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| Spiky-eared Pichu|
ギザみみピチュー Gizamimi Pichu
| This Pokémon has not evolved.
Spiky-eared Pichu (Japanese: ギザみみピチュー Gizamimi Pichu) is a female Pichu. Her physical appearance is no different from an ordinary Pichu, other than the three spikes at the tip of her left ear, hence her name.
In the anime
The Spiky-eared Pichu appeared in the movie Arceus and the Jewel of Life as Damos's friend. She helped Pikachu and Piplup find the keys for Ash, Dawn, Brock and Damos to escape from their jail cell after they were imprisoned by Marcus.
She was first mentioned at the end of a movie preview when movie director Kunihiko Yuyama talked about a "small, yellow Electric-type that would save the world."
She also has an ending dedicated to her. This ending displays her love for Grepa Berries.
In the games
She appears in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver as an event Pokémon obtained in Ilex Forest. She will appear and join the player's party if the Pikachu-colored Pichu is brought to the shrine as the first Pokémon in the party. She has her own unique in-battle and overworld sprites and cannot evolve or be traded outside of HeartGold and SoulSilver. Aside from her unique sprite, moves, and inability to be traded or evolve, she is nearly identical to a normal Pichu in that while her base stats are the same as a normal Pichu's, her maximum stats for the Pokéathlon are different. If a Pokémon uses Transform on it, it will have a spiky ear.
Shiny sprites for Spiky-eared Pichu exist in the coding of the games, although it remains unknown if this special Pichu has the 1 in 8192 chance of being shiny like all other Pokémon encountered in the wild. It is possible that the data was only included, as in the case of Template:Type2 Arceus, to prevent the game from crashing if someone was to hack the game, or by default due to every other form difference having both normal and shiny forms despite availability of these Pokémon as shiny.
If taken to Professor Elm, it is revealed that she has traveled through time with Celebi. Elm claims that he and Professor Oak were researching the time travel abilities of Celebi and that this Pichu proves his main theory. He adds that the reason it cannot evolve is because it has been time traveling for so long. He will then call all the Pokémon Center attendants to prevent Spiky-eared Pichu from being used in trades.
In the manga
In the manga adaptation of the movie, Spiky-eared Pichu is a wild Pokémon that the characters meet in the distant past. She assists the characters in escaping from the movie's main antagonist, Marcus.
In the TCG
In the Ilex Forest with the Pikachu-colored shiny Pichu
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Spiky-eared Pichu in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- A picture of a Pikachu short poster that featured Spiky-eared Pichu alongside Pikachu and Piplup was leaked several days before this Pokémon was officially revealed.
- Spiky-eared Pichu's inability to be traded outside of HeartGold and SoulSilver can be explained as being preventative of trading an alternate form to a game in which it does not appear, as happens in Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver when entering the trade center with Rotom in an appliance, Giratina in its Origin Forme, or Shaymin in its Sky Forme, by returning them to the forms they appeared in in Diamond and Pearl. As Spiky-eared Pichu cannot freely change between forms, she is ultimately unable to be traded at all.
- Spiky-eared Pichu's sprite in HeartGold and SoulSilver is in a different pose than that of a normal Pichu, but she retains the two frames that a normal Pichu uses in her animation; thus, she is the first and only Pokémon to have more than one frame other than its standard pose in its animation since Crystal.
||ギザみみピチュー Gizamimi Pichu
||Literally "Jagged-Ear Pichu"
||From the French words trois ("three") and épine ("spike").
||From the German words strubbelig ("tousled") and Ohr ("ear").
||From the Italian words spuntone ("spike") and orecchio ("ear").
||From the Spanish words pico ("point") and oreja ("ear").
||삐쭉귀 피츄 Ppijjukgwi Pichyu
||Literally "Sharp-Ear Pichu"
||刺刺耳皮丘 Cìcì'ěr Píqiū
||Literally "Sharp-Ear Pichu"
||Pichu de orelha talhada
||Literally "Sliced-Ear Pichu"
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Pichu.