Pikachu (Pokémon)

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Pikachu
Mouse Pokémon
ピカチュウ
Pikachu
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Pikachu
Pikachu
Cosplay Pikachu
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Type
Electric Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Cosplay Pikachu
Unknown Unknown
Cap Pikachu
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Static
Pikachu
Lightning Rod
Cosplay Pikachu
Cacophony
Cap Pikachu
Lightning Rod
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cosplay Pikachu
Cacophony
Cap Pikachu
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
190 (24.8%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Field and Fairy
Hatch time
2570 - 2826 steps
Height
1'04" 0.4 m
Pikachu
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Cosplay Pikachu
0'0" 0 m
Cap Pikachu
0'0" 0 m
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Weight
13.2 lbs. 6.0 kg
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Cap Pikachu
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Mega Stone
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#025
Kanto
#022
Johto
#163
Hoenn
#104
Sinnoh

Unova
Central
#036
Kalos
#025
Alola
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-023
Fiore
R-002
Almia
R-005/N-154
Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
82
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
112
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 2
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HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
2
Speed
Cosplay Pikachu
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HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Cap Pikachu
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body08.png BodyUnknown.png
Cosplay Pikachu
Footprint
F025.png None.png
Cosplay Pikachu
Pokédex color
Yellow
Base friendship
70
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Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ Pikachu) is an Electric-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

It evolves from Pichu when leveled up with high friendship and evolves into Raichu when exposed to a Thunder Stone. However, the starter Pikachu in Pokémon Yellow will refuse to evolve into Raichu unless it is traded and evolved on another save file.

In Alola, Pikachu will evolve into Alolan Raichu when exposed to a Thunder Stone.

Pikachu is popularly known as the mascot of the Pokémon franchise and a major representative of Nintendo's collective mascots.

It is also the game mascot and starter Pokémon of Pokémon Yellow and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!. It has made numerous appearances on the boxes of spin-off titles.

Pikachu is also the starter Pokémon in Pokémon Rumble Blast and Pokémon Rumble World.

Contents

Biology

Pikachu is a short, chubby rodent Pokémon. It is covered in yellow fur with two horizontal brown stripes on its back. It has a small mouth, long, pointed ears with black tips, brown eyes, and the two red circles on its cheeks contain pouches for electricity storage. It has short forearms with five fingers on each paw, and its feet each have three toes. At the base of its lightning bolt-shaped tail is patch of brown fur at the base. A female will have a V-shaped notch at the end of its tail, which looks like the top of a heart. It is classified as a quadruped, but it has been known to stand and walk on its hind legs.

The anime has shown that wild Pikachu live in groups in forested areas. Pikachu communicate amongst themselves using squeaks and tail-shaking as friendly gestures. Electricity can be used to receive and send messages with each other, as well as other Electric Pokémon species. It raises its tail to check its surroundings, and is occasionally struck by lightning in this position. When groups grow, they can inadvertently cause lightning storms. Pikachu is found foraging for berries it roasts with electricity to make them tender enough to eat. A sure sign that Pikachu inhabits a location is patches of burnt grass. It has been observed eating and sometimes destroying telephone poles, wires, and other electronic equipment.

Pikachu charges itself while sleeping overnight, though stress and a lack of sleep can affect this. It is able to release electric discharges of varying intensity. Pikachu has been known to build up energy in its glands, and will need to discharge to avoid complications. It is also able to release energy through its tail, which acts as a grounding rod, as well as recharging fellow Pikachu with electric shocks. Pikachu can also electrify itself to use its signature move Volt Tackle.

Pikachu has two alternate forms: one, the Cosplay Pikachu, appeared in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. It is always female, has a black heart-shaped spot at the end of its tail, and can be dressed in any of five outfits corresponding to the five Contest conditions. The other form is Pikachu in a cap, which debuted as an event-exclusive Pokémon in Generation VII. It is always male and has seven variants, each wearing one of Ash's hats from the anime. In addition to these two forms, many other Pikachu variants have appeared in various media.

Pikachu is the only known Pokémon capable of using the exclusive Z-Moves Catastropika and 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt.

In the anime

In the main series

Pikachu in the anime

Major appearances

Ash's Pikachu

Ash Ketchum has a Pikachu that he obtained from Professor Oak in Pokémon - I Choose You!, the first episode of the Pokémon anime. He is the signature Pokémon of the anime series and has appeared in every non-special episode and every Pokémon movie since. Ash's Pikachu remains outside of his Poké Ball.

Pikachutwo

In Mewtwo Strikes Back, Mewtwo cloned Ash's Pikachu. This Pikachu can be distinguished from Ash's due to the spikes in the black marks found on the tips of its ears. It is also comparatively more aggressive than Ash's Pikachu and slurs its speech, defects possibly caused by Ash tampering with Mewtwo's cloning machine during the cloning process.

Puka

Another Pikachu nicknamed Puka was owned by a man named Victor on Seafoam Island in The Pi-Kahuna. This blue-eyed Pikachu saved Ash from drowning by having the ability to sense tidal waves approaching.

Sparky

Ritchie also has a Pikachu nicknamed Sparky, who debuted in A Friend In Deed. Sparky, unlike most Pikachu, has a tuft of fur on the top of its head, and, unlike Ash's Pikachu, has no problem with living inside a Poké Ball.

Ashachu

Ash gets turned into a Pikachu in Hocus Pokémon by a Pokémon magician named Lily. He reverts to his human form at the beginning of the next episode.

Cosplay Pikachu

All of the Cosplay Pikachu appeared in Lights! Camera! Pika!, under the ownership of Frank. They reappeared in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, where they were all summoned by Hoopa as part of a prank on Ash and his Pikachu.

Ash's Pikachu (M20)

The Ash Ketchum of the alternate continuity introduced in I Choose You! has a Pikachu of his own. Like the Pikachu of the main series, this Pikachu was his first Pokémon and his main partner, remaining outside of his Poké Ball.

Other
A female Pikachu in the anime

James used a Pikachu in the Pokémon League Entrance Exam in The Ultimate Test, but it was defeated by the instructor's Graveler. James, after interfering with a battle Ash was having with the instructor, later tried to steal this Pikachu, only for that Pikachu to zap James instead, as instructed by its instructor.

A Pikachu had a part in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate!. He was kidnapped by a Skarmory and Team Go-Getters set out to rescue him as their first mission. Pikachu provided them with some items in the battle.

Pikachu's female form debuted in SS027, under the ownership of Ayumi. She was trained on how to properly use Thunderbolt through the help of Cilan and Stunfisk.

