Pikachu (ピカチュウ Pikachuu) is an Electric-type Pokémon, which was introduced in Generation I. Pikachu is renowned for being the most well-known and recognizable Pokémon. Over the years, Pikachu has become so popular that it serves as the Pokémon franchise mascot. It is the Version Mascot and Starter Pokémon for the game Pokémon Yellow and its remake, Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!. It is also well known from the anime, where Ash Ketchum, the protagonist, owns a Pikachu. It evolves from Pichu when leveled up with high friendship and evolves into Raichu when exposed to a Thunder Stone. When in Alola, it evolves into Alolan Raichu. It also has a Gigantamax form, and can be found in Cramorant's Gorging Form.

Biology

Physiology

Pikachu are small, chubby, and cute mouse-like Pokémon. They are almost completely covered by yellow fur. They have 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 it's about to use an Electric attack, such as Thunderbolt. It has also been known to generate small surges of electrical energy in anger or for protection, like in the anime.

A female Pikachu looks almost exactly the same as a male, with the exception of her tail, which is rounded at the end and has an inward dent, giving it the appearance of a heart. However, in earlier anime episodes, and in the games prior to Generation IV, female and male Pikachu look identical.

As Gigantamax Pikachu, it becomes larger and chubbier (similar to its Generation 1 design). Its tail becomes longer and stores all of the electricity it generates, causing it to glow a bright yellow and enabling it to become as powerful as a lightning strike. Its power is equal to that a power plant; however, it is difficult to use it in peoples' homes since Pikachu can only remain in its Gigantamax form for a short time.

When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity can cause lightning storms.

A Shiny Pikachu is orange.

In "A Plethora of Pikachu!", according to Pikala, the fur from Pikachu in the Kanto region sparkles in sunlight, while the Pikachu from Alola fur is silky smooth and shines in sunlight.

Behavior

Pikachu are usually friendly creatures that love to be cuddled. They love having their tails rubbed, especially at the base; they also like being stroked. However, if threatened or angered, this Pokémon can be quite aggressive. If someone pulls or steps on its tail, it is most likely it will bite or shock anyone in the area, including the one who pulled its tail.

However in the anime and in the wild of the Kanto region they live in big groups deep in forests and are wary of humans.

In Kanto according to Ash in PJ035, Pikachu also greet one another by shocking them and sometimes they'll gather up in big groups to search for Thunderstones so they can evolve.

The Pikachu that live in the Pikachu Valley in Alola in the anime, greet each other by sniffing one another and rubbing their tails together. Also, they can start duels with one another by sending electric signals and the winner is decided when the opponent's tail is bitten.

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 Lightning Rod ability.

Pikachu are capable of learning Volt Tackle, a powerful Electric-type physical move exclusive to the Pikachu family of Pokémon.

Partner Pikachu is also capable to learning special moves: Zippy Zap, Floaty Fall, Splishy Splash, and the Partner Power, Pika Papow.

Z-Moves

Pikachu is one of the few Pokémon in Sun and Moon which have a special Z-Move dedicated to them.

The Z-Move Catastropika is Pikachu's signature move. The move is activated by the Z-Crystal, Pikanium Z. Its base is Volt Tackle. Catastropika can be learned only by a Pikachu with Volt Tackle, and becomes unusable if Volt Tackle is forgotten or if the Pikachu evolves into Raichu.

The Z-Move 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt is Ash Pikachu's signature move. The move is activated by the Z-Crystal, Pikashunium Z. Its base is Thunderbolt.

Pikachu, being an Electric-type, is capable of using the Z-Crystal, Electrium Z, to use the Z Move Gigavolt Havoc.

Gigantamax

Pikachu is one of the few Pokémon in Sword and Shield that can Gigantamax by having a special member from it species or, with The Isle of Armor Expansion Pass, using Max Soup on a Pikachu.

Gigantamax Pikachu is the only known Pokémon capable of using the G-Max Move, G-Max Volt Crash.

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. It will evolve into Alolan Raichu if using a Thunder Stone in the Alola region.

