If you've watched any amount of the Pokémon anime then you may be questioning the title of this article. Surely Ash's Pikachu can't be the strongest Pokémon because we've seen many others beat him, not to mention all the Pokémon that could do the same if given a shot.
But what if I told you that a lot of evidence suggests Pikachu is the very possibly the strongest of 'em all, with the exception of maybe a few (highly unfair) legendaries?
Faster Than A Speeding Raichu...
Although Ash's Pikachu loses to a few Raichu over the course of his journey, it has also gone on to beat a couple too. Either way, Pikachu shows he can beat his evolutionary superior, and at his best I think he could beat any Raichu out there.
Meowth actually says in one of the earlier episodes that Pikachu exceeds his potential as a Raichu, which could only realistically be the case if Pikachu was exceptionally strong.
More Powerful Than A Legendary...
For example, when Ash fought Tobias in the Lily of the Valley Conference in Sinnoh, we saw Pikachu clash with a Latios and somehow take the legendary Pokémon to a tie. That is a feat no run-of-the-mill Pikachu could manage.
To do this Pikachu combined a volt tackle with an iron tail in a truly clever combination typical of Ash's battle style. The timing and difficulty of the combination requires a high level of skill, and pulling it off in a high-pressure situation against a legendary Pokémon was... well, legendary.
Able To Beat Strong Pokémon With A Single Move!
When fighting another legendary, Regice, at the Battle Frontier, Pikachu essentially takes it out in one attack. A lot more moves were used of course, but Regice eventually used rest to completely restore its health before a single volt tackle knocked it out.
This is after Pikachu had been frozen and hit multiple times already in the match. You have to respect Pikachu's resolve.
Everyone Has Bad Days, Including Pikachu
Of course Pikachu has had some nasty defeats, such as the infamous loss against a Snivy with no battle experience (though there was an electrical issue). On a bad day, Pikachu can lose against some pretty meek opponents, but the point I'm making is that on a good day, Pikachu is fighting with the top dogs.
How else could he beat Mega Lucario? In the Shalour Gym battle against Korrina we see Pikachu pull off an outrageous win against a mega-evolved Lucario. Again, we see the cute little electric mouse beat impossible odds.
A cool theory worth mentioning is that Pikachu 'resets' at some point when arriving in a new region, making his strength even more impressive.
Future High-Profile Targets, Watch Out
In the current Sun & Moon series, we see Ash and Pikachu scrap with the island guardian Tapu Koko and pique its interest with their strength. Also the current developments make it look like they'll clash again with perhaps slightly different results now that Pikachu can properly utilize Z-Moves.
I have a feeling Pikachu has a few more giants to slay.
Some Powerful Exceptions
Alright, Pikachu isn't gonna be beating the god Pokémon Arceus, creator of the universe, any time soon. There are also some legendaries like Mega Rayquaza and one or two others that would simply be too powerful for Pikachu.
But considering there are almost eight-hundred other Pokémon I think he'd be able to beat in some way or another, and Pikachu isn't even a legendary, I'm pretty happy to call him the strongest Pokémon in my eyes.
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