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Pikachu
Sugimoris025.png
National Pokédex
Arbok - Pikachu (#025) - Raichu
Series Pokémon series
First game Pokémon Red and Blue (1996)
Designed by Ken Sugimori
Voiced by Ikue Ōtani
Live action actor(s) Jennifer Risser

Pikachu (ピカチュウ Pikachū ?) is one of the fictional species of Pokémon creatures from the Pokémon media franchise—a collection of video games, anime, manga, books, trading cards, and other media created by Satoshi Tajiri. As do all Pokémon, Pikachu fight other Pokémon in battles central to the anime, manga, and games of the series.[1] Pikachu is among the most recognizable Pokémon, largely because a Pikachu is a central character in the Pokémon anime series. Pikachu is widely considered the most popular Pokémon,[2 ] is regarded as the official mascot of the Pokémon franchise, and has become an icon of Japanese culture in recent years.

In the Pokémon franchise, Pikachu are often found in houses, forests,[3] plains, and occasionally near mountains, islands, and electrical sources (such as power plants), on most continents throughout the fictional world. As an Electric-type Pokémon, Pikachu can store electricity in its cheeks and release it in lightning-based attacks.[4]

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Concept and creation

The design and art direction for Pikachu were provided by Ken Sugimori,[5] a friend of the creator of the Pocket Monsters game, Satoshi Tajiri, and the species appeared as the starting character for players in Pokémon Yellow: Special Edition . In the early Pokémon video games, all Pokémon were portrayed by two-dimensional sprites, but in later releases appearance has been conveyed by 3D computer graphics. Throughout the games, Pikachu has been portrayed with no spoken dialogue. In the series' anime, Pikachu has facial expressions, body language, and speaks by repeating syllables of its name, using different pitches and tones.

Though not the first Pokémon created, Pikachu was the first "Electric-type" Pokémon created, conceived after the type was suggested to Sugimori and designed around the concept of electricity and the common symbol for lightning.[6] The name is a portmanteau of the Japanese words pikapika, an onomatopoeia for electric sparkling, and chū, which is the Japanese onomatopoeia for a mouse's squeak.[7] In an interview, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl director Junichi Masuda noted Pikachu's name as one of the most difficult to create, due to an effort to make it appealing to both Japanese and American audiences.[8] It refers to both the overall species and to the individual within the games, anime, and manga series.

Characteristics

Pikachu are small, mouse-like Pokémon that have short, yellow fur with brown markings covering their backs and parts of their tails.[9] They have black-tipped, pointy ears and red circles on their cheeks, which are said to contain "electrical sacs".[3] Their tails are shaped in the form of a lightning bolt.[10] In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, gender differences were introduced for some Pokémon; a female Pikachu now has an indent at the end of its tail, giving it a heart-shaped appearance.

The Pokédex, in the series, states that Pikachu forage for berries. In lieu of climbing trees,[11] they use small electrical bolts to release the berries and apples from the tree, roasting them at the same time.[12] For already fallen berries and apples they use their electricity to roast and tenderize them. They are said to store electricity in their cheeks,[3] and by simply squeezing them they can discharge sparks, lightning bolts, or other forms of electricity. Discharging sparks and thunderbolts may be a sign of wariness from the Pokémon. An inability to discharge electricity, as occurs in the presence of a strong magnetic field, causes an illness with flu-like symptoms. Pikachu tend to gather in areas with high amounts of thunderstorm activity. When threatened, a group of Pikachu can generate an intense electrical output, and the electro-magnetic forces exerted by the resulting field can even produce short-lived, localized thunder and lightning storms.[13] They occasionally use an electric shock to recharge a fellow Pikachu that is in a weakened state.[14]

Pikachu evolves into Raichu via the use of a Thunder Stone; however, it is somewhat common for trainers to choose not to evolve their Pikachu. In the Pokémon Yellow game, using a Thunder Stone on a Pikachu makes it cry and refuse to evolve. From the second generation of the Pokémon games onward, Pikachu has an evolutionary predecessor, Pichu, which evolves into Pikachu after establishing a close friendship with its trainer.

Appearances

In the video games

In the video games, Pikachu is a low-level Pokémon, which stores electricity in its cheeks and is capable of firing said electricity in various forms of attack. It has appeared in all of the games naturally without having to trade. The game Pokémon Yellow features a Pikachu as the representative Pokémon, featured on the box art and as the only available starter Pokémon. Based on the Pikachu from the Pokémon anime, it refuses to stay in its Poké Ball, and instead follows the main character around on screen. The trainer can speak to it and it displays different reactions depending on how it is treated. Another game centered around Pikachu is Hey You, Pikachu! for the Nintendo 64.[15] The player interacts with Pikachu through a microphone, issuing commands to play various mini-games and act out situations. The game Pokémon Channel follows a similar premise of interacting with the Pikachu, though without the microphone.[16] Pikachu also appear in almost all levels of Pokémon Snap. A Pikachu is also one of the sixteen starters and ten partners in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games. Pikachu will also be starring in the upcoming wii game Pokepark Wii.

