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Pikachu is an Electric-type Pokémon from the Kanto region. It evolves from Pichu after being fed 25 candies and evolves into Raichu when fed 50 candies. Pikachu is also one of the Starter Pokémon available.

Pokédex description

Mouse Pokémon
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.
- Pikachu's cry

Possible attacks

Fast attacks

Charged attacks

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65 (26)
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80 (32)
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90 (35)
Icon Water.png
65 (38)
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100 (42)

Attack availability

Fast attacks

Charged attacks

Icon Electric.png
65 (26)
Icon Flying.png
80 (44)
Icon Electric.png
80 (32)
Icon Electric.png
90 (35)

Fast attacks

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20 (13)

Charged attacks

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110 (48)
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90 (31)

Fast attacks

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20 (13)

Charged attacks

Icon Fairy.png
90 (31)

Fast attacks

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20 (13)

Charged attacks

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100 (38)
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90 (31)

Evolution family

Pikachu is part of a three-member family.

#172 Pichu
25 Pikachu candy.pngArrow Dark.png
#025 Pikachu
50 Pikachu candy.pngArrow Dark.png
#026 Raichu
#026 Alolan Raichu

#172 Pichu
25 Pikachu candy.pngArrow Dark.png
#025 Pikachu
50 Pikachu candy.pngArrow Dark.png
#026 Raichu
#026 Alolan Raichu

Event Pokémon forms

These Event Pikachu forms cannot evolve.

Regular male Shiny male Regular female Shiny female
Straw Hat
Pikachu straw hat.png Pikachu straw hat shiny.png Pikachu female straw hat.png Pikachu female straw hat shiny.png
Pikachu fall.png Pikachu fall shiny.png Pikachu female fall.png Pikachu female fall shiny.png
Party hat
Pikachu party hat.png Pikachu party hat shiny.png Pikachu female party hat.png Pikachu female party hat shiny.png
Pikachu clone.png Pikachu clone shiny.png Pikachu female clone.png Pikachu female clone shiny.png
Pikachu libre
Pikachu female libre.png Pikachu female libre shiny.png
Pikachu spring.png Pikachu spring shiny.png Pikachu female spring.png Pikachu female spring shiny.png
Pikachu safari.png Pikachu safari shiny.png Pikachu female safari.png Pikachu female safari shiny.png
Pikachu charizard.png Pikachu charizard shiny.png Pikachu female charizard.png Pikachu female charizard shiny.png
Pikachu umbreon.png Pikachu umbreon shiny.png Pikachu female umbreon.png Pikachu female umbreon shiny.png
Pikachu rayquaza.png Pikachu rayquaza shiny.png Pikachu female rayquaza.png Pikachu female rayquaza shiny.png
Pikachu lucario.png Pikachu lucario shiny.png Pikachu female lucario.png Pikachu female lucario shiny.png
Pikachu fly.png Pikachu fly shiny.png Pikachu female fly.png Pikachu female fly shiny.png
Pikachu explorer.png Pikachu explorer shiny.png Pikachu female explorer.png Pikachu female explorer shiny.png
Pikachu holiday.png Pikachu holiday shiny.png Pikachu female holiday.png Pikachu female holiday shiny.png
Kariyushi shirt
Pikachu kariyushi.png Pikachu kariyushi shiny.png Pikachu female kariyushi.png Pikachu female kariyushi shiny.png
5th anniversary
Pikachu 5th.png Pikachu 5th shiny.png Pikachu female 5th.png Pikachu female 5th shiny.png
Pikachu female pop.png Pikachu female pop shiny.png
Pikachu female rock.png Pikachu female rock shiny.png
Pikachu meloetta.png Pikachu meloetta shiny.png Pikachu female meloetta.png Pikachu female meloetta shiny.png
Pikachu halloween.png Pikachu halloween shiny.png Pikachu female halloween.png Pikachu female halloween shiny.png
Fly Okinawa
Pikachu fly okinawa.png Pikachu fly okinawa shiny.png Pikachu female fly okinawa.png Pikachu female fly okinawa shiny.png
Pikachu shaymin.png Pikachu shaymin shiny.png Pikachu female shaymin.png Pikachu female shaymin shiny.png
Pikachu tcg.png Pikachu tcg shiny.png Pikachu female tcg.png Pikachu female tcg shiny.png

These Event Pikachu forms can be obtained from evolving respective costumed Pichu when available, and can evolve retaining their costume.

