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Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series

The jokes about Ash never evolving his Pokemon have finally died down. Now, Ash has more fully evolved Pokemon than not – well, almost. As of the latest season of the Pokemon anime, Pokemon Master Journeys (Season 24), Ash has 32 fully evolved Pokemon.

Ash’s current team is stacked with fully evolved Pokemon. Before you come at me, let me clarify: fully evolved Pokemon EXCEPT for Pikachu, who, let’s face it, is never going to evolve. (Pikachu at present has Gigantamax, which works similar to Mega Evolve.)

In the Pokemon anime, Ash has gone through 9 regions, the current being Galar. Over the years Ash has built his little army – family – of starters and non-starters at different stages of their evolution. Here are all of Ash’s fully evolved Pokemon.

What are Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon?

1. Kanto/Indigo League and Orange League

I. Starters

Out of the Kanto Starter Pokemon, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander, (and Pikachu), Ash catches all three, but only the Charmander fully evolves.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander | Source: Fandom
  • Charmander to Charmeleon to Charizard

Caught in – TB011

Evolves in – TB043, TB046

Charmander was Ash’s most loved and trusted Pokemon. Charmander loved Ash but his nature soon changed after he evolved into Charmeleon. He ignored Ash’s commands because he thought that Ash was weak and not up to Charmeleon’s own skill-level.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard | Source: Fandom

As a Charizard too, he disobeys Ash, until Ash helps him regain his memories as Charmander. Now Charizard and Ash are thick as ever.

II. Non-Starters:

  • Caterpie to Metapod to Butterfree (released)

Caught in – TB003

Evolves in – TB003, TB004

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree | Source: Fandom

Butterfree was the first Pokemon that Ash ever caught, and the fastest to evolve – it took a single episode for him to reach his final evolution. Metapod evolves to save Ash from a swarm of Beedrill.

  • Krabby to Kingler

Caught in – TB013

Evolves in – TB077

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Kingler | Source: Fandom

Kingler is Ash’s first Water-type Pokemon to evolve. Krabby defeats the Grass-Psychic-type Exeggutor despite a type-disadvantage. This battle experience triggers its evolution.

  • Pidgeotto to Pidgeot (released)

Caught in – TB003

Evolves in – TB083

Pidgeotto evolves to Pidgeot to succeed in saving all the wild Pidgey and Pidgeotto from Fearow and its flock of Spearow.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Pidgeotto, Pidgeot | Source: Fandom
  • Mankey to Primeape

Caught in – TB025

Evolved in – TB025

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon
Mankey, Primeape | Source: Fandom

Mankey evolves to Primeape to defeat Team Rocket. Ash gives his Primeape to Anthony to train it to become stronger.

III. Caught Fully Evolved:

  • Muk

Caught in – TB030

Ash uses Pikachu and Magnemite (from the wild) to defeat Muk and capture it.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Muk | Source: Fandom

Muk disliked Ash before it was captured. Muk was released briefly in Sun and Moon before being reunited with Ash in Journeys.

  • Snorlax

Caught in – TB096

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Snorlax | Source: Fandom

Ash first saw Snorlax in Grapefruit Island, gobbling every last grapefruit in the orchard. He stops Snorlax with the help of Jigglypuff and manages to capture it.

2. Johto League

I. Starters

Out of the Johto Starter Pokemon Totodile, Chikorita, and Cyndaquil, Ash catches all three, but neither of them fully evolve.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile | Source: Fandom

II. Non-Starters

Ash didn’t catch any non-starters that fully evolved in this league.

III. Caught Fully Evolved

  • Noctowl

Caught in – GS038

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Noctowl | Source: Fandom

Noctowl is the first and last of Ash’s bird Pokemon to be caught fully evolved.

3. Hoenn League/Battle Frontier

I. Starters

Out of the Hoenn Starter Pokemon Mudkip, Torchic, and Treecko, Ash catches Treecko, and he fully evolves.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Mudkip, Torchic, and Treekcko | Source: Fandom
  • Treecko to Grovyle to Sceptile

Caught in – RS007

Evolves in – RS167, RS162

Treecko evolves into Grovyle while battling its arch-enemy Loudred (later, Exploud). Grovyle evolves into Sceptile to save his love Meganium but also loses the use of his attacks because Meganium falls in love with Tropius.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Treecko, Grovyle, Sceptile | Source: Fandom

Sceptile does gain his moves back and becomes strong enough to defeat Tobias’s Darkrai.

II. Non-Starters

  • Egg to Phanpy to Donphan

Caught in – GS112

Evolves in – GS114, RS155

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Egg, Phanpy, Donphan | Source: Fandom

After hatching, Phanphy evolves in a fight with Team Rocket, and manages to defeat them as its fully evolved form, Donphan.

  • Taillow to Swellow

Caught in – RS004

Evolved in – RS080

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Taillow, Swellow | Source: Fandom

Swellow is the first of Ash’s Pokemon caught in Hoenn to fully evolve. Taillow shouts and evolves into Swellow to survive a sandstorm during the Pokemon Ring Contest.

