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Super Smash Bros. Character
SSB4 - Pikachu Artwork.png
Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Special Moves
Standard:  Thunder Jolt
Side:  Skull Bash (SSBM), (SSBB)
Up:  Quick Attack
Down:  Thunder
Final Smash:  Volt Tackle (SSBB)
Battle Entrance
A Poké Ball is thrown, and Pikachu is sent out.

“Pika, Pika!”

Pikachu is an Electric-type Pokémon and is the mascot of the popular Pokémon series, made by Game Freak. However, Pikachu's only appearance alongside Mario is in the Super Smash Bros. series. In the Pokémon series, Pikachu is the evolutionary form of Pichu and evolves into Raichu. Pikachu has been voiced by Ikue Ohtani in the Super Smash Bros. series. She also voices Pikachu in the Pokémon anime, Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition, Generation VI games, and various spin-offs.


Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Pikachu's artwork from Super Smash Bros.
Main article: SmashWiki:Pikachu (SSB)

Pikachu appeared as a default character in Super Smash Bros. It was a useful player, as its electric attacks could inflict serious damage. However, its Quick Attack was its prize move, as it could escape almost every fall, if done correctly. However, it is rather light, and can be knocked off the stage easily.

Pikachu's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Pikachu SSBM.png
Main article: Smashwiki:Pikachu (SSBM)

Pikachu returned in Super Smash Bros. Melee, along with its pre-evolution Pichu, yet again as a default player. It retained all of its old moves, as well as adding a new move, Skull Bash. However, its abilities are basically the same as the original. Pichu had a moveset similar to Pikachu.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Main article: Smashwiki:Pikachu (SSBB)
Pikachu SSBB.png

Pikachu was one of the first characters revealed for Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It has been shown using Thunder Jolt, Quick Attack and Thunder. His Final Smash has been revealed as Volt Tackle.

Solid Snake Codec Conversation[edit]

  • Mei Ling: (overjoyed) Ooh, how cuute!
  • Snake: What? The yellow thing?
  • Mei Ling: That's Pikachu. It's a Pokémon. They're popular all over the world, you know. And it may look cute, but be careful, It can store up large amounts of electricity in those adorable little cheeks. It'll try to pepper you with electric shocks.
  • Snake: Couldn't be much worse than Ocelot's old torture device...
  • Mei Ling: Oh, and, Snake?
  • Snake: What?
  • Mei Ling: I was wondering, could you maybe try and catch Pikachu for me? Pleeeeease?
  • Snake: Give me a break! What do I look like, a Pokémon Trainer?
  • Mei Ling: (disappointed) Fine... Sorry I asked.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]

Pikachu's snapshot in The Subspace Emissary.

Pikachu begins the game trapped within a strange device that harnesses its electrical energy to provide power to the complex. Samus, infiltrating the complex in search of her Power Suit, sees that the device causes Pikachu pain, and breaks it. In thanks, Pikachu helps Samus continue through the lab. Eventually, the pair come across Samus's Power Suit within a tank. After dispatching two clones of Samus, Pikachu helps Samus (in her newly regained Power Suit) through the rest of the facility and helps her defeat Ridley.

After escaping from the complex, Pikachu and Samus infiltrate the Subspace Bomb Factory and encounter the Ancient Minister. Despite Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Captain Falcon, and Captain Olimar coming in soon after, the Ancient Minister does not fight back, and tries to stop the other R.O.B.s from obeying Ganondorf. Ganondorf gets the R.O.B.s to set up multiple Subspace Bombs, and the Ancient Minister, with the R.O.B.s no longer under his control, reveals himself to be the head R.O.B. of the island and helps Pikachu and the others defeat the Subspace Army and escape the island in the Falcon Flyer before it is consumed by Subspace.

Pikachu and the rest of its team join the remaining heroes in their last stand against Subspace, only to be defeated by Tabuu. Fortunately, King Dedede had planned this in advance and created badges that revived fighters from being trophies. Using these, he is able to form a team conisting of himself, Luigi, and Ness. Dedede and his group then revived most of the others, including Pikachu, before everyone has rejoined and proceeded to face Tabuu in a final battle.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Pikachu (SSB4)
SSB4 - Pikachu Artwork.png

Pikachu is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. It's moveset seems to remain mostly unchanged. Pikachu's Thunder move, which still summons a cloud, now acts as a meteor smash, which can do further damage to opponents.

