The world of Pokémon has been a growing phenomenon since 1996, when the first pair of video games came out in stores. Pokémon started off as a video game series and although new creatures are primarily introduced in the video games, the anime series has become as popular as the video games. As of December 2021, there are almost 900 individual Pokémon identified by the PokéDex and in this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about one of them – Pikachu.
Pikachu is an Electric-type Pokémon first introduced in Generation I of the core video games and is the mascot of the whole franchise. It is the first evolution of Pichu and can further evolve into Raichu when exposed to the Thunder Stone. It is weak only to Ground-type moves, and is super effective against Flying-, and Water-type Pokémon.
In this article, we are going to tell you all the information you’ll need if you want to breed a Pikachu in any of the games. You’ll find out about its type, its powers, its strengths and weaknesses, its evolutions, and its moves. We’re going to focus on both the core games, as well as other popular video games based on the Pokémon franchise.
Flygon is an Electric-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I of the core game series; Pikachu became a mascot of the whole franchise and is one of the best-known Pokémon around the world. It was first introduced in Generation I of the video games and holds #025 in the National PokéDex.
Pikachu is a chubby, rodent-like Pokémon with a body covered in a yellow coat with two horizontal brown stripes on the back. He has a small mouth, long pointy ears with black tips, and black and white eyes. He has a red mark on each of his cheeks which is actually a pocket containing electricity. It has five tiny fingers on the end of each of its forelimbs, while its hind legs have three tiny toes.
It has brown fur at the base of its lightning-shaped tail. Although categorized as a quadruped, it is able to stand and move on its hind legs. Pikachu was not originally designed as a rodent or a mouse but as a simple round creature. However, his pockets of electricity were inspired by the cheekbones that some rodents, including the squirrel, use to store food, and it was ultimately decided to portray him as a mouse. Its black pointed ears and the pattern of its back are not inspired by any animal and the lightning bolt shape of its tail has been chosen to explain its Electric type.
Pikachu has two alternate forms: the Cosplay Pikachu, which appeared and is only available in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, is always female and has black heart-shaped markings at the end of the tail. It can be disguised as one of five disguises available, each corresponding to a Pokémon contest condition.
They are: The Cap Pikachu, which appeared as an event Pokémon in the seventh generation, is still male and has seven variations, each wearing one of the caps worn by Ash Ketchum in the anime, and whose signature Z ability is Giga-Thunder; the Partner Pikachu, who can be of any gender, but has better stats than a regular Pikachu and can learn exclusive abilities.
The anime shows that Pikachu, in the wild, live in groups in wooded areas. The Pikachu communicate with each other using squeals and rubbing their tails. Pikachu also uses electricity to receive and send messages to other Pikachu, but also to other Electric-type Pokémon. He lifts his tail to analyze his surroundings: in this position, he sometimes gets struck by lightning.
When Pikachu congregate in large groups, they can cause thunderstorms. Pikachu feeds mainly on Berries, which it roasts with its electricity to make them tender and edible. An inevitable sign of a Pikachu’s presence in a home is a burnt patch of lawn. Occasionally, it can eat and destroy telephone boxes, cables, and other electrical installations. It recharges itself when it sleeps; thus, stress and lack of sleep can influence its potency. He can qualify his electric shocks. It can release electricity from its cheeks, but also from its tail, which acts as a lightning rod.
Its electric power also allows it to charge other Pikachu. It is the only Pokémon to benefit from the effects of the Light Ball. His signature ability is Shock and his signature Z ability is Lightning Pikachute.
Powers and Abilities
Pikachu’s Stats, based on the most recent available data, are:
In Pokémon GO, Pikachu has a Base Stamina of 111, a Base Attack of 112, and a Base Defense of 96.
As for its abilities, they are:
- Static: The Pokémon is charged with static electricity, so contact with it may cause paralysis.
- Lightning Rod: The Pokémon draws in all Electric-type moves. Instead of being hit by Electric-type moves, it boosts its Sp. Atk. (Hidden Ability)
Strengths and Weaknesses
As an Electric-type Pokémon, Pikachu is weak only against Ground-type moves, and is super effective against Flying- and Water-type Pokémon. It is immune to Ground-, and Electric-type moves. It receives normal damage from Normal-, Fighting-, Poison-, Rock-, Bug-, Ghost-, Fire-, Water-, Grass-, Psychic-, Ice-, Dragon-, Dark-, Fairy-type moves.
Pikachu was introduced in Generation I as the first stage of the Electric-type Pokémon Raichu but in Generation II, with the introduction of Baby Pokémon, Pikachu became the first-stage evolution of Pichu. In order to evolve your Pichu into Pikachu, you have to raise its Friendship to a certain level, which is not an easy task. Evolving Pikachu into Raichu is easy – you simply have to use the Thunder Stone on Pikachu and you’re done (if you use it in Alola, you’ll receive an Alolan Raichu). Pikachu, interestingly, also has a Gigantamax Form introduced in Generation VIII. Pikachu itself doesn’t have any Regional Variants, but Raichu does – in Alola, Alolan Raichu is a dual Electric- and Psychic-type Pokémon.
In Pokémon GO, Pikachu is also obtained by evolving Pichu, for which you need 25 Pichu Candy, and after that, it can further evolve into Raichu with 50 Pichu Candy. Alolan Raichu can only be caught in-game and not obtained through evolution.
As of Generation VIII, the movies that Pikachu can learn are:
- 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
- × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII
By leveling up
By transfer from another generation
|Double Slap ×||Normal||Physical||15||85%||10|
|Heart Stamp ×||Psychic||Physical||60||100%||25|
|Hidden Power ×||Normal||Special||60||100%||15|
|Lucky Chant ×||Normal||Status||—||—%||30|
|Natural Gift ×||Normal||Physical||—||100%||15|
|Secret Power ×||Normal||Physical||70||100%||20|
|Signal Beam ×||Bug||Special||75||100%||15|
In Pokémon GO, Pikachu can learn Thunder Shock, Quick Attack, and Present as Fast Attacks, and Discharge, Thunderbolt, Wild Charge, and Fly as Charged Attacks. Some of these attacks depend on when you caught and evolved your Pikachu, as they are event-only attacks.