Talk:Pikachu (Pokémon)

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Pika Pika

Dude, Pikachu looks *nothing* like a pika. Seriously. - unsigned comment from Blackjack Gabbiani (talkcontribs)

It does in pictures I saw in National Geographic...LedianX 05:46, 27 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Not in any pictures I've ever seen. Pikas look more like nutrias to me. - unsigned comment from Blackjack Gabbiani (talkcontribs)

I don't now what nutrias are, but I do know that Pikachu looks like a rabbit. - unsigned comment from Pokencyclopedia (talkcontribs)

Regarding the name origin, I've been told that pikapika is an "expression for the brightness of gold", not simply just meaning sparkle. Can someone confirm? --Archaic 13:26, 18 Apr 2005 (UTC)

It is a very broad sound symbolism for sparkle - from daiya-ga pikapika hikaru (diamonds sparkle) to pikapika-no kagu (well-polished furniture), from hoshi-ga pikapika hikaru (stars twinkle) to pikapika-no ichinensei (not even going to try to figure this one out). I suppose it wouldn't be too far of a stretch to say "gold shines" using pikapika. - 振霖T 14:48, 18 Apr 2005 (UTC)

pikapika-no ichinensei. Gah, I never wanted to hear that again. One company uses that almost like a motto in every one of their rather annoying ads. They're probably in some of the old encodes I did. --Archaic 01:13, 19 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Is there any official source that states that its name comes from pikapika and not from the pika? ShinyTalk | Contribs 00:33, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

Honestly, Pikachu has the best name in my opinion, as it can have obvious meanings in both Japanese and English. As stated, Japanese has pikapika (sparkle) + chuchu (squeak). PLUS Pika (animal related to rabbit) and chu being homophonous to the English word "chew", like gnaw, as a rodent does. ^^ Official evidence or no, you have to admit it'd be some coincidence if the world's most popular Pokémon just happened to be the only one with such a perfectly suited name, neh? :3 Heart of Thorns 23:34, 30 September 2008 (UTC)

Pika (the animal) is pronounced "pai-kuh", not "pee-kuh". The similarity in spelling is purely coincidental Vienna Waltz 22:09, 20 August 2010 (UTC)

Location Table

Pleae give feedback to the Bulbapedia:Project Pokédex discussion. Fabu-Vinny 12:49, 22 May 2005 (UTC)


I added a whole Biology section! Feedback, please. Supermariorobot 05:00, 5 July 2006 (UTC)

Try not to write as if the subject were in the real world - comparisons to real domestic pets are simply unnecessary; instead, compare to other Pokémon. - 振霖T 08:10, 5 July 2006 (UTC)

Kanto Native?

I noticed that in the games, Pikachu can only be found "in the wild" in the Kanto Region. In GSC, Pikachu was only on Route 2 in Kanto, in RSE, it was only in the Safari Zone, which contained only "imported" Pokemon (that is, no Generation III Pokemon), and in DP, it's only in the Trophy Garden, a place that's basically confirmed to be importing Pokemon from other regions.

These "coincidences" lead me to believe that Pikachu is native to the Kanto Region, and its appearance everywhere else is due to humans bringing them to other locals.

Ignoring anamonlies like Pokemon Ranger, would it be a stretch to say that Pikachu are normally found only in Kanto as a piece of Trivia?--PikamasterADV 19:37, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

What is your reason for ignoring Fiore? --FabuVinny T-C-S 18:44, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
I'd think it's Kanto-native, too, but yeah, Fiore brings up a problem. I do agree, though, that they plopped in in the Hoenn Safari Zone so that they could have an excuse to have it in the Hoenn Dex. --TTEchidna 19:25, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Because it's a "Side Game". And then you include the "wild" Pikachu in Mystery Dungeon, the Pikachu in Trozei!, and the "gift" Pikachu in PBR and Japanese Colosseum. Ranger also has Wild Starter Pokemon, Wild Fossils, and other anomolies, so I didn't include it. It was mostly a thought about the core RPGs. --PikamasterADV 20:34, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Your anomolies don't mean much. The Trozei Pokémon are not wild, nor are the gift Pokémon. Orre only has nine wild Pokémon, none of which cause issues. Mystery Dungeon is set in a different dimension. However, Fiore is an established region with links to the world of the main RPGs. Starter Pokémon have to be found wild somewhere so being specific to Fiore where trainers are not found makes a lot of sense. The only fossil there is Aerodactyl, which is suitably found in an ancient area, not that fossils are that special any more.
You can mention that it is the case in the handheld main series but the side games still count in the canon. --FabuVinny T-C-S 00:31, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

Vandal Alert!