  • Snorunt to Glalie

Caught in – RS123

Evolves in – RS124

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Snorunt, Glalie | Source: Fandom

When Snorunt evolves into Glalie, it masters the Ice Beam move to fend off Team Rocket.

4. Sinnoh League

I. Starters

Out of the Sinnoh Starter Pokemon Piplup, Chimchar, and Turtwig, Ash catches the latter two, and they both fully evolve.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Piplup, Chimchar, and Turtwig | Source: Fandom
  • Chimchar to Monferno to Infernape

Caught in – DP051

Evolves in – DP132, DP163

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Chimchar, Infernape | Source: Fandom

Chimchar was Paul’s Pokemon but joins Ash because Paul abandons him. It evolves in Monferno in a battle with Paul’s Ursaring, and then into Infernape due to activation of his special Blaze ability.

  • Turtwig to Grotle to Torterra

Caught in – DP005

Evolves in – DP100, DP166

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Turwig, Grotle, Torterra | Source: Fandom

Turtwig evolves into Grotle to fight against Paul’s Honchkrow. Due to its protective nature, it evolves into Torterra to protect Pikachu and Raichu from Team Rocket using its newly learned Leaf Storm.

II. Non-Starters

  • Starly to Staravia to Staraptor

Caught in – DP013

Evolves in – DP013, DP118

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Starly, Staravia, Staraptor | Source: Fandom

Staravia emerges in the sky as Starly is flung into the air in a fight with Team Rocket. Staravia later evolves into Staraptor during the Pokemon Ring Contest to learn Close Combat and defeat Paul’s Honchkrow.

  • Gligar to Gliscor

Caught in – DP064

Evolves in – DP085

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Gligar, Gliscor | Source: Fandom

Gliscor evolved with the use of a Razor Fang so it could get over its fear of heights. Gliscor is the first of Ash’s Pokemon from Sinnoh to fully evolve.

5. Unova League

I. Starters

Out of the Unova Starter Pokemon Snivy, Tepig, and Oshawott, Ash catches all three, but neither of them fully evolves.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Snivy, Tepig, and Oshawott | Source: Fandom

II. Non-Starters

  • Pidove to Tranquill to Unfezant

Caught in – BW002

Evolves in – BW024, BW070

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Pidove, Tranquill, Unfezant | Source: Fandom

Unfezant is Ash’s first Pokemon to evolve – she evolves into Tranquill while clearing out a horde of Venipede in Castelia City, and into Unfezant during the Gym battle.

  • Sewaddle to Swadloon to Leavanny

Caught in – BW020

Evolves in – BW025, BW076

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Sewaddle, Swadloon, Leavanny | Source: Fandom

Ash meets Sewaddle in Pinwheel Forest and he initially disliked Ash. He evolves into Swadloon during his battle with Whirlipede. He becomes Leavanny in Ash’s battle against Iris, to defeat her Emolga.

  • Sandile to Krokorok to Krookodile

Caught in – BW067

Evolves in – BW022, BW094

Krookodile famously appears wearing a pair of sunglasses as Sandile. He evolves into Krokorok in his battle with Pikachu. When Ash offers for him to join his team, Krokorok accepts and is caught in a Pokeball.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Sandile, Krokorok, Krookodile | Source: Fandom

He evolves to his final form, Krookodile, in a fight with Iris’s Dragonite at the Junior Cup.

6. Kalos League

I. Starters

Out of the Kalos Starter Pokemon Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie, Ash catches Froakie, and he fully evolves.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie | Source: Fandom
  • Froakie to Frogadier to Greninja

Caught in – XY001

Evolves in – XY052, XY100

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Froakie, Frogadier, Greninja | Source: Fandom

Greninja reaches his final evolution during a rescue mission in the ninja village. He protects Pikachu with his hands, defending him from Bisharp, and evolves at the same time.

II. Non-Starters

  • Fletchling to Fletchinder to Talonflame

Caught in – XY003

Evolves in – XY036, XY086

Fletchling first evolves in its battle with Moira’s Talonflame and learns a new move to win the Sky battle.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Fletchling, Fletchinder, Talonflame | Source: Fandom

In an effort to save Ash from Moltres’s Flamethrower in Mt. Molteau, Fletchinder evolves into Talonflame.

  • Goomy to Sliggoo to Goodra

Caught in – XY0055

Evolves in – XY061, XY065

Goomy wills itself to evolve into Sliggoo when it hears that Ash protected it from Grumpig’s attack. It reaches its final evolution while confronting Team Rocket.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Goomy, Sliggoo, Goodra | Source: Fandom

It busts up a rainstorm and evolves into Goodra to stop a forest fire.

  • Egg to Noibat to Noivern

Caught in – XY076

Evolves in – XY076, XY110

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Noibat, Noivern | Source: Fandom

Noibat evolves into Noivern to save Ash’s Hawlucha from falling into a ravine. Hawlucha is the one who had found Noivern as an egg.

