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Arbok #024: Arbok
Pokémon
#026: Raichu Raichu
Pikachu
ピカチュウ Pikachu
#025
025Pikachu.png
Art by Ken Sugimori from FireRed and LeafGreen
Type
Electric '
Category
Mouse Pokémon
Ability
Static
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#025
Johto
#022
Hoenn
#156
Sinnoh
#104
Regional Browser numbers
Fiore
R-023
Almia
R-002
Oblivia
R-005 N-154
Height
1'04"
Imperial
0.4 m
Metric
Weight
13.2 lbs.
Imperial
6.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
Yellow
Catch rate
190 (24.8%)
Body style
Body08.png
Footprint
 F025.png 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Ground and
Fairy groups
21 cycles
(5355 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
2
Base Exp.: 82 Battle Exp.: 821*

Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ Pikachu) is an Template:Type2 Pokémon.

It evolves from Pichu by happiness, and evolves into Raichu when exposed to a Thunderstone.

Pikachu is popularly known as the mascot of the Pokémon franchise and a major representative of Nintendo's collective mascots.

It is the version mascot of Pokémon Yellow, where it is the only starter Pokémon in that game, and has made numerous appearances on the boxes of spin-off titles.

Contents

Biology

Physiology

A Pikachu is a short, chubby, ground-dwelling rodent notable for its Electric abilities. Pikachu have short, yellow fur with brown stripes on the back, black-tipped ears, along with an unusually shaped tail, resembling a lightning bolt. Besides its evolution and pre-evolution, it may be related to Plusle, Minun, Pachirisu, and Emonga due to notable physical similarities.

Pikachu are known to have acute senses of hearing, thanks to their large ears. Most domestic Pikachu are able to understand and interpret human speech at levels far surpassing those of any pet dog.

In Pika and Goliath!, when Ash's Pikachu was injured, it was shown to have a heart rate of 156.

Gender differences

A female Pikachu has a small v-shaped "dent" at the end of its tail that resembles a heart. Male Pikachu do not have this dent. However, both genders' tails resemble a lightning bolt, fitting their Electric typing.

Special abilities

Exclusive to Pikachu is the ability to release electric discharges of varying intensity, at will, through electric sacs in its cheeks. This electric energy can be manipulated into a variety of techniques which are mostly used in battle, but which can be used to roast berries as well.

As Pikachu builds up energy in its electricity glands, it often needs to discharge, as to not result in a short, or worse, which can lead to physical Paralysis, or in severe cases, death. Pikachu release the built-up energy through their tail, which acts as a grounding rod, to safely remove unneeded energy. A sure sign to tell if a location is inhabited by Pikachu is to look for patches of burnt grass, which is the result of the discharge. Through an inability to release a buildup of electricity, a Pikachu may develop a rare condition similar to the human flu. This illness is most often caused by strong nearby electromagnetic forces, which severely impact the electric glands. If a Pikachu is introduced to a magnet, it will be attracted towards its cheeks, and display other common attributes of magnetism.

Pikachu and its evolution family, Pichu and Raichu, are the only known Pokémon that can learn Volt Tackle. In a few rare cases, Pikachu can learn to manipulate Water and, with the help of a surfboard, perform the move Surf. Other rare cases show that Pikachu can also learn, with the use of balloons, to perform the move Fly. Pikachu also have their own signature held item - the Light Ball. This item boosts a Pikachu's Attack and Special Attack stat, and, when held by a Pikachu in the daycare center, causes the offspring to know the move Volt Tackle.

Behavior

In the wild, Pikachu often travel in packs, and are rarely territorial. However, when threatened, a group can generate an intense electrical offensive, and the electro-magnetic forces exerted by the resulting field can even produce a short lived, localized thunderstorm. Pikachu can be harmful pests, eating and sometimes destroying telephone poles, wires, and other electronic equipment.

Despite this, it is a popular pet, and relatively easy to maintain, with little exercise necessary for its well being. However, it is important to discharge the electricity in its cheeks periodically.

