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Template:PokémonPrevNext/Head Template:PokémonPrevNext/GO Template:PokémonPrevNext/Pokémon Template:PokémonPrevNext/Disambig |} Template:Pokémon Infobox Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ Pikachu) is an Template:Type Template:OBP introduced in Generation I.

It evolves from Template:P when leveled up with high friendship and evolves into Template:P when exposed to a Thunder Stone. However, the starter Pikachu in Template:Game will refuse to evolve into Raichu unless it is traded and evolved on another save file.

In Alola, Pikachu will evolve into Alolan Raichu when exposed to a Thunder Stone.

Pikachu is popularly known as the mascot of the Pokémon franchise and a major representative of Nintendo's collective mascots.

It is also the game mascot of Template:Game, where it is the only starter Pokémon in that game. It has made numerous appearances on the boxes of spin-off titles.

Pikachu is also the starter Pokémon in Pokémon Rumble Blast and Pokémon Rumble World.

Biology

Pikachu is a short, chubby rodent Pokémon. It is covered in yellow fur with two horizontal brown stripes on its back. It has a small mouth, long, pointed ears with black tips, brown eyes, and two red circles on its cheeks. There are pouches inside its cheeks where it stores electricity. It has short forearms with five fingers on each paw, and its feet each have three toes. At the base of its lightning bolt-shaped tail is patch of brown fur at the base. A female will have a V-shaped notch at the end of its tail, which looks like the top of a heart. It is classified as a quadruped, but it has been known to stand and walk on its hind legs.

The anime has shown that Pikachu sometimes travel in groups. It raises its tail to check its surroundings, and is occasionally struck by lightning in this position. Living in forested areas, Pikachu is found foraging for berries it roasts with electricity to make them tender enough to eat. It has been observed eating and sometimes destroying telephone poles, wires, and other electronic equipment.

Pikachu is able to release electric discharges of varying intensity. Pikachu has been known to build up energy in its glands, and will need to discharge to avoid complications. It is also able to release energy through its tail, which acts as a grounding rod, as well as recharging fellow Pikachu with electric shocks. Pikachu can also electrify itself to use its signature move Template:M. When threatened, it looses electric charges from its sacs, and a group can build and cause lightning storms. It is found mostly in Template:DL, where a sure sign that Pikachu inhabits a location is patches of burnt grass.

Pikachu has two alternate forms: one, the Cosplay Pikachu, appeared in Template:G. It is always female, has a black heart-shaped spot at the end of its tail, and can be dressed in any of five outfits corresponding to the five Contest conditions. The other form is Template:DL, which debuted as an event-exclusive Pokémon in Template:G. It is always male and has six variants, each wearing one of Template:Ash's hats from the anime. In addition to these two forms, many other Pikachu variants have appeared in various media.

In the anime

In the main series

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Major appearances

Ash's Pikachu

Ash Ketchum has a Pikachu that he obtained from Template:An in Pokémon - I Choose You!, the first episode of the Pokémon anime. He is the signature Pokémon of the anime series and has appeared in every non-special episode and every Pokémon movie since. Ash's Pikachu remains outside of his Poké Ball.

Pikachutwo

In Mewtwo Strikes Back, Template:OBP clones Ash's Pikachu. This Pikachu can be told apart from Ash's due to spikes on the black marks at the tips of its ears. It is also comparatively more aggressive than Ash's Pikachu and slurs its speech, defects possibly caused by Ash tampering with Mewtwo's cloning machine during the cloning process.

Puka

Another Pikachu nicknamed Puka was owned by a man named Template:OBP on Seafoam Island in The Pi-Kahuna. This blue-eyed Pikachu saved Ash from drowning by having the ability to sense tidal waves approaching.

Sparky

Ritchie also has a Pikachu nicknamed Sparky, who debuted in A Friend In Deed. Sparky, unlike most Pikachu, has a tuft of fur on the top of its head, and, unlike Ash's Pikachu, has no problem with living inside a Poké Ball.

Ashachu

Ash gets turned into a Pikachu in Hocus Pokémon by a Pokémon magician named Template:OBP. He reverts to his human form at the beginning of the next episode.

Cosplay Pikachu

Multiple Pikachu, including all of the Cosplay Pikachu appeared in Lights! Camera! Pika!, under the ownership of Frank.

Other
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James used a Template:DL in the Pokémon League Entrance Exam in The Ultimate Test, but it was defeated by the instructor's Template:P. James, after interfering with a battle Template:Ash was having with the instructor, later tried to steal this Pikachu, only for that Pikachu to zap James instead, as instructed by its instructor.

A Pikachu also had a part in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate!. He was kidnapped by a Template:P and Team Go-Getters set out to rescue him as their first mission. Pikachu provided them with some items in the battle.

A female Pikachu appeared in SS027 under the ownership of Ayumi.

A Pikachu appeared in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, under the ownership of Uschi.

A Mirror World Pikachu appeared in The Cave of Mirrors!, under the ownership of Mirror Ash.

Multiple Pikachu appeared in Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, including the cameos of the Cosplay ones.

A Pikachu, named Spike, appeared in Battling at Full Volume!, under the ownership of Template:OBP. Spike was used in a battle against Ash's Pikachu but as Ash was ill, Template:An took his place but the match was interrupted by Team Rocket who captured Spike.

Minor appearances

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Numerous other Pikachu appeared in Pokémon Emergency! belonging to Nurse Joy to help Ash's Pikachu defeat Team Rocket's Jessie, James, and Template:MTR to send them blasting off for the first time. They reappeared in a flashback in Pikachu's Goodbye.

Wild Pikachu were also prominent in Pikachu's Goodbye, where Ash considered releasing his own Pikachu so he could be with his own kind.

Multiple Pikachu appeared in Battle Aboard the St. Anne.

A Pikachu has also been owned by Luana's son, Travis. Luana mistook Ash for Travis when she saw Pikachu on Ash's shoulder.

In Lights, Camerupt, Action!, a Pikachu appeared in two of Elijah's movies. Template:OBP was featured in a film that Ash and Gary were watching when they were younger. In a different movie that Ash and Template:Ashfr were watching at the time the episode was taking place, another Pikachu helped Template:P and Template:P on their mission to rescue Princess Template:P from the evil Template:P.

A Pikachu appeared in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew as a Template:M of Template:OBP.

A Pikachu named Sugar belonging to the owners of a restaurant went missing prior to Cooking up a Sweet Story!, and Ash's Pikachu had to fill in for it so that its owner would have the confidence to win a cooking competition. At the end of the episode, Sugar returns, however, it has evolved into a Template:P.

A Pikachu that belonged to an unnamed Aura Guardian appeared in a flashback in The Keystone Pops!.

A Pikachu appeared in Alexa's magazine in The Journalist from Another Region!.

A Pikachu appeared in a fantasy in To Catch a Pokémon Smuggler!, evolving into a Template:P using a Thunder Stone.

Pokédex entries

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In Pokémon Origins

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In Pokémon Generations

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In the manga

In the Ash & Pikachu manga

Template:Main Ash's Pikachu is a starring character in Ash & Pikachu, a manga adaptation of the Pokémon anime which is based on Template:Ash's adventures in Johto, Hoenn, and Template:Gdis.

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In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Template:Main Ash's Pikachu is a main character in the manga series The Electric Tale of Pikachu, an adaptation of the Pokémon anime.

In the manga, Ash discovered Pikachu under the floorboards at his home, where he was chewing on wires to eat the electricity.

Sparky, Ritchie's Pikachu, appears in The Electric Tale of Pikachu as well, however, it is nicknamed "Chuchino" instead.

In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga

A story called Akari and Pikachu's Birthday is featured in the final volume of How I Became a Pokémon Card.

In the Magical Pokémon Journey and Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪ manga

Template:Main Pikachu is a main character in the Magical Pokémon Journey manga series. He is the first Pokémon befriended by Hazel, appearing for the first time in How Do You Do, Pikachu?. Pikachu is one of the few Pokémon in Magical Pokémon Journey that cannot speak human language, although the others seem to understand him. He is described as rather scatterbrained at times. Pikachu returns as a main character in Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪, the sequel to the Magical Pokémon Journey series.

