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Pokémon's Ash Finally Catches A Dragonite, After 23 Long Years

Pokémon's Ash Finally Catches A Dragonite, After 23 Long Years

Ash Ketchum, the eternally youthful star of the Pokémon anime, is becoming less of a wet wipe with each passing day. In the early days of the popular series, the aspiring trainer was, as anyone will tell you, rubbish. It was painful to watch, honestly. Seriously, go back to those early episodes. Technically, he doesn't even win half of the Kanto Gym Badges.

It's only recently that the hapless lad from Pallet Town has really started pulling it together, in fact. Last year the internet exploded when, after 22 years and multiple attempts, Ash was finally crowned Pokémon League Champion. It was a huge moment for fans of the anime both old and new, and proof that you really can do anything if you put your mind to it.

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It appears that since conquering the Pokémon League, Ash has really hit his stride as a trainer. It only took him 23 years, but the boy on a quest to catch 'em all has finally caught himself a Dragonite. The Gen 1 dragon Pokémon has been knocking around for as long as the anime, but it's only with the 23rd season that Ash has managed to make one his own.

Needless to say, fans seem pretty happy about the development.


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The happy event occurred in episode ten of the latest run of episodes, and actually marks Ash's first catch of the Season. Naturally, more viewers were expecting the trainer to bag himself one of the new monsters from Sword/Shield, so an OG 'mon like Dragonite joining the team is an incredibly exciting curveball for fans.

There's also the fact that Ash tends to kick off a season or run of episodes by catching a weaker/smaller Pokémon, or teaming up with a starter monster that evolves over the course of the season. Going straight in by catching an absolute unit like Dragonite (my personal favourite Pokémon), proves that this new-and-improved As Ketchum is not messing around.

Maybe at this rate, Ash might actually catch 'em all so he can finally go home to Pallet Town and have a well-earned break. Let's see how the season develops.

Featured Image Credit: Nintendo

Topics: pokemon, Nintendo

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.