Pikachu has also appeared in Super Smash Bros.,[17] Super Smash Bros. Melee,[18] and Super Smash Bros. Brawl[19] as a player character.

In the anime

Ash Ketchum and Pikachu together in the pilot episode, "Pokémon, I Choose You!"

The Pokémon anime series and films feature the adventures of Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu, traveling through the various regions of the Pokémon universe. They are accompanied by a group of alternating friends, including Misty, Brock, May, Max, Tracey, and Dawn.

In the first episode, Ash Ketchum receives his Pikachu from Professor Oak as his starting Pokémon. New trainers are given a starting Pokémon; in Ash's homeland of Kanto this is often Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur, but Ash slept in and got Pikachu instead. At first, Pikachu largely ignores Ash's requests, shocking him frequently and refusing to be confined to the conventional method of Pokémon transportation, a Poké Ball. However, Ash puts himself in danger to defend Pikachu from a flock of wild Spearow,[20 ] then rushes the electric mouse to a Pokémon Center. Through these demonstrations of respect and unconditional commitment to Pokémon, Pikachu warms up to Ash, and their friendship is formed. However, it still refuses to go into its Poké Ball. Soon after, Pikachu shows great power that sets it apart from Pokémon, and other Pikachu, which causes Team Rocket to constantly attempt to capture it in order to win favor from their boss, Giovanni.

Other wild and trained Pikachu appear throughout the series, often interacting with Ash and his Pikachu. The most notable among these is Richie's Pikachu, Sparky. Like most other Pokémon, Pikachu communicates only by saying syllables of its own name. It is voiced by Ikue Ōtani in all versions of the anime.

In other Pokémon media

Pikachu is one of the main Pokémon used in most of the Pokémon manga series. In Pokémon Adventures, Red and Yellow both train a strong Pikachu. It is originally captured by Red, but after Red goes missing two years later, Yellow teams up with his Pikachu, accompanying it in their quest to find Red. It is also featured in series based on the anime, such as Electric Tale of Pikachu, Ash & Pikachu, and other series, such as Magical Pokémon Journey and Getto Da Ze.

Collectible cards featuring Pikachu have appeared since the initial Pokémon Trading Card Game released in October 1996, including limited edition promotional cards.[21] The character has also been used in promotional merchandising at fast-food chains such as McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King.[22][23][24][25]

Cultural impact

Background

A Toyota Ist customised to resemble Pikachu

Pikachu first appeared in 1996, among the 151 initial Pokémon mascots when Game Freak delivered the first-ever Pokémon game for the Japanese Game Boy.[26] The creators of the initial 151 Pokémon characters treated each one equally, and left it to the fans to decide which one would become the official mascot. The fans chose Pikachu, which alternatively led to its appearance in the anime alongside Ash.[27]

Today, Pikachu is regarded as the Japanese answer to Mickey Mouse[2 ] and as being part of a movement of "cute capitalism".[28] Pikachu are obtainable in all of the Pokémon video games to date, with a prominent role in Pokémon Yellow. The leading characters of the anime and manga series, including Pokémon Adventures, and Magical Pokémon Journey, have captured or befriended Pikachu. In an Oricon poll from 2008, Pikachu was voted as the fourth most popular video game character in Japan, tying with Solid Snake.[29]

In popular culture

Pikachu, being the most famous of the Pokémon characters, has made multiple appearances in popular culture. In 1998, the Mayor of Topeka, Kansas renamed the town "ToPikachu" for a day as part of a promotional event for the franchise.[30] A "got milk?" advertisement featured Pikachu on April 25, 2000.[31]

A Pikachu balloon has been featured in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade since 2001.[32] Its appearance on 22 May 2006 during the morning rush hour was as part of a test examining parade balloon handling procedures.[33] The original balloon was flown for the last time publicly at the Pokémon Tenth Anniversary "Party of the Decade" on August 8, 2006 in Bryant Park in New York City,[34][35][36][37] and a new Pikachu Balloon that chases a Poké Ball and has light-up cheeks debuted at the 2006 Parade.[38] The balloon was chosen on an online survey at iVillage as the second-best balloon in the 2007 Parade.[39]

The ANA Boeing 747-400 airplane painted with Pikachu and other Pokémon (visible: Clefairy, Togepi, Mewtwo, and Snorlax)

