Pikachu

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Pikachu
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A car with a Pikachu design
Game series Pokémon series
First game Pokémon Red and Blue (1996)
Designed by Ken Sugimori
Voiced by (English) Ikue Ōtani
Rachael Lillis (some Indigo League episodes)
Chika Sakamoto (Puka; episode 67)
Satomi Kōrogi (Sparky; episode 78)
Craig Blair (PMD special)
Ryan Reynolds (Detective Pikachu)
Voiced by (Japanese) Ikue Ōtani
Chika Sakamoto
Satomi Kōrogi
Tomoe Hanba (PMD special)
Live action actor(s) Jennifer Risser (Pokémon Live!)

Pikachu is a yellow mouse Pokémon from the fictional Pokémon world that was created by Satoshi Tajiri. Pikachu is the mascot of the Pokémon franchise, and one of the main characters of the Pokémon anime series. It has also appeared in most Pokémon video games and merchandise. In the video game Pokémon Yellow, it is the player's starter Pokémon. In the anime series, Pikachu is Ash's first Pokémon.

Pikachu is an electric-type Pokémon, which attacks using electricity from two red pouches on its cheeks.

Pikachu evolves from a baby Pokémon called Pichu if it loves its trainer. Pikachu can evolve into Raichu, which is bigger and stronger than Pikachu.

The ANA Boeing 747-400 airplane has pictures of Pikachu and other Pokémon on it.

Design[change | change source]

Pikachu is a yellow mouse Pokémon. It has long ears with black tips. It has red cheeks that store electricity. It has brown stripes on its back. Pikachu has a lightning bolt-shaped tail, while female Pikachus have a heart-shape at the end of their tails.

Pikachu is 40 centimeters (1 foot, 4 inches) tall and it weighs 6 kilograms (14 pounds).

The name "Pikachu" comes from the Japanese words "pikapika" (the sound of electricity) and "chuchu" (the sound that a mouse makes).

Appearances[change | change source]

In the Pokémon anime, the trainer Ash Ketchum's first Pokémon is a Pikachu. At first, it does not like him, but then he saves it from a group of Spearow and their friendship grows slowly from there.

Pikachu has also appeared in the Super Smash Bros. series. He has appeared in Super Smash Bros.,[1] Super Smash Bros. Melee,[2] Super Smash Bros. Brawl,[3] Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U,[4] and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[5] as a very fast and light playable character. In the game Pokémon Go, Pikachu can be found wearing a Santa hat at Christmas.

Ryan Reynolds voiced Pikachu in the 2019 movie Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.

Pichu[change | change source]

Pichu is the pre-evolved form of Pikachu. It is a small yellow electric mouse, but is not as powerful as Pikachu. It evolves to Pikachu when it is very happy, such as loving its trainer. There are special forms of Pichu: a notched-ear Pichu, and a Pikachu-colored Pichu as event Pokémon in the Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver games. Pichu has appeared as an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate where it has a cloned moveset to Pikachu's but takes damage when it uses electric attacks.[2] Pichu features in the intro of the third Pokémon movie.

In the anime episode Enter Pikachu, Ash's Pikachu was born as a Pichu and was raised by Kangaskhan (a Pokémon that looks like a kangaroo). After he became too big for Kangaskhan to raise, Pichu ran away and evolved into Pikachu.

Raichu[change | change source]

Raichu is the evolved form of Pikachu and has orange fur, unlike Pikachu's yellow fur. In order for a Pikachu to evolve into a Raichu, it must use a Thunderstone. It can hold much more electricity in its cheeks. In the Pokémon anime, Gym Leader Lt. Surge's Raichu has a battle with Ash's Pikachu. At first, Raichu wins, but Pikachu beats it in a rematch.

References[change | change source]

  1. Smash Bros.com Retrieved July 17, 2006
  2. 2.0 2.1 Super Smash Bros Melee. detstar.com Retrieved July 17, 2006
  3. Smash Bros. Dojo! Pikachu Archived 2009-09-18 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved September 17, 2008
  4. "Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U: Pikachu". Super Smash Bros. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  5. "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch system". www.smashbros.com. Retrieved March 30, 2021.