Spiky-eared Pichu

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Spiky-eared Pichu
ギザみみピチュー Gizamimi Pichu
Spiky-eared Pichu DP 1.png
Spiky-eared Pichu
Debuts in HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Female*
Ability Static
Nature Naughty
Current location Ilex Forest (games)
Michina Town (anime)
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This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Pichu Shōko Nakagawa Kayzie Rogers

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

In the games

In the core series

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

Spiky-eared Pichu first appears in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver as an event Pokémon obtained in Ilex Forest. If the player interacts with the shrine while walking with a Pikachu-colored Pichu, she will appear and join the player's party. If the player's party is full, they will have to deposit a Pokémon and return to accept her.

Spiky-eared Pichu has her own unique in-battle and overworld sprites and cannot evolve or be traded outside of HeartGold and SoulSilver. Aside from her unique sprite, moves, and inability to be traded or evolve, she is nearly identical to a normal Pichu in that her base stats are the same as a normal Pichu's. However, her maximum stats for the Pokéathlon are different. If a Pokémon uses Transform on her, it will have a spiky ear. Shiny sprites for Spiky-eared Pichu exist in the coding of the games, although it is impossible to obtain one due to the game assigning the Spiky-eared Pichu a fixed personality value that is predetermined according to the Trainer ID number and secret ID. This ensures that the personality value will never result in a Shiny nor a male Spiky-eared Pichu.

If taken to Professor Elm in New Bark Town, it is revealed that she has traveled through time with Celebi. Elm claims that he and Professor Oak were researching the time travel abilities of Celebi, and claims that this Pichu proves his main theory. He adds that the reason she cannot evolve is because she has been time traveling for so long and then calls all the Pokémon Center attendants to prevent Spiky-eared Pichu from being used in trades; however, the attendants do not permit her into a trading facility prior to this either. Spiky-eared Pichu is also unable to be transferred through the Poké Transfer into a Generation V game due to her past time traveling.

Oh! This Pichu needs to stay where it is.

It appears to have traveled through time. It has been affected by traveling so far through time with Celebi.

It'll be very risky to transfer it, so it's best for Pichu to stay where it is.

Spiky-eared Pichu's inability to be traded can be explained as being preventative of trading any alternate form to a game in which the form does not appear, as happens in Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver when entering the trade center with Rotom in an appliance, Giratina in its Origin Forme, or Shaymin in its Sky Forme, by returning them to the forms they appeared in Diamond and Pearl. As Spiky-eared Pichu cannot freely change between forms, this explains the need to make her untradeable within Generation IV.

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

Pokéathlon stats

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

In the spin-off games

Spiky-eared Pichu in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Pokémon Battrio

Spiky-eared Pichu appears in Pokémon Battrio, as the Special Pucks Pichu (Spiky-eared Pichu Set) and Pichu (10-032).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Spiky-eared Pichu acts as an alternate costume for Pichu in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Pichupichushrine.png Double Pichu art.png
In the Ilex Forest with the Pikachu-colored Pichu With the Pikachu-colored Pichu


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Sprite and back sprite Shiny sprite and back sprite (unused) Overworld sprite

In the anime

Ash's Pikachu with Spiky-eared Pichu in the anime

Spiky-eared Pichu debuted in Arceus and the Jewel of Life as Damos's friend. It helped Pikachu and Piplup find the keys for Ash, Dawn, Brock, and Damos' jail cell after they were imprisoned by Marcus.

In Pikachu's Big Sparking Search, Spiky-eared Pichu and Smoochum were preparing a birthday party for Bellossom.

It has an ending dedicated to it. This ending displays its love for Grepa Berries.

In Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade, Spiky-eared Pichu was one of the Pokémon watching Meloetta's concert.

Personality and characteristics

In the anime, Spiky-eared Pichu was shown to be a helpful Pokémon, which can be seen when it freed Cyndaquil by using Iron Tail on the collar that was used to control it. In the ending dedicated to it, however, it was shown to be competitive, as evident when it raced the Shiny Pichu up a tree and lost, and when it had an eating contest with the Shiny Pichu to see who could eat the most Grepa Berries and won. In that ending theme, it was also shown to be very sensitive, as it was seen crying when it got lost.