A Mirror World Pikachu appeared in The Cave of Mirrors!, under the ownership of Mirror Ash. Unlike his regular world counterpart, Mirror Pikachu is a mischievous roughneck.

Multiple Pikachu appeared in Lights! Camera! Pika!, under the ownership of Frank. They would all participate in his filmmaking endeavors.

Multiple Pikachu appeared in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages. They were all summoned by Hoopa as part of a prank on Ash and his Pikachu, though the prank failed. They were then returned to their original locations with the help of Ash's Pikachu, who coordinated them into Hoopa's portals.

A Pikachu nicknamed Spike appeared in Battling at Full Volume!, under the ownership of Jimmy. Spike was used in a battle against Ash's Pikachu, but as Ash was ill, Serena took his place. However, the match was interrupted by Team Rocket, who captured Spike, but Spike was promptly saved.

A Trainer's Pikachu appeared in SM090.

Multiple Pikachu appeared in SM091, all under the ownership of Pikarla. One of them was nicknamed Kurin, while another that is Shiny was nicknamed Banchō.

Minor appearances

A Shiny Pikachu in the anime
A set of costumed Cosplay Pikachu in the anime

Numerous other Pikachu appeared in Pokémon Emergency!, under the ownership of Nurse Joy. They helped Ash's Pikachu defeat Team Rocket's Jessie, James, and Meowth to send them blasting off for the first time. They reappeared in a flashback in Pikachu's Goodbye.

Wild Pikachu were prominent in Pikachu's Goodbye, where Ash considered releasing his own Pikachu so he could be with his own kind.

Multiple Pikachu appeared in Battle Aboard the St. Anne.

A Pikachu appeared in Pokémon Double Trouble, under the ownership of Luana's son, Travis. Luana mistook Ash for Travis when she saw Pikachu on Ash's shoulder.

A Pikachu appeared in Brock's demonstration in A Bite to Remember, where it evolved into a Raichu.

In Lights, Camerupt, Action!, a Pikachu appeared in two of Elijah's movies. Red's Pikachu was featured in a film that Ash and Gary were watching when they were younger. In a different movie that Ash and his friends were watching at the time the episode was taking place, another Pikachu helped Plusle and Minun on their mission to rescue Princess Kirlia from the evil Exploud.

A Pikachu appeared in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew as a transformation of Mew.

A Pikachu nicknamed Sugar appeared in Cooking up a Sweet Story!, under the ownership of Abigail, one of the owners of a restaurant. When it went missing prior to the events of the episode, Ash's Pikachu had to fill in for it so that its owner would have the confidence to win a cooking competition. At the end of the episode, Sugar returned, but it had evolved into a Raichu.

A Pikachu appeared in a flashback in The Keystone Pops!, under the ownership of an Aura Guardian.

A Pikachu appeared in a flashback in Flint Sparks the Fire!, under the ownership of Volkner. In the present day, it is a Raichu.

A Pikachu appeared in Clemont's demonstration in To Catch a Pokémon Smuggler!, where it evolved into a Raichu using a Thunder Stone.

A Pikachu appeared in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, under the ownership of Uschi.

A Pikachu appeared in a fantasy in Now You See Them, Now You Don't!.

A Pikachu appeared in a fantasy in Showering the World with Love!.

A Trainer's Pikachu appeared in SM090, where it joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its normal form.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP002 Pikachu Dawn's Pokédex Pikachu, the Mouse Pokémon. It can generate electric attacks from the electric pouches located in both of its cheeks.
This concludes the entries from the Diamond & Pearl series.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
BW001 Pikachu Trip's Pokédex Pikachu, the Mouse Pokémon, and the evolved form of Pichu. Pikachu's tail is sometimes struck by lightning as it raises it to check its surroundings.
BW093 Pikachu Cameron's Pokédex Pikachu, the Mouse Pokémon, and the evolved form of Pichu. Pikachu can help other Pikachu who are feeling weak by sharing its electric current.
This concludes the entries from the Best Wishes series.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
SM003 Pikachu Rotom Pokédex Pikachu, the Mouse Pokémon. An Electric type. It raises its tail to sense its surroundings. If you pull on its tail, it will bite.
This concludes the entries from the Sun & Moon series.

In Pokémon Origins

Pikachu in Pokémon Origins

Red's Pikachu

Red caught a Pikachu in File 4: Charizard.

In Pokémon Generations

Red's Pikachu

Red caught a Pikachu in Viridian Forest in The Adventure. He then proceeded to travel though multiple regions with it, facing many strong opponents along the way.

In the manga

In the Ash & Pikachu manga

Main article: Ash's Pikachu

Ash's Pikachu is a starring character in Ash & Pikachu, a manga adaptation of the Pokémon anime which is based on Ash's adventures in Johto, Hoenn, and Battle Frontier.

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Main article: Ash's Pikachu (EToP)

Ash's Pikachu is a main character in the manga series The Electric Tale of Pikachu, an adaptation of the Pokémon anime.

In the manga, Ash discovered Pikachu under the floorboards at his home, where he was chewing on wires to eat the electricity.

Sparky, Ritchie's Pikachu, appears in The Electric Tale of Pikachu as well, however, it is nicknamed "Chuchino" instead.

In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga

A story called Akari and Pikachu's Birthday is featured in the final volume of How I Became a Pokémon Card.

In the Magical Pokémon Journey and Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪ manga

Main article: Pikachu (MPJ)

Pikachu is a main character in the Magical Pokémon Journey manga series. He is the first Pokémon befriended by Hazel, appearing for the first time in How Do You Do, Pikachu?. Pikachu is one of the few Pokémon in Magical Pokémon Journey that cannot speak human language, although the others seem to understand him. He is described as rather scatterbrained at times. Pikachu returns as a main character in Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪, the sequel to the Magical Pokémon Journey series.

Ash's Pikachu also makes a cameo appearance in bonus chapters at the end of every volume of the Magical Pokémon Journey manga.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

A group of Cosplay Pikachu in Pokémon Adventures
Female Pikachu in Pokémon Adventures
Main article: Pika
Main article: Chuchu
Main article: Cosplay Pikachu

Pikachu debuted in its own round in the Red, Green & Blue chapter, Wanted: Pikachu!. Here, a Pikachu was stealing all the crops in a town. The townsfolk kept chasing him around, but end up getting shocked by him. Red arrives and captures him, ending the chaos. Although extremely disobedient at first, even prone to regularly electrocuting his owner, the two eventually got over this enmity, and this Pikachu, nicknamed "Pika", became one of his most loyal and trusted fighters, being used in almost every major battle Red has had. He also served on Yellow's team while Red was held captive by the Elite Four during the Yellow chapter before being returned to him, during which Yellow discovered that he can Surf.