This page has been vandalised and I don't know how to revert it! Please help! - unsigned comment from Manga-in-a-bottle (talkcontribs)

Don't worry, I reverted back to normal. I also told the admins to ban User
Deanpeps. --Theryguy512 11:07, 28 September 2007 (UTC)


Where is the In the TCG section? -Politoed666

Fly and Surf

How can Pikachu learn fly and surf? I know Gameshark can but can anyone write something to show really how? Kiewzhenyi 15:16, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

IT CAN'T! --Theryguy512 17:30, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

There are special promo Pikachu that learn these moves, but there is no way to teach a Pikachu these on its own. --DarkfireTaimatsu 18:54, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

I know that it can only be obtained through promos. I think writing in a more detailed way, exactly how it is being obtained and events to obtain it in the article would be more helpful. Kiewzhenyi 13:02, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

The TCG has a card called Flying Pikachu. The Pikachu has balloons tied around it, so that it could fly. Its attacks are Thundershock and Fly. - unsigned comment from Metagross72 (talkcontribs)

Old Glitch with the Yellow Pikachu. Use it in one of the two Stadiums through all eight battles in one of the cups and it can learn Surf. I personally have never been able to do it because I could never get my pika high enough to battle in the Cup, but I hear it can be done. Only method I know of. Xanhawk22:51 Dec. 21, 2008

That wasn’t a glitch, it only occurred in Stadium 1, it specifically had to be a Master Ball round, and any Pikachu would work… IIMarckus 04:55, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

GSC Tail

How is Pikachu's tail backwards in GSC? Could someone show me? I can't tell!--KukiTalk 18:51, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

Look at the two backsprites, and compare it to those of RSE and DP. Tina 18:54, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

Thanks, but doesn't Pikachu's tail move around to different positions? Couldn't the staff use the excuse that the Pikachu turned its tail?--KukiTalk 19:01, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

Of course. Same as the excuse to have Ash leave all of his Johto team at home before Hoenn. TTEchidna 20:36, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
U don't need to be so rude about it!--KukiTalk 20:45, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

Huh. In any case, it is quite apparent that they were trying to make the tail look more like a thunderbolt. ~ Zeofar 03:41, 23 October 2008 (UTC)


The heart-shaped tail of the female Pikachu is criticized as being sexist? At least that's what a user put in the trivia section. I haven't heard of such a thing. Anyone else? ~$aturn¥oshi THE VOICES 16:15, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

Don't you know? Heart-shaped anything is sexist. BAN LUVDISC UNTIL THEY TURN IT INO A CD-ROM! TTEchidna 17:34, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
Now that you mention it... How could I have ever forgotten? ~$aturn¥oshi THE VOICES 18:36, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

Indeed, I would have to agree with that sexist theory, using this spectrum of thought; what do we associate hearts with? Love and cuteness. Not all females are cut and love-obsessed, I can assure you that... ((Forgive me if that argument sounds somewhat incoherent, as I am somewhat sleep-deprived.)) --Deoxys Ribonuke

Well, then I guess Heracross is sexist too then? As well as May's Bulbasaur. This is stupid, who ever brought that up? --ケンジガール 00:43, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

I LUV PIKACHU - unsigned comment from Uiii (talkcontribs)

...that's nice, but how does this have to do with this topic or the main article? - s.Combusken 02:11, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

You know, I was rather concerned at first because I though the heading said "sexiest"... Glinn Mgraw 10:43, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

Lol.Sexist is too harsh of a word for itDCM

I really don't think its that much of an issue.....--Pokelova 01:20, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

Right. Who cares? Slash!! 01:48, 31 August 2008 (UTC)
There are mad little kids who go on though... ht14 03:47, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
I'm just compelled to point out the irony of posting in this topic two months later.--Loveはドコ? (talk contribs) 04:28, 23 October 2008 (UTC) What do you think though?- unsigned comment from Ht14 (talkcontribs)
The point is that it makes no sense to point out that sometimes people stay angry after the topic was dropped for two months.--Loveはドコ? (talk contribs) 07:04, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Pikachu hasn't ....