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Viridi: Aw, look at that cute little guy.
  • Pit: It's a Pokémon!
  • Palutena: And not just any Pokémon!
  • Viridi: Actually, that Pokémon is called a Pikachu. Pikachu evolves from Pichu. And when a Pikachu is fully evolved, it becomes a Raichu."
  • Palutena: It's quite rare for a Pokémon to be more famous in its middle stage than its final evolution.
  • Viridi: True, but Pikachu is a special case. I mean, it's the most famous of all the Pokémon.
  • Pit: Uh, excuse me! Hello?
  • Palutena: What is it, Pit?
  • Pit: I hate to interrupt your musings on Pokémon, but I could really use some Smash Bros. help right about now!
  • Palutena: Oh, right. I forgot where we were. OK, here's a tip: dodge Pikachu's Thunder, and then counterattack.
  • Viridi: You can also zap Pikachu by reflecting its Thunder back at itself! And nothing is more satisfying than that!

Special Moves[edit]

Thunder Jolt[edit]

Pikachu's Thunder Jolt, from Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl respectively.
Pikachu's Thunder Jolt, from Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl respectively.
Pikachu's Thunder Jolt, from Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl respectively.
Main article: SmashWiki:Thunder Jolt

Thunder Jolt is one of Pikachu's moves used in all the games in the Super Smash Bros. series. Pichu can also use this attack in Super Smash Bros. Melee. To execute this move, the player must simply press the B Button button. A blast of electricity will come out from Pikachu's cheeks. It will then start passing by the field, until it finally loses all power, or hits someone. In Melee and Brawl, the jolt can travel up walls, along ceilings, and below ledges in. When in the air, doing this attack would create a ball of lightning which travels diagonally downwards towards the ground. This ball of lightning deals more damage. When Kirby copies Pikachu's powers, he will be able to use Thunder Jolt.

This attack name isn't used in any actual Pokémon games. However, the moves Thunderbolt or ThunderShock may be similar to this move. It does, however, appear in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.[1]

Skull Bash[edit]

Pikachu's Skull Bash, from Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl respectively.
Main article: SmashWiki:Skull Bash

Skull Bash is a move that both Pikachu and Pichu know in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It is executed by pressing Side + B Button. Once done, Pikachu will pull its head back, and then push forward into the opponent with a headbutt. The player could hold down on the B Button button to charge the attack. This will make the attack stronger, and will make it more accurate. Sometimes, Pikachu will even be able to fly completely across some stages, like Pokémon Stadium or Green Greens. If the player charges the attack to its limit, then Pikachu will use the attack automatically. Pikachu's Skull Bash can charge faster, but its attack and range are slightly shorter than Pichu's. Pikachu also uses this move to recover back onto the stage if he ever flys off the stage. (Computer Pikachus do not use Skull Bash, they use Quick Attack instead of Skull Bash to recover).

Pikachu could only learn this move in the 1st generation games, but the move may also be a reference to the attack, Headbutt. Also, Luigi can perform a similar attack, called the Green Missile.

Quick Attack[edit]

Pikachu's Quick Attack, from Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl respectively.
Main article: SmashWiki:Quick Attack

Quick Attack is one of Pikachu's moves in all three Super Smash Bros. games. It is based on Quick Attack, a move from the Pokémon games, in which Pikachu can learn it. To perform the move, one must press Up + B Button. This will cause Pikachu to rocket into the sky, at light speed. If the Control Stick is tilted to the side, Pikachu will do another jump, except to the side. This acts as Pikachu's third and fourth jumps, but it is very difficult to master. It will deal 2% damage to anybody who touches Pikachu while in the air. The move is the same in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Pikachu will be put into a helpless state if this move ends in mid-air.

A similar move is Agility, performed by Pichu. Additionally, Lucario can use the move ExtremeSpeed. However, that move works differently compared to Pikachu's Quick Attack.


Pikachu's Thunder, from Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl respectively.
Main article: SmashWiki:Thunder

Thunder is a move used by both Pikachu and Pichu in the Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee games, and returns as one of Pikachu's attacks in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. To perform it, one must press Down + B Button, which will cause a powerful thunder bolt to drop down onto the screen, in a vertical line from directly above the user. It will fall onto Pikachu, and will hurt any player that touches the lightning, or within close range. It doesn't cause damage to Pikachu. However, if Pikachu is jumping when the attack strikes, it will not hit underneath them. It is Pikachu's strongest move, in both Super Smash Bros. and the Pokémon series, from which the move is taken. It is also one of the few moves used in a cutscene.

