Pika family update

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 Electric-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 fan-made.


All members of the Pikachu-family have electricity pouches on their cheeks, so obviously are all electric type. The colours vary, with Pikachu, Plusle, and Dedenne having red cheeks; Raichu, Pachirisu, Emolga and Togedemaru having yellow cheeks; Pichu having pink cheeks; and Minun having blue cheeks.

The members are always based on a type of rodent or lagomorph. Pichu is a chinchilla rat (unconfirmed), Pikachu is based on a Pika, Raichu is a mountain viscacha (unconfirmed); Plusle and Minun are rabbits (unconfirmed); Pachirisu is a squirrel, Emolga is based on a Flying Squirrel, Dedenne is a Woodland jumping mouse and Togedemaru is a Ryukyu spiny rat (unconfirmed).

All members aside from Plusle and Minun keep their Japanese name as their English name.



  • All generations announced at least one Pikachu-Family Pokémon.
    • Generation II is the only generation to introduce a new member that was not an entirely new line species: in this case, Pichu.
    • Generation III is the only generation to introduce two similar members: in this case, Plusle and Minun.
    • Generation V is the only generation to repeat a species to its introduced member: in this case, Emolga being a squirrel like Pachirisu.
    • Generation VII is the only generation to introduce an alternate form of one pokemon belonged to a prior generation, in this case Alolan Raichu.
  • Ever since Generation IV in the anime, a companion of Ash has a Pikachu-Family Pokémon. Dawn has a Pachirisu, Iris has an Emolga, Clemont has a Dedenne and Sophocles has a Togedemaru.
  • Despite visual similarities and being deliberately based on Pikachu, Mimikyu is not a Pikachu-Family Pokémon.


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