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General Information
Pokémon Pikachu
Gender Male
Ability Static
Owner Professor Oak (formerly)
Ash Ketchum
Home Professor Oak's Laboratory, Pallet Town, Kanto (formerly)
Status With Ash
Other Information
When Caught Prior to Pokémon - I Choose You!
When Obtained Pokémon - I Choose You! (by Ash)
Where Obtained Professor Oak's Laboratory, Pallet Town, Kanto (by Ash)
Poké Ball Poké Ball
Relatives Pikachutwo (clone)
Alternate counterparts Pikachu (alternate timeline)
Pikachu (Mirror World)

Pikachu is Ash's starter Pokémon, given to him by Professor Oak.


Initially, Pikachu showed himself to be a rude and aggressive Pokémon, attacking a crowd of people for no reason and refusing to listen to Ash. However, when Ash saved Pikachu from a flock of Spearow, he became extremely loyal to Ash.

Pikachu is generally friendly to humans and Pokémon he hasn't met before. Pikachu took a particular liking to Misty very quickly, and he has retained this liking ever since.

Pikachu has a particular fondness for ketchup, but he will eat and enjoy almost any food.

Pikachu, Meowth and Meowthtwo were the only Pokémon not to fight in the giant battle of originals vs clones, choosing to stand there and take Pikachutwo's attacks.

When Pikachu temporarily developed amnesia, he became very believing to everything Team Rocket told him and became loyal to them. However, after recovering, he regained his original personality.

Battle Skills

Pikachu is known to be very powerful for a Pikachu, with Meowth saying that Pikachu's power "far exceeds its evolutionary level". Pikachu has shown himself able to fight on par with Legendary and Mega Pokémon, such as defeating Brandon's Regice and Korrina's Mega Lucario, and drawing with Tobias's Latios.

The possibility of evolving into Raichu was brought up to Pikachu after being defeated by Lt. Surge's Raichu, when Nurse Joy gave Ash a Thunder Stone. Ash allowed Pikachu to decide, but he smacked the Thunder Stone away, expressing his desire to not evolve and later defeated Raichu using moves that Pikachu knew that Raichu didn't learn as it evolved too soon to do so. Much later, Pikachu fought Sho's Raichu and fought on par with him, until Raichu used Hyper Beam at point blank range, severely injuring Pikachu. While he was recovering, Ash brought up the subject of Pikachu evolving again. Once again, Pikachu chose not to evolve, and defeated Raichu in a rematch with a combination of speed and spinning techniques learned from Dawn.

Moves Used

Move First Known Use
Thunder Shock Pokémon - I Choose You!
Thunderbolt Showdown in Pewter City
Leer The School of Hard Knocks
Agility Electric Shock Showdown
Quick Attack Electric Shock Showdown
Thunder Abra and the Psychic Showdown
Double-Edge Friend and Foe Alike
Tackle The Double Trouble Header
Iron Tail All Things Bright and Beautifly
The Winner by a Nosepass (mastered)
Volt Tackle May's Egg-Cellent Adventure
Electro Ball Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!
Electroweb A Battle Hand-Off!
Bold indicates a move that Pikachu currently knows.
Italics indicates a move that Pikachu has not used for a while, and likely no longer knows.


Move Base Move First Known Use
Gigavolt Havoc Thunderbolt
Electro Ball (formerly)
The Guardian's Challenge!
Breakneck Blitz Quick Attack Trial and Tribulation!
10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!
Bold indicates a Z-Move that Pikachu currently has access to.
Italics indicates a Z-Move that Pikachu no longer has access to.
Professor Oak's Pokémon
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Given Away Unknown
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Ash's Pokémon
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At Professor Oak's Laboratory
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