Pikachu

Pikachu is an Electric type Pokémon introduced in Generation 1. It is known as the Mouse Pokémon.

Pokédex data

National № 025
Type Electric
Species Mouse Pokémon
Height 0.4 m (1′04″)
Weight 6.0 kg (13.2 lbs)
Abilities 1. Static
Lightning Rod (hidden ability)
Local № 025 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
022 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
156 (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald)
025 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
104 (Diamond/Pearl)
104 (Platinum)
022 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
036 (X/Y — Central Kalos)
163 (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)
025 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
032 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
025 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)
194 (Sword/Shield)

Training

EV yield 2 Speed
Catch rate 190 (24.8% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 112
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

Egg Groups Fairy, Field
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 10 (2,314–2,570 steps)

Base stats

HP 35
180 274
Attack 55
103 229
Defense 40
76 196
Sp. Atk 50
94 218
Sp. Def 50
94 218
Speed 90
166 306
Total 320 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Pokédex data

National № 025
Type Electric
Species Mouse Pokémon
Height 0.4 m (1′04″)
Weight 6.0 kg (13.2 lbs)
Abilities
Local № 025 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
022 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
156 (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald)
025 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
104 (Diamond/Pearl)
104 (Platinum)
022 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
036 (X/Y — Central Kalos)
163 (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)
025 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
032 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
025 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)
194 (Sword/Shield)

Training

EV yield 2 Speed
Catch rate 190 (24.8% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 112
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

Egg Groups
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 10 (2,314–2,570 steps)

Base stats

HP 45
200 294
Attack 80
148 284
Defense 50
94 218
Sp. Atk 75
139 273
Sp. Def 60
112 240
Speed 120
220 372
Total 430 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Pikachu.

Evolution chart

(high Friendship)
(use Thunder Stone, outside Alola)
(use Thunder Stone, in Alola)
#026
Raichu
Alolan Raichu
Electric · Psychic

Pikachu changes

Pokédex entries

Pikachu

Red
Blue
When several of these POKéMON gather, their electricity could build and cause lightning storms.
Yellow It keeps its tail raised to monitor its surroundings. If you yank its tail, it will try to bite you.
Gold This intelligent POKéMON roasts hard BERRIES with electricity to make them tender enough to eat.
Silver It raises its tail to check its surroundings. The tail is sometimes struck by lightning in this pose.
Crystal When it is angered, it immediately discharges the energy stored in the pouches in its cheeks.
Ruby Whenever PIKACHU comes across something new, it blasts it with a jolt of electricity. If you come across a blackened berry, it’s evidence that this POKéMON mistook the intensity of its charge.
Sapphire This POKéMON has electricity-storing pouches on its cheeks. These appear to become electrically charged during the night while PIKACHU sleeps. It occasionally discharges electricity when it is dozy after waking up.
FireRed It has small electric sacs on both its cheeks. If threatened, it looses electric charges from the sacs.
LeafGreen When several of these POKéMON gather, their electricity can build and cause lightning storms.
Emerald It stores electricity in the electric sacs on its cheeks. When it releases pent-up energy in a burst, the electric power is equal to a lightning bolt.
Diamond It lives in forests with others. It stores electricity in the pouches on its cheeks.
Pearl If it looses crackling power from the electric pouches on its cheeks, it is being wary.
Platinum It occasionally uses an electric shock to recharge a fellow PIKACHU that is in a weakened state.
HeartGold This intelligent Pokémon roasts hard berries with electricity to make them tender enough to eat.
SoulSilver It raises its tail to check its surroundings. The tail is sometimes struck by lightning in this pose.
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
It occasionally uses an electric shock to recharge a fellow Pikachu that is in a weakened state.
X It raises its tail to check its surroundings. The tail is sometimes struck by lightning in this pose.
Y It has small electric sacs on both its cheeks. If threatened, it looses electric charges from the sacs.
Omega Ruby Whenever Pikachu comes across something new, it blasts it with a jolt of electricity. If you come across a blackened berry, it’s evidence that this Pokémon mistook the intensity of its charge.
Alpha Sapphire This Pokémon has electricity-storing pouches on its cheeks. These appear to become electrically charged during the night while Pikachu sleeps. It occasionally discharges electricity when it is dozy after waking up.
Sun A plan was recently announced to gather many Pikachu and make an electric power plant.
Moon It’s in its nature to store electricity. It feels stressed now and then if it’s unable to fully discharge the electricity.
Ultra Sun Its nature is to store up electricity. Forests where nests of Pikachu live are dangerous, since the trees are so often struck by lightning.
Ultra Moon While sleeping, it generates electricity in the sacs in its cheeks. If it’s not getting enough sleep, it will be able to use only weak electricity.
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
This forest-dwelling Pokémon stores electricity in its cheeks, so you’ll feel a tingly shock if you touch it.
Sword Pikachu that can generate powerful electricity have cheek sacs that are extra soft and super stretchy.
Shield When Pikachu meet, they’ll touch their tails together and exchange electricity through them as a form of greeting.

