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| Ash's Pikachu
サトシのピカチュウ Satoshi's Pikachu
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Ash's Pikachu (Japanese: サトシのピカチュウ Satoshi's Pikachu) is the signature Pokémon of the anime series, and the first Pokémon obtained by Ash on his journey as a Pokémon Trainer.
In the anime
and Pikachu meeting for the first time
In the first episode of the Pokémon anime, Pokémon - I Choose You!, Ash woke up late the day he was supposed to go to Professor Oak's Laboratory to obtain his first Pokémon. When he arrived at the lab, the three available starter Pokémon, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, had already been taken by other Trainers who had arrived on time. Seeing Ash's disappointment, Professor Oak gave him Pikachu, who, at first, did not care at all for his new Trainer, constantly zapping him and anyone else nearby. He refused to go into his Poké Ball, and when Ash failed to catch a Pidgey, he laughed at him. However, by the end of the episode, Ash gained Pikachu's trust by protecting him from an attack by a flock of Spearow. Seeing this act of selflessness, Pikachu defended Ash from the Spearow as well and the two of them became inseparable friends, a moment that was capitalized on by catching a glimpse of an unknown Pokémon flying by. Ash then rushed to the next town in order to get Pikachu hospitalized quickly, as he had received multiple life-threatening wounds in the fight.
In Pokémon Emergency!, Ash managed to get to the Viridian City Pokémon Center just in time with the help of Officer Jenny, who scolded Ash for "mistreating" Pikachu. Nurse Joy agreed to heal Pikachu, and thanks to her, Pikachu managed to regain his health. At the end of the episode, Pikachu had regained enough of his strength to send Team Rocket blasting off for the very first time.
Pikachu participated in Ash's first gym battle with Brock in Showdown in Pewter City. He faced Onix, but his Electric-type attacks were ineffective. Onix then started binding Pikachu. Seeing no other option Ash forfeited. Ash and Pikachu later trained with Flint in order to increase the strength of Pikachu's Electric moves. Ash later challenged Brock to a rematch, where Pikachu managed to defeat Brock's Geodude thanks to his training. Pikachu then faced Onix again. Onix was able to Bind Pikachu once again, but this time Pikachu's electric attacks dealt quite some damage. However despite their training Pikachu was still unable to defeat Onix, who was tightening its grip on Pikachu. As Ash was about to forfeit again. Pikachu's Thunderbolt managed to turn on the gym's sprinkler system, severely harming Onix. As Ash was about let Pikachu finish Onix off, Ash was stopped by Brock's siblings and Ash decided to forfeit again. Despite Ash forfeiting the match, Brock still gave him the Boulder Badge.
Pikachu's next major battle was against Lt. Surge's Raichu in Electric Shock Showdown. Lt. Surge laughed at Ash for attempting to defeat his Raichu with its pre-evolved form, angering Ash and Pikachu. Pikachu started off using Thunder Shock which seemed to do nothing to Raichu. Raichu then used its own Thunder Shock, which was much more powerful than Pikachu's attack, and dealt much damage. Following advice from Brock, Ash tried recalling Pikachu and forfeit. Pikachu however was determined to defeat Raichu and kept fighting. While trying to attack, Pikachu got overwhelmed by Raichu's Mega Punch and Mega Kick and was finally defeated by a powerful Thunderbolt. Due to all the damage he had taken during the battle Pikachu had to be hospitalized. Later in the episode, Ash offered to let Pikachu evolve into a Raichu with the Thunder Stone that Nurse Joy had given him. However, Pikachu refused, wanting to defeat Raichu on his own terms.
Later Ash challenged Lt. Surge for a rematch, where Pikachu once again faced Raichu. Trying to get close, Pikachu got smacked to the ground by Raichu's tail, followed up by repeating hits from its tail him. Raichu then hit Pikachu hard with Body Slam. As Raichu was about to finish Pikachu off with another Body Slam, Pikachu managed to get up and dodge it. Ash soon found out that since Raichu was evolved so early, it did not learn any of the moves that it could only learn in the Pikachu stage, such as Agility and Quick Attack. Through Pikachu's use of these moves, Pikachu managed to gain the upper hand and dodge Raichu's attacks. Raichu responded with an extremely powerful Thunderbolt attack that Lt. Surge was sure could defeat Pikachu. Pikachu however used his tail as an anchor to absorb the shock. Raichu tried using Thunderbolt again but due to its previous attack it had run out of electricity. Raichu then tried to hit Pikachu with a Take Down, but was outsped by Pikachu's Quick Attack. Pikachu then used his tail to slam Raichu and defeat it, earning Ash the Thunder Badge.
In Abra and the Psychic Showdown Pikachu was sent out to battle against Sabrina's Abra. It proved to be a tough foe, using Teleport to avoid Pikachu's Thunder Shock. Abra then suddenly evolved into Kadabra, making it much stronger. Pikachu tried filling the battlefield with lightining to prevent Kadabra from using Teleport, but Kadabra countered with Confusion to send the attack back at Pikachu. Kadabra then used Psychic to control Pikachu's body and started to repeatedly smash Pikachu to the ceiling and back down. Unwilling to see his friend suffer even more, Ash forfeited the match.
In Ash's rematch with Sabrina in Haunter versus Kadabra, Pikachu selflessly fought Kadabra, since Haunter didn't show up and his other Pokémon were too terrified. Pikachu used Thunder Shock, which Kadabra avoided using Teleport. After taking a hit from Kadabra's Psybeam, Pikachu unleashed a powerful Thunderbolt which dealt major damage to Kadabra. Kadabra however quickly used Recover negating the damage it had taken. At that moment Haunter appeared and made Sabrina and Kadabra laugh. This gave Ash the win as well as earning the Marsh Badge.
Pikachu's Poké Ball, with a lightning bolt mark, at Professor Oak's Laboratory
In Pikachu's Goodbye, Ash and his friends ran into another group of Pikachu, which was a very rare find. Pikachu tried to make friends with the other Pikachu, but received a lukewarm response. After saving a baby Pikachu from falling down a waterfall, Ash's Pikachu was accepted by the group. Ash was overjoyed by this at first, but soon began to feel sad because he thought that Pikachu would be better off with the rest of his kind. After stopping Team Rocket from poaching the wild Pikachu, Ash decided it was best to leave Pikachu behind with the others. Pikachu refused to leave Ash, however, and quickly ran to catch up with him, followed by the wild Pikachu, who supported Ash and Pikachu being together.
In Riddle Me This, Pikachu was Ash's last Pokémon in Ash's seventh gym battle, where he faced off against Blaine's Rhydon. Pikachu used his fast movements to dodge Rhydon's Fury Attack and then used Thunderbolt, which was ineffctive. Despite being immune to electric moves, Rhydon was defeated when Pikachu aimed his Thunderbolt attack at the horn on Rhydon's head. Pikachu then faced Blaine's Magmar. Pikachu tried dodging Magmar's Fire Punch the same way it had dodged Rhydon's Fury Attack, but got hit. Pikachu then tried hitting Magmar with an electric attack but it proved to be ineffective due to Magmar's Air Lens ability, which heats the air surrounding Magmar making electric attacks ineffective. Magmar then attacked with a series of Fire Punches driving Pikachu to the edge of the battlefield. Magmar then unleashed its Fire Blast, which managed to push Pikachu back and almost caused him to fall of the battlefield in the lava. Ash then decided to forfeit the match.
In The Battle of the Badge, Ash had Pikachu attack Team Rocket and their Pokémon after they sent out Arbok and Weezing to attack during their gym battle. Using Thunderbolt Pikachu hit all the opposing Pokémon at once, causing Machamp, Rhydon and Kingler to run away in fear and defeating Arbok and Weezing. Later Ash got the Earth Badge.
Pikachu made friends with another Pikachu, named Puka, in The Pi-Kahuna. This particular Pikachu had blue eyes and was an excellent surfer. Ash and his friends had to save both Pikachu when Team Rocket tried to steal them both.
Ash used Pikachu many times during the Indigo League. In Fire and Ice Pikachu fought against Pete Pebbleman's powerful Arcanine. Pikachu started off using Agility to confuse Arcanine, but this strategy was countered by Arcanine by melting the ice field using its Fire Blast, which caused to whole battlefield to be one big pool of water. Pikachu however used this to his advantage by using the water to conduct his electricity and managed to defeat Arcanine.
In The Fourth Round Rumble he fought against Jeanette Fisher's Bellsprout, who already had defeated Ash's Bulbasaur. Pikachu tried using Thunder Shcok, but Bellsprout dodged and used Razor Leaf. Managing to avoid Razor Leaf Pikachu used Thunderbolt, but was ineffictive since Bellsprout used its roots to conduct the electricity to the ground. Despite trying his best, he was easily defeated by the skilled Pokémon's Slam.
Pikachu later faced off against Ritchie's Butterfree in Friend and Foe Alike where he managed to defeat it with a Thunderbolt attack. He then faced off against Zippo. Ritchie's Charmander, but due to being exhausted by battling Team Rocket earlier Pikachu was quickly overwhelmed by Charmander's Flamethrower and was knocked out.
Ash decided to take Pikachu, along with many of his other Pokémon, to the Orange Archipelago with him.
In Pikachu Re-Volts, Butch and Cassidy used a Drowzee to take over the minds of many Pokémon on Mandarin Island North, including Pikachu. In order to rescue the Pokémon, Ash taunted Pikachu into using Thunderbolt on him, which then hit the machine that Drowzee was wired to, freeing all of the Pokémon from its grasp.
In Navel Maneuvers, Ash called on Pikachu to help mold a block of ice into a sled, as part of his competition against Danny. It later rode in the sled along with Bulbasaur and Squirtle in a race against Danny and his team. In the end, Ash managed to win the coveted Sea Ruby Badge.
In Misty Meets Her Match, Pikachu participated in the first part of Ash's battle with Rudy, using his Thunderbolt to blast targets. He then faced off against Rudy's Electabuzz. Pikachu started off using Thunderbolt, but Electabuzz absorbed the attack. Pikachu and Electabuzz then both used Quick Attack and Electabuzz was able to overpower Pikachu. Pikachu then got defeated after being hit by a powerful Thunder Punch.
In the following episode, Team Rocket hatched a plan to capture Pikachu that involved tying him up with Meowth. This succeeded at first, but Meowth and Pikachu got separated from Jessie and James. Being lost on the island, the two Pokémon had to work together to defeat powerful Pokémon and get to safety. In the end Ash, Misty and Tracey managed to find the duo first, and separated them.
In Pokémon Double Trouble, Pikachu was used in Ash's gym battle against Luana, where it had to fight alongside Charizard. Despite both Pokémon being eager to battle they started getting angry at each other right before the battle affecting their teamwork negatively. Charizard tried hitting Alakazam and Marowak with Flamethrower, while Pikachu dashed forward. Alakazam and Marowak managed to dodge the Flamethrower causing it to hit Pikachu. As Charizard went for Tackle, Alakazam stopped him using Psychic. Seeing how Charizard got continuously attacked by Alakazam and Marowak, Pikachu decided to help his partner and attacked Alakazam causing Charizard to be freed from its Psychic. Pikachu then got hit by Marowak's Body Slam, but got caught by Charizard's wing. Now finally being able to work together Pikachu jumped on Charizard's back and used Thunderbolt to stop Marowak after dodging its Bonemerang. As Alakazam was about to unleash its Hyper Beam at Charizard, it got hit by Marowak's Bonemerang causing Hyper Beam to be launched at Marowak knocking both Pokémon out. This gave Ash the victory, winning him the Jade Star Badge.