A Pikachu appeared as a silhouette when Green explains about Mew in The Jynx Jinx.

In Just a Spearow Carrier a Pikachu appeared with its trainer at Indigo Plateau, it noticeably has a flower by its ear.

A Pikachu is seen in The Kindest Tentacruel where it was one of the Pokémon that Yellow was fantasizing about that was able to evolve via stone.

Another Pikachu appeared in Can You Diglett? as a silhouette when Agatha and Lorelei explains to Red about how Pokémon and people can't coexist with each other.

A Pikachu appeared in a fantasy of Professor Elm's explanation of Pokémon eggs in Teddiursa's Picnic. Another Pikachu appeared in Ursaring Major where it appeared in a fantasy of Silver when he explains about the vital points of Pokémon.

In Tyranitar War, Yellow is seen to have a new addition to her team: a Pikachu of her own nicknamed "Chuchu," that she had found injured in Viridian Forest and nursed back to health. When Pika is left behind by Red on his trip to Mt. Silver, Pika joined Yellow and Chuchu on their adventure to Johto.

Pika and Chuchu share a loving relationship, one that is so strong that even Jasmine noticed, prompting her to hand Yellow a slip with the Pokémon Daycare's address on it. Later on, after Yellow and Wilton were brought to the Day Care after being shipwrecked, Yellow finds that Pika and Chuchu now have an Egg shortly after they were "put together." The Egg eventually hatches into Gold's Pibu.

Wild Pikachu appeared in Suffering Psyduck. Multiple Pikachu were also among the Electric-type Pokémon that charges the Prism Tower during a blackout in Pangoro Poses a Problem.

Five Pikachu appeared in Omega Alpha Adventure 3, being Cosplay Pikachu they each wear the five costumes available; being Pikachu Rock Star, Pikachu Belle, Pikachu Pop Star, Pikachu Ph. D. and Pikachu Libre. Lisia reveals to Chaz that Ruby created the concept of Pokémon wearing costumes for Contests. Noticeably there are several males, and at least Pikachu Pop Star has the black marking on the tip of her tail.

A Trainer's Pikachu appeared in The Decision and the Tournament of Six.

In the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga

A Pikachu makes a cameo in Pokémon Battle Frontier during one of the battles. Also, a photo album owned by Anabel has a Pikachu on the cover.

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

Main article: Shu's Pikachu

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga, Shu's first Pokémon was a Pikachu that he found abandoned in the forest.

In the Pokémon Gold and Silver: The Golden Boys manga

Main article: Gold's Pikachu

In Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys, Eusine was in possession of a Pikachu, which ended up being Gold's.

In the Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon manga

A Pikachu appeared in Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon.

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga

Red's Pikachu appeared at the end of Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Main article: Red's Pikachu (Pocket Monsters)

Pikachu is one of the main characters in the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga series and its sequels. It was the second Pokémon that Red captured on his own, but the first he kept.

Pikachu is one of the few Pokémon in the manga that cannot speak human language. He is the cousin of Clefairy and is considered the smarter of the two.

Pikachu evolved into Raichu in Clefairy finally evolves?!, but he has since devolved back to the Pikachu stage.

Yellow has a Pikachu of his own.

In Pokémon Newspaper Strip

Ash's Pikachu was the main character in the short-lived Pokémon Newspaper Strip.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

Satoshi has a Pikachu as one of the members of his team in Pokémon Zensho. It later evolves into a Raichu.

Pokédex entries

Manga Chapter Entry
The Electric Tale of Pikachu ET01 An electric mouse Pokémon.
Habitat: Forests and woodlands
Diet: Mainly fruit
Distinguishing features: Has an electric generator on each cheek.
Beware of electrocution!
Manga Chapter Entry
Pokémon Adventures PS004 When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity could build up and cause lightning storms. Forest dwellers, they are few in number and exceptionally rare. The pouches in their cheeks discharge electricity at their opponents. The Pikachu are believed to be highly intelligent.

In the TCG

Pikachu in the TCG
Pikachu TCG Coin
Main article: Pikachu (TCG)

Pikachu somehow manages to find its way into many of the expansions, causing there to be 148 known non-reprint Pokémon cards featuring Pikachu. There are also various Trainer cards with Pikachu in the card's artwork too, including the very sought-after tournament promos such as No.1 Trainer.

The first Pikachu that appeared in the TCG was Pikachu in the Base Set (which was reprinted in Base Set 2 and in POP Series 2 with different artwork). It was followed in the next set by another Pikachu (which was also reprinted in the Legendary Collection). The third Pikachu card released was the first-ever English promo card, Pikachu. The original Base Set Pikachu was also released as a special promotional card at E3.

In the early days of the TCG, several notable errors were made regarding the Pikachu cards. The Base Set Pikachu was released with altered artwork at first, depicting it with red cheeks, instead of the original yellow. While this matched Ken Sugimori's artwork, the yellow color on its cheeks was intentional by the artist, who depicted Pikachu using ThunderShock. This error appeared in both the E3 promotional version and the normal Base Set release. A second error was made in the production of Jungle set booster packs, which, instead of the Jungle set's Pikachu, sometimes contained first edition versions of the Pikachu that was released as a promo card.

Pikachu has also been featured on a number of TCG coins, with one being included with the English and European languages-only Base Set 2. This coin was also featured in the Pokémon Play It! PC game. A Pikachu coin is also featured in the Game Boy game Pokémon Trading Card Game, and is one of the coins that can be obtained in Pokémon Card GB2: Here Comes Team GR!, where it is given by Club Master Isaac to winners of the Lightning Club.

In the TFG

Two Pikachu figures have been released.

Other appearances

Pokkén Tournament

Pikachu in Pokkén Tournament

Pikachu is a playable character for the arcade fighting game. Its moveset includes electrical attacks it uses in the main games, like Thunderbolt, Electro Ball, and Thunder. In Burst form, it can use the Burst Attack Volt Shock Fist. Several of its attacks and victory poses are directly taken from Heihachi and Kazuya Mishima's movesets from the Tekken series.

Pikachu overwhelms opponents with powerful electric shocks and quick movements.[1]

Pikachu Libre was first announced alongside the Wii U port of the game. She was later released as an additional fighter on the original arcade version.

