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. jMedabee
    20 minutit tagasi

    3:20 - In Gen 1, Skull Bash is TM 40. Charmander certainly CAN learn that move. Silly Matt.

  2. Kevin
    2 tundi tagasi

    My theory is that everytime Ash and Pikachu battle his pokemon lose EXP.

  3. Sasikala G.S
    Sasikala G.S
    4 tundi tagasi

    AYo someone give this dude a trophy not only he gave me motivation to watch pokemon but calculated it with math like bruh is he even human or a mathematical game genius

  4. Timeless1010
    6 tundi tagasi

    My own personal theory is that if you think about it in sun and moon it shows that he’s stops evolving meaning he’s close to the level where he’ll be able to evolve but if plus all the other xp he gets he’ll be close to somewhere to level 100 but I’m a dumb person and I of course didn’t do the math and didn’t look more at the anime meaning I don’t have much proof to defend my theory so I would say pikachu would be level 70 60 80 and 90 but I don’t know if the anime restarted pikachua’s level I’ll do some more research about this and maybe go back to this theory and I feel like I make no sense so I have no idea what I’m saying and everything I’m saying is noting based on this video well that’s what I think but let’s just say that this person here will always be better at giving proof and saying or you could say explaining what I’m trying to say is that he’s always gonna be better at explaining theory and always going to have better proof then I will saying that I have no idea what I’m saying so don’t believe what I’m saying believe what he’s saying and plus I’m not taking anything from this video into this but if pikachu is really level 70 80 90 60 or something or whatever or some or wha- you get the point if pikachu actually is something around there I will be very amazed anyways as I was saying this guy is very great at explaining and better at an- I’ll shut up now you probably don’t even want to read this anyways

  5. Lincoln Zolondek
    Lincoln Zolondek
    8 tundi tagasi

    Plot armor

  6. Animelover4521
    10 tundi tagasi

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  7. Solaris
    14 tundi tagasi

    Its level 101

  8. Joe Enoch
    Joe Enoch
    16 tundi tagasi

    Talking about that then you should see Pokemon Mewtwo strikes back

  9. Sadman Shakib
    Sadman Shakib
    20 tundi tagasi

    This is too much😑😑😑

  10. Christi Mehl
    Christi Mehl
    21 tund tagasi

    Pikachu vs tapu KoKo

  11. Dimas Hadi
    Dimas Hadi
    Päev tagasi

    You must watch 651 episode? Aigth, i already watch some animes other than pokemon 2 5 season and 954 episodes of one piece

  12. AttackCrash
    Päev tagasi

    Ash's Pikachu ain't no normal Pikachu das how he learning volt tackle AND SOMEHOW BEAT LATIOS IN A 1V1

  13. Zane Daewoo
    Zane Daewoo
    Päev tagasi

    You already did this theory tho

  14. Lyll Karen Bigornia-Arriola
    Lyll Karen Bigornia-Arriola
    Päev tagasi


  15. A Friendly Dino
    A Friendly Dino
    Päev tagasi

    Pika he seems like a really small but op grininja I think that’s how you spell it I’m not an expert

  16. A Friendly Dino
    A Friendly Dino
    Päev tagasi

    How do they know which Pokémon is in which pokeball

  17. Pickl_
    Päev tagasi

    I’m surprised he’s not even Riachu after like 20 seasons

  18. Fantasy Alarm TV
    Fantasy Alarm TV
    Päev tagasi

    Weebs be like (me included): that is nothing, my good sir /in a fancy tone

  19. ann delacruz
    ann delacruz
    2 päeva tagasi

    Its level 100

  20. Fry
    2 päeva tagasi

    Less go im the 200,000th like

  21. Frank Zappa
    Frank Zappa
    2 päeva tagasi


  22. JojoDrs
    2 päeva tagasi

    It depends on the battle. Sometimes Pikachu feels like its level 2, sometimes it feels like Pikachu ist level 104493827372828

  23. 𝔹𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕫 N' 𝔹𝕖𝕖𝕫 ˢᵗᵘᵈⁱᵒˢ
    𝔹𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕫 N' 𝔹𝕖𝕖𝕫 ˢᵗᵘᵈⁱᵒˢ
    2 päeva tagasi

    the fact that Pikachu beat many legendries before but then lost to a lvl 7 snivey

  24. Bowser
    2 päeva tagasi

    I feel sorry for you dude. Not to be hateful or anything like that. I'm just saying that this is a lot of work. It's fun to watch videos that you make because it's basically the best way for me to learn in a fun manner. I swear, you should be a teacher. I love your content and I can't wait to see more like this in the future.