As many know, pulling on a Pikachu's tail will result in a severe shock to the offender. Another defense of Pikachu's is the use of its nasty Bite which has been known to leave quite a mark.

Habitat

They are found mostly in forests, but possibly because of their attraction to their electricity or simply because they are not afraid of people, Pikachu commonly show up in civilized areas. They may even enter houses, presumably attracted by the electrical output generated by the dwellers' appliances. Pikachu are native only to the Kanto region, although they have been introduced to many other regions.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

Living in wooded areas, Pikachu often are found foraging for berries. Instead of climbing trees, they use small electrical shocks to release the berries from the tree, roasting them at the same time.

As pets, they can be fed a variety of processed food. Alternatively, like most Pokémon, Pikachu are tolerant to most "human" foods, and sometimes enjoy them more than the more nutritional food designed for their biology. An example of this is the fact that Ash's Pikachu has been known to have a fondness of ketchup, probably due to to the fact that Ash's last name, Ketchum, sounds like a mix of catch 'em of "gotta catch 'em all" and ketchup.

In the anime

Pikachu in the anime

Major appearances

Ash's Pikachu

Main article: Ash's Pikachu

Ash Ketchum has a Pikachu that he obtained from Professor Oak in Pokémon - I Choose You!, the first episode of the Pokémon anime series. It has appeared in every non-special episode and every Pokémon movie since.

Ash was given the opportunity to release Pikachu in Pikachu's Goodbye, though Pikachu chose to stay with him. This episode also featured many other wild Pikachu.

A Pikachu named Sugar belonging to the owners of a restaurant went missing prior to Cooking up a Sweet Story!, and Ash's Pikachu had to fill in for it so that its owner would have the confidence to win a cooking competition. At the end of the episode, Sugar returns, however, it has evolved into a Raichu.

Sparky, Ritchie's Pikachu

Main article: Sparky

Ritchie also has a Pikachu nicknamed Sparky, who debuted in A Friend In Deed. Sparky, unlike most Pikachu, has a tuft of fur on the top of its head.

Ashachu

Ash gets turned into a Pikachu in Hocus Pokémon by a Pokémon magician named Lily. He reverts to his human form at the beginning of the next episode.

Other

At least 20 other Pikachu appeared in Pokémon Emergency! to help Ash's Pikachu defeat Team Rocket's Jessie, James, and Meowth to send them blasting off for the first time.

Another Pikachu nicknamed Puka was owned by a man named Victor on Seafoam Island in The Pi-Kahuna. This blue-eyed Pikachu had the ability to sense tidal waves approaching.

A Pikachu has also been owned by Luana's son, Travis. Luana mistook Ash for Travis when she saw Pikachu on Ash's shoulder.

In Lights, Camerupt, Action, Elijah used a Pikachu in one of his movies. This Pikachu helped Plusle and Minun on their mission to rescue Princess Kirlia from the evil Exploud.

In Mewtwo Strikes Back, Mewtwo clones Ash's Pikachu. This Pikachu can be told apart from Ash's due to spikes on the black marks at the tips of its ears. It is also comparatively more aggressive than Ash's Pikachu and slurs its speech, defects possibly caused by Ash tampering with Mewtwo's cloning machine during the cloning process.

A Pikachu also had a part in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate!. He was kidnapped by a Skarmory and Team Go-Getters set out to rescue him as their first mission. Pikachu provided them with some items in the battle.

Minor appearances

Aside from Ash's Pikachu, Pokémon of this species, wild and Trainers' alike, are rarely seen in the anime. This is most likely due to the fact that Ash's Pikachu is seen in every episode.

James used a Pikachu in the Pokémon League Entrance Exam in The Ultimate Test, but it was defeated by the instructor's Graveler. James, after interfering with a battle Ash was having with the instructor, later tried to steal this Pikachu, only for that Pikachu to zap James instead, as instructed by its instructor.

A Pikachu belonging to an unnamed Aura Guardian appeared in a flashback in The Keystone Pops!.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP002 Pikachu Dawn's Pokédex Pikachu, the Mouse Pokémon. It can generate electric attacks from the electric pouches located in both of its cheeks.
This concludes the entries from the Diamond & Pearl series.

