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Pika family update

The Pikachu-family Pokémon, also known as electric rodents or Pikaclones, are an iconic set of Pokémon. Each generation features the debut of one or more Pikachu-family Pokémon, with the first two being Pikachu and its evolution, Raichu.

The term “Pikachu family” is not an official term; it is a fan-made term, similar to the term “Eeveelution.”


Every member is an Electric-type rodent with cheek pouches. Further, they are all in the Field and/or Fairy egg groups, with the exception of Pichu, like all Baby Pokémon, in the No Eggs Discovered egg group. All members have names that are nearly identical to their Japanese names with the largest deviations being found in the Pawmi line.






  • Currently, all generations have introduced at least one Pikachu-family Pokémon.
  • Throughout each generation:
    • Generation II is the only generation to introduce a new member that was not an entirely new species—in this case, Pichu.
      • However, the Pokémon Marill introduced in this generation shares multiple features with the other members of this family, and has been seen as a Pokémon similar to the Pikachu-family Pokémon, though it lacks the Electric-type characteristic.
    • Generation III is the only generation to introduce two new similar members—in this case, Plusle and Minun.
    • Generation V is the only generation to repeat a species to its introduced member albeit in a different manner; in this case, Emolga is a flying squirrel while Pachirisu is a land squirrel.
      • In addition, Emolga was the first Pikaclone to be a dual type. In this case, it is an Electric/Flying-type Pokémon.
    • Generation VI introduces the smallest rodent, namely Dedenne.
    • Generation VII introduces the first and currently only regional variant of a Pikachu-family Pokémon, that being Alolan Raichu. It also gives us Mimikyu which falls into the same boat as Marill.
    • Generation IX marks the very first time where all three stages of a Pikachu-family Pokémon species' evolution line (Pawmi, Pawmo and Pawmot) to be introduced in a same generation, unlike Generation II, where Pikachu and Raichu's stage 1 form, Pichu was only introduced after Generation I.
  • Pikachu and Pawmi are the only family members that are part of an evolutionary line.
    • In Generation I, Raichu was originally intended to have an evolution named Gorochu (Japanese: ゴロチュウ Gorochū). However, the idea was scrapped for multiple reasons. It had large fangs and a horn.[1]
  • All of the unevolved dual-type Pikachu-family Pokémon have at least one type immunity.
    • Emolga, being part Flying type, is immune to Ground-type attacks.
    • Dedenne, being part Fairy type, is immune to Dragon-type attacks.
    • Togedemaru, being part Steel type, is immune to Poison-type attacks.
    • Morpeko, being part Dark type, is immune to Psychic-type attacks.
  • From Generations IV through VII , in the anime, a companion of Ash has a Pikachu-family Pokémon on their team or as a partner coinciding with the current generation of mainline Pokémon games. Dawn has a Pachirisu, Iris has an Emolga, Clemont has a Dedenne and Sophocles has a Togedemaru.
    • Goh, Ash's primary traveling companion in Alola, does not own a Morpeko. However, he did own a Pikachu, which later evolved into a Kantonian Raichu.
    • James' Morpeko from Team Rocket could be counted, although this would mark the first time the anime has a Pikaclone that is owned by an antagonistic group.
  • Due to its visual similarities and being deliberately based on Pikachu, Mimikyu could also be seen as a Pikachu-family Pokémon, though it does not meet most requirements of other Pikaclone Pokémon.
  • From Professor Laventon's Pokédex entry about Pachirisu being related to Pikachu, it is heavily implied the other Pikachu-family members are closely associated with the Pikachu evolutionary line itself despite not having any evolutionary forms.