Pikachu (SSBU)

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This fierce fighter uses electric moves like Thunder Jolt and Thunder. Pikachu Libre is one of the alternate costumes and you can tell she's female by the shape of her tail.
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Pikachu (ピカチュウ, Pikachu) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It was confirmed on June 12th, 2018. Pikachu is classified as fighter #08.

As in SSB4, Ikue Ōtani's portrayals of Pikachu from Melee and Brawl were repurposed for Ultimate.

Changes from Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Despite being a high tier character in Super Smash Bros. 4 (ranked 15th out of 55 characters), Pikachu has been noticeably buffed during the transition to Ultimate. Its overall speed has been increased and most of its moves have much less ending and landing lag, increasing Pikachu's combo potency. Its most significant buff is its altered neutral air and down air, the former now acting like Mewtwo's neutral air and having combo potential, and the latter obtaining the ability to meteor smash which gives it two different attacks that have better hitboxes and better kill power which were some of its biggest weaknesses in Smash 4. Back air auto-canceling in a short hop and sending in a consistent direction make it possible to combo the attack into itself at low percents and send people off stage in one interaction, which can immediately cause a KO against characters with bad recoveries. Its kill power was also improved due to many moves dealing more knockback, like dash attack, forward air, up air, down smash and Thunder. Pikachu also greatly benefits from Ultimate's mechanics as it makes its already incredible and oppressive edgeguarding even more terrifying as it is no longer possible to airdodge through Thunder.

However, Pikachu is not without its nerfs, the most significant being the increased startup and ending lag on its grabs and the altered knockback of up throw, which worsens its combo potential with Thunder. The removal of Quick Attack cancelling also reduces its mobility. Pikachu also still suffers from its weaknesses: lack of range, no setups for its KO moves, bad general endurance due to being one of the 10 lightest characters and having above average gravity and falling speed and inconsistent KO ability due to possessing sourspots on its smash attacks or attacks with below average power. It also is hindered by the buffs to swordfighters and the additional fighters with disjointed range, giving it new tough matchups. Despite that, Pikachu's buffs have made it even more of a potent fighter than in Smash 4, which has led to many professionals such as Samsora and ESAM putting it as a top tier character. In fact, Mew2King and ZeRo went as far as to put Pikachu as the single best character in the game. However, it's debatable if it deserves the top tier status.


  • Change Like all veterans returning from Smash 4, Pikachu has a more subdued color scheme, more closely resembling its appearance in recent mainline Pokémon games.
  • Change Pikachu is more expressive. It now appears angry during many attacks. It also has a new angry expression.
  • Change Pikachu now faces the foreground at an angle, instead of facing directly forward. In addition, it always faces the screen regardless of which direction it turns, causing all of its animations to be mirrored.
  • Change Pikachu's cheeks flash white when it uses electric attacks.
  • Change Pikachu only waves once during its side taunt, shortening its duration. Down taunt is also faster.
    • Change For its side taunt, the voice clip duration of the second "Pika" has been shortened; now cutting off prematurely.
  • Change Two new costumes featuring the female Pikachu design, which has a heart-shaped tail, have been added. These replace its goggles and Choice Band costumes from SSB4.


  • Buff Like all characters, Pikachu's jumpsquat animation now takes 3 frames to complete (down from 4).
  • Buff Pikachu walks slightly faster (1.24 → 1.302).
  • Buff Pikachu runs faster (1.85325 → 2.039).
    • Buff Pikachu's initial dash is faster (1.8 → 1.98).
  • Buff Pikachu's air speed is slightly higher (0.9118 → 0.957).
  • Buff Pikachu's traction is significantly higher (0.0596 → 0.132), now being the fourth highest in the game.
  • Nerf Forward roll has more ending lag (FAF 27 → 29).
  • Buff Back roll grants more intangibility (frames 4-14 → 4-15).
  • Nerf Back roll has more ending lag (FAF 27 → 34).
  • Nerf Spot dodge has more startup (frame 2 → 3).
  • Buff Air dodge grants more intangibility (frames 2-25 → 2-26).
  • Nerf Air dodge has significantly more ending lag (FAF 31 → 51).