In Hello, Pummelo!, Pikachu was Ash's first Pokémon used in his battle against Drake, where it faced off against Drake's Ditto. Despite Ditto being able to copy Pikachu's attacks, it wasn't in good shape as Pikachu and so Pikachu managed to defeat it. Pikchu was then recalled when Drake sent out his Onix. Later Pikachu faced off against Drake's powerful Dragonite, who already had defeated three of Ash's Pokémon. Pikachu headed towards Dragonite using Agility, but got knocked back by Dragonite's tail. Dragonite then attacked with Hyper Beam, but Pikachu managed to jump on Dragonite's head by using his tail as a spring board to dodge the attack and finally defeat it with a powerful Thunder, earning Ash the Orange League Trophy and a spot in the Orange League Hall of Fame.
In The Rivalry Revival, Pikachu was used against Gary's Eevee, but was easily defeated by the Evolution Pokémon without landing a single hit.
Later in the episode Ash decided to take Pikachu, along with many of his other Pokémon, to Johto with him.
In The Double Trouble Header, Ash used Pikachu in his second battle against Casey, where he faced her Chikorita. Despite Casey having only recently obtained Chikorita, it quickly gained the upper hand. The battle got interrupted by Team Rocket however.
In Fighting Flyer with Fire, Pikachu was used in Ash's gym battle against Falkner, where it quickly defeated Falkner's Hoothoot. Pikachu then faced Falkner's Dodrio. Dodrio showed to be as fast as Pikachu and having good jumping abilities. Pikachu eventually managed to defeat it with a super-effective Thunder. Pikachu briefly faced Falkner's Pidgeot, but as he was already tired from his previous matches he was quickly defeated.
In Gettin' The Bugs Out, Ash used Pikachu as his third Pokémon in his Azalea Gym Battle, he went up against Bugsy's Metapod. Metapod used its jumping ability to jump high and use Tackle, although Pikachu dodged, it created a dust cloud and used the leaves of a nearby tree to make Pikachu unable to see it. Pikachu however managed to spot Metapod by using his hearing and after dodging a series of Tackles Pikachu managed to jump on Metapod's back and defeated it with Thunderbolt. He then went up against Bugsy's last and most powerful Pokémon, Scyther. Despite Pikachu having the type-advantage his Thunderbolt attacks constantly missed, because of Scyther using Double Team. The real Scyther then appeared behind Pikachu and hit him with Fury Cutter, with each Fury Cutter doubling in battle causing Pikachu to be knocked out.
In A Goldenrod Opportunity, Pikachu faced off against Whitney's powerful Miltank, but he was unable to stand up against Miltank's Rollout and was quickly defeated, causing Ash to lose the battle. In the following episode, Pikachu battled Miltank again in Ash's rematch against Whitney. Thanks to Ash's strategy, Pikachu managed to defeat Miltank by throwing her in the air and finished it off with a Thunderbolt.
Pikachu befriended a bunch of Pichu in The Apple Corp!. At first they framed Pikachu into eating apples, while they actually ate them. When the Pichu were attacked by a Fearow, Pikachu scared the Fearow off with a Thunderbolt. Later Pikachu's electricity was sucked away by Team Rocket and got kidnapped. The Pichu eventually managed to restore Pikachu's electricity and together they blasted Team Rocket off.
In From Ghost to Ghost, Pikachu was used in Ash's gym battle against Morty, where it faced off against Morty's Gastly. Pikachu managed to hit Gastly with a Quick Attack after Ash had Noctowl use Foresight earlier in the match. Despite this Gastly used its great speed to dodge Pikachu's Thunderbolt and defeated him with a single Night Shade.
In Fight for the Light!, Pikachu was sent out to battle Janina's Onix. The match was interrupted by Jasmine.
In Machoke, Machoke Man!, Ash chose Pikachu as his first Pokémon in his gym battle against Chuck. Pikachu battled Chuck's Poliwrath and managed to hit it with a super-effective Thunderbolt. Despite this Poliwrath was still standing and after absorbing a Quick Attack with its muscled body it hit Pikachu hard with a series of Double Slap attacks, knocking Pikachu out.
In Nerves of Steelix!, Ash sent out Pikachu to battle Jasmine's Magnemite. Both Pokémon proved to be equal in speed by constantly dodging each other's attacks. Finally Ash decided to let Pikachu take a Thunder Wave from Magnemite so Magnemite could get hit by a Thunderbolt, causing a lot of damage. After dodging another attack from Magnemite, Pikachu finished it off with a Quick Attack, crashing it into a wall. Next Pikachu faced off against Jasmine strongest Pokémon Steelix. Due to his previous battle against Magnemite, Pikachu was tired and was quickly defeated by a powerful Iron Tail.
In As Cold as Pryce, Pikachu was seen aiding Cyndaquil in reviving Pryce's Piloswine. In the following episode, Nice Pryce, Baby!, Pikachu was sent out to battle Piloswine, who already had defeated Ash's Cyndaquil. Due to the icy field Pikachu constantly slipped causing his Agility to be ineffective and almost unable to avoid Piloswine's attacks. Ash then got the idea to use the ice pillars to change Pikachu's direction while sliding on the ice. Using this tactic Pikachu gained a big amount of speed and slid under Piloswine giving him the opportunity to hit Piloswine hard with Thunder. Piloswine then started to use Rest in order to return to full health. Pikachu tried to finish it off with a Quick Attack, but was too late and got hit hard by a Take Down. Pikachu was still able to battle and countered Piloswine's next Take Down with a Quick Attack and hit it with Thunder. This caused the ice under Piloswine to break causing Piloswine to fall into the water. Pikachu then hit Piloswine with Thunderbolt which caused massive damage due to Piloswine's wet fur. Despite this Piloswine was still standing and constantly hit Pikachu with Fury Attack. Seeing no other option to escape Pikachu used a close-range Thunder causing a massive explosion. Pikachu got knocked down while Piloswine still seemed to be able to battle. Pikachu still managed to stand up and as he was about to attack again Pryce threw in the towel resulting into a T.K.O., giving Ash the win and earning him the Glacier Badge
In Great Bowls of Fire!, Pikachu helped calming down the rampaging Dragonite that belonged to the old Blackthorn Gym Leader. In the next episode, Pikachu was used in Ash's last Johto Gym Battle against Clair's Gyarados. Despite the double type advantage Gyarados proved to be quite a match for Pikachu, using its Dragon Breath to block Pikachu's electric attacks. After getting hit by a Hydro Pump, Pikachu got wrapped by Gyarados. This however allowed Pikachu to hit Gyarados hard with a Thunderbolt. Gyarados quickly managed to recover and launched a barrage of Bite attacks, causing Pikachu to get cornered. As Clair was ready to finish the battle with a close-range Hydro Pump, Ash had Pikachu use Agility to get onto Gyarados's Hydro Pump, and defeated the Atrocious Pokémon with a Thunderbolt. Clair then sent out her Dragonair to battle Pikachu, who managed to dodge Pikachu's attacks and knock him out with a point-blank Hyper Beam.
In A Claim to Flame!, Pikachu was used by Ash in the Athlete's Round of the Silver Conference against Salvador and his Furret. Furret proved to be a tough opponent by repeatedly using Dig to confuse and attack Pikachu. Eventually Pikachu managed to grab onto Furret's back and as it dove back into one of its holes, Pikachu unleashed a powerful Thunderbolt and finally finished the match with a Quick Attack.
Pikachu was used again in Tie One On!, where he faced off against Jackson's Azumarill. Azumarill started off using Water Gun. Pikachu evaded this attack using Quick Attack and reversed to hit Azumarill, which it nearly dodged. After a collision of Thunderbolt and Bubble Beam, Pikachu got hit by Icy Wind. Azumarill then hit Pikachu with Iron Tail, but Pikachu managed to hold on its tail and launched a super-effective Thunder knocking out Azumarill. Next Pikachu go up against Jackson's Shiny Magneton. After exchanging hits from each other's Thunderbolt, Magneton dodged Pikachu's Quick Attack and stunned Pikachu with Thunder Wave before defeating him with Tri Attack.
In Playing with Fire!, Pikachu was Ash's first Pokémon used in his battle against Harrison. Pikachu battled Harrison's Kecleon, which used its Color Change Ability to hide itself in the tall grass while hitting Pikachu with its tongue. Eventually Pikachu managed to grab Kecleon's tongue and defeated it with Thunderbolt. Harrison then sent out his Sneasel. Sneasel managed to avoid Pikachu's Thunderbolt and defeated him with a single Metal Claw.
After saying farewell to Misty and Brock in Gotta Catch Ya Later!, Ash decided to only take Pikachu with him to Hoenn and left Pallet Town with him at the end of the episode. In the the following episode, while getting ready to depart for Hoenn by ship, Ash and Pikachu got attacked by Team Rocket, who used an electromagnet to stick Pikachu to it and drain his electricity. Eventually Pikachu got saved thanks to the help of some wild Pokémon and Officer Jenny. The next day Ash tries to wake Pikachu up, but soon he sees Pikachu is suffering from a severe illness caused by the electromagnet.
Advanced Generation series
Pikachu performing in a Pokémon Contest
In Get the Show on the Road!, Ash was willing to take Pikachu for some help in taking care of the illness. Professor Birch takes Pikachu in to the lab. Even though they were able to strap him to the machine to drain out the overload electricity it received, the machine exploded as the electricity levels were too high. Eventually, when Team Rocket arrived for Pikachu, the mecha they used accidentally cured him of his illness and Pikachu was able to blast them off, destroying May's bike in the process.
In No Place like Hoenn, Ash used Pikachu in an unofficial 1-on-1 battle against Norman, since Ash only had one Pokémon at the time instead of the three required. Norman sent out his Vigoroth, which proved to be a tough opponent dodging Pikachu's attacks with ease and hit him hard with multiple Scratch attacks. Pikachu managed to successfully hit Vigoroth with Quick Attack, but Vigoroth hit Pikachu again and defeated him with one final Scratch. After their match, Team Rocket tried to steal Pikachu and Vigoroth but accidentally stole Torchic. Later Pikachu was used alongside Norman's Vigoroth to battle Team Rocket and blasted them off as well as rescuing Torchic.
In All Things Bright and Beautifly!, Ash began teaching Pikachu Iron Tail in preparation for his Rustboro gym battle, a Rock-type gym, and got help from a coordinator named Chaz and his Sentret. Despite their effort and training Pikachu was still unable to fully master Iron Tail.
In The Winner by a Nosepass, Pikachu was Ash's last Pokémon used in his gym battle against Roxanne, where he was sent out against her Geodude. Pikachu started off using Thunder flatten the rocky battlefield. Geodude however countered with Rock Throw which Pikachu managed to dodge using Quick Attack only to end up right in front of Geodude. This gave Geodude the chance to hit Pikachu hard with a Mega Punch. As Geodude used Rollout to finish Pikachu off, it got stuck and couldn’t execute its attack because Pikachu had flattened the battlefield. Pikachu used this opportunity to get close using Quick Attack and hit Geodude with a powerful Thunder, defeating it.
Pikachu then faced Roxanne's Nosepass. Pikachu started off using Iron Tail which managed to successfully hit Nosepass. Dodging Nosepass’s attack Pikachu went for a second Iron Tail, but this time it failed. Nosepass then used Rock Tomb to trap Pikachu, but Pikachu managed to break free using Thunder. Nosepass then countered with Sandstorm, deteriorating Pikachu’s sight. Nosepass however was able to sense Pikachu using its electromagnetic nose and managed to slam its body on Pikachu. Nosepass then tried to stomp on Pikachu, but he managed to avoid it by using Quick Attack. After using Quick Attack again to dodge Nosepass’s Rock Tomb, Pikachu used Quick Attack to run around Nosepass in order to confuse it. Pikachu managed to get behind Nosepass and used Iron Tail, only to fail once again. Nosepass then went for Thunder Wave which Pikachu barely avoided. Ash then had Pikachu charge forward to Nosepass and let Pikachu take Nosepass's Zap Cannon, causing Pikachu to absorb the electricity. Pikachu then tackled Nosepass releasing the electricity at Nosepass, causing it to become paralyzed. Pikachu then defeated Nosepass with one final Iron Tail, finally mastering the move in the process as well as earning Ash the Stone Badge.
