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Why Ash’s Pikachu will never evolve in the Pokemon anime

Published: 12/Sep/2020 18:10

by Paul Cot


Ash and Pikachu are synonymous with the Pokemon anime. For years now though, fans of the franchise have wondered if Pikachu will ever evolve into Raichu. Here’s why that’s unlikely.

As certain as Jessie and James will blast off again, Pikachu will always be by Ash’s side. It would be unthinkable to watch a Pokemon episode and that not be the case.


We’ll never know whether the Pokemon Company has seriously considered the evolution, but more than 23 years since its inception, it hasn’t happened.

Pikachu is the face of Pokemon

Many believe there is a very simple explanation as to why we won’t ever see Ash and Raichu as a partnership. That is because Pikachu is the face of Pokemon.


If Ash’s Pikachu did ever evolve, there would certainly be no going back. This isn’t Mega Evolution after all. Fans love Raichu, at least the more die-hard ones do, but there’s no getting away from the fact that it isn’t Pikachu.

Ash's Gigantamax Pikachu
Ash’s Gigantamax Pikachu debuted in February 2020…

The real reason there won’t be Ash and Raichu

As pointed out by Majesticman713, Ash’s Pikachu is actually a G-Max Pikachu. This was discovered in the 1,098th episode of the Pokemon anime – better known as Episode 13 of Pokemon Journeys: The Series (JN013).

This occurred in a battle with Gigantamax Drednaw where initially Ash and Pikachu had decided to run. However, they came across glowing cracks in the ground which turned out to be Dynamax energy. This made Pikachu change into its Gigantamax form.


This is significant because, as we have learned in Pokemon Sword and Shield, species capable of Gigantamaxing cannot evolve. That means, of course, Pikachu can’t evolve into Raichu even if it wanted to.

Long time fans of the Pokemon franchise and specifically the anime, will remember Pikachu refusing to evolve following a defeat to Lt. Surge’s Raichu. Realistically the Gigantamax phenomenon was created long after that, but for the sake of story-line consistency, Pikachu wouldn’t have been able to evolve anyway. It did look like it was struggling not to, though!


Logan Paul mindblown after pulling rare Pokemon cards worth $3000

Published: 1/Oct/2020 13:11

by Jacob Hale


Logan Paul has become an avid Pokemon card collector throughout the latter half of 2020, and treated fans of his Impaulsive podcast to watch him open a rare pack, the contents of which he was delighted with.

The Pokemon Trading Card Game originally got going in 1999 and now, over two decades later, is worth more than ever, with rare cards making sellers hundreds of thousands of dollars if they’ve kept their collection in good condition.


He recently revealed some of the collection he had been building up, including a first edition shadowless Charizard that could fetch anywhere between $40,000 to $60,000 at auction.

Letting his fans into the hobby, Logan opted to buy a pack of Base Set trading cards for $500 online and opened it live on Impaulsive.

Logan Paul 1st edition Charizard
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Logan’s 1st edition Charizard is a prized possession.

Obviously, when you’re spending $500 on a single pack of cards, you’ve got to be pretty hopeful of the results, but Paul insisted he always gets his rarest cards from the seller he bought it from.

So, he opened them and revealed each card one-by-one, including a Squirtle which he expects to fetch around $200-300, perhaps more as he believes it to have a PSA grade of 10 — or, the best condition it could possibly be.

Alongside the regular Energy cards and some more Pokemon such as Gastly and Poliwhirl, Paul also packed a Blastoise, again expecting it to be PSA graded 10/10, which he says should fetch around $2500 — meaning the total value of the individual cards could fetch around $3000 if his valuations are correct.


Obviously, the valuations may be slightly off, but Logan has at least made his money back for this pack — and if he’s made a profit then more power to him.

There’s some serious money to be made in the Pokemon Trading Card Game now, especially as it enjoys somewhat of a resurgence of late, so it might be worth digging out those old cards and see what you’ve got laying around: you never know how much money you could be sitting on.