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In the anime

Main series

Pikachu in the anime
Gigantamax Pikachu in the anime
Main article: Ash's Pikachu

Ash has a Pikachu that he obtained from Professor Oak in Pokémon - I Choose You!, the first episode of the Pokémon anime, which also marked its debut. He is the signature Pokémon of the anime series and has appeared in every non-special episode, with the exception of Time After Time!, and also every Pokémon movie since. In The Climb to Be the Very Best!, he was revealed to be capable of Gigantamaxing. Ash's Pikachu always remains outside of his Poké Ball.

Goh is the only other main character to own a Pikachu, which evolved into Raichu. Richie is the only one of Ash's rivals to own a Pikachu, named Sparky.

Original series

Main articles: Pikachutwo, Puka, Sparky, and Ashachu

In Pokémon Emergency!, Nurse Joy has multiple Pikachu, all of whom helped Ash's own Pikachu defeat Team Rocket and 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.

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. It reappeared in the sequel special Mewtwo Returns and the remake movie Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution.

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

A Pikachu nicknamed Puka was owned by 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.

Ritchie 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.

In a flashback in Pokémon Double Trouble, Travis's mother Luana temporarily mistook Ash for Travis when she saw Pikachu on Ash's shoulder, since Travis has a Pikachu of his own.

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

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

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.

In Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, a Pikachu was one of Mew's transformations.

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

In Cooking up a Sweet Story!, Abigail's Pikachu, nicknamed Sugar, went missing prior to the events of the episode. As a result, 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, whereupon it was revealed to have 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.

Pokémon the Series: Black & White

Sparky appeared in a flashback in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!, where it was seen battling Ash's Charizard.

In BWS01, Ayumi's female Pikachu was trained on how to properly use Thunderbolt with the help of Cilan and Stunfisk.

Pokémon the Series: XY

A set of costumed Cosplay Pikachu in the anime
Main article: Cosplay Pikachu

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 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.

In Lights! Camera! Pika!, Frank has multiple Pikachu, including all the Cosplay Pikachu, that would participate in his filmmaking endeavors.

In Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, multiple Pikachu were summoned by Hoopa (including all the Cosplay Pikachu) 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.

In Battling at Full Volume!, Jimmy's Pikachu, nicknamed Spike, was used in a battle against Ash's Pikachu. Since Ash was ill, Serena took his place, unbeknownst to Jimmy and Spike. However, the match was interrupted by Team Rocket, who captured Spike, but Spike was promptly saved.

Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon

A Pikachu wearing a cap in the anime
A Shiny Pikachu in the anime

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!.

In Securing the Future!, a Trainer's Pikachu joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its normal form.

In A Plethora of Pikachu!, Pikala has multiple Pikachu. One of them was nicknamed Curly, while another that is Shiny was nicknamed the Boss. The Boss reappeared in a flashback in Beauty is Only Crystal Deep!. In Battle Royal 151!, another one of Pikala's Pikachu, nicknamed Bolt, competed in the Battle Royal round of the Manalo Conference. It defeated a Magikarp and Pyukumuku, but ended up losing to Jessie's Mimikyu.

In Battle Royal 151!, a Trainer's Pikachu competed in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference but ended up losing.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

A female Pikachu in the anime

Multiple Pikachu appeared in Gotta Catch a What?!, with one of them, a female, being caught by Goh. She, along with a few others, later evolved into Raichu during the episode.

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!

Main article: 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.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Animated Shorts

A female appeared in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Animated Shorts as the protagonist along with an Oshawott.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate!

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate!, a Pikachu was kidnapped by a Skarmory. As a result, Team Go-Getters set out to rescue him as their first mission. Pikachu provided them with some items in the battle.

Pokémon Origins

Pikachu in Pokémon Origins

In File 1: Red, a Pikachu was one of the Pokémon seen in Professor Oak's introduction.

Red caught a Pikachu in File 4: Charizard.

Pokémon Generations

Main article: 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.

Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

Bettie's Pikachu in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

Two Pikachu appeared in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer, with one under the ownership of Scottie and the other under the ownership of Bettie. Scottie's Pikachu participated in a battle against Erika, a Beauty, and a Lass; while Bettie's Pikachu participated in a battle against Skyla, Flint, and Acerola.

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

A Pikachu appeared in Letter.

A Pikachu appeared in Buddy, under the ownership of a Schoolboy.


A Pikachu appeared in GOTCHA!, under the ownership of a boy.