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 1′04″ (0.4 m)
Weight 13.2 lbs (6.0 kg)
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)

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 1′04″ (0.4 m)
Weight 13.2 lbs (6.0 kg)
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)

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.

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 Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Tail WhipNormal 100
1Thunder ShockElectric 40 100
5GrowlNormal 100
7Play NiceNormal
10Quick AttackNormal 40 100
13Electro BallElectric 100
18Thunder WaveElectric 90
21FeintNormal 30 100
23Double TeamNormal
26SparkElectric 65 100
29NuzzleElectric 20 100
34DischargeElectric 80 100
37SlamNormal 80 75
42ThunderboltElectric 90 100
45AgilityPsychic
50Wild ChargeElectric 90 100
53Light ScreenPsychic
58ThunderElectric 110 70

Egg moves

Pikachu learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Pikachu egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
BestowNormal
BideNormal
ChargeElectric
Disarming VoiceFairy 40
Double SlapNormal 15 85
Electric TerrainElectric
EncoreNormal 100
EndureNormal
Fake OutNormal 40 100
FlailNormal 100
Lucky ChantNormal
PresentNormal 90
ReversalFighting 100
Thunder PunchElectric 75 100
TickleNormal 100
WishNormal

Move Tutor moves

Pikachu can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon from move tutors (details):

Pre-evolution moves

These moves can only be learned in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon by a previous evolution of Pikachu. Check the respective Pokédex for the exact details.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
CharmFairy 100 Level up
Nasty PlotDark Level up
Sweet KissFairy 75 Level up
UproarNormal 90 100 Move tutor
Volt TackleElectric 120 100 Special

Moves learnt by TM

Pikachu is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
6ToxicPoison 90
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
16Light ScreenPsychic
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
24ThunderboltElectric 90 100
25ThunderElectric 110 70
27ReturnNormal 100
31Brick BreakFighting 75 100
32Double TeamNormal
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
49Echoed VoiceNormal 40 100
56FlingDark 100
57Charge BeamElectric 50 90
72Volt SwitchElectric 70 100
73Thunder WaveElectric 90
86Grass KnotGrass 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
93Wild ChargeElectric 90 100
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Pikachu can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.
Note: Generation 1 and 2 refer to the 3DS Virtual Console titles, not the physical cartridges.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
Pay DayNormal 40 100 Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
ReflectPsychic Generation 1 — TM
Skull BashNormal 130 100 Generation 1 — TM
SubmissionFighting 80 80 Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormal 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
DetectFighting Generation 2 — TM
Zap CannonElectric 120 50 Generation 2 — TM
Body SlamNormal 85 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
CounterFighting 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Defense CurlNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Dynamic PunchFighting 100 50 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Mega KickNormal 120 75 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Mega PunchNormal 80 85 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Seismic TossFighting 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
CaptivateNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
HeadbuttNormal 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Mud-SlapGround 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
RolloutRock 30 90 Generation 4 — Move tutor
SwiftNormal 60 Generation 4 — Move tutor
FlyFlying 90 95 Generation 4 — Special
SurfWater 90 100 Generation 4 — Special
EndeavorNormal 100 Generation 4 — Pre-evolution
Pain SplitNormal Generation 4 — Pre-evolution
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
FlashNormal 100 Generation 6 — TM
Rock SmashFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
StrengthNormal 80 100 Generation 6 — HM
Draining KissFairy 50 100 Generation 6 — Special
Flying PressFighting 100 95 Generation 6 — Special
Icicle CrashIce 85 90 Generation 6 — Special
Meteor MashSteel 90 90 Generation 6 — Special

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:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1HeadbuttNormal 70 100
3Helping HandNormal
5RestPsychic
6Light ScreenPsychic
7ProtectNormal
8SubstituteNormal
9ReflectPsychic
10DigGround 80 100
12FacadeNormal 70 100
13Brick BreakFighting 75 100
15Seismic TossFighting 100
16Thunder WaveElectric 90
19Iron TailSteel 100 75
23Thunder PunchElectric 75 100
27ToxicPoison 90
33Calm MindPsychic
36ThunderboltElectric 90 100
38ThunderElectric 110 70
57Pay DayNormal 40 100

Pikachu sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7
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

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