Pikachu is an Electric type Pokemon introduced in Generation I. It evolves from Pichu when leveled up with high friendship and evolves into Raichu when exposed to a Thunder Stone. However, the starter Pikachu in Pokemon Yellow will refuse to evolve into Raichu unless it is traded and evolved on another save file. Take a look below for 35 fun and interesting facts about Pikachu.
1. Pikachu is a short,y chubby rodent Pokemon.
2. It is covered in yellow fur with two horizontal brown stripes on its back.
3. It has a small mouth, long, pointed ears with black tips, and brown eyes.
4. Each cheek is a red circle that contains a pouch for electricity storage.
5. It has short forearms with five fingers on each paw, and its feet each have three toes.
6. At the base of its lightning bolt-shaped tail is a patch of brown fur.
7. A female will have a V-shaped notch at the end of its tail, which looks like the top of a heart.
8. It is classified as a quadruped, but it has been known to stand and walk on its hind legs.
9. The anime has shown that wild Pikachu live in groups in forested areas.
10. Pikachu communicate amongst themselves using squeaks and tail-shaking as friendly gestures.
11. In the anime, Alolan Pikachu are known to greet each other by sniffing one another and rubbing their tails together.
12. Electricity can be used to receive and send messages with each other, as well as other Electric Pokémon species.
13. It raises its tail to check its surroundings and is occasionally struck by lightning in this position.
14. When groups grow, they can inadvertently cause lightning storms.
15. Pikachu forages for Berries, which it roasts with electricity to make them tender enough to eat.
16. A sure sign that Pikachu inhabits a location is patches of burnt grass.
17. It has been observed eating and sometimes destroying telephone poles, wires, and other electronic equipment.
18. Pikachu charges itself while sleeping overnight, though stress and a lack of sleep can affect this. It is able to release electric discharges of varying intensity.
19. Pikachu has been known to build up energy in its glands, which it will need to discharge to avoid complications.
20. It is also able to release energy through its tail, which acts as a grounding rod, as well as recharging fellow Pikachu with electric shocks. Pikachu can also electrify itself to use its signature move Volt Tackle.
21. Pikachu has three alternate forms: one, the Cosplay Pikachu appeared exclusively in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. It is always female, has a black heart-shaped spot at the end of its tail, and can be dressed in any of five outfits corresponding to the five Contest conditions.
22. The second form is Pikachu in a cap, which debuted as an event-exclusive Pokémon in Generation VII. It is always male and has seven variants, each wearing one of Ash’s hats from the anime.
23. In addition to these two forms, many other Pikachu variants have appeared in various media. The last, Partner Pikachu is the Pokémon the player starts with in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!. This Pikachu can be either gender, has higher base stats, and has access to moves that normal Pikachu do not.
24. As Gigantamax Pikachu, it becomes larger and chubbier. Its tail becomes longer and stores all of the electricity it generates, causing it to glow a bright yellow and enabling it to become as powerful as a lightning strike. Its power is equal to that a power plant; however, it is difficult to use it in peoples’ homes since Pikachu can only remain in its Gigantamax form for a short time.
25. Pikachu is the only known Pokémon capable of using the Z-Move Catastropika, while Pikachu in a cap has its own exclusive Z-Move, 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt.
26. Partner Pikachu is the only Pokémon capable of using Zippy Zap, Floaty Fall, Splishy Splash, and the Partner Power, Pika Papow.
27. Pikachu is the only Pokémon capable of using the Light Ball item.
28. Gigantamax Pikachu is the only known Pokémon capable of using the G-Max Move Volt Crash.
29. Pikachu was designed by Atsuko Nishida, a core designer at Game Freak.
30. The nation of Niue released a one-dollar coin with its coat of arms on one side and Pikachu on the other to promote the Pokémon franchise.
31. Pikachu and its evolved form share their category, the Mouse Pokémon, with Rattata, Raticate, Sandshrew, and Sandslash.
32. Veronica Taylor has said Pikachu is her favorite Pokémon. Sarah Natochenny has as well, shared with Mew.
33. In 2008, Japanese researchers discovered a new protein that helps carry electrical impulses from the eyes to the brain and named it pikachurin. According to them, it was so named for sharing Pikachu’s “lightning-fast moves and shocking electric effects”.
34. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has included three Pikachu balloons. “Flying Pikachu” was the first, flown from 2001 to 2005, and was used in a morning rush hour test of wind conditions in Times Square after an accident involving an M&M’s balloon in the 2005 parade. It was last used in the August 2006 Party of the Decade in New York City’s Bryant Park. The second balloon debuted in the 2006 parade, features glowing cheeks, and chases a Poké Ball balloon. The third, introduced in the 2014 parade, wears a green scarf and holds a small, Pikachu-shaped snowman.
35. Pikachu is the only core series starter Pokémon with a pre-evolved form, though Pokémon Yellow predates Pichu.