Spiky-eared Pichu

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Spiky-eared Pichu
ギザみみピチュー Gizamimi Pichu
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Spiky-eared Pichu
Debuts in Arceus and the Jewel of Life
Gender Female
Ability Static
Current location Michina Town (anime)

Ilex Forest (games)

This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Pichu Shōko Nakagawa Kayzie Rogers

Spiky-eared Pichu (Japanese: ギザみみピチュー Gizamimi Pichu) is a female Pichu. Her form is different from the one of an ordinary Pichu, as she has three spikes at the tip of her left ear, hence her name.

In the anime

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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.

She made an appearance in PK24.

Moves used

Spiky-eared Pichu Iron Tail.png
Using Iron Tail
Move First Used In
ThunderShock Arceus and the Jewel of Life
Iron Tail Arceus and the Jewel of Life
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the games

Spiky-eared Pichu and Pikachu-colored Pichu in a Double Battle

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 (or one of its evolutions) 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 her base stats are the same as a normal Pichu's. However, 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 is impossible to obtain due to the game assigning the Spiky-eared Pichu a fixed personality value that is predetermined according to the Trainer ID number and secret ID. This ensures that the personality value will never result in a Shiny nor a male Spiky-eared Pichu.

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 claims 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; however, the attendants would not permit it into a trading facility prior to this either. Spiky-eared Pichu is also unable to be transferred through the Poké Transfer into a Generation V game.

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 Diamond and Pearl. As Spiky-eared Pichu cannot freely change between forms, this explains the need to make her untradeable within Generation IV. However, it is unknown why her data does not exist in Generation V.

Spr 4h 172N.png
Electric Unknown
Held item:
Bag Zap Plate Sprite.png Zap Plate
Pichu Lv.30
Volt Tackle
Electric Physical
Helping Hand
Normal Status
Normal Status
Pain Split
Normal Status

Pokéathlon stats

5/5 ★★★★★
3/5 ★★★☆☆
1/3 ☆☆
3/4 ★★★
13/18 ★★


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Arts from Arceus and the Jewel of Life In the Ilex Forest with the Pikachu-colored Pichu With the Pikachu-colored Pichu


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Overworld sprite Sprite and back sprite Shiny sprite and Shiny back sprite

In the manga

In the Arceus and the Jewel of Life 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

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Spiky-eared Pichu in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Spiky-eared Pichu
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
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Spiky-eared Pichu Pokémon M Lightning       Movie Commemoration Random Pack   009/022
      Movie Commemoration Random Pack   010/022
      Movie Commemoration Random Pack   011/022
      DPt-P Promotional cards   042/DPt-P
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    


  • 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 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 Pokémon to have more than one frame other than its standard pose in its animation since Crystal.
  • Spiky-eared Pichu is the only form difference that is not carried over into later games in the main series, as it cannot be transferred to Generation V games.
  • Spiky-eared Pichu's inability to evolve is similar to that of the protagonists of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky; in both cases, this was due to the fact that they had time traveled, but in the latter the protagonists can evolve eventually.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ギザみみピチュー Gizamimi Pichu Literally "Jagged-Ear Pichu".
French Pichu Troizépi From trois (three) and épine (spike).
German Strubbelohr-Pichu From strubbelig (tousled) and Ohr (ear).
Italian Pichu Spunzorek From spuntone (spike) and orecchio (ear).
Portuguese Pichu de orelha talhada Literally "Sliced-Ear Pichu".
Spanish Pichu Picoreja From pico (point) and oreja (ear).
Korean 삐쭉귀 피츄 Ppijjukgwi Pichyu Literally "Sharp-Ear Pichu".
Chinese (Taiwan) 刺刺耳皮丘 Cìcì'ěr Píqiū Literally "Spiky-Ear Pichu".

See also

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

Movie characters
Human protagonists
AliceAsh Ketchum (M20)AudreyBarazBiancaCarlitaCoreyDamosDianaDianeEricFergusJack WalkerJuanita
KarlKathrynKidd SummersKimiaLisaLizabethLorenzoMannesMarenMelodyMerayNeeshaNewton Graceland
Professor LundRafeRaleighRebeccaRowenaSamSheenaSidSir AaronSorrelTonioTory LundTowaVerityYuko
Human antagonists
AlvaAnnieArgus SteelButlerCherieCrossDamonGalenGooneGrings KodaiIron-Masked Marauder
Lawrence IIILeviMarcusMerilynMillis SteelMolly HaleOakleyRiotThe PhantomZero
ArceusArticunoCarbinkCelebi (M04)Celebi (M13)CobalionDarkraiDeoxysDialgaDiancieEntei (M03)Entei (M13)Genesect
GiratinaHo-OhHoopaJirachiKeldeoKyuremLatiasLatiosLucarioLugiaMagearnaManaphyMarshadowMew (M01)Mew (M08)
Mewtwo (OS)Mewtwo (BW)MoltresPalkiaPichuPikachu (M20)PikachutwoRaikouRayquazaRegiceRegirockRegisteelReshiramShaymin
SlowkingSuicune (M04)Suicune (M13)TerrakionUnownVictiniVirizionVolcanionXerneasYveltalZapdosZekromZoroarkZorua
AliciaAllegraAstridBanksBaron AlbertoBlock BotBogieBonjiCarolDabuDavidDionaDonukeDr. Fuji
DundeeFlamelFreddyGabuGhrisGlacineGodeyGroudon (M06)GurūHeroes of Truth and IdealsInfiJennyJoe
JudyKaiKakoKanataKatoKevinKikoKing of the People of the ValeKyleLaylaLeekuLucianneLuisLuisaMako
MalinManukeMarcus's soldiersMauryMeredithMewtwo's creatorsMimiMirandaMisakiMooseMother and daughter
Mr. WhiteNevaNikolaOld Man DomŌyamaPegPeople of the WaterPokémon Baccer teamsQueen IleneQueen RinRavine
RaymondRossSchuylerShipShunSpencer HaleSylvanTakaTammyTannerTappTatsukiTobiasUschiZabu

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