Arbok < Pikachu > Raichu

Species Type
Mouse Pokémon Electric.png
Number Ability
#25 Static
Height Weight
1'4" (0.4m) 13 lbs. (6kg)
Gender Ratio
Male: 50% Female: 50%
Evolves From Evolves Into
Pichu Raichu
Egg Group Catch Rate
Field/Fairy 190
Tier EV Yield
NU 2 Speed Points

Pikachu (ピカチュウ) is the 25th Pokémon in the Pokédex. It is an Electric-Type, and in addition to being listed as a Mouse Pokémon, Pikachu is the mascot of the Pokémon franchise.

Pikachu has the Static Ability, which may paralyze a Pokémon if an attack that requires physical contact is used against it. Pikachu's Hidden Ability is the Lightningrod Ability. This Ability draws all of the opposing Pokémon's Electric-Type attacks to it, and in addition to not taking any damage its Special Attack Statistic increases by one stage.

Starting in Generation II, Pichu can evolve into Pikachu by way of maximizing its Happiness and Leveling Up, and can evolve a second time into Raichu when using a Thunderstone on it.

Pikachu is in the Egg Groups Field and Fairy, and its Egg will take approximately 2,560 Steps to hatch. It takes Pikachu 1,000,000 Experience Points to reach Level 100.


[edit] Biology

[edit] Physiology

Pikachu is an Electric Type and is known as the Mouse Pokémon. It is a small, yellow Pokémon with red cheeks and a tail that resembles a lighting rod. Pikachu has black tips on its ears and brown markings on its backs. It is known to store electricity in the red pouches on its cheeks.

[edit] Gender Differences

Female Pikachu have a dent on their tail that Male Pikachu lack.

[edit] Game Information

[edit] Original Games

Pikachu is available in the first Paired Version Pokémon Red and Blue, and subsequently their remakes Fire Red and Leaf Green at Viridian Forest and the Power Plant. Pikachu can be found on Route 2 in Gold, Silver and Crystal, and can also be obtained at the Celadon Game Corner in Crystal for 2,222 Coins.

Pikachu is notable as the version mascot of Pokémon Yellow and will follow the trainer around throughout the game. If the player's Pikachu is at a satisfactory happiness level, a woman in Cerulean City will give the player her Bulbasaur.

Pikachu can be found in the Southwest and Southeast parts of the Safari Zone in Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald.

Pikachu inhabit the Trophy Garden in Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, and reprise their original appearance in Viridian Forest in Heart Gold and Soul Silver.

Generation V is the first Generation to not feature Pikachu in the Wild.

[edit] Spin-Off Games

Pikachu appears in Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Stadium 2 in side-games, and a Pikachu that knows Surf is obtainable in Pokémon Stadium.

Pikachu appears in Pokémon Snap and is seen on the cover as well as in the Pokémon Ranger series. As a result, Pikachu makes appearances in multiple locations in the first Pokémon Ranger game. Pikachu can be found at Vien Forest, Crysta Lake, Volcano Cave, Chroma Highway, Chroma Highlands and Chroma Ruins in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Pikachu appears inside the Submarine and throughout Faldera Island in the Present, and in the past at the Thunder Temple Missions "Pikachu Pursuit" by completing the Mission with an S Rank, and "A Shock Everywhere You Turn" and "Panic at the Perplexing Temple" by defeating it and obtaining its Slate.

Pikachu is also the mascot of the Nintendo 64 Game Hey You, Pikachu! where he acts as Virtual pet to the player. Pikachu is the Playable Pokémon in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, and reprises this role along with three new Playable Pokémon: Snivy, Tepig and Oshawott.

Pikachu make appearances at Secret Storage 4 & 20, Endless Level 1 and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.

Pikachu is a Starter Pokémon in the first set of Mystery Dungeon games, along with appearing at Lightning Field 6F-10F. In addition to being a Starter Pokémon in Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Pikachu can also be found at Amp Plains 9F-10F & I1F-4F. Pikachu is exclusive to Light Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing at Light Summit 11F-20F. It also appears as a playable character in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, alongside Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, and Axew, and can be found at Silent Tundra, Dreamy Isle and Pika Land.

Pikachu can be found at Violight in Pokémon Conquest after entering in a specific Password.

[edit] Trading Card Game

Pikachu appears in a variety of different sets, promos and Pokémon Organized Play sets, most recently as a Common Card in the XY Set.

[edit] Other Appearances

Pikachu is a playable character in all three games in the Super Smash Bros. series. It's home stage varies depending on the game, but the home stage is always a Pokémon-themed stage.

[edit] Anime/Manga Information

[edit] Anime

Ash & Pikachu
Pikachu is Ash's companion and with him throughout the anime. Pikachu, like Ash, is shown to grow from season-to-season; he is a hardened battler and a smart (and usually witty) friend to Ash.

