Flying Pikachu

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Flying Pikachu in its original appearance as a TCG card

Flying Pikachu (Japanese: そらをとぶピカチュウ Flying Pikachu) is a recurring Pikachu variant, commonly depicted with balloons tied to it. These Pikachu know the move Fly, an event-exclusive move to the Pikachu family.

In the core series games

Pokémon Yellow

A Flying Pikachu can be seen in the intro to Pokémon Yellow.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

A Flying Pikachu can be found in Yellow Forest, an event-only Pokéwalker course. This Pikachu, when caught, can be transferred to either Pokémon HeartGold or SoulSilver. However, this Pikachu must forget Fly in order to be transferred to Generation V.

Pokémon Info Trainer Memo Pokémon Skills
Poké Ball summary IV.png PIKACHU Dex No. 025 Pokéwalker Flying Fly
Lv.15 Type Met at Lv. 15. Electric Thunder
Spr 4h 025 m.png Electric Unknown - Normal Growl
Item - Normal Tail Whip
None None - Ability Static
Its Poké Ball depends on the one used to catch it.
Can be obtained in: D P Pt HG SS Activation: In-game Event
Can be obtained in: R S E FR LG Activation: In-game Event

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!

While no Pikachu can learn Fly in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Let's Go, Eevee!, in the former game, the player's Partner Pikachu can use the Secret Technique Sky Dash. When using this Technique, the player and their partner ride on a seat lifted by balloons to a town they have been to before, effectively replacing the overworld function Fly used to have.

In addition to the Secret Technique, Partner Pikachu can learn the exclusive move Floaty Fall, likely inspired by Flying Pikachu.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

The Flying-type Tera Jewel is based on a cluster of helium balloons. When paired with Pikachu, this resembles the design of Flying Pikachu. Naturally, a Flying Tera Type Pikachu that knows Fly was distributed in the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet games, complete with artwork of the Pikachu in question.


In addition to the methods mentioned above, Flying Pikachu have often been distributed directly through events. The following is a listing of Flying Pikachu events:

List of events featuring Flying Pikachu



Flying Pikachu Yellow.png
Sprite from Yellow's intro


Yellow Forest jp art.png Terastal Pikachu artwork.png
A Flying Pikachu seen in artwork of
Yellow Forest from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Promotional art for Flying Tera Type Pikachu from
Scarlet and Violet

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Snap

A nod to the Flying Pikachu can be found in the game's fifth level, the Cave, where it is referred to as Balloon Pikachu. If the Zubat carrying Pikachu is hit with a Pester Ball, it will fly off and Pikachu will fall. However it spawns a group of balloons that carry it to safe ground. Taking a picture while Pikachu is drifting down will earn lots of points.

Pokémon Trading Card Game series

Flying Pikachu is an obtainable card in both Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Trading Card Game 2: The Invasion of Team GR!. In the first game, the player can obtain a copy by trading a Ditto card with Mr. Ishihara. In the latter game, the player can obtain two copies by trading a Zapdos card and a Clefairy card with Ishihara. The second card is a variant originally released in Japan as a special card through All Nippon Airways in 1998

TCG1 P06 Flying Pikachu.png TCG2 P13 Flying Pikachu.png TCG2 P14 Flying Pikachu.png
Sprite from
Sprite from
ANA sprite from

Pokémon Dash

Sprite from Pokémon Dash

A Flying Pikachu was featured in Pokémon Dash in special courses.

PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure

The flying Pikachu appeared in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure. By typing in a certain code, a set of balloons are unlocked, which can then be used by Pikachu so he can play Pelipper's Circle Circuit and Salamence's Air Ace.

Region Code
North America 99930457
PAL 57429445
Japan 80373821

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge

Sprite from Puzzle Challenge

A flying Pikachu can be seen in the opening of Pokémon Puzzle Challenge, along with a Pichu.

Pokémon GO

Flying Pikachu were made available for Pokémon GO on July 3, 2020, as along with the introduction of Fly as a Charge Attack, as part of GO's fourth anniversary GO Fest. It returned for the Pokémon Air Adventures event from May 3, 2022 to May 8, 2022. This Pikachu cannot evolve and can be Shiny. Unlike Surfing Pikachu, Flying Pikachu has a unique appearance in this game, based on its appearance in the TCG. It is possible for this Flying Pikachu to be Shiny.

