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This Pikachu was an Electric-type Pokémon owned by Ash Ketchum. He was Ash's first Pokémon. Also, Pikachu always stayed outside his Poké Ball, and could be seen riding on either Ash's head or shoulder.


Despite his small size, Pikachu was one of Ash's most dependable and strongest partners. Whenever Ash wasn't around, Pikachu took a leadership position for the team. He was curious, smart, friendly, and shared Ash's fondness for battling. Pikachu was a very determined Pokémon and unwilling to give up in tough situations. He was responsible and often looked after younger Pokémon, particularly Misty's Togepi, who he was often forced to shepherd out of danger. Although stubborn at times, he obeyed Ash's commands in battle and rarely left his side. Pikachu was also a constant target for Team Rocket. They tried to capture him, but on the few occasions that they did, their plans were always thwarted by Ash and his friends. Pikachu often used his Electric-type attacks to escape danger or traps, with Thunderbolt being one of his most common moves. He was very swift in battles as well. He could also imitate some Pokémon by mimicking their face shapes.

Like Ash, Pikachu had a love for science and technology, even if he couldn't understand most of it. Pikachu might be oblivious to the concept of love, as seen when Dawn's Buneary tried to flirt with him.

Pikachu didn't like being in his Poké Ball one bit, hated someone pulling on his tail (and being followed very closely).[1] He liked riding on Ash's head or shoulder.

Pikachu is best friends with Bulbasaur, Charizard and Squirtle.

He had a strong rivalry with most Raichu, his evolved form. In the Sun and Moon series, during the pancake race, Pikachu wanted to defeat an Alolan Raichu. The prime example of this rivalry was when Lt. Surge's Raichu defeated and injured Pikachu in the first season of the anime. This also carried to Sho's Raichu who also overpowered all of Pikachu's abilities such as his Iron Tail and Volt Tackle. In these battles, Ash and Pikachu usually had to use unconventional strategies to win.

Even in the face of losses to Raichu and other strong Pokémon, Pikachu refused to evolve, wanting to become stronger just as he was. This trait was later shared by his best friend, Dawn's Piplup, who, was also given the chance to evolve, but also refused and was given an Everstone to prevent it.


Ash's Pikachu is the strongest Pokémon now and the strongest Pikachu . It was less strong before. More recently Pikachu had a Z-move. It always had a bond that makes Ash's Pikachu the strongest. In battle Pikachu is great. It took some time to be the strongest Pokémon but Pikachu is now the strongest. learned new moves overtime like volt tackle and electro ball from gym battle to gym battle from Pokémon league to Pokémon league overtime Ash's Pikachu with Ash Ketchum Pikachu and Ash became the very best.


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Pikachu and Ash

Pikachu and Ash.

Ash and Pikachu were best friends and partners; even though they had a rough start, they were nearly inseparable. Pikachu had always been on Ash's side during his journey, and enjoyed sitting on his shoulder or head since Pikachu was always reluctant to stay inside his Poké Ball. They always had each other's back no matter what and they would do anything to protect each other from danger. At times, Pikachu and Ash did butt heads but they didn't stay mad at each other for long showing how tight there bond is.

Pikachu's teammates[]

Pikachu cared very much about his teammates and he considered them family. Pikachu always formed a strong relationship with some or all of the members of Ash's team in every region they traveled to. Also, Pikachu would risk his safety to protect them no matter what. Pikachu was a role model for many of his teammates and enjoyed training with them for battles. Whenever one of his teammates would fight with the other, Pikachu would stop or break up the fighting between them. Whenever one of his teammates left Ash's party, Pikachu was saddened but knew that their friendship would endure the distance no matter where they went.



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As Pichu[]

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Pichu with his adoptive family, Kangaskhan and her child.

Pichu was alone during his time in the forest until he met a Kangaskhan and her child, who were with their horde. Pichu befriended Kangaskhan and joined its horde. Pichu was able to form a close bond with the Kangaskhan and her child who enjoy having him in their family.

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Pichu starting to evolve into Pikachu.

One night, Pichu left the horde, while he remembers his times with them. After thinking about his friendship with Kangaskhan, Pichu began to evolve into Pikachu.[2]

As Pikachu[]


Pikachu looking at his reflection after his evolution.