Appeared at every movies. How about the Legend of Thunder Pikachu didn't appear. - unsigned comment from Justine53 (talkcontribs)

That is not a movie, that is a Pokémon Special for T.V only--Force Fire talk 06:10, 28 December 2008 (UTC)
The Legend of Thunder! (Japanese: ポケットモンスタークリスタル・ライコウ 雷の伝説 Pocket Monsters Crystal: Raikou - Legend of Thunder) is a made-for-TV anime movie. it has movie in it.- unsigned comment from Justine53 (talkcontribs)
It's not really a movie seeing as it was only seen on T.V and/or DVD, Not in Cinemas (I think). --Force Fire talk 06:53, 28 December 2008 (UTC)
There are currently 11 (to be 12) Pokémon movies. Mewtwo Strikes Back, The Power of One, Spell of the Unown, Pokémon 4Ever, Pokémon Heroes, Jirachi: Wish Maker, Destiny Deoxys, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, The Rise of Darkrai, and Giratina and the Sky Warrior. To the Conquering of Space-Time isn't yet released, but when it is in July it will be #12. Mewtwo Returns and The Legend of Thunder aren't movies. They're special episodes. In Japan, LOT and MR were covered in an hour, since LOT wasn't broken up by the morons at 4Kids over there. They were released in DECEMBER, not JULY, and DID NOT APPEAR IN JAPANESE MOVIE THEATERS. They aired on Thursday night at 7 like regular anime episodes for their debut. TTEchidna 08:01, 28 December 2008 (UTC)

How often has the species appeared in the anime...

...when it wasn't owned by Ash. In fact, was Sparky the most recent live Pikachu to appear? TTEchidna 10:16, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

Uh...wasn't there a Pikachu named Sugar in DP024? ...but I think it was only a Pikachu in flashbacks. When it finally showed up it was a Raichu. -Sketch 12:21, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
No, it wasn't seen in flashback, and did not appeared in the episode at all, as I recall. TTE's right, if we are to count only the live Pikachu. --×Kevzo8 13:22, 9 February 2009 (UTC)
Well that's an interesting thing then. Another one's not been in the main anime since JOHTO. TTEchidna 05:03, 13 February 2009 (UTC)

Pikachu's clones slurred speech

It doesn't sound slurred to me. A little different from Ash's Pikachu's but not slurred Lovely Rose 00:50, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

Egg Moves

As for Pikachu with special moves (like Nintendo Power's Surfing Pikachu), can the event move be passed down to offspring? Recalcitrancy 15:45, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

Interesting question. I guess no. --Prongs (TalkContributions) 15:58, 24 March 2009 (UTC)


What the heck is the "Codec Information" thing on there?? It is not useful at all. Like the one on the page for Red (game). --FlamingStop 13:15, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

In Super Smash Bros Brawl, Solid Snake has a taunt only available on Shadow Moses island where he contacts a friend and they talk about someone he is fighting. Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Lucario, and Pokémon Trainer, being in Brawl, all have Codec Discussions centering on them. The Dark Fiddler - You enter a poorly lit room... 13:17, 5 April 2009 (UTC)
Yup. Thats true. Althought I never have got that thing to work. Glitchym1 22:11, 16 October 2009 (UTC)

Pikachu replacing Clefairy...

"Pikachu was not the original Pokémon mascot. It was supposed to be Clefairy, but this was changed because of the popularity of Ash's Pikachu."

This was stated in a interview? If someone has the source, I would like to see it.

And I wish that statement would be more specific. When was decided that Clefairy would be the mascot? Was it when that crappy Pokémon manga proved successful in Japan? Or it was decided from the start, and the manga used Clefairy because of that? Spideym 22:54, 28 May 2009 (UTC)


How come the page has: Spr 4p 025 m.png

But 025.png is:025.png

Who did dis?---- |\/| | Z Z | |\| G Y E Z 17:57, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

I beat you to it...I did it while I was uploading the new custom sprites.--Tavisource 18:01, 15 June 2009 (UTC)
CUSTOM? There supposed to be the real sprites!---- |\/| | Z Z | |\| G Y E Z 14:43, 16 June 2009 (UTC)
No...I meant I uploaded the Pikachu Sprite while I was uploading other custom sprites.--Tavisource 18:34, 16 June 2009 (UTC)
At least it's fixed now, that wasn't even the second sprite! It has to be FROM THE GAME!---- |\/| | Z Z | |\| G Y E Z 14:16, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

HGSS Sprite in wrong place

The HGSS sprites are under DPPt. Why? --ルレ 05:23, 17 June 2009 (UTC)

The bottom row is the female version. // SzayelAporroGranz 18:15, 17 June 2009 (UTC)

Pokémon Pikachu?