A picture of Pikachu has also been featured on the ANA Boeing 747-400 (JA8962), landing at London Heathrow Airport.[28] In 2000, Pikachu placed eighth in an Animax poll of favorite anime characters.[40] In 2002, Ash's Pikachu received fifteenth place in TV Guide's 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time.[41] GameSpot featured it in their article "All Time Greatest Game Hero".[42]

During the first episode of the eleventh series of Top Gear, presentor Richard Hammond compared an image of the Tata Nano to one of Pikachu stating "they've saved money on the styling 'cause they've just based it on this."[43] In the third season of Heroes, Hiro Nakamura is nicknamed "Pikachu" by Daphne Millbrook, much to his chagrin. He is called this again by Tracy Strauss, after which he excuses himself before punching her in the face.

Pikachurin

A newly-discovered ligand believed to provide better visual acuity, discovered by Osaka Bioscience Institute Foundation (大阪バイオサイエンス研究所 ?), is named "Pikachurin", borrowed from the nimbleness of Pikachu.[44] The name was inspired due to Pikachu's "lightning-fast moves and shocking electric effects".[45]

Notes

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  5. ^ Stuart Bishop (2003-05-30). "Game Freak on Pokémon!". CVG. Archived from the original on 2008-02-08. http://www.webcitation.org/5VSJaR6xT. Retrieved 2008-06-04.  
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  9. ^ The in-game Pokédex of the Game Boy series (A copy of them from pokémondungeon.com) URL accessed on March 27, 2006.
  10. ^ Sora Ltd.. Pikachu Trophy Information. (Nintendo). Wii. (2008-01-31) "Its lightning-bolt tail and round cheeks are its trademarks."
  11. ^ "PokeZam.com - Episode 366 - Pokeblock, Stock and Berry". PokeZam.com. http://www.pokezam.com/anime/episodes/challenge/366.php.  
  12. ^ Pokédex: This intelligent Pokémon roasts hard Berries with electricity to make them tender enough to eat. Game Freak. Pokémon Stadium. (Nintendo). Nintendo 64. (2000-03-06)
  13. ^ Pokédex: When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity could build and cause lightning storms. Game Freak. Pokémon Red and Blue. (Nintendo). Game Boy. (1998-09-30)
  14. ^ Pokédex: It occasionally uses an electric shock to recharge a fellow Pikachu that is in a weakened state. Game Freak. Pokémon Platinum. (Nintendo). Nintendo DS. (2009-03-22)
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  17. ^ Smash Bros.com Retrieved July 17, 2006
  18. ^ Super Smash Bros Melee. detstar.com Retrieved July 17, 2006
  19. ^ Smash Bros. Dojo! Pikachu Retrieved September 17, 2008
  20. ^ "Pokémon - I Choose You!". Takeshi Shudō (writer). Pokémon. Various. September 8, 1998. No. 01, season 1.
  21. ^ EX Legend Maker set card list Pokebeach.com. Retrieved October 15, 2006.
  22. ^ "The Pojo - TCG Set Lists McDonald's Campaign Expansion Set". http://www.pojo.com/priceguide/jpMcD.html. Retrieved 2008-06-04.  
  23. ^ "Fastfoodtoys.Net Pokémon 2000 Toys". http://www.fastfoodtoys.net/burger%20king%20pokemon%20power%20cards.htm. Retrieved 2008-06-04.  
  24. ^ "Restaurant chain entertainment promotions monitor, June 2003". Entertainment Marketing Letter. June 1, 2003. http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-3479164_ITM. Retrieved 2009-06-30.  
  25. ^ "Pokemon at Wendy's Promotion Begins!". May 20, 2003. http://web.archive.org/web/20080212014130/http://pokemonelite2000.com/pastnews0503.html. Retrieved 2009-06-30.  
  26. ^ Sora Ltd.. Pikachu Trophy Information. (Nintendo). Wii. (2008-01-31) "Appearances: Pokémon Red/Green (1996)"
  27. ^ "Pikachu (Character Profile)". IGN. http://stars.ign.com/objects/920/920547.html. Retrieved 2008-07-29.  
  28. ^ a b Allison, Anne (2002) The Cultural Politics of Pokemon Capitalism Media in Transition 2: globalization and convergence
  29. ^ Ashcraft, Brian (2009-10-04). "And Japan's Favorite Video Game Characters Are...?". Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/5035884/and-japans-favorite-video-game-characters-are. Retrieved 2009-09-12.  
  30. ^ Staff (November 1999). "What's the Deal with Pokémon?". Electronic Gaming Monthly (124): 172.  
  31. ^ "Pikachu Guzzles Milk to Become Most Powerful Pokemon". Business Wire. 2000-05-25. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EIN/is_2000_April_26/ai_61858603/. Retrieved 2008-07-29.  
  32. ^ Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Ncytourist.com Retrieved July 17, 2006
  33. ^ Crecente, Brian (2006-05-22). "Giant Pikachu Runs Flights Through NYC". Kotaku. http://kotaku.com/gaming/pokemon/giant-Pikachu-runs-flights-through-nyc-175515.php. Retrieved 2006-06-26.  
  34. ^ Zappia, Corina (August 8, 2006). "How Has Pokémon Not Died Yet?". NY Mirror (The Village Voice). http://www.villagevoice.com/2006-08-08/nyc-life/how-has-pok-mon-not-died-yet/. Retrieved 2009-05-18.  
  35. ^ Clark, Roger (August 8, 2006). "Pokemon Mania Takes Over Bryant Park". NY1 News. NY1 News. http://www.ny1.com/Default.aspx?SecID=1000&ArID=61663. Retrieved 2009-05-18.  
  36. ^ Sekula, Anna (August 17, 2006). "Gamers Crowd Bryant Park for Pokemon Tournament". BizBash (BizBash Media Inc.). http://www.bizbash.com/newyork/content/editorial/6602_gamers_crowd_bryant_park_for_pokemon_tournament.php. Retrieved 2009-05-18.  
  37. ^ Pokémon Party of the Decade
  38. ^ Whitt, Tom (2006-05-23). "Pikachu Soars as Trial Balloon for a Safer Macy's Parade". http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/23/nyregion/23balloon.html?fta=y. Retrieved 2008-07-29.  
  39. ^ Voting Results
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  44. ^ "Pikachurin, a dystroglycan ligand, is essential for photoreceptor ribbon synapse formation". Nature (journal). 2008-07-20. http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v11/n8/abs/nn.2160.html. Retrieved 2008-07-21.  
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Pikachu
Image:Pikachu.png
Name Pikachu
Pokedex Number 25
Hoenn Number 156
Johto Number 22
Sinnoh Number 104
Stage Stage 1
Evolves From Pichu (Happiness)
Evolves To Raichu (Thunder Stone)
Signature Attack Thunderbolt
Species Mouse
Type Electric
Height 1'4" (0.41 m)
Weight 13.0 lb (5.85 kg)
Gender distribution 50.0% male, 50.0% female
Ability Static
1st Appearance Pokémon Red, Blue & Yellow