  25. Mehar Khaira
    Mehar Khaira
    3 päeva tagasi

    He’s level 100000000000

  26. PolarDoc22
    3 päeva tagasi

    Some wild Pikachu carry a light ball right? Its not implausible for pikachu to have volt tackle - after all, where do pikachus come from?

  27. Taekinzel
    3 päeva tagasi

    You good?

  28. Remai Figuera
    Remai Figuera
    3 päeva tagasi

    Watch tumus game Docs

  29. Wtf Youtube
    Wtf Youtube
    3 päeva tagasi

    You failed the moment you said ash is Pikachu's original owner as he was originally professor Oaks. Which means all your calculations are off

  30. Luckyy0101
    3 päeva tagasi

    that dbz ending

  31. Adam Stokoe
    Adam Stokoe
    4 päeva tagasi

    What if its not the same pikachu and he swaps out from time to time ?

  32. Thomas Truong
    Thomas Truong
    4 päeva tagasi

  33. joao from dsi
    joao from dsi
    4 päeva tagasi

    His level is 200

  34. Mochi E
    Mochi E
    4 päeva tagasi

    What does GT stand for? A. Gifted and talented B. GAME THEORY

  35. bob8mybobbob
    4 päeva tagasi

    Matpat quickly brushing over the fact that charmeleon clearly leveled up without battles explicitly being shown onscreen in order to keep this theory seeming plausible is such old-school game theory energy and I'm into it.

  36. sup
    4 päeva tagasi

    No how old is ash and how many seasons and episodes are there in all and that’s the lvl of pikachu

  37. Kevin Chavez
    Kevin Chavez
    4 päeva tagasi

    Pikachu had different trainers before ash!!!!

  38. None Nothing
    None Nothing
    5 päeva tagasi

    Therapist, more like theorypist

  39. Goated Gamer
    Goated Gamer
    5 päeva tagasi

    I’m a little late but my theory is pikachu level resets every generation or region

  40. Luis Baluarte
    Luis Baluarte
    5 päeva tagasi

    Levels don't exist in the anime.

  41. Pabli
    5 päeva tagasi

    I'm glad they showed the orange islands trophy in the first episode of the new season.

  42. Gabriel Shroyer
    Gabriel Shroyer
    6 päeva tagasi

    When Ash sees Ho-oh at the end of the first episode, it is presumed that he and Pikachu are given imortality to continue what they do together, forever.

  43. Justin Bermeo
    Justin Bermeo
    6 päeva tagasi

    Here is the easier answer, IT'S OVER NINE THOUSAND!!!!

  44. Akash 8th-A,Roll no-4
    Akash 8th-A,Roll no-4
    7 päeva tagasi


  45. Chrissy H
    Chrissy H
    7 päeva tagasi

    How to say Kanto properly can-to I use c cus it is Ka-n-to

  46. 穿越而来
    7 päeva tagasi

    The rule of time was never applied to the Pokémon world.

  47. CGBK
    8 päeva tagasi

    This is trying to apply a system from a game to an anime that came before it. It had to dumb things down for the game. Trying to articulate the "level" of pikachu while also disregarding the massive differences is ridiculous. Also, where does it say that the Snivy is level 5? Just because it was his first pokemon given out, you automatically equate it to level 5 just because the game chose that arbitrary level? Really dumb.

  48. - TwizslurD -
    - TwizslurD -
    8 päeva tagasi

    I've played the Pokemon games for years (have emulators on my phone with the OG games), _but_ I absolutely HATE Miltank. Yes, it's because of Whitney. No, I don't care. It's the only pokemon I've actively avoided catching just based on principle.