Pikachu Libre, a wrestling idol, is a small masked fighter overflowing with fighting spirit.

Super Smash Bros.

Main article: Pikachu (Super Smash Bros.)


Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu stars a Pikachu that is capable of speaking the human language, but only the player character Tim Goodman is capable of hearing him. Much like Meowth from the anime, he is incapable of using moves that most Pikachu are capable of using. This Pikachu also really loves to drink coffee. Early on in the game, they encounter a regular Pikachu.

Game data

As the player

Main article: Pikachu (PokéPark)

Pikachu appears as the player character in both PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure and its sequel, PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond. He falls down a mysterious tunnel one day with his friends Charmander, Chikorita, and Piplup and ends up in the PokéPark. There he goes on an quest to save the PokéPark from certain destruction. He later travels to a new PokéPark which is being threatened by the ever expanding Wish Park. At the new PokéPark he meets Snivy, Tepig, and Oshawott, and they help to save the PokéPark from danger.

NPC appearances

  • Pokémon Stadium: Pikachu stars in the mini-game "Thundering Dynamo" alongside Voltorb. This mini-game involves charging up electric power.
  • Hey You, Pikachu!: Pikachu stars alongside an unnamed child (who bears a striking resemblance to Red) who was recently taught how to interact with wild Pokémon by Professor Oak. The boy and Pikachu form a bond and go on many adventures together, and one day the Pikachu decides to live with the boy.
  • Pokémon Stadium 2: Pikachu can be used in "Pichu's Power Plant" if one is detected in a Transferred Pokémon game.
  • Pokémon Pinball: Pikachu serves as a Ball-Saver, but it will only work if the Lightning Meter is full.
  • Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire: Pikachu has the same role as in Pokémon Pinball but is sometimes helped by Pichu. Pikachu also appears on the Catch 'Em Mode banner.
  • Pokémon Channel: Much like Hey You, Pikachu!, Pokémon Channel focuses on a boy and a Pikachu bonding through social interactions, such as going outside and talking to other Pokémon, and watching TV together.

Pokédex entries

Generation I
Red When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity could build and cause lightning storms.
Blue
Yellow It keeps its tail raised to monitor its surroundings. If you yank its tail, it will try to bite you.
Stadium Lives in forests away from people. It stores electricity in its cheeks for zapping an enemy if it is attacked.
Generation II
Gold This intelligent Pokémon roasts hard berries with electricity to make them tender enough to eat.
Silver It raises its tail to check its surroundings. The tail is sometimes struck by lightning in this pose.
Crystal When it is angered, it immediately discharges the energy stored in the pouches in its cheeks.
Stadium 2 This intelligent Pokémon roasts hard Berries with electricity to make them tender enough to eat.
Generation III
Ruby Whenever Pikachu comes across something new, it blasts it with a jolt of electricity. If you come across a blackened berry, it's evidence that this Pokémon mistook the intensity of its charge.
Sapphire This Pokémon has electricity-storing pouches on its cheeks. These appear to become electrically charged during the night while Pikachu sleeps. It occasionally discharges electricity when it is dozy after waking up.
Emerald It stores electricity in the electric sacs on its cheeks. When it releases pent-up energy in a burst, the electric power is equal to a lightning bolt.
FireRed It has small electric sacs on both its cheeks. If threatened, it looses electric charges from the sacs.
LeafGreen When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity could build and cause lightning storms.
Generation IV
Diamond It lives in forests with others. It stores electricity in the pouches on its cheeks.
Pearl If it looses crackling power from the electrical pouches on its cheeks, it is being wary.
Platinum It occasionally uses an electric shock to recharge a fellow Pikachu that is in a weakened state.
HeartGold This intelligent Pokémon roasts hard berries with electricity to make them tender enough to eat.
SoulSilver It raises its tail to check its surroundings. The tail is sometimes struck by lightning in this pose.
Generation V
Black It occasionally uses an electric shock to recharge a fellow Pikachu that is in a weakened state.
White
Black 2 It occasionally uses an electric shock to recharge a fellow Pikachu that is in a weakened state.
White 2
Generation VI
X It raises its tail to check its surroundings. The tail is sometimes struck by lightning in this pose.
Y It has small electric sacs on both its cheeks. If threatened, it looses electric charges from the sacs.
Omega Ruby Whenever Pikachu comes across something new, it blasts it with a jolt of electricity. If you come across a blackened berry, it's evidence that this Pokémon mistook the intensity of its charge.
Alpha Sapphire This Pokémon has electricity-storing pouches on its cheeks. These appear to become electrically charged during the night while Pikachu sleeps. It occasionally discharges electricity when it is dozy after waking up.
Generation VII
Sun A plan was recently announced to gather many Pikachu and make an electric power plant.
Moon It's in its nature to store electricity. It feels stressed now and then if it's unable to fully discharge the electricity.
Ultra Sun Its nature is to store up electricity. Forests where nests of Pikachu live are dangerous, since the trees are so often struck by lightning.
Ultra Moon While sleeping, it generates electricity in the sacs in its cheeks. If it's not getting enough sleep, it will be able to use only weak electricity.
Let's Go Pikachu This forest-dwelling Pokémon stores electricity in its cheeks, so you'll feel a tingly shock if you touch it.
Let's Go Eevee

Cap Pikachu

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun This form of Pikachu is somewhat rare. It wears the hat of its Trainer, who is also its partner.
Moon This Pikachu is wearing its Trainer’s cap. Since the cap’s not the right size, the fit is a bit loose.
Ultra Sun This form of Pikachu is somewhat rare. It wears the hat of its Trainer, who is also its partner.
Ultra Moon This Pikachu is wearing its Trainer's cap. Since the cap's not the right size, the fit is a bit loose.