7. Alola League

I. Starters

Out of the Alola Starter Pokemon Popplio, Rowlet, and Litten, Ash catches the latter two, but only the Litten fully evolves.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Rowlet, Popplio, and Litten | Source: Fandom
  • Litten to Torracat to Incineroar

Caught in – SM021

Evolves in – SM0063, SM143

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Litten, Torracat, Incineroar | Source: Fandom

Litten challenges Professor Kukui’s Incineroar. He doesn’t want to accept defeat and evolves into Torracat, succeeding in smashing his more evolved form. Torracat evolves into Incineroar after his victory.

II. Non-Starters

  • Rockruff to Lycanroc

Caught in – SM015

Evolves in – SM037

Rockruff always wanted to be like its more evolved form and hoped to evolve during a bout with a Lycanroc.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Rockruff, Lycanroc | Source: Fandom

After the grand trial in Alola, Rockruff trips from a mountain-edge and faints. After recovering, he howls at the green sunset and evolves to a Dusk Form Lycanroc.

  • Meltan to Melmetal

Caught in – SM112

Evolves in – SM138

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Meltan, Melmetal | Source: Fandom

At the Alola League Finals, Meltan’s hordes do a fusion ritual to evolve in one huge Melmetal.

  • Poipole to Naganadel (released)

Caught in – SM067

Evolves in – SM140

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Poipole, Naganadel | Source: Fandom

Naganadel reaches its form after the Manalo Conference. It retains its personality and behavior but becomes more powerful and helps Ash win an Exhibition battle, before entering the wormhole above Kukui’s house and returning to its world.

8. Galar League

I. Starters

Out of the Galar Starter Pokemon Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble, Ash hasn’t caught either of them – yet.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble | Source: Fandom

II. Non-Starters

  • Dragonair to Dragonite

Caught in – PJ010

Evolves in – PJ010

On Dragonite Island, Ash offers Dragonair his help to learn the Dragon Dance so it can fly with its flock.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Dragonair, Dragonite | Source: Fandom

Ever since, they’ve always shared an affectionate bond. It evolves because Ash cannot grip its skin while flying to escape from Wailord.

  • Farfetch’d to Sirfetch’d

Caught in – PJ027

Evolves in – PJ060

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Farfetch’d, Sirfetch’d | Source: Fandom

Sirfetch’d evolves his leek, as a Farfetch’d is split in a battle with Rinto’s Gallade. He wins against it and helps Ash rank higher in the World Coronation Series.

  • Egg to Riolu to Lucario

Caught in – PJ021

Evolves in – PJ021, PJ045

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Riolu, Lucario | Source: Fandom

In the latest episode, Ash Mega Evolves his Lucario to fight against Gigantamax Machamp. Lucario is the first of Ash’s Pokemon to use Mega Evolution.

III. Caught Fully Evolved

  • Gengar

Caught in – PJ016

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Gengar | Source: Fandom

Gengar, like Muk, was caught in its fully evolved form and have a  troublesome relationship with him before they are captured. But with time, Gengar develops a strong bond with Ash.

  • Mimey/Mr. Mime

Debuts in – PJ064

Debuts in – PJ064

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Mimey | Source: Fandom

Mimey was never caught. It was “adopted” by Ash’s mom, Delia, and functions as part of Ash’s team.

Key

  • TB – The Beginning – Seasons 1-3
  • GS – Gold and Silver – Seasons 4-6
  • RS – Ruby and Sapphire – Seasons 7-9
  • DP – Diamond and Pearl – Seasons 10-13
  • BW – Black and White – Seasons – 14-16
  • XY – X and Y – Seasons 17-19
  • SM – Sun and Moon – Seasons 20-22
  • PJ – Pokemon Journies – Season 24

Are Fully Evolved Pokemon Stronger?

Most fans want all of Ash’s Pokemon to fully evolve because they think this will help him become a Pokemon Master faster.

But evolution in the anime is different than in the game. In the show, due to the concept of levels, evolution does not necessarily mean a level-up in terms of strength.

In the Pokemon game, an evolved form of a Pokemon has better stats than it’s earlier versions. In the anime, that’s clearly not true.

We’ve seen loads of fully evolved Pokemon being defeated by non-evolved Pokemon due to more training or an advantage in type.

Ash’s Fully Evolved Pokemon until Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Pikachu | Source: Fandom

But evolution does mean mental and physical maturity, and this definitely works in Ash’s favor because of his relationships with his Pokemon. If they can understand him better and vice versa, Ash has more chances of winning in battle and tournaments.

Again, there are obvious exceptions to this. Ash has already tried evolving Pikachu but he literally smacked the Thunder Stone out of his hand. 

Either way, with his current team of fully evolved Pokemon + Gmax Pika, Ash might finally get his worth.

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About Pokémon

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They are creatures with an affinity to certain elements and some superhuman abilities related to that element.

Revolving around a teenage boy Ash Ketchum, Pokémon takes us through his journey to becoming the most accomplished Pokémon trainer the world has ever seen.

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