Cap Pikachu

Sun
Ultra Sun
This form of Pikachu is somewhat rare. It wears the hat of its Trainer, who is also its partner.
Moon
Ultra Moon
This Pikachu is wearing its Trainer’s cap. Since the cap’s not the right size, the fit is a bit loose.

Moves learned by Pikachu

Moves learnt by level up

Pikachu learns the following moves in Pokémon Sword & Shield at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1CharmFairy 100
1GrowlNormal 100
1Nasty PlotDark
1NuzzleElectric 20 100
1Play NiceNormal
1Quick AttackNormal 40 100
1Sweet KissFairy 75
1Tail WhipNormal 100
1Thunder ShockElectric 40 100
4Thunder WaveElectric 90
8Double TeamNormal
12Electro BallElectric 100
16FeintNormal 30 100
20SparkElectric 65 100
24AgilityPsychic
28SlamNormal 80 75
32DischargeElectric 80 100
36ThunderboltElectric 90 100
40Light ScreenPsychic
44ThunderElectric 110 70

Egg moves

Pikachu does not learn any moves by breeding in Pokémon Sword & Shield.

Moves learnt by TM

Pikachu is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

Moves learnt by TR

Pikachu is compatible with these Technical Records in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

Moves learnt by level up

Pikachu learns the following moves in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1GrowlNormal 100
1Thunder ShockElectric 40 100
3Tail WhipNormal 100
6Quick AttackNormal 40 100
9Double KickFighting 30 100
12Double TeamNormal
15Thunder WaveElectric 90
18Light ScreenPsychic
21ThunderboltElectric 90 100
24SlamNormal 80 75
27AgilityPsychic
30ThunderElectric 110 70

Move Tutor moves

Pikachu can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee from move tutors (details):

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Floaty FallFlying 90 95
Splishy SplashWater 90 100
Zippy ZapElectric 50 100

Moves learnt by TM

Pikachu is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee:

Special moves

Pikachu can know these moves in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee via events and other sources:

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Details
Pika PapowElectric Partner Power

Pikachu sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8
Normal Pikachu  sprite from Red & Blue Pikachu  sprite from Silver Pikachu  sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Pikachu  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Pikachu  sprite from Black & White Pikachu  sprite from X & Y Pikachu  sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon
Shiny Pikachu Shiny sprite from Silver Pikachu Shiny sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Pikachu Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Pikachu Shiny sprite from Black & White Pikachu Shiny sprite from X & Y Pikachu Shiny sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

Where to find Pikachu

Red
Blue
Power Plant, Viridian Forest
Yellow Pallet Town
Gold
Silver
Route 2
Crystal Route 2, Celadon City
Ruby
Sapphire
Safari Zone
FireRed
LeafGreen
Power Plant, Viridian Forest
Emerald Safari Zone
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
Trophy Garden
HeartGold
SoulSilver
Saffron City, Viridian Forest
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
Trade/migrate from another game
X
Y
Route 3, Santalune Forest
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Safari Zone
Sun
Moon
Route 1, Hau'oli City
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Route 1, Heahea City
Let's Go Pikachu Pallet Town, Viridian Forest
Let's Go Eevee Viridian Forest
Sword
Shield
Route 4, Stony Wilderness

Other languages

English Pikachu
Japanese ピカチュウ (Pikachu)
German Pikachu
French Pikachu

Name origin

pikapika
Japanese for a ‘sparkle’ sound
chu
Japanese for a ‘squeak’ sound