In the manga

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

Main article: Ash's Pikachu

Ash's Pikachu is a starring character in Ash and Pikachu, a manga adaptation of the Pokémon anime which is based on Ash's adventures in the Johto region.

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Main article: Ash's Pikachu

Ash's Pikachu is a main character in the manga series The Electric Tale of Pikachu, an adaptation of the Pokémon anime.

In the manga, Ash discovered Pikachu under the floorboards at his home, where he was chewing on wires to eat the electricity.

Sparky, Ritchie's Pikachu, appears in The Electric Tale of Pikachu as well, however, it is nicknamed "Chuchino" instead.

In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga

A story called Akari and Pikachu's Birthday is featured in the final volume of How I Became a Pokémon Card.

In the Magical Pokémon Journey and Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪ manga

Main article: Pikachu (MPJ)

Pikachu is a main character in the Magical Pokémon Journey manga series. He is the first Pokémon befriended by Hazel, appearing for the first time in How Do You Do, Pikachu?. Pikachu is one of the few Pokémon in Magical Pokémon Journey that cannot speak human language, although the others seem to understand him. He is described as rather scatterbrained at times. Pikachu returns as a main character in Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪, the sequel to the Magical Pokémon Journey series.

Ash's Pikachu also makes a cameo appearance in bonus chapters at the end of every volume of the Magical Pokémon Journey manga.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Pika
Main article: Chuchu

Pikachu debuted in its own round in the Red, Green & Blue chapter, Wanted: Pikachu!. Here, a Pikachu was stealing all the crops in a town. The townsfolk kept chasing it around, but end up getting shocked by it. Red arrives and captures it, ending the chaos. Although extremely disobedient at first, even prone to regularly electrocuting its owner, the two eventually got over this enmity, and this Pikachu, nicknamed "Pika," became one of his most loyal and trusted fighters, being used in almost every major battle Red has had.

In the ninth volume, Yellow is seen to have a new addition to her team: a Pikachu she had found injured in the Viridian Forest and nursed back to health. When Pika is left behind by Red on his trip to Mt. Silver, Pika joins Yellow and Chuchu on their trip to Johto.

Pika and Chuchu share a loving relationship, one that is so strong that even Jasmine noticed, prompting her to hand Yellow a slip with the Pokémon Daycare's address on it. In Volume 13, after Yellow and Wilton are brought to the Daycare after being shipwrecked, Yellow finds that Pika and Chuchu now have an egg shortly after they were "put together." The egg eventually hatches into Gold's Pichu.

Wild Pikachu also appeared in the R/S and D/P arcs.

Pokédex entries

Manga Chapter Entry
Pokémon Adventures PS004 When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity could build up and cause lightning storms. Forest dwellers, they are few in number and exceptionally rare. The pouches in their cheeks discharge electricity at their opponents. The Pikachu are believed to be highly intelligent.

In the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga

A Pikachu makes a cameo in Pokémon Battle Frontier during one of the battles. Also, a photo album owned by Anabel has a Pikachu on the cover.

In the Pokémon Get da ze! manga

Main article: Shū's Pikachu

In the Pokémon Get da ze! manga, Shū's first Pokémon was a Pikachu that he found abandoned in the forest.

In the Pokémon Gold and Silver: The Golden Boys manga

In Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys, Gold was in possession of a Pikachu, which ended up being Eusine's.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Main article: Isamu Akai's Pikachu

Pikachu is one of the main characters in the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga series and its sequels. It was the first Pokémon that Isamu Akai captured on his own.

Pikachu is one of the few Pokémon in the manga that cannot speak human language. He is the cousin of Isamu Akai's Clefairy and is considered the smarter of the two.

Pikachu evolved into Raichu in Clefairy finally evolves?!, but he has since devolved back to the Pikachu stage.

In Pokémon Newspaper Strip

Ash's Pikachu was the main character in the short-lived Pokémon Newspaper Strip.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

Satoshi has a Pikachu as one of the members of his team in Pokémon Zensho. It later evolves into a Raichu.

