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Overview

        
 Pichu
is a small baby Pokémon species (baby Pokémon cannot breed at a daycare centre) who evolves into Pikachu.  
  
This electric type Pokémon, a creation of Sugimori, can be found in several of the later Pokémon games, not having been 'discovered' until the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver 
 
Pichu
also makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a weaker clone of Pikachu.  
 

Data


Pichu
National Pokedex No. - 172
Type - Electric   
Evolution - Level up at full happiness
Location - Johto, Sinnoh, Breeding
 
Evolution chain


Pichu  (happiness) --> Pikachu (Thunder Stone) --> Raichu
    

Details


Evolution  

 

Pichu evolves into Pikachu through happiness. Only after Pichu has gained the required amount of happiness with its  current Pokémon Trainer, who trains it well, will it then evolve into a Pikachu. Happiness can be gained by giving  Pichu special items and berries, by walking with Pichu at the head of its party or by using Pichu in battle. 

 

 As is evolution within the Pokémon World, Pichu can pass-on traits to its evolutionary line, producing a dynamic effect of electric power. 

 The Pichu of Smash's Melee is a likely candidate of word to have evolved and transformed into what the players know as Pikachu of Smash's Brawl.  

Many off features are present in Pikachu that Pichu once emitted within the series and have influenced Pikachu's design for Smash's Brawl. Pikachu bears the signature blue goggles Pichu once fashioned. Wall jumping was a signature key that Pichu eluded Pikachu's design, one that is now integrated onto Pikachu's design after Pichu departure from the series.  

  A noted trait viewed from Pikachu of Smash's Brawl is a technique used for its Final Smash; the Volt Tackle. Volt Tackle is a special moved discovered through breeding techniques, resulting in a Pichu being the bases of achieving the move.


Description

 
Pichu
is not yet skilled at storing electricity, it charges itself with electricity more easily on days with thunderclouds or when the air is dry. When it's startled, it discharges power accidentally, and despite it's small size, it can zap even adult humans. You can hear the crackling of static electricity coming off this Pokémon. When it plays with others, it may short out electricity with another Pichu, creating a shower of sparks. In that event, this Pokémon will begin crying, startled by the flash.  
 
 
 

Location

 
When introduced in Pokémon Generation II, there were no methods to catching this critter out in the wild, even within Generation III, the restriction of Pichu resources were scarce. The only way to have a Pichu in these games was by option of breeding. Generation IV's Trophy Garden is the prominent area to catch Pichu.
 
Pichu has been featured in various download content, primarily Pokémon Generation IV. 

Trophy Description


Classic Mode

"A Tiny Mouse 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 Mode

"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 Mode

"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."
  
Brawl Trophy

"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."

  • Pokémon Gold/Silver
  • Pokémon Diamond/Pearl

Variations


Pikachu-colored Pichu

A special Shiny variation of Pichu is introduced in Pokémon Generation IV as a Pokémon obtained through special Wonder Card events. Pikachu-colored Pichu is based on the twelfth movies character known by the same name.


This Pichu is great friends with Spiky-eared Pichu. Their friendship is shown within the twelfth movie and is translated within the games. This specific special event Pichu is the only Pichu than can be used to unlock another Pichu variation. the Spiky-Eared Pichu.


Spiky-Eared Pichu


Spiky-Eared Pichu appears at the Ilex Shrine if its Pokémon Trainer has the Pikachu-colored Pichu as their leading party member,  triggering its presence to play with Pikachu-colored Pichu.


Special Appearances              


Smash Franchise

 
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Pichu & Pikachu in Super Smash Bros. Melee
 
Pichu
is an unlockable character in the Smash series exclusively present in Super Smash Bros. MeleePichu retained near full-on clone movesets with the exempt of special animations in walking/running and small fixtures for Pichu.  Its representative spot for the Pokémon Franchise in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is later given up to Pokémon Trainer.
 
Unlockable 

In order to unlock the Pokémon, Smash players require unlocking Falco and Luigi, complete the "Legendary Pokémon" event, or play-run through 200 multi-player matches. 
  
Super Smash Bros. Brawl 
  
Pichu reappears in the Smash series, though its playable status has since dropped to a character trophy. Left unawakened to reprise it's role as a playable character, and leaving no retainable form to access as playable within the game, it is seen only after obtaining a trophy. The trophy, having no specified mentioning of a previous appearance within the series. 
One of Pichu's character traits, the blue goggles, passed onto as one of Pikachu's palette swap designs.

Pokémon Franchise

  

 Pika-TV
Pokémon Channel
 
Pichu Bros. were featured stars of a game known as Pichu Bros. Party Panic. This game contained a simulation of rapid-fire challenges in an all-in-one experience. The game was scrapped and later conceived as episodic experience for the gamers of Pokémon Channel.   
 
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (Japan)
 
Pichu is present as one of the protagonists. Pichu is amongst the leaders of the Light Adventure Squad. This game's release premiered exclusively in Japan.
 

Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs  

Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs marks Pichu's prominent in-game Pokémon appearance within the franchise. It is characterized by its ukelele, granting its nicknaming of "Ukelele Pichu", and is a noted sidekick to the player's character.  
  

HeartGold/SoulSilver  

A notched ear Pichu, the noted Spiky-eared Pichu, makes its game debut appearance within the franchise only on the Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver game platforms. Spiky-eared Pichu cannot be found in any other 4th Generation Pokémon game nor is compatibly capable of the Pokémon Black/White transferable process. The players are rewarded with its presence after visiting Ilex Forest with a Shiny Pichu. An event Shiny Pichu made the facilitation for obtaining Spiky-eared Pichu. This special Pichu is precedingly incapable of evolution throughout game play like other Pichu, which normally advance into the Pikachu state of form.  
Spiky-eared Pichu is the only Pokémon that ineligible to enter the Union Hall within Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver.
 

 
Special Event
  

Shiny Pichu was introduced through a series of special events so players could retrieve the in specific Pokémon Generation IV cartridges. Besides being a variant color to Pichu, it has the ability of unlocking a secodary event placed in HeartGold/SoulSilver.
For a limited time in the U.S., from January 30 to Febuary 14th 2010, players could download the special Shiny Pichu at GameStop. 

Fun Facts

  • Pichu is the first baby Pokémon registered within the National Pokédex.
  • Pichu is Smash's first non Generation I Pokémon and the only primary Generation II Pokémon playable within the series.
  • Pichu's superlative speeds in regards to Pikachu are only surmised in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Despite being fast and nimble in Smash, Pichu's speed stats are, in actuality, fairly low.
  • Utilizing the Cloaking Device on Pichu allows for all imperative recoil damage to become nullified.
  • Pichu's Skull Bash is definitive as being obtained through method of breeding. The Skull Bash TM is a R/B/G/Y exclusive move Pikachu is capable of traiting to Pichu by trading via G/S/C and breeding to retrieve a Pichu with Skull Bash.
  • In Smash's All-Star Mode, Pichu resides in FourSide as its home stage. This is an alluding reference to the Pichu Brothers' residence in Big Town.
  • While Pichu's PokéDex entries suggest that Pichu is unskilled at fully controlling and storing their own voltage, Pichu is capable of learning regular Charge without any in-game after affects. Wild Charge's effects simulate that of Pichu's jolt recoil descriptions.
  • Of the two Pichu Brothers' voice actors, Satomi Kōrogi voices life to Pichu in Super Smash Bros. Melee. In addition the respective voice actor, Yumi Tōma, voiced the spiky-eared Pichu presented in the Anime film, Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

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