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Pichu from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Artwork of Pichu for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
First appearance Pokémon Gold Version / Pokémon Silver Version (1999, Pokémon series)
Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001, Mario-related media)
Latest appearance Pokémon Scarlet / Pokémon Violet (2022, Pokémon series)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Mario-related media)
Latest portrayal Satomi Kōrogi (2000–present)
“Pichu isn't a professional at charging electricity like Pikachu. The slightest touch can make Pichu discharge its electricity and shock itself.”
Tips, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Pichu is an Electric-type Pokémon introduced in the games Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver. It is the pre-evolved form of Pikachu, the Pokémon mascot. It appears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and is referenced in Palutena’s Guidance regarding Pikachu in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.


The Pokémon series emblem, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Super Smash Bros. fighter
Pichu from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Melee (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Thunder Jolt
Side:  Skull Bash
Up:  Agility
Down:  Thunder
Final Smash:  Volt Tackle
Battle entrance
Pichu appears on-stage emerging from a Poké Ball, punches both fists in the air and says its name before landing.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Pichu's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. Melee
Pichu's art from Super Smash Bros. Melee.
SmashWiki article: Pichu (SSBM)

Pichu is a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It is an unlockable character, unlocked by beating Event Match 37: Legendary Pokémon, or by playing 200 Melee matches. Afterward, Pichu must be defeated in a match on Pokémon Stadium.

Pichu's moveset is similar to Pikachu's, though most of its attacks are weaker, and all of its electrical attacks also deal recoil damage. Pichu is also faster than Pikachu, but is the lightest character in the game, making it easily thrown off the stage. Its neutral special move is Thunder Jolt, its side special move is Skull Bash, its down special move is Thunder, and its up special move is Agility, which does not give as much distance as Pikachu's Quick Attack and does not deal damage.

Pichu is the only character in the game to have two taunts, one for each direction it is facing. It is voiced by Satomi Kōrogi in both English and Japanese, who does its voice in the Pokémon anime.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Pichu is one of the five Super Smash Bros. Melee fighters that did not return as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (the other four being Dr. Mario, Young Link, Mewtwo, and Roy). However, the player can get a trophy of Pichu by clearing All-Star Mode without continuing.

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

Pichu appears once again as a collectible trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, while it is referenced in Palutena's Guidance regarding Pikachu in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

SmashWiki article: Pichu (SSBU)

Pichu, after being absent as a playable character in every Super Smash Bros. game since Melee, returns as an unlockable playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Like all other fighters in the game, it has a Final Smash. Pichu's Final Smash, Volt Tackle, functions similarly to Pikachu's identically named move, although Pichu's version does recoil damage to itself, but it is also stronger. Pichu gains a new on-screen appearance and two new taunts, and Pichu can speak during some animations.

Compared to its appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Pichu is faster, its aerial attacks have less landing lag, its short hop timing is reduced, it is heavier, its moveset has attacks that knock opponents back farther, many of its attacks deal more damage to opponents, and it does less damage to itself with electrical attacks (said attacks now cause around 0.4% damage each as opposed to 1-6%). Some of Pichu's attacks, however, are weakened.

Classic Mode route[edit]

Lightweight Fracas
Round Opponent(s) Rule Stage Song
1 Jigglypuff Pokémon Stadium 2 Pokémon Center - Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue
2 Squirtle Peach's Castle Road to Viridian City - Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue
3 Mr. Game & Watch Skyworld Underworld
4 Olimar Pilotwings Light Plane
5 Kirby, Meta Knight Free-for-All Skyloft Butter Building (for 3DS / Wii U)
6 Mewtwo Prism Tower Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue Medley
Final Master Hand, Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher) Final Destination Master Hand
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher)

Special moves[edit]

Thunder Jolt[edit]

Pichu's Thunder Jolt in Super Smash Bros. Melee
SmashWiki article: Thunder Jolt

Thunder Jolt is Pichu's standard special move, which it shares with Pikachu. This move is notable for not having a counterpart from the Pokémon games. Similar to Pikachu, Pichu launches a ball of electricity rotating across the stage until it collides with an opponent. The attack can travel off the sides of the stage, as well as along walls if they are not too steep, but not along the underside of fall-through platforms. When the attack is used in the air, it begins as a larger, more powerful ball of electricity until it hits the ground. Like Pichu's other special moves, however, this move inflicts damage to itself whenever it is used; the recoil effect also carries over to Kirby if he copies Pichu and uses this move.

Skull Bash[edit]

Pichu's Skull Bash in Super Smash Bros. Melee
SmashWiki article: Skull Bash

Skull Bash is Pichu's side special move, shared with Pikachu. The attack is based upon the Normal-type move from the Pokémon series. Like Pikachu, Pichu charges up an attack before launching head-first across the screen, attacking any opponent it hits with a headbutt. The move can be charged by holding down the special move button, which increases the range and power of the move. Pichu's version of the move is able to be charged for longer, allowing it to deal more damage and gain more distance, but like its other special moves, it damages Pichu when used.


