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I'm just wondering since thats the only pokemon he has all the time. ^^

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Level In the games is game mechanic, level in the anime is reference.

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In the anime there are no "levels" for pokemon, they just improve as they fight more battles and get happier and stronger. If there pokemon in the anime did "level up" Ash's pikachu would certainly be level 100(+ if possible).

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Actually if it were possible it would be like lv 1000 if it was a cheat code
Riiight... l don't think Ash or anyone in the show would cheat...
Jessie, James, and meowth would
Hah lol
LOL! Funny, really! ^^
Like Evee96 said there aren't any levels for Pokemon in the anime, but if there were,though pikachu would be about lv. 100.
I'm going with evee96 on this one. However, in the pokemon game event, the Pikachu you get is level 50. then again, every event pokemon is level 50....still in the show(if they had levels) Ash's Pikachu would be the highest level possible.
there ARE levels in the anime it says so in an episode
Actually guys in episode #09 'The School of Hard Knocks" somewhere towards the start of the episode a young student from the trainer school is being 'tortured' by the older students as they ask a series of questions relating to Pokemon while the boy runs on a treadmill. The boy is asked about Pidgey's special attacks the boy replies "Pidgey's special attack is gust, at level 5 sand attack, at level 12" He is then quizzed on it's evolved state and at what level it evolves at. And then blah blah Ash comes along and saves the day.
So at the Pokemon Tech School they are taught about the Pokemon's levels, in fact the Anime does include Pokemon levelling, it's just not often used in dialogue.
Although I do agree speculation into Pikachu's actual level would leave it somewhere in the high 80's - early 90's.
In an episode Tricks of the Trade Team rocket was holding a scam so when trade they said When you trade will make your pokemon go up one level.                                                     

A level 100 pikachu lost to a level 14 panpour?
pikachu would not be level 100 because pikachu learned electro ball and he learns in at level 18 so hes probably level 26
maybe pikachu resets to level 5 like Ash resets to age 10.
In the episode Roll On Pokemon, Ash's pokedex states that you can tell what level Donphan is by how long it's tusks are. And in Fight Flyer with Fire, Brock said that Falkner had a type advantage and level advantage. Yet another note, in Mudkip Mission, Swampy mentions that all the starters are raised to the same level
But during Team Go-getters squirtle says I'm moving levels so fast !
pretty sure that the levels reset after every region so his pikachu goes back to lvl5 in unova for example, when zekrom made pikachus electricity stop working, which is why he lost to his new rival who started their journey. no source, its just my theory
Pretty sure it levelled up enough to learn Thunder before the Hoenn series
Something must happen to pikachu's level. It loses to a new snivy right after drawing with a latios.
Anime used plot convenience. It's super effective!
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It is my belief that Pikachu is level 100 or above, actually it is quite possible it is above the level 100th level. Which explains why team rocket is so fixated on this particular pikachu, so early in the anime. Often times this particular pikachu even shows how "high leveled" it is by being able to do things that other pikachus can not do. In episodes 373-374 Pikachu actually shows that it is at a level on par with legendary as Groudon's Blue Ball should only be able to be used with Legendary Pokemon, or at the very least a fully evolved Pokemon, but pikachu was so powerful that he actually went into a primal state. Nintendo has released recently that the new kind of evolution is called Primal Reversion. However in the past all other kinds of evolution's require the Pokemon to be at the pinnacle of its evolutionary state, and this does not seem to be changing for with Primal Reversion either. We all have to remember that the purpose for evolution to begin with is to keep us baited and wanting to know what happens next. So its natural to assume that all other types of evolutionary gimmick will require your Pokemon to be in its final evolutionary stage. I also believe that Pikachu started out at a very high level to begin with. As it was very hard to train, and when it was issued to Ash, it was actually not in a normal pokeball but a Thunder Ball, meaning that people were having a hard time catching it to begin with. I also find it very hard to believe that it was the only Pokemon left, as it was not suppose to be part of the trinity of starters to begin with in the anime, not only that but Professor oak had his lab in the smack middle of pallet town, so he would have a estimate of how many new trainers would be coming in. It is highly possible that the Pikachu was at its Max level when he started with Ash, seeing Pikachu is the result of an experiment conducted by Professor Oak and allegedly destroyed the lab where he was created in a momentary loss of control. It is also this thought that perhaps this experiment not only unlocked the unlimited Leveling feature of this particular pikachu but brought it to a new evolutionary branch, allowing it to surpass its final evolution in both power and ability. This would prevent pikachu from evolving because it is at its final evolution as far as normal evolution. I would also note , that I think the last thing we should remember is that Ash's pikachu is full of emotion. He has good days, he has bad days. He also seems to know when to pull a punch or let it go full throttle. Even the best fighters have bad days when they are in a "meh" mood. I would also like to note that Pikachu has been shown in the anime to be very caring to the other Pokemon. He would purposefully lose just to help the Pokemon's confidence. Someone in the comments mentioned that he lost to snivy, but you also have to remember that Snivy is a very proud Pokemon. He would lose to Snivy just to give it motivation to keep battling and get stronger.

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