Pikachu (SSBB)

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This article is about Pikachu's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. For this Pokémon in other contexts, see Pikachu.
Pikachu
in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Pikachu
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Universe Pokémon
Other Smash Bros. appearances in SSB
in Melee
in SSB4
Availability Starter
Final Smash Volt Tackle
Tier B (8)
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Everyone's favorite Pokémon is nimble and has several potent electrical attacks.
Brawl manual description

Pikachu (ピカチュウ, Pikachu) is a returning veteran character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It was confirmed along with Mario, Link, and Kirby in the E3 2006. Ikue Ōtani reprises her role as Pikachu in all regions of the game.

It is currently in the B Tier and holds 8th position, a slight increase to its C Tier status in Melee, where it is ranked 9th place. Pikachu has decent KOing power (though it can rely on Thunder in some situations), quick overall speed, very good recovery with many options as well as being unpredictable, good edgeguarding game with a quick and powerful neutral aerial and tricks that allow it get to the edge quickly, and a good grab and throw game (having two chaingrabs). Brawl's new physics have also helped it a lot; Pikachu is harder to combo, its grab range is no longer the shortest, its Thunder is not as laggy, and it gained various new tactics such as Quick Attack cancelling. Pikachu also has strong momentum cancelling abilities, with its up aerial and Skull Bash being very useful in this particular aspect. In addition, Pikachu has a great defensive game, with its QACs being very useful for avoiding pressure, escaping certain situations, and playing mindgames. It also possess one of the best spot dodges in the game along with Link, Falco, Yoshi, and Toon Link. It also has useful OoS moves such as up smash and neutral aerial. However, it has a relatively weak air game, placing it at a disadvantage against characters with particularly powerful air games, such as Marth. It also has subpar range in most of its attacks, with its best finishers having hitboxes close to its body, or in the case of its forward smash, the furthest hitbox is much weaker than the closest, making good spacing an all-around threat to Pikachu, as well as making it more difficult to land its better finishers. Regardless, Pikachu still has great matchups, including being the only character with an even matchup against Meta Knight on the BBR's matchup chart (though this matchup is highly disputed, with most players believing Meta Knight to win the matchup, which is additionally better supported by results), and strong tournament results although Pikachu's representation is small for a high-tier character. However, despite its high position in the American tier list, it is much lower in the Japanese tier list, where it is placed 22nd.

Attributes[edit]

Pikachu's most salient feature, as with its appearances in previous Smash Bros. games, is its speed. Pikachu also has good specials, excellent smash attacks, decent tilts, the ability to crawl (although Pikachu retracts its tail over its body when it crawls backwards, which allows it to be hit by projectiles that normally would not hit it while crawling forward), fairly useful throws, very good recovery, and is able to wall jump. Pikachu is a fairly small target, but this comes at the price of being the 5th lightest character, tied with Meta Knight (making it easily be knocked off-stage by a strong smash attack) and having the smallest shield in the game (making both shield stabbing and shield breaking easy).

Pikachu's best game is played on the ground, at a medium range. Its forward tilt has very low range but its knockback is not bad for a tilt. Up tilt is very fast and launches opponents into the air, while the down tilt can trip them on the first hit. The ground is where Pikachu's smash attacks can be used to the fullest. Pikachu's up smash is one of the fastest in the game, with decent power to boot, and is excellent for KOs while its down smash locks the opponent for multiple hits if not SDI'd, functioning as a panic button of sorts for close encounters. Both of these smashes produce powerful vertical knockback, and can be followed by Thunder for a Star KO (called Thunderspiking) - this is very useful against floaty characters, especially ones with bad air dodges, most notably Peach. Down smash can also counter stale-move negation due to having multiple hits, but one drawback is that it can be SDI'd out of. The forward smash is a good tool for edgeguarding and KOs off the side. All of its smashes, however, have poor range like most of its other moves, with the forward smash having a very weak sourspot at the tip.

