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|type = electric
|name = Ash's Pikachu
|japanese = '''サトシ ピカチュウ''' Satoshi's Pikachu
|image = 20101007155439!Ash_Pikachu.png
|trainer = Ash
|gender = Male
|ability = [[Static]]
|debut = Pokémon - I Choose You!
|location = With Ash
|episodecaught = ''[[Pokémon - I Choose You!]]''
|receivefrom = [[Professor Oak]]
|caughtwhere = [[Pallet Town]]
|episodesuntilevolved = Not going to evolve}}
'''Ash's Pikachu''' is a {{type|electric}}-[[type]] [[Pokémon (species)|Pokémon]] owned by [[Ash]]. He is the first [[Pokémon (species)|Pokémon]] [[Ash Ketchum|Ash]] ever had and is always by Ash's side. He is also a constant target for [[Team Rocket]]. They often try to capture him, but, on the few occasions that they do, their plans are thwarted by Ash and his homies.
[[File:Pikachu ball.png|right|thumb|Pikachu's Poké Ball with a lightning design.]]
Pikachu was Ash's [[Starter Pokémon]], given to him by [[Professor Oak]]. Ash showed up late to pick his first [[Pokémon]] so he got stuck with Pikachu. Though he didn't like Ash at first, Ash demonstrated willingness to sacrifice himself for Pikachu, and they quickly became friends. Pikachu, who is rather independent in general, believes that he is strong enough without evolving and refuses to evolve into a [[Raichu]] even when he was easily beaten by [[Lt. Surge's Raichu]]. Later in Ash's adventure in the [[Sinnoh]] region, Pikachu was given another chance to evolve after being seriously injured by another Raichu but once again he refused.
Early in the series, Pikachu was given an operation to increase the strength of the electric sacs in his cheeks in order to beat the first [[Gym Leader]], [[Brock]]. Despite of this, Pikachu can also get a cold and go out of control when he cannot release his electricity. Most notably, exposure to a magnetic field will cause Pikachu to get a cold. This has been done to him three times in the series, two times by Team Rocket and one time by [[Zekrom]]: the first time, Pikachu was cured when the extra electricity was used in attacks against a group of [[Grimer]] and [[Muk]], and in the second time was inadvertently cured by one of Team Rocket's battery robots, which subsequently overloaded and exploded. The last time is when [[Professor Juniper]] heals him after Ash's battle with [[Trip]] in [[Unova]].
Many of the ''Pokémon'' animated shorts with all-Pokémon dialogue have featured Pikachu as the main character, and as the main voice of reason. As such, Pikachu is often a leader, helping to break up conflicts among other Pokémon.
Pikachu is one of Ash's most powerful Pokémon being able to defeat pseudo-legendary Pokémon such as [[Metagross]] and [[Dragonite]] and even actual [[legendary Pokémon]] such as [[Regice]]. He was also capable of fighting Tobias' powerful [[Tobias' Latios|Latios]] to a draw, despite the fact that Electric type moves are not very effective against [[Dragon]] types. He also fought [[Norman's Vigoroth]] to a draw (during the rematch). Pikachu was used in many of Ash's Gym Battle Frontier and League battles, being able to defeat [[Juan's Milotic]], [[Lt. Surge's Raichu]] (although this was during their rematch), [[Clair's Gyarados]], [[Crasher Wake's Gyarados]], [[Volkner's Electivire]], [[Roxanne's Nosepass]] and [[Roxanne's Geodude|her Geodude]], [[Brock's Geodude]] and [[Brock's Steelix|Onix]], [[Roark's Onix]], [[Brandon's Regice]], [[Roxie's Garbodor]], [[Trip's Serperior]], and countless other opponents.
However there are times when Pikachu gets beaten fairly easily. For example he was easily defeated by [[Lt. Surge's Raichu]] during their first battle, was no match for [[Sabrina's Kadabra]], got knocked out by a single [[Night Shade]] from [[Morty's Gastly]], which was [[Morty]]'s weakest Pokémon, was overwhelmed by [[Fantina's Drifblim]] despite his type advantage, lost against [[Norman's Vigoroth]] in their first battle, landing only one blow in the process and was defeated in many other battles during his journey with Ash. Despite these defeats Pikachu was considered to be one of Ash's most powerful Pokémon, alongside [[Ash's Charizard|Charizard]], [[Ash's Sceptile|Sceptile]], [[Ash's Infernape|Infernape]], and [[Ash's Snorlax|Snorlax]].
