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The hoax on Ash Ketchum becoming a Pokémon Master

The hoax on Ash Ketchum becoming a Pokémon Master

A new hoax is focused on Ash Ketchum, whom is even seen becoming Pokémon Master this time! As much as we are sorry to have to deny that Ash reached his goal, the reality is far different.

“Ash Ketchum win for the first time the Pokémon League and finally becomes Pokémon Master!”

This is what even the most renowed online newspapers say… but how much of all of this is true? Once again, we of Satoshipedia end up dressing the role of the “prudes”, to clarify the fact that developed exaggerated connotations!

Let’s start from a precondition: it’s true that the protagonist of the “Pokémon Sun&Moon” series won the regional Alola League tournament. However, the value of that success is definitely lower compared to what has been proclaimed with much clamor.
But let’s start from the main hoax:

“Ash finally has become Pokémon Master!”

This has never been stated in the episode in question. Whoever follow the Pokémon anime since a lot of time knows this well, it’s not enought to win a regional tournament to become Pokémon Master. A regional league represents a springboard, that confers to the winner (besides the trophy) the right to challenge the Elite Four. This is needed to archieve the possibility to challenge the current regional champion. But being just a regional champion this doesn’t mean it will be enough to reach the summit!

“The road to become Pokémon Master is still long!”

This is what Rica Matsumoto twitted (the japanese voice actor of Ash). This concept was also reiterated into an interview released for “Corocoro”.

Now let’s talk about the alolan league format of the anime: nothing is required to partecipate, not even gym badges, so this means that anyone could give it a try, facing simplified rounds based on a maximum of 3 vs 3 matches (instead than 6 vs 6). It’s also necessary to point out that Sun&Moon is set into an alternative universe, of which the timeline is not linked to the previous series.
What value can have this kind of league in the main story? Nothing, this also because the main character of Sun&Moon is an alternative Ash, so NOT the original protagonist that we met 20 years ago.

Conclusive scenes of Diamond&Pearl and XYZ series, with the original Ash who is framed from behind while he moves away from the viewer, symbolizing the start of a new timeline

It’s not a case that in Sun&Moon is never mentioned the first league that effectively won by Ash in the original series: the Orange League.

> "The challenger wins the match! The challenger wins the match!"> "He did it!"> "Ash wins the match, the winner's trophy and a rightful place in the Orange Island's League Hall of Fame!"The year was 1999 (Japanese broadcast) and #AshKetchum won his FIRST Pokémon League tournament!Where was the #CNN when Ash won this tournament? In the same place as three years ago, when Ash ranked, for the first time, in the final of a major league!We are ironic, of course; but we recommend, especially to younger fans, to rewatch these episodes… also to verify with their own eyes the differences as for difficulty between this competition and the Alola League.We also remind you that SM constitutes an ALTERNATIVE timeline.> "The road to becoming a Pokémon Master is still long"This was just tweeted by Rica Matsumoto (Ash's Japanese voice) hinting that the value of the Alola League, in the plot, will be comparable to the one that he received the Orange League.#PerNonDimenticare #anipoke #PokemonAnime

Gepostet von Ash Ketchum Fanpage am Montag, 16. September 2019


So, a real mockery of the original Ash. During the anime he faced challenges and tournaments way more difficult, in which sometimes he was denied the victory, in absolute incoherent ways.
The most recent example is the Kalos League, the memory is still 3 years fresh. That has been the first standard tournament of the Pokémon League (Basically, regulated by the requirement of 8 gym badges, structured in rounds that includes “full challenges” of 6 vs 6 Pokémon) in which Ash finally reached the final, acclaimed by the stuadium audience and the veteran fans of the anime… who, for the occasion, started following again Pokémon, after almost 20 years! Beyond description is then the disappointment for the unjustified loss, where favoured Ash-Greninja was beaten in a incoherent way by an already seriously damaged and exhausted Mega-Charizard X.

At this point, the question is natural: what sense could have denying the victory to Ash in XYZ, where he was perfectly developed and ready for a triumph, to then give it to a rebooted Ash only 3 years later?

It comes obvious to think about is as a judgemental call, because both Ash’s Kalos Leage loss and the announcement of Sun&Moon aggravated even more the critical decrease of ratings of the anime. During the Alola Legue the japanese ratings decreased to 1%.

For any doubt or curiosity you can read our FAQ article.

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About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Ash’s Qualifications and Titles

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The first thing that must be remembered of Ash, but which in many, however, tend to forget, is that he, having earned the title of MASTER OF Kanto’s BATTLE FRONTIER, is also the EIGHTH FRONTIER BRAIN of his region, but Ash refused temporarily to fill the role in order to continue his journey. So, actually, he already holds an important title close to that of Pokémon Master, but as we all know, the goal that Ash really want to achieve is the last one.

In the course of his journey, Ash has participated in many tournaments and leagues of any kind. Let’s see what are all the titles he has received, and consequently the number of awards.