Game info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red and Blue Viridian Forest, Power Plant Uncommon
Yellow Starter Pokémon, Trade One
Gold and Silver Route 2 Common
Crystal Route 2 Rare
Ruby and Sapphire Safari Zone Rare
FireRed and LeafGreen Viridian Forest (uncommon if chosen Charmander), Power Plant Rare
Emerald Safari Zone Rare
Diamond and Pearl Trophy Garden Common
Platinum Trophy Garden Common
HeartGold and SoulSilver Route 2, Viridian Forest Common
Black and White Poké Transfer, Dream World None
X and Y Santalune Forest, Route 3 Rare
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Safari Zone or by winning your first Contest Uncommon/One
Sun and Moon Route 1, Hau'oli City (SOS Battle) Rare
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Route 1 (SOS Battle) Common
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! Starter Pokémon (Partner Pikachu), Viridian Forest (Pikachu) Rare (Partner Pikachu)
Sword and Shield Route 4, Rolling Fields, Stony Wilderness

Max Raid Battle: Giant's Cap, Giant's Mirror, Hammerlocke Hills, Lake of Outrage, Motostoke Riverbank
Meetup Spot (Gigantamax Pikachu; Gift) by talking to a girl if the player has save data of Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!

Common


Pokédex entries

  • Red and 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Alpha 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.

  • Sun

    A plan was recently announced to gather many Pikachu and make an electric power plant.

  • Moon

    It's in its nature to store electricity. It feels stressed now and then if it's unable to fully discharge the electricity.

  • Ultra Sun

    Its nature is to store up electricity. Forests where nests of Pikachu live are dangerous, since the trees are so often struck by lightning.

  • Ultra Moon

    While sleeping, it generates electricity in the sacs in its cheeks. If it’s not getting enough sleep, it will be able to use only weak electricity.

  • Let's Go Pikachu

    This forest-dwelling Pokémon stores electricity in its cheeks, so you'll feel a tingly shock if you touch it.

  • Let's Go Eevee

    This forest-dwelling Pokémon stores electricity in its cheeks, so you'll feel a tingly shock if you touch it.

  • Sword

    Pikachu that can generate powerful electricity have cheek sacs that are extra soft and super stretchy.
    Gigantamax: Its Gigantamax power expanded, forming its supersized body and towering tail.

  • Shield

    When Pikachu meet, they’ll touch their tails together and exchange electricity through them as a form of greeting.
    Gigantamax: When it smashes its opponents with its bolt-shaped tail, it delivers a surge of electricity equivalent to a lightning strike.


Pikachu in a cap

  • Sun

    This form of Pikachu is somewhat rare. It wears the hat of its Trainer, who is also its partner.

  • Moon

    This Pikachu is wearing its Trainer's cap. Since the cap's not the right size, the fit is a bit loose.

  • Ultra Sun

    This form of Pikachu is somewhat rare. It wears the hat of its Trainer, who is also its partner.

  • Ultra Moon

    This Pikachu is wearing its Trainer's cap. Since the cap's not the right size, the fit is a bit loose.

  • Sword

    Original Cap: This Pikachu wears its partner's cap, which is brimming with memories of traveling through many different regions.
    Hoenn Cap: This Pikachu wears its partner's cap, which is brimming with memories of traveling through the Hoenn region.
    Sinnoh Cap: This Pikachu wears its partner's cap, which is brimming with memories of traveling through the Sinnoh region.
    Unova Cap: This Pikachu wears its partner's cap, which is brimming with memories of traveling through the Unova region.
    Kalos Cap: This Pikachu wears its partner's cap, which is brimming with memories of traveling through the Kalos region.
    Alola Cap: This Pikachu wears its partner's cap, which is brimming with memories of traveling through the Alola region.
    Partner Cap: This Pikachu wears its partner's cap, which is brimming with memories of when they first met.
    World Cap: This Pikachu wears its partner's cap, which is brimming with memories of traveling through different regions.