I've herd that in a Wario World game, Wario had a treasure called the Pokémon Pikachu. Is this true? The game was for GameBoy Colour. Glitchym1 22:06, 16 October 2009 (UTC)

Uh, it's Wario Land. Wario World has no such treasure. magikarp123193 17:13, 8 November 2009 (UTC)

Light Ball in FR/LG?

This article says that wild Pikachu from Firered and Leafgreen can have lightballs. The item page says that only Pikachu from R/S/E/D/P/Pt can have lightballs. Has anyone definitely found a lightball in FR/LG? Cause I've been coveting like mad at the Power Plant and found none so far.--Gsnipe 00:38, 3 February 2010 (UTC)

Humorous Detail

"Although its Pokédex entry in Yellow states that a Pikachu will try to bite anyone that yanks its tail, Pikachu is unable to learn Bite.

   * However, Ash's Pikachu has bitten him a few times in the anime. "

I didn't know a Pokémon needs to know Bite in order to bite you. Don't you think it's kinda silly to point out some thing any animal with can do regardless if it's a attack? User:roconza

   I guess it means a bite doesn't hurt? AshenFit (talk) 13:03, 5 April 2019 (UTC)

The stomach pouch

In the trivia, it states that "In Pokémon Red and Blue, Pikachu's sprite shows it having a yellow stomach pouch. This is never shown again in later generations" - But two things - 1. The same area was in Pikachu's Green sprite and it could just be shading. So, should that be removed? Ugoz 08:36, 28 February 2010 (UTC)

Nothing is over of belly to give it the shadow.--ForceFire 08:41, 28 February 2010 (UTC)
Then we should basically say the same about Raichu. It's just color shading. We take most other sprite trivia off because this was just the first few years of their graphics, so why doesn't this get taken off for that reason? R.A. Hunter Blade 15:57, 28 February 2010 (UTC)
Raichu is supposed to have a stomach pouch--ForceFire 10:05, 1 March 2010 (UTC)
It's not a pouch. It's just coloring. That's what I'm trying to tell you. R.A. Hunter Blade 13:41, 1 March 2010 (UTC)


Brock states in "Showdown in Pewter City" that: "(Ash's) Pikachu is at his cutest stage. He cant win." Should this be added to the Physiology or trivia sections? - unsigned comment from Grubdubdub (talkcontribs)


Is it worth noting that a shiny Pichu is the colour of a Pikachu and a shiny Pikachu is the colour of a Raichu, or is that too obvious to mention? --Poppy Appletree 05:20, 6 June 2010 (UTC)

I'd say Pikachu's shiny is more of a darkish gold then brown. I agree on the Pichu one though. However, this is sprite trivia, so there's a chance it won't be added.--ForceFire 07:20, 6 June 2010 (UTC)
That's why I asked on the talk page instead of adding it outright. --Poppy :3 07:40, 6 June 2010 (UTC)

Light Ball Stats

I'm not sure if those Light Ball stats are correct. It says "5%" to capture a Pikachu holding a Light Ball, which should mean one in every 20. However, it took me to capture almost 40 in order to get a Light Ball. (38 captured to be exact, with 7 encounters that fled.) Wouldn't this mean that the chance of capturing a Pikachu with a Light Ball is less than 5%? FrozenStrategy 13:49, 3 July 2010 (UTC)

I don't think the hold rates for wild hold items go below five percent. With 38 individuals if the rate is correct there is a chance of 0.00749 (3 sig. fig., If I did the maths right), or about 0.75% chance of that occurring. Unlikely, but you may have just been unlucky. Legendary Pokémon, Veekun, Psypoke and Marrilland all say it's five percent as well. If you have the patience, try it again. Another set of data will help determine if the results are skewed due to random chance, or if there is something wrong with the percentage. Also, just for the record, which game is this in and how/where are you catching them? Werdnae (talk) 20:51, 3 July 2010 (UTC)
I'll do it again some time. The results were worth it. I was playing Emerald and catching them in the Safari Zone. FrozenStrategy 20:09, 4 July 2010 (UTC)