Most important titles

Orange League Champion
Master of Kanto’s Battle Frontier,
and 8th Frontier Brain
Semi-finalist (top 4) at the Sinnoh League (but the moral winner, because he was the only one who defeat not only Tobia’s Darkrai, but also his Latios)
Runner-Up at Lumiose Conference (But also in this case moral winner, for his unjustified defeat. Also some animation directors of the anime have  expressed their disagreement about it)

Regarding the other leagues, Ash is in the top 16 trainers in the Indigo League (a good position, because that’s the first League in which he participated) and in Top 8 at the Silver Conference (Johto) and Hoenn Ever Grande Conference.

Success in other tournaments

In addition to Pokémon Leagues, Ash also took part in other secondary tournaments. Let’s see those in which he won trophies:

P1 Grand Prix,in which his Primeape won the belt in the episode of first series: The Punchy Pokémon
Pokémon Sumo Championships, in wich Ash, along with his Snorlax, has won a King’s Rock and an Annual Pokéfood supply 
(immediately devoured by Snorlax), in the episode “Ring Masters” of the series Johto League Champions
Crossgate Town PokéRinger Tournament in wich Ash has won honorary citizenship of the town (episode “That’s Just Swellow” of the Advanced Challenge series)
Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition, in wich Ash, teamed with Paul, has won a Soothe Bell (episode: “Smells Like Team Spirit“, series Diamond & Pearl)
Pokéringer Tournament of Squallville, in which Ash has won the honorary citizenship and an annual supply of PokéFood  (immediately devoured by Dawn’s Mamoswine), in the episode: Pursuing a Lofty Goal!” of the series DP Galactic Battles
The tournament of Twinleaf Festival,in which Ash has won a trophy and privilege to challenge Tower Tycoon Palmer. (episode:
Challenging a Towering Figure!” of the series DP Galactic Battles)

Other trophies won in secondary competitions

Ash has also participated in many other competitions, always focused on Pokémon, but that aren’t related to the classical battles:

The Pokémon Race sponsored by Laramie’s Clan, in which Ash won first place riding Lara Laramie’s Ponyta (which after evolved into Rapidash) (episode “The Flame Pokémon-Athon, in the first series)
The Bug-Catching Contest at Johto’s National Park, in which Ash has won a Sun Stone and a Beedril, which was later gifted to Casey. (episode: “The Bug Stops Hereseries Johto League Champions)
The hot air balloon race, in which he participated with his Noctowl in team with Misty and Brock. They won on a par
with the team of Skyler and his father
, to which the protagonists have decided to give the balloon burner as a prize
The Extreme Pokémon contest, in Eggseter Town, in which he won a Trophy (episode “Extreme Pokémon“, of the Master Quest)
The Hearthome Collection, to which he participated along with Pikachu and has won the award for originality (episode: Arriving in Style!” of the series DP Battle Dimension”)
The Triathlon of Pokémon Summer Accademy, in which he won the final race and he also received, as all other trainers, a commemorative plaque for have participated at the event (episode: One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!“)

Positions in which he is placed in competitions he didn’t win

Runner-up (2nd) at the Grass Tournament, in the episode ” The Grass Route“, Johto League Champions series 
Top 16 at Whirl Cup, in the Whirl Islands (episode: “The Perfect Match!” of the series Master Quest”)
Top 3 in the Pokémon Dress-Up Contest, episode: “All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go!“, series Diamond & Pearl.
Top 32 at the Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament, in the episode “To Thine Own Pokémon Be True!“, series DP Galactic Battles
Second at the Hurdle Dash of Pokéathlon in Camellia Town, episode: “A Marathon Rivalry!“, series DP Sinnoh League Victors

Pokémon Contests

Ash has also participated at several Pokémon Contests, for fun and to help his friends May and Dawn, although he is not at all prepared for this type of competition, as admitted by the same Ash, whom, being focused on the effectiveness of the moves, tends to forget to present them elegantly.

Despite this, Ash has always carefully observed the Pokémon Contests, from which he’s often able to draw inspiration for some of his most spectacular battle moves (to learn more go to THIS LINK).

Below, here’s Pokémon Contests to which he took part, with all the positions in which he is classified:

Pokémon Contest in Terracotta Town, in which he won on a par with May (episode: “Home is Where the Start is“, series Battle Frontier)
Pokémon Contest in Hearthome City, in which he is ranked in the Top 8 (episode “Arrival of a Rival!“, series Diamond & Pearl)
Wallace Cup, in which he is ranked in the Top 8 (episodio “Pruning a Passel of Pals!“, series DP Battle Dimension)

Satoshipedia is based solely on what is demonstrated in the series that constituite the original timeline of the Pokémon anime.

We’re sorry for all our eventual grammatical and lexical mistakes. We’re Italian and we’re trying to do our best 🙂

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About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia