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 Lightning Rod 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 Thunder Stone on it. In the Alola region, Pikachu can evolve into Alolan Raichu when exposed to a Thunder Stone.
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.
Female Pikachu have a dent on their tail that Male Pikachu lack.
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.
Generation V is the first Generation to not feature Pikachu in the Wild.
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.
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Pikachu appears in a variety of different sets, promos and Pokémon Organized Play sets, most recently as a Common Card in the XY Set.
In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, a new Pikachu was introduced, Cosplay Pikachu. This Pikachu can be dressed up in costumes depending on what Pokemon Contest you want to compete in. After the Contest, Pikachu will still be in that costume untill you decide to take it off of Pikachu. Each Pikachu has its own special move. Pikachu Pop Star has Draining Kiss, Pikachu Rock Star has Meteor Mash, Pikachu PHD has Electric Terrine, Pikachu Libre has Flying Press, and Pikachu Belle has Icicle Crash. Once the costume is removed, Pikachu will forget the special move.
AnimeAsh, 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. 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. It should also be noted that Pikachu had a much chubbier appearance in Season 1, but has maintained his more slender appearance beginning in Season 2 and onward.
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.
Pikachu has most recently traveled with Ash to through the Unova region and then onto Kalos after Ash placed in the top 8 in the Unova League. Pikachu, having traveled across many regions and battled many Pokémon along the way, mysteriously has his power "reset" when he reaches new regions, usually by way of some electromagnetism that he is exposed to causing confusion and a need for him to regain his previous level of power.
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.
- Pikachu's Vacation
- Christmas Night
- Kanga Games
- Pikachu's Rescue Adventure
- Pikachu & Pichu
- Delibird's Dilema
- Snorlax Snowman
- Trouble in Big Town
- Pikachu's Pikaboo
- Camp Pikachu
- Gotta Dance!!
- Pikachu's Ocean Adventure
- Pikachu's Island Adventure
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.
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.
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Pichu Exclusive Moves
Transfer Only Z-Moves
- Pikachu is the version mascot of Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition and the first Pokémon that the trainer receives. In this game it is unique as it's the first Pokémon to follow the trainer, which would not be revisited until the Generation IV games Heart Gold and Soul Silver.
- 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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