After evolving, Pikachu was amazed by his evolution and bid his friends farewell while he set off on his own journey. At some point, he was found by Professor Oak and was taken to his lab.[2] After that Pikachu was at the lab waiting for someone to get Pikachu. Then Ash was running late because he slept overnight. Ash finds out that Squirtle, Charmander and Bulbasaur are all gone! So Professor Oak gives Ash Pikachu. Then Ash is on a journey with Pikachu to become the very best.

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  • Ash's Pikachu was Ash's only Electric-type Pokémon he owed.
  • Pikachu was the first evolved Pokémon Ash obtained as his First partner Pokémon.
  • Pikachu was Ash's first Pokémon to activate his Ability.
    • Pikachu was also Ash's first Pokémon to have been Gigantamaxed.
  • Pikachu was Ash's only Pokémon to use a Z-Move that is tied to each of his four regular moves. Being Electric: Gigavolt Havoc, Normal: Breakneck Blitz, Electric: 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt, and Steel: Corkscrew Crash.
  • When Ash received Pikachu from Professor Oak, his Poké Ball had a lightning bolt on the top part.
    • Because Pikachu didn't like being inside his Poké Ball, it had only been seen a few times since the first episode. The first was against Brock in Showdown in Pewter City when Pikachu was being attacked brutally by Onix and the second was in the episode Snow Way Out when Ash becomes worried about the safety of his Pokémon in the cave's freezing conditions. Both times Ash's attempted return of Pikachu was blocked, by Onix the first time and by Pikachu the second.
  • Pikachu had a chubby appearance in the beginning of the series but lost the weight for a more slender appearance from Generation II onward.
  • Ash gave Pikachu a choice to evolve with the Thunder Stone after Pikachu lost to Lt. Surge's Raichu, but Pikachu chose not to evolve because he wanted to prove that he could defeat stronger Pokémon without evolving. This made him the first of Ash's Pokémon to choose not to evolve.
  • In "Showdown at Dark City", Pikachu displayed a strong fondness for ketchup. In fact, when the ketchup bottle he was carrying was smashed, Pikachu was seen crying over the smashed ketchup bottle. A possible reason for this is because the word ketchup sounds phonetically similar to Ash's last name, Ketchum.
  • There was a special event for Pikachu in Generation IV. The event Pikachu knew the moves that Ash's Pikachu had in Sinnoh League Victors.
  • Pikachu was the first of Ash's Pokémon to defeat a Mega-Evolved Pokémon.
  • Pikachu seemed to have his own language when referring to certain people or things. He often refered to Ash as "Pika-pi" because it sounds almost identical to his Japanese name, Satoshi. This also applied to Misty's Togepi, who he often refered to as "Pipi-pi" and Misty who he called "Pikachu-pi" almost referring to her Japanese name as Kasumi. He also refered to Dawn as "Pikaka", partially referring to her Japanese name of Hikari.
  • On the UK quiz show "Think Tank", it was incorrectly stated by a member of the Think Tank that Pikachu was the first Pokémon that Ash caught when in reality, Ash was given Pikachu as his First partner Pokémon and the first one he caught was Caterpie.
  • Pikachu had been captured and used as a hostage for almost every villainous organization in each region he'd been to. Also, Pikachu was the first of Ash's Pokémon to be used for multiple villainous organization's plans.
  • Pikachu was Ash's only Pokémon to travel through every single Region with his Trainer, due to him being his First partner Pokémon.
  • With the end of Ash's journey, It is yet to be determined whether or not we will see Pikachu and Ash again, either way, they will surely live on as one of our favorite Pokémon/Human duos.


See also[]


  1. ^ "Where No Togepi Has Gone Before!", when Togepi used Attract on the gang and Team Rocket's Pokémon, Pikachu became infatuated because of it.
  2. ^ "Balance of Power", when battling against Norman's Vigoroth, Pikachu's Static Ability activated, causing Vigoroth to become paralyzed.
  3. ^ Lillis voiced some episodes
  4. ^ Kayzie voiced Pikachu in the web-based educational series, Pokémon Learning League