  • Shield

    Original Cap: This Pikachu is wearing its Trainer's cap. The cap is proof that the two traveled across many regions together.
    Hoenn Cap: This Pikachu is wearing its Trainer's cap. The cap is proof that the two traveled throughout the Hoenn region together.
    Sinnoh Cap: This Pikachu is wearing its Trainer's cap. The cap is proof that the two traveled throughout the Sinnoh region together.
    Unova Cap: This Pikachu is wearing its Trainer's cap. The cap is proof that the two traveled throughout the Unova region together.
    Kalos Cap: This Pikachu is wearing its Trainer's cap. The cap is proof that the two traveled throughout the Kalos region together.
    Alola Cap: This Pikachu is wearing its Trainer's cap. The cap is proof that the two traveled throughout the Alola region together.
    Partner Cap: This Pikachu is wearing its Trainer's cap. The cap is a precious symbol of a fateful encounter.
    World Cap: This Pikachu is wearing its Trainer's cap. The cap is a precious symbol that travels across different regions with Pikachu.


Stats

Pikachu's Stats
HP
35
Attack
55
Defense
40
Sp. Atk
50
Sp. Def
50
Speed
90
Total
320

Pikachu's Stats
HP
35
Attack
55
Defense
30
Sp. Atk
50
Sp. Def
40
Speed
90
Total
300

Pikachu's Stats
HP
45
Attack
80
Defense
50
Sp. Atk
75
Sp. Def
60
Speed
120
Total
430