In Watt's with Wattson?, Ash and his friends arrived at Mauville City and immediately proceeded to the Mauville Gym. Inside the group encountered a robot Raikou. Thinking it would attack Ash ordered Pikachu to attack the robot with Iron Tail, causing an explosion. This destroyed the robot but also overcharged Pikachu with electricity, unbeknownst to the rest however. Later Pikachu was Ash's first Pokémon used in his Gym Battle against Wattson. Pikachu first faced Wattson's Magnemite. Due to being overcharged Pikachu defeated Magnemite with a single Thunderbolt after dodging a Swift attack. Next up Pikachu battled Wattson's Voltorb and also managed to easily defeat it with another Thunderbolt. Getting agitated Wattson sent out his Magneton and ordered it to use Zap Cannon. Pikachu easily managed to overpower this attack with Thunder, which also knocked Magneton out, earning Ash the Dynamo Badge.
In Cheer Pressure, he was used to battle Jessie's Seviper, but was having a hard time when the Cheer Squad, led by Sheridan, cheated by having his Shroomish and Makuhita use Helping Hand and his Roselia and Vileplume use Aromatherapy on Seviper. After Pikachu repeatedly attack Seviper, he was getting tired and despite the struggling from Seviper's Wrap, Pikachu hang in there in the last second and knocked out the Fang Snake Pokémon with Thunder.
In Going, Going, Yawn, Ash used Pikachu as his third Pokémon in his Lavaridge Gym Battle after volunteering to battle Flannery's Slugma after it burned Treecko and put Corphish to Sleep. After using Quick Attack to dodge Flamethrower, he finally broke Magcargo's Reflect that was affecting previous battles. Slugma then used Smog to cover itself, Pikachu however was able to sense where it was and used Iron Tail. Slugma managed to dodge and hit him with a Flamethrower. Pikachu used Thunderbolt and although it looked like it initially missed, it electrified the Smog, harming Slugma. Flannery called for Yawn, but Ash unwilling for that to happen, had Pikachu use Quick Attack, hitting it before Yawn could appear and then finished off Slugma with Thunder. Ash kept Pikachu in when Flannery used her last Pokémon, Torkoal. Pikachu used Thunderbolt, but it was blocked by Iron Defense. Pikachu then dodged a Flamethrower and used Iron Tail, but it was blocked by Iron Defense as well. Torkoal then used Sludge Bomb, which hit Pikachu. Pikachu used Thunder but his attack was blocked by Iron Defense once again. Torkoal then used Overheat, defeating Pikachu.
In Balance of Power, Ash used Pikachu as his first Pokémon in his Petalburg Gym Battle against Norman. He went up against Slakoth, Pikachu used Quick Attack on Slakoth which was dodged, Slakoth then used Shadow Ball, which Pikachu dodged and then used Iron Tail, which was also dodged dazing Pikachu. Slakoth used Hidden Power, Pikachu tried to destroy them with Thunderbolt but failed and was hit by the circling Hidden Power. Pikachu then tried hitting Slakoth with Thunder, but this was dodged as well. Slakoth then countered with Blizzard, disabling Pikachu to move. Being unable to move Pikachu was recalled. Later Pikachu was sent out against Norman's Vigoroth, Pikachu used Thunderbolt but Vigoroth swiftly dodged it and launched a Scratch attack. Pikachu however successfully blocked the attack with Iron Tail but Vigoroth quickly recovered and launched a Flamethrower, dealing much damage. Pikachu's electricity gave Ash and idea, he got Pikachu to use Quick Attack dodging Vigoroth's Flamethrower. Vigoroth then launched another Scratch and Ash got Pikachu to stop and let him get hit. This activated Pikachu's ability Static, paralyzing Vigoroth, this allowed Pikachu to defeat Vigoroth with Iron Tail. However being exhausted Pikachu also fell down, ending the battle in a draw.
In Sky High Gym Battle!, Pikachu was Ash's second Pokémon used in his gym battle against Winona. Pikachu battled against Winona's Pelipper and despite the major type-advantage, Pelipper proved to be a formidable opponent, being able to use Steel Wing as a lightningrod to conduct electric attacks to the ground, thus preventing damage. After getting hit by a Quick Attack, Ash decided Pikachu had to fight close-range had Pikachu use Quick Attack to get closer. This however gave Pelipper the opportunity to hit Pikachu hard with a Hydro Pump. Pikachu however stood his ground and when Pelipper lifted his wing from the ground for a moment Ash had Pikachu use Thunder on Pelipper. With both Pokémon being hit by powerful attacks, Pikachu and Pelipper both were knocked out.
In A Scare to Remember!, Pikachu developed amnesia after an attack by Team Rocket and their mecha. Team Rocket took advantage of this and tricked Pikachu into joining them. Pikachu was ordered to attack the group. Trying to get Pikachu back Ash jumped on their air balloon. Team Rocket then ordered Pikachu to hit Ash with Thunderbolt, causing them to get blasted off and Ash and Pikachu to fall down in a river. With Ash protecting Pikachu, Pikachu managed to gain his memory back.
In Solid as a Solrock, Ash used Pikachu and Swellow in the Double Battle against Tate and Liza with their respective Solrock and Lunatone. Solrock and Lunatone both started off using Tackle which both scored a direct hit on Pikachu and Swellow. Pikachu and Swellow then tried hitting their opponents with Quick Attack and Peck, but their attack were dodged, causing them to crash into planets hanging from the ceiling and fall on top of each other on the ground. This gave Solrock and Lunatone the opportunity to launch a Solar Beam and Ice Beam. As the attacks were about to hit their marks the two beams accidentally collided, cancelling each other out, causing the twins to quarrel. Ash used this chance to recover and had Pikachu and Swellow strike the opposing Pokémon with a respective Iron Tail and Aerial Ace. Both Meteorite Pokémon then both charged towards Pikachu using Tackle, but Swellow was able to save Pikachu in time, causing Solrock and Lunatone to crash into each other. The battle then got interrupted by Team Rocket, who destroyed the gym using their mecha and stole Solrock and Lunatone.
After Team Rocket was defeated, they all agreed to resume their battle outdoors. This time however the twins managed to put their differences aside and worked together as a team. Ash first had Pikachu use Thunderbolt on Solrock, but his attack was sent back by Lunatone's Light Screen, sending Pikachu flying into a wall. As Swellow tried to attack with Aerial Ace, Solrock used Sandstorm to sent Swellow flying as well. Pikachu then jumped on Swellow's back and used Thunderbolt again, only to be deflected back by Light Screen again, hitting Pikachu and Swellow hard. Swellow then used Double Team, but Solrock and Lunatone countered using Solar Beam and Ice Beam to wipe out the copies. Much to Tate and Liza's surprise however Pikachu and Swellow weren't hit. Swellow then dove down from the sky along with Pikachu to attack, but Solrock and Lunatone quickly responded and hit them with Solar Beam and Ice Beam. Ash thought about how to negate the dual attacks and then had Pikachu use Thunder on the clouds. The Thunder hit Pikachu and Swellow, which the two managed to endure. Once clear, Pikachu and Swellow were coated in a "Thunder Armor". Using this technique Pikachu and Swellow managed to pierce through Solrock's Solar Beam and Lunatone's Light Screen and managed to defeat them using Iron Tail and Aerial Ace, earning Ash the Mind Badge.
In The Great Eight Fate! Ash chose Pikachu as well has his Snorunt as his first two Pokémon in a Double Battle in the first round of the Sootopolis Gym battle, they went up against Juan's Sealeo and Seaking. Pikachu used his Thunderbolt on Sealeo, but Seaking used Horn Drill to reflect it back to Snorunt. Pikachu then used Thunder, but Seaking once again used Horn Drill to reflect the attack to Snorunt again. This time however Pikachu protected Snorunt taking most of the damage. Sealeo then used Blizzard on the two, dealing much damage to Pikachu. Ash then had Snorunt use its Icy Wind to freeze the Blizzard creating an ice pillar blocking Juan's view. Sealeo and Seaking destroyed the pillar with their Aurora Beam and Hyper Beam respectively, this created ice shards which Ash had Snorunt and Pikachu jump on. Snorunt then used Headbutt whilst Pikachu used Iron Tail. Seaking and Sealeo responded using Hyper Beam and Aurora Beam. While Pikachu was able to dodge Aurora Beam, Snorunt wasn't able to avoid the Hyper Beam and was knocked out.
Ash then sent out his Corphish. After dodging Corphish's Bubble Beam, both of Juan's Pokémon attacked from below with Sealeo using Aurora Beam on Pikachu's platform, which he was able to dodge. Seaking attacked Corphish with Horn Attack, but Corphish was able to grab its horn. Seaking however used Horn Drill, sending Corphish flying. Ash then had Pikachu use Iron Tail on Seaking. Despite Sealeo trying to stop Pikachu using Aurora Beam, Iron Tail managed to defeat Seaking and Pikachu was able to avoid the attack in time. Pikachu then rode on Corphish back heading towards Sealeo. Sealeo tried stopping them using Ice Ball, which was getting stronger with each attack. While Pikachu and Corphish managed to destroy the first three Ice Balls, the fourth one managed to hit them both. Sealeo then launched a fifth Ice Ball at them both. Pikachu launched a Thunder at the Ice Ball and after increasing its power, he was able to break it. While the falling ice shards were hurting Sealeo, Corphish was able to defeat it with its Crabhammer, knocking it out and ending the first round of the Sootopolis Gym in Ash's favor. Both Pokémon were then recalled.
In the next episode, Pikachu was used as Ash's last Pokémon in the second round of the Sootopolis Gym battle, going up against Juan's last and strongest Pokémon, his Milotic. Ash had Pikachu use Thunder and although it dealt a lot of damage, Milotic nullified the damage by using Recover, healing it. Both Pokémon then used Iron Tail, in which Milotic's overpowered Pikachu's. Milotic quickly followed up with Twister, which was powered up by the water. Much to Juan's surprise, Pikachu was able to break through with Thunder and followed with up with a powerful Quick Attack. Milotic then used Hydro Pump, which Pikachu dodged and used a super-effective Thunderbolt. Milotic however shook the attack off and used Recover, healing itself once again. Milotic then went underwater, making both Ash and Pikachu unable to see. Milotic then tried hitting Pikachu with Iron Tail, but Pikachu dodged and he climbed onto Milotic's body. Milotic tried stopping him using Hydro Pump, but Pikachu dodged. Pikachu then grabbed onto its eyebrows and flipped the Tender Pokémon into the water. While underwater, Pikachu used Thunder dealing major damage to Milotic as water was an excellent conductor of electricity. This knocked out Milotic, winning Ash the battle and earning him the Rain Badge.
In Saved by the Beldum, Ash used Pikachu for the first round in the Ever Grande Conference, he went up against Gilbert and his Hitmonlee. Hitmonlee used Rolling Kick, but Pikachu managed to avoid the attack and hit Hitmonlee with Iron Tail. Hitmonlee then went for High Jump Kick, which Pikachu managed to dodge as well using Quick Attack, causing damage to Hitmonlee. As Pikachu charged in for one final attack, Hitmonlee hit Pikachu with Mega Kick, while heading towards the ground. Pikachu however managed to escape Hitmonlee's kick and hit him with Iron Tail, knocking Hitmonlee out and causing Ash to advance to the next round of the tournament.
