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Type
Electric  
Species Mouse Pokémon
Abilities Static
Lightning Rod (DW)
Pokédex
Arbok ← 025 → Raichu
Kanto 025 Johto 022
Hoenn 156 Sinnoh 104
Unova N/A Central Kalos 036
Evolves From Pichu
Evolves Into Raichu
Pikachu
025
ピカチュウ Pikachu
025Pikachu
Generation I
Evolutionary Line
172025026
Gender
50% ♂ / 50 % ♀
Weight Height
13.2 lbs. 6.0 kg 1'04" 0.4 m
Pokédex Color Egg Group
Yellow Fairy
Field
Body Style Footprint
Body08
F025
Cry

Pikachu (ピカチュウ Pikachu) is an Electric-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I. Pikachu is famous for being the most well-known and recognizable Pokémon. Over the past years, Pikachu has become so popular that it serves as the Pokémon franchise mascot. It is the Version Mascot for the game Pokémon Yellow. It is also known by the anime, where Ash Ketchum, the protagonist, owns a Pikachu.

Biology

Physiology

Pikachu is a small, chubby, rodent-like Pokémon which is covered almost completely by yellow fur. It has long yellow ears that are tipped with black. A Pikachu's back has two brown stripes, and its large tail is notable for being shaped like a lightning bolt. On its cheeks are two circle-shaped red pouches used for storing electricity, they turn yellow and spark with electricity when its about to use an Electric attack such as Thunderbolt. A female Pikachu looks almost exactly the same as a male, with the exception of her tail. A female Pikachu's tail is rounded at the end and has an inward dent, giving it the appearance of a heart. This, however, is only true in the Nintendo games. Throught most of the anime and in previous games, female and male Pikachu's look identical.

Like Pichu, Pikachu store most of their electricity within the red areas of their cheeks. It can be seen with small surges of electric energy whenever a Pikachu gets protective, mad, etc.

Special Abilities

Pikachu's special ability is Static, which can cause paralysis in battle if hit by a physical move. In Pokémon Black and White's Dream World, the Trainer receives a Pikachu with the Lightningrod ability. It is the first member of the Pikachu-family Pokémon.

Evolution

Pikachu evolves into a Raichu by using a Thunder Stone. It evolves from Pichu when its happiness is maxed with the trainer in game.

Game Info

Pikachu is the most main character in the game PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure.

Game Locations

Pikachu Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Viridian Forest, Power Plant Uncommon
Yellow Starter Pokémon, Trade One
Gold/Silver Route 2 Common
Crystal Route 2 Rare
Ruby/ Sapphire Safari Zone Rare
Emerald Safari Zone Rare
FireRed/ LeafGreen Viridian Forest (uncommon if chosen Charmander ) , Power Plant Rare
Diamond/ Pearl Trophy Garden Common
Platinum Trophy Garden Common
HeartGold/SoulSilver Route 2, Viridian Forest Common
Black/White Poké Transfer, Dream World None
X/Y Santalune Forest, Route 3 Rare


Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
Red
Blue
When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity could build and cause lightning storms.
Yellow
It keeps its tail raised to monitor its surroundings. If you yank its tail, it will try to bite you.
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.
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.
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
Pikachu can differentiate between the electricity from the shock of a weakened companion as well as a healthy one.
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.
Black
It occasionally uses an electric shock to recharge a fellow Pikachu that is in a weakened state.
White
It occasionally uses an electric shock to recharge a fellow Pikachu that is in a weakened state.
Black 2
It occasionally uses an electric shock to recharge a fellow Pikachu that is in a weakened state.
White 2
It occasionally uses an electric shock to recharge a fellow Pikachu that is in a weakened state.
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.