Pikachu is an electric-type Pokémon from the Pokémon series of games. It is numbered 25 in the original Pokedex. Pikachu is easily the most popular Pokémon and is recognized by nearly everyone, not just Pokémon fans, mostly because it's the main Pokémon in the anime series -- which lead to its starring in Pokémon Yellow, the #1 fastest-selling Nintendo game in history (beating The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time).

The name Pikachu is a portmanteau of the Japanese words pikapika, an onomatopoeia for electric sparkling, and chū, which is the Japanese onomatopoeia for a mouse's squeak. It may also be based on the pika. The name Pikachu refers to individual Pikachu within the games, anime, and manga series. Pikachu is also the name of an individual character that belongs to this species and is the Pokémon companion of the anime's main protagonist, Ash Ketchum.

In the Pokémon franchise, Pikachu are often found in forests,[1] plains, and occasionally near mountains, islands and electrical sources (such as power plants), on most continents throughout the world. When threatened, a group of Pikachu can generate an intense electrical offensive, and the electro-magnetic forces exerted by the resulting field can even produce a short-lived, localized thunderstorm.[2]

Contents

Special Treatment

Pikachu, because of its populary and status as a Pokémon mascot of sorts, often has certain bonuses that make it good for an unevolved pokémon. For example, in Pokémon Yellow, they enabled a special bonus "surfing Pikachu" when hooked up to Pokémon Stadium. This is a special Pikachu that knows how to use the move "Surf", giving it a powerful water attack, while letting it participate in a surfing mini-game.

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Pikachu can sometimes be found with an item called a Lightball, which makes its special attack obscenely high.

With that in mind, if you bred a female Pikachu holding Lightball with another Pokémon of its Egg Type, it would result in a Pichu with the move Volt Tackle. Volt Tackle is a very powerful attack, which can be described as an Electric-type Double-Edge.

Characteristics

Pikachu are short, stocky mouse[3] Pokémon that possess short, yellow fur with brown markings covering their backs and parts of their tails. They have black-tipped pointy ears and light red circles on their cheeks, which contain electrical sacs. Their tails are shaped in the form of a lightning bolt. In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, gender differences were introduced for some Pokémon. For Pikachu, the females now have a "dent" at the end of their tails giving it a heart-shaped appearance.

