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General Information
Species Mouse Pokemon
Type Electric-type
Ability Static
Lightning Rod (Hidden Ability)
Gender Ratio 50% male, 50% female
Height 1'04"
Weight 13.2 lbs
Related Pokémon Alolan Raichu (evolved form)
Pichu (pre-evolved form)
Raichu (evolved form)
Evolves from Pichu (Friendship)
Evolves into Raichu (Thunder Stone)
Alolan Raichu (Thunder Stone)
Breeding Information
Egg Group Field
Pokédex / Browser Numbers
National #025
Kanto #025
Johto #022
Hoenn #156 (Generation III)
#163 (Generation VI)
Sinnoh #104
Kalos #036
Fiore R-023
Almia R-002
Oblivia R-005 (present)
N-154 (past)

Pikachu is an Electric-type Pokémon that evolves from Pichu via happiness and evolves into Raichu or Alolan Raichu via a Thunder Stone.


Pikachu is a rodent-like Pokémon, covered in yellow fur with its ears being long and pointed with black tips. It has a small mouth, brown eyes, and two red circles on its cheeks. There are pouches inside its cheeks where it stores electricity. Its forearms are short, with five fingers on each hand, and its feet have three toes. It has two brown stripes on its back, and its tail is in the shape of a lightning bolt with a patch of brown fur at the base. Most Pikachu have black eyes, while some have blue eyes.


As shown with Puka, Pikachu can live for at least twenty years.

Gender Differences

A female Pikachu

Female Pikachu have a V-shaped notch at the end of its tail, which looks like the top of a heart while male Pikachu have a flat end to their tail.

Female Cosplay Pikachu have a black heart shape on the end of their tail.


The anime has shown that Pikachu sometimes travel in groups.

Pikachu is known to raise its tail to check its surroundings, and is occasionally struck by lightning in this position.


Pikachu live in grasslands, forests and near power plants. A sign that Pikachu inhabits a location is patches of burnt grass.


Pikachu can be found foraging for berries, which it roasts with electricity to make them tender enough to eat.

Pikachu have been observed eating and sometimes destroying telephone poles, wires, and other electronic equipment.


Pikachu is able to release electric discharges of varying intensity. Pikachu is also able to release electricity through its tail, which acts as a grounding rod, as well as recharging fellow Pichu, Pikachu or Raichu with electric shocks.

Pikachu have been known to build up energy in its glands, and will need to discharge to avoid complications.

When threatened, Pikachu looses electric charges from its cheeks, and a group can build and cause lightning storms.

For an unknown reason, Puka can sense big waves coming to the Seafoam Islands beach, causing his eyes to glow.

Notable Pikachu

Name Canon Trainer(s) Group Note(s)
Pikachu Anime Aura Guardian -
Pikachu Anime Ayumi -
Pikachu Anime Frank - Multiple.
Pikachu Anime Mirror Ash Ketchum -
Pikachu Anime Nurse Joy -
Pikachu Anime Pokémon League entrance exam instructor -
Pikachu Anime Professor Oak (formerly)
Ash Ketchum
Pikachu Anime Travis -
Pikachu Anime Uschi -
Pikachu Anime None - Seen in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate!.
Pikachu Anime None - Multiple, seen in Pikachu's Goodbye.
Pikachu Belle Anime Frank -
Pikachu Libre Anime Frank -
Pikachu, Ph. D Anime Frank -
Pikachu Pop Star Anime Frank -
Pikachu Rock Star Anime Frank -
Pikachutwo Anime None -
Puka Anime Victor -
Sparky Anime Ritchie -
Spike Anime Jimmy -
The Partner Games None Team Poképals
The Player Games None Team Poképals

Former Pikachu

Name Canon Trainer Note(s)
Ash Ketchum Anime None Via magic.
Ditto Anime Drake Via Transform.
Ditto Anime Duplica Via Transform.
Ditto 1 Anime Narissa Via Transform.
Ditto 2 Anime Narissa Via Transform.
Mew Anime None Via Transform.
Mini-Dit Anime Duplica Via Transform.
Raichu Anime Lt. Surge Evolved into a Raichu.
Raichu Anime Volkner Evolved into a Raichu.
Sugar Anime Abigail Evolved into a Raichu.