Caught Pikachu

I used the Mew Glitch to catch another Pikachu in Pokemon Yellow... It's still refusing the Thunderstone. Do all Pikachu caught in Yellow refuse the Thunderstone, then? Raikami 21:36, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Considering it was a Glitch the game probaly wasnt programed to make another pikachu dus it counting as the same as the pikachu you first got. XXRaigoXx 13:05, 25 October 2010 (UTC)

In yellow, any pikachu that you obtained (you are the OT) is considered by the game as your starter pikachu, therefore exhibiting the same restrictions.Leafgreener in 2010 22:14, 27 June 2011 (UTC)

Pokéathlon Stats

On my copy of SS, I've captured 2 Pikachu. The first had the stats listed on the article, the second had different stats. Was it a slight bug in the game or does this need adding to the article? FrozenStrategy 16:30, 2 August 2010 (UTC)

Those are the base stats. The actual stats are affected by nature. There are more details here. Werdnae (talk) 20:07, 2 August 2010 (UTC)

Pokémon Black And White Dream World

I couldn't help but notice that Pikachu's PBW sprite somewhat resembles the Platinum one. A recent screenshot is one of the less recent articles CURRENTLY on the home page of if anyone wants to go look, and it's been in videos on Pokemon Sunday too. - TommoPuppy 15:20, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

I'd think that would count as sprite trivia, which isn't allowed, or at the very least is extremely frowned upon. --AndyPKMN 20:21, 19 October 2010 (UTC)
They recycled a lot of DPPt sprites. Just look at Gyarados, Charizard, and Scizor.--Cold (talk) 20:28, 19 October 2010 (UTC)
Well in pikachu's sprite it apears that the gave a little edit on the ears on one frame of the animation, but it's still almost the same.--Pika3323 19:58, 20 October 2010 (UTC)

Pika+Pika=More Pika?

When ever I enter the viridian forest in Heart Gold with a Pikachu in the first slot of my party, then I find more Pikachus! Whenever I enter without a pikachu I find barely any! Why?--Pika3323 20:32, 9 November 2010 (UTC)

It's because of Static, Pikachu's ability. It increases the encounter rate of Electric-types. Werdnae (talk) 20:49, 9 November 2010 (UTC)

Lean Mean Electric Machine

Pikachu has notably gotten thinner and thinner throughout the years, not just in the anime, but even in the games and manga. Is this mentioned anywhere? I mean other than Caterpie this is the only Pokémon that has drastically changed in the anime, games, AND manga. (In the case of Caterpie, Caterpie only changed in color slightly.) --Landfish7 16:38, 4 December 2010 (UTC) I'm not sure about the games, but in the Kanto and Johto anime Pikachu is fat, but the latter anime episodes he is skinner. I'm not sure this should be edited, due to my in experience, but I am giving a second option. --AbsolX (talk) 04:06, 23 December 2014 (UTC)


Wild Pikachu are available in every region except Johto and Unova. A player would have to travel to Kanto in order to find wild Pikachu in Generation II.

This doesn't belong in the trivia section, it is already noted in the Pokedex and Habitat sections. XVuvuzela2010X 06:15, 14 December 2010 (UTC)

animated images

Look I really like the new moving images for Black and White so I want to download some. But every time I try they are still! How can I download one that's still moving? Mr.Char 02:25, 12 February 2011 (UTC)

Hmm, this happened to me too. To be honest I'm not sure. I haven't ever seen, let alone used, animated PNG images on any site other than this one. --Nathan2055talk 04:18, 12 February 2011 (UTC)

Hong Kong name

Someone with knowledge of Chinese needs to come and change the romanization to make it in line with all the other articles, with the accents and not the little numbers. Zurqoxn 20:01, 22 April 2011 (UTC)

Obtainability via Dream World

I highly doubt the claim that Pikachu or Pichu can be found on Dream World. Is there a source for this claim? Weixifan 01:27, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

Since no one has put forth any source for this claim or replied to this comment yet, I will remove the claim from the main article for the time being. If anyone has conclusive evidence that indeed some member of Pichu's evolutionary family can be found on the Dream World, please discuss here, and of course we will then put the claim back into the article. Weixifan 00:27, 6 May 2011 (UTC)
It's called the Singing Pikachu. It's female and has it's Dream World ability, but as far as Japanese players obtaining it from the Dream World itself, that I personally don't know. -Yourlilemogirl 11:27, 11 November 2011 (UTC)