Ash's Pikachu also makes a cameo appearance in bonus chapters at the end of every volume of the Magical Pokémon Journey manga.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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Template:Main Template:Main Template:Main Pikachu debuted in its own round in the Template:Chap, Wanted: Pikachu!. Here, a Pikachu was stealing all the crops in a town. The townsfolk kept chasing him around, but end up getting shocked by him. Template:Adv arrives and captures him, ending the chaos. Although extremely disobedient at first, even prone to regularly electrocuting his owner, the two eventually got over this enmity, and this Pikachu, nicknamed "Pika", became one of his most loyal and trusted fighters, being used in almost every major battle Red has had. He also served on Yellow's team while Red was held captive by the Elite Four during the Template:Chap before being returned to him, during which Yellow discovered that he can Template:M.

A Pikachu appeared as a silhouette when Template:Adv explains about Template:P in The Jynx Jinx.

In Just a Spearow Carrier a Pikachu appeared with its trainer at Indigo Plateau, it noticeably has a flower by its ear.

A Pikachu is seen in The Kindest Tentacruel where it was one of the Pokémon that Yellow was fantasizing about that was able to evolve via stone.

Another Pikachu appeared in Can You Diglett? as a silhouette when Agatha and Lorelei explains to Red about how Pokémon and people can't coexist with each other.

A Pikachu appeared in a fantasy of Professor Elm's explanation of Pokémon eggs in Teddiursa's Picnic. Another Pikachu appeared in Ursaring Major where it appeared in a fantasy of Silver when he explains about the vital points of Pokémon.

In Tyranitar War, Template:Adv is seen to have a new addition to her team: a Pikachu of her own nicknamed "Chuchu", that she had found injured in Viridian Forest and nursed back to health. When Pika is left behind by Red on his trip to Mt. Silver, Pika joined Yellow and Chuchu on their adventure to Johto.

Pika and Chuchu share a loving relationship, one that is so strong that even Jasmine noticed, prompting her to hand Yellow a slip with the Pokémon Daycare's address on it. Later on, after Yellow and Wilton were brought to the Day Care after being shipwrecked, Yellow finds that Pika and Chuchu now have an Egg shortly after they were "put together." The Egg eventually hatches into Template:Adv's Pibu.

Wild Pikachu appeared in Suffering Psyduck. Multiple Pikachu were also among the Template:Type Pokémon that charges the Prism Tower during a blackout in Pangoro Poses a Problem.

Five Pikachu appeared in Omega Alpha Adventure 3, being Cosplay Pikachu they each wear the five costumes available; being Pikachu Rock Star, Pikachu Belle, Pikachu Pop Star, Pikachu Ph. D. and Pikachu Libre. Lisia reveals to Chaz that Ruby created the concept of Pokémon wearing costumes for Contests. Noticeably there are several males, and at least Pikachu Pop Star has the black marking on the tip of her tail.

A Trainer's Pikachu appeared in PASM04.

In the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga

A Pikachu makes a cameo in Pokémon Battle Frontier during one of the battles. Also, a photo album owned by Template:FB has a Pikachu on the cover.

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

Template:Main In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga, Shu's first Pokémon was a Pikachu that he found abandoned in the forest.

In the Pokémon Gold and Silver: The Golden Boys manga

Template:Main In Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys, Eusine was in possession of a Pikachu, which ended up being Template:GnB's.

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In the Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon manga

A Pikachu appeared in Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon.

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga

Template:Ga appeared at the end of Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Template:Main Pikachu is one of the main characters in the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga series and its sequels. It was the second Pokémon that Template:OBP captured on his own, but the first he kept.

Pikachu is one of the few Pokémon in the manga that cannot speak human language. He is the cousin of Template:TP and is considered the smarter of the two.

Pikachu evolved into Template:P in Clefairy finally evolves?!, but he has since devolved back to the Pikachu stage.

Template:OBP has a Pikachu of his own.

