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Full name Pikachu
Species Pikachu
First appearance Pokémon Red Version / Pokémon Green Version (1996, Pokémon series)
Super Smash Bros. (1998, Mario series crossovers)
Latest appearance Detective Pikachu (2018, Pokémon series)
Super Mario Maker (2015, Mario series, as a Costume Mario costume)
Latest portrayal Ikue Ohtani (1997-present)

“Pika, Pika!”

Pikachu is an Electric-type Pokémon and is the mascot of the popular Pokémon series, made by Game Freak. Pikachu has made some video game appearances alongside Mario, most notably in the Super Smash Bros. series. In the Pokémon series, Pikachu is the evolved 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, since Generation VI games, and various spin-offs.


Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

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Super Smash Bros. Character
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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
Up:  Quick Attack
Down:  Thunder
Final Smash:  Volt Tackle
Battle Entrance
A Poké Ball is thrown, and Pikachu appears from it.

Pikachu is a default playable character in all five games of the Super Smash Bros. series.

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

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

Pikachu appears as a default character in Super Smash Bros. Pikachu is one of the game's faster characters in both running and walking speed, but is also among the lightest, meaning that while it can move quickly it can also be KO'd earlier than other characters. Its neutral special move is Thunder Jolt, which sends out a ball of electricity that travels along the ground and causes opponents to flinch. Its up special move is Quick Attack, which allows it to move with two sudden bursts of speed. Its down special move is Thunder, which sends down a bolt of lightning from the top of the stage to strike opponents.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Pikachu's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee
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SmashWiki article: Pikachu (SSBM)

Pikachu returns in Super Smash Bros. Melee, yet again as a default player. Pikachu's moveset is unchanged from the previous game, though it now has a side special move, Skull Bash, which allows Pikachu to launch itself across the screen and headbutt opponents. In addition, its down special Thunder now appears from a cloud instead of the top of the screen.

Pikachu's pre-evolution Pichu also appears as a playable character in this game, with a moveset similar to Pikachu's. In addition, one of Pikachu's alternate costumes in this game is the hat of Red as he appears in the original Pokémon Red and Blue Versions.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

SmashWiki article: Pikachu (SSBB)
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Pikachu was one of the first characters revealed for Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Its moveset remains entirely unchanged, and its Final Smash is Volt Tackle, which causes Pikachu to become a ball of electricity that players can maneuver across the entire screen, damaging any opponents it runs in to.

While Pikachu keeps most of its alternate costumes for this game, its blue alternate costume, the party hat, has been replaced with a pair of goggles, similar to the ones worn by Pichu as one of its alternate costumes.

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]

SmashWiki article: Pikachu (SSB4)
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Pikachu is once again a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, its moveset once again unchaged from its previous appearances. Pikachu's Thunder move, which still summons a cloud, now acts as a meteor smash, which can do further damage to opponents.

In addition to its alternate costumes in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, two of its new alternate costumes are the hats Ethan and Calem, the male trainers in Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions and Pokémon X and Y, respectively.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Pikachu appears as a Costume Mario costume in Super Mario Maker, obtainable by collecting a Mystery Mushroom. The Pikachu costume is unlocked after the player either scans a Pikachu amiibo or completes the 100 Mario Challenge on Normal difficulty or higher.

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)

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]


# 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.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]


# 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

Snake's codec[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: Fine... Sorry I asked.

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

Trophy information[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Pikachu PikachuTrophy3DS.png PikachuTrophyWiiU.png GB Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue (9/1998)
GB Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition (10/1999)
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 is famous worldwide as the face of the Pokémon series. There's a lot of electricity stored in those rosy cheeks, and in this game, that allows for some devastating attacks, like Thunder Jolt. Tip: Input another direction after using Quick Attack to get a second burst. It's top-notch for recoveries!
Pikachu (Alt.) PikachuAllStarTrophy3DS.png PikachuAltTrophyWiiU.png GB Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue (9/1998)
GB Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition (10/1999)
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. Pikachu's Thunder Jolt fires off a ball of electricity that bounces across the stage, getting weaker as it travels. Airborne enemies will take extra damage from it and get launched further. The default down special, Thunder, causes a lightning strike that both shocks opponents and turns Pikachu invincible for a split second.
Volt Tackle N/A VoltTackleTrophyWiiU.png Pikachu's Final Smash turns its whole body into a powerful ball of electricity that darts around at high speed, tackling opponents. While Pikachu is charging around, press the attack button to unleash powerful sparks. There's also a little ball of light that flies ahead of Pikachu itself. Use that as a guide if Pikachu seems out of control! For Pikachu's Final Smash, it surrounds itself with a ball of electricity and darts around at high speed, tackling opponents. While it's charging around, press the attack button to unleash powerful sparks. You can also use little ball of light that flies ahead of Pikachu as a guide if it seems out of control!

Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

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!


  • Pikachu has charmed fans and given a jolt to opponents for nearly 20 years—whether in the Pokémon TV series, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, or Pokémon video games, Pikachu has always been there as a stalwart companion for any Pokémon Trainer willing to take on the challenge of becoming the very best.

Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピカチュウ
Russian Пикачу
Transcription of Japanese/English name
Korean 피카츄
Transliteration of Japanese/English name
Chinese Hong Kong / Macau: 比卡超
China / Taiwan: 皮卡丘

In other common languages[edit]

Language Name
Arabic بيكاتشو
Indonesian Pikacu (mangas only)
Thai ปิกะจู


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  • Pikachu is the only playable Pokémon in the Super Smash Bros. series to have a gender difference. Female Pikachu have a heart-shaped dent at the end of their tail, while the Pikachu in Smash does not, which may indicate that the Pikachu in Smash is male. However, this distinction was first apparent in Generation IV of the Pokémon games.
  • Pikachu is the only character in Brawl to have only four palette swaps.
  • A "Mario Pikachu" merchandise promotion was announced for Japan featuring Pikachu dressed as Mario and Luigi. Official artwork also features other Pokémon standing in for Mario characters, such as Diancie for Princess Peach and Blastoise for Bowser.