Pikachu is first seen in the Pilot Episode of the Series, Pokémon, I choose you!. Ash wakes up late on the day he is supposed to receive his Starter Pokémon, so the three standard starters are already chosen. Seeing how disappointed Ash is, Professor Oak shows him a Poké Ball with a lightning bolt on it. Ash is excited about receiving any Pokémon and accepts Pikachu as his starter.
Pikachu's Pokéball
Even Delia can tell off the bat that Pikachu and Ash are having trouble getting along once Pikachu gets irritated and shocks the entire crowd, including Ash, the Professor and some townsfolk.

Pikachu hasn't been trained or handled, and dislikes staying in his Poké Ball. Ash and Pikachu have a hard time bonding off the bat despite Ash's attempts to be friends with him. Pikachu ignores Ash's command and sits in trees relaxing and laughing at Ash as he attempts to catch his first Pokémon. Later, they are attacked by a group of Spearow, and Ash puts himself between Pikachu and the Spearow in order to protect him. Pikachu notices the nice gesture and jumps over Ash, using a strong Thunder move on the Spearow, saving Ash in the process. Ash and Pikachu start trusting each other and the two become best friends from that point forward.

Pikachu has been seen in every episode, refusing Evolution twice through the seasons, namely in the episode Electric Shock Showdown where Ash battles Lt. Surge. Pikachu is a diplomatic and mature Pokémon, often getting in between other quarreling Pokémon to try and solve fights. Pikachu is very brave and frequently rallies other Pokémon to the cause, having gone up against Legendary Pokémon and Pokémon many times his size. Pikachu will battle Pokémon with type advantages and find ways to win - he is shown taking out both Rock and Ground types.

Ash's Pikachu

Never in his Pokéball, Pikachu is usually on Ash's shoulder for the duration of the anime. Given the opportunity to leave Ash and return to the wild, Pikachu has always chosen to stay with his friend. Besides being Ash's main battling partner, Pikachu is many times with Ash on the battlefield, even when he's not battling. Pikachu cheers his teammates on vigorously and will often cheer on Ash's friends' Pokémon as well. Pikachu is often strong-willed and will tell Ash when he disagrees with him. A recurring event in the anime, If Pikachu is irritated (usually by strangers), he will let out electricity and shock his surroundings - it is believed that he cannot control this.

Other notable Pikachu include Ritchies Pikachu named Sparky, and Ash himself, who was turned into a Pikachu by a magician named Lily.

[edit] Movies

In addition to appearing in all of the Pokémon Films, Pikachu also stars in a series of episodes that air prior to the movie called Pikachu Shorts. The Pikachu Shorts are short movies that traditionally premiered before every major Pokémon movie. The Short always features Pikachu and he's usually without Ash as he ventures on his own to accomplish a task with other Pokémon.

[edit] Manga

Red would capture a Pikachu in Chapter 4, and he would appear with Red in many Chapters thereafter. There would be times in which Yellow would be taking care of Pika, including when Red would take a leave of absence due to accepting a challenge from the Elite Four's Bruno, and would travel with Yellow a second time during Yellow's search to find Lugia in Johto.

Unlike most of Red's Pokémon, Pika would avoid being petrified in Chapter 302.

Yellow would get a Pikachu of her own in Chapter 111 after helping to heal her injuries. She would be nicknamed Chuchu and make numerous subsequent appearances.

[edit] Pokémon Information

[edit] Competitive Battling

Pikachu's Attack and Special Attack stats double when it holds a Light Ball, giving it powerful offense. Because of its mediocre Speed, type coverage and poor defenses, Pikachu is in the Never-Utilized tier. If it is able to hit first, it will be able to do a lot of damage, but if it doesn't KO the target in one hit, it is likely to be KO'd itself.

[edit] Area Locations

Game Rarity Location
Red/Blue Uncommon Viridian Forest
Power Plant
Yellow Only One Received from Professor Oak in Pallet Town
Gold/Silver/Crystal Rare Route 2
Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald Rare Safari Zone
FireRed/LeafGreen Rare Viridian Forest
Power Plant
Diamond/Pearl/Platinum Common Trophy Garden
HeartGold/SoulSilver Rare Viridian Forest
Black/White None PokéTransfer, Dream World or Trade
Black 2/White 2 None PokéTransfer, Dream World or Trade
X/Y Rare Santalune Forest
Route 3

[edit] Pokédex Entries

Gen Game Pokédex Entry
I Red When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity could build and cause lightning storms.
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.
II 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.
III 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.
IV 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 It occasionally uses an electric shock to recharge a fellow Pikachu that is in a weakened state.
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.
V 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.
VI 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 cheeks. If threatened, it looses electric charges from the sacs.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire

[edit] Pokéthlon Statistics


[edit] Statistics

Base Stats Min- Min Max Max+
. 180 274 .
103 115 209 229
58 65 159 174
Sp. Atk
94 105 199 218
Sp. Def
76 85 179 196
166 185 279 306