Learnset

Leveling

Generation VIII
Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
1 Play Nice Type Normal.gif Status 100% 30
1 Sweet Kiss Type Fairy.gif Status 100% 20
1 Nuzzle Type Electric.gif Physical 20 100% 20
1 Nasty Plot Type Normal.gif Status 100% 30
1 Charm Type Fairy.gif Status 100% 20
1 Thunder Shock Type Electric.gif Special 65 100% 20
1 Tail Whip Type Normal.gif Status 100% 30
1 Growl Type Normal.gif Status 100% 30
1 Quick Attack Type Normal.gif Physical 40 100% 35
4 Thunder Wave Type Electric.gif Physical 65 100% 20
8 Double Team Type Normal.gif Status 100% 30
12 Electro Ball Type Electric.gif Special 65 100% 20
16 Feint Type Normal.gif Physical 40 100% 35
20 Spark Type Electric.gif Status 100% 30
24 Agility Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 20
28 Slam Type Normal.gif Physical 40 100% 35
32 Discharge Type Electric.gif Special 65 100% 20
36 Thunderbolt Type Electric.gif Special 65 100% 20
40 Light Screen Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 20
44 Thunder Type Electric.gif Special 65 100% 20
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
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LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Thunder Shock 40 100% 30 Electric Special
1 SMUSUM
3 PE
Tail Whip 100% 30 Normal Status
5 SMUSUM
1 PE
Growl 100% 40 Normal Status
7 SMUSUM Play Nice —% 20 Normal Status
9 PE Double Kick 30 100% 30 Fighting Physical
10 SMUSUM
6 PE
Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical
13 SMUSUM Electro Ball 100% 10 Electric Special
18SMUSUM
15 PE
Thunder Wave 90% 20 Electric Status
21 SMUSUM Feint 30 100% 10 Normal Physical
23 SMUSUM
12 PE
Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
26 SMUSUM Spark 65 100% 20 Electric Physical
29 SMUSUM Nuzzle 20 100% 20 Electric Physical
34 SMUSUM Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special
37 SMUSUM
24 PE
Slam 80 75% 20 Normal Physical
42 SMUSUM
21 PE
Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special
45 SMUSUM
27 PE
Agility —% 30 Psychic Status
50 SMUSUM Wild Charge 90 100% 15 Electric Physical
53 SMUSUM
18 PE
Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
58 SMUSUM
30 PE
Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
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LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Tail Whip 100% 30 Normal Status Cool 4 0 ♥
Thunder Shock 40 100% 30 Electric Special Cute 2 0 ♥
5 Growl 100% 40 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
7 Play Nice —% 20 Normal Status Cute 1 0 ♥
10 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Electric Status Cool 3 0 ♥
13 Electro Ball 100% 10 Electric Special Cool 3 0 ♥
18 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Normal Physical Cool 1 3 ♥
21 Feint 30 100% 10 Normal Physical Clever 3 0 ♥
23 Double Team –% 15 Normal Status Cool 1 0 ♥
26 Spark 65 100% 20 Electric Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
29 Nuzzle 20 100% 20 Electric Physical Cute 2 1 ♥
34 Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special Beautiful 2 2 ♥
37 Slam 80 75% 20 Normal Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
42 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 4 0 ♥
45 Agility –% 30 Psychic Status Cool 3 0 ♥
50 Wild Charge 90 100% 15 Electric Physical Tough 6 0 ♥
53 Light Screen –% 30 Psychic Status Beautiful 2 0 ♥
58 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 1 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
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LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Tail Whip 100% 30 Normal Status Cool 4 0 ♥
Thunder Shock 40 100% 30 Electric Special Cute 2 0 ♥
5 Growl 100% 40 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
7 Play Nice —% 20 Normal Status Cute 1 0 ♥
10 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Electric Status Cool 3 0 ♥
13 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Normal Physical Cool 1 3 ♥
18 Electro Ball 100% 10 Electric Special Cool 3 0 ♥
21 Double Team –% 20 Normal Status Cool 1 0 ♥
23 Nuzzle 20 100% 20 Electric Physical Cute 2 1 ♥
26 Slam 80 75% 20 Normal Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
29 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 4 0 ♥
34 Feint 30 100% 10 Normal Physical Clever 3 0 ♥
37 Agility –% 30 Psychic Status Cool 3 0 ♥
42 Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special Beautiful 2 2 ♥
45 Light Screen –% 30 Psychic Status Beautiful 2 0 ♥
50 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 1 0 ♥
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LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Growl 100% 40 Normal Status
Thunder Shock 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 50 100% 10 Normal Physical
37 Agility –% 30 Psychic Status
42 Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special
45 Light Screen –% 30 Psychic Status
50 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special
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LevelingGeneration IV
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
Thunder Shock 40 100% 30 Electric Special Cool 3
Growl 100% 40 Normal Status Cute 2
5 Tail Whip 100% 30 Normal Status Cute 2
10 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Cool 2
13 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical Cool 2
18 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 2
21 Slam 80 75% 20 Normal Physical Tough 3
26 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 2
29 Feint 50 100% 10 Normal Physical Beauty 0
34 Agility —% 30 Psychic Status Cool 2
37 Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 2
42 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status Beauty 2
45 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
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LevelingGeneration III
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
Thunder Shock 40 100% 30 Electric Cool 4 0 ♥
Growl 100% 40 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
6 Tail Whip 100% 30 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
8 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Cool 2 1 ♥
11 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Cool 3 0 ♥
15 Double Team —% 15 Normal Cool 2 0 ♥
20 Slam 80 75% 20 Normal Tough 2 1 ♥
26 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Cool 4 0 ♥
33 Agility —% 30 Psychic Cool 3 0 ♥
41 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Cool 2 2 ♥
50 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Beauty 1 0 ♥
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LevelingGeneration II
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Thunder Shock 40 100% 30 Electric
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
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LevelingGeneration I
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Thunder Shock 40 100% 30 Electric
Growl 100% 40 Normal
6Y Tail Whip 100% 30 Normal
8Y • 9RB Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric
11Y • 16RB Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal
15Y Double Team —% 15 Normal
20Y Slam 80 75% 20 Normal
26RB Swift 60 —% 20 Normal
26Y Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric
33 Agility —% 30 Psychic
41Y • 43RB Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric
50Y Light Screen —% 30 Psychic
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TM/HM