Regular male Shiny male Regular female Shiny female
Pikachu festive.png Pikachu festive shiny.png Pikachu female festive.png Pikachu female festive shiny.png
Pikachu ash.png Pikachu ash shiny.png Pikachu female ash.png Pikachu female ash shiny.png
Pikachu party.png Pikachu party shiny.png Pikachu female party.png Pikachu female party shiny.png
Pikachu witch.png Pikachu witch shiny.png Pikachu female witch.png Pikachu female witch shiny.png
Pikachu summer.png Pikachu summer shiny.png Pikachu female summer.png Pikachu female summer shiny.png
Pikachu fragment.png Pikachu fragment shiny.png Pikachu female fragment.png Pikachu female fragment shiny.png
Pikachu winter.png Pikachu winter shiny.png Pikachu female winter.png Pikachu female winter shiny.png
Pikachu flower.png Pikachu flower shiny.png Pikachu female flower.png Pikachu female flower shiny.png
Pikachu detective.png Pikachu detective shiny.png Pikachu female detective.png Pikachu female detective shiny.png
World Cap
Pikachu worldcap.png Pikachu worldcap shiny.png Pikachu female worldcap.png Pikachu female worldcap shiny.png
New Year hat
Pikachu new year.png Pikachu new year shiny.png Pikachu female new year.png Pikachu female new year shiny.png


Method Maximum CP Details
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(weather boosted)
In wild since 2016 Jul 6

Increased spawns in:
See Event Pokémon for event Pikachu spawns.
Pokémon Spotlight Hour: 2021 Nov 28
Festival of Lights: 2021 Nov 5 - 14
Charge Up: 2021 Mar 16 - 22
Kanto Celebration Event: 2021 Feb 21 - 27
Pokémon Spotlight Hour: 2021 Feb 23
Pokémon GO Tour: Kanto: 2021 Feb 20
Incense Day: Electric and Dragon Type: 2021 Jan 24 (Incense-only)
Pokémon GO Fest 2020: Jul 25 - 26
A Drive to Investigate: 2020 Mar 20 - 23
Limited Research: 2020 Feb 2
December 2018 Community Day: Nov 30 - Dec 3
Female Day: 2018 Oct 11 - 12 (female)
January 2018 Community Day: Jan 20

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Increased chance/Previously in:
2-km - 2016 Jul 6 - Dec 12