[edit] Moves

[edit] Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Start Tail Whip Normal.gif N/A 100 Other.png
Start Thundershock Electric.gif 40 100 Special.png
5 Growl Normal.gif N/A 100 Other.png
7 Play Nice Normal.gif N/A N/A Other.png
10 Quick Attack Normal.gif 40 100 Physical.png
13 Thunder Wave Electric.gif N/A 100 Other.png
18 Electro Ball Electric.gif ?? 100 Special.png
21 Double Team Normal.gif N/A 100 Other.png
23 Nuzzle Electric.gif 20 100 Physical.png
26 Slam Normal.gif 80 75 Physical.png
29 Thunderbolt Electric.gif 90 100 Special.png
34 Feint Normal.gif 30 100 Physical.png
37 Agility Psychic.gif N/A N/A Other.png
42 Discharge Electric.gif 80 100 Special.png
45 Light Screen Psychic.gif N/A N/A Other.png
50 Thunder Electric.gif 110 70 Special.png

[edit] Via TM/HM

TM/HM No. Move Type Power Accuracy Class
TM06 Toxic Poison.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM10 Hidden Power Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM16 Light Screen Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM17 Protect Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM18 Rain Dance Water.gif -- -- Other.png
TM21 Frustration Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM24 Thunderbolt Electric.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM25 Thunder Electric.gif 110 70 Special.png
TM27 Return Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM28 Dig Ground.gif 80 100 Physical.png
TM31 Brick Break Fighting.gif 75 100 Physical.png
TM32 Double Team Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM42 Facade Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM44 Rest Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM45 Attract Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM48 Round Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM49 Echoed Voice Normal.gif 40 100 Special.png
TM56 Fling Dark.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM57 Charge Beam Electric.gif 50 90 Special.png
TM70 Flash Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM72 Volt Switch Electric.gif 70 100 Special.png
TM73 Thunder Wave Electric.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM86 Grass Knot Grass.gif  ?? 100 Special.png
TM87 Swagger Normal.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM90 Substitute Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM93 Wild Charge Electric.gif 90 100 Physical.png
TM94 Secret Power Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM100 Confide Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
HM04 Strength Normal.gif 80 100 Physical.png

[edit] Via Breeding

Via Breeding
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Reversal Fighting.gif -- 100 Physical.png
Bide Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Present Normal.gif -- 90 Physical.png
Encore Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
Doubleslap Normal.gif 15 85 Physical.png
Wish Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Charge Electric.gif -- -- Other.png
Fake Out Normal.gif 40 100 Physical.png
Thunderpunch Electric.gif 75 100 Physical.png
Tickle Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
Flail Normal.gif -- 100 Physical.png
Endure Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Lucky Chant Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Bestow Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Volt Tackle Electric.gif 120 100 Physical.png

[edit] Via Events

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Fly Flying.gif 90 95 Physical.png
Sing Normal.gif -- 55 Other.png
Surf Water.gif 95 100 Special.png
Teeter Dance Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Extremespeed Normal.gif 80 100 Physical.png

[edit] Via Move Tutor (Black 2/White 2)

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Covet Normal.gif 60 100 Physical.png
Helping Hand Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Iron Tail Steel.gif 100 75 Physical.png
Magnet Rise Electric.gif -- -- Other.png
Signal Beam Bug.gif 75 100 Special.png
Sleep Talk Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Snore Normal.gif 40 100 Special.png
Uproar Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png

[edit] Pichu Exclusive Moves

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
1 Charm Fairy.gif N/A 100 Other.png
13 Sweet Kiss Fairy.gif N/A 75 Other.png
18 Nasty Plot Dark.gif N/A N/A Other.png

[edit] Generation III Exclusive Move Tutor Moves

[edit] Emerald

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Dynamicpunch Fighting.gif 100 50 Physical.png
Defense Curl Normal.gif -- -- Other.png

[edit] Fire Red/Leaf Green

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Mega Punch Normal.gif 80 85 Physical.png
Mega Kick Normal.gif 120 75 Physical.png
Body Slam Normal.gif 85 100 Physical.png
Double-Edge Normal.gif 120 100 Physical.png
Counter Fighting.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
Seismic Toss Fighting.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
Mimic Normal.gif -- -- Other.png

[edit] Generation IV Exclusive Moves

[edit] Via TM/HM

[edit] Via Move Tutor

[edit] Platinum/Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Swift Normal.gif 60 -- Special.png
Mud-Slap Ground.gif 20 100 Special.png
Rollout Rock.gif 30 100 Physical.png
[edit] Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Headbutt Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png

[edit] Evolution Line

Rare Candy Sprite.png
Level up
+ 220 Happiness

[edit] Type Matchups

Type Attack Advantages Attack Disadvantages Defense Advantages Defense Disadvantages

[edit] Trivia

  • A Pikachu float takes part in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City every year. In the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Pikachu was joined on the float by the mascots of the Generation V games Black and White, Reshiram and Zekrom.
  • Pikachu is commonly cited as the most recognizable Pokémon.
  • Clefairy was originally going to be the mascot of Pokémon. However, once the anime started, they decided to change their decision to Pikachu.

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