There was a Pikachu computer virus. There's information about it here and here. Pretty sure this should be noted somewhere. Pgj1997 20:28, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

Perhaps this should go to BulbaNews?Jdrawer 04:09, 7 July 2011 (UTC)
It can't go into Bulbanews because this thing was really old and created around the time when Pokemon was first introduced. It's more something that's better suited for trivia, but we cannot add trivia yet. Rai Marshall 04:27, 7 July 2011 (UTC)

Name origin

Could it be possible that Pikachu's name also comes from words 'pika' (ぴかぴか - sparkling) and 'chu' (中 - inside/throughout)? I'm not 100% sure about this, but it would make sense. --Buglaux 15:05, 5 August 2011 (UTC)


"Prior to Generation V, Pikachu is one of the few Pokemon to be present in every Generation's regional dex." Shouldn't this be added to the trivia? This also applies for Tentacool, Zoobat etc... Flygonfanno1

I don't think so. There is too many pokemon that this also applies to and we would have to add them to all the other articles. Plus there is a current ban on trivia so it's not gonna be added for a while. --Pokemaster97 14:52, 29 August 2011 (UTC)
There aren't too many: Pikachu , Tentacool, Zoobat, Magikarp, and their evolutions are the only Pokemons, and I don't think I missed others. Flygonfanno1
That's a good point there arn't too many, but we can't add trivia right now :/ --Pokemaster97 15:02, 29 August 2011 (UTC)

Some sprite trivia

In White (and probably Black as well), when viewed in the Pokedex, Pikachu's sprite is like the one shown in Pikachu's sprite template, but when viewed in the Forms section, it has its mouth open. I don't think this happens with any other Pokemon? Vuvuzela2010 18:39, 25 September 2011 (UTC)

Availability in Blue (Japan)

Under "Game locations" it says that Pikachu can't be found in the wild in the Japanese Blue Version. Apart from the fact that this sounds highly unlikely, Pikachu isn't listed on the Japanese Blue Version's missing Pokémon list. Perlgia 10:31, 27 January 2012 (UTC)

It is found in the Japanese Blue, but only a handfull of them have been added to the locations section (Jynx, Lickitung). Also, the current catch template doesnt have an option for the Japanese Blue, though I'm working to fix that. Vuvuzela2010 Δ 17:59, 27 January 2012 (UTC)
Alright, good to know. Good luck with your work! Perlgia 12:47, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

Iron tail?

I've looked through the whole page, and pikachu can't learn iron tail naturally. but on the egg move calculator it says you breed aron with nidoran M, breed the nidoran with female pikachu to get iron tail. Proof: I don't know if this is true but... - unsigned comment from VictoryStar (talkcontribs)

Pikachu can learn Iron Tail via TM23 in Gen III. It can then be transferred to any Gen IV game and then using the Relocator then transferred to a Gen V game. :) Frozen Fennec 03:42, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
I seem to remember it knowing it by event a while back, too. Or did you mean that Pikachu learning Iron Tail by breeding should be on the page? --Darth Zekrom 03:49, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
I don't know but I'm saying look at this link, is it right?--VictoryStar 12:59, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
I think that it looks pretty accurate seeing as that is how chain breeding works. Breed long enough with just the right Pokemon and they can know moves that they would normally not learn via level up, move tutor, or TM/HM. Frozen Fennec 16:16, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
Then could someone test it out and see if it's true? And if so, add it to the pikachu and the iron tail pages please.--VictoryStar 20:44, 22 February 2012 (UTC)
Actually, I think the waitingforseedot website only calculated breeding tables for DPPt. I don't think it's caught up with BW (or even HGSS). So I'm pretty sure Pikachu can't legitimately learn Iron Tail this generation. Luna Tiger * the Arc Toraph 21:07, 22 February 2012 (UTC)

There should be a section in the moves page for "moves via transfer from previous generations".