Thunder Jolt is Pikachu's neutral special move, and is a useful move to keep most opponents at bay, as well as forcing them in the air. Thunder Jolt is a ground-hugging projectile, meaning opponents can't escape it by ducking or crawling. If it is used in the air, it travels diagonally towards the ground. It can also travel up walls, along ceilings, and below the edge, meaning that it can knock edgehoggers off the edge (this can also be done if Pikachu is high enough when recovering). Skull Bash and Quick Attack are both good recovery techniques, although Skull Bash is easily punishable by edgeguarders, able to be stopped by certain projectiles (such as Waddle Dee Throw), and requires charging time, but it can knock edgehoggers off the ledge. Edgeguarding Pikachu is difficult due to its recovery being unpredictable, as Quick Attack can be aimed in two different directions, giving Pikachu many ways of returning to the stage. Quick Attack also opens options for mindgames, by confusing opponents about Pikachu's actions. The most common form of this is QAC (Quick Attack cancel), allowing Pikachu use any special or aerial move after. On stages like Smashville, if a platform is offstage, this can be done off the platform easily. However, QAC is mainly used for approaching, as it allows Pikachu to quickly dash towards the opponent while attacking. It is also possible to aim Quick Attack diagonally towards the edge, and grab it, if Pikachu is at the right distance. Pikachu's most well known move is Thunder, which is one of its best KO moves, KOing reliably at around 100% if the opponent is hit by Pikachu while the move is being used. The bolt itself can also Star KO with the aforementioned Thunderspiking technique. Pikachu can also use Thunder just off the ledge so it covers the area just to the side of the ledge offstage, which is very difficult for characters with linear recoveries to break through, but not very effective against characters with long, safe recoveries such as Meta Knight and Jigglypuff, while also being dangerous if done too low. Pikachu needs to watch out for anyone who has a reflector move, as if the bolt is reflected, the knockback is dealt to Pikachu. Also, if two or more characters reflect the Thunder, it will cause Pikachu to jump to 100-500%, KOing it instantly (however, this is obviously never seen in singles matches and is rarely ever seen in doubles matches due to the difficulty of pulling it off, meaning it is a negligible disadvantage).

Pikachu's aerials are its weakest area, despite having one reliable aerial KO move. Its forward aerial is weak in damage but can carry momentum through, whereas its neutral aerial is slightly stronger, but negates all momentum, and causes Pikachu to fall during the move; however it is a reliable finisher, especially when offstage or out of a QAC, and can be used in combos. Up aerial is extremely weak and has lost its semi-spike properties from Melee, but can be used as a juggling tool, and is decent in short combos, such as following into a nair, either straight after or after a midair jump. Down aerial and back aerial are laggy when they hit the ground, but all of the down aerial's landing lag can be avoided if it is used at the start of a short hop, or autocanceled. The down aerial has two hits plus an extra hitbox if Pikachu hits the ground, and is a decent finisher, particularly offstage, but not as powerful as the neutral aerial.

Pikachu has two throws that are possible to chaingrab with - forward and down throws. Its forward throw works as a running chaingrab that can rack up damage and counter stale-move negation due to having multiple hits, while the down throw is a standing chaingrab that works reliably against the majority of the cast, with the exception of floaty characters. It can also easily be followed with an up smash, which can lead into a Thunderspike - Pikachu can use the down throw chaingrab as a zero-to-death combo on the space animals and Captain Falcon by chaingrabbing until a high enough percentage, then an up smash followed by a Thunderspike. Pikachu's back throw can easily set up to an edgeguarding chance, as it moves a considerable distance backward with the opponent while performing the throw. Up throw is another move that launches opponents into the air - at higher percentages, it launches most characters high enough to follow up with a Thunder, but against characters that are floaty and/or have high air speed, this is easy to escape.

Changes from Melee to Brawl[edit]

Pikachu was buffed from Melee to Brawl despite already being a mid-high tier character, though it was considered a low tier character when Brawl released. There were some nerfs that Pikachu received as well, mainly to its knockback of moves.

Aesthetics[edit]

  • Change Some of Pikachu's proportions have been altered slightly. One example is its tail being thicker.
  • Change Pikachu's colouring has been slightly softened.
  • Change Pikachu has a few new sounds, which sound slightly "bouncy".
  • Change Some attacks have new hitboxes.
  • Change Pikachu has two new costumes that replace its Blue and Green Team colors in Melee.

