The Pikachu-family of Pokémon are an iconic set of Pokémon, each Generation featuring the debut of a Pikachu family, with the first two being Pikachu and its evolution Raichu. Every member is an type rodent. All have cheek pouches and resemble one another in some way. It must be remembered that the term Pikachu-family is not an official term; it is a fan-made term.-
All members of the Pikachu-family have electricity pouches on their cheeks. The colours vary, with Pikachu, Plusle, and Dedenne having red cheeks; Raichu, Pachirisu, and Emolga having yellow cheeks; Pichu having pink cheeks; and Minun having blue cheeks.
The members are always a type of rodent or lagomorph. Pikachu, Raichu, and Pichu are southern/northern/plains viscachas; Plusle and Minun are rabbits; Pachirisu and Emolga are squirrels; and Dedenne is a mouse.
- Pikachu (Generation I)
- Raichu (Generation I)
- Pichu (Generation II)
- Plusle (Generation III)
- Minun (Generation III)
- Pachirisu (Generation IV)
- Emolga (Generation V)
- Dedenne (Generation VI)
All generations announced at least one Pikachu-Family Pokémon
Ever since Generation IV (in the anime) a companion of ash caught a Pikachu-Family Pokémon for example Dawn's Pachirisu, Iris's Emolga and Clemont's Dedenne.
Generation II is the only generation to introduced a new member that was not an enterly new line species.