Agility in Super Smash Bros. Melee
SmashWiki article: Agility

Agility is Pichu's up special move. The move is similar to Pikachu's Quick Attack, allowing Pichu to warp in the direction held on the control stick in a burst of speed, and again if the direction is changed during the move. This move, however, like Pikachu's move in the original Super Smash Bros., does not damage opponents, but instead deals recoil damage to Pichu, with the second movement inflicting more than the first.


Pichu's Thunder in Super Smash Bros. Melee
SmashWiki article: Thunder (Pokémon)

Thunder is Pichu's down special move, shared with Pikachu and based on the Electric-type move in the Pokémon series. Pichu calls down a bolt of lightning that appears from a cloud above it and strikes any fighters in its path to damage them. If the bolt strikes Pichu, any nearby fighters are damaged by it as well. Unlike Pikachu's Thunder, Pichu's version is able to hit multiple times, making the complete strike stronger than Pikachu's, though the bolt hitting Pichu deals less damage to opponents and instead damages Pichu itself.

Final Smash[edit]

Volt Tackle[edit]

SmashWiki article: Volt Tackle

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pichu gains the Volt Tackle as its Final Smash. Upon activating it, Pichu will dashes forward with an electric tackle and if it connects, it move around the stage to deal more damage and ends with an electric blast at the center of the stage, similar to Pikachu's Final Smash. The only difference between Pichu's Volt Tackle and Pikachu's, is that the former's version of the move is stronger and deals recoil damage to the user.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee trophies[edit]

Type Image Description
Classic Pichu A baby Electric-type Pokémon identifiable by its big ears. Pichu evolves into Pikachu. It's not very skilled at storing up electrical energy and will sometimes discharge it if jarred. Although it's small, it has enough electrical power to give even an adult quite a shock. It's often startled by its own power.
Adventure Pichu Compared with Pikachu, Pichu is a tad more nimble and a little more difficult to hit. Those are the only two advantages, however, and since Pichu damages itself when it uses electrical attacks, it's best suited for handicapped matches. Even though Pichu's tough to catch, it's easy to throw its tiny frame great distances.
All-Star Pichu Pichu is the lightest character in Super Smash Bros. Melee., and it's top of the class in weakness, too! For Pichu, it's all about scampering here and there to pick up items that will help it survive. The first warp in Agility causes 1 point of damage to Pichu, and the second causes 3, so try to limit the number of times you use the move.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Pichu BrawlTrophy248.png GBC Pokémon Gold & Silver A Tiny Mouse Pokémon. Because its electric cheek pouches are still small, it cannot store electricity yet. Pichu has been known to flaunt its courage by touching tails with others and setting off sparks. It is easier for Pichu to build up electricity when the humidity is lower. Pichu will evolve into Pikachu.
DS Pokémon Diamond & Pearl

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophy[edit]

Name Image Description
Pichu Trophy thumbnail image. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Professor Elm must have been shocked when he discovered a pre-evolution of Pikachu! These cute baby Pokémon often discharge electricity accidentally when something takes them by surprise. They also play together by using their tails to make sparks fly! It's cute to watch, but it's good training for battle, too.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Pit: Awwwww! It's a baby Pikachu!
  • Palutena: That's Pichu. It's the form before it evolves into Pikachu. Pichu is still learning to harness its electrical power, so it takes damage whenever it uses electricity.
  • Pit: Just looking at Pichu makes me want to cheer it on. You can do it, Pichu! Kick his butt!
  • Palutena: Pichu might be cute, but don't underestimate it. Its small stature allows it to move very quickly. Look out for grabs after it dashes.
  • Pit: Why is it that smaller fighters are always fast?
  • Palutena: You'll understand when you grow up, Pit. One day, you'll wake up unable to do things you could in the past.
  • Pit: That's...depressing. Ohhhhhhhh. Is that what it's like for you, Lady Palutena?
  • Palutena: Don't make me smite you.

Super Smash Blog bio[edit]

"Pichu is back after 17 years! Pichu's electric attacks have greater range and do more damage than its other attack types – but they also damage Pichu."


  • A Tiny Mouse Pokémon™, Pichu charges itself with electricity more easily on days with thunderclouds or when the air is very dry. You can hear the crackling of static electricity coming off this Pokémon. Pichu has been known to flaunt its courage by touching tails with others and setting off sparks.

Audio samples[edit]

Audio.svg Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - One of Pichu's taunts. (Satomi Kōrogi, 2018)
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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピチュー
From「ピカピカ」(pikapika, onomatopoeia for sparkling),「チューチュー」(chūchū, onomatopoeia for squeaking mice), and「プチ」(puchi, little)
Chinese 皮丘
Italian Pichu Pichu
Korean 피츄
Russian Пичу
Spanish Pichu Adaptation from "Pichū"


  • Pichu is the only character from Super Smash Bros. Melee to not have any playable data in Super Smash Bros. Brawl or Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U (excluding Young Link who was considered to be replaced by Toon Link).
  • One of its alternate outfits in Super Smash Bros. Melee are a pair of blue goggles. These are later given to Pikachu in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.