Game locations

Generation I
Red Blue
Viridian Forest, Power Plant
Blue (Japan)
Viridian Forest, Power Plant, Rocket Game Corner
Yellow
Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town
Generation II
Gold Silver
Route 2
Crystal
Route 2, Celadon Game Corner
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Safari Zone
Emerald
Safari Zone
FireRed LeafGreen
Viridian Forest, Power Plant
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Trophy Garden
Platinum
Trophy Garden
HeartGold SoulSilver
Viridian Forest
Trade Pikachu in Saffron City
Pal Park
Forest
Pokéwalker
Resort, Yellow Forest, Rally, and Sightseeing
Generation V
Black White
Poké Transfer
Black 2 White 2
Poké Transfer
Generation VI
X Y
Santalune Forest, Route 3, Friend Safari (Electric)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Safari Zone (Zone 1, long grass)
Cosplay Pikachu: received at the Contest Hall in Verdanturf Town, Fallarbor Town, Slateport City, or Lilycove City after first contest
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Route 1, Hau'oli City (SOS Battle)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Route 1 (SOS Battle)
Heahea City (Surf Association, only one)

In side games

Generation I
Snap
Beach, Tunnel, River and Cave
Pinball
Viridian Forest
Generation II
Puzzle Challenge
Defeat a Gentleman after performing a 6-block combo in Challenge Mode
Generation III
Channel
Collect all 101 Nice Cards
Pinball: R&S
Safari Zone (Ruby Field)
Trozei!
Secret Storages 4 and 20, Endless Level 1, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Starter Pokémon, Partner Pokémon, Lightning Field (6F-10F)
Ranger
Lyra Forest, Panula Cave, Sekra Range
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Starter Pokémon, Partner Pokémon, Amp Plains (9F-10F, Far Amp Plains 1F-4F)
MD Sky
Starter Pokémon, Partner Pokémon, Amp Plains (9F-10F, Far Amp Plains 1F-4F)
Ranger: SoA
Vien Forest, Crysta Cave, Volcano Cave, Chroma Road, Chroma Highlands, Chroma Ruins
Ranch
Hayley's trades
Rumble
Silent Forest (Normal Mode C, B & S)
Ranger: GS
Submarine, Faldera Volcano, Thunder Temple
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Autumnwood: Firebreathing Mountain; Forest: Trailhead Field, World Axle - B1F
Conquest
Violight, Password Outbreak
MD Gates to Infinity
Starter Pokémon, Partner Pokémon, Silent Tundra (B1-B26), Dreamy Island (Mapless Street), Slumbering Cave (B1-B99), Pika Land (1F-14F), Magnagate dungeons
Rumble U
Model Train Room: Rush Hour, Locomotive Café: Dash Race!,
Chill Battle: The Forest of Memories (Reward), NFC Figurine
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Renegade Meadow: Stage 6
Shuffle
Night Festival: Stage 23
Graucus Hall: Stage 477
Event: Pokémon Safari (Eighth release; Angry)
Event: Pokémon Safari (Second release; Winking)
Event: Special Daily Pokémon (Second release; Sleeping)
Event: A Great Chance a Day! (Enamored, Ho-Oh Costume, Lugia Costume, Rayquaza Costume)
Event: Commemorative Event (Smiling)
Event: Pikachu Appears (3DS; Happy)
Event: Commemorative Event (Mobile; Happy)
Event: Great Daily Pokémon (Second release; Happy)
Event: Pokémon Safari (12th release; Spooky)
Event: Pokémon Safari (13th release; Holiday)
Event: Pokémon Safari (Tenth release; Magikarp Costume and Gyarados Costume)
Event: Pikachu Appears (Shiny Gyarados Costume, Hoenn Cap, Unova Cap, Alola Cap)
Event: Pokémon Safari (15th release; Kimono Boy Costume and Kimono Girl Costume)
Event: Pokémon Safari (14th release; Shiny Rayquaza Costume)
Event: Pikachu Appears (Sinnoh Cap and Kalos Cap)
Event: Pokémon Safari (21st release; Charizard Costume)
Event: Great Daily Pokémon (Fifth release; Hoenn Cap, Sinnoh Cap, Unova Cap, Kalos Cap and Alola Cap)
Event: Pokémon Safari (26th release; Dizzy and Surprised)
Rumble World
Leafy Expanse: Shrub Forest (All Areas), Gold Plateau: Tricky Factory (All Areas)
Super MD
Starter Pokémon
Picross
Area 04: Stage 02

In events

In-game events
Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
RSEFRLG Colosseum Pikachu Japanese hide 10 November 21, 2003 onwards
DPPtHGSS Pokétopia Pikachu Japanese hide 10 December 14, 2006 onwards
DPPtHGSS Pokétopia Pikachu English hide 10 June 25, 2007 onwards
DPPtHGSS Pokétopia Pikachu French hide 10 July 12, 2007 onwards
DPPtHGSS Pokétopia Pikachu German hide 10 July 12, 2007 onwards
DPPtHGSS Pokétopia Pikachu Italian hide 10 July 12, 2007 onwards
DPPtHGSS Pokétopia Pikachu Spanish hide 10 July 12, 2007 onwards
USUM Partner Cap Pikachu Japanese hide 50 November 17, 2017 onwards
USUM Partner Cap Pikachu Taiwanese hide 50 November 17, 2017 onwards
USUM Partner Cap Pikachu American hide 50 November 17, 2017 onwards
USUM Partner Cap Pikachu PAL hide 50 November 17, 2017 onwards
USUM Partner Cap Pikachu Korean hide 50 December 21, 2017 onwards

Pokémon Global Link promotions

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
B2W2 Global Link Pikachu Japanese PGL 10 September 19, 2012 to January 31, 2013
B2W2 Global Link Pikachu English PGL 10 November 9, 2012 to May 30, 2013
B2W2 Global Link Pikachu French PGL 10 November 9, 2012 to May 30, 2013
B2W2 Global Link Pikachu German PGL 10 November 9, 2012 to May 30, 2013
B2W2 Global Link Pikachu Italian PGL 10 November 9, 2012 to May 30, 2013
B2W2 Global Link Pikachu Spanish PGL 10 November 9, 2012 to May 30, 2013

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Berry (100%)
Yellow* Light Ball Light Ball (100)% Berry (100)%
Gold Silver Berry (2%)
Crystal
Ruby Sapphire Oran Berry Oran Berry (50%) Light Ball Light Ball (5%)
Emerald
Diamond Pearl Oran Berry Oran Berry (50%) Light Ball Light Ball (5%)
Platinum
Battle Revolution Light Ball Light Ball (100%)
Ranch Shuca Berry Shuca Berry (100%)
HeartGold SoulSilver Oran Berry Oran Berry (50%) Light Ball Light Ball (5%)
X Y Light Ball Light Ball (5%)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Light Ball Light Ball (5%)
Sun Moon Light Ball Light Ball (5%)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Light Ball Light Ball (5%)
Pokéwalker Shuca Berry Shuca Berry (100%) Lum Berry Lum Berry (100%)
Sitrus Berry Sitrus Berry (100%) Leppa Berry Leppa Berry (100%)
TinyMushroom TinyMushroom (100%) Oran Berry Oran Berry (100%)
Events* Light Ball Light Ball (100%) Lucky Egg Lucky Egg (100%)
Shell Bell Shell Bell (100%) Soothe Bell Soothe Bell (100%)
Chesto Berry Chesto Berry (100%) Thunder Stone Thunder Stone (100%)
Air Balloon Air Balloon (100%) Comet Shard Comet Shard (100%)
Sea Incense Sea Incense (100%) Silk Scarf Silk Scarf (100%)
Heart Scale Heart Scale (100%) Focus Band Focus Band (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Generation I-V
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 35
95 - 142 180 - 274
Attack: 55
54 - 117 103 - 229
Defense: 30
31 - 90 58 - 174
Sp.Atk: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Sp.Def: 40
40 - 101 76 - 196
Speed: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Total: 300   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 50.