In Shocks and Bonds, Ash used Pikachu as his second Pokémon in his Full Battle against Katie in the Victory Tournament part of the Ever Grande Conference. He went up against Katie's Golduck and was sent out due to the type-advantage he had. Katie however immediately switched to Dugtrio, who had a type-advantage of its own. Pikachu used Quick Attack, but Dugtrio used Dig to dodge the attack. Dugtrio then used Sand Tomb, expanding the hole, Pikachu tried to escape but couldn't and fell down the hole. Ash had Pikachu use Thunderbolt, which had no effect on Dugtrio since it was a Ground-type Pokémon. Dugtrio then used Double-Edge and Pikachu attempted to block with Iron Tail, but when both moves collided, Pikachu was knocked out whilst Dugtrio emerged unscathed.
In Choose It or Lose It!, Ash used Pikachu as his second Pokémon in his Full Battle against Morrison in the Victory Tournament. He went up against his Steelix. Steelix used Dragon Breath, but Pikachu dodged it and used Quick Attack. Steelix countered with Iron Tail, hitting Pikachu hard. Steelix then used Dig, hitting Pikachu from underneath. Pikachu tried using Iron Tail but Steelix quickly dodged that with another Dig. Pikachu then managed to dodge Dig and hit Steelix with Quick Attack. Both Pokémon then used Iron Tail, but Steelix's managed to overpower Pikachu's, knocking Pikachu out.
In At the End of the Fray, Ash used Pikachu as his sixth and last Pokémon in his Full Battle against Tyson in the Victory Tournament. He went up against Tyson's Metagross, who had already defeated Swellow and Grovyle, but had a crack in its armor as a result. Pikachu used Thunderbolt on the crack, but it didn't do much to Metagross. Metagross then used Psychic on Pikachu, but Pikachu was able dodge it and hit Metagross with Iron Tail. Pikachu then climbed onto Metagross, and as Metagross was unable to shake him off, Pikachu finally defeated the Iron Leg Pokémon with Thunder. Pikachu then went up against Tyson's last Pokémon, his Meowth.
Pikachu's electric attacks soon proved to be useless, as Meowth each time defended itself against Pikachu's attacks with its Thunderbolt.
After realizing this Ash had Pikachu fight close-range and ordered him to use Quick Attack. Meowth however dodged this with Double Team and followed up with Iron Tail. Pikachu countered with his own Iron Tail, causing the moves to collide. Pikachu and Meowth started attacking unceasing, with each time their attacks colliding. Both Pokémon then used Iron Tail, with both Pokémon taking the hit, knocking them both down. Though they both got up, Pikachu was knocked out from exhaustion causing Ash to end up in the Top 8 of the Ever Grande Conference.
Kanto Battle Frontier
In The Scheme Team, Ash used Pikachu in his battle against Agatha of the Elite Four and her Gengar at the Viridian Gym. Pikachu started off using Quick Attack but failed since Gengar was a Ghost-type Pokémon. It was too fast for Pikachu's Thunderbolt but after dodging a Shadow Ball Pikachu was able to hit Gengar with an Iron Tail. Gengar then hit Pikachu with Shadow Ball, but Pikachu was able to climb on the Shadow Ball and went for Iron Tail. Gengar however was able to prevent Pikachu from using Iron Tail with Double Team. Pikachu was able to destroy all the copies with Thunderbolt as well as hit Gengar with it. Pikachu then dodged a Shadow Ball and hit Gengar with Iron Tail. When it Pikachu was about finish Gengar off with Thunder, Gengar used Hypnosis, putting Pikachu to sleep, and defeated him with Dream Eater. Afterwards he helped to defeat Team Rocket along with Agatha's Golbat, Ash later decided to enter the Kanto Battle Frontier along with Pikachu and his other Pokémon. He was later reunited with Misty.
In May's Egg-Cellent Adventure, while battling Team Rocket's mecha, he used Quick Attack but it morphed into Volt Tackle, easily destroying the mecha and sending Team Rocket blasting off.
In Queen of the Serpentine!, when going to the Battle Pike, Pikachu was captured by Team Rocket using their fake Battle Pike until rescued by Lucy and her Seviper from the real Battle Pike. Later Ash used Pikachu as his second and last Pokémon in his Battle Pike challenge against Lucy, Pikachu went up against her Milotic. Pikachu used Thunderbolt, but Lucy, not using defensive strategies, had it taken the attack and countered with Hydro Pump. Both Pokémon then used Iron Tail, but Milotic managed to overpower Pikachu. Pikachu's Quick Attack was then countered by Twister and was then hit with Hydro Pump. Milotic then used Iron Tail, but Pikachu countered with Volt Tackle, blocking Iron Tail and causing Milotic to become paralyzed. Pikachu then used Quick Attack, but Milotic countered with a Facade, and since Milotic was paralyzed its power was doubled, dealing major damage to Pikachu. Ash then had Pikachu use Thunderbolt on himself. As Milotic was about to end the match with Twister, Ash had Pikachu, boosted by Thunderbolt, jump into the Twister. Inside the Twister Pikachu began spinning and used Volt Tackle, increasing his power and knocked Milotic out, winning Ash the battle and earning him the Luck Symbol.
In Talking a Good Game!, Pikachu was the third Pokémon to battle against Anabel. He went up against her Alakazam, who had already defeated Ash's former two Pokémon. Pikachu managed to hit Alakazam with Thunderbolt, but Alakazam nullified the damage using Recover. Both Pokémon then started exchanging Iron Tail and Focus Punch attacks and then hit each other with their respective Thunderbolt and Psybeam. Ash then ordered Pikachu to use Volt Tackle, but Pikachu ran straight towards the wall due to Psybeam's confusion effect. Pikachu however managed to snap out of the confusion after Ash had saved it and managed to overpower Alakazam's Psybeam with Thunderbolt, defeating it. He went up against Metagross next. Metagross managed to sent Pikachu's Thunderbolt back at him suing Psychic, dealing much damage. As Pikachu went for Quick Attack, Metagross used Iron Defense to block the attack and hit Pikachu hard with Meteor Mash. Pikachu then used Volt Tackle, but Metagross fired a Hyper Beam, which defeated Pikachu, making Ash lose the battle.
In the next episode, Pikachu was used in Ash's rematch against Anabel, this time facing her Espeon. Espeon showed to have great speed and power, dodging Pikachu's attacks and immediately after hit Pikachu with its own attacks. After getting hit by Espeon's Quick Attack and Iron Tail, Ash then had Pikachu use Thunderbolt. Espeon's Zap Cannon managed to overpower Pikachu's attack and hit him hard. Pikachu tried Thunderbolt once again, but it was dodged. Espeon then countered with Psychic, smashing Pikachu to the ceiling, causing Pikachu to fall down. Pikachu however managed to land on his feet and used Quick Attack. Espeon used Psychic again to stop Pikachu and lifted him in the air. Pikachu managed to bounce off the ceiling and land on one of the stadium's lights. Pikachu then used Thunderbolt, causing the lights to turn off. Unable to see anything Espeon was hit by Pikachu's next Thunderbolt. Pikachu then managed to avoid several Zap Cannon attacks and hit Espeon again with Thunderbolt. Just as the lights turned on again, Pikachu jumped down and hit Espeon hard with his Iron Tail. Pikachu then rushed towards Espeon using Volt Tackle. Despite trying to stop Pikachu using Zap Cannon, the attack missed and Espeon got knocked out by the powerful attack. This gave Ash the win and earned him the Ability Symbol.
In Gathering the Gang of Four!, in preparation for Ash's rematch against Brandon for his final frontier symbol, Pikachu reunites with Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charizard. Using Quick Attack to round up leaves created by Squirtle's Rapid Spin and Bulbasaur's Vine Whip, they were able to make a den to sleep. However he got in a fight with the other Pokémon but later calms down. The next day they all continued to train. Pikachu was later captured by Team Rocket but was rescued due to the efforts by Ash and the other Pokémon. They then combined their attacks to send Team Rocket blasting off. Afterwards they met up with Brandon again and he agreed to have a 4-on-4 rematch with Pikachu and the other Pokémon at the Battle Pyramid.
Pikachu was the fourth and final Pokémon used in Ash's Battle Pyramid challenge against Brandon in Pace - The Final Frontier!. After Charizard, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Brandon's first three Pokémon were eliminated from the match, Pikachu was pitted against Brandon's Regice. Ash first had Pikachu used Thunderbolt, but Regice seemed unfazed by the attack. Regice then countered with Blizzard. Pikachu quickly recovered and used Iron Tail, but was unable to land since he had to dodge the Iceberg Pokémon's Ice Beam. Regice used Ice Beam again to counter Pikachu's Quick Attack and despite Pikachu managing to dodge the attack again, the whole battle field got frozen in the process. This made Regice be able to move much quicker, while making it harder for Pikachu to move. As Regice was about to hit Pikachu with a Focus Punch, Pikachu was able to hit Regice with Thunderbolt, stunning it. This allowed Pikachu to hit Regice with a super-effective Iron Tail. Regice however quickly recovered and used Ice Beam, creating ice pillars, which trapped Pikachu. With Pikachu unable to do anything Regice used Rest heal itself completely. Despite Pikachu managing to escape using Iron Tail, Regice was able to wake up before Pikachu could attack it and hit Pikachu with an Ice Beam, freezing him. With Ash yelling words of encouragement the referee began to declare Pikachu unable to battle. Pikachu however managed to thaw out using Thunderbolt as well as hitting Regice with it. Regice then hits Pikachu with Focus Punch to send Pikachu bouncing across the ice field, Pikachu however used this to his advantage and bounced back to Regice to hit it with two consecutive Iron Tails. Regice however was still standing and managed to trap Pikachu again between ice pillars using Ice Beam and starts to rest up again. Pikachu escaped again using Iron Tail and charged towards Regice using Volt Tackle. Regice managed to awake in time again and started using Ice Beam to stop Pikachu. Pikachu dodged the attack and hit Regice with a powerful Volt Tackle, finally knocking the Iceberg Pokémon out. This gave Ash the win and finally earned him the Brave Symbol.
In Once More With Reeling, Ash used Pikachu in the unoffical Terracotta Town Pokémon Contest in the appeals round. He used Quick Attack and Thunderbolt as the same time to create thunder rings and then sent them off with Iron Tail, when they collided it created a firework like effect, this performance allowed Ash to go onto the next round.
In Home is Where the Start Is!, Ash used Pikachu in a friendly battle against Gary, who used his powerful Electivire, a Pokémon from the Sinnoh region. Both Pokémon used Thunderbolt and were even. Pikachu then used Quick Attack, but it was dodged by Electivire. Both Pokémon then used Iron Tail, but they were even again. Pikachu then used a close range Thunderbolt, which Electivire dodged by jumping. This however was what Ash wanted and had Pikachu use Volt Tackle since it was now defenseless, however Electivire blocked the attack with Protect, damaging Pikachu due to recoil. Electivire then launched its powerful Thunder Punch, defeating Pikachu. Later Pikachu went with Ash to the Sinnoh region, intending for him to be the only Pokémon to go with him, as he left his other Pokémon at Professor Oak's laboratory, however Aipom, snuck on board and she went with them to the Sinnoh region.