Moves used

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


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Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl
Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

In the manga

The Spiky-eared Pichu in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Spiky-eared Pichu first appears in All About Arceus IX, where it is seen accompanying Gold's Pibu as they help Celebi find the herbs needed to cure Giovanni's disease. When several Team Rocket Grunts try to stop Ken, Al, and Harry from helping Celebi under Giovanni's orders, they accidentally trample over the Pichu duo, which causes them to retaliate by shocking the Grunts with a combined Electric attack. When they meet up with Gold, Gold sees Spiky-eared Pichu and teases Pibu about finding a date.

Arceus and the Jewel of Life

In the manga adaptation of the movie, Spiky-eared Pichu is a wild Pokémon who the characters meet in the distant past. It assists the characters in escaping from the movie's main antagonist, Marcus.

In the TCG

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

Spiky-eared Pichu
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Spiky-eared Pichu Pokémon M Lightning       Movie Commemoration Random Pack   009/022
      Movie Commemoration Random Pack   010/022
      Movie Commemoration Random Pack   011/022
      DPt-P Promotional cards   042/DPt-P
      Unnumbered Promotional cards    


The Pokémon Storage System wallpaper featuring Spiky-eared Pichu
  • A picture of a Pikachu short poster that featured Spiky-eared Pichu alongside Pikachu and Piplup was leaked several days before this Pokémon was officially revealed.
  • It was first mentioned at the end of a movie preview of Arceus and the Jewel of Life when movie director Kunihiko Yuyama talked about a "small, yellow Electric-type that would save the world."
  • Spiky-eared Pichu's sprite in HeartGold and SoulSilver is in a different pose than that of a normal Pichu, but she retains the two frames that a normal Pichu uses in her animation; thus, she is the only Pokémon to have three animation frames in Generation IV.
  • According to Shōko Nakagawa's autobiography, the Spiky-eared Pichu was originally going to be a White Pichu (Japanese: ホワイトピチュー).
  • Spiky-eared Pichu was featured in a Pokémon Storage System wallpaper in HeartGold and SoulSilver. The wallpaper must be unlocked by telling Primo at the Violet City Pokémon Center custom phrases using the easy chat system. The phrase for a given wallpaper depends on the player's game, Trainer ID, and game language.
  • Spiky-eared Pichu appears as a figure in the fourth generation of Monster Collection.
  • Spiky-eared Pichu appears as a Poké Doll plush toy.
  • Spiky-eared Pichu shares several similarities with Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire's Cosplay Pikachu. Both are female-only variants of the Pikachu evolution line who were introduced in remakes. They are both incapable of evolving, breeding, or being transferred to later games. They also both cannot be obtained Shiny, though Shiny variants exist in the game code for them. They are also both a palette swap in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • Spiky-eared Pichu is the only Pokémon without a 3D model in the core series games.


Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ギザみみピチュー Gizamimi Pichu Literally "Notched-Ear Pichu".
France Flag.png French Pichu Troizépi From trois (three) and épi (cowlick).
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pichu Picoreja From pico (spiky tip) and oreja (ear).
Germany Flag.png German Strubbelohr-Pichu From strubbelig (tousled) and Ohr (ear).
Italy Flag.png Italian Pichu Spunzorek From spuntone (spike) and orecchio (ear).
South Korea Flag.png Korean 삐쭉귀 피츄 Ppijjukgwi Pichyu Literally "Sharp-Ear Pichu".
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 刺刺耳皮丘 Cìcì'ěr Píqiū Literally "Spiky-Ear Pichu".
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese

See also

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

Event exclusives
Pikachu in a capSpiky-eared PichuVictiniGenesect
Ash-GreninjaVivillon (Poké Ball Pattern)DiancieHoopa
Walking WakeIron LeavesPecharunt
Happy HourCelebrateHold HandsHold Back
Bluesky MailMirage MailEgg TicketEon TicketMysticTicket
AuroraTicketOld Sea MapBrick MailMember CardOak's Letter
Enigma StoneLiberty PassDiscount CouponDynamax Crystal
Mythical Pecha Berry
Pokéwalker Routes
Yellow ForestWinner's PathSightseeingRallyAmity Meadow
C-Gear Skins