In the TCG

Main article: Pikachu (TCG)

Pikachu somehow manages to find its way into many of the expansions, causing there to be 0 known non-reprint Pokémon cards featuring Pikachu. There are also various Trainer cards with Pikachu in the card's artwork too, including the very sought-after tournament promos such as No.1 Trainer.

The first Pikachu that appeared in the TCG was Pikachu in the Base Set (which was reprinted in Base Set 2 and in POP Series 2 with different artwork). It was followed in the next set by another Pikachu (which was also reprinted in the Legendary Collection). The third Pikachu card released was the first-ever English promo card, Pikachu. The original Base Set Pikachu was also released as a special promotional card at E3.

In the early days of the TCG, several notable errors were made regarding the Pikachu cards. The Base Set Pikachu was released with altered artwork at first, depicting it with red cheeks, instead of the original yellow. While this matched Ken Sugimori's artwork, the yellow color on its cheeks was intentional by the artist, who depicted Pikachu using ThunderShock. This error appeared in both the E3 promotional version and the normal Base Set release. A second error was made in the production of Jungle set booster packs, which, instead of the Jungle set's Pikachu, contained, at times, first edition versions of the Pikachu that was released as a promo card.

In the TFG

One Pikachu figure has been released.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros.

Pikachu is a playable character and the only Pokémon that is playable from the start of the game. Its main stage is Saffron City.

In the hands of a skilled player, Pikachu is not to be taken lightly. Alongside electrical attacks, it has very good aerial attacks and superb recovery. Because of this, top-level SSB players have placed Pikachu at the top of their list, theoretically making it the best character in the game.

Standard Special Move Up Special Move Down Special Move

Thunder Jolt

Quick Attack

Thunder

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Super Smash Bros. Melee

Pikachu is a returning playable character and the only Pokémon that is playable from the start of the game. Its main stage is Kanto: Pokémon Stadium.

While Pikachu's play style remained the same, it was powered down in the sequel. The tier lists for Melee place Pikachu in either the Middle or Low tier.

Standard Special Move Side Special Move Up Special Move Down Special Move

Thunder Jolt

Skull Bash

Quick Attack

Thunder

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Trophy information

Classic Mode

It's safe to say that Pikachu is the most famous and popular of all Pokémon. It has electric pouches in both cheeks; when in danger, it shoots electricity at its enemies. Although Pikachu can evolve into Raichu by exposure to a Thunderstone, many Trainers like Pikachu so much that they don't let it evolve.

Adventure Mode

While its electrical attacks, such as Thunder and Thunder Jolt, are powerful, Pikachu is at its best speeding around the fray and waiting for its chance to strike. You can control the path of Pikachu's two-directional Quick Attack, allowing you to jump twice. Hold down the B Button to charge up Skull Bash.

All-Star Mode

The angle of the Control Stick controls the direction of Pikachu's Quick Attack. Pikachu will move blindingly fast, and it will also cause damage to any character it runs into. Move the Control Stick during Quick Attack and Pikachu will move in up to two directions. Be sure to check out the ceilings on the level when you use Thunder.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Pikachu in Brawl

Pikachu is a returning playable character to the franchise. Its Final Smash move is Volt Tackle. It has different designs for hats including Red's hat from Pokémon Red and Blue.

Standard Special Move Side Special Move Up Special Move Down Special Move Final Smash

Thunder Jolt

Skull Bash

Quick Attack

Thunder

Volt Tackle

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Subspace Emissary

Pikachu is first seen in the "Research Facility" stage where it is being used to power a generator. Responding to its shrieks of pain, Zero Suit Samus saves it by destroying the generator. The two then face a group of R.O.B Sentries. Pikachu then joins Samus to search for her stolen power suit. The suit is soon recovered and then are soon confronted by Ridley. He grabs Samus and begins dragging her across the walls. It is now that Pikachu returns the favor as it zaps Ridley with a powerful Thunder attack. After, Pikachu can be used to battle the final boss.

