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This article is about the Pokémon. For other uses, see Pikachu (Disambiguation).
[[File:Type Electric.gif|link=Electric type]]  
Species Mouse Pokémon.
Abilities Static
Lightningrod (Dream World)
None ← 025 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from [[Pichu]]
Evolves into [[Raichu]]
(ピカチュウ Pikachuu)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Yellow>Yellow</font>
Shape Footprint

Pikachu (ピカチュウ Pikachuu) is an Electric-type Mouse Pokémon introduced in Generation I that is the evolved form of Pichu. Pikachu is famous for being the most well-known and recognizable Pokémon in Generations I-V. Over the past years, Pikachu has become so popular that it serves as the Pokémon franchise mascot. In 1998, it became a Version Mascot for the game Pokémon Yellow. In the anime, Ash's Pikachu has extremely strong powers, this is the reason Team Rocket is after it.



Ash's Pikachu

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. In the Anime and in previous games, female and male Pikachus look identical.

Like Pichu, Pikachu store most of their electricity within the red areas of their cheeks. You can see small surges of electric energy whenever a Pikachu gets protective, angry, 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.


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

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Pika and Chuchu in the Pokémon Adventures manga

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

In the Anime

Ash's Pikachu

Main article: Ash's Pikachu

Game Info

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

Game Locations

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

Pokédex entries



Generation I

Main article: Pikachu/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Pikachu/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Pikachu/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Pikachu/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
1 Growl - 100% 40 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


1 ThunderShock 40 100% 30 [[Electric type|Electric]] [[Move#Special Special


5 Tail Whip - 100% 30 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


10 Thunder Wave - 100% 20 [[Electric type|Electric]] [[Move#Status Status


13 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


18 Electro Ball - 100% 10 [[Electric type|Electric]] [[Move#Special Special


21 Double Team - -% 20 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


26 Slam 80 75% 20 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


29 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 [[Electric type|Electric]] [[Move#Special Special


34 Feint 30 100% 10 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


37 Agility - -% 30 [[Psychic type|Psychic]] [[Move#Status Status


42 Discharge 80 100% 15 [[Electric type|Electric]] [[Move#Special Special


45 Light Screen - -% 30 [[Psychic type|Psychic]] [[Move#Status Status


46 Agility - -% 30 [[Psychic type|Psychic]] [[Move#Status Status


50 Thunder 120 70% 10 [[Electric type|Electric]] [[Move#Special 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.



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 PA Recharge SofA 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.


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.


Design origin

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.


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 noticibally it's eating habits) resemble that of hamsters.

See also

Known Trainers With a Pikachu



  • Pikachu is the only starter in the canon RPG games that deviates from the usual grass, fire, and water-type Pokémon.
  • 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 Dex, he can be found in a building within Castelia City in the Unova region before the National Dex 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 2011 Guinness World Records Book: Gamers Edition, Pikachu placed 20th in the "Top 50 VideoGame Characters of All Time."
  • Pikachu was revealed before its pre-evolution, Pichu.
  • Pikachu has appeared on more merchandise than any other Pokémon, including the limited edition N64, Game Boy Color, and DS consoles.
  • Ash turned into a Pikachu due to Lily's accident in the Pokémon episode Hocus Pokémon, though he turned back into a human at the start of the next episode.
  • In the game Pokemon Battle Revolution, Pikachu can use the HMs Surf and Fly.
  • Pikachu does not like being inside its Poké Ball in anime but in the manga Pikachu was seen kept inside the Poké Ball.


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