Attributes[edit]

  • Change Pikachu is slightly lighter (80 → 79).
  • Nerf Pikachu dashes slightly slower (1.8 → 1.765).
  • Buff Pikachu is generally harder to combo and much less vulnerable to chaingrabs.
  • Buff Pikachu has a noticeably better survivability, with up aerial and Skull Bash being usable as momentum cancelling moves as well.
  • Buff Pikachu's approach is significantly better, due to the new Quick Attack Cancel technique allowing it to quickly approach while being able to attack and/or jump.
  • Buff Pikachu can now wall jump, aiding its recovery.
  • Buff Pikachu's air speed has been slightly increased (0.85 → 0.9118).
  • Nerf Pikachu's falling speed was reduced (1.9 → 1.5). When comparing to the returning veterans, Pikachu falls faster, worsening its recovery and making Pikachu more vulnerable to combos, but improving its endurance.
  • Nerf Pikachu's traction is lower (0.09 → 0.0596), especially when comparing with the returning veterans, now going from the 5th highest in Melee to only the 17th highest. This makes it harder for it to punish out of shield.

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Buff Forward tilt deals more damage.
  • Nerf Forward smash is weaker, especially the non-sweetspot hitboxes.
  • Nerf Up smash is significantly weaker, going from the strongest up smash in Melee to an up smash of below-average power in Brawl.
  • Buff Down smash's final hit is much stronger, and the first few hits are harder to SDI out of (though still easy).

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff Neutral aerial is stronger, KOing around under 150%, giving Pikachu a reliable aerial KO option.
  • Buff Back aerial deals stronger knockback, as well as now being a multi-hit attack, rather than one hit.
  • Buff Up aerial is a slightly better juggler.
  • Nerf Up aerial deals slightly weaker knockback, and the semi-spike portion of the move has been removed.
  • Buff Down aerial has less start-up.

Throws/other attacks[edit]

  • Buff Grab has significantly more reach, and is no longer the shortest.
  • Buff Forward and down throws can now be used as chaingrabs, with the former working on the majority of the cast, and the latter being usable as a 0-death combo on some characters when finished with a Thunderspike.
  • Nerf Up throw has higher knockback which limits most follow ups.

Special moves[edit]

  • Buff Skull Bash charges longer and travels longer.
  • Nerf Can no longer lower the charge time of Skull Bash by performing the move like a smash attack
  • Nerf Quick Attack can not go up twice any longer and has slightly less range.
  • Buff Thunder has less ending lag (making it much less punishable) and is stronger, both the shockwave around Pikachu and the thunderbolt itself. Additionally, the slower falling speeds in the game increases its KO capacity when used as a Thunderspike.

Moveset[edit]

