Pikachu (Pokémon)

Electric-type Pokémon Pikachu (Japanese: Pikachu) was first seen in Generation I.

It changes from Pichu to Raichu when it has a high friendship level and is exposed to a Thunder Stone.

When Pikachu is near a Thunder Stone in Alola, it changes into an Alolan Raichu.

Pikachu has a Gigantamax form. Pikachu can’t evolve if it has the Gigamax Factor.

In Pokémon Yellow, the starter Pikachu won’t change into Raichu unless it is traded and changed on a different save file.

In Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, the player’s starter Pikachu will not evolve and cannot be traded to become a Raichu.

People usually think of Pikachu as the Pokémon franchise’s mascot and one of Nintendo’s main mascots.

It is also the mascot of Pokémon Yellow and the starter Pokémon in Let’s Go, Pikachu! It has been on the boxes of a lot of spin-off games.

In Pokémon Rumble Blast and Pokémon Rumble World, Pikachu is also the first Pokémon you get.

In an interview, Pikachu’s creator, Atsuko Nishida, said that this Pokémon was originally a creature with ears that stuck out, like a daifuku. The black tips of its ears are left over from this original idea.

Nishida named the Pokémon Pikachu “without giving it much thought,” and from there, it was turned into a mouse. Nishida gave Pikachu cheek pouches to store electricity because Game Designer Kji Nishino told him to.

This made Pikachu “cuter.” Squirrels, who store food in their cheeks, gave us the idea for these. Pikachu’s yellow color and tail in the shape of a lightning bolt show that it is electrical and make it easier to recognize and understand its type.

Nishida says that the stripes on Pikachu’s back aren’t based on anything in particular. Instead, she thought that Pikachu’s back would be “lonely” without them because the player sees the back of their Pokémon when they go into battle.

Most likely, Pikachu’s Gigantamax form is a nod to its older, rounder look from Generations I and II.

Biology

Pikachu is a Pokémon that looks like a short, fat rat. It has yellow fur with two brown stripes going across its back. It has brown eyes and a small mouth.

The tips of its long, pointed ears are black. Each cheek is a red circle with a pouch on it that stores electricity. It has short forearms and three toes on each foot. Each paw has five fingers.

A patch of brown fur is at the base of its lightning-bolt-shaped tail. At the end of a female’s tail, there is a V-shaped cut that looks like the top of a heart. It is considered a four-legged animal, but it has been seen standing and walking on its back legs.

The anime has shown that wild Pikachu lives in groups in wooded areas. Pikachu show each other they are friendly by squeaking and shaking their tails. In the anime, Alolan Pikachu is shown sniffing each other and rubbing their tails together when they meet.

Electric Pokémon can use electricity to communicate with each other and with other Electric Pokémon. It lifts its tail to look around, and sometimes lightning strikes it when it is in this position.

When groups get bigger, lightning storms can happen by accident. Pikachu hunts for Berries, which it then roasts with electricity to make them soft enough to eat. Burned patches of grass are a sure sign that Pikachu lives there.

People have seen it eat telephone poles, wires, and other electronic equipment, and sometimes destroy them. It can sometimes happen that Cramorant swallows it by accident. Even though it is scared, it looks for ways to get away from it.

Pikachu charges itself overnight in the mouth of Cramorant, but stress and not getting enough sleep can mess this up. It can send out electric currents of different strengths.

People have noticed that Pikachu’s glands store energy, which it needs to get rid of to avoid problems. It can also send energy out through its tail, which acts as a grounding rod and give electric shocks to other Pikachu to charge them up. Volt Tackle is only known to be able to be used by Pikachu and the other Pokémon that have evolved from it.

Pikachu has three different looks. The first one, Cosplay Pikachu, was only seen in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. It is always a female, has a black heart-shaped spot at the end of its tail, and can wear any of five outfits that match the five Contest conditions.

The second form is Pikachu with a cap. This Pokémon first appeared in Generation VII as an event-only Pokémon. It’s always a man, and there are eight different kinds of it. Each one wears one of Ash’s hats from the anime.

Besides these two forms, many other versions of Pikachu have been shown in different media. In Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, the player starts with the last Pokémon, Partner Pikachu. This Pikachu can be either male or female. Its base stats are higher, and it can use moves that other Pikachu can’t.