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TM00 Mega Punch Type Normal.gif Physical 40 100% 35
TM01 Mega Kick Type Normal.gif Physical 40 100% 35
TM02 Pay Day Type Normal.gif Physical 40 100% 35
TM05 Thunder Punch Type Electric.gif Physical 65 95% 15
TM14 Thunder Wave Type Electric.gif Status 90% 20
TM15 Dig Type Ground.gif Physical 80 100% 10
TM17 Light Screen Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 30
TM18 Reflect Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 40
TM21 Rest Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 10
TM23 Thief Type Dark.gif Physical 65 95% 15
TM24 Snore Type Normal.gif Special 50 100% 15
TM25 Protect Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TM29 Charm Type Fairy.gif Status 100% 20
TM31 Attract Type Normal.gif Status 100% 15
TM33 Rain Dance Type Water.gif Status —% 15
TM39 Facade Type Normal.gif Physical 70 100% 20
TM40 Swift Type Normal.gif Special 60 100% 20
TM41 Helping Hand Type Normal.gif Status 100% 20
TM43 Brick Break Type Fighting.gif Physical 65 95% 15
TM59 Fling Type Dark.gif Physical 65 95% 15
TM76 Round Type Normal.gif Special 60 100% 15
TM80 Volt Switch Type Electric.gif Special 70 100% 20
TM82 Electroweb Type Electric.gif Special 70 100% 20
TM87 Draining Kiss Type Fairy.gif Physical 55 95% 15
TM90 Electric Terrain Type Electric.gif Status —% 20
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
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TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM01 Headbutt 60 100% 15 Normal Physical
TM03 Helping Hand 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM05 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM06 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM07 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM08 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM09 Reflect —% 10 Psychic Status
TM10 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical
TM12 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM13 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM15 Seismic Toss 100% 20 Fighting Physical
TM16 Thunder Wave 90% 20 Electric Status
TM19 Iron Tail 100 75% 15 Steel Physical
TM23 Thunder Punch 75 100% 15 Electric Physical
TM27 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM33 Calm Mind —% 10 Psychic Status
TM36 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special
TM38 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special
TM57 Pay Day —% 20 Normal Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
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TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM24 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special
TM25 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special
TM72 Volt Switch 70 100% 20 Electric Special
TM73 Thunder Wave 90% 20 Electric Status
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM93 Wild Charge 90 100% 15 Electric Physical
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
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TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status Clever 3 0 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Clever 3 0 ♥
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 3 ♥
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 4 0 ♥
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 1 0 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 4 0 ♥
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical Tough 2 0 ♥
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 1 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special Beautiful 3 0 ♥
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical Cute 3 0 ♥
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status Beautiful 3 0 ♥
TM72 Volt Switch 70 100% 20 Electric Special Cool 4 0 ♥
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Cool 1 3 ♥
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special Cute 1 0 ♥
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM93 Wild Charge 90 100% 15 Electric Physical Tough 6 0 ♥
TM94XY Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
TM94ORAS Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Clever 1 0 ♥
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
HM06ORAS Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
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TMs and HMs Generation V
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status
TM72 Volt Switch 70 100% 20 Electric Special
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM93 Wild Charge 90 100% 15 Electric Physical
TM94 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
TM01 Focus Punch 150 100% 20 Fighting Physical Tough 1
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Status Smart 2
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Smart 1
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status Beauty 2
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 0
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Tough 2
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM23 Iron Tail 100 75% 15 Steel Physical Cool 2
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 2
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special Cute 2
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical Smart 1
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical Cool 3
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 2
TM34 Shock Wave 60 —% 20 Electric Special Cool 2
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Smart 2
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 0
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical Tough 1
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special Beauty 2
TM58 Endure —% 10 Normal Status Tough 2
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status Beauty 2
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Cool 2
TM78 Captivate 100% 20 Normal Status Beauty 2
TM82 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 3
TM83 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Cool 2
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special Smart 2
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Smart 1
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 3
HM06 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation III
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM01 Focus Punch 150 100% 20 Fighting Tough 3 0 ♥
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Smart 3 0 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 85% 10 Normal Smart 3 0 ♥
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Beauty 1 0 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Tough 1 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM23 Iron Tail 100 75% 15 Steel Cool 1 4 ♥
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Cool 4 0 ♥
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Cool 2 2 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM28 Dig 60 100% 10 Ground Smart 1 0 ♥
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Cool 1 4 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Cool 2 0 ♥
TM34 Shock Wave 60 —% 20 Electric Cool 2 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Smart 1 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Cute 2 0 ♥
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Tough 2 1 ♥
HM05 Flash 70% 20 Normal Beauty 3 0 ♥
HM06 Rock Smash 20 100% 15 Fighting Tough 1 3 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation II
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type
TM01 Dynamic Punch 100 50% 5 Fighting
TM02 Headbutt 70 100% 15 Normal
TM03 Curse —% 10 ???
TM04 Rollout 30 90% 20 Rock
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison
TM07 Zap Cannon 100 50% 5 Electric
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal
TM13 Snore 40 100% 15 Normal
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water
TM20 Endure —% 10 Normal
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal
TM23 Iron Tail 100 75% 15 Steel
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal
TM31 Mud-Slap 20 100% 10 Ground
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal
TM34 Swagger 90% 15 Normal
TM35 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal
TM39 Swift 60 —% 20 Normal
TM40 Defense Curl —% 40 Normal
TM41 Thunder Punch 75 100% 15 Electric
TM43 Detect —% 5 Fighting
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal
HM05 Flash 100% 20 Normal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation I
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type
TM01 Mega Punch 80 85% 20 Normal
TM05 Mega Kick 120 75% 5 Normal
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison
TM08 Body Slam 85 100% 15 Normal
TM09 Take Down 90 85% 20 Normal
TM10 Double-Edge 120 100% 15 Normal
TM16 Pay Day 40 100% 20 Normal
TM17 Submission 80 80% 25 Fighting
TM19 Seismic Toss 100% 20 Fighting
TM20 Rage 20 100% 20 Normal
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric
TM31 Mimic —% 10 Normal
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic
TM34 Bide —% 10 Normal
TM39 Swift 60 —% 20 Normal
TM40 Skull Bash 100 100% 15 Normal
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic
TM45 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric
TM50 Substitute —% 10 Normal
HM05 Flash 70% 20 Normal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