Diamond & Pearl series
In Following a Maiden's Voyage!, Pikachu was temporarily separated from Ash thanks to yet another plot by Team Rocket. Eventually, in Two Degrees of Separation!, Dawn found Pikachu and tried to catch him, but failed since Pikachu already had a trainer. She also protected him from Team Rocket and managed to blast Team Rocket off alongside Pikachu. Pikachu was eventually reunited with Ash in When Pokémon Worlds Collide!. Later in the episode Pikachu was used as Ash's final Pokémon in a battle against Ash's new rival, Paul, and his Elekid. Pikachu started off using Thunderbolt, but Elekid simply absorbed the attack and then launched a powerful Thunder at Piakchu. Pikachu then used Volt Tackle, but Elekid blocked the attack using Protect, causing Pikachu to take recoil damage. Pikachu however managed to get up and used Iron Tail, which was countered by Elekid's Brick Break. As the two moves were colliding, Paul mentioned Elekid still had one free arm and ordered him to hit Pikachu with Thunder Punch. Pikachu however managed to block Thunder Punch with Iron Tail and then hit Elekid hard. Elekid then managed to hit Pikachu with one more Brick Break, but as both Pokémon were exhausted they both fell down, resulting the battle in a tie.
In Dawn of a New Era!, Ash used Pikachu to battle Nando's Budew. Pikachu started off using Quick Attack. Budew tried countering with Bullet Seed, but Pikachu avoided the attack and hit Budew hard. Pikachu then got hit by Budew's Mega Drain, restoring some of Budew's health. Pikachu then used Thunderbolt, dealing much damage to Budew. Budew however then surprised everyone by evolving into Roselia. Roselia used Sunny Day and followed up with Solar Beam. Pikachu however managed to dodge Solar Beam and defeated Roselia with a powerful Iron Tail.
In A Gruff Act to Follow, Ash used Pikachu as his second Pokémon in his first Sinnoh Gym Battle against Roark and his Cranidos. Pikachu started off using Thunderbolt but Cranidos dodged it and used Zen Headbutt. Pikachu stopped the attack with Iron Tail. However, Cranidos was able to hang in there and used Headbutt. Although Pikachu managed to dodge and attempted to use Thunderbolt, Cranidos still managed to score a direct hit on him. Pikachu then tried to use Thunderbolt again, but Cranidos used Zen Headbutt to stop him and then used another Headbutt knocking Pikachu to the ground. When Paul got up to leave believing Ash had already lost. Pikachu suddenly showed his strength by letting off a powerful electric attack in the air, causing Paul to stay. As the battle continued, Pikachu used Quick Attack while Cranidos used Flamethrower. Pikachu dodged the attack and hit Cranidos with Iron Tail. Cranidos then used Head Smash while Pikachu countered with Volt Tackle. The collision of these attacks caused much damage to both Pokémon. Not wanting Pikachu take anymore damage, Ash recalled him.
Later Pikachu was sent out again to battle Roark's Onix. Pikachu used Iron Tail, which was countered by Onix's Slam. Ash then came up with an idea and had Pikachu use Thunderbolt on the battlefield, causing rocks to be launched in the air. Onix tried heading forwards using Double-Edge, but couldn't due to the rocks. Pikachu then headed towards Onix using Quick Attack, but Onix quickly recovered and countered with Screech. Despite trying to still move forwards, Pikachu was overwhelmed by the attack and was blasted away, knocking him out.
He defeated Roark's Onix in the Oreburgh Gym rematch. Pikachu battled again in the Pastoria Gym battle, where he battled Crasher Wake's Gyarados and defeated it with a Volt Tackle to the face. He also battled Crasher Wake's Floatzel for a moment, allowing Buizel time to recover.
In Pika and Goliath!, an arrogant electric-type trainer named Sho wished Ash to trade Pikachu to him, as he already had a Pichu and Raichu and wanted to have the full evolution line in his team. Ash obviously refused, so Sho challenged him to a battle against his powerful Raichu. Pikachu found that, unlike Lt. Surge's Raichu, this one was fast and knew powerful attacks such as Volt Tackle and Hyper Beam. Pikachu was seriously injured, and during his recovery the Pokémon began to reconsider his earlier decision not to evolve since there would always be attacks (such as Hyper Beam) and abilities that he simply couldn't learn otherwise. When Ash went to check on Pikachu and found both he and his Thunderstone missing, he briefly thought Pikachu may indeed have evolved into Raichu. However he soon found Pikachu training in the forest, trying to increase his agility and speed attacks further (with Team Rocket responsible for stealing the Thunderstone). After some hard training, Ash and Pikachu re-challenged Sho and Raichu. After a hard battle and some improvisation, Pikachu finally managed to defeat Raichu proving he had once again made the right decision not to evolve.
In Shield with a Twist!, Pikachu was Ash's third Pokémon in his Hearthome Gym battle. He went up against Fantina's Drifblim. Pikachu used a Thunderbolt Counter Shield, which Drifblim immediately broke with Psychic. Drifblim then used a combination of Will-O-Wisp and Psychic to create a Counter Shield of its own, Pikachu used Counter Shield again but it was overwhelmed as Drifblim's lasted longer due to it being supported by Psychic. Their Counter Shield surrounded him, and he was hit by Hypnosis putting him to sleep, which Pikachu was unable to repel with Thunderbolt due to the Counter Shield. Pikachu was then knocked out by Ominous Wind.
Pikachu activating his Static
Pikachu's next major battle after Fantina, was when he was used against Paul in Evolving Strategies!. First he went up against Magmortar; however, when he attacked with Quick Attack, he was burned by Magmortar's Flame Body and Pikachu was recalled. Later, he went up against Paul's very powerful Ursaring and paralyzed it with Static. This actually made things worse for Pikachu as being paralyzed activated Ursaring's Guts Ability, and Pikachu found himself completely outmatched by Ursaring's massive power and was defeated and thrown into Lake Acuity, taking him out of the match as well as injuring him. This defeat meant that Ash had to defeat Paul's remaining five Pokémon with only Chimchar.
Ash partnered with Pikachu during the Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament.
Later, in Flint Sparks the Fire!, Pikachu battled Flint's Infernape, but was defeated after a long fight.
In The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!, Pikachu battled against Volkner's Electivire, Pikachu launched a Quick Attack which was dodged and Electivire launched a Fire Punch and Ice Punch, both of which were dodged but Electivire absorbed two Thunderbolts due to its ability Motor Drive, due to its increased speed it dodged Iron Tail, Volkner then revealed the effects of Motor Drive to Ash. Pikachu was hit by Fire Punch, then Ice Punch which activated Pikachu's ability, Static, which caused Paralysis, slowing Electivire down, Pikachu then dodged one Ice Punch, countered another with Iron Tail. On the third Ice Punch, Pikachu hit Electivire with Iron Tail, knocking Electivire out. He was then recalled. He later went up against Luxray, his Quick Attack was blocked with Shock Wave which was powerful. Pikachu then launched three successful Iron Tail's but the fourth was countered by Thunder Fang. He was then knocked out by Shock Wave.
In the Lily of the Valley Conference, Ash used Pikachu in his battle against Paul in Familiarity Breeds Strategy!. He was used against Paul's Aggron, where he put up a good fight and weakened Aggron before he was recalled in place of Infernape. Pikachu was also used in the continuation of Ash's battle against Paul in A Real Rival Rouser!. He went against Paul's Froslass where he was seen having some trouble at first, but by the end, he was able to pull through and defeat Froslass with a powerful Volt Tackle attack. This gave Pikachu his first win against one of Paul's Pokémon and also gave Ash the lead in the battle. In Battling a Thaw in Relations!, he battled Paul's Electivire, but had trouble due to Electivire's Motor Drive Ability, and was soon defeated by a Brick Break. In The Semi-Final Frontier!, Pikachu was the last Pokémon chosen by Ash to battle Tobias in the semi-finals. Despite Ash losing five of his Pokémon, Pikachu tried his best to defeat Tobias's Latios. Almost none of the attacks hit or did any damage to Latios in the beginning, however, Pikachu finally managed to jump on top of Latios and used Thunderbolt several times before he was shaken off. As Pikachu was about to land, Latios used Luster Purge. Pikachu used Volt Tackle and Iron Tail, taking against the force of the Luster Purge. However, he was tied with Latios as both fainted. As Ash's last Pokémon also fainted, Tobias was crowned the winner of their battle.
Best Wishes series
Ash decided to just bring Pikachu to Unova with him, just like he did in Hoenn. In In The Shadow of Zekrom!, Pikachu had an encounter with Zekrom, which unaware by Ash, caused Pikachu to lose his ability to use Electric-type moves. Ash finally noticed during his battle against Trip and his Snivy, causing Ash to forfeit. Pikachu soon recovered his Electric-type moves.
In Triple Leaders, Team Threats!, Ash used Pikachu in his second battle at the Striaton Gym, where he faced Cress and his Panpour. Pikachu's Quick Attack was countered with Double Team, it was then hit with Scratch. After dodging Water Gun, Pikachu tried to use Thunderbolt but Panpour aimed Water Gun at his feet, causing him to slip. He was then attacked by multiple Water Gun and Scratch attacks. Pikachu got up and attempted to use Volt Tackle, but this was countered with Mud Sport, causing Pikachu to slip, Panpour then finished him off with Water Gun.
In A Rival Battle for Club Champ!, he battled Trip's Tranquill, who had already taken out Ash's Oshawott and Tepig. He took a beating from multiple Aerial Aces, but showed Trip the power of his electrical attacks by defeating Tranquill with Volt Tackle. He then battled Snivy again, who by then had evolved into Servine. However, despite not being incapacitated, he was once again defeated.
In Minccino-Neat and Tidy!, Ash used Pikachu in a battle against Bianca and her Pignite. Even though he had some trouble at first, Pikachu was able to pull through in the end and defeat Pignite with a powerful Volt Tackle. He was also used to battle against Minccino and he was able to stand up to his Tickle and Double Slap combo when Bianca's Pignite couldn't, and since Snivy got infatuated by Minccino's Attract, and he was able to knock out Minccino using his powerful Thunderbolt.
In Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!, a trio of Ducklett stole Ash's hat and Sandile's sunglasses. Pikachu assisted Sandile in defeating them, and during the incident learned how to use Electro Ball. He learned electro ball because he was stuck in a beach umbrella. his suffering made him angry and suddenly the power started to rise in his tail and he learned electro ball. Later on, he battled against the Sunglasses Sandile. Even though Sandile evolved into Krokorok, Pikachu used Electro Ball and sent Stone Edge right back at Krokorok to defeat him.
Ash used Pikachu as his last Pokémon in his Nacrene Gym battle, in Battling For The Love of Big-Types!, instead of Oshawott, who volunteered himself. He went up against Burgh's Leavanny. Pikachu used Thunderbolt, which was dodged and he used Iron Tail, which was blocked by Leavanny's Protect. Leavanny's Leaf Storm drew with Pikachu's Thunderbolt, it then used String Shot on Pikachu binding his tail, making him unable to dodge Leaf Storm with Quick Attack, since Pikachu's tail is used for balance. He tried and failed to break the strings and was then hit with Leaf Storm, he tried a Thunderbolt but missed due to his loss of balance. He was hit by Hyper Beam but refused to surrender. When Leavanny used Leaf Storm, Pikachu span and charged into the Leaf Storm, breaking the threads. Pikachu then dodged Leavanny's String Shot's with Quick Attack. After countering another String Shot with Thunderbolt, he hit Leavanny with Iron Tail and finished off the Nurturing Pokémon with Electro Ball, earning Ash the Insect Badge.
In Movie Time! Zorua and the Pokémon Knight! Pikachu played a movie role as Ash's assistant. He battled Iris's Axew in order to gain the power to defeat the villain and his assistant. He succeeded with a Thunderbolt-Electro Ball combo. He later defeated the villain and rescued the princess.
Ash used Pikachu in the final round in the Club Battle in Club Battle Finale: A Hero's Outcome! against Iris. Pikachu went up against Iris's Excadrill. Pikachu did surprisingly well, but unfortunately, Pikachu fainted first, and Iris won the tournament.
In Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!, when Ash is in doubt for which Pokémon he should use after his two Pokémon were defeated in his Gym Battle against Elesa, Pikachu shocked Ash to convince him to use him. He went up against Elesa's powerful Emolga, who Pikachu defeated with a single Quick Attack. Later, Pikachu battled Elesa's Tynamo, defeating him with a powerful Iron Tail attack, winning Ash the Bolt Badge.
In Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1, Pikachu teamed up with Cilan's Stunfisk to battle Tornadus and Thundurus. Stunfisk used his amazing jumping ability to get them both into the air so that they could launch a Thunderbolt—Thunder Shock combination at the two legendary Pokémon. Later, in Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 2, Pikachu helped rescue the Forces of Nature from Team Rocket.
In An Amazing Aerial Battle!, Ash used Pikachu against Skyla's Unfezant, and Pikachu defeated him with an Electro Ball. Pikachu stayed in the battle to fight Skyla's last Pokémon, Swanna, but was defeated with a powerful Hurricane and a brutal Brave Bird.
In Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 2, Ash chose Pikachu as his final Pokémon in his Gym battle with Roxie and her strongest Pokémon, Garbodor. It was a very hard fought battle, but to Ash's luck, all the physical contact Pikachu made with Garbodor, had caused Pikachu's Static Ability to activate and paralyze Garbodor. Despite still being able to withstand a Thunderbolt, the Trash Heap Pokémon was unable to take a hit from the following Electro Ball, and was knocked out, making Ash victorious and earning him his eighth and final Unova Badge, the Toxic Badge, thus allowing him to enter the Unova League.
In Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!, Ash battled Giovanni with Pikachu trying to protect Meloetta, but was defeated by his Persian and Giovanni successfully captured Meloetta, and took it, along with the imprisoned Ash and Pikachu, to the Abyssal Ruins. In the next episode, Pikachu managed to break Team Rocket's force field prison by striking it repeatedly with Iron Tail, freeing both Ash and himself. Later, during the battle against the mind-controlled Therian Forme Forces of Nature, as Thundurus aimed a Thunder attack at Iris's Dragonite and Iris stepped in its way to protect her Pokémon, Pikachu jumped in, and absorbed the massive blast of electricity himself. This gave Pikachu a tremendous power boost, as seen later, when Ash told Pikachu to use Electro Ball on Team Rocket. The supercharged attack grew into amazingly massive proportions, inflicting notable damage on the Abyssal Ruins, sending Team Rocket flying, and freeing Meloetta.
In Curtain Up, Unova League!, Ash used Pikachu in the preliminary round of the Vertress Conference against Trip's Serperior, and Pikachu defeated him after a very hard fought battle with an Electro Ball-Iron Tail combo.
In Cameron's Secret Weapon!, Ash used Pikachu against Cameron's Samurott. Samurott blocked many attacks with his Razor Shell, but Pikachu eventually defeated him with an Iron Tail. Cameron then sent out his next Pokémon, Swanna, attempting to keep distance to Pikachu, but Pikachu ended it with an Electro Ball. Later during the battle, Ash sent Pikachu out to face Cameron's newly-evolved Lucario, which had just defeated Snivy, leaving Pikachu as Ash's last Pokémon. At the end of the climactic fight, Pikachu and Lucario fired blasts of Electro Ball and Aura Sphere, and Aura Sphere overpowered Electro Ball, knocking Pikachu out, and thus eliminating Ash from the Vertress Conference, placing him in Top 8.
In Cilan and the Case of the Purrloin Witness!, Pikachu participated in the Marine Cup Tournament. He managed to beat other Trainers with a Gurdurr and a Eelektrik and make it to the finals. He battled against Teaque's Galvantula. After a tough battle, Pikachu was able to knock out Galvantula with Iron Tail, winning the tournament for Ash.
Pikachu was reunited with Bulbasaur and the entire Unova team at Professor Oak's Laboratory in The Dream Continues!. He joined the others in a group attack on Team Rocket with his Thunderbolt to send them blasting off for the last time in the Best Wishes series. Pikachu then continued to travel with Ash when he set off for the Kalos region.
In Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!, Ash and Pikachu arrived in Kalos by plane along with Alexa. After being thrown out of the Lumiose Gym for not having enough Gym Badges, Ash was saved by Clemont while Pikachu was saved by Bonnie. Bonnie was excited to be holding Pikachu, leading to him shocking her because she was holding him too tightly. After becoming acquainted with their rescuers, Ash challenged Clemont to a battle, which Clemont reluctantly agreed to.
In the battle, Pikachu faced Clemont's Bunnelby. Despite Clemont admitting that he only recently caught Bunnelby, they proved to be a match for Pikachu. The battle was interuppted by Team Rocket, who once again attempted to steal Pikachu for their plans. Ash attempted to stop them, but Jessie had her Wobbuffet reflect Pikachu's attacks with Mirror Coat. Pikachu was saved by a Froakie, who shielded Pikachu with its body at the cost of being injured. With Bunnelby and Froakie's help, Pikachu was used to blast off the villains. Froakie soon collapsed from its injuries, so Ash, Pikachu, and their new friends went to Professor Sycamore to heal Froakie back to health.
In Lumiose City Pursuit!, Ash and Pikachu managed to get Froakie to Professor Sycamore so that he could be healed. When a Garchomp went crazy from one of Team Rocket's devices, Pikachu and Ash pursued her to get the device off and free her. After chasing her to the top of Prism Tower, Pikachu removed the device from Garchomp's neck with Iron Tail. However, due to the fight damaging the tower, the ground Pikachu was standing on broke off, causing him to fall off with Ash immediately leaping in to save his best friend. They were both saved by a Mega Blaziken, who intercepted them in the air and put the two safely back onto the ground.
In A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle!, Pikachu was the first Pokémon Ash used during his Santalune Gym battle with Viola, sending him out to face her Surskit. His Quick Attack was blocked by Protect and his Iron Tail was dodged, Surskit used its skating power to move quickly. After blocking Pikachu's Electro Ball with Ice Beam, it used Ice Beam on the field, freezing it. Whilst Pikachu slipped on the ice, Surskit was able to skate on it, although Pikachu did get a successful hit with Iron Tail, his Thunderbolt was overpowered by Ice Beam and he was knocked out by Signal Beam. After he was healed at the Pokémon Center, he trained with Fletchling for their rematch by using Alexa's Noivern's Gust to help them withstand Vivillon's Gust, who beat Fletchling in the first battle.
In Battling on Thin Ice!, continuing his training along with Fletchling. it was able to withstand Noivern's Gust well, later using one of Clemont's inventions, they practiced to avoid Surskit's Sticky Web, after it broke, they used Froakie and its frubbles instead to practice. Later Pikachu was Ash's first Pokémon for his Gym Battle rematch against Viola, it went up against her Surskit, using his training he was able to dodge Sticky Web, and after having his Thunderbolt avoided by Surskit's Protect and dodging its Signal Beam, he was able to hit with Iron Tail. Afterwards Pikachu tried to stop Surskit from using Ice Beam on the field by climbing on it and using Thunderbolt, but it failed causing the ice field to appear as well as freezing the area. Using his tail, he was able to stabilize himself on the ice field, his Thunderbolt overpowered Surskit's Signal Beam, defeating the Pond Skater Pokémon. Ash recalled Pikachu and substituted him for Fletchling. It was called out again to battle Vivillon, who beat Fletchling. After being hit with Gust, Pikachu looked tired, but Ash had Pikachu use Iron Tail to anchor himself to the ice field. Vivillon's Solar Beam was countered with Thunderbolt, then Vivillon used Sleep Powder, and due to Iron Tail being anchored into the ground, he was unable to dodge it. While Pikachu was struggling to stay awake, Vivillon used Solar Beam, but Pikachu used Electro Ball on himself to keep him awake. Vivillon launched the Solar Beam, but Pikachu was able to overpower it with Electro Ball, causing Vivillon to crash into the lamps which were frozen by Surskit's Ice Beam misfire, freezing its wing allowing Pikachu to defeat the Scale Pokémon with Thunderbolt, earning Ash the Bug Badge.
In Climbing the Walls!, Ash used Pikachu as his third and final Pokémon in his Cyllage Gym Battle against Grant. He went up against his Tyrunt. Pikachu was at a type-disadvantage since Tyrunt was part Dragon-type. Pikachu used Quick Attack and jumped and attacked from above to avoid Crunch and hit Tyrunt. It used its signature Draco Meteor but Pikachu dodged and used Iron Tail, then the meteor shower came but Pikachu used Iron Tail to jump on the Draco Meteor and perform the Draco Meteor Climb, which he based on the Rock Tomb Climb Froakie previously used, Tyrunt used its jumping abilities to jump high and use Dragon Tail and tied with Pikachu's Iron Tail. Grant used his favorite move Rock Tomb but Pikachu deflected the projectiles with Iron Tail, knocking one into Tyrunt's mouth, disabling Crunch and allowing Pikachu to move close and finish with Ash's favorite move, Thunderbolt, defeating Tyrunt, winning the battle and earning Ash the Cliff Badge.
In The Bonds of Evolution!, Pikachu was used in the Ash's battle against Diantha, the Kalos League Champion, where he faced her Gardevoir. Gardevoir managed to dodge all of Pikachu's attacks and hit him hard with a Shadow Ball. The battle was interrupted by Team Rocket.
In Mega Revelations!, Pikachu battled against Korrina's Lucario. Pikachu was quickly overwhelmed by Lucario's fast attacks and was easily defeated. Pikachu battled Lucario again in The Aura Storm!, but this time against Lucario's Mega Evolved form. Pikachu battled well, but got attacked aggressively when Mega Lucario started to go out of control, forcing Ash to protect Pikachu. When Mega Lucario was stopped by Gurkinn's Lucario, the battle was called off.
In Battling Into the Hall of Fame!, Pikachu was used in a Triple Tag Battle alongside with Serena's Fennekin and Clemont's Chespin against Tierno's Squirtle, Shauna's Bulbasaur and Trevor's Charmander. Pikachu and the others was having a hard time due to their opponents great teamwork, which led to Fennekin being defeated by Squirtle. When Pikachu was using Quick Attack, Squirtle used Rapid Spin to block and send Pikachu flying. He also took damage from Charmander and Bulbasaur's attacks. Bulbasaur fired a Solar Beam at Pikachu, but, much to Shauna and her friends's surprise, Chespin used Vine Whip to pull Pikachu up, giving Pikachu the perfect opportunity to defeat Charmander with Thunderbolt. When Squirtle uses Rapid Spin, Chespin used Vine Whip to stop it while Pikachu managed to defeat Bulbasaur with Electro Ball. After avoiding Squirtle's Aqua Tail, Pikachu also defeated it with Thunderbolt giving Ash, Serena and Clemont the win and the spot on the Hall of Fame.
In Showdown at the Shalour Gym!, Pikachu was the last Pokémon Ash used during his Shalour Gym battle with Korrina, sending him out to face Korrina's Mega Lucario. Ash was convinced that Korrina wasn't the only one who trained, both Pokémon stared off as this was going to be the final battle. Pikachu used Quick Attack and combined it with Electro Ball, launcing Electro Ball but this was deflected with Bone Rush, Pikachu's Iron Tail was blocked and Mega Lucario kicked him into the air, but Pikachu hit Mega Lucario with Thunderbolt, but it hit him back with Aura Sphere. Pikachu was able to get to up and show his strength, Mega Lucario used Metal Sound, which Pikachu drowned out using his Thunderbolt hitting Mega Lucario as well, then Mega Lucario used Aura Sphere, but Pikachu used Iron Tail to bounce off it and jump, similar to the Draco Meteor Tomb, Mega Lucario jumped and used Bone Rush, but Pikachu countered with Iron Tail, but Mega Lucario clashed with Bone Rush to reduce Iron Tail's power, then both Pokémon crashed into the ground, but both were standing but weak, Mega Lucario's Power-Up Punch was countered with Iron Tail, and its Aura Sphere with Electro Ball, Pikachu then used Thunderbolt finally defeating the Aura Pokémon, thus giving Ash the victory and earning him the Rumble Badge. As the group prepared to depart for Coumarine City, Pikachu and Lucario bumped fists as a promise to battle again someday.