Down throw 0-death chaingrab on Fox
A down special used to set up a wall of Thunders offstage to edgeguard.
  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack   2% An extremely quick headbutt. Does very minimal damage and has short range, but can be used rapidly to refresh stale move negation. If the A button is held, it can deal more damage to nearby opponents and randomly cause them to trip.
Forward tilt   10% Plants itself on its upper paws and kicks its lower paws in front of its body. If it is used right next to the opponent, it knocks them backwards behind Pikachu. Has high knockback scaling but below-average knockback.
9%
8%
Up tilt   7% (close), 6% (mid), 5% (far) Swings tail in an arc above itself. Good for juggling fast fallers.
Down tilt   7% Does a quick, low tail whip. Very quick in terms of both startup and ending lag.
Dash attack   7% Jumps forwards, headbutting. While it does have some knockback, it is rather laggy and leaves Pikachu vulnerable, making it vulnerable to shield grabing.
Forward smash   20% (early), 17% (clean), 14% (late) Rears back, then ejects an attached jolt of electricity from its cheeks while leaning forwards. The further away Pikachu's opponent is, the less damage and knockback it does. The move deals most damage when the opponent is directly in front of Pikachu.
Up smash   14% (clean body) 13% (clean tail), 11% (mid), 7% (late) Flips very fast, attacking with its tail. A great followup to a down throw, being a rather good vertical KO move despite being greatly nerfed from Melee. This can combo into Thunder for a Star KO - often called Thunderspiking.
Down smash   2% (hits 1-6), 3% (hit 7) Spins on the floor and releases electricity. A good move for racking up damage, and a powerful vertical finisher, but it is not too hard to SDI out of it before the final hit. Can also be used for spacing.
Neutral aerial   12% (clean), 6% (late) Curls up in a ball and repeatedly somersaults. Extremely fast startup with good horizontal knockback, making it a good aerial finisher or a useful edgeguarding move.
Forward aerial   2% (hits 1-4), 3% (hit 5) Drills forward in the air with electricity. Deals multiple hits with the final hit dealing minimal knockback. The attack itself has little landing lag, which can potentially set up into a grounded move or a grab.
Back aerial   1% (hits 1-7), 4% (hit 8), 4% (landing) Spins in a manner similar to its down smash, but without electrical effects. The move consists of multiple hits, with the final one dealing decent knockback. Has high landing lag.
Up aerial   6%/5% (clean), 5%/4% (late) Swiftly swings its tail above itself in an arc. Deals weak knockback which can be used for gimping at higher percents. The move can also be used for juggling and in a RAR
Down aerial   12%, 4% (landing) An electric drill-like moving downwards. Deals horizontal knockback. Has both noticeable startup and landing lag.
Grab    
Pummel   2% Zaps the opponent. A quick pummel.
Forward throw   2% (hits 1-4), 2% (throw) Places the opponent on its back and shocks them, sending them forward. A multi-hit move. Can chain throw almost all characters.
Back throw   9% Does backwards somersaults with the opponent, then flings them behind itself. Pikachu moves a considerable distance before throwing opponent.
Up throw   5% (hit 1), 5% (throw) Headbutts opponent upward. Does not have many followup options and does low damage, with a down throw usually being a better option.
Down throw   5% (hit 1), 5% (throw) Slams on top of opponent. Can chain throw certain characters, especially fast-fallers like Fox.
Floor attack (front)   6% Gets up and headbutts both sides of itself.
Floor attack (back)   6% Gets up and kicks both sides of itself.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Gets up and hits both sides of itself with its tail.
Edge attack (fast)   8% Quickly climbs up and whips its tail.
Edge attack (slow)   10% Slowly climbs up and whips its tail.
Neutral special Thunder Jolt 6% (grounded), 5% (airborne), 9% (in air) Fires a jolt of electricity forward. Pikachu's main projectile, and a very useful move for keeping onstage opponents at bay and threatening offstage recoveries. Travels forward whilst bouncing along the ground, and can also travel up walls, below the edge, and along ceilings. If used in the air, it will travel diagonally down instead. Disappears after about 3 seconds.
Side special Skull Bash 7% (uncharged)- 25% (fully charged) Charges and, when the B button is released, fires itself forward like a missile. When fully charged or close to fully charged, it has good KO power. Primarily used as a recovery move, as it gains a lot of horizontal distance (especially when charged) and does not leave Pikachu helpless. WHen used on the ground, it has high landing lag.
Up special Quick Attack 3% (first warp), 2% (second warp) Moves at warp speed in two directions that can be selected via the control stick. Pikachu's main recovery move, and a quick, unpredictable move at that. The second warp is optional, but if used, the direction must be 45 degrees different than the first direction to work.
Down special Thunder 10% (bolt), 17% (blast) Shouts "PIKA!", then a large thunderbolt comes down on Pikachu. The move in general is rather laggy, but if the opponent is hit by the shockwave around Pikachu when the thunderbolt lands on it, it deals massive horizontal knockback. If the opponent is hit by the bolt itself, it deals moderate vertical knockback, which can KO off the top screen (called Thunderspiking). It is also possible for the bolt to not hit Pikachu, by moving in the air after using the move.
Final Smash Volt Tackle 13-25% Turns into a gigantic ball of blue colored electricity that flies around the stage at high velocity. The attack button can be pressed to create a large discharge, increasing knockback. Can rack up damage quickly.