By TR

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TR01 Body Slam Type Normal.gif Physical 80 100% 15
TR04 Surf Type Water.gif Special ? 100% 10
TR08 Thunderbolt Type Electric.gif Special 90 100% 15
TR09 Thunder Type Electric.gif Special 110 70% 10
TR12 Agility Type Psychic.gif Status 100% 10
TR20 Substitute Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TR21 Reversal Type Fighting.gif Physical 80 100% 15
TR26 Endure Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TR27 Sleep Talk Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TR30 Encore Type Normal.gif Status 100% 10
TR31 Iron Tail Type Steel.gif Physical 80 100% 15
TR35 Uproar Type Normal.gif Special 90 100% 10
TR68 Nasty Plot Type Dark.gif Status 100% 10
TR77 Grass Knot Type Grass.gif Special ? 100% 10
TR80 Electro Ball Type Electric.gif Special ? 100% 10
TR86 Wild Charge Type Electric.gif Physical 90 100% 15
TR90 Play Rough Type Fairy.gif Physical 90 90% 10
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
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Breeding

To see the Egg Moves that Pikachu can learn, refer to Pichu.


Tutoring

Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Covet USUM 60 100% 25 Normal Physical
Electroweb USUM 55 95% 15 Electric Special
Focus Punch USUM 150 100% 20 Fighting Physical
Helping Hand USUM —% 20 Normal Status
Iron Tail USUM 100 75% 15 Steel Physical
Knock Off USUM 65 100% 25 Dark Physical
Laser Focus USUM —% 30 Electric Status
Magnet Rise USUM —% 10 Electric Status
Shock Wave USUM 60 —% 20 Electric Special
Signal Beam USUM 75 100% 15 Bug Special
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Thunder Punch USUM 75 100% 15 Electric Physical
Volt Tackle SMUSUM 120 100% 15 Electric Physical
Zippy Zap P 50 100% 15 Electric Physical
Floaty Fall P 90 95% 15 Flying Physical
Splishy Splash P 90 100% 15 Water 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.