Generation VI onward
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 35
95 - 142 180 - 274
Attack: 55
54 - 117 103 - 229
Defense: 40
40 - 101 76 - 196
Sp.Atk: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Sp.Def: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Speed: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Total: 320   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Partner Pikachu
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 45
105 - 152 200 - 294
Attack: 80
76 - 145 148 - 284
Defense: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Sp.Atk: 75
72 - 139 139 - 273
Sp.Def: 60
58 - 123 112 - 240
Speed: 120
112 - 189 220 - 372
Total: 430   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/4 ★★★
Power
3/4 ★★★
Skill
3/4 ★★★
Stamina
3/4 ★★★
Jump
3/4 ★★★
Total
15/20 ★★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Tail Whip Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
011 Thunder Shock Electric Special 04040 100100% 30
055 Growl Normal Status 0000 100100% 40
077 Play Nice Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
1010 Quick Attack Normal Physical 04040 100100% 30
1313 Electro Ball Electric Special 0000 100100% 10
1818 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 09090% 20
2121 Feint Normal Physical 03030 100100% 10
2323 Double Team Normal Status 0000 00——% 15
2626 Spark Electric Physical 06565 100100% 20
2929 Nuzzle Electric Physical 02020 100100% 20
3434 Discharge Electric Special 08080 100100% 15
3737 Slam Normal Physical 08080 07575% 20
4242 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100100% 15
4545 Agility Psychic Status 0000 00——% 30
5050 Wild Charge Electric Physical 09090 100100% 15
5353 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 00——% 30
5858 Thunder Electric Special 110110 07070% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Pikachu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Pikachu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation VII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM06Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
TM10Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM16Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM16 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TM17Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM18Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM21Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM24Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM24 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM25 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TM27Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM31Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM31 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM32Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TM42Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM44Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM45Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM48Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM49Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM49 Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100}}100% 15
TM56Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM56 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM57Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM57 Charge Beam Electric Special 05050 090}}90% 10
TM72Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM72 Volt Switch Electric Special 07070 100}}100% 20
TM73Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM73 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 090}}90% 20
TM86Bag TM Grass VI Sprite.png TM86 Grass Knot Grass Special 0000 100}}100% 20
TM87Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM88Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM90Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM93Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM93 Wild Charge Electric Physical 09090 100}}100% 15
XTM100Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Pikachu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Pikachu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
ClefairyTogeticZigzagoonLinoonePluslePassimian Bestow Normal Status —% 15
SandshrewSeedotPiplupPrinplupPachirisuPatrat
WatchogCubchooBearticYungoosGumshoosMudbray
MudsdaleStuffulBewear
Bide Normal Physical —% 10
MareepFlaaffyAmpharosElectrikeManectricPlusle
MinunShinxLuxioLuxrayBlitzleZebstrika
EmolgaDedenneTogedemaru
Charge Electric Status —% 20
ClefairyClefableJigglypuffSkittyAudinoEspurr
MeowsticSpritzeeAromatisseSylveonPopplioBrionne
Primarina
Disarming Voice Fairy Special 40 —% 15
ClefairyClefableJigglypuffWigglytuffSkittyDelcatty
AudinoMinccinoMienfooMienshaoBunnelbyDiggersby
PopplioBrionnePrimarina
Double Slap Normal Physical 15 85% 10
ManectricLuxrayTogedemaru Electric Terrain Electric Status —% 10
ClefairySeelDewgongTogeticSlakothVigoroth
SlakingPlusleMinunSphealSealeoWalrein
OshawottDewottSamurottMinccinoEmolgaPopplio
BrionnePrimarina
Encore Normal Status 100% 5
DunsparceSwinubPiloswineMamoswinePhanpyVigoroth
PachirisuBunearyLopunnyCubchooBeartic
Endure Normal Status —% 10
MeowthMeowthPersianPersianNuzleafSkitty
DelcattyGlameowPuruglyPurrloinLiepardMienfoo
MienshaoEspurrMeowstic
Fake Out Normal Physical 40 100% 10
DunsparceSwinubPhanpyZigzagoonSlakothSlaking
TorkoalSpindaCubchooBearticBunnelbyDiggersby
SpritzeeAromatisseStuffulBewearKomala
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
ClefairyCherubiCherrimMunnaMusharnaFennekin
BraixenDelphox
Lucky Chant Normal Status —% 30
Delibird Present Normal Physical 90% 15
GrowlitheVigorothLillipupHerdierStoutlandMienfoo
MienshaoBouffalantLycanrocPassimian
Reversal Fighting Physical 100% 15
Ampharos Thunder Punch Electric Physical 75 100% 15
AipomAmbipomMinccinoCinccino Tickle Normal Status 100% 20
Light Ball* Volt Tackle Electric Physical 120 100% 15
TogeticSwirlixSlurpuff Wish Normal Status —% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Pikachu in Generation VII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Pikachu in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Pikachu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Pikachu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
S M US UM Covet Normal Physical 60 100% 25
S M US UM Electroweb Electric Special 55 95% 15
S M US UM Focus Punch Fighting Physical 150 100% 20
S M US UM Helping Hand Normal Status —% 20
S M US UM Iron Tail Steel Physical 100 75% 15
S M US UM Knock Off Dark Physical 65 100% 20
S M US UM Laser Focus Normal Status —% 30
S M US UM Magnet Rise Electric Status —% 10
S M US UM Shock Wave Electric Special 60 —% 20
S M US UM Signal Beam Bug Special 75 100% 15
S M US UM Snore Normal Special 50 100% 15
S M US UM Thunder Punch Electric Physical 75 100% 15
S M US UM Volt Tackle Electric Physical 120 100% 15
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Pikachu can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Pikachu cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Pikachu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Pikachu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation VII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
172 Charm Fairy Status 100% 20
172 Sweet Kiss Fairy Status 75% 10
172 Nasty Plot Dark Status —% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Pikachu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Pikachu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Special moves