Volt Tackle[edit]

Pikachu's Volt Tackle.
Main article: SmashWiki:Volt Tackle

Volt Tackle is the name of Pikachu's Final Smash in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Once Pikachu has collected the Smash Ball, it will proceed to charge up a massive amount of electricity. Once charged up, it will dash incredibly quickly in any direction the Control Stick/D-pad is pointed. This will send anyone it hits flying in the air. The move can be easily used in mid-air.

Volt Tackle is named after a secret move in the Pokémon Advance games and later that only members of the Pikachu family can learn. It is a powerful attack that gives the user recoil damage when it's used. This move in Pokémon is a direct reference to the signature move of the titular character of a Genesis game called Pulseman made by Game Freak. The move's look and controls in Brawl are also direct references to the move's look and controls from Pulseman.

Also, this move would be first learned by Pichu since the move can't be learned normally without breeding.

Profiles and Statistics[edit]

Profile Information from Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Mouse PKMN
Height  1'04"
Weight  13lbs
When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity could cause lightning storms.
(Pokédex excerpt)



# Name Image First Game / Move Description
22 Pikachu
Pokémon Red & Blue
It's safe to say that Pikachu is the most famous and popular of all Pokémon. It has electric pouches in both cheeks; when in danger, it shoots electricity at its enemies. Although Pikachu can evolve into Raichu by exposure to a Thunderstone, many trainers like Pikachu so much that they don't let it evolve.
23 Pikachu [Smash]
B: Thunder Jolt
Smash B: Skull Bash
While its electrical attacks, such as Thunder and Thunder Jolt, are powerful, Pikachu is at its best speeding around the fray and waiting for its chance to strike. You can control the path of Pikachu's two-directional Quick Attack, allowing you to jump twice. Hold down the B Button to charge up Skull Bash.
24 Pikachu [Smash]
Up & B: Quick Attack
Down & B: Thunder
The angle of the Control Stick controls the direction of Pikachu's Quick Attack. Pikachu will move blindingly fast, and it will also cause damage to any character it runs into. Move the Control Stick during Quick Attack and Pikachu will move in up to two directions. Be sure to check out the ceilings on the level when you use Thunder.


# Name Image Appearance(s) Description
15 Pikachu
GB Pokémon Red/Blue
DS Pokémon Diamond/Pearl
A Mouse Pokémon. Its lightning-bolt tail and round cheeks are its trademarks. When danger draws near, it uses tiny electric pouches within its cheeks to discharge electricity. When it's really fired up, it unleashes thunderbolts on its rivals. It's said to recharge when it's sleeping. It evolves into Raichu.
16 Volt Tackle
WII Super Smash Bros. Brawl Pikachu, transformed into a ball of light that can slam into foes. It can also fly to chase down those who try to jump out of range. Sparks get stronger when you press the attack button. However, its increased inertia makes midair movement tough. If you get carried away flying, the effect will end, and you'll destroy yourself. Be careful it doesn't happen to you.


Image Game Effect
SSBB Pikachu.png Pokémon series [Electric] - Attack +33
Usable by: Pikachu

Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Name Image Description
Pikachu PikachuTrophy3DS.png Recognized the world over, Pikachu is an Electric-type Pokémon that stores energy in its cheeks for use in battle. In Smash Bros., Pikachu is a well-rounded fighter with speedy, powerful electric attacks. Quick Attack can be used twice in a row if two directions are input, one after another.
Pikachu (Alt.) PikachuAllStarTrophy3DS.png Pikachu's Thunder Jolt fires off a ball of electricity that bounces across the stage, getting weaker as it travels. It does more damage to enemies in the air. The default down special, Thunder, causes a lightning strike that both shocks opponents and turns Pikachu invincible for a split second.

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピカチュウ
Spanish Pikachu
French Pikachu
Dutch Pikachu
German Pikachu
Italian Pikachu
Portuguese Pikachu
Russian Пикачу
Korean 피카츄
Chinese Hong Kong: 比卡超
China / Taiwan: 皮卡丘
Romanian Pikachu

In other common languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Arabic بيكاتشو
Indonesian Pikacu Only in the mangas.
Thai ปิกะจู



  1. ^ Pikachu at Bulbapedia.