Pikachu's high level of electrical power has even allowed him to defeat [[Ground]] types more than once by using [[Electric]] attacks, which normally would do no damage at all. This is notably impossible in the games, where Ground-types take no damage from Electric-type moves under any circumstances, no matter how powerful they are. Whilst travelling through Hoenn, Pikachu learned how to use [[Iron Tail]], which has become one of his signature moves, granting him a technique that will hurt a [[Ground Pokémon|Ground-type]] normally, especially if they are also part Rock-type, as many Ground-types are.
In [[BW005: Triple Leaders, Team Threats]], Pikachu was used in a [[Gym Battle]] against [[Cress' Panpour]]. Despite the type advantage, he was defeated.
In [[BW020: Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!]], a group of [[Ducklett]] dropped an umbrella on Pikachu as he was about to use [[Thunderbolt]], which affected his electric attacks as a result. Soon after, Pikachu learned [[Electro Ball]] and defeated the Ducklett with this move. He then battled the [[Ash's Krookodile|Sunglasses Sandile]]. During the battle, Sandile evolved into [[Krokorok]] and fired a [[Stone Edge]] at Pikachu, who used Electro Ball and sent the move back at Krokorok, blasting it off in the process.
In [[BW044: The Club Battle Finale: A Heroes Outcome!]], he was used to battle [[Iris' Excadrill]] during the final round in the [[Don Battle]] Tournament at [[Nimbasa City]]. Because of a weakness to [[Ground Pokémon|Ground-types]], he was unable to defeat the [[Iris' Excadrill|Subterranean Pokémon]] and lost.
In [[BW052: Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!]], he was used in Ash's fourth Gym Battle against [[Elesa's Emolga]] (however, he had to use [[Thunderbolt]] on Ash beforehand to get his attention to use him, in frustration, as Ash did not even reconsider using Pikachu just once). For this matter, Ash lets Pikachu back in the battle and become friends once again as he leaves all of his plans behind him. Pikachu countered [[Emolga]]'s [[Electro Ball]] with his own and defeated it with [[Quick Attack]]. Against her [[Tynamo]], Pikachu suffered many direct hits of [[Tackle]], due to Tynamo's amazing speed, until Ash commanded him to use Thunderbolt to alter the battlefield (this way Tynamo would be forced to Tackle Pikachu head on only). Ash's tactics work and Pikachu used a powerful [[Iron Tail]] to land a direct hit on Tynamo as it crashed onto the wall as a result to be knocked out, earning Ash the [[Bolt Badge]].
In [[BW067: Battling the Bully!]], the [[Sunglasses Krokorok]] returns to confront Pikachu to a battle (after he followed them all the way from [[Nimbasa Town]], [[Nimbasa City]], [[Driftveil City]], and [[Chargestone Cave]]). However, this battle caused them to get blown away in separate directions after the interception of Pikachu's Electro Ball and Krokorok's Stone Edge. However he was found by a boy named [[Mick]] who was mistaking him as a pre-evolved form of [[Zekrom]] as he show him to his friends [[Glen]] and [[Shaun]] (who eventually knows this Pokémon from the Kanto region he went to). Now that Mick doesn't know how to battle with Pikachu, he goes away for a while to ask Pikachu some questions alone but was found by Ash and co. including Krokorok. Although Mick persuades Ash to let him borrow his Pikachu so he could battle with Glen and Shaun when Glen says the word "Let's Battle." Since Ash won't leave a kid like Mick in trouble like this, he agrees to as they do some training while Ash use Krokorok as an example for Mick to learn about type advantage and type disadvantage with Pikachu. However Pikachu's move of Iron Tail that Mick used cause Krokorok to lose his sunglasses but eventually found it and puts back on and gets angered to get him to pay Pikachu back but stopped by Ash. After training, Glen found Mick with Ash's friends as Mick put this Pokémon battle to a test with Pikachu but in one condition: this battle requires a double battle as Krokorok teams up with Pikachu just to help him out to battle Scolipede and Seismitoad and win this by brains and skills. Pikachu's teamwork with Krokorok was great as Glen learns his lesson that winning isn't for everything and make it up to Shaun and Mick once more. But then there's a score to settle when Krokorok wanted to has this battle with Pikachu as Ash agrees him to and made a type disadvantage to a win as a result to defeat Krokorok. In the end, the [[Sunglasses Krokorok]] felt bad when he lost to Pikachu. Which Ash made the decision to let Krokorok come with him and Pikachu making him his sidekick and a friend indeed.
