Pokemon are known to be able to withstand tremendous physical abuse before being KOed (death happens very rarely, if at all): being burned, shocked with millions of volts, subjected to Light That Burns the Sky itself, etc etc.

What about humans, though? They seem to be far more fragile than Pokemon, since they usually aren't seen fighting Pokemon and they are explicitely said to need Pokemon for protection. Noticeably, in one of the very early Anime episodes, Ash managed to "catch" a wild (presumably very low-level) Pidgey with his coat but failed to hold it - hinting that humans seem to be weaker than the weakest of Pokemon.

However, we also have examples that seem to contradict this. Jessie and James, noticeably, were able to survive being launched into orbit and falling back on Earth. Also, in one anime episode, Kiyo was able to defeat a Tyroque even though both his pokemon had failed at this task. So it would seem human bodies do possess powers comparable to those of Pokemon after all.

Is this settled in universe? How powerful are (unarmed) humans in the world of Pokemon?

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    Leaving the orbit thing aside (which isn't necessarily related to physical strength which seems to be what you're aiming at), both Pidgey and Tyrogue are shorter than one meter (more or less). Likely Ash can't hold it 'cause he's a weak kid, but Kiyo is a Black Belt adult so... not really comparable?
    – Jenayah
    Oct 25, 2018 at 21:03
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    @Jenayah Well leaving the orbit seems relevant insofar many pokemon were subjected to such abuse when their opponent was performing seismic toss for example. No real life human could survive that. Also Ash/Pidgey and Kiyo/Tyroque seem comparable since Pidgey was presumably a very low level mon itself while Tyroque had already shown battle prowess. Also IIRC after Ahs's failed Pidgey attempt the pokedex said something about humans needing to battle wild pokemon with their own pokemon before capturing them, not 100% certain tho.
    – gaazkam
    Oct 25, 2018 at 21:06
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    "being burned, shocked with millions of votes" Is this a joke about US politics? Oct 25, 2018 at 21:42
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    – Verdan
    Oct 26, 2018 at 16:11

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Chuck, the gym leader in the episode "Machoke, Machoke Man," trains his pokemon by physically fighting them. His success rate against Machoke doesn't seem very impressive but he holds his own. In that episode at least, humans and fighting pokemon seem about even.


In Pokemon the First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back, we see what happens when Ash tries to stop Mew and Mewtwo from fighting by running between them and taking the full brunt of their psychic attacks:

Mew and Mewtwo face off Ash tries to intervene in the fight Ash gets blasted by Mew and Mewtwo's attacks Ash turned to stone

And there you have it, an unarmed human getting full on blasted by Pokemon powers and dying / turning to stone.

Sure... he later comes back to life due to Pokemon tears and profit that needs to be made by selling more games, cards, anime, ect........

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    Yes, however it should be noted that AFAIK Ash has never trained to fight himself, while both Mew and especially Mewtwo were among the strongest Pokemon in existance.
    – gaazkam
    Oct 29, 2018 at 12:27

Depends on the pokemon

In Pokemon Sun and Moon

A multan is a pokemon that looks like a normal bolt but only just bigger


And even though its small it can shoot a massive lazer blast That could knock multiple people out

And then you have Snowy


Who even though has strong ice powers

Is actually quite weak in physical strength but light and agile so can manuever a field quite easily

And then you have bewear


Who took on a ultra beast with martial arts in a very cool fighting scene against pheramosa, the ultra beast was bashing meowth, So bewear walks in really gangsta and goes full batman style attacks on the ultra beast in a really cool scene

And bewear is way above the strength of any human

So it depends on the pokemon there are some weaker then humans and some that are stronger and much stronger but most pokemon are above humans in thier abilities

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    Whilst your general point makes sense, depends on the Pokemon, a lot of the evidence you give is Pokemon vs Pokemon or just about a specific Pokemon. Do you know of any cases of Pokemon vs human you could edit in to back this up?
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Mar 23, 2020 at 7:12

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