Pikachu often forage for berries. In lieu of climbing trees[4][5] they use small electrical bolts to release the berries from the tree, roasting them at the same time. For fallen berries, they use their electricity to roast the berries with electricity, tenderizing them.[6] They store electricity in their cheeks,[1] and by simply squeezing them they can discharge them in sparks, bolts or other forms of electricity. An inability to discharge electricity in this last way, as in the presence of strong magnetic field, causes an illness with flu-like symptoms.[7] Pikachu gather in areas with high amounts of thunderstorm activity such as power stations.

Pikachu evolve into Raichu via use of a Thunder Stone. However, it is somewhat common for Trainers to choose not to evolve their Pikachu into Raichu. For example, in Pokémon Yellow, Pikachu refuses to evolve as attempting to use a Thunderstone on it makes it cry and refuse. It is numbered as #25 in the National Pokédex. Also, from the second generation of the Pokémon games onward, Pikachu has an evolutionary predecessor, Pichu, which is the pre-evolution of Pikachu and evolves into Pikachu after establishing a friendship with its trainer.

Pokédex entries

  • Red/Blue: When several of these Pokémon gather, their electricity could build and cause lightning storms.
  • Yellow: It keeps its tail raised to monitor its surroundings. If you yank its tail, it will try to bite you.
  • Gold/Pokémon Stadium 2: This intelligent Pokémon roasts hard berries with electricity to make them tender enough to eat.
  • Silver: It raises its tail to check its surroundings. The tail is sometimes struck by lightning in this pose.
  • Crystal: When it is angered, it immediately discharges the energy stored in the pouches in its cheeks.
  • Pokémon Stadium: Lives in forests away from people. It stores electricity in its cheeks for zapping an enemy if it is attacked.
  • Ruby: Whenever a 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: 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.

Appearances

Pokémon Yellow, a variation of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue incorporating many qualities of the anime.

In the video games, Pikachu is a typical low-level Pokémon, usually found around levels 3-6 in Viridian Forest, and around 25 in the Power Plant or in the Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald versions, Safari Zone. In Pokémon Yellow, Pikachu is the starting Pokémon.

Few players use Pikachu in competitive head-to-head play, however, because of its relatively low defense stats. It does see occasional play after Pokémon Gold and Silver, which added an item called the Light Ball.[8] This item, when given to Pikachu to hold, doubles the special attack stat that determines the power of its Special attacks, making it useful in competitive play. While holding the Light Ball, Pikachu's Special Attack surpasses Raichu's Special Attack. Because of this, some competitive players refuse to evolve their Pikachu.

Pikachu is featured in Hey You, Pikachu!,[9] Pokémon Yellow, Pokémon Channel,[10] and the Pokémon Pikachu digital pet. It also makes several appearances in Pokémon Snap,[11] famously portraying the Surfing Pikachu sidequest in Pokémon Yellow.

There has also been a special edition Game Boy Color handheld specifically created for Pokémon Yellow, sporting a yellow color with Pikachu featured on the handheld. In addition, a special-edition Nintendo 64[12] game console was released, featuring Pikachu as well as saying "Pikachu!" when Pokémon video games were started. This was released along with the game Hey You, Pikachu!, in which you use a microphone to converse with the Pokémon.

Pikachu has also made cameo appearances in Pokémon Pinball, Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, Pokémon Trozei, Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, Pokémon Dash and Pokémon Ranger. It has also played a role in various games for the Pokémon mini handheld games console. Pikachu is also one of the sixteen starters and ten partners in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games. Pikachu has also appeared in a video of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

Pikachu will be available as a prize for completing the 10 colosseums in Pokémon Battle Revolution, complete with a Light Ball, Volt Tackle, and Surf. Before this, a Pikachu with Volt Tackle and Surf did not exist, as Volt Tackle was obtained via breeding and Surf through Pokémon Stadium or Pokémon Yellow (In a special surfing minigame), as well as certain Nintendo Events.

Pikachu has also appeared in Super Smash Bros.[13] and Super Smash Bros. Melee[14] as a very agile and mobile playable character, equipped with Quick Attack, Thundershock, and Thunder. In Super Smash Bros. Melee,[14] Pikachu's Skull Bash move was introduced, and its Quick Attack ability was upgraded so that it did a small amount of damage to opponents. Pikachu also appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl,[15] with Volt Tackle as its Final Smash.[16]

Red/Blue

Pikachu is relatively uncommon in Red/Blue, appearing only and rather rarely in Viridian Forest and the Power Plant.

