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Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ Pikachu) is a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series. Along with Mario, Link, and Kirby, Pikachu is one of the most notable fighters in the game.
Pikachu is a playable character, and the only Pokémon that is playable from the start of the game. Its main stage is Saffron City.
In the hands of a skilled player, Pikachu is not to be taken lightly. Alongside electrical attacks, it has very good aerial attacks and superb, but hard to master, recovery move. Pikachu is also one of the lightest characters in the game, making it easy for its foes to launch it. Despite this, top-level SSB players have placed Pikachu at the top of their list, theoretically making it the best character in the game.
- Mouse PKMN
- Height 1'4"
- Weight 13lbs
- When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity could cause lightning storms. (Pokédex excerpt)
Pikachu is a returning playable character, and the only Pokémon that is playable from the start of the game. Its main stage is Pokémon Stadium.
While Pikachu's play style remained the same, it was powered down in the sequel (like Kirby and Ness) by having less range in the majority of its attacks, and its recovery travels a shorter distance. It did gain a few buffs, however, as Quick Attack now deals damage, and Thunder Jolt travels underneath stages.
It's safe to say that Pikachu is the most famous and popular of all Pokémon. It has electric pouches in both cheeks; when in danger, it shoots electricity at its enemies. Although Pikachu can evolve into Raichu by exposure to a Thunderstone, many Trainers like Pikachu so much that they don't let it evolve.
While its electrical attacks, such as Thunder and Thunder Jolt, are powerful, Pikachu is at its best speeding around the fray and waiting for its chance to strike. You can control the path of Pikachu's two-directional Quick Attack, allowing you to jump twice. Hold down the B Button to charge up Skull Bash.
The angle of the Control Stick controls the direction of Pikachu's Quick Attack. Pikachu will move blindingly fast, and it will also cause damage to any character it runs into. Move the Control Stick during Quick Attack and Pikachu will move in up to two directions. Be sure to check out the ceilings on the level when you use Thunder.
Pikachu is a returning playable character to the franchise. It has been strengthened, and is now at a closer spot to its original placement in the first game; due to faster air speed, ability to chain grab, and a better grab reach. Its Final Smash move is Volt Tackle.
It has different designs for hats, including Red's hat from Pokémon Red and Blue.
Pikachu is first seen in the "Research Facility" stage, where its electricity is being used to power a generator. Responding to its shrieks of pain and taking pity on it, Zero Suit Samus saves it by destroying the generator. The two then face a group of R.O.B. Sentries. Pikachu then joins Samus to search for her stolen power suit. The suit is soon recovered and then are soon confronted by Ridley, who grabs Samus and begins dragging her across the walls. Pikachu then returns the favor as it zaps Ridley with a powerful Thunder attack. The two later meet up with Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Captain Falcon and Olimar to prevent a group of R.O.B. sentries from setting off Subspace Bombs. After failing to defeat Ganondorf and his army, the Ancient Minister becomes R.O.B. and then the gang escapes using Captain Falcon's ship. After defeating Meta Ridley, Pikachu and the gang meet up with the rest of the heroes and infiltrate Subspace, where Pikachu and the others prepare to confront Tabuu.
- Mei Ling: "Ooh! How cuute!"
- Solid Snake: "What? The yellow thing?"
- Mei Ling: "That's Pikachu. It's a Pokémon. They're popular all over the world, you know. And it may look cute, but be careful. It can store large amounts of electricity in those adorable little cheeks. It'll try to pepper you with electric shocks."
- Solid Snake: "Couldn't be much worse than Ocelot's old torture device..."
- Mei Ling: "Oh, and, Snake?"
- Solid Snake: "What?"
- Mei Ling: "I was wondering, could you maybe try and catch Pikachu for me? Pleeeeease?"
- Solid Snake: "Give me a break! What do I look like, a Pokémon Trainer?"
- Mei Ling: "Fine... Sorry I asked."
A Mouse Pokémon. Its lightning-bolt tail and round cheeks are its trademarks. When danger draws near, it uses tiny electric pouches within its cheeks to discharge electricity. When it's really fired up, it unleashes thunderbolts on its rivals. It's said to recharge when it's sleeping. It evolves into Raichu.
Pikachu, transformed into a ball of light that can slam into foes. It can also fly to chase down those who try to jump out of range. Sparks get stronger when you press the attack button. However, its increased inertia makes midair movement tough. If you get carried away flying, the effect will end, and you'll destroy yourself. Be careful it doesn't happen to you.
Like in Brawl, Pikachu was the amongst the first returning characters announced for the two-part fourth iteration of the series.
- Viridi: Aww, look at that cute little guy.
- Pit: It's a Pokémon!
- Palutena: And not just any Pokémon!
- Viridi: Actually, that Pokémon is called a Pikachu. Pikachu evolves from Pichu. And when a Pikachu is fully evolved, it becomes a Raichu.
- Palutena: It's quite rare for a Pokémon to be more famous in its middle stage than its final evolution.
- Viridi: True, but Pikachu is a special case. I mean, it's the most famous of all the Pokémon.
- Pit: Uh, excuse me! Hello?
- Palutena: What is it, Pit?
- Pit: I'd hate to interrupt your musing on Pokémon, but I could really use some Smash Bros. help right about now!
- Palutena: Oh, right. I forgot where we were. OK, here's a tip: dodge Pikachu's Thunder, then counterattack.
- Viridi: You can also zap Pikachu by reflecting its Thunder back at itself! And nothing is more satisfying than that!
NA: Recognized the world over, Pikachu is an Electric-type Pokémon that stores energy in its cheeks for use in battle. In Smash Bros., Pikachu is a well-rounded fighter with speedy, powerful electric attacks. Quick Attack can be used twice in a row if two directions are input, one after another.
PAL: Pikachu is famous worldwide as the face of the Pokémon series. There's a lot of electricity stored in those rosy cheeks, and in this game, that allows for some devastating attacks, like Thunder Jolt. Tip: Input another direction after using Quick Attack to get a second burst. It's top-notch for recoveries!
Pikachu's Thunder Jolt fires off a ball of electricity that bounces across the stage, getting weaker as it travels. It does more damage to enemies in the air. The default down special, Thunder, causes a lightning strike that both shocks opponents and turns Pikachu invincible for a split second.
- For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Pikachu.