Ground attacks[edit]

  • Neutral attack:
    • Buff Neutral attack has less ending lag (FAF 22 → 18).
    • Buff It deals less knockback (10/9/8 base/45 scaling → 12/18 base/20/30 scaling). Combined with the increased traction across the cast, this allows Pikachu to connect more hits against opponents before they are pushed out of range.
  • Forward tilt:
  • Up tilt:
    • Change Up tilt has an altered animation, with Pikachu scooting its backside up to hit with its tail. This causes it to have less range behind Pikachu, but more range in front of Pikachu.
      • Nerf Because of this, it can no longer hit opponents hanging at the ledge.
  • Down tilt:
    • Change Down tilt has an altered animation, with Pikachu's tail standing more upright at the end.
  • Dash attack:
    • Buff Dash attack has significantly less ending lag (FAF 50 → 36).
    • Buff It has gained a shieldstun multiplier of 1.8×. Combined with its reduced ending lag and the increased shieldstun for ground attacks, this makes it much safer on shield, with the clean hit being only barely punishable by a shield grab.
    • Buff The clean hit deals more damage (10% → 11%) with knockback scaling not fully compensated (90 → 88), improving its KO potential.
    • Nerf Its hitboxes have a shorter duration (frames 6-9 (clean)/10-16 (late) → 6-8/9-12).
    • Change It has a higher hitlag multiplier (1.2× (clean), 1× (late) → 1.5×).
  • Forward smash:
    • Buff All portions of forward smash have more horizontal range during their latest active frames (Z offset: 9.2 → 11.2 (early), 15.6 → 18.6 (clean), 23 → 25 (late)).
    • Buff The early hit has a shorter duration, which causes the clean and late hits to be active earlier, and the late hit has a longer duration (frames 15-17 (early)/18-20 (clean)/21-22 (late) → 15-16/17-19/20-29).
    • Nerf Forward smash has more ending lag (FAF 49 → 54).
    • Nerf The clean hit and the late hit during its latest active frames have a smaller hitbox (4.1u → 3.6u (clean), 5.2u → 4u (late)).
    • Nerf The clean hit has less base knockback during its first frame (60 → 50), making its KO ability less consistent.
  • Up smash:
    • Buff Up smash's early hit has a longer duration, with the late hit having a shorter duration instead (frames 10-11 (early)/12-13 (clean)/14-17 (late) → 10-12/13-14/15-17).
  • Down smash:
    • Buff Down smash's looping hits have a lower SDI multiplier (0.8× → 0.5×) and launch opponents closer to Pikachu (170° → 178°), allowing them to connect more reliably.
    • Buff The last hit always sends in the direction Pikachu is facing, and launches at a more horizontal angle (50° → 37°), improving its KO and edgeguarding potential.
    • Change The last hit has slightly less base knockback (55 → 51), but more knockback scaling (190 → 192).

Aerial attacks[edit]

