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Pikachu variants

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There are many Pikachu variants found in the games, anime, manga, and TCG. The following are the main variants besides Shiny and gender differences.

Surfing Pikachu

Surfing Pikachu is a Pikachu with a surfboard. With this, they are able to wield the move Surf.

In the games

Main series

Pikachu using Surf in Pokémon Battle Revolution
Taking a snapshot of surfing Pikachu in Snap

Spin-off games

Region Code
NTSC 02970626
PAL 84925064
JPN 78872252


In the anime

Surfing Pikachu in the anime
Puka in the anime

Puka is a Pikachu that seems to be based on this, making its only appearance in The Pi-Kahuna.

Ash's Pikachu later on appeared wielding a pink surfboard. Pikachu was also seen surfing in Expedition to Onix Island!.

In the manga

Yellow's surfing Pikachu in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Yellow chapter of Pokémon Adventures, Yellow was able to teach Pika the move Surf through the use of Substitute to create a surfboard.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

In Pokémon Pocket Monsters, one of Red's rivals, Yellow, has a Pikachu with surfing skills. In The Fake Pikachu!!, he uses it in battle against Red's Pikachu.

In the TCG

Surfing Pikachu has been featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The following are cards named Surfing Pikachu.

Surfing Pikachu
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Surfing Pikachu Lightning Wizards Black Star Promos   28 Unnumbered Promotional cards    
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    
      Pokémon Web Uncommon 025/048
Rising Rivals Rare Holo 114/111 Bonds to the End of Time Ultra-Rare Rare 089/090
 

Flying Pikachu

Flying Pikachu as depicted in the TCG

Flying Pikachu is a Pikachu with balloons. With them, he is able to wield the move Fly.

In the games

Main series

Spin-off games

Region Code
NTSC 99930457
PAL 57429445
JPN 80373821

Appearance

Flying Pikachu Yellow.png Flying Pikachu Puzzle Challenge.png Flying Pikachu Dash.png Yellow Forest jp art.png
Sprite from Yellow Sprite from Pokémon Puzzle Challenge Sprite from Pokémon Dash Artwork of Yellow Forest featuring a flying Pikachu

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In The Last Battle VII, Chuchu flew with Pika and their Egg, lifting them in the air by using balloons wrapped to her body.

In the TCG

Flying Pikachu has been featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The following are cards named Flying Pikachu.

Flying Pikachu
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Flying Pikachu Lightning Wizards Black Star Promos   25 Unnumbered Promotional cards    
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    
Rising Rivals Rare Holo 113/111 Bonds to the End of Time Ultra-Rare Rare 090/090
Flying Pikachu Lightning       Unnumbered Promotional cards    
 

Other

Games

Main series games

Singing Pikachu
Singing Pikachu

A Pikachu that knows Sing was distributed to promote the new Japanese Pokémon anime ending theme which involved Pikachu singing. Artwork was released as well.

Pokémon World Championships 2011 Pikachu
Pokémon World Championships 2011 Pikachu

A special skating Pikachu wearing a hat is featured on official artwork for the Pokémon 2011 World Championships, including the promotional C-Gear skin.

Cosplay Pikachu
Main article: Cosplay Pikachu
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In the upcoming Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the player will be able to receive a unique female Cosplay Pikachu, which has a black, heart-shaped mark near the end of its tail. This event occurs after the player takes part in their first Pokémon Contest. This unique Pikachu is able to be dressed up into five different costumes corresponding to each kind of contest stat (Coolness, Beauty, Cuteness, Cleverness, and Toughness) and learn exclusive moves which are linked to these stats. Cosplay Pikachu can switch costumes anytime, though it is currently unknown if it retains the learnt move whenever it switches costumes.

Pikachu
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 Electric 
Cosplay Pikachu
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 Electric 
Pikachu Rock Star
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 Electric 
Meteor Mash
Pikachu Belle
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 Electric 
Icicle Crash
Pikachu Pop Star
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 Electric 
Draining Kiss
Pikachu, Ph. D
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 Electric 
Electric Terrain
Pikachu Libre
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 Electric 
Flying Press

Spin-off games

Pikachu on a stump

Pikachu on a stump is a special Pikachu found on the Beach in Pokémon Snap. The player can encounter two Pikachu playing on a set of stumps after forcing a wild Scyther out of tall grass.

Pikachu on a ball

Pikachu on a ball is another special Pikachu found in Pokémon Snap. In the Tunnel Pikachu will jump on top of a rolling Electrode if startled by the player, and playfully keep it rolling until the Electrode stops in a ditch and explodes, shocking the Pikachu.

Speed Pikachu

Speed Pikachu is a special Pikachu found along the River in Pokémon Snap. Taking a picture of this Pikachu will cause it to use Quick Attack to dash across a small field, making it one of the hardest Pokémon to get a picture of.

Pikachu on a snowboard

In PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, Pikachu uses a snowboard to play Empoleon's Snow Slide by using a code.

Anime

Pikachutwo

Pikachutwo
Main article: Pikachutwo

Pikachutwo was cloned from Ash's Pikachu, and battled against it in Mewtwo Strikes Back. Pikachutwo was also central to the plot of Mewtwo Returns. The fur on Pikachutwo's ears are colored similar to a Pichu's.

Puka

Main article: Puka

As mentioned above, Puka is a Surfing Pikachu that appeared in The Pi-Kahuna. Puka is at least twenty years old, having been first found on a beach on the Seafoam Islands by surfing enthusiast Victor shortly after he failed to conquer a large wave, "Humunga-Dunga". Puka is noticeably older than any other Pikachu seen in the anime, and has blue eyes rather than the regular dark brown eye color.

Sparky

Sparky
Main article: Sparky

Ritchie owns a Pikachu, nicknamed Sparky. It is distinguished from other Pikachu by a scruff of fur on the top of its head.

Blue Orb-possessed Pikachu

Blue Orb-possessed Pikachu

Ash's Pikachu was possessed by the Blue Orb in the anime in Gaining Groudon and The Scuffle of Legends. This caused his eyes to glow red and he became covered in markings similar to Kyogre's.

TCG

Captain Pikachu

Captain Pikachu

Captain Pikachu depicts a Pikachu wearing a pirate hat. The following are cards named Captain Pikachu.

Captain Pikachu
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Captain Pikachu Lightning       Unnumbered Promotional cards    
 

Shopping Pikachu

Shopping Pikachu

Shopping Pikachu depicts a Pikachu with a shopping basket. The following are cards named Shopping Pikachu.

Shopping Pikachu
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Shopping Pikachu Lightning       L-P Promotional cards   079/L-P
 

Other

Snow Pikachu

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As an April Fools' Day joke in 2008, Game Freak announced that it would move to the Arctic to help save snow Pikachu from polar bears. Game Freak's website was also changed to incorporate an image of a snow Pikachu, which was a snow sculpture.

Ash's Pikachu made a snowman in the shape of itself on the cover of Pikachu's Winter Vacation Soundtrack, which also appears in Pokémon Channel. In the Pokémon Dream World, a Snow Pikachu is featured as a piece of Décor in the Winter Catalogue 2011.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Pikachu.

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