Codec information (on Shadow Moses Island)

  • Mei Ling: "Ooh! How cuute!"
  • Solid Snake: "What? The yellow thing?"
  • Mei Ling: "That's Pikachu. It's a Pokémon. They're popular all over the world, you know. And it may look cute, but be careful. It can store large amounts of electricity in those adorable little cheeks. It'll try to pepper you with electric shocks."
  • Solid Snake: "Couldn't be much worse than Ocelot's old torture device..."
  • Mei Ling: "Oh, and, Snake?"
  • Solid Snake: "What?"
  • Mei Ling: "I was wondering, could you maybe try and catch Pikachu for me? Pleeeeease?"
  • Solid Snake: "Give me a break! What do I look like, a Pokémon Trainer?"
  • Mei Ling: "Fine... Sorry I asked."

Trophy information

"A Mouse Pokémon. Its lightning-bolt tail and round cheeks are its trademarks. When danger draws near, it uses tiny electric pouches within its cheeks to discharge electricity. When it's really fired up, it unleashes thunderbolts on its rivals. It's said to recharge when it's sleeping. It evolves into Raichu."

Game data

NPC appearances

  • Pokémon Stadium: Pikachu stars in the mini-game "Thundering Dynamo" alongside Voltorb. This mini-game involves charging up electric power.
  • Pokémon Stadium 2: Pikachu can be used in "Pichu's Power Plant" if one is detected in a Transferred Pokémon game.
  • Pokémon Pinball: Pikachu serves as a Ball-Saver, but it will only work if the Lightning Meter is full.
  • Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire: Pikachu has the same role as in Pokémon Pinball but is sometimes helped by Pichu. Pikachu also appears on the Catch 'Em Mode banner.

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity could build and cause lightning storms.
Blue
Yellow It keeps its tail raised to monitor its surroundings. If you yank its tail, it will try to bite you.
Stadium Lives in forests away from people. It stores electricity in its cheeks for zapping an enemy if it is attacked.
Generation II
Gold This intelligent Pokémon roasts hard berries with electricity to make them tender enough to eat.
Silver It raises its tail to check its surroundings. The tail is sometimes struck by lightning in this pose.
Crystal When it is angered, it immediately discharges the energy stored in the pouches in its cheeks.
Stadium 2 This intelligent Pokémon roasts hard Berries with electricity to make them tender enough to eat.
Generation III
Ruby Whenever Pikachu comes across something new, it blasts it with a jolt of electricity. If you come across a blackened berry, it's evidence that this Pokémon mistook the intensity of its charge.
Sapphire This Pokémon has electricity-storing pouches on its cheeks. These appear to become electrically charged during the night while Pikachu sleeps. It occasionally discharges electricity when it is dozy after waking up.
Emerald It stores electricity in the electric sacs on its cheeks. When it releases pent-up energy in a burst, the electric power is equal to a lightning bolt.
FireRed It has small electric sacs on both its cheeks. If threatened, it looses electric charges from the sacs.
LeafGreen When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity could build and cause lightning storms.
Generation IV
Diamond It lives in forests with others. It stores electricity in the pouches on its cheeks.
Pearl If it looses crackling power from the electrical pouches on its cheeks, it is being wary.
Platinum It occasionally uses an electric shock to recharge a fellow Pikachu that is in a weakened state.
HeartGold This intelligent Pokémon roasts hard berries with electricity to make them tender enough to eat.
SoulSilver It raises its tail to check its surroundings. The tail is sometimes struck by lightning in this pose.
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
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Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
Uncommon Viridian Forest, Power Plant
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
One Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town
Generation II
Gold Silver
Rare Route 2
Crystal
Rare Route 2
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Rare Safari Zone
Emerald
Rare Safari Zone
FireRed LeafGreen
Rare Viridian Forest, Power Plant
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Common Trophy Garden
Platinum
Common Trophy Garden
HeartGold SoulSilver
Rare Viridian Forest
Pal Park
Forest
Pokéwalker
Resort, Yellow Forest, Rally, and Sightseeing
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Snap Beach, Tunnel, River and Cave
Pokémon Channel Collect all 101 Nice Cards
Pokémon Pinball Viridian Forest (Blue Field)
Pokémon Pinball:
Ruby & Sapphire
Safari Zone (Ruby Field)
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 4
Secret Storage 20
Endless Level 1
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Starter Pokémon
Lightning Field (6F-10F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Starter Pokémon
Amp Plains (9F-10F)
Far Amp Plains (1F-4F)
Pokémon Ranger Lyra Forest
Panula Cave
Sekra Mountain Range
Pokémon Ranger:
Shadows of Almia
Vien Forest
Crysta Cave
Volcano Cave
Chroma Road
Chroma Highlands
Chroma Ruins
Pokémon Ranger:
Guardian Signs
Submarine
Faldera Volcano
Lightning Temple
My Pokémon Ranch Random trade with Hayley*
Pokémon Rumble Silent Forest