  • Buff All aerials have less landing lag (24 frames → 9 (neutral), 15 → 12 (forward), 30 → 18 (back), 24 → 14 (up), 40 → 22 (down)).
  • Neutral aerial:
    • Change Pikachu has a new neutral aerial: an electric surge around itself that hits multiple times, similar to Mewtwo's neutral aerial.
    • Buff Neutral aerial has a longer duration (frames 3-5 (clean)/6-20 (late) → 3-6, 9-12, 15-18, 21-22) with its total duration is unchanged, reducing its ending lag.
    • Buff The first three hits use the autolink angle (367°). This allows Pikachu to drag opponents down with the move and combo into many of its ground attacks, which is further complemented by its lower landing lag.
    • Buff The last hit launches at a more vertical angle (361° → 60°). Combined with its multi-hit nature, this improves its combo potential.
    • Buff It deals more damage if all hits connect (8.5% (clean), 5.5% (late) → 1.8% (hits 1-3), 3.5% (hit 4); 8.9% total).
    • Nerf It has smaller hitboxes (7.0u → 5.5u (looping hits), 6.0u (last hit)).
    • Nerf It auto-cancels later (frame 35 → 37), though it can still auto-cancel in a short hop.
    • Nerf Due to it hitting multiple times, the launching hit deals less damage (8.5% → 3.5%) with knockback not fully compensated (30 base/104 scaling → 50/140), losing its KO potential at realistic percentages.
    • Change It has a lower hitlag multiplier (1× → 0.8×).
  • Forward aerial:
    • Buff Forward aerial hits six times instead of five and deals more damage if all hits connect (1.7% (hits 1-4), 3% (hit 5) → 1.4% (hits 1-5), 4.8% (hit 6); total: 9.8% → 11.8%).
    • Buff It has lower hitlag multipliers (0.7× → 0.5× (looping hits), 2.2× → 1.5× (last hit)), making it harder to SDI out of.
    • Buff The looping hits have different angles (74°/280° → 35°/310°/60°/290°), allowing them to connect better.
    • Buff The last hit deals less base knockback (50 → 40), but has more knockback scaling (150 → 154), which alongside its higher damage output improves its combo and KO potential.
    • Nerf It has slightly more startup lag (frame 10 → 11).
      • Buff However, its total duration is unchanged, giving in one frame less ending lag.
    • Change The hits' timings have been altered (frames 10-12, 14-16, 18-20, 22-24, 26 → 11-25 (rehit rate: 3), 27).
  • Back aerial:
    • Buff Back aerial auto-cancels earlier (frame 48 → 38), allowing it to auto-cancel in a short hop.
    • Buff The last hit always sends behind Pikachu, making it easier to combo and edgeguard with.
    • Change The last hit has less knockback scaling (180 → 160), increasing its combo potential, but reducing its KO potential.
    • Change It hits six times instead of eight with its damage compensated (0.8% (hits 1-7), 3% (hit 8) → 1% (hits 1-5), 3.6% (hit 6)) and its animation has been sped up.
      • Buff This drastically reduces its ending lag (FAF 59 → 44).
      • Nerf However, this shortens the duration of its hitboxes (frames 4-33 → 4-25).
    • Change It has an altered ending animation, with Pikachu spreading out its limbs while in a more upright position.
  • Up aerial:
    • Buff Up aerial's clean hit deals more damage (5%/4% → 6%/5%) with no compensation on knockback, allowing it to KO at high percents.
  • Down aerial:
    • Buff Down aerial has gained a clean hit during its first two active frames, which deals more damage (12% → 13%) and meteor smashes opponents (361° → 270°), with knockback not fully compensated (20 base/84 scaling → 16/86). This allows it to start combos onstage and improves Pikachu's edgeguarding ability.

Throws and other attacks[edit]

  • Grabs:
    • Buff Standing grab has a larger hitbox (3.1u → 4u), giving it more range despite having a shorter Z offset (8.1 → 7.9).
    • Nerf Dash grab has less range (Z offset: 9.8 → 9).
    • Nerf All grabs have more startup (frame 6/8/9 (standing/dash/pivot) → 7/11/12) and ending lag (FAF 28/35/33 → 37/45/40).
    • Change Pikachu grabs the opponent with one hand instead of two.
  • Pummel:
    • Buff Pummel deals more hitlag (3 frames → 12), but has less startup (frame 3 → 1) and significantly less ending lag (FAF 16 → 6), slightly shortening its duration.
    • Nerf It deals less damage (1.9% → 1%).
    • Change When pummeling, Pikachu headbutts the victim as well instead of just using electricity.
  • Forward throw:
    • Buff Forward throw no longer has any hitlag, executing faster as a result.
  • Back throw:
    • Nerf Back throw releases the opponent faster (frame 31 → 26), with its total duration unchanged. This increases its ending lag and shortens the distance Pikachu moves back before throwing, making it less effective for setting up edgeguards, while still giving the opponent enough time to DI.
    • Change The throw's speed is no longer weight-dependent.
  • Up throw:
    • Buff Up throw deals more damage (1% → 3% (hit 1), 3% → 5% (throw), 4% → 8% total) with knockback scaling not fully compensated (150 → 129), granting it KO potential at around 170%.
    • Buff The first hit deals knockback to bystanders, rather than simply damaging them, making the move safer to use in doubles play.
    • Nerf Its increased knockback reduces its combo potential, especially into Thunder.
  • Down throw:
    • Buff Down throw inflicts 9 frames of hitlag on the opponent upon release. While making it easier to react to, this noticeably improves its combo potential.
    • Nerf The first hit is coded to disappear on the same frame it comes out. As a result, the throw deals less damage (8% → 5%) and no longer hits bystanders, but oddly enough, Pikachu and the thrown opponent still experience hitlag from the first hit.
    • Change It launches at a slightly more vertical angle (80° → 83°).
  • Edge attack:
    • Buff Edge attack deals more damage (7% → 9%).
    • Buff It has increased intangibility (frames 1-20 → 1-25).
    • Nerf It has more ending lag (FAF 54 → 56).