In Pokémon Newspaper Strip

Ash's Pikachu was the main character in the short-lived Pokémon Newspaper Strip.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

Template:Zensho has a Pikachu as one of the members of his team in Pokémon Zensho. It later evolves into a Template:P.

Pokédex entries

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In the TCG

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Template:Main Pikachu somehow manages to find its way into many of the expansions, causing there to be -1 known non-reprint Pokémon cards featuring Pikachu. There are also various Trainer cards with Pikachu in the card's artwork too, including the very sought-after tournament promos such as Template:OBP.

The first Pikachu that appeared in the TCG was Template:TCG ID in the Template:TCG (which was reprinted in Template:TCG and in Template:TCG with different artwork). It was followed in Template:TCG by another Template:TCG ID (which was also reprinted in the Template:TCG). The third Pikachu card released was the first-ever English Template:TCG, Template:TCG ID. The original Base Set Pikachu was also released as a special promotional card at Template:Wp.

In the early days of the TCG, several notable errors were made regarding the Pikachu cards. The Base Set Pikachu was released with altered artwork at first, depicting it with red cheeks, instead of the original yellow. While this matched Ken Sugimori's artwork, the yellow color on its cheeks was intentional by the artist, who depicted Pikachu using Template:M. This error appeared in both the E3 promotional version and the normal Base Set release. A second error was made in the production of Jungle set booster packs, which, instead of the Jungle set's Pikachu, sometimes contained first edition versions of the Pikachu that was released as a promo card.

Pikachu has also been featured on a number of TCG Template:TCGs, with one being included with the English and European languages-only Template:Tcg. This coin was also featured in the Template:G PC game. A Pikachu coin is also featured in the Game Boy game Template:Ga, and is one of the coins that can be obtained in Template:G, where it is given by Club Master Isaac to winners of the Lightning Club.

In the TFG

Two Pikachu figures have been released.

Other appearances

Pokkén Tournament

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Pikachu is a playable character for the arcade fighting game. Its moveset includes electrical attacks it uses in the main games, like Template:M, Template:M, and Template:M. In Burst form, it can use the Burst Attack Volt Shock Fist. Several of its attacks and victory poses are directly taken from Template:Wp and Template:Wp's movesets from the Template:Wp series.

Pikachu overwhelms opponents with powerful electric shocks and quick movements.[1]

Pikachu Libre was first announced alongside the Wii U port of the game. She was later released as an additional fighter on the original arcade version.

Pikachu Libre, a wrestling idol, is a small masked fighter overflowing with fighting spirit.

Super Smash Bros.

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Game data

As the player

Template:Main Pikachu appears as the player character in both PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure and its sequel, PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond. He falls down a mysterious tunnel one day with his friends Template:P, Template:P, and Template:OBP and ends up in the Template:Ga. There he goes on an quest to save the PokéPark from certain destruction. He later travels to a new PokéPark which is being threatened by the ever expanding Wish Park. At the new PokéPark he meets Template:P, Template:P, and Template:P, and they help to save the PokéPark from danger.

NPC appearances

  • Template:Eng: Pikachu stars in the mini-game "Thundering Dynamo" alongside Template:P. This mini-game involves charging up electric power.
  • Hey You, Pikachu!: Pikachu stars alongside an unnamed child (who bears a striking resemblance to Template:Ga) who was recently taught how to interact with wild Pokémon by Professor Oak. The boy and Pikachu form a bond and go on many adventures together, and one day the Pikachu decides to live with the boy.
  • Template:G: Pikachu can be used in "Pichu's Power Plant" if one is detected in a Transferred Pokémon game.
  • Template:G: Pikachu serves as a Ball-Saver, but it will only work if the Lightning Meter is full.
  • Template:G: Pikachu has the same role as in Pokémon Pinball but is sometimes helped by Template:P. Pikachu also appears on the Catch 'Em Mode banner.
  • Template:G: Much like Hey You, Pikachu!, Pokémon Channel focuses on a boy and a Pikachu bonding through social interactions, such as going outside and talking to other Pokémon, and watching TV together.