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Berry (100%)
Gold Silver Berry (8%)
Crystal
Ruby Sapphire Oran Berry Oran Berry (50%) Light Ball Light Ball (5%)
Emerald
FireRed LeafGreen Oran Berry Oran Berry (50%) Light Ball Light Ball (5%)
Diamond Pearl Oran Berry Oran Berry (50%) Light Ball Light Ball (5%)
Platinum
Battle Revolution Light Ball Light Ball (100%)
Ranch Shuca Berry Shuca Berry (100%)
HeartGold SoulSilver Oran Berry Oran Berry (50%) Light Ball Light Ball (5%)
X Y Light Ball Light Ball (100%)


Pokéwalker Shuca Berry Shuca Berry (100%) Lum Berry Lum Berry (100%)
Sitrus Berry Sitrus Berry (100%) Leppa Berry Leppa Berry (100%)
TinyMushroom TinyMushroom (100%) Oran Berry Oran Berry (100%)
Events* Light Ball Light Ball (100%) Lucky Egg Lucky Egg (100%)
Shell Bell Shell Bell (100%) Soothe Bell Soothe Bell (100%)
Chesto Berry Chesto Berry (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 35
95 - 142 180 - 274
Attack: 55
54 - 117 103 - 229
Defense: 30
31 - 90 58 - 174
Sp.Atk: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Sp.Def: 40
40 - 101 76 - 196
Speed: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Total: 300   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 50.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/4 ★★★
Power
3/4 ★★★
Skill
3/4 ★★★
Stamina
3/4 ★★★
Jump
3/4 ★★★
Total
15/20 ★★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None

Learnset

By leveling up

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By tutoring

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By events

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Smash Bros.-only moves

Thunder Jolt (Japanese: でんげき Electric Attack) is Pikachu's standard special move in all three Smash Bros. games. When used, Pikachu will release a small, blue bolt that slowly jumps across the platform. It can also turn around at some corners.

When used in midair, Pikachu will instead make a white ball that will travel in a downward diagonal line until it reaches a platform. In Brawl, there is a blue sphere around the white ball.

TCG-only moves

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 Pin025.png Pin025.gif 
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Pinball RS
 PinRS025.png PinRS025.gif 
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani025.gif 
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP025.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: -19%
Friend Area: Energetic Forest
Phrases
51%-100% HP You can depend on my electric attacks!
26%-50% HP My HP's been halved...
1%-25% HP I'm beat... My electric shocks are out of power...
Level up OK! My level went up! Leave it to me!
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP Let's keep at it, <name>!
26%-50% HP This is starting to hurt...
1%-25% HP I can't keep going like this... <name>, help...
Level up Yes! I leveled up!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP025.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: D
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Electric  Poké Assist: Electric PA.png
( Electric )
Field move: Recharge fm.pngRecharge fm.png
(Recharge ×2)
Loops: 2 Min. exp.: 9 Max. exp.: 9
Browser entry  
Pikachu discharges energy to recharge the Styler's energy.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Electric  Poké Assist: None Field move: Recharge 3 field move.png
(Recharge ×3)
Browser entry  
It attacks by blasting electricity from its body.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Electric  None Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
Recharge 3 field move.png
(Recharge ×3)
Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
None.png PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