Yellow

Pikachu is your starter Pokémon in Yellow, and there isn't a single other one in the whole game. And they don't even give it as a starting Pokémon a very large stat boost to compensate for its low stats in Red/Blue. Or the fact that it'll refuse to evolve. Lame.

Gold/Silver/Crystal

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

Pikachu can be caught in the Safari Zone's entrance area and left area.

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

Pokémon Snap

Pikachu can be found on the Beach level as well as the Power Plant level. If you play your pokeflute, he performs the Thunder attack.  You can also make him perform the "Surfing Pikachu" poses on the Beach level if you throw apples leading him to the pink surfboard with the electric symbol on it.  He also can be used to break open Zapdos' egg on the Power Plant level by, again, leading him with apples. But this time, when he gets close to the egg, play your pokeflute and his Thunder attack with break open the egg, unleashing Zapdos!

Diamond/Pearl

Pikachu can be caught in the Trophy Garden on Route 212

Platinum

Pikachu does not appear in the trophy Garden on route 212 in Platinum very often (20 minutes of searching resulted in a male level 22) however several Pichu are available. Carry a pichu around for a bit, use some pomeg Berries, and level it up, and you have your own pikachu!

Stats

Max Stats at Level 100 with Beneficial nature

  • HP: 274
  • Attack: 229
  • Defense: 174
  • Sp. Attack: 218
  • Sp. Defence: 196
  • Speed: 306

Super Smash Bros

Pikachu appears in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a playable character. In all of these games, it does not have to be unlocked. Pikachu is fast, and has a unique attack where an electrical charge crawls around surfaces upside down.

Anime

The Pokémon anime series and films are a meta-series of adventures separate from the canon that most of the Pokémon video games follow (with the exception of Pokémon Yellow, a game loosely based on the anime with the inclusion of some of its characters, particularly Pikachu and Team Rocket). The anime follows the quest of the main character, Ash Ketchum[17]—an in-training Pokémon Master—as he, Misty, May, and Dawn (as well as several other companions[17]) travel around the fictitious world of Pokémon along with their Pokémon partners.

In the Pokémon anime, beginning trainers from the Kanto region traditionally choose from Charmander, Bulbasaur or Squirtle as a 'starter' Pokémon. However, the series protagonist Ash Ketchum, an inhabitant of Pallet Town, arrived late at Professor Oak's lab (having slept in from a late night of Pokémon trainer fantasizing). The traditional three starting Pokémon had already been taken by other new trainers, and Ash was given a Pikachu instead. Ash's Original choice was Squirtle. At first, Pikachu largely ignored Ash's requests, shocking him frequently and refusing to be confined to the conventional method of Pokémon transportation, a Poké Ball, when Ash confronts Pikachu about its attitude towards him and asks "Is it because you don't like me?" Pikachu confirmed by nodding its head and saying "Pika-pika". However, in the first episode,[18] Ash put himself in danger to defend Pikachu from a flock of wild Spearow, then rushed the electric mouse to a Pokémon Center (notably stealing Misty's bike to do so). Through these demonstrations of respect and unconditional commitment to Pokémon, Pikachu warmed up to Ash, and their friendship was formed. When Ash had to battle Misty for the Cascade Badge, Pikachu refused to fight "A Friend.".

The bond between Ash & Pikachu is a prominent motif in the series and inviolable in terms of the series ethos. Pikachu is the only Pokémon in Ash's party that has been with him in every episode, movie, and TV special. It is implied that Ash's Pikachu is male, but it is rarely addressed with a gendered pronoun; the official Pokémon web site neither confirms nor denies this, stating that "Pikachu is Pikachu". However, in a recent Sinnoh episode, "Setting the world on it's Buneary", a female Buneary (which Dawn later captures) has a crush on Pikachu, further more establishing this rumor.[19] It is explicitly shown that there is something 'unique' about Ash's Pikachu which sets it apart from others of its kind; Team Rocket's Meowth says early in the first series that the strength of Ash's Pikachu exceeded that of its evolutionary power. For this reason, Team Rocket's attempts to capture Pikachu become a significant theme throughout much of the first series. It is shown in some episodes that they intend to present it to their boss, Giovanni, in order to win favor. However, in some other episodes, they also try to catch other Pokémon.

Like most other Pokémon, Pikachu communicates only by saying syllables that are in its own name. Pikachu is voiced by Ikue Otani in all versions of the anime (and even the Pokémon Yellow game), except in the English language episode Pokémon, I Choose You, in which Rachael Lillis, who was the regular voice of Misty and Jessie of Team Rocket for the show's first nine season when 4Kids produced the English dub, provided the voice.

In an episode of Pokémon: Master Quest, Ash Ketchum was transformed into a Pikachu, with aspects of his physical appearance - his hat, hair, eyes, and voice - remaining the same as his human form. That lasted till the beginning of the next episode.