  49. Daniel Radetic
    Daniel Radetic
    9 päeva tagasi

    dude, in the anime (specially season 1) they show pkmn evolving whenever they feel like it if they have the levels needed so it would be a lot safer to assume charmeleon was level 35 at least to evolve on next level gain or 36 and above if it could just evolve as it pleased also, if you were considering move levels, charmander's flamethrower in the episode he first appears would indicate a higher level from the get go

    1. ethan bogaerts
      ethan bogaerts
      6 päeva tagasi

      Ayo you right

  50. Hamani
    9 päeva tagasi

    why is pikachu not level 100 he has battled the most in the anime/movies

  51. 🌺𝓡𝓸𝓶𝓲𝓷𝓪🐾
    10 päeva tagasi

    maybe the Pokemon in the series have no levels at all? Why should they? Where should that be measured?

  52. Le Cobra YT
    Le Cobra YT
    10 päeva tagasi

    My theory is that every time Ash and Pikachu travel to a new region they go up against new Pokémon and new attacks, and since Pikachu has never went up against new attacks and Pokémon he loses and that sparks the whole entire series of him training and preparing and doing battles which makes episodes and gains the Pokémon Compony money.

  53. Nurul Nadhirah Abdullah
    Nurul Nadhirah Abdullah
    11 päeva tagasi


  54. Kraj Lemonade
    Kraj Lemonade
    11 päeva tagasi

    Haha the Milktank Rollout struggle is real!!!

  55. Kraj Lemonade
    Kraj Lemonade
    11 päeva tagasi

    I really hate that Pikachu loses to that snivy in BW haha idk man

  56. C B
    C B
    12 päeva tagasi

    In my opinion in the show if anything Ash winning Alohla League is actually a lower win then the Orange Island Championship due to the fact know one in Alohla even really knew much about Pokemon leagues making Ash the expert on Pokemon League in the region giving him a advantage over everybody else.

    12 päeva tagasi

    The problem here is that you interchange game and TV Pikachu... ash Pikachu is freaking op

  58. Jeffrey Salvador
    Jeffrey Salvador
    12 päeva tagasi


  59. Reese Johnson
    Reese Johnson
    13 päeva tagasi

    Miltank was so toxic lol

  60. Reese Johnson
    Reese Johnson
    13 päeva tagasi

    There are no levels in the show; just experience.

  61. Reese Johnson
    Reese Johnson
    13 päeva tagasi

    According to trainer Red from Pkmn Silver Ash’s Pikachu is lvl 90. Lol

  62. pete schmitt
    pete schmitt
    13 päeva tagasi

    I like how you made the script rear what you actually said 13:00

  63. gagaplex LPs
    gagaplex LPs
    13 päeva tagasi

    Ash just loves the alarm signal when your Pokémon is almost knocked out. Pikachu was so wounded, it fell over almost instantly.

  64. Oshawott
    14 päeva tagasi

    I'm 11 but I almost know every Pokémon but not all for sure

    1. broggy '
      broggy '
      Päev tagasi

      Name 4 pokemon that are flying-fire type

  65. Braden Spendlove
    Braden Spendlove
    14 päeva tagasi

    so im lost, in this video you said something about dividing by exp share in your calculations, if exp share is on he would receive xp from all battles (even if he didnt participate) and if its off why would exp share be factored into the equation?

  66. oskiboski
    14 päeva tagasi

    Cassidy in game theory’s pokemon anime series: 😡 Cassidy in game theory’s fnaf series: 😈

  67. Mark Lester
    Mark Lester
    14 päeva tagasi

    This is crazy 😂

  68. chancharararan _
    chancharararan _
    14 päeva tagasi

    Who ask these questions? but I need to know what level

  69. therealtailsyt
    14 päeva tagasi

    Probably over 9000 by now

  70. Elson Playz
    Elson Playz
    15 päeva tagasi

    My brain was gonna die when he was using math

  71. Chung Wan qi (Rosythsch)
    Chung Wan qi (Rosythsch)
    15 päeva tagasi


  72. Staticblox
    15 päeva tagasi

    All this works only for 3.6 million views? Sounds like a steal

  73. bryan xu
    bryan xu
    15 päeva tagasi

    My guess: Pikachu’s level: OVER 9000!!!!!