Pokémon forms and variants
Permanent: Shiny Pokémon (GO) • Alternately colored Pokémon (anime)
Gender differences‎Form differences (GO)
Brilliant PokémonAlpha Pokémon
Transformations: Mega EvolutionPrimal ReversionBond PhenomenonUltra Burst
Dynamax (Gigantamax) • EternamaxTerastal phenomenon
Groups: Totem PokémonNoble PokémonTitan Pokémon
Regional forms: AlolanGalarianHisuianPaldean
Analogous: Paradox PokémonEcologically similar Pokémon
Pikachu variants: Surfing PikachuFlying PikachuCosplay PikachuPikachu in a cap
Miscellaneous: Pokémon fusionsGiant PokémonSpiky-eared PichuPartner Pokémon
Side series original: Shadow PokémonShadow Lugia
Spin-off original: Shadow PokémonPrimal DialgaToy Pokémon (Rusty Pokémon)
Shadow MewtwoPokéxelIllumina phenomenon
Anime original: Pink ButterfreeClone PokémonCrystal Onix
Mirage PokémonMeta GroudonGreen-crystal Deoxys
Manga original: Thu-Fi-ZerBlack FogBlack Tyranitar

Movie characters
Human protagonists
AliceAsh Ketchum (M20)AudreyBarazBiancaCallahanCarlitaCoreyDamosDianaDianeEricFergusHarrietJack WalkerJuanita
KarlKathrynKidd SummersKimiaKokoLisaLizabethLorenzoMannesMarenMargoMelodyMerayNeeshaNewton Graceland
Professor LundRafeRaleighRebeccaRisaRowenaSamSheenaSidSir AaronSorrelTonioTorenTory LundTowaVerityYuko
Human antagonists
AlvaAnnieArgus SteelButlerCherieCrossDamonDoctor ZedGalenGooneGrings KodaiIron-Masked MarauderLawrence IIILeviMarcus
MerilynMillis SteelMolly HaleOakleyPokémon huntersPokémon poacherRiotThe PhantomZero
ArceusArticunoCarbinkCelebi (M04)Celebi (M13)CobalionDadaDarkraiDeoxysDialgaDiancieEntei (M03)Entei (M13)GenesectGiratina
Ho-OhHoopaJirachiKeldeoKyuremLatiasLatiosLucarioLugiaMagearnaManaphyMarshadowMew (M01)Mew (M08)Mewtwo (M01)
Mewtwo (M16)MoltresPalkiaPikachu (M20)PikachutwoRaikouRayquazaRegiceRegirockRegisteelReshiramShayminSlowking
Spiky-eared PichuSuicune (M04)Suicune (M13)TerrakionUnownVictiniVirizionVolcanionXerneasYveltalZapdosZekrom
AliciaAllegraAstridBanksBaron AlbertoBlock BotBogieBonjiCarolChrom MolybdenumCTV news crewDabuDavidDionaDonuke
Dr. FujiDundeeFlamelFreddyGabuGhrisGlacineGodeyGurūHeroes of Truth and IdealsHoytInfiJasonJennyJoeJudy
KaiKakoKanataKatoKellieKevinKikoKing of the People of the ValeKyleLaylaLeekuLucianneLuisLuisaMakoMalin
ManukeMarcus's soldiersMauryMayor OliverMeredithMeta GroudonMewtwo's creatorsMiaMilesMimiMirandaMisakiMoose
Mother and daughterMr. WhiteNevaNikolaOld Man DomŌyamaPegPeople of the WaterPhossa MolybdenumPokémon Baccer teams
Queen IleneQueen RinRavineRaymondRickRossSchuylerSharonShepShunSpencer HaleSylvanTakaTammyTanner
TappTatsukiThe Marina GroupTobiasTownesUschiZabu

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