Many other Pikachu have appeared in the Pokémon anime. The most notable among these is Richie's Pikachu,[20] with mussed hair on its forehead. This one is nicknamed Sparky (Leon in the Japanese original). Sparky,[20] unlike Ash's Pikachu, is indifferent to being inside its Poké Ball, but save for the first season, it is always shown outside, similar to Ash's Pikachu. In fact, every captured Pikachu in the anime has been shown spending most or all of its time outside of a Poké Ball, even though this is not noted by any characters to be typical of the species.

In "Cooking Up a Sweet Story," Theresa's aunt owns a Pikachu called Sugar who helps her with cooking. When Sugar disappeared, Theresa couldn't find it and asked Ash if she can borrow his Pikachu. When it turns out that Theresa's aunt already knew that, Team Rocket captured Pikachu and almost got away with it before being stopped by Sugar. However, Sugar had evolved into a Raichu when training new moves which it used on Team Rocket's latest machine where Staravia's Wing Attack wouldn't work on.

Manga

A Pikachu has appeared in every Pokémon manga series as of 2005. In Pokémon Adventures, Red, the "first protagonist" of the Pokémon Adventures series, captures a mischievous Pikachu causing trouble for the people of Pewter City which became one of his main Pokémon from there on. After Red goes missing two years later, his Pikachu teams up with Yellow, the "fourth protagonist" of the series, to find him. Yellow is accompanied by Pikachu throughout the Johto saga, as well as her own Pikachu, Chu Chu.

In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga, Hazel, the main character of the series, obtained a Pikachu as her first Pokémon. Although Hazel's task is to capture Pokémon for a scientist, her and Pikachu often fall into trouble because of their joint scatterbrained personalities. This Pikachu, along with Hazel's other main Pokémon, Clefairy, re-appears in the spin-off series, Pokémon Chamo-Chamo Pretty.

In the Electric Tale of Pikachu series, often referred to as the series (known in Japan as "Dengeki! Pikachu"), Ash's Pikachu was originally a feral Pokémon he caught chewing on wires in his walls. This manga follows the storyline of the Pokémon anime, featuring Ash, Misty and Brock alongside Pikachu battling Team Rocket. This series was released in four volumes called The Electric Tale of Pikachu, Pikachu Shocks Back, Electric Pikachu Boogaloo and Surf's Up Pikachu.

In the Getto Da Ze manga, the main character Shuu owns a Pikachu, whom he communicates with using a device called an In-Com. This Pikachu is very feisty and a little sarcastic.

Pikachu also stars in the Ash & Pikachu manga series, another to closely follow the Pokémon anime. Unlike in the Electric Tale of Pikachu, Professor Oak gave Pikachu to Ash as his first Pokémon, rather than Ash finding him in the former. Another difference between the two is that Ash and Pikachu continued to follow the anime storyline, leading Ash and Pikachu to Hoenn, being accompanied by Haruka and Masato, May and Max in the English version.

Trading Card Game

Pikachu in the Pokémon Trading Card Game (Base set).

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is a collectible card game first published by Wizards of the Coast in North America, in 1999, which simulates a Pokémon battle in the video games and anime.

Pikachu has been seen in at least thirteen incarnations in Pokémon Trading Card Game sets released in North America, and that number increases to twenty when limited edition promotional cards are included. The expansion sets Pikachu cards are found in are the Base Set (as well as Base Set 2 and Legendary Collections reprints), Jungle, Gym Heroes (As Lt.Surge's Pikachu), Gym Challenge (As Lt. Surge's Pikachu), Neo Genesis, Expedition, Skyridge, EX Sandstorm, EX Team Magma VS. Team Aqua, EX Firered & LeafGreen, EX Emerald, EX Legend Maker (as a secret card),[21] EX FireRed & Leaf Green EX Diamond & Peal EX Electric Dreams EX Holon Phantoms (appears twice), EX: Power Keepers, POP 2, POP 4 and POP 5 (appears twice).[22]