Does female Pikachu ever appeared in the Anime? If it doesn't, then we must write it to the Trivia. TheSeviper ♫ハブネーク♫ 16:26, 09 April 2012 (GMT)

Not even close to notable. Not all Pokémon with notable gender differences appeared ion the anime yet. Raticate for example.--ForceFire 13:32, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

Overworld Sprites

Why aren't there any overworld sprites on the "Sprites" section of Pikachu, and all the other Pokémon, like there is of Red? TorNyan 21:38, 14 April 2012 (UTC)

Pikachu trivia

Hey! I'm sorta new here, but I have something to bring up for the Trivia section: Pikachu is the only starter Pokémon to have only 2 species in its evolution chain in the game it was a starter in (in Pokémon Yellow, there was no Pichu- only Pikachu and Raichu). For every other starter, both before and since Yellow, the evo chain is 3 Pokémon (Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard). However, since Gold/Silver/Crystal, Pikachu has had a 3-link evo chain like every other starter.

I'm not experienced enough at wiki editing to do this- I have this feeling I'm gonna break some rule and get the part erased, or get banned, or something.ThePoketrix (talk) 12:47, 27 July 2012 (UTC)

Colosseum had Espeon and Umbreon as starters. q~Bisumito~p Tell me something. How have i helped BP? 00:22, 1 September 2012 (UTC)
And, might I add, Eevee was the rival's starter in Yellow. q~Bisumito~p Tell me something. How have i helped BP? 00:26, 1 September 2012 (UTC)


The 5th Generation sprites are all mixed up. The four non-Shiny sprites for BW and B2W2 are the same, all with a closed mouth like the Platinum sprite, while the Shiny sprites for the four games all have the open mouth. Also, the female Shiny sprite in BW has the extra black on the ears, which the non-Shiny is lacking. The sprites seem to all be there, just not in the right places. I don't know how to fix them, just thought I should point it out.Magentafeelings (talk) 19:01, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

Generation V actually has inconsistent spriting for Pikachu within the games themselves. The animated sprites (Pokédex forms function and battle) have open mouths as the first frame, while the statics (PC Box and all other Pokédex functions) have closed mouths. Because the normal sprites are animated, and the shiny sprites currently are not, that is why they are inconsistent. Additionally, the same problem is true for the ear inconsistency. In Black and White, the aforementioned static sprites had the Platinum-style ear coloring for female Pikachu, while the males had the updated ear coloring. Black 2 and White 2 repaired that specific inconsistency of the static sprites. Nothing is incorrect for the sprite versions that are currently supplied. - Kogoro - Talk to me - 19:56, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

Close Relatives

I noticed that the part in the Physiology section about how Pikachu may be related to Emolga, Pachurisu, Plusle, Minun, Marill, and Maccinno was removed. While its deletion was logical considering this theory has nothing to do with Pikachu's physical appearance, can we at least add that to the trivia section? I feel it's worth noting. Nintendo101 (talk) 02:11, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

I removed it because I don't feel physical comparisons between Pokemon that aren't canonically related are noteworthy. I'm hesitantly in favor of grouping together the so-called Pikachu clones that are clearly made for marketing purposes (Pikachu, Plusle/Minun, Pachirisu, and to a lesser extent Emolga), but Marill and Cinccino have no business being grouped there at all unless we're going to mention every Pokemon with a similar body style on every Pokemon page, which would be ridiculous. Also, I object to the way it was phrased ("related to"/"distantly related to") because it's inherently speculatory and suggests a degree of genetic similarity that has no canonical suggestion of even existing in the Pokemon universe, much less being possible between these particular families. Pumpkinking0192 (talk) 02:25, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

I understand that its just speculative and it has no business being in a section about Pikachu's Physiology, but I still found it interesting. Nintendo101 (talk) 02:43, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

I find it unnotable and not a pattern due to Generation II not adding an Electric rodent. Yes, Pichu is from Gen II, but it's not a separate species.--ForceFire 02:48, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Pikachu sprwayt

Pikachu's sprite in rs and frlg looks exactly the same. I compared it. Should the FrLg sprite be deleted and replaced with the rs one because it's exactly the same? Lickiman (talk) 12:22, 18 July 2013 (UTC)Lickiman

We keep separate files for different games, even if the sprites are identical, so that our templates function correctly. Also, please add new sections to the bottom of a talk page, and don't add a big blank space between sections. Thanks! Pumpkinking0192 (talk) 17:42, 18 July 2013 (UTC)

Volt Tackle

Volt tackle is listed in the table for moves learned by breeding, but shouldn't it indicate that a held light ball is required for this? I know that it says this elsewhere on the page, but I feel like it's important to have in the table itself. Is there a way to indicate this? Nors (talk) 17:01, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