Pokédex entries

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Game locations

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In side games

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In events

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In-game events

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Pokémon Global Link promotions

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Held items

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Stats

Base stats

Generation I-V

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Generation VI onward

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Pokéathlon stats

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Type effectiveness

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Learnset

By leveling up

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By TM/HM

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By Template:Pkmn

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By tutoring

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By a prior evolution

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Template:Trading Card Game-only moves

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Anime-only moves

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Side game data

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Evolution

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Sprites

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Other sprites

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Trivia

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  • Template:Wp released a one-dollar coin featuring Pikachu as part of a commemorative promotion for the Pokémon franchise, with Pikachu on one side and the nation's coat of arms on the other.
  • Pikachu and its Template:P share their Template:Pkmn with Template:P, Template:P, Template:P, and Template:P. They are all known as the Mouse Pokémon.
  • Veronica Taylor has stated that Pikachu is her favorite Template:OBP. Sarah Natochenny has said it was her favorite as well, along with Template:P.
  • In 2008, Japanese researchers discovered a new protein that helps carry electrical impulses from the eyes to the brain and named it Template:Wp. According to the researchers, the decision was based on both the Pokémon and protein possessing "lightning-fast moves and shocking electric effects".
  • There have been three Pikachu balloons in the Template:Wp. The first, known as the "Flying Pikachu" was flown from 2001 through 2005. It was used in a morning rush hour test of wind conditions in Template:Wp after an accident involving an Template:Wp balloon in the 2005 parade[2] and made its farewell appearance at the Party of the Decade in August 2006, in New York City's Template:Wp. The second version debuted in the 2006 parade, features glowing cheeks, and chases a Poké Ball balloon. The third one, introduced for the 2014 parade, has Pikachu wearing a green scarf and holding a small Pikachu shaped snowman.
  • Pikachu is the only core series starter Pokémon with a pre-evolved form, though Template:P was not available in Template:Game.
  • Pikachu is the only core series starter Pokémon that is not {{Fire}}, {{Water}}, or {{Grass}}-type.
  • According to A Sneak Peek at Pokémon, Pikachu can deliver a constant current of 1000 Template:Wps.
  • Pikachu has the most event-exclusive moves available to it.
  • In the Japanese Template:Jap, Pikachu is the only Pokémon that can be used in battle that is not fully evolved.
  • In Template:Game, and beginning in Generation VI onwards, Pikachu uses its cry from the Template:Pkmn as voiced by Ikue Ohtani. Pikachu is the only Pokémon that uses its anime voice in any core series game.
  • In all of these games, Pikachu's cry upon entering the field is not the same cry played in its status or Pokédex screens.
  • Template:4v are the only core series, handheld games in which Pikachu is not available in some way, although it makes a number of cameo appearances including as an NPC.
  • Pikachu was the focus of a Template:OBP collection in June 2014.
  • Of all the Pokémon that were given increased base stats in Generation VI, Pikachu is the only one that received an increase to more than one stat: its Defense and Special Defense. It is also the only one that is not fully evolved.
  • Pikachu is the only Pokémon that can be caught in all three pinball titles: Pokémon Pinball, Pokémon Pinball mini, and Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire.
  • Pikachu's number in the National Pokédex and the Alola Pokédex are the same: 025.
  • Pikachu is the only Pokémon to have two Z-Moves exclusive to it, those being Template:M and Template:M.
    • Additionally, these two Z-Moves are the only ones in which the Trainer does not do the standard pose for the move's type, instead performing a unique animation alongside Pikachu for each.

Origin

Pikachu has physical aspects of several species of Template:Wps, and its Template:Pkmn suggests that it is based on a Template:Wp. Its long ears resemble members of Template:Wp.

Pikachu was designed by Atsuko Nishida, a member of the core design team at Game Freak.[3]

Name origin

Pikachu is a combination of ピカピカ pikapika (onomatopoeia for sparkle) and チューチュー chūchū (the sound of squeaking).[4]

In other languages

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Related articles

References

  1. Pokkén Tournament's official site
  2. Pikachu Soars as Trial Balloon for a Safer Macy's Parade - New York Times
  3. Natsume: THE TALENT BEHIND HOMETOWN STORY
  4. TIME - The Ultimate Game Freak

External links

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