  74. Quinn’s Knives
    Quinn’s Knives
    15 päeva tagasi

    black pikachu

  75. Roblox DevinLinYT
    Roblox DevinLinYT
    15 päeva tagasi


  76. Jiaao Liu
    Jiaao Liu
    16 päeva tagasi

    Ashes pikachu has more than enough too evolve into a richu

  77. Redcap
    16 päeva tagasi

    Levels aren't a thing in the anime. It was scrapped after the one and only early episode that featured it.

  78. How to game
    How to game
    16 päeva tagasi

    0:28 lolXD cute

  79. Necrozma
    16 päeva tagasi

    Uh... MatPat? Gen 5 was a reboot from Gens 1-4. Ash and Pikachu prolly have everything "reset", so it's possible that Ash's Pikachu was the same level from when Ash received him from PALLET TOWN back in S1E1. Explains why Pikachu could go against god and lose to a Lv5 Snivy.

    16 päeva tagasi

    I thought after that Level 5 Snivy thing we all just assumed the level reset at the beginning of every region

  81. Joshua M
    Joshua M
    17 päeva tagasi

    ITS OVER 9,000

  82. Anonymous Anonymous
    Anonymous Anonymous
    17 päeva tagasi

    Matpat: Defending pikachu saying there is NO WAY he could have lost. Also matpat: Says electric types are absolute trash

  83. Spiral Down
    Spiral Down
    18 päeva tagasi

    Well, he decided not to evolve, and in the games that’s like around 30 I think, so pikachu is my age lol I think ash is 10?

  84. TakeCaution_
    18 päeva tagasi

    How long did it take you to watch all that? Edit: Great video too btw, the effort you put into your videos is incomparable to anyone else

  85. Manhal Rahman
    Manhal Rahman
    19 päeva tagasi

    Ash trains pokemons off camera

  86. Luke
    19 päeva tagasi

    can you just tell us what he could choose level is just stop, just saying all this big brains stuff

  87. Oblio1942
    19 päeva tagasi

    wasnt prof oak technically pikachu's original owner?

  88. GINGIE
    19 päeva tagasi

    It’s over 9000

  89. Mr Gamingviper
    Mr Gamingviper
    20 päeva tagasi

    Wait but there’s over a thousand episodes, I’m confused I never watched Pokémon but there’s over a thousand, so did he only watch half?

  90. King Lion26
    King Lion26
    20 päeva tagasi

    I hate to say this but levels were removed from the anime after episode 9 since pokemon don't even evolve by levels anymore. I mean in gen 1 and 2 pokemon could learn moves by tm that they couldn't learn normally so the anime adapted this in a different way as for Volt Tackle... I... Got nothing but good video

  91. young kim
    young kim
    20 päeva tagasi

    Logically...lvl 900

  92. italo vargas
    italo vargas
    20 päeva tagasi

    And he was 10

  93. italo vargas
    italo vargas
    20 päeva tagasi

    Its been 35 years since 1996 when pokemon Started i guess

  94. italo vargas
    italo vargas
    20 päeva tagasi

    Ash is 35 years old.

  95. sora_skorcher
    21 päev tagasi

    You screwed up on your calculations you forgot Pikachu's backstory.

  96. Shinozaki
    21 päev tagasi

    Ash and Pikachu are like Bart and Lisa from the Simpsons, They never age!

  97. Janav Motilal-Boodoo
    Janav Motilal-Boodoo
    21 päev tagasi

    Man pikachu weak

  98. ollugamer
    21 päev tagasi

    DEAR Matpat could you please investigate and solve the loose panel mystery in people playground? on the map sea where you can see a blacker panel on the top middle portion of the map. under the light so could you please solve it? IM NOT SPAMMING!

  99. mosologo
    22 päeva tagasi

    and every episode pikachu battled pokemon u said ash switched what sesason was this csuse ash had pikachu out the whole time

  100. mosologo
    22 päeva tagasi

    ya i dont agree with this video the fact charmander evolved to charzard in less then 10 episodes shows charzard to be 26 then pikachu should of jumped to 26 being used more so your method is wroung