On-screen appearance[edit]

  • Emerges from a Poké Ball, then briefly surrounds itself in electric sparks.
PikachuOnScreenAppearanceSSBB.gif

Taunts[edit]

  • Up taunt: Pikachu creates rings of electricity around it, saying "Piiiiiii!"
  • Side taunt: Turns to the camera, waving both paws and says "Pika, Pika!" (updated version of taunt from Smash 64 and Melee) - its mouth is open wider when facing left.
  • Down taunt: Pikachu rolls on its back and says "Pikaaaahh!".
Up taunt Side taunt Down taunt
PikachuUpTauntBrawl.gif PikachuSideTauntBrawl.gif PikachuDownTauntBrawl.gif

Idle poses[edit]

  • Scratches one of its ears.
  • Looks left and right.
Pikachu Idle Pose 2 Brawl.png Pikachu Idle Pose 1 Brawl.png

Crowd cheer[edit]

English Japanese
Cheer
Pikachu Cheer NTSC Brawl.ogg
Pikachu Cheer JP Brawl.ogg
Description Pika-Pika-Pikachu! Pi-ka-chu!
Pitch Female Female

Wii Remote selection sound[edit]

  • Pikachu says "Pii-ka!".
Pikachu's selection sound

Victory poses[edit]

An excerpt from the main theme of the Pokémon series.
  • Jumps up and somersaults, then spins around once before happily facing the camera.
  • Twitches its ears, then scratches its right ear.
  • Lies sideways on the ground, sleeping.
Pikachu VPs.png

In competitive play[edit]

Matchups[edit]

Pikachu's matchup spread, according to the current SmashBoards matchup chart, has the sixth highest unweighted rank, the sixth highest total, and the fifth highest weighted total. Pikachu has overall very favorable matchups. Pikachu is countered by one character, soft countered by four, has five even matchups, soft counters ten, counters twelve, and hard counters four. Pikachu is notable for being the only character in the game to have an even matchup against Meta Knight, though there has been much dispute over this and many think the matchup is actually in Meta Knight's favor. Pikachu tends to have a strong advantage against characters who it can chain throw with its down throw - it notably counters Fox, Wolf, Sheik and Falco due to their extremely fast falling speed acceleration, which makes them unable to escape the chain throw until KO percents, like most characters can; Pikachu can 0-death Fox, Sheik, and Captain Falcon using its down throw, and it can perform a similar 0-death on Wolf and Falco if Pikachu performs a fresh down throw at 20% if the down throws are buffered. Pikachu also does well against characters who it can easily outspeed and outmaneuver using QAC. Pikachu tends to have trouble against characters who can easily beat it in the air, and characters whose playstyle forces Pikachu to fight in the air, such as Olimar, Ice Climbers, Lucario, Diddy Kong and Marth.

Notable players[edit]

See also: Category:Pikachu professionals (SSBB)
  • USA Anther - A top Midwestern Pikachu player, with top 8 finishes at Apex 2009 and S.N.E.S..
  • USA ESAM - A nationally dominant Brawl player from 2010-2014.
  • USA K Prime - Pikachu player from Texas.
  • USA NinjaLink - Known as one of the best Pikachu players in Brawl's early days; he also played a variety of characters at the tournament level.
  • USA PikaPika! - A top Pikachu player in Brawl's early days, placing 7th at S.N.E.S.
  • Japan Ranai - One of the best Pikachu players in Japan; known as Hayase during the Brawl era.
  • Japan Shimitake - One of the best Pikachu players in Japan.
  • USA Z - Considered one of the best American Pikachu players behind ESAM.

Tier placement and history[edit]

Since the first tier list, Pikachu has always been a high tier character. The first tier list put it at 12th place, and since then, it has risen slightly, currently being at 8th place at the top of high tier. Pikachu's rise was mainly due to its huge number of techniques being discovered, with ESAM being credited for many of them, and its positive matchups. Despite its high tier placing in the North American Smash Back Room tier list, Pikachu isn't very common in tournaments compared to other top/high tier characters, and it ranks significantly lower on the Japanese tier list, with ESAM currently being the only Pikachu player who places very high at national tournaments.

