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Ash. Probably

Ash. Probably

mute-owl

The thing is, Pikachu didn't want to evolve. Ash offered it a thunderstone after it got hurt really bad, telling it that it would be stronger against damage like that if it evolved. Pikachu wasn't having it!


giancarlox21

Ash asked. Pikachu did not give consent. Ash respected his decision. Pretty simple stuff. People can learn a thing or two from pokemon.


Evilmudbug

And unlike the games, it is actually somewhat reasonable not to evolve pokemon combat-wise as pikachu is faster than raichu in the show, even if it is not that way in the games


GingeAndProud

I'm still mad that Pikachu's speed stat is lower than Raichu's in-game


assaultthesault

He just IV trained his Pikachu


ButtersTG

EV trained*, pokemon are born with their IVs.


assaultthesault

Oh yeah. That's what happens when you make references to things you yourself don't participate in haha


Ihatecookies69

In the new pokemon games you can change thier IVs using bottle caps


ButtersTG

But that's not training is it?


InariBag

Its HYPER TRAINING!


assaultthesault

*twice*


Orkun2611

u r false. ash asked pikachu to evolve but pikachu didnt want


bryan660

It’s not all Ash. It was Pikachu’s decision to not evolve.


Stan_Golem

He tried to once, but Pikachu refused the evolution.


Ultrafares

Twice actually one after fighting Lt. Surge and one after loosing to a charcter that has all pikachu lines in DP


F1Asher_001

Pikachu didn't want to evolve. It refused Ash's thunderstone because it wanted to prove it could square up to Lt Surge's Raichu without changing itself entirely.


Samuelcbadams

Well technically he tried but pikachu was all like hell no. I'll beat that raichus ass without evolving and correct me if I'm wrong but he did kick his add all the way to the ground


ButtersTG

Mostly through dodging because Pikachu was faster being smaller.


Samuelcbadams

Don't remember. Been too long but yeah pikachu has to use what he's got. Then again it's kind of fixed. Pikachu is made out to be a God of Pokémon in the anime. He beats anything no prob


fengreg

Like a snivy for a new trainer, Bellsprout, Togepi or how about Team rockets koffing?


Samuelcbadams

Or broks onyx by using thundershock on the water pipes and make hisnonys suddenly weak to electric attacks


Stickguy589

I can’t blame him, it’s his pokemon that doesn’t want to evolve.


ColdIron27

Because pikachu is pokemons beloved mascot


Raiganop

That's pretty much the reason it don't evolve.


LolDoes

If ash forces a thunder stone on pikachu and it evolves is that some form of rape in the pokemon world


bence0302

Sir, this is Wendy's


LolDoes

Yea ik thats why I went to a wendys in the first place


bence0302

Based


PacoThePersian

Red too


A_Greek_Boi

Please gamefreak, give Raichu a chance. A mega or an exclusive move. He deserves some love


rentonguevara

they tried with alolan raichu


Bellomontee

I was never really a fan of regular Raichu (not that it's not cute or anything, it's just not one of my favorites) but Alolan Pikachu is so adorable... I mean, it uses its tail as a surfboard!!!


Bijarglerargles

That’s a flawed approach though. It doesn’t fix the issue with standard Raichu. This issue happens with regional variants in general.


Lenny_Gaming

How to bring Gorochu back: ***Raichu Mega form***


Alex_Peters

It gets volttackle


Ultrafares

Should got his own signature move like hyper beam but its electric type


MAGSS21

People have to understand that the anime is not like games. Pokemon are living breathing beings and can think for themselves.


the_killer_storm

Pikachu is gigantamax so he can't evolve right?


ButtersTG

For 7 generations it was a choice that started after almost dying to Lt. Surge's Raichu.


RandomCentral07

Even if he chose to do it, the evolution wouldn’t happen cause he’s gmax Edit: why you booing me I’m right


ButtersTG

For 7 generations it would've, that was the point of me bringing up the whole 7 generations point in the first place.


Guy_that_likes_Ads

He tried. Pikachu said no


Kiki_Lord_

Why evolve when you have the power of friendship.


alpha_marshmallow

Ditch your whole team afterwards


Klutzy_Tackle

Legit never caught a Pikachu in any game


ButtersTG

Weird flex, but okay.


TheJamSams

Pikachu doesn't want to evolve, and is actually unable to evolve due to journeys recounting pikachu to be a gigantimax pokemkn


kpapazyan47

Pikachu >>> Raichu anyways.


HanCelo2008

Pikachoo don’t like the Thundr Ston tho


swirlypizza1024

TBF I kept Pikachu In auras cause the contest Pikachu was a higher level than my other pokemon and I could give it strong moves like meteor mash


XenoGine

You could add a coma and put Pikachu in there and it'd still be just as accurate, haha.


UTuberKid

Red: Gimme 25 cards. Ash: But it's not your tu... Red: I SAID GIMME THE DAMN CARDS.


SOOriginalAfter

Red completed the pokedex, so he actually evolved it B)


ArcadiusCasari

It was pikachu’s choice originally. Ash actually wanted him to evolve, just didn’t want to take away pika’s autonomy.


KarmaRacer42069

Didn't Pikachu only refuse the Thunder Stone after having fought the jerk Raichu and it's trainer? ​ I can't remember if these are the same episodes. Basically, I think Pikachu didn't want to become that. Respect.


DTHayward7

It was Lt. Surge and his Raichu in Ash's 3rd Gym battle. Pikachu got very salty after losing to Raichu in the first battle and refuse to accept the stone to prove he can be better as Pikachu, not Raichu.


bagman_

Evolve pikachu or (stay #) 25


shoeboxchild

I thought the anime did something where pikachu literally couldn’t evolve? Like ash’s physically wasn’t able to?


PKMNTrainerMark

Ha, 25.


EntrepreneurKing9913

Hah! Yeah


200GritCondom

Turns out he just keeps 25


AquaFlair

No that’s pikachu but it’s -evolve or draw 25-


FuckRandyMoss

People sleep on physical light ball pikachu


SonOfSmithStation

Get it, because Raichu is #25


nintyuk

Well Ash is Respecting the body Choices of Pikachu. Although a responsible Trainer would of worked with Pikachu to get over His fear of Evolving and Maturing. Although Ash appears to be Regressing in age so perhaps he needs to learn that lesson along side Pikachu.


NDK1001100011000

I think to finish the Pokémon franchise, Ash will evolve Pikachu,thus ending an era.


Fawful_n_WW

Except Pikachu literally can’t because it’s Gmax.


bowtiesrcool86

Pikachu didn’t want to evolve. Beyond that it turns out he’s a G-Max Pikachu and *can’t* evolve


PerfectChaos06

Ash's pikachu can gigantamax, and gigantamax-able pokemon can't evolve. Meaning, pikachu can't evolve, even with evolutionary stones.


datfurryboi01

I mean one arail ace or aura sphere can take out Pikachu regardless if it's evolved or not