In [[BW070: An Amazing Aerial Battle!]], Pikachu was used in a Gym Battle against [[Skyla's Unfezant]] and defeated it with Electro Ball. He stayed in the battle to fight Skyla's last Pokémon, [[Skyla's Swanna|Swanna]]. Pikachu's Thunderbolt and Electro Ball were blocked by Swanna's Aqua Ring, defending against the type advantage Pikachu held over it. However, using the hoops that Skyla had used in her pre-battle show, Pikachu was able to jump with Quick Attack to hit Swanna. Eventually, Swanna was able to hit Pikachu with a powerful combination [[Hurricane]] and a brutal [[Brave Bird]], after which Ash deemed Pikachu unable to battle, although he didn't faint and he tried to continue.
In [[BW086: Rocking the Virbank Gym! (Part 2)]], Pikachu was the final Pokémon to go up against [[Garbodor]]. It was going to use [[DoubleSlap]] but Pikachu evades it and hits with Quick Attack and then Thunderbolt. When Pikachu tried to use Iron Tail, Garbodor swung its arms upwards, repelling Pikachu and untying the arms. After Pikachu dodges [[Gunk Shot]] twice, Garbodor grabbed him and used DoubleSlap hitting Pikachu repeatedly. After this, Garbodor fired another Gunk Shot, this time it hits and also poisoned Pikachu. To Ash's luck, Pikachu's [[Static]] ability got activated and [[paralyze]]d Garbodor after making physical contact with Pikachu. Despite still being able to withstand a Thunderbolt, the [[Trash Heap Pokémon]] was unable to take a hit from the following Electro Ball, and was knocked out, making Ash the winner and earning him his eighth and final [[Unova Badge]], the [[Toxic Badge]].
Pikachu is voiced by [[Ikue Ōtani]] in all versions of the anime, except in early episodes of the English-dubbed series, in which [[Rachael Lillis]] provided the voice in cases where another character's voice overlaps his. A running gag is how he burns all of [[May (anime)|main female character]]'s bike with [[Thunderbolt]], which, in turn results in that girl following Ash, except for Iris following Ash after she and Ash bumped into each other. Pikachu also has a fondness for ketchup, which is seen multiple times in the anime.
==Known moves==
{{MoveBoxTop|Type=electric|image=Pikachu Electro Ball.png|imageinfo=Electro Ball|othermoveimages=#Moves}}
{{MoveBoxMid|Thundershock|IL001: Pokémon - I Choose You!|type=electric|othername=Pokémon - I Choose You!}}
{{MoveBoxMid|Thunderbolt|IL005: Showdown in Pewter City|type=electric|recent=yes|othername=Showdown in Pewter City}}
{{MoveBoxMid|Agility|IL014: Electric Shock Showdown|type=psychic|othername=Electric Shock Showdown}}
{{MoveBoxMid|Quick Attack|IL014: Electric Shock Showdown|type=normal|recent=yes|othername=Electric Shock Showdown}}
{{MoveBoxMid|Thunder|IL042: Showdown at Dark City|type=electric|othername=Showdown at Dark City}}
{{MoveBoxMid|Double Edge|IL079: Friend and Foe Alike|type=normal|othername=Friend and Foe Alike|recent=no}}
{{MoveBoxMid|Tackle|JE002: The Double Trouble Header|type=normal|usable=no|othername=The Double Trouble Header}}
{{MoveBoxMid|Leer|JE034: Hour of the Houndour|type=normal|usable=no|othername=Hour of the Houndour}}
{{MoveBoxMid|Iron Tail|AG013: All Things Bright and Beautifly!|type=steel|recent=yes|othername=All Things Bright and Beautifly!}}
{{MoveBoxMid|Volt Tackle|AG150: May's Egg-Cellent Adventure!|type=electric|othername=May's Egg-Cellent Adventure!}}
{{MoveBoxMid|Electro Ball|BW020: Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!|type=electric|recent=yes|othername=Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!}}
==Voice actors==
*[[Rachael Lillis]] (original voice in some episodes of the English version of the Pokémon anime.)