Role in The Subspace Emissary[edit]

Pikachu in SSE

Pikachu is first seen when Zero Suit Samus enters a lab on the Isle of the Ancients. She finds that Pikachu is having its electric energy drained by a device, and uses her Plasma Whip to break the glass encasing Pikachu. With their common goal of revenge on the Subspace Army, they infiltrate the Research Facility to find Samus' Power Suit.

After going through the first area of the Research Facility, Zero Suit Samus and Pikachu discover a monitor room, and learn the location of Samus' Power Suit.

They then traverse another section of the Research Facility. They cross a bridge to reach the Power Suit. When Samus approaches the Suit, she and Pikachu are ambushed by two Shadow Bug clones of her Power Suit. After defeating them, Samus regains her Power Suit, and after defeating a small R.O.B. Squad, travel through the last area of the Facility. Later, the duo almost exit the Research Facility, but are then confronted by Ridley, who brutally damages Samus by dragging her across the wall. Pikachu uses Thunder on Ridley to stop him. Samus falls back down onto the platform, her Power Suit damaged, but working, while Ridley, enraged by Pikachu's electric shock, roars at them. The two then fight and defeat Ridley. After defeating Ridley, Pikachu and Samus leave the facility and notice a pair of R.O.B.s carrying a Subspace Bomb. They prepare to enter the Subspace Bomb Factory.

They infiltrate the Ancient Minister's base, and eventually enter a large room, with him, an army of R.O.B.s, and a great number of Subspace Bombs on racks behind them. They prepare to fight him but pause, noticing that Ancient Minister is looking down as if he's sad.

As they stare at his sorrowing, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Captain Falcon and Olimar and his Pikmin break into the same room. DK smashes the doors open with his fists, and the four barge into the room. They also want to attack the Ancient Minister, but a hologram of Ganondorf appears. He commands the R.O.B. Squad to activate the remaining Subspace Bombs. The Ancient Minister tries to stop the Squad as their leader, but Ganondorf forces them to mindlessly attack the Ancient Minister using a reprogramming device. As the Ancient Minister sulks in flames, the brainwashed R.O.B. squad starts to take the Subspace Bombs off the racks. Ganondorf laughs at the Ancient Minister's despair, and sends the Subspace Army to distract the fighters. Auroros fly towards the group, but the Ancient Minister fires energy beams at them before they get near the fighters. The Ancient Minister reveals itself to be a R.O.B. himself, the lead R.O.B, and joins the five other heroes in fighting the Subspace Army. After they defeat the Subspace Army, the heroes attempt to detach the R.O.B. squad from the Subspace Bombs. Captain Falcon throws the R.O.B.s, Samus uses her Grapple Beam, while Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong use sheer force. Nothing detaches the R.O.B.s from the Subspace Bomb. The lead R.O.B. attempts to get them to willingly detach, and two members of the Squad respond, apparently unable to detach themselves. The R.O.B. looks down in despair, and Captain Falcon calls his Falcon Flyer so they can escape. After descending through the Subspace Bomb factory escape tunnel, full of members of the Subspace Army, they escape on the Falcon Flyer. Meta Ridley chases them down with the intent of revenge on Samus and Pikachu. They fight his mechanically enhanced form on top of the Flyer, and defeat it. Pikachu and the rest of the group then join the ground heroes and Halberd Battleship heroes, and help them out throughout the rest of the adventure.

Unfortunately, when these characters reach Subspace, Tabuu turns everybody, including Pikachu, into trophies using the terrible Off Waves. However, thanks to the efforts of King Dedede, Luigi and Ness, the characters are revived, Pikachu included. Once they regroup with the trophies that Kirby and the others revived, they set off to enter The Great Maze. When they approach Tabuu, Sonic appears and saves them from his Off Waves. They then finally defeat Tabuu, and returned the Subspace Bomb-ed portions of the World of Trophies back to their original places, except the Isle of the Ancients, which Pikachu and the rest look on at in triumph.