Learnset

Leveling

Leveling Generation V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Growl 100% 40 Normal Status
1 ThunderShock 40 100% 30 Electric Special
5 Tail Whip 100% 30 Normal Status
10 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status
13 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical
18 Electro Ball 100% 10 Electric Special
21 Double Team –% 20 Normal Status
26 Slam 80 75% 20 Normal Physical
29 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special
34 Feint 30 100% 10 Normal Physical
37 Agility –% 30 Psychic Status
42 Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special
45 Light Screen –% 30 Psychic Status
46 Agility –% 30 Psychic Status
50 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
1 ThunderShock 40 100% 30 Electric Special Cool 3
1 Growl 100% 40 Normal Status Cute 2
5 Tail Whip 100% 30 Normal Status Cute 2
10 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Cool 2
13 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical Cool 2
18 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 2
21 Slam 80 75% 20 Normal Physical Tough 3
26 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 2
29 Feint 50 100% 10 Normal Physical Beauty 0
34 Agility —% 30 Psychic Status Cool 2
37 Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 2
42 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status Beauty 2
45 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
1 ThunderShock 40 100% 30 Electric Cool 4 0
1 Growl 100% 40 Normal Cute 2 0
6 Tail Whip 100% 30 Normal Cute 2 0
8 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Cool 2 1
11 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Cool 3 0
15 Double Team —% 15 Normal Cool 2 0
20 Slam 80 75% 20 Normal Tough 2 1
26 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Cool 4 0
33 Agility —% 30 Psychic Cool 3 0
41 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Cool 2 2
50 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Beauty 1 0
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation II
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 ThunderShock 40 100% 30 Electric
1 Growl 100% 40 Normal
6 Tail Whip 100% 30 Normal
8 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric
11 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal
15 Double Team —% 15 Normal
20 Slam 80 75% 20 Normal
26 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric
33 Agility —% 30 Psychic
41 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric
50 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs/HMs
Game Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
R B Y 1 ThunderShock 40 100% 30 Electric
R B Y 1 Growl 100% 40 Normal
R B Y 6 Tail Whip 100% 30 Normal
R B Y 8 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric
R B Y 9 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric
R B Y 11 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal
R B Y 15 Double Team —% 15 Normal
R B Y 16 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal
R B Y 20 Slam 80 75% 20 Normal
R B Y 26 Swift 60 —% 20 Normal
R B Y 26 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric
R B Y 33 Agility —% 30 Psychic
R B Y 41 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric
R B Y 50 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

TMs/HMs
# Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
TM01 Focus Punch 150 100% 20 Fighting Physical Tough 1
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Status Smart 2
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Smart 1
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status Beauty 2
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 0
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Tough 2
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM23 Iron Tail 100 75% 15 Steel Physical Cool 2
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 2
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special Cute 2
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical Smart 1
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical Cool 3
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 2
TM34 Shock Wave 60 —% 20 Electric Special Cool 2
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Smart 2
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 0
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical Tough 1
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special Beauty 2
TM58 Endure —% 10 Normal Status Tough 2
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status Beauty 2
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Cool 2
TM78 Captivate 100% 20 Normal Status Beauty 2
TM82 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 3
TM83 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Cool 2
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special Smart 2
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Smart 1
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 3
HM06 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs/HMs
# Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM01 Focus Punch 150 100% 20 Fighting Tough 3 0
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Smart 3 0
TM10 Hidden Power 85% 10 Normal Smart 3 0
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Beauty 1 0
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Cute 1 0
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Tough 1 0
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Cute 1 0
TM23 Iron Tail 100 75% 15 Steel Cool 1 4
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Cool 4 0
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Cool 2 2
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Cute 1 0
TM28 Dig 60 100% 10 Ground Smart 1 0
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Cool 1 4
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Cool 2 0
TM34 Shock Wave 60 —% 20 Electric Cool 2 0
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Cute 2 0
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Smart 1 0
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Cute 2 0
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Cute 2 0
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Tough 2 1
HM05 Flash 70% 20 Normal Beauty 3 0
HM06 Rock Smash 20 100% 15 Fighting Tough 1 3
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs/HMs Generation II
# Move Power Accuracy PP Type
TM01 DynamicPunch 100 50% 5 Fighting
TM02 Headbutt 70 100% 15 Normal
TM03 Curse —% 10 ???
TM04 Rollout 30 90% 20 Rock
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison
TM07 Zap Cannon 100 50% 5 Electric
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal
TM13 Snore 40 100% 15 Normal
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water
TM20 Endure —% 10 Normal
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal
TM23 Iron Tail 100 75% 15 Steel
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal
TM31 Mud-Slap 20 100% 10 Ground
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal
TM34 Swagger 90% 15 Normal
TM35 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal
TM39 Swift 60 —% 20 Normal
TM40 Defense Curl —% 40 Normal
TM41 ThunderPunch 75 100% 15 Electric
TM43 Detect —% 5 Fighting
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal
HM05 Flash 100% 20 Normal

