Sinnoh team for very long, but it still managed to pull its weight and pull off some impressive wins. This is fortunate since Ash never evolved Gible up to any of his more powerful forms, but in the games, that wouldn’t have gone so smoothly for him.

Compared to Gabite and Garchomp, Gible’s stats are completely dwarfed by the strengths of its evolutions, (with base stats of HP: 58, Attack:70, Defense:45, Sp. Atk:40, Sp. Def:45, and Speed:42). This is to be expected, considering that Garchomp is considered to be a “pseudo-legendary”. If Ash used Gible in the games as he did in the anime, like how he used him against Conway’s Dusknoir, the tiny land-shark would most likely have been stomped.

6 Scraggy’s Stats Are Incredibly Low

Ashs 10 Strongest Pokémon (That Are Weak In The Games)

Ash’s Scraggy didn’t always get time to shine in battle, but when it did, it managed to pull off more victories than most would expect. While Scraggy may seem overconfident and headstrong at times, but its attitude is often backed up by its own feats. In the game, however, Scraggy isn’t all that tough without evolving.

Scraggy’s base stats are HP: 50, Attack:75, Defense:70, Sp. Atk:35, Sp. Def:70, and Speed:48. Which is incredibly low especially in Special Attack. This is in stark contrast to how well its “Focus Blast” hit later on in the Black and White seasons (when it actually was able to land a hit, that is). To overcome those faults, Scraggy would need stat-boosting moves, but Ash’s Scraggy is never shown to have those. Confidence can only go so far.

5 Totodile Is A Standard Starter But Not Meant For Long-Term Battle

Ashs 10 Strongest Pokémon (That Are Weak In The Games)

One of the many starters that Ash has caught, Totodile is both jovial and energetic, often dancing around when released from its Pokéball. Like most starters in the games, however, Totodile wouldn’t be so strong against tougher opponents if it was held back from evolving.

It may have had success in the anime (like against Harrison’s Sneasel in the Silver Conference), but in the games, Totodile’s base stats being at HP: 50, Attack:65, Defense:64, Sp. Atk:44 Sp. Def:48, and Speed:43, standard for a normal starter at a low level, but not for long-term use in battle. Also, considering that Ash’s Totodile has a bit of a limited move set, gives it even less chance for victory against high-leveled Pokémon.

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4 Leavanny’s Weaknesses Outweigh Their Strengths

Ashs 10 Strongest Pokémon (That Are Weak In The Games)

Ash’s Leavanny was one of the few Pokémon in his Unova team that was actually able to evolve all the way up. This kindly bug Pokémon was able to score Ash a few wins in various gym battles and even lasted pretty long against Stephan’s Sawk in the Unova Pokémon League. There’s power underneath that nurturing spirit, though the games tell a different story.

There, Leavanny’s stats may not be the most impressive, but they aren’t actually to blame this time around. Its typing makes it especially weak to flying-types and fire-types, making Leavanny’s weaknesses far out-weigh its strengths.

3 Squirtle Needs To Evolve In Order To Win Like His Anime Counterpart

Ashs 10 Strongest Pokémon (That Are Weak In The Games)

Ash is often known for not evolving his Pokémon and his first couple of Pokémon teams are full of examples, one of which being Ash’s Squirtle. The leader of the Squirtle Squad, and a long-time player in Ash’s party, Squirtle proved to be a tough one, like how it took down an Electabuzz during the Silver Conference.

In the anime, Ash’s Squirtle was able to pull through some difficult challenges with strong moves like “Skull Bash” and “Hydro Pump”, but in the game’s Squirtle wouldn’t be nearly as effective even with those moves, with its base stats at HP: 44, Attack:48, Defense:65, Sp. Atk:50 Sp. Def:64, and Speed:43. Its defense, while not overly impressive, is at least better than its offense. Without evolving, Squirtle’s stats don’t improve nearly enough to score a win the way Ash’s did.

2 Bulbasaur Is The Weakest Of The Kanto Starter Trio

Ashs 10 Strongest Pokémon (That Are Weak In The Games)

The first of the Kanto starters that Ash ever caught, Bulbasaur was another longtime member of Ash’s team, and one of his main go-to’s for a lot of the problems he and his friends found themselves in. A stubborn but kind problem-solver personality, it’s no wonder Bulbasaur was with Ash for so long.

Sadly Bulbasaur in the games doesn’t have the same luck as its fellow Kanto starters, being the overall weakest of the trio, with base stats being HP: 450, Attack:49, Defense:49, Sp. Atk:65 Sp. Def:65, and Speed:45. While Ash’s Bulbasaur just doesn’t want to evolve and proves that it doesn’t need to, since it beat Pokémon with the advantage (such as Beedrill in the Kanto Pokémon League and Exeggutor on the Orange Islands), the in-game Bulbasaur would be completely outmatched against most opponents if held back like this.

1 The Video Game Version Of Pikachu Could Have Never Pulled Off Those Victories

Pikachu is Ash’s iconic partner and his first-ever Pokémon. While its power and strength are wildly inconsistent, Pikachu has proven time and time again that it packs quite the punch.

In the anime, Pikachu can sometimes be strong enough to take down legendaries like Regice, but that’s harder to pull off in the games given its measly base stats of HP: 35, Attack:55, Defense:30, Sp. Atk:50 Sp. Def:40, and Speed:90. Even if Pikachu allowed itself to become Raichu, this wouldn’t change much. The anime version of Pikachu has already exceeded the limits of the ordinary Pikachu, but in the games, it’s not so lucky.

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