*[[Ikue Ōtani]] (present- in both the Japanese and English-language versions of the Pokémon anime.)
*Pikachu is [[Ash Ketchum|Ash]]'s only {{type|Electric}}-[[Types|type]] Pokémon and was the only Electric-type owned by a main character in the anime until the capture of [[Dawn's Pachirisu]].
**Despite multiple main characters currently owning {{type|Electric}}-[[Types|type]] Pokémon, Pikachu is still the only one of them which is a member of an evolution family.
*When Ash received Pikachu from Professor Oak, his Poké Ball had a lightning bolt on the top part.
**Because Pikachu doesn't like being inside his Poké Ball, it has only been seen a few times since the first episode. The first was against Brock when Pikachu was being attacked brutally by Onix and the second was in the episode Snow WayOut when Ash becomes worried about the safety of his Pokémon in the cave's freezing conditions. Both times Ash's attempted return of Pikachu was blocked, by Onix the first time and by Pikachu the second.
*Pikachu had a chubby appearance in the beginning of the series, but lost the weight for a more slender appearance [[Generation II]] onward.
*Ash attempted to evolve Pikachu with the [[Thunder Stone]] after he lost to [[Lt. Surge's Raichu]], but Pikachu chose not to evolve because he wanted to prove that he can defeat stronger Pokémon without evolving.
*Pikachu occasionally has acted as a responsible leader of the main cast's Pokémon, mainly Ash's Pokémon.
*In the season one episode "[[Showdown at Dark City]]," Pikachu displayed a strong fondness for ketchup. In fact, when the ketchup bottle he was carrying was smashed, Pikachu was seen crying over the smashed ketchup bottle. This could be an indication on how close Pikachu's relationship with Ash is, since his last name is phonetically similar to ketchup.
[[File:Pikachu loves ketchup.png|thumb|250px|Ash's Pikachu shows its love for ketchup.]]
*In the Season One episode "[[IL003: Ash Catches a Pokémon|Ash Catches a Pokémon]]," when Team Rocket was trying to steal Pikachu, [[Team Rocket's Meowth|Meowth]] accidentally says that Ash's Pikachu's power exceeds the power level he would possess as a Raichu.
**In [[BW071: Climbing the Tower of Success!|Climbing the Tower of Success]], a Thunder Stone was tossed to Ash, thus it almost landed on Pikachu which would cause him to evolve. However, Ash was scared about Pikachu evolving, so he prevented this, which contradicts to the time he offered Pikachu a Thunder Stone to evolve. The most likely reason is that Ash now knows Pikachu doesn't want to evolve (and likes keeping him the way he is and respects his wishes), which is supported in the [[Diamond and Pearl]] generation episode [[DP074: Pika and Goliath|Pika and Goliath]].
*Both Ash's Pikachu and Snorlax are evolved baby Pokémon, but in that generation they are the first forms.
*Pikachu had a special event for the [[Generation IV]] of Pokémon Games knowing the moves Pikachu had in Sinnoh League Victors.
*Ash's Pikachu is finally confirmed male in [[Where No Togepi Has Gone Before!]] after being hit by [[Togepi]]'s Attract. This is also when [[Jessie's Yanmega]] was confirmed female.
*Pikachu seems to have a great dislike, or even hatred, against [[Team Rocket's Meowth]]. As after Meowth and his team got away from the failed rail road mission in Unova, Pikachu still exerted a lot of anger and Ash had to hold him down. While Meowth was in Ash's group, Pikachu was the one to always be suspicious of Meowth's loyalty. This could stem from the fact that every time Pikachu started to trust Meowth, Meowth then betrayed that same trust.
*Ash's Pikachu is the most recognizable Pokémon, therefore being the main face of Pokémon.
*Somehow, for every region Ash has traveled through with Pikachu, he has always been for the most part surpassed in power by another Pokémon that Ash catches and trains until they fully evolve or learn new moves.
*Beginning from [[Hoenn]] onward, every time Ash and Pikachu enter a new region, Pikachu has been exposed to high levels of electricity or magnetism, before or after arrival, and loses control of his own electricity, becomes confused, and runs away, forcing Ash to chase after him.
**This could explain why Pikachu's strength is "reset" each time they start a new region.
*Pikachu has had many moves over the seasons, but the amount it now actively uses has been lowered to only four.
