If you love the Pokémon series or the games, check out these electrifying facts about the most famous and most adorable Pokémon, Pikachu.
Pikachu is 1 foot, 4 inches tall (40.64cm) and weighs 13 pounds (5.9kg).
In the anime, Ash’s pikachu is male. You can tell because a female Pikachu has a dent at the end of its tail.
Pikachu is very strong in the show, but having a Pikachu like that in the games wouldn’t be as easy, because Pikachu’s Defense and Special Defense stats are rather low.
Pikachu is voiced by Ikue Outani.
In Japanese, Pikachu is spelt: ピカチュウ.
It evolves from Pichu when levelled up with high happiness. Pikachu evolves into Raichu when exposed to a Thunderstone.
In the Pokémon game franchise, Pikachu is the only non-flying type Pokémon that can learn the move Fly, through special events.
Pikachu has a special fondness for ketchup, but has been seen eating berries and apples.
The original Pokémon mascot was going to be Clefairy, however Pikachu quickly became more popular.
“Pika” is the Japanese word for the noise of electricity crackling. “Chu” is how the Japanese describe the sound a mouse makes. That’s how the name “Pikachu” was created.
In Japan, Pikachu is the equivalent of the USA’s Mickey Mouse. People are often hired to go to public places in a Pikachu costume, such as malls and amusement parks, to entertain the kids.
Pikachu recharges its electricity whilst it is asleep.
In the Red, Blue and Yellow games, Pikachu couldn’t learn Thunderbolt naturally and had to be taught it through the TM.
Pikachu is Ash’s only Electric-type Pokémon.
In the anime, Ash’s Pikachu is also the only Pokémon in the entire series that has been able to defeat two legendary Pokémon.
Pikachu will attack anything that pulls its tail.
Pikachu’s are mainly found in forests.
In the games, Pikachu’s highest base stat is in Speed.
Pikachu’s are weak to Ground-type moves.
Niue released a one-dollar coin featuring Pikachu as part of a commemorative promotion for the Pokémon franchise, with Pikachu on one side and the nation’s coat of arms on the other.
Pikachu and Raichu share the same species name with Rattata, Raticate, Sandshrew, and Sandslash. They are all known as Mouse Pokémon.
Pikachu has been referenced in many other shows, including: American Dad!, Heroes, South Park, The Simpsons and Top Gear.