Generation VII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI
 Event   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Surf Association Pikachu (Mantine Surf)USUM Surf Water Special 90 100% 15
  • A superscript level indicates that Pikachu can learn this move normally in Generation VI
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Pikachu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Pikachu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

By events

Generation VII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI
 Event   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Pokémon Center Birthday Pikachu
Pokémon Cafe Pikachu
Celebrate Normal Status —% 40
Hoenn Cap Pikachu
Sinnoh Cap Pikachu
Unova Cap Pikachu
Kalos Cap Pikachu
Alola Cap Pikachu
Iron Tail Steel Physical 100 75% 15
Sinnoh Cap Pikachu
Unova Cap Pikachu
Volt Tackle Electric Physical 120 100% 15
Tohoku Pikachu
2018 Tohoku Pikachu
Bestow Normal Status —% 15
Tohoku Pikachu
Carnival Pikachu
2018 Tohoku Pikachu
Hold Hands Normal Status —% 40
Carnival Pikachu Teeter Dance Normal Status 100% 20
Carnival Pikachu
Carnival Parade Pikachu
Happy Hour Normal Status —% 30
Pokémon Cafe Pikachu Sweet Scent Normal Status 100% 20
Pokémon Cafe Pikachu Counter Fighting Status 100% 20
Pokémon Cafe Pikachu Refresh Normal Status —% 20
Pokémon World Festival Pikachu Fly Flying Physical 90 95% 15
Pokémon World Festival Pikachu SurfSM Water Special 90 100% 15
  • A superscript level indicates that Pikachu can learn this move normally in Generation VI
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Pikachu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Pikachu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Scratch Pikachu (EX Sandstorm 72)
Pikachu (Wizards Promo 26)
Pikachu (Sample Set 1)
Tackle Pikachu (Expedition 124)

Anime-only moves

Move Type Episode
Tackle  Normal  The Double Trouble Header
Leer  Normal  Hour of the Houndour

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
Pin025.png Pinani025.png
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Pinball RS
PinRS025.png PinRSani025.png
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani025.png
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP025.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: -19%
Friend Area: Energetic Forest
Phrases
51%-100% HP You can depend on my electric attacks!
26%-50% HP My HP's been halved...
1%-25% HP I'm beat... My electric shocks are out of power...
Level up OK! My level went up! Leave it to me!
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP Let's keep at it, <name>!
26%-50% HP This is starting to hurt...
1%-25% HP I can't keep going like this... <name>, help...
Level up Yes! I leveled up!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP025.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: D
Pokémon Ranger
Group:
Electric
Poké Assist: Electric PA.png
Electric
Field move: Recharge fm.pngRecharge fm.png
(Recharge ×2)
Loops: 2 Min. exp.: 9 Max. exp.: 9
Browser entry
Pikachu discharges energy to recharge the Styler's energy.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Electric
Poké Assist: Recharge PA.png
Recharge
Field move: Recharge 3 field move.png
(Recharge ×3)
Browser entry
It attacks by blasting electricity from its body.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Electric
Poké Assist:
(present)
Recharge Assist.png
Recharge
Field move:
(present)
Recharge 3 field move.png
(Recharge ×3)
Poké Assist:
(past)
Electric Assist.png
Electric
Field move:
(past)
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry
It restores the Styler Energy.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●
Defense
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●
Defense
Speed ●●●
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PPW025.png PokéPark Pad entry:
No entry.
Pokémon Conquest
PCP025.png HP: Move: Thunderbolt
Attack: Ability 1: Static
Ability 2: Celebrate
Ability 3: Lightningrod
Defense:
Speed: ★★★★
Evolves from Pichu when it has a link of 50% or higher
Evolves into Raichu when its link is improved while its Warrior is equipped with a Thunderstone
Range: 3 Perfect Links: Akizane, Hanbei, and Sōrin
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Electric
Attack Power: ★★★★

BT025.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 130 Raise Max Level.png 20

#016
Shuffle025.png

Paralyze
Leaves the foe paralyzed.
Skill Swapper: Unity Power
Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 115 Raise Max Level.png 10

#016
Shuffle025Angry.png

Super Bolt
Rarely deals a ton of damage.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 115 Raise Max Level.png 10

#016
Shuffle025Winking.png

Swap++
Sometimes replaces five disruptions with this Pokémon.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 115 Raise Max Level.png 10

#016
Shuffle025Sleeping.png

Sleep Charm
Leaves the foe asleep.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025FiredUp.png

Cross Attack+
Deals even more damage when making a + shaped match.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025Surprised.png

Last-Ditch Effort
Increases damage when things are looking desperate.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 115 Raise Max Level.png 10

#016
Shuffle025Enamored.png

Mind Zap
Delays your opponent's disruptions.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 115 Raise Max Level.png 10

#016
Shuffle025Smiling.png

Flash Mob
Increases damage when there are more Pokémon with the same type in the puzzle area.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025Dizzy.png

Barrier Bash++
Sometimes removes five barrier-type disruptions.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 115 Raise Max Level.png 10

#016
Shuffle025Happy.png

Power of 4+
Deals even more damage when you make a match of four.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 115 Raise Max Level.png 10

#016
Shuffle025Spooky.png

Block Smash+
Sometimes clears three unbreakable-block disruptions.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 115 Raise Max Level.png 10

#016
Shuffle025Holiday.png

Mega Boost+
Fills the Mega Gauge of the same type of Pokémon more.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025CostumeCharizard.png

Burn
Leaves the foe burned.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025CostumeMagikarp.png

Swap++
Sometimes replaces five disruptions with this Pokémon.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025CostumeGyarados.png

Power of 5+
Deals even more damage when you make a match of five.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025CostumeShinyGyarados.png

L-Boost
Increases damage when making an L-shaped match.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025CostumeHo-Oh.png

Power of 5+
Deals even more damage when you make a match of five.
Skill Swapper: Pyre
Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025CostumeLugia.png

Eject+
Sometimes removes three non-Support Pokémon icons.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025KimonoBoy.png

Sleep Combo
Increases damage done by combos if the foe is asleep.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025KimonoGirl.png

Paralysis Combo
Increases damage done by combos if the foe is paralyzed.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025CostumeRayquaza.png