Tutoring Generation VI
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Covet ORAS 60 100% 25 Normal Physical Cute 1 0 ♥
Electroweb ORAS 55 95% 15 Electric Special Beautiful 2 1 ♥
Focus Punch ORAS 150 100% 20 Fighting Physical Tough 2 0 ♥
Helping Hand ORAS —% 20 Normal Status Clever 4 0 ♥
Iron Tail ORAS 100 75% 15 Steel Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
Knock Off ORAS 65 100% 25 Dark Physical Clever 2 3 ♥
Magnet Rise ORAS —% 10 Electric Status Clever 2 0 ♥
Shock Wave ORAS 60 —% 20 Electric Special Cool 2 0 ♥
Signal Beam ORAS 75 100% 15 Bug Special Beautiful 3 0 ♥
Snore ORAS 50 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 4 0 ♥
Thunder Punch ORAS 75 100% 15 Electric Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation V
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Covet B2W2 60 100% 40 Normal Physical
Helping Hand B2W2 —% 20 Normal Status
Iron Tail B2W2 100 75% 15 Steel Physical
Knock Off B2W2 20 100% 20 Dark Physical
Magnet Rise B2W2 —% 10 Electric Status
Signal Beam B2W2 75 100% 15 Bug Special
Sleep Talk B2W2 —% 10 Normal Status
Snore B2W2 40 100% 15 Normal Special
Thunder Punch B2W2 75 100% 15 Electric Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation IV
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
Headbutt HGSS 70 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 3
Helping Hand HGSSPt —% 20 Normal Status Smart 1
Knock Off HGSSPt 20 100% 20 Dark Physical Smart 3
Magnet Rise HGSSPt —% 10 Electric Status Cute 2
Mud-Slap HGSSPt 20 100% 10 Ground Special Cute 3
Rollout HGSSPt 30 100% 20 Rock Physical Tough 2
Signal Beam HGSSPt 75 100% 15 Bug Special Beauty 2
Snore HGSSPt 40 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 3
Swift HGSSPt 60 —% 20 Normal Special Cool 2
Thunder Punch HGSSPt 75 100% 15 Electric Physical Cool 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation III
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
Body Slam  85 100% 15 Normal Tough 1 4 ♥
Counter FRLGE 100% 20 Fighting Tough 2 0 ♥
Defense Curl E —% 40 Normal Cute 2 2 ♥
Double-Edge  120 100% 15 Normal Tough 6 0 ♥
Dynamic Punch E 100 50% 5 Fighting Cool 2 1 ♥
Endure E —% 10 Normal Tough 2 0 ♥
Mega Kick FRLGE 120 75% 5 Normal Cool 4 0 ♥
Mega Punch FRLGE 80 85% 20 Normal Tough 4 0 ♥
Mimic  —% 10 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
Mud-Slap E 20 100% 10 Ground Cute 2 1 ♥
Rollout E 30 100% 20 Rock Tough 3 0 ♥
Seismic Toss  100% 20 Fighting Tough 2 1 ♥
Sleep Talk E —% 10 Normal Cute 3 0 ♥
Snore HGSSPt 40 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 3
Substitute  —% 10 Normal Smart 2 0 ♥
Swagger EXD 90% 15 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
Swift E 60 —% 20 Normal Cool 2 0 ♥
Thunder Punch E 75 100% 15 Electric Cool 4 0 ♥
Thunder Wave  100% 20 Electric Cool 2 1 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation II
Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Thunderbolt C 95 100% 15 Electric
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation I
Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Surf Stadium  95 100% 15 Water
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Sprites


Side Game Data

Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
No. Pokémon Group Field Move Poké Assist
R-002 PR Pikachu Sprite.png Pikachu Electric SOA Recharge 3.png Recharge 3 PA Recharge SofA.png Recharge
Capture Points* On Sight**
645 No reaction.
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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 Super Smash Bros. Series games, with most of its main appearance is mostly males. 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 and SSB4 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. In the fourth title, one alternate form is that of Calem. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gives Pikachu its two female alternates, one is based on Moon, and another is the Libre cosplay which is known appearing in Pokken Tournament (DX).