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs/HMs Generation I
# Move Power Accuracy PP Type
TM01 Mega Punch 80 85% 20 Normal
TM05 Mega Kick 120 75% 5 Normal
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison
TM08 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal
TM09 Take Down 90 85% 20 Normal
TM10 Double-Edge 120 100% 15 Normal
TM16 Pay Day 40 100% 20 Normal
TM17 Submission 80 80% 25 Fighting
TM19 Seismic Toss 100% 20 Fighting
TM20 Rage 20 100% 20 Normal
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric
TM31 Mimic —% 10 Normal
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic
TM34 Bide —% 10 Normal
TM39 Swift 60 —% 20 Normal
TM40 Skull Bash 100 100% 15 Normal
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic
TM45 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric
TM50 Substitute —% 10 Normal
HM05 Flash 70% 20 Normal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring

Tutor
Game Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
D P Pt HG SS Headbutt 70 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 3
D P Pt HG SS Helping Hand —% 20 Normal Status Smart 1
D P Pt HG SS Knock Off 20 100% 20 Dark Physical Smart 3
D P Pt HG SS Magnet Rise —% 10 Electric Status Cute 2
D P Pt HG SS Mud-Slap 20 100% 10 Ground Special Cute 3
D P Pt HG SS Rollout 30 100% 20 Rock Physical Tough 2
D P Pt HG SS Signal Beam 75 100% 15 Bug Special Beauty 2
D P Pt HG SS Snore 40 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 3
D P Pt HG SS Swift 60 —% 20 Normal Special Cool 2
D P Pt HG SS ThunderPunch 75 100% 15 Electric Physical Cool 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutor
Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Version
Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
RB 025 front Y 025 front GR 025 front Pikachu(Gen.I)BackSprite
Gold Silver Crystal Back
G 025 front S 025 front C 025 front Pikachu(Gen.II)BackSprite
Pikachu(S)ShinySprite Spr 2c 025 s Pikachu(Gen.II)ShinyBackSprite
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Pikachu(RS)Sprite E 025 front FRLG 025 front Pikachu(Gen.III)BackSprite
Shiny(E)PikachuSprite Shiny(E)PikachuSprite Shiny(E)PikachuSprite Pikachu(Gen.III)ShinyBackSprite
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Pikachu(DP)SpriteMale Pikachu(P)SpriteMale Pikachu(HGSS)SpriteMale Pikachu(Gen.IV)BackSpriteMale
Pikachu(DP)SpriteFemale Pikachu(P)SpriteFemale FemaleHGSSPikachu Pikachu(Gen.IV)BackSpriteFemale
Pikachu(DP)ShinySpriteMale Pikachu(P)ShinySpriteMale Pikachu(HGSS)ShinyMale Pikachu(Gen.IV)ShinyBackSpriteMale
Pikachu(DP)ShinySpriteFemale Pikachu(P)ShinySpriteFemale HGSSPikachuFemaleShiny Pikachu(Gen.IV)ShinyBackSpriteFemale
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Pikachu BW Pikachu Back BW
Pikachu Shiny BW Pikachu Shiny Back BW
X Y Back
Pikachu XY
Pikachu-F XY

Side Game Data

Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
No. Pokémon Group Field Move Poké Assist
R-002 PR Pikachu Sprite Pikachu Electric SOA Recharge 3 Recharge 3 SOA Recharge Recharge
Capture Points* On Sight**
645 No reaction.
Browser Entry
It attacks by blasting electricity from its body.
* - This is the amount of points required to capture the Pokémon (excluding boss Pokémon).
** - This is the reaction of the Pokémon when players approach it.