References

Notes
  1. 1.0 1.1 Pokédex: It lives in forests with others. It stores electricity in the pouches on its cheeks. Template:Cite video game
  2. Pokédex: When several of these POKEMON gather, their electricity could build and cause lightning storms. Template:Cite video game
  3. The in-game Pokédex of the Game Boy series (A copy of them from pokémondungeon.com) URL accessed on March 27, 2006.
  4. http://pokezam.com/anime/episodes/challenge/366.php
  5. http://www.serebii.net/anime/epiguide/houen/394.shtml
  6. Pokédex: This intelligent POKEMON roasts hard BERRIES with electricity to make them tender enough to eat. Template:Cite video game
  7. Sparks Fly For Magnemite Episode Summary tv.com URL Accessed December 17, 2006
  8. List of In-game items Pokémon Elite 2000 URL Accessed July 17, 2006
  9. Hey You, Pikachu! Nintendo.com URL Accessed July 17, 2006
  10. Pokémon Channel IGN.com URL Accessed July 17, 2006
  11. Pokémon Snap Nintendo.com URL Accessed July 17, 2006
  12. Pikachu N64 vidgame.net URL Accessed January 21, 2007
  13. http://www.smashbros.com/ Smash Bros.com URL Accessed July 17, 2006
  14. 14.0 14.1 Super Smash Bros Melee. detstar.com URL Accessed July 17, 2006
  15. Smash Bros. Dojo! Pikachu
  16. Smash Bros. Dojo! Pikachu: Final Smash
  17. 17.0 17.1 Or Satoshi. Pokémon anime overview Psypokes.com. URL Accessed May 25, 2006.
  18. Episode 1, Pokémon, I Choose You! Serebii.net URL Accessed July 16, 2006
  19. Mailbag: More Evolution Confusion!, Pokémon.com. URL last accessed March 4, 2007.
  20. 20.0 20.1 BIOS information on Richie Serebii.net URL Accessed July 17, 2006
  21. EX Legend Maker set card list Pokebeach.com. URL Accessed October 15, 2006.
  22. EX Holon Phantoms set card list Pokebeach.com. URL Accessed October 15, 2006.
Books
  • Barbo, Maria. The Official Pokémon Handbook. Scholastic Publishing, 1999. ISBN 0-439-15404-9.
  • Loe, Casey, ed. Pokémon Special Pikachu Edition Official Perfect Guide. Sunnydale, CA: Empire 21 Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-930206-15-1.
  • Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon FireRed Version & Pokémon LeafGreen Version Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., August 2004. ISBN 1-930206-50-X
  • Mylonas, Eric. Pokémon Pokédex Collector’s Edition: Prima’s Official Pokémon Guide. Prima Games, September 21 2004. ISBN 0-7615-4761-4
  • Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon Emerald Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., April 2005. ISBN 1-930206-58-5

External links

  • Official Pokémon website
  • Bulbapedia entry on Pikachu species
  • Pikachu on Serebii.net
  • Psypoke
  • PokeRealm Pikachu battle analysis

This article uses material from the "Pikachu" article on the Gaming wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

Simple English

Template:Pokémon Pikachu is a small yellow animal from the fictional Pokémon world that was created by Satoshi Tajiri. Pikachu is an electric Pokémon. It can attack other Pokémon using electricity (it has red pouches on its cheeks that act as the source for this electricity). It can evolve (change its type) into Raichu, which is bigger and stronger. A pre-evolved form of Pikachu is called Pichu, and is much smaller and weaker than Pikachu. The only sounds Pikachu makes are "Pi" , "Ka" and "Chu". However, Pikachu makes noises possibly as his way of talking. He also has a battle cry for when he uses his thunderbolt attack.

Pikachu is the best known of all of the Pokémon because it is the unofficial mascot of the series. It is also one of the main stars of the Pokémon cartoon and comic books. On one of the first Pokémon games, Pokémon Yellow, it is the player's starter Pokémon.

File:Ana.b747.pokemon.arp.
The ANA Boeing 747-400 airplane has pictures of Pikachu and other Pokémon on it.

In the Pokémon TV series, the trainer Ash Ketchum's first Pokémon is a Pikachu. At first it does not like him, but then he saves it from some Spearow and their friendship steadily grows from there.

Pikachu has also appeared in Super Smash Bros.,[1] Super Smash Bros. Melee,[2] and Super Smash Bros. Brawl[3] as a very fast and light playable character. Its attacks include Quick Attack, Skull Bash, Thunderbolt, Thunder, and its Final Smash, Volt Tackle.

Pichu

Pichu is the pre-evolved form of Pikachu in the Pokémon series. It is a small yellow electric mouse, but does not have as much power as a Pikachu. Being an electric Pokémon it is good against flying types such as Spearow and Fearow, but it is not good against ground type Pokémon such as Geodude and Onix. There are special forms of Pichu; a notched ear Pichu, and a Pikachu-colored Pichu as event Pokémon in the Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver games. Pichu has also appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee,[2] as a very light and fast playable character. Its attacks are mostly the same as Pikachu's.

References

  1. Smash Bros.com Retrieved July 17, 2006
  2. 2.0 2.1 Super Smash Bros Melee. detstar.com Retrieved July 17, 2006
  3. Smash Bros. Dojo! Pikachu Retrieved September 17, 2008


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