Evolution

Pichu
Baby form
Pichu
 Electric 
Soothe Bell
Friendship


Egg
Breed

Pikachu
First evolution
Pikachu
 Electric 
Thunderstone
Thunderstone


Raichu
Second evolution
Raichu
 Electric 

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 025.png Spr 1y 025.png Spr 1g 025.png Spr b g1 025.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 025.png Spr 2s 025.png Spr 2c 025.gif Spr b 2g 025.png
Spr 2g 025 s.png Spr 2s 025 s.png Spr 2c 025 s.gif Spr b 2g 025 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 025.png Spr 3e 025.png Spr 3f 025.png Spr b 3r 025.png
Spr 3r 025 s.png Spr 3e 025 s.png Spr 3f 025 s.png Spr b 3r 025 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 025 m.png Spr 4p 025 m.png Spr 4h 025 m.png Spr b 4d 025 m.png
Spr 4d 025 f.png Spr 4p 025 f.png Spr 4h 025 f.png Spr b 4d 025 f.png
Spr 4d 025 m s.png Spr 4p 025 m s.png Spr 4h 025 m s.png Spr b 4d 025 m s.png
Spr 4d 025 f s.png Spr 4p 025 f s.png Spr 4h 025 f s.png Spr b 4d 025 f s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 025 m.png Spr 5b 025 m.png Spr b 5b 025 m.png
Spr 5b 025 f.png Spr 5b2 025 f.png Spr b 5b 025 f.png
Spr 5b 025 m s.png Spr 5b 025 m s.png Spr b 5b 025 m s.png
Spr 5b 025 f s.png Spr 5b2 025 f s.png Spr b 5b 025 f s.png
Pikachu For other sprites and images, please see Pikachu images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • The "secret" move for Pikachu's evolution line, Volt Tackle, is actually based on (and in the Japanese version, named after) Pulseman's signature move, Volteccer. To get this move, a Pichu must be bred from a parent Pikachu or Raichu holding a Light Ball, though this can only happen in Pokémon Emerald and on.
    • A level 10 Pikachu knowing Surf and Volt Tackle can be obtained from Pokémon Battle Revolution by defeating Stargazer Colosseum for the first time.
    • Another way to obtain a Pikachu with Volt Tackle is in the Pokéwalker course Yellow Forest.
  • File:PikachuCostume3.0.jpg
    The newest Pikachu mascot costume debuted at the 2010 Pokémon World Championshups in Hawaii in August of 2010.
    Pikachu is the smallest, lightest, and the weakest version mascot, likely owing to the fact that it is neither fully evolved nor legendary, unlike the rest.
  • File:Jessie-39.jpg
    The original Pikachu balloon shown in August of 2006 at its final appearance in the "Party of the Decade".
    There have been two Pikachu balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The first, known as the "Flying Pikachu" was flown from 2001 through 2005, was used in a morning rush hour test of wind conditions in Times Square after an accident in 2005's parade, and made its' farewell appearance at the Party of the Decade in August of 2006 in New York City's Bryant Park. The second version features glowing cheeks and chases a Poké Ball balloon, and debuted in the 2006 parade.
  • In the games, Pikachu is the first Pokémon to have its cry changed to that of its anime counterpart. This only happened in Pokémon Yellow. Junichi Masuda details the modification of Ikue Ohtani's voice to a sound capable of being made by the low-tech Game Boy in his Director's Column. In some parts of the game, though, Pikachu's original cry was used.
  • Pikachu is in all six regional Pokédexes, though it is only known to be native to Kanto. It is imported from Kanto to Hoenn's Safari Zone and Mr. Backlot's house in Sinnoh. However, it may also be native to Fiore and/or Almia, as their presence there is unexplained.
  • Pikachu is the first Template:Type2 Pokémon in National Pokédex order. It is also the first unevolved Pokémon in National Pokédex order not to have its name changed in the United States release of Pokémon.
  • Pikachu is one of fourteen Pokémon that one can collect foreign Pokédex entries for in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.
  • Pikachu and Raichu share the same species name with Rattata, Raticate, Sandshrew, and Sandslash. They are all known as Mouse Pokémon, although Rattata and Raticate have also been called the Rat Pokémon.
  • On Red's final team in Mt. Silver at the end of the Johto games, Pikachu was the highest leveled Pokémon to be faced in any Pokémon game, excluding the Stadium/Colosseum/Battle Revolution series and the Battle Tower/Battle Frontier, at level 81. This places it one level higher than the wild Arceus that appears at the Hall of Origin. In Pokémon Platinum, Barry's final party includes several members that are higher leveled than Red's Pikachu, and higher-level Magikarp can be found in the Resort Area's pond. However, with the advent of HeartGold and SoulSilver, Red's Pikachu is once more the highest leveled trained Pokémon, at level 88, and highest leveled Pokémon after the Magikarp from the Resort Area and discounting Battle Frontier-esque facilities and games as noted above.
  • Pikachu is the first Pokémon in the National Pokédex listing to have a baby relative.
    • This also makes it the first Pokémon in National Pokédex order to be related to a Pokémon of another generation.
  • Pikachu is also the first Pokémon in National Pokédex order that evolves by way of an evolutionary stone.
  • Pikachu is the only Pokémon included in the original Pokémon Stadium that was capable of evolving further when the game was released. Strangely, Raichu was excluded from the said game.
  • Pikachu is the only starter Pokémon which cannot be evolved in the game that it is the starter for.
  • In 2008, Japanese researchers discovered a new protein which helps carry electrical impulses from the eyes to the brain and named it Pikachurin. According to the researchers, the decision was based on both Pokémon and protein possessing "lightning-fast moves and shocking electric effects".
  • Pikachu has appeared in every non-special episode, as well as in every Pokémon movie.
  • In Pokémon Red and Blue, Pikachu's sprite shows it having a yellow stomach pouch. This is never shown again in later games.
  • Pikachu is the only starter Pokémon to have, at the time, only had one evolution in its evolutionary family.
  • Wild Pikachu are available in every region except Johto. A player would have to travel to Kanto in order to find wild Pikachu in Generation II.
  • On page 81 of Neil Gaiman's novella Coraline, there is a Pikachu doll among the other toys in the illustration.
  • In the July 18, 2010 comic of Foxtrot, Jason tries to dress up in cartoon characters for a comic convention. One of his choices was Pikachu.
  • Pikachu's backsprite in Generation II shows the end of its tail pointing straight up and facing the wrong way. This never occurs again.
  • Pikachu is the only playable Pokémon in the Super Smash Bros. series to have a gender difference.
    • It and Pichu are also the only playable Pokémon in the series to have a 1:1 gender ratio.