Further variants of Flying Pikachu appeared in other events. None of these Pikachu can be Shiny.

  • Flying Pikachu with a 5-shaped balloon was available in Pokémon GO during the Pokémon GO 5th Anniversary event from July 6 to July 15, 2021.
  • Flying Pikachu with yellow-orange balloons was available in Pokémon GO during the Pokémon Air Adventures event in Okinawa Prefecture from May 3 to May 8, 2022.
  • Flying Pikachu with green balloons was available in Pokémon GO during the Pokémon Air Adventures event in Taipei from October 14 to October 23, 2022.
  • Flying Pikachu with purple balloons was available in Pokémon GO during the Pokémon Air Adventures event in Singapore from November 11 to November 20, 2022.
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Models from Pokémon GO
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5-shaped balloon model from Pokémon GO Okinawa balloons model from Pokémon GO Green balloons model from Pokémon GO Purple balloons model from Pokémon GO

In the anime

In Pokémon Horizons: The Series, Friede's Captain Pikachu is referred to as a Flying Pikachu. While lacking the balloons usually associated with Flying Pikachu, he is able to use Volt Tackle to create a vortex that allows him to rise up high into the air, where flapping his tail will enable him to float momentarily. This Pikachu originally lived in Paldea before being introduced to Friede by Lucca.

In the manga

Flying Pikachu in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

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 originated from the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The first card it was printed on was a Wizards Black Star Promo card. They have an original Pokédex entry which reads, "By learning how to fly, Pikachu overcame its weakness to Fighting Pokémon." Befitting that, these cards have a Resistance to Fighting, rather than the Weakness to Fighting that most Pikachu cards have. They also do not have a Weakness at all. Since they are known for flying, they all have the attack Fly. Since these cards are not named "Pikachu", they usually cannot evolve into Raichu.

Celebrations introduced Flying Pikachu V and Flying Pikachu VMAX. Flying Pikachu V can evolve into Flying Pikachu VMAX. These cards keep the Fighting Resistance, but instead have a Lightning Weakness. While Flying Pikachu V still has Fly, the VMAX card instead has Max Balloon, which prevents it from taking damage from Basic Pokémon on the following turn. Both cards also benefit from having no Retreat Cost.

Flying Pikachu VMAX depicts a Dynamax Flying Pikachu, which is held aloft by substantially more balloons than normal. This is distinctly unlike how Dynamax is depicted in other media, where the shape of the Pokémon does not change.

The following are cards named Flying Pikachu, or variations of such.

Flying Pikachu VMAX, which shows a Dynamax Flying Pikachu
Flying Pikachu
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type Mark English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Flying Pikachu Lightning Wizards Black Star Promos SetSymbolPromo.png   25 Unnumbered Promotional cards SetSymbolPromo.png    
        Unnumbered Promotional cards SetSymbolPromo.png    
Rising Rivals SetSymbolRising Rivals.png Rarity Rare Holo.png 113/111 Bonds to the End of Time SetSymbolBonds to the End of Time.png Rarity Ultra-Rare Rare.png 090/090
Flying Pikachu Lightning         Unnumbered Promotional cards SetSymbolPromo.png    
Flying Pikachu Lightning Evolutions SetSymbolEvolutions.png Rarity Rare Secret.png 110/108 XY-P Promotional cards SetSymbolPromo.png   292/XY-P
Flying PikachuV
Card Type Mark English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Flying PikachuV Lightning E Celebrations SetSymbolCelebrations.png Rarity Ultra-Rare Rare.png 006/025 25th Anniversary Collection SetSymbol25th Anniversary Collection.png Rarity RR.png 023/127
Flying PikachuVMAX
Card Type Mark English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Flying PikachuVMAX Lightning E Celebrations SetSymbolCelebrations.png Rarity Rare VMAX.png 007/025 25th Anniversary Collection SetSymbol25th Anniversary Collection.png Rarity RRR.png 024/127

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Pikachu volant
Germany Flag.png German Fliegendes Pikachu
Flug-Pikachu (TCG GB)
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Pikachu Terbang

See also

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

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