Special moves[edit]

  • Thunder Jolt:
    • Buff Thunder Jolt has less ending lag (FAF 58 → 52).
    • Nerf It has less base knockback (25 → 18 (grounded), 45 → 35 (aerial)).
    • Nerf It has negative shield damage (0 → -2.5/-2/-1.5/-1 (grounded), -1.9 (aerial)).
  • Skull Bash:
    • Buff Skull Bash deals marginally more damage when uncharged (6.1714% → 6.2%) and has more knockback scaling at all charges (62 → 78).
    • Buff It has less ending lag it if doesn't hit an opponent (FAF 81 → 75).
    • Buff If the move hits an opponent, it causes Pikachu to bounce back in a recoil animation with much less ending lag (FAF 45 → 22), even if the opponent shields it, making it safer to use.
  • Quick Attack:
    • Bug fix Quick Attack no longer has RCO lag.
    • Buff Pikachu's body no longer stretches as much during the move, which means opponents cannot hit Pikachu by attacking the space above it.
    • Nerf Quick Attack cancelling is no longer possible, hindering Pikachu's approach options, especially from the ledge.
    • Change It has an angle indicator to telegraph Pikachu's trajectory. This may help prevent missed directional inputs, but makes Pikachu's movement more predictable.
  • Thunder:
    • Buff Thunder's discharge has more knockback scaling (66 → 77), improving its KO potential.
    • Buff The meteor smash at the cloud deals set knockback (74 base/60 scaling → 55 base/125 set/60 scaling), allowing it to connect more consistently into the discharge.
    • Change When struck by the bolt, Pikachu glows a bright yellow while flashing a dark tint.
  • Volt Tackle:
    • Change Volt Tackle involves Pikachu dashing forward quickly while surrounded by a ball of electricity. If this initial attack connects, Pikachu traps the opponent in place and speeds around the stage at different angles, racking up damage before launching opponents with an electric blast at the end of the move.
    • Buff Volt Tackle is easier to control, requiring only a single button press rather than having to control Pikachu's slippery movement.
    • Nerf Pikachu can no longer chase down opponents if the initial attack misses, and may self-destruct if initiated too close to the edge.

Update history[edit]

Even though Pikachu is widely considered a top tier, it has been further buffed by game updates. However, these buffs are very minor, only increasing its grab range slightly and speeding up its pummel.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0

  • Buff Pummel deals less hitlag (14 frames → 12), shortening its duration.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0.0

  • Nerf Thunder Jolt has received negative shield damage (0 → -2.5/-2/-1.5/-1 (grounded), -1.9 (aerial)).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0

  • Buff Standing grab has more range (hitboxes: 3.1u → 4.0u (against grounded opponents), 1.55u → 2.0u (against aerial opponents)).


Note: All numbers are listed as base damage, without the 1v1 multiplier.

  Name Damage Description
Neutral attack Headbutt 1.4% (near), 1.2% (mid), 1% (far) Quickly headbutts forward. Has minimal startup lag (frame 2) and low cooldown, making it spammable and combo into itself easily. Can lock.
Forward tilt   10% An electrified double kick performed from the baby freeze, a variation of the freeze breakdancing move. It deals more damage when angled upward, and the lower angles semi-spike. Deals moderate knockback; the unangled version KOs Mario around 155% at the edge of Final Destination.
Up tilt   5% An overhead tail swipe, starting from behind Pikachu. An excellent combo starter, comboing into itself at low percents and into Pikachu's aerials at low to mid percents. A powerful juggling tool. Has moderate startup lag, however, as it does not hit opponents in front of Pikachu until frames 9-10, depending on their size.
Down tilt   6% Lays down and sweeps its tail in front of itself. Has long horizontal reach and low lag, making it somewhat spammable. Can trip at low percents.
Dash attack Running Headbutt 11% (clean), 6% (late) A battering ram. The early hitbox deals solid damage and good knockback, allowing it to KO middleweights