Origin

Pikachu has physical aspects resembling several species of rodents. Although, due to the name and species of this Pokémon (Mouse), it may be based off a pika.

Name origin

Pikachu is a combination of ピカピカ pikapika which is Japanese onomatopoeia for sparkle and チューチュー chūchū which is the sound of squeaking. It may be named after the pika, a lagomorph, but this is less likely. "Pika" also means "quick" in Finnish.

In other languages

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External links

Notes


Starter Pokémon
Kanto
Bulbasaur
Bulbasaur
Charmander
Charmander
Squirtle
Squirtle
Johto
Chikorita
Chikorita
Cyndaquil
Cyndaquil
Totodile
Totodile
Hoenn
Treecko
Treecko
Torchic
Torchic
Mudkip
Mudkip
Sinnoh
Turtwig
Turtwig
Chimchar
Chimchar
Piplup
Piplup
Unova
Snivy
Snivy
Tepig
Tepig
Oshawott
Oshawott
Kalos
Chespin
Chespin
Fennekin
Fennekin
Froakie
Froakie
Yellow
Pikachu
Pikachu (player)
Eevee
Eevee (rival)
Colosseum
EspeonUmbreon
Espeon and Umbreon
XD
Eevee
Eevee
Super Smash Bros. series
Games: Super Smash Bros.Super Smash Bros. MeleeSuper Smash Bros. BrawlSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
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