Along with Mario, Link, and Kirby, Pikachu is a mascot for the Super Smash Bros. series.

Appearances

Anime

Main articles: Ash's Pikachu and Sparky

Pikachu is considered as the main Pokémon in the anime as it is the starter of Ash. Ash received Pikachu in "Pokémon - I Choose You!". Then, Ash's rival, Ritchie, owned a Pikachu named Sparky.

In "The Climb to Be the Very Best!", it was revealed that Ash's Pikachu can Gigantamax.

Manga

Pika and Chuchu

Main articles: Pika and Chuchu

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

Trivia

  • Pikachu and Eevee are the only Starter Pokémon 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.
  • In the game Pokémon Battle Revolution, Pikachu can use the HMs Surf and Fly.
  • Starting from Pokémon X and Y, Ikue Ōtani provides the voice of Pikachu in the place of a cry.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, there are three variations of Pikachu. One has a headband similar to Brendan's hat, one has a hat similar to Ash's hat and another has goggles. The goggles variant is a reference to Pichu having an alt with goggles.
  • Pikachu has appeared on more merchandise than any other Pokémon, including the limited edition N64, Game Boy Color, DS and 3DS consoles.
  • In the 2011 Guinness World Records Book: Gamers Edition, Pikachu placed 20th in the "Top 50 VideoGame Characters of All Time."
  • Pikachu is the Japanese mascot for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
  • It is the first Pokémon in Pokédex order to have a baby form.
  • Pikachu and Meowth have inverse Pokédex numbers, 25 and 52. Coincidently, they are based on a cat and a rodent. Even more coincidently, Ash's Pikachu and Team Rocket's Meowth are rivals, like the popular cartoon, Tom and Jerry. (Ash and co. usually thwarting Team Rocket's various crazy schemes.)
  • Having a Pikachu hold a Light Ball will double its Special Attack and Attack stats, making its stats higher than its evolution, Raichu. Raichu also cannot hold a Light Ball unless it evolves from a Pikachu that is holding one
  • 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.
  • Pikachu is one of Veronica Taylor's favourite Pokémon.
  • A protein is named after Pikachu, the name of the protein is "pikachurin".
  • Pikachu is one of the 16 Pokémon to be made into a puppet in Japan.
  • A 2002 Carl's Jr toy features Pikachu playing the saxophone.
  • There are two Pikachu-centric spin off games, Hey You, Pikachu! (N64) and Detective Pikachu (3DS).
  • Pikachu was originally set to have a third evolution named Goruchu but, the idea was however scrapped.
  • Pokémon Black and White and their sequels are the only games you cannot find Pikachu in the wild. Instead, you have to transfer one over from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl or Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
  • Pikachu was the only Pokémon until Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! to have its cry from the anime in the main RPG games. This was then reused for Eevee in the Let's Go games and onwards.
  • Special forms of Pikachu, such as Pikachu's wearing hats, cannot evolve into Raichu
  • The Partner Pikachu in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! is shiny locked. This means that your partner cannot be a Shiny Pokémon.
  • When the Pokémon franchise was localized in the USA, Nintendo wanted to redesign every known Pokémon back then, including Pikachu, to be more appealing to American children. Therefore, Pikachu was initially redesigned into a tiger with huge breasts. Fortunately, this idea had been scrapped.

Origin

Pokémon designer Atsuko Nishida said that Pikachu was originally based on a squirrel. The stripes on the back and the lightning bolt tail were added as details in the appearance, and the black ear tips are the remnant of the original daifuku-based design.

Etymology

The name "Pikachu" is a portmanteau of the Japanese words "pikapika", an mimetic word for electric sparkling, and "chū", which is the Japanese onomatopoeia for a mouse's squeak.

Gallery

See also

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