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Type(s)
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
Shape Footprint
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.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire


Learnset

Leveling

Leveling Generation V
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat.
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 Generation II
Level Move Power Acc. 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.

TM/HM

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Tutoring

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Sprites

Version
Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
File:Pikachu(RB)Sprite.png File:Pikachu(Y)Sprite.png File:Pikachu(Gr)Sprite.png Pikachu(Gen.I)BackSprite
Gold Silver Crystal Back
File:Pikachu(C)Sprite.gif File:Pikachu(S)Sprite.png File:Pikachu(C)Sprite.gif Pikachu(Gen.II)BackSprite
File:Spr 2c 025 s.gif Pikachu(S)ShinySprite File:Spr 2c 025 s.gif Pikachu(Gen.II)ShinyBackSprite
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
File:Pikachu(RS)Sprite.png File:Spr 3e 025.gif File:Spr 3e 025.gif Pikachu(Gen.III)BackSprite
Shiny(E)PikachuSprite Shiny(E)PikachuSprite Shiny(E)PikachuSprite Pikachu(Gen.III)ShinyBackSprite
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
File:Pikachu(DP)SpriteMale.png File:Pikachu(P)SpriteMale.png File:Pikachu(HGSS)SpriteMale.png Pikachu(Gen.IV)BackSpriteMale
File:Pikachu(DP)SpriteFemale.png File:Pikachu(P)SpriteFemale.png 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
File:Pikachu Shiny BW.png File:Pikachu Shiny Back BW.png
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire 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

File:RedPikachu.jpg
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 2011 Guinness World Records Book: Gamers Edition, Pikachu placed 20th in the "Top 50 VideoGame Characters of All Time."
  • Pikachu has appeared on more merchandise than any other Pokémon, including the limited edition N64, Game Boy Color, DS and 3DS consoles.
  • 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.
  • 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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