Done. Pumpkinking0192 (talk) 18:30, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

Add these sprites

Could a user able to edit this article add these archived sprites to the Other Sprites section? I really don't know why very few of these C, FR/LG, Pt, and HG/SS sprites make it onto each Pokémon's page. Spr b 2c 025.png Spr b 3f 025 s.png Spr b 4p 025 m.png Spr b 4p 025 f.png --IWannaBeTheVeryBest 16:33, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

World Cup 2014

Pikachu has been selected to be Japan's Mascot at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. I am not sure where it would be added, so I am posting it here. Please someone add it to the appropriate place, or tell me where I could put it myself. :) Tacopill (talk) 01:28, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Pikachu's Beach

Should there be a section about this, or a link to the article about it, or should this be a piece of trivia? Rmac524 (talk) 21:49, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

Start adding Trainer Locations to Pokemon Pages?

I think this is a good idea as out location sections on our Pokemon Pages only lists locations where it is obtainable. I think we should also list where it can be seen owned by a trainer as this is sometimes the only way to get Dex Data...does anyone agree? - unsigned comment from AnimeMagic (talkcontribs)

That seems unnecessary, not very helpful, and would use tons of space on each article. Any player concerned with adding incomplete entries to their Pokédex should battle every Trainer they find anyway. --TheVeryBest 18:47, 21 April 2014 (UTC)


On they have the Gen VI Sprites for all pokémon, so could we use them? Eeveelutionlover (talk) 06:52, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

We're not using images from Serebii. This isn't open for discussion. Jo the Marten ಠ_ಠ 07:10, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Oh ok sorry. Eeveelutionlover (talk) 07:30, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Split for Cosplay Pikachu

Like Spiky-eared Pichu, Cosplay Pikachu could not evolve. Could we make a separate article for it? Raymond 08:05, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

learning Surf in Stadium

does this go in learnset or where? no idea Cleftkirby (talk) 02:03, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

It's listed on the Gen I learnset page already. And since you can't communicate between generations 2 and 3, you can't really get one anymore outside of the events. --Spriteit (talk) 02:53, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Recent Edit of mine

Pikachu can only know these moves through that event so isn't it appropriate to place it there too?--Nanami12 (talk) 16:12, 19 June 2015 (UTC) Nevermind!--Nanami12 (talk) 16:16, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

EXP yield in Gen VI

According to the games' romfs, the EXP yield has changed again to 112. Documenting it here for now because the infobox template doesn't seem to allow for splitting of values between Gen1-4, Gen5, and Gen6. Chenzw (talk) 14:02, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

Early French Name

My Belgian friend and I were discussing French Pokemon names, and he tells me Pikachu was originally planned to be renamed "Lumirat" in French. TheFatPanda (talk) 04:34, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

I'm sorry, but we'll need a more substantial source than "my friend told me." Pumpkinking0192 (talk) 05:27, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

Flying Pikachu obtainable in Pokemon Stadium?

Apparently using "At main menu press Up, Up, Up, Down, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Start and you automatically get Flying Pikachu!" get you Flying Pikachu?

Can anyone confirm this? If possible also add as spoiler into Bulbapedia?- unsigned comment from PikaSurf (talkcontribs)

Scrapped Third Form

According to an interview with Atsuko Nishida, Pikachu was originally going to have another evolution after Raichu. Pikatwig (talk)

If it had been made, we wouldn't have gotten Pichu the next generation. Dinosauramiable (talk) 15:26, 6 May 2018 (UTC)

Gigantamax Pikachu Ht. & Wt.

Why does the infobox not display the height and weight of Gigantamax Pikachu? --TotallyTob 05:32, 24 May 2020 (UTC)

The Gigantamax is set to form 5 and there is no parameter for height and weight of form 5 in the template. I'll chase it up. --Spriteit (talk) 12:47, 25 May 2020 (UTC).

Based on the Pika?

alright, so, i just learned that this very small lagomorph named “Pika” exists. although Pikas aren’t actually mice, i’m beginning to think that Pikachu might be, possibly be inspired by them. feel free to correct me if i’m wrong, this is just a dumb theory i felt like sharing. ----i n u k o i n u (talk) 03:43, 9 June 2020 (UTC)