Ash Ketchum is now 10 years old and is able to start on a new journey as a Pokémon trainer. On his first day Ash slept through his alarm and missed his chance to get one of the three Kanto starter Pokémon: Charmander, Bulbasaur or Squirtle. However, Professor Oak had one last Pokémon at his lab, a Pikachu. At first Pikachu did not get along with Ash, but over the course of the season Ash gained Pikachu's trust and they became best friends, developing a special bond. On the way Ash meets Misty, the Cerulean City Gym Leader who loves water Pokémon and wants to join him until he'll pay for her bike which was accidentally destroyed by Pikachu, and Brock, the Pewter City Gym Leader who wants to join Ash on his journey so he can become the greatest Pokémon breeder. Ash catches and makes friends with many Pokémon which sets him up for a great adventure. However, through his journey he has to deal with the Team Rocket trio of Jessie, James, and Meowth, and his childhood rival, Gary Oak, Prof. Oak's grandson who also is a Pokémon Trainer that always seems two steps ahead of Ash. After obtaining all 8 Kanto Gym Badges needed to compete in the Pokémon League at Indigo Plateau, Ash reaches the top 16, losing out to a close friend, Ritchie.