In A Slippery Encounter!, Pikachu helped out a Goomy after they were stolen by Team Rocket. Knowing that his Thunderbolt won't break their cage, Pikachu tries to ram it but keeps getting hurt until the cage make a hole. Goomy manages to escape, but Pikachu couldn't go through until Goomy uses its slimy body around Pikachu making him slip right through the cage. After getting out, they both run off until they were noticed by Team Rocket, who gives chase. When Pikachu and Goomy was about to be hit by Jessie's Pumpkaboo's Shadow Ball, Ash came by to protect them. When Team Rocket was about to steal Pikachu in the same cage again, Ash tells him to use Iron Tail, destroying the cage in the process. Then while battling their foes, Ash tells Pikachu to use Electro Ball, countering Pumpkaboo's Shadow Ball. Then Inkay uses Psybeam, confusing Pikachu which makes him attack Fletchinder instead. As they were about to be finished by Pumpkaboo and Inkay's Dark Pulse and Psybeam, Goomy protected them and uses Bide to send it back at Team Rocket's Pokémon. As the confusion wore off, Ash tells Pikachu to finish off Team Rocket with Thunderbolt. Later, Pikachu informed to Ash that Goomy wants to go with them, allowing him to capture it.
In Good Friends, Great Training!, Pikachu alongside with Sliggoo was used in a Tag Battle against Tierno's Wartortle and Raichu. Before the battle can start, he was grabbed by a mecha created by Team Rocket. But Sliggoo was able to save Pikachu with Dragon Breath. After the mecha took Sliggoo, along with Tierno's Wartortle and Raichu, Pikachu split up with Ash and Serena to look for them. After Sliggoo evolved into Goodra to save Ash and Pikachu, they restarted their Double Battle, and after a hard fight, Pikachu and Goodra won with a Thunderbolt and Dragon Pulse combo.
In XY067, Ash used Pikachu as his first Pokémon in his Lumiose Gym Battle against Clemont and went up against his Bunnelby. Pikachu used Thunderbolt, which was blocked by Bunnelby using its ears to create a mud shield. Bunnelby used Dig which was too fast for Pikachu to evade. Pikachu hit Bunnelby with Quick Attack, which Bunnelby quickly recovered from. It then used Double Slap but Pikachu used Iron Tail which the Digging Pokémon caught with its ears. This reminded Bonnie of their first battle. Instead of letting Pikachu counter with Electro Ball, Bunnelby used its new move, Wild Charge, dealing major damage to Pikachu. Bunnelby then hit Pikachu with another Dig. He then responded with Quick Attack, but Bunnelby used Dig again. However, Ash had Pikachu use Iron Tail on the ground, forcing Bunnelby to emerge and dealing major damage. Pikachu then used another Iron Tail, defeating Bunnelby. When Clemont sent out Heliolisk, Ash recalled Pikachu. He was later sent out to battle Clemont's last Pokémon, Luxray. Pikachu could take advantage of Luxray's Electric Terrain, which increased the power of Electric-type moves. Pikachu first used Thunderbolt, which was blocked by Luxray's Thunder Fang. It then used Wild Charge on Pikachu, dealing a lot of damage. Luxray followed up with Swift, but Pikachu was able to deflect it back to Luxray with Iron Tail. However the Gleam Eyes Pokémon countered with Wild Charge, defeating Pikachu.
Personality and characteristics
After Ash gained Pikachu's loyalty in Pokémon - I Choose You!, Pikachu became extremely loyal to Ash and has maintained this loyalty, and while he is not always immediately trusting of strangers, he is generally friendly to humans and Pokémon alike. He acted as a guardian and big brother to Misty's Togepi, and has been seen mediating and even breaking up fights among other Pokémon, such as in Pikachu's Vacation. In Mewtwo Strikes Back, Pikachu, Meowth, and Meowth's clone were the only Pokémon not to participate in the giant battle; Pikachu stood motionless as his clone repeatedly slapped his face. Contrary to his distrusting nature, Pikachu took a liking to Misty very early in the series, and he has retained this liking of Misty throughout the series, such as when he was very happy to see her in The Scheme Team.
Pikachu and his love of ketchup
During the Hoenn saga, Pikachu temporarily developed amnesia and sided with Team Rocket for a while. On several occasions, Pikachu has developed an "electric flu" causing him to become overcharged and extremely powerful. During these instances, Pikachu will sometimes accidentally let off electric outbursts which can be set off on anyone, including Ash. In all of these cases, Pikachu did not mean harm upon anyone.
As shown in a handful of episodes, the first being Showdown at Dark City, Pikachu has a special fondness for ketchup, but he will eat and enjoy almost any other human or Pokémon food. A running joke in the anime also seems to be Pikachu using Thunderbolt at the beginning of each series to destroy a female companion's bike or shock the companion herself. This has happened to Misty, May, Dawn, Iris, and Bonnie.
Pikachu, like his Trainer, is always happy to battle. He often tries his very best, but when he loses, he doesn't complain or feel bad about himself, especially when Ash reassures him. Ash and Pikachu are almost identical personality-wise, and thus are the perfect match for one another. Most others agree, with the exception of Burgundy, who in A Connoisseur's Revenge! said that Ash had a terrible relationship with all of his Pokémon, though this is more due to her inexperience in determining such relationships.
In general, Pikachu as a species is not particularly powerful, but Ash's Pikachu is an anomaly, overcoming odds in battle numerous times. In Pokémon Emergency!, Meowth remarked that Pikachu's power "far exceeds its evolutionary level". In Showdown in Pewter City, he defeated Brock's Onix with an Electric-type attack that triggered the sprinkler system causing Onix to be drenched in water, one of its weaknesses. Ash's Pikachu has also defeated very powerful Pokémon that Ash's other Pokémon were unable to, such as Dragonite, Metagross and Mega Lucario. He was also the second of Ash's Pokémon to defeat a legendary Pokémon in battle, defeating Brandon's Regice to win the Brave Symbol. He later fought Tobias' Latios to a draw in the semi-finals of the Lily of the Valley Conference. He has helped Ash win countless battles and Gym and League matches.
The possibility of evolving into Raichu was first raised in the episode Electric Shock Showdown. After suffering a crushing defeat by Lt. Surge's Raichu, Nurse Joy presented Ash with a Thunder Stone. Ash allowed Pikachu to decide, but it smacked the stone away with his tail, choosing to become stronger as it is, and defeated Raichu using its superior speed. In the Sinnoh region, Pikachu battled a Raichu belonging to a trainer named Sho. The two were evenly matched, until Raichu used Hyper Beam to secure victory, a move Pikachu could not learn. At a Pokémon Center, Ash revealed that he kept the Thunder Stone he acquired in Vermilion City in case Pikachu changed his mind about evolving. Once again, Pikachu chose not to evolve, and defeated Sho's Raichu in a rematch with a combination of speed and spinning techniques learned from Dawn. In the interim, Team Rocket stole the Thunder Stone, as they also liked Pikachu to stay as he is.
However, at times, Pikachu has lived up to his species' frail and brittle strengths, particularly in Gym battles where he was defeated with relative ease by his opponent; for example, he was overpowered very easily by Lt. Surge's Raichu, Sabrina's Kadabra, Blaine's Magmar, Bugsy's Scyther, Whitney's Miltank, Chuck's Poliwrath, Roark's Rampardos, Fantina's Drifblim, Cress's Panpour, and Viola's Surskit, despite having a type advantage with Panpour, Scyther, Poliwrath, Drifblim, and Surskit. He also drew against Winona's Pelipper and Norman's Vigoroth, and struggled against Crasher Wake's Floatzel. Furthermore, he has lost twice to Trip's Serperior, as a Snivy in In the Shadow of Zekrom! and a Servine in A Rival Battle for Club Champ!, despite Trip being a starting Trainer and recently having obtained Serperior.
Pikachu became the second non-legendary Pokémon to defeat a legendary Pokémon in the anime after Charizard, beating Brandon's Regice in Pace - The Final Frontier!, giving Ash his final Frontier Symbol.
Pikachu is also the only one of Ash's Pokémon to accompany him to the Hoenn, Unova, and Kalos regions, and was intended to be the only Pokémon to accompany him to Sinnoh before Aipom was discovered to have stowed away on the ship Ash was taking. Up until the capture of Dawn's Pachirisu, Pikachu was the only Electric-type Pokémon in the anime owned by a main character.
Pikachu is always becoming a constant target whenever he gets captured by Team Rocket. Sometimes they succeed with nets, cages or capsules, but most of the time their plans always failed by Ash and his friends or something else. Whenever Pikachu gets released from their trap and reunites with Ash, he sends Team Rocket blasting off with his Electric attacks. In this case, his Thunderbolt. Sometimes, Pikachu sends them away even when he's not captured.
Even with his high level of electrical power, Pikachu has not stopped learning new attacks. Upon learning that Roxanne, the Rustboro Gym Leader used Rock types, Ash had Pikachu begin learning Iron Tail in All Things Bright and Beautifly!. After training hard, Pikachu finally perfected it in The Winner by a Nosepass, where he used it to defeat Roxanne's Nosepass and earn Ash his first Hoenn Badge. In addition to giving Pikachu an advantage over Rock types, Iron Tail has allowed Pikachu to defeat many powerful opponents. In May's Egg-Cellent Adventure, during a battle with Team Rocket, Ash ordered Pikachu to do a Quick Attack. Much to the surprise of Ash and his friends, the Quick Attack morphed into Volt Tackle which sent Team Rocket blasting off. Until Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!, it has been one of Pikachu's signature moves, in which Pikachu replaced it with Electro Ball, which it learned while battling a trio of annoying Ducklett. Not only that, Pikachu has used his Ability, Static, a few times in the anime.
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- Leer was first seen in The School of Hard Knocks. When Giselle called for Cubone to use Leer, Ash told Pikachu to "Leer right back" by making funny faces. He later used Leer in Hour of the Houndour; however, this was the actual move, albeit, an anime move error still.
- An attack where Pikachu stored electricity in his tail similar to Slam was used to defeat Lt. Surge's Raichu in Electric Shock Showdown. A similar move, referred to as "Shocking Tail" by the MC, was used to defeat Drake's Ditto in Hello, Pummelo!.
- Rocket Punch was a move that Pikachu used while "boxing" Anthony's Hitmonchan in The Punchy Pokémon. Pikachu glowed red and shot off his boxing gloves, leaving off a trail of smoke. Once the smoke disappears, Pikachu still has his boxing gloves on and flies towards Hitmonchan at high speed.
- Thunder Armor was a one-time technique in the episode Solid as a Solrock, Pikachu is seen using Thunder on himself while riding Ash's Swellow. This increased their attack power greatly, and they easily overpowered their opponents.
- Spin, originally made by Dawn and first used by her Piplup and Buneary, was also used by Turtwig and Aipom to avoid attacks in the episode O'er the Rampardos We Watched!, where he was able beat Roark and obtain the Coal Badge.
- Thunder-Volt Tackle is a move combination between Ash's Pikachu and Paul's Electabuzz. Pikachu starts by using Volt Tackle towards Paul's Electabuzz, who grabs him and uses Thunder on him to supercharge the Volt Tackle. This was used in Enter Galactic! to sever the cables with which Team Galactic's helicopters were carrying Veilstone City's meteorites.