Dragon Talon
Sometimes increases damage.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 105 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025CostumeShinyRayquaza.png

Dragon Talon
Sometimes increases damage.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025Intern.png

Vitality Drain
Damage varies depending on the opponent's remaining HP.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025ChildrensDay.png

Prank
Sometimes changes when a foe will next disrupt your play.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025RainySeason.png

Downpour
Damage varies depending on the opponent's remaining HP.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025SummerFestival.png

T-Boost
Increases damage when making a T-shaped match.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025BeachWalk.png

Three Force
Increases damage when you make a match of three.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025PastryChef.png

Quirky+
Sometimes erases two extra matching Pokémon elsewhere.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025Artist.png

Damage Streak
Increases damage when it is triggered in a row.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025MushroomHarvest.png

Counterattack+
Deals even more damage the more disruptions there are.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025YearsEnd.png

Calm Down
Delays your opponent's disruptions.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025LionDancer.png

Hitting Streak+
Deals even more damage the more times in a row it is triggered.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025Kotatsu.png

Nap Time
Leaves the foe asleep.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025Graduate.png

Final Effort
Deals a ton of damage when there are no more moves left.


Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 105 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025O.png

Stabilize+
Sometimes erases two of the foe's disruptions on the board.
Skill Swapper: Hyper Bolt
Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 105 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025H.png

Rock Shot
Erases two breakable-rock disruptions and increases damage.
Skill Swapper: Hyper Bolt
Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 105 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025S.png

Block Shot
Erases two unbreakable-block disruptions and increases damage.
Skill Swapper: Hyper Bolt
Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 105 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025U.png

Barrier Shot
Removes two barrier-type disruptions and increases damage.
Skill Swapper: Hyper Bolt
Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 105 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025K.png

Cloud Shot
Clears away two black-cloud disruptions and increases damage.
Skill Swapper: Hyper Bolt
Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 105 Raise Max Level.png 5

#016
Shuffle025A.png

Shot Out
Erases two non-Support Pokémon and increases damage.
Skill Swapper: Hyper Bolt
Pokémon GO
GO025.png Base Stamina: 70 Base Attack: 112 Base Defense: 101
Egg Distance: N/A* Buddy Distance: 1 km Evolution Requirement: GO Candy.png 50
Fast Attacks: Thunder Shock, Quick Attack, Present*
Special Attacks: Discharge, Thunderbolt, Thunder*, Wild Charge*, Surf*
Pokémon: Magikarp Jump
Magikarp Jump Light Ball.png Friendship Item: Light Ball (Beat the Friend League) ★✰✰✰✰: +0%
★★✰✰✰: +10% (1Magikarp Jump Support Candy.png)
★★★✰✰: +40% (2Magikarp Jump Support Candy.png)
★★★★✰: +100% (5Magikarp Jump Support Candy.png)
★★★★★: +200% (7Magikarp Jump Support Candy.png)
Skill: Award a little JP
Recovery time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Evolution

Pichu
Baby form
Pichu
 Electric 
Soothe Bell
Friendship


Egg
Breed

Pikachu
First evolution
Pikachu
 Electric 
Thunder Stone
Thunder Stone


Raichu
Second evolution
Raichu
 Electric 
Thunder Stone
Thunder Stone


Alola Form
Raichu
Second evolution
Raichu
 Electric  Psychic 

Cosplay Pikachu

Normal
Pikachu
Cosplay Pikachu
Pikachu
 Electric 




Knowing Meteor Mash
Pikachu
Pikachu Rock Star
Pikachu
 Electric 




Knowing Icicle Crash
Pikachu
Pikachu Belle
Pikachu
 Electric 




Knowing Draining Kiss
Pikachu
Pikachu Pop Star
Pikachu
 Electric 




Knowing Electric Terrain
Pikachu
Pikachu, Ph.D
Pikachu
 Electric 




Knowing Flying Press
Pikachu
Pikachu Libre
Pikachu
 Electric 

Cap Pikachu

Cap Pikachu
Pikachu
Does not evolve
Pikachu
 Electric 

Original Cap Hoenn Cap Sinnoh Cap Unova Cap Kalos Cap Alola Cap Partner Cap
025Pikachu-Original.png 025Pikachu-Hoenn.png 025Pikachu-Sinnoh.png 025Pikachu-Unova.png 025Pikachu-Kalos.png 025Pikachu-Alola.png 025Pikachu-Partner.png

Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
Spr 1b 025.png Spr b g1 025.png Spr 1y 025.png Spr b g1 025.png Spr 1g 025.png Spr b g1 025.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 025.png Spr b 2g 025.png Spr 2s 025.png Spr b 2g 025.png Spr 2c 025.png Spr b 2c 025.png
Spr 2g 025 s.png Spr b 2g 025 s.png Spr 2s 025 s.png Spr b 2g 025 s.png Spr 2c 025 s.png Spr b 2g 025 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 025.png Spr b 3r 025.png Spr 3e 025.png Spr b 3r 025.png Spr 3f 025.png Spr b 3r 025.png
Spr 3r 025 s.png Spr b 3r 025 s.png Spr 3e 025 s.png Spr b 3r 025 s.png Spr 3f 025 s.png Spr b 3f 025 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Male Male Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Form Form
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Shiny Form Shiny Form
Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
025MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Pikachu images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Other sprites

Spr 3f Pikachu credits.png
FireRed/LeafGreen credits

Trivia

$1 coin from Niue featuring Pikachu
Pikachu in Pokémon Stadium

Origin

Pikachu is based on a mouse after its name. Its cheek pouches were also inspired by squirrels, which store food in their cheeks. The stripes on its back and its lightning bolt-shaped tail were given for aesthetic reasons.[4]

Pikachu's designer, Atsuko Nishida, revealed in an interview that Pikachu was originally a daifuku-like creature with ears. Pikachu's black ear tips are remnants from this original concept.[4]

Name origin

Pikachu is a combination of ピカピカ pikapika (onomatopoeia for sparkle) and チューチュー chūchū (the sound of a mouse squeaking).[5]

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ピカチュウ Pikachu Combination of ピカピカ pikapika and チューチュー chūchū
France Flag.png French Pikachu Same as Japanese name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pikachu Same as Japanese name
Germany Flag.png German Pikachu Same as Japanese name
Italy Flag.png Italian Pikachu Same as Japanese name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 피카츄 Pikachu Same as Japanese name
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 比卡超 Béikāchīu Transliteration of its Japanese name. The last character means super.
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 皮卡丘 Píkǎqiū Transliteration of its Japanese name.


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