It gets bigger and rounder than Gigantamax Pikachu. Its tail gets longer and is able to store all of the electricity it makes.

This makes it glow bright yellow and gives it the power of a lightning strike. Around the tail are three red clouds. It has the same power as a power plant, but it is hard to use in homes because Pikachu can only stay in its Gigantamax form for a short time.

Catastropika is a Z-Move that only Pikachu is known to be able to use. 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt is a Z-Move that only Pikachu in a cap can use. The only Pokémon that can use Zippy Zap, Floaty Fall, Splishy Splash, and the Partner Power Pika Papow is Partner Pikachu.

The only Pokémon that can use the Light Ball item is Pikachu. The only Pokémon known to be able to use the G-Max Move G-Max Volt Crash is Gigantamax Pikachu.

Trivia

  1. Atsuko Nishida, who works at Game Freak as a core designer, came up with the idea for Pikachu.
  2. Niue made a one-dollar coin with its coat of arms on one side and Pikachu on the other to promote the Pokémon franchise.
  3. The name of the category for Pikachu and its evolved form is the same as for Sandshrew, Sandslash, Rattata, Raticate, and Paw. All of them are called “Mouse Pokémon,” but Rattata and Raticate have also been called “Rat Pokémon.”
  4. Taylor has said that her favorite Pokémon is Pikachu. Sarah Natochenny has also told Mew about it.
  5. In 2008, scientists in Japan found a new protein called pikachurin that helps send electric signals from the eyes to the brain. They said it was called Pikachu because it had “lightning-fast moves and shocking electric effects” like Pikachu.
  6. Three Pikachu balloons have been in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “Flying Pikachu” was the first one. It flew from 2001 to 2005, and after an accident with an M&M’s balloon in the 2005 parade, it was used to test the wind in Times Square during morning rush hour. It was last used at the Party of the Decade in Bryant Park in New York City in August 2006. The second balloon made its first appearance in the parade in 2006. It has glowing cheeks and chases a Poké Ball balloon. The third one was added to the parade in 2014. It wears a green scarf and holds a small snowman in the shape of Pikachu.
  7. Pikachu is the only core series starter Pokémon with a pre-evolved form. However, Pokémon Yellow came out before Pichu, and in Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, you can’t get Pichu.
  8. A Sneak Peek at Pokémon says that Pikachu can give off a steady current of 1000 amperes.
  9. Pikachu has the most moves that can only be used at events.
  10. Pikachu is also the only Pokemon with two Z-moves that only it can use.
  11. Pikachu is the only Pokémon that can be used in the Pokémon Stadium in Japan that hasn’t fully evolved.
  12. Pikachu uses its anime cry in Pokémon Yellow and after Generation VI (voiced by Ikue Ohtani). Before Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, it was the only core series Pokémon that could do that.
  13. Its battle cry is different on the status screen and in the Pokédex.
  14. In Pokémon Stadium and Stadium 2, the Yellow starter Pikachu has its own voice clips.
  15. Like other Pokémon, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, uses an updated version of its original cry.
  16. Pikachu is the only core series starter Pokémon that doesn’t have a gender ratio of 7 males for every 1 female.
  17. The only core series games where you can’t get Pikachu without traveling or an event are Black, White, Black 2, and White 2.
  18. In June of 2014, a collection at the Pokémon Center was all about Pikachu.
  19. Pikachu is the only Pokémon that didn’t fully evolve and whose base stats went up in Generation VI. It is also the only Pokémon whose Defense and Special Defense both went up.
  20. Pikachu is the only Pokémon that can be caught in all three pinball games: Pokémon Pinball, Pokémon Pinball mini, and Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire.
  21. In Sun and Moon, Pikachu is number 025 in both the National Pokédex and the Alola Pokédex.
  22. Pikachu’s second-stage evolution was supposed to be called “Gorochu,” and it would have had two horns and fangs. Sugimori said that there was nothing wrong with how it looked, but it was still left out of Pokémon Red and Green Versions because the staff thought the game would be better without it and because there wasn’t enough space for some Pokémon that were supposed to evolve twice but could only evolve once.
  23. Pokémon Battle Chess has Pikachu in it. It doesn’t act like any other kind of chess piece.