- Swift-Quick Attack was a combination of Aipom's twirling Swift and Pikachu's Quick Attack that was used in A Stand-Up Sit-Down!. Aipom would use a twirling Swift that spins in the air and then Pikachu would jump in the Swift with Quick Attack and as he runs, the Swift stars would be surrounding the white light from the Quick Attack.
Pikachu using Counter Shield
- Volt Tail, a combination of Volt Tackle and Iron Tail, was used in Pika and Goliath! against Sho's Raichu and once again in The Semi-Final Frontier! against Tobias's Latios.
- Counter Shield can be used by Pikachu by utilizing Thunderbolt, similar to Ash's Buizel and Infernape who can do the technique with their own moves.
- Thunder Whirlpool was used in Arceus and the Jewel of Life where it was used by Pikachu and Dawn's Piplup in order to win a tag battle against Kato and Kiko's Heracross and Beautifly. First Piplup used Whirlpool which trapped Heracross and Beautifly inside at which point Pikachu used Thunderbolt to electrify it, knocking out both opponents at the same time.
- Hydro Volt Tackle is used as a finishing blow against Team Rocket in Memories are Made of Bliss!. It is a combination of Pikachu's Volt Tackle and Dawn's Piplup's Hydro Pump creating a massive Electric-Water shot that sent Team Rocket blasting off.
- Thunderbolt-Electro Ball is a combination used to power up Electro Ball, first seen in Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"!. Ash has Pikachu use Electro Ball, then tells him to use Thunderbolt on it to significantly increase the size and power of Electro Ball.
- Massive Electro Ball was a stronger variation of Electro Ball that Pikachu used in Unova's Survival Crisis!. While blocking Thundurus's Thunder attack to protect Iris, Pikachu absorbed some of its opponent's electricity. Later, when Ash told Pikachu use Electro Ball, it transferred Thundurus's excess energy into its attack, causing the Electro Ball to crackle with blue lightning and swell to incredibly massive proportions. This supercharged Electro Ball dealt great damage to the Abyssal Ruins after it was launched.
- Electro Iron Tail was a move combination Pikachu used to defeat Trip's Serperior in Mission: Defeat Your Rival!. First Pikachu forms an Electro Ball on his tail, and then uses Iron Tail, slamming both the Electro Ball and Iron Tail into the opponent at the same time, dealing a notable amount of damage.
- Draco Meteor Climb was a countering method Ash improvised during his Gym battle with Grant in Climbing the Walls!. By using Iron Tail, Pikachu was able to jump on and avoid being hit by Grant's Tyrunt's Draco Meteor. This was based on Ash's counter method to Rock Tomb, called "Rock Tomb Climb".
- Aura Sphere Climb*, similar to Draco Meteor Climb, was used in Showdown at the Shalour Gym! in order to counter Korrina's Mega Lucario's Aura Sphere.
In the games
- Main article: Red's Pikachu (game)
In the main series, Red's Pikachu is noticeably based on Ash's Pikachu: not only does Red receive it from Professor Oak after his rival, Oak's grandson, takes the last starter Pokémon in Pokémon Yellow, but it follows Red around rather than being kept in a Poké Ball. In Generation II and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Pikachu is the highest-leveled member of Red's team when he is encountered at Mt. Silver, and the highest leveled Pokémon owned by a Trainer in the entire series excluding battle arenas. His moves, notably in HeartGold and SoulSilver, are the four moves most used by Ash's Pikachu at the time of the games' release. Pikachu was one of Ash's three Pokémon in Pokémon Puzzle League. The Pikachu in the Super Smash Bros. series may be based on Ash's Pikachu.
A Japanese event distributed an in-game representation of Ash's Pikachu via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and at participating Japanese McDonald's locations which was held from July 15 through August 10, 2010. This Pikachu was distributed at participating American Toys 'R' Us locations from January 30 to February 13, 2011, and Canadian Toys 'R' Us locations from February 9 to February 20, 2011. This Pikachu's moveset was based on that of Ash's Pikachu during the Diamond & Pearl series.
Pokémon Center Best Wishes Pokémon
From August 10 to September 6, 2013, Japanese Pokémon Centers distributed an in-game representation of Ash's Pikachu with its moveset based on the one known by Pikachu during the Best Wishes series. The distribution was split into four one-week periods; each week, players could receive one of four Best Wishes-themed Pokémon at random. The other three Pokémon distributed alongside Ash's Pikachu were Iris's Axew, Cilan's Pansage, and Professor Oak's Rotom.
In the manga
In the Ash and Pikachu manga
Ash's Pikachu in the Ash and Pikachu manga
Ash's Pikachu is a starring character in the Ash and Pikachu manga series, which is based on the Johto and Hoenn seasons of the Pokémon anime. Like in the anime, Pikachu and Ash share a strong friendship.
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In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
Ash's Pikachu in The Electric Tale of Pikachu
Ash's Pikachu is a starring character in the manga series
The Electric Tale of Pikachu, which is loosely based on the Pokémon anime. Pikachu appears in every chapter of the manga.
Like in the anime, Pikachu was Ash's first Pokémon. However, Ash did not receive Pikachu from Professor Oak - instead, he finds Pikachu under the floorboards of his home, chewing on wires to eat the electricity. His mother asks him to take Pikachu outside, but when Gary Oak taunts Ash about how he has not yet become a Pokémon Trainer, Ash decides to keep Pikachu as his first Pokémon.
Like in the anime, Pikachu was originally unwilling to obey Ash, but after Ash protects Pikachu from a flock of wild Spearow and a Fearow, Pikachu gains respect for Ash, and after Ash defeats Brock, he is named Jean Luc Pikachu (Japanese ジャン＝リュック ピカチュウ Jean-Luc Pikachu).
Later on, when Ash is in a Gym battle with Misty, Pikachu is petrified by the sight of her Gyarados and does not battle, while in his Gym battle with Sabrina, he is easily bested by her Abra.
Pikachu likes Misty and greets her enthusiastically whenever she appears, often ignoring Ash in the process.
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In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga
Ash's Pikachu in Magical Pokémon Journey
Ash's Pikachu in Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl
Ash's Pikachu, along with Ash, Misty and Brock, makes a cameo appearance in the bonus chapters at the end of every volume of the Magical Pokémon Journey manga series. In the bonus chapters, Ash and friends have mistakenly wandered into the Magical Pokémon Journey world and are trying to return back to the world of the anime, encountering many unusual situations along the way, including encounters of aspects of the Magical Pokémon Journey canon which are different in anime canon.
Ash's Pikachu shows a video to Pikachu of him bouncing a Poké Ball on his head in One Hundred Fifty-One.
In the Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl manga
Ash's Pikachu appears as a main character in the Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl manga, which is based on the Diamond & Pearl series of the anime.
| Using Thunderbolt
| A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
In the movie adaptations
Ash's Pikachu in the movie 10 manga adaptation
As Ash and Pikachu have appeared in every Pokémon movie to date, Pikachu is a main character in every Pokémon movie manga adaptation.
| A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
| Using Thunderbolt
| A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
In the TCG
Ash's Pikachu is featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as a Pokémon . The following is a list of related cards.
- Main article: Pikachu (05-01)
In Pokémon Tretta, Ash and his Pikachu appear as a Master-class Tretta in the Invasion! Mega Rayquaza expansion. When Pikachu is in play, he appears wearing Ash's hat from the XY series.
Pikachu disguised as a female
- Pikachu is Ash's only Electric-type Pokémon and was the only Electric-type owned by a main character in the anime until the capture of Pachirisu by Dawn.
- For DP013, Professor Oak's lecture is about Ash's Pikachu. He writes this Pokémon senryū about him: パートナー サトシとピカチュウ いいかんじ Partners Satoshi and Pikachu: a pleasant feeling.
- Pikachu was the first of Ash's Pokémon to habitually disobey him. Other Pokémon that would do so, and are better remembered for their disobedience than Pikachu, are Primeape and Charizard.
- Pikachu is the second Pokémon in the entire anime series to have managed to defeat a Legendary Pokémon, which he did by defeating Brandon's Regice in Pace - The Final Frontier!.
- In Where No Togepi Has Gone Before! it was confirmed that Pikachu is male. His physical appearance could not be used as proof, since gender differences were not implemented until after he had debuted in the anime.
- Pikachu's gender had already been assumed male in the dub, where male pronouns such as "he" were used to refer to Pikachu. To a lesser extent, his gender was also previously implied in the Japanese versions, specifically in Island of the Giant Pokémon (where he used masculine pronouns), and in The Battle of the Badge, where Brock referred to Ash and Pikachu as being "those guys" when touched by their loyalty.
- There were also non-verbal hints as early as Princess vs. Princess, where Pikachu was seen carrying one of the packages immediately after the narrator mentioned that the males during Princess Day are relegated to carrying the packages.
- Pikachu's gender was also assumed male in the English translation of the Ash and Pikachu manga, in which Ash and other characters refer to Pikachu with male pronouns.
- The first time Pikachu's gender difference was pointed out was in Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige!, where Pikachu was disguised as a female by sticking a heart-shaped piece of paper on his tail.
- Pikachu is the only Pokémon of Ash's to be used in every Gym battle in a region.
- In Latin America, Cartoon Network has a "Biografía Toon" (Toon Biography) segment, which consists of biographies and histories of cartoon characters. This segment has done a two-part feature on Ash's Pikachu. According to the segment, 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.
- An Elite Coverup! has been the only time when Ash does not use Pikachu against an Elite Four member.
- Pikachu seems to have a talent for mimicking Pokémon, as seen from his performance during a cosplay competition. He will occasionally use pantomime to specify what he is talking about. He can contort his face and his ears to imitate Ash, his Turtwig, or Wobbuffet, among others. This capability of Pikachu's was also featured during part of the credits of Gotta Dance.
- Pikachu is the first evolved Pokémon Ash obtained, although at the time Ash obtained Pikachu, he did not yet have a pre-evolved form.
- Pikachu is Ash's only Pokémon capable of evolving by use of an evolutionary stone, not counting Snorunt who could not evolve through use of an evolution stone at the time of its capture and normal evolution.
- Pikachu is the first Pokémon in the anime to defeat a Mega Evolved Pokémon without Mega Evolving, defeating Korrina's Lucario in Showdown at the Shalour Gym!.
Some of Pikachu's speech is consistent enough that it seems that some phrases actually mean something. (In Stealing The Conversation!, Team Rocket refers to this language as "PikaSpeak," however, this most likely isn't official.) For instance, Pikachu always uses "Pikapi" when referring to Ash (notice that it sounds somewhat similar to "Satoshi"). Other speech includes:
- Pi-Kachu: Pochama (Piplup)
- Pikachu-Pi: Kasumi (Misty)
- Pika-Chu: Takeshi (Brock), Kibago (Axew)
- Pikaka: Hikari (Dawn)
- PiPiPi: Togepy (Togepi)
- Pikachu-Pika: Fushigidane (Bulbasaur)
- PikaPika: Zenigame (Squirtle), Mukuhawk (Staraptor), Goukazaru (Infernape) Gamagaru (Palpitoad) or Marilli (Azumarill)
- PiPi-kachu: Rocket-dan (Team Rocket)
- Pi-Pikachu: Get da ze! (He says this after Ash wins a Badge, catches a new Pokémon or anything similar.)
- Pikachu may not be the only one to use this phrase, as other Pokémon do this as well. For example, when Iris caught Emolga, Axew said Ax-Axew (Ki-Kibago in the Japanese). This also happened when Iris caught Gible in SS028.
- Pika-Pikachu: When referring to or introducing himself.
- Chaa: Anything he says happily or excitedly, or when yawning.
- Pika!: "Matte!", or saying "Wait!"
- Pi-kaPika: "Sayōnara," or saying "Good-bye."