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Pikachu
ピカチュウ Pikachu
#025
025Pikachu
Art by Ken Sugimori from FireRed and LeafGreen
Type
Electric Unknown
Species
Mouse Pokémon
Abilities
Static Lightningrod
Hidden Ability
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#025
Johto
#022
Hoenn
#156
Sinnoh
#104
Regional Browser numbers
Fiore
R-023
Almia
R-002
Oblivia
R-005 N-154
Height
1'04"
Imperial
0.4 m
Metric
Weight
13.2 lbs.
Imperial
6.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
Yellow
Catch rate
190 (24.8%)
Body style
Body08
Footprint
 F025 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Field and
Fairy groups
21 cycles
(5355 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
2
Base Exp.: 82 Battle Exp.: 821*

Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ Pikachu) is an Electric-type Pokémon.

It evolves from Pichu when leveled up with high friendship and evolves into Raichu when exposed to a Thunderstone.

Along with Eevee, Pikachu is one of Professor Oak's two reserve starter Pokémon of Kanto.

Biology

Physiology

Pikachu is a short, chubby, rodent-like Pokémon with yellow fur all over its body. Pikachu's ears are long and come to a point with black tips. It has a small mouth, which resembles a sideways 3, it has black eyes and two red circles on its cheeks. Its forearms are short and somewhat stubby, with 5 digits on each "hand" and its feet have three digits. It has two brown stripes on its back, and its tail is in the shape of Zigzag-styled lightning bolt, with a patch of brown fur at the base of the tail. Although it is technically a quadruped, on multiple occasions it has been shown to be able to stand and walk upright on its hind legs.

Gender differences

A female Pikachu has a v-shaped "dent" at the end of its tail. Male Pikachu do not have this dent. In Black and White, male Pikachu have less black covering their ear, though this is only shown in frontal sprites.

Special abilities

Exclusive to Pikachu is the ability to release electric discharges of varying intensity, at will, through electric sacs in its cheeks. This electric energy can be manipulated into a variety of techniques which are mostly used in battle, but which can be used to roast Berries as well.

As Pikachu builds up energy in its electricity glands, it often needs to discharge, as to not result in a short, or worse, which can lead to physical paralysis, or in severe cases, death. Pikachu release the built-up energy through their tail, which acts as a grounding rod, to remove unneeded energy safely. A sure sign that a location is inhabited by Pikachu is to look for patches of burnt grass, which is the result of the discharge. Through an inability to release a buildup of electricity, a Pikachu may develop a rare condition similar to the human flu. This illness is most often caused by strong nearby electromagnetic forces, which severely affect the electric glands. If a Pikachu is introduced to a magnet, it will be attracted towards its cheeks and display other common attributes of magnetism.

Pikachu and its evolution family, Pichu and Raichu, are the only known Pokémon that can learn Volt Tackle. In a few rare cases, Pikachu can learn to manipulate water and, with the help of a surfboard, perform the move Surf. Pikachu also have their own signature held item - the Light Ball. This item boosts a Pikachu's Attack and Special Attack stats, and, when held by a Pikachu in the daycare center, causes the offspring to know the move Volt Tackle.

Pikachu is known to have acute senses of hearing, thanks to its large ears. Most domestic Pikachu are able to understand and interpret human speech at levels far surpassing those of any pet dog.

Behavior

In the wild, Pikachu often travel in packs, and are rarely territorial. However, when threatened, a group can generate an intense electrical offensive, and the electromagnetic forces exerted by the resulting field can even produce a short lived, localized thunderstorm. Pikachu can be harmful pests, eating and sometimes destroying telephone poles, wires, and other electronic equipment.

Despite this, it is a popular pet, and relatively easy to maintain, with little exercise necessary for its well-being. However, it is important to discharge the electricity in its cheeks periodically.

As many know, pulling on a Pikachu's tail will result in a severe shock to the offender. Another defense of Pikachu's is the use of its nasty bite, which has been known to leave quite a mark.

Habitat

Forest

Forest Pokémon

They are found mostly in forests, but possibly because of their attraction to electricity or simply because they are not afraid of people, Pikachu commonly show up in civilized areas. They may even enter houses, presumably attracted by the electrical output generated by the dwellers' appliances. Pikachu are native only to the Kanto region (specifically, Viridian Forest and the Kanto Power Plant).

Diet

Living in forested areas, Pikachu often are found foraging for Berries. Instead of climbing trees, they use small electrical shocks to release the Berries from the tree, roasting them at the same time.

As pets, they can be fed a variety of processed food. Alternatively, like most Pokémon, Pikachu are tolerant to most "human" foods, and sometimes enjoy them more than the more nutritional food designed for their biology.