Playable appearances[edit]

Exclusive stickers[edit]

  • Barkle (tail attack +32)
  • Blathers (tail attack +7)
  • Bowser Jr. (tail attack +25)
  • Chaos (arm/leg attack +10)
  • Chihuahua (tail attack +12)
  • Deoxys (slash attack +10)
  • Entei (fire attack +20)
  • Fairy (tail attack+7)
  • Goldeen (leg attack +4)
  • Groudon (flame resistance+ 14)
  • Gulpin (elecric attack + 16)
  • Jigglypuff (body/spin attack+31)
  • Jirachi (arm/leg attack+7)
  • Meowth (slash attack +5)
  • Metagross (launch resistance +23)
  • Mew (body/spin attack +4)
  • Moltres (flame attack +20)
  • Pikachu (electric attack +33)
  • Pokémon trainer (arm/leg attack +13)
  • Rogue The Bat (tail attack +10)
  • Spitz (tail attack +12)
  • Stafy (tail attack +7)
  • Staryu (direct attack +3)
  • Togepi (body/spin attack +11)
  • Torchic (fire attack +8)
  • Weavile (slash attack +5)

In Event Matches[edit]

Solo Events[edit]

Co-op Events[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Pikachu's main and Final Smash trophies can be obtained by clearing Classic Mode and All-Star mode respectively with Pikachu.

Trophy descriptions[edit]

Pikachu
A Mouse Pokémon. Its lightning-bolt tail and round cheeks are its trademarks. When danger draws near, it uses tiny electric pouches within its cheeks to discharge electricity. When it's really fired up, it unleashes thunderbolts on its rivals. It's said to recharge when it's sleeping. It evolves into Raichu.
Game Boy: Pokémon Red/Blue
DSTitle.png: Pokémon Diamond/Pearl
Volt Tackle
Pikachu, transformed into a ball of light that can slam into foes. It can also fly to chase down those who try to jump out of range. Sparks get stronger when you press the attack button. However, its increased inertia makes midair movement tough. If you get carried away flying, the effect will end, and you'll destroy yourself. Be careful it doesn't happen to you.
Wii: Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Alternate costumes[edit]

Pikachu Palette (SSBB).png
PikachuHeadSSBB.png PikachuHeadRedSSBB.png PikachuHeadGreenSSBB.png PikachuHeadBlueSSBB.png

Trivia[edit]

  • Some of Pikachu's new attributes, such as wall-jumping and its goggle costume were previously held by Pichu in Melee; additionally, Pikachu can traditionally only learn Volt Tackle if it evolved from a Pichu in breeding. The Smash community has frequently joked about these similarities, with some jokes speaking about how the Pikachu in Brawl is actually an evolved form of the Pichu from Melee.
  • By the time Brawl was released, gender differences were introduced in the Pokémon games. Female Pikachu have a heart-shaped indent on their tails, while the one in Brawl doesn't, enforcing the common assumption that the Pikachu in Brawl is male.
  • Pikachu has the least amount of palette swaps in Brawl, only having four instead of six like most characters.
  • Pikachu, Samus, Fox, Diddy Kong, and Lucas are the only characters in the Subspace Emissary to fight more than 2 bosses (excluding boss re-creations in the Great Maze). Pikachu can be chosen to fight Ridley at The Research Facility Part II, Meta Ridley at The Subspace Bomb Factory (Part II), and as well as Tabuu in the final battle at Tabuu's Residence if it is rescued in Subspace (Part I).
  • Pikachu's AI has a reputation of being a candidate for the best AI of any character in the game, on par with Luigi's. While the common consensus is that CPU Luigi has the superior AI, it has been observed that level nine Pikachu will almost always win against most level nine CPUs under tournament rules, and will win more often than not against every other level nine CPU, including level nine Luigi.
  • Pikachu, Zelda, and Snake are the only characters in the game where all three of their taunts temporarily make a held item disappear.
  • Brawl is the only game where Pikachu's blue party hat is not one of its alternative costumes.

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