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    Pikachu is an electric-type Pokémon that evolves from Pichu and can evolve into Raichu with a Thunderstone. Pikachu is the official mascot for the Pokémon series.

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    Note: This page refers to Pikachu in its appearances as a species. This Character page should be used to document the appearances of Pikachu as an individual character.

    Overview

    Pikachu is an Electric Mouse Pokémon. Pikachu became the mascot of the Pokémon franchise after a Pikachu was given to Ash in the very first episode of the Anime series by Professor Oak.

    As an electric Pokémon, Pikachu is particularly strong against Water and Flying-type Pokémon, its electric moves doing twice the normal damage to these types. However, it is completely ineffective against Ground types (it causes no damage against them, and their moves do twice the normal damage to it). Also, steel-type and flying-type moves only do half of their normal damage to Pikachu.

    At the beginning of Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition the player is given a Pikachu which acts as their first (starter) Pokémon and follows them around on their journey. Throughout the series of Pokémon RPGs Pikachu has evolved into Raichu when exposed to a Thunderstone and from Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal versions onward it has evolved from Pichu.

    Alternatively, wild Pikachu can be caught in some other Pokémon titles. Pikachu uses powerful electric attacks like Thundershock, Thunderbolt and Thunderwave that can paralyze its opponents.

    Evolution

    Using a Thunderstone causes a Pikachu to evolve into a Raichu at any level. However, in Pokémon Yellow, he will refuse to evolve into Raichu, even if you try to use a Thunderstone (Unless you trade your Pikachu to another version).

    In the Gold and Silver Version, it was discovered that Pikachu is the evolved form of Pichu, which evolves into Pikachu when its happiness level is high enough, and loves its trainer. To evolve your Pichu into a Pikachu, you must raise its happiness level to its full capacity (220 pts.), and then train it one level.

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    Physiology

    Pikachu is meant to resemble a mouse, but made yellow due to it being an electric type. It has two fair sized ears, that both end in black tips. It has two brown stripes on its back. It has two red cheeks, which have often been seen sparking when Pikachu is angry. Whether it's tail has "dent" in it depends on its gender. Male Pikachu do not have this V shaped "dent", whereas females do. Its tail resembles that of a lightning bolt.

    Vitals

    Pokedex #TypeHeightWeightJapanese Text
    025Electric1'04"13.0 lbsピカチュウ
    ClassificationAbility
    Mouse PokémonStatic: The opponent has a 30% chance of being paralyzed when using a physical attack against this Pokémon
    Base HappinessCapture RateExperience GrowthGender RatioSafari Zone Flee Rate
    701901,000,000 pts.Male: 50%
    Female: 50%
    0

    Base Stats

    HPAttackDefenseSp.AttackSp.DefenseSpeed
    355530504090

    Pokédex Entries

    Each version of Pokémon has a different entry that describes Pikachu.

    Generation I

    • Red and Blue Version:

      'When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity could build and cause lightning storms.'

    • Yellow Version:

      'It keeps its tail raised to monitor its surroundings. If you yank its tail, it will try to bite you.'

    Generation II

    • Gold Version:

      'This intelligent Pokémon roasts hard berries with electricity to make them tender enough to eat.'

    • Silver Version:

      'It raises its tail to check its surroundings. The tail is sometimes struck by lightning in this pose.'

    • Crystal Version:

      'When it is angered, it immediately discharges the energy stored in the pouches in its cheeks.'

    Generation III

    • Ruby Version:

      '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 Version:

      '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.'

    • Emerald Version:

      '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.'

    • FireRed Version:

      'It has small electric sacs on both its cheeks. If threatened, it looses electric charges from the sacs.'

    • Leaf Green Version:

      'When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity could build and cause lightning storms.'

    Generation IV

    • Diamond Version:

      'It lives in forests with others. It stores electricity in the pouches on its cheeks.'

    • Pearl Version:

      'If it looses crackling power from the electrical pouches on its cheeks, it is being wary.'

    • Platinum Version:
      'Pikachu can differentiate between the electricity from the shock of a weakened companion as well as a healthy one.'
    • HeartGold Version:
      'This intelligent Pokémon roasts hard berries with electricity to make them tender enough to eat.'
    • SoulSilver Version:
      'It raises its tail to check its surroundings. The tail is sometimes struck by lightning in this pose.'

    Generation V

    • Black and White Versions:
      'It occasionally uses an electric shock to recharge a fellow Pikachu that is in a weakened state.'
    • Black and White Version 2
      'It occasionally uses an electric shock to recharge a fellow Pikachu that is in a weakened state.'

    Game Locations

    GameLocationRarity
    Red and Blue Viridian Forest and Power PlantRare
    YellowStarter Pokemon from Prof. Oak in Pallet TownOne
    Gold and SilverRoute 2Rare
    CrystalRoute 2Rare
    Ruby and SapphireSafari ZoneRare
    EmeraldSafari ZoneRare
    FireRed and LeafGreen Viridian Forest and Power PlantRare
    ColosseumTradeNone
    XDTradeNone
    Diamond and PearlTrophy GardenCommon

    Platinum

    Trophy Garden

    Common

    HeartGold and SoulSilver

    Route 2, Viridian Forest, and Power Plant (via PokeWalker)

    Common

    GameLocation
    Pokemon SnapBeach, Tunnel, River, and Cave
    Pokemon ChannelCollect all 101 Nice Cards
    Pokemon PinballViridian Forest (Blue Field)
    Pokemon Pinball:
    Ruby and Sapphire
    Safari Zone (Ruby Field)
    Pokemon Trozei!Secret Storage 4
    Secret Storage 20
    Endless Level 1
    Mr. Who's Den
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon:
    Red and Blue Rescue Team
    Starter Pokemon
    Lightning Field (6F-10F)
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon:
    Explorers of Time and Darkness
    Starter Pokemon
    Amp Plains (9F-10F)
    Far Amp Plains (1F-4F)
    Pokemon RangerLyra Forest
    Panula Cave
    Sekra Mountain Range
    Pokemon Ranger:
    Shadow of Almia
    Vein Forest
    Crysta Cave
    Volcano Cave
    Chroma Road
    Chroma Highlands
    Chroma Ruins
    My Pokemon RanchRandom trade with Hayley
    Pokemon RumbleQuiet Forest

    Aditional notes & Trivia

    • In 2008, Japanese researchers discovered and named a unique protein after Pikachu. The protein — Pikachurin — “plays a role in the efficient transmission of kinetic vision information from the eyes to the brain.”
    • Pikachu is voiced by Ikue Ohtani in many instances it has been presented in.
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