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Kanto
It has small electric sacs on both its cheeks. If threatened, it looses electric charges from the sacs.
Generation II
Johto
This intelligent Pokémon roasts hard berries with electricity to make them tender enough to eat.
 ???
No Pokédex data is available.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Kanto
Rare
One
Viridian Forest, Power Plant
Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town
Generation II
Johto
None Trade

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 35
95 - 142 180 - 274
Attack: 55
54 - 117 103 - 229
Defense: 30
31 - 90 58 - 174
Sp.Atk: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Sp.Def: 40
40 - 101 76 - 196
Speed: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Total: 300   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 50.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/4 ★★★
Power
3/4 ★★★
Skill
3/4 ★★★
Stamina
3/4 ★★★
Jump
3/4 ★★★
Total
15/20 ★★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Growl Normal Status 0000 100100% 40
00Start ThunderShock Electric Special 04040 100100% 30
055 Tail Whip Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
1010 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 100100% 20
1313 Quick Attack Normal Physical 04040 100100% 30
1818 Electro Ball Electric Special 0000 100100% 10
2121 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —% 15
2626 Slam Normal Physical 08080 07575% 20
2929 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09595 100100% 15
3434 Feint Normal Physical 03030 100100% 10
3737 Agility Psychic Status 0000 —% 30
4242 Discharge Electric Special 08080 100100% 15
4545 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 —% 30
5050 Thunder Electric Special 120120 07070% 10
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Pikachu obtained at level 1 in Generation V
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Pikachu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Pikachu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Poison Sprite TM06 Toxic Poison Status 90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 100% 15
Bag TM Psychic Sprite TM16 Light Screen Psychic Status —% 30
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM17 Protect Normal Status —% 10
Bag TM Water Sprite TM18 Rain Dance Water Status —% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 100% 20
Bag TM Electric Sprite TM24 Thunderbolt Electric Special 95 100% 15
Bag TM Electric Sprite TM25 Thunder Electric Special 120 70% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM27 Return Normal Physical 100% 20
Bag TM Ground Sprite TM28 Dig Ground Physical 80 100% 10
Bag TM Fighting Sprite TM31 Brick Break Fighting Physical 75 100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM32 Double Team Normal Status —% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM42 Facade Normal Physical 70 100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite TM44 Rest Psychic Status —% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM45 Attract Normal Status 100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM48 Round Normal Special 60 100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM49 Echoed Voice Normal Special 40 100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite TM56 Fling Dark Physical 100% 10
Bag TM Electric Sprite TM57 Charge Beam Electric Special 50 90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM70 Flash Normal Status 100% 20
Bag TM Electric Sprite TM72 Volt Switch Electric Special 70 100% 20
Bag TM Electric Sprite TM73 Thunder Wave Electric Status 100% 20
Bag TM Grass Sprite TM86 Grass Knot Grass Special 100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM87 Swagger Normal Status 90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM90 Substitute Normal Status —% 10
Bag TM Electric Sprite TM93 Wild Charge Electric Physical 90 100% 15
Bag TM Fighting Sprite TM94 Rock Smash Fighting Physical 40 100% 15
Bag HM Normal Sprite HM04 Strength Normal Physical 80 100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Pikachu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Pikachu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV
 Father   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
035MS036MS176MS468MS Bestow Normal Status 100% 15
179MS180MS181MS Charge Electric Status —% 20
035MS036MS039MS040MS DoubleSlap Normal Physical 15 85% 10
035MS036MS086MS087MS176MS468MS Encore Normal Status 100% 5
220MS221MS473MS231MS232MS Endure Normal Status —% 10
052MS053MS Fake Out Normal Physical 40 100% 10
206MS231MS232MS Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
035MS036MS Lucky Chant Normal Status —% 30
225MS Present Normal Physical 90% 15
058MS059MS Reversal Fighting Physical 100% 15
181MS ThunderPunch Electric Physical 75 100% 15
190MS424MS Tickle Normal Status 100% 20
025MS026MS Volt Tackle Electric Physical 120 100% 15
176MS Wish Normal Status —% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Pikachu in Generation V
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Pikachu in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Pikachu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Pikachu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
B W B2 W2 Covet Normal Physical 60 100% 40
B W B2 W2 Helping Hand Normal Status —% 20
B W B2 W2 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100 75% 15
B W B2 W2 Knock Off Dark Physical 20 100% 20
B W B2 W2 Magnet Rise Electric Status —% 10
B W B2 W2 Signal Beam Bug Special 75 100% 15
B W B2 W2 Sleep Talk Normal Status —% 10
B W B2 W2 Snore Normal Special 40 100% 15
B W B2 W2 ThunderPunch Electric Physical 75 100% 15
  • A black abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Pikachu can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Pikachu cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Pikachu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Pikachu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
172MS Charm Normal Status 100% 20
172MS Sweet Kiss Normal Status 75% 10
172MS Nasty Plot Dark Status —% 20
172MS Uproar Normal Special 90 100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Pikachu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Pikachu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Evolution

172
Baby form
Pichu
 Electric 
Bag Soothe Bell Sprite
Friendship


EggMS
Breed

025
First evolution
Pikachu
 Electric 
Bag Thunderstone Sprite
Thunderstone


026
Second evolution
Raichu
 Electric 

Notes


Starter Pokémon
Kanto
001MS
Bulbasaur
004MS
Charmander
007MS
Squirtle
025MS
Pikachu
133MS
Eevee
Johto
152MS
Chikorita
155MS
Cyndaquil
158MS
Totodile
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