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Raid Battles

(weather boosted)
Tier 1 CP 3,277

Visit List of Raid Bosses changes for complete appearance

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Research tasks
402 Field Research:
Trade a Pokémon: Pokémon TCG Crossover Event
Earn 5 hearts with your buddy: 2022 May
Catch 3 Flying-type Pokémon: Pokémon Air Adventures 2022 (flying)
Hatch an Egg: Spring into Spring 2022 (flower)
Earn 3 hearts with your buddy: Valentine's Day 2022
Open 5 Gifts: Holiday 2021 (festive hat)
Catch 5 Ghost-type Pokémon: Halloween 2021 (Halloween costume)
Catch 5 Pokémon;
Spin 5 PokéStops or Gyms: Pokémon GO Fest 2021 (Meloetta hat)
Catch 5 Exeggcute: Spring into Spring 2021 (flower)
Catch 5 Electric-type Pokémon: Charge Up
Catch 5 Pokémon: New Year's 2021 (costume)
Take a snapshot of your buddy: Throwback Challenge 2020: Kanto
Send 10 Gifts to friends: 2020 Feb
Catch 5 Delibird or Snover: Holiday 2019 (winter hat)
Catch 5 Pidgey or Rattata: Pokémon Day 2019 (flower)
Catch 3 Grass-, Fire- or Water-type Pokémon: 2018 Jul
Catch 3 Electric-type Pokémon: 2018 Apr - Jun
Special Research/Timed Research:
Electrify the Sky - Completing 1st part (flying)
An Akala Adventure - 1st part: Complete 3 Field Research tasks
New Year's 2022 - Completing 2nd part (costume)
Pokémon GO Holidays: Friendship Challenge - 1st part: Send 5 Gifts to friends (festive hat)
Misunderstood Mischief - Completing 11th part (Fall)
What Lies beneath the Mask? - 2nd part: Catch 40 Ghost-type Pokémon (Halloween costume)
Ultra Unlock 2021: Sword and Shield - 1st part: Defeat 2 Team GO Rocket Grunts
The Melody Pokémon - Completing 3rd part (Pop/Rock)
Charge Up - 1st part: Catch 5 Electric-type Pokémon
Animation Week Research - Completing 1st and 11th part (world cap)
GO Fest Weekly Challenge: Skill - Completing 3rd part (Flying)
GO Snapshot
804 Obtainable during:
Pokémon GO Fest 2022: Jun 4 - 5 (Shaymin, 1 per day, 5 for ticket holder)
Pokémon GO Fest 2021: Jul 17 - 18 (Pop/Rock, 2 per day)
4th Anniversary: 2020 Jul 3 - 8 (Flying, 5 per day)
Pokémon Day 2020: Feb 25 - Mar 2 (Clone, 1 per day)
3rd Anniversary: 2019 Jun 28 - Jul 6 (Party, 1 per day)
Detective Pikachu Celebration: 2019 May 7 - 17 (Detective, 1 per day)
April Fools' Day: 2019 Apr 1 - 2 (Ash, 5 per day)
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GO Battle League
536 Obtainable starting from rank:
24 (since Season 6, Libre, 20 during Interlude Season)
10 (Season 1 - Season 5, Libre)


Avatar Items

Pikachu Tee
Pikachu Tee
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Pikachu Tank
Pikachu Tank
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  • Normally, evolved stages of Pokémon cannot be shiny in encounter screen, but Pikachu can.
  • Pikachu is one of the four Starter Pokémon, the others being Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle.
    • Unlike the other three Starter Pokémon, Pikachu is not the first stage form of its evolution line, though it was at the time of its release.
  • Pikachu is the most favored and iconic Pokémon in game and there are few easter eggs related with this Pokémon.
    • Its silhouette is in Pokémon Collection button White Button Pokemon.png in Main Menu Button Main Menu.png.
    • Its image is on PokéCoin icon PokeCoin.png.
    • It has a lineup of various costumes for certain events in game.
    • Along with extra-small Rattata, extra-large Magikarp and extremely-rare in general Unown, for catching Pikachu there is special medal that Trainer can achieve.
    • Pikachu can be caught as a Starter Pokémon, if the player walk away from three already spawned Starter Pokémon to make them disappear and re-spawn again next to the trainer at his current location. Players have to repeat this action few times until Pikachu show up along with the previous three Starter Pokémon.
    • Unlike the other Pokémon in the game, if Pikachu is tapped while looking at its summary page, it says its name just as it does in the anime series.
  • During the Pokémon GO Park event in Yokohama, Pikachu was a 4th tier level Raid Boss, its CP was 11,845. Pikachu's maximum capture CP in Bonus Challenge was 450. [1]
  • Unlike regular Pikachu, Pikachu wearing event hat cannot be transferred to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.
  • Previously, Flying Pikachu always knows Fly when caught; it can only learn other charged attacks the normal form can learn by unlocking a second charged attack or Charged TM. However, during the Pokémon Air Adventures 2022, this is no longer the case.
  • Pikachu is the only Pokémon with two attacks than cannot be learned by any other Pokémon, Fly and Flying Press, albeit across different forms.


  1. Golem raid in Yokohama. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2017-10-11.

External links

  • Pikachu page, on the official Pokédex website
  • Pikachu article, on the Bulbapedia
  • Pikachu article, on the Pokémon Wiki