Super Smash Bros.

Pikachus-Brawl

Pikachu's alternate costumes in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Pikachu has also appeared in all three Super Smash Bros. Series games. Pikachu is a very agile and mobile playable character. In Super Smash Bros., Pikachu was considered the strongest playable character. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pikachu's Skull Bash move was introduced, and its Quick Attack ability was upgraded so that it did a small amount of damage to opponents. Pikachu has also once again appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a playable character, with its exclusive attack Volt Tackle as its Final Smash. If you look at the hat Pikachu and you look at the shiny above and the hat, you would notice it's the Shiny Pikachu with Red's Japanese hat.

Each of Pikachu's alternate forms in Brawl can be seen as a tribute to different Pokémon games; The blue goggles come from Pokémon Colosseum and the red hat comes from the Kanto region games while the green headband comes from Pokémon Emerald.

Along with Mario, Link, and Kirby, Pikachu is a mascot for the Super Smash Bros. series.

Appearances

In the anime

RedPikachu

Red's Pikachu

Main articles: Ash's Pikachu and Sparky (Pokémon)

Pikachu is considered as the main Pokémon in anime as it is starter of Ash Ketchum. Ash Ketchum received Pikachu in Pokémon - I Choose You! and Ritchie owned a Pikachu named Sparky.

In the manga

Chuchuegg

Pika and Chuchu

In the Pokémon Adventures Manga, Red owns a Pikachu named "Pika" and Yellow also owns a Pikachu named "Chuchu".

See also

Known Trainers with a Pikachu

Trivia

  • Pikachu is the only starter in the canon RPG games that deviates from the usual Grass-, Fire-, and Water-typings.
  • Pikachu is the only Pokémon to have appeared in every episode, special, and movie in the series in some shape or form.
  • Though Pikachu isn't in the Unova Pokédex, an image of it can be found in a building in Castelia City before the National Pokédex is obtained, as well as on a billboard above the Castelia City Pokémon Center. There are also several Pikachu shaped hedges in Striaton City. Also, there is a giant Pikachu float next to the Nimbasa City Gym. This implies that many people in Unova know about Pikachu, despite not seeing one for themselves.
  • In the game Pokemon Battle Revolution, Pikachu can use the HMs Surf and Fly.
  • In Pokémon X and Y, Ikue Ōtani provides the voice of Pikachu in the place of a cry.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, there are three variations of Pikachu, one has a headband similar to Brendan's hat, one has a hat similar to Ash's hat and another has goggles.
  • Pikachu has appeared on more merchandise than any other Pokémon, including the limited edition N64, Game Boy Color, DS and 3DS consoles.
  • In the 2011 Guinness World Records Book: Gamers Edition, Pikachu placed 20th in the "Top 50 VideoGame Characters of All Time."
  • Pikachu is the Japanese mascot for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Etymology

  • The name "Pikachu" is a portmanteau of the Japanese words "pikapika", an onomatopoeia for electric sparkling, and "chū", which is the Japanese onomatopoeia for a mouse's squeak. It may also be based on the pika, a mouse-like animal more closely related to rabbits, but it's behavior (or more noticeably it's eating habits) resemble that of hamsters.
  • Though not the first Pokémon created, Pikachu was the first "Electric-type" Pokémon created, conceived after the type was suggested to Sugimori and designed around the concept of electricity and the common symbol for lightning.

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