*Pikachu is very fond of battling and takes part in almost all of Ash's Gym Battles. Pikachu has a great willingness of continuing to fight till the end, even if he's getting tired to continue.
*Despite Pikachu's absence from the Unova Dex and not being native to the Unova region, a Trainer's Pikachu can be seen in Castelia City, and another Pikachu is depicted on a billboard. Also, there are several Pikachu-shaped hedges in Striaton City.
*Pikachu's hatred of being in a Poké Ball made him the last and hardest to be captured by [[Mewtwo]].
*Pikachu is the only Pokémon in the anime to defeat two Legendary Pokémon without being a Legendary Pokémon himself. His first victory against a Legendary Pokémon was when he defeated [[Brandon's Regice]] and the second was when he knocked out [[Tobias]] ' [[Latios]], although the battle against Latios ended as a draw rather than a victory.
*Pikachu was also the first of Ash's Pokémon to habitually disobey him. [[Ash's Primeape|Primeape]] and [[Ash's Charizard|Charizard]] would also follow suit and are better remembered for their disobedience than Pikachu.
*[[Dawn's Buneary]] shows romance for Pikachu, it is unknown that Pikachu feels the same.
*In ''[[PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure]]'' and ''[[PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond]]'', Pikachu plays the role of the (silent) protagonist.
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Pokemon Anime.png|Ash's Pikachu in the Advanced Generation.
Ash and His Friend.png|Another Picture of Ash's Pikachu in the Advanced Generation.
DP18.jpg|Ash's Pikachu in the DP Series.
Pikachu Sick.jpg|Pikachu, sick
Pikachu crieing with Ketchup 2.png|Pikachu crying over a bottle of ketchup
Pikachu5.jpg|Pikachu, hungry for food
Pikachu7.jpg|Pikachu waving goodbye to Team Rocket
Ash Pikachu Taillow.jpg|Ash, Pikachu and Taillow (now a Swellow)
Ashstone.jpg|Pikachu trying to wake up Ash in the first ever Pokemon Movie.
DP163 30.jpg|In DP163 with [[Ash]]
DP328.jpg|Pikachu in a good mood
PikachuStatic.png|Pikachu's Static Ability
Ash and Pikacha ready for a new adventure.jpg|Ash and Pikachu
ElectricShockShowdown.gif|Pikachu up against Lt. Surge's Raichu.
640px-BW044.png|Pikachu with Ash during the Don Battle Tournament
Pikachu-wipeout.jpg|Pikachu laying down
Ash's_Pikachu-3-.png|Ash and Pikachu during a Gym battle
PikachuTheMovie.jpg|An Old Logo for Pikachu the Movie.
Cilan Pikachu.jpg|With [[Cilan (anime)|Cilan]] in BW015.
ash and pikachu hugging.jpg|Ash and Pikachu hugging
Pikachu_Bad_Mood.png|Pikachu annoyed
Pikachu Hat.jpg
Pikachu sad.png
Pika tries to laugh.jpg|Pikachu is trying to laugh
tumblr_ll62qtzSeG1qzea6yo1_500.gif|Pikachu crying for Ash in the first Pokemon movie
Pikachu (Super Smash Bros. Artwork).png
Ash And Pikachu As Ghosts.jpg
PP2 Pikachu 2.png
IL011 Pikachu.png
Pikachu With A Ketchup Bottle.jpg
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Ash's Pikachu Iron Tail Move.png|Using Iron Tail
Ash's Pikachu Thunderbolt Move.png|Using Thunderbolt
Ash's Pikachu Double-Edge Move.png|Using Double-Edge
Ash's Pikachu ThunderShock Move.png|Using ThunderShock
EP674_Pikachu_usando_placaje_electrico.jpg|Using Volt Tackle
20111006100900!Ash_Pikachu_Thunder.png|Using Thunder
20101029180352!Ash_Pikachu_Quick_Attack.png|Using Quick Attack
Ash_Pikachu_Agility.png|Using Agility
2588-pika3_large.jpg|Using Thunderbolt
6565.jpg|Pikachu using Iron Tail for the first time
268.jpg|Pikachu using Volt Tackle for the first time
Pikachu learning letro ball.png|Pikachu using Electro Ball for the first time
EP766_Pikachu_combinacion.png|Pikachu using Iron tail and Electro ball
395448-800px_pikachu_counter_shield_super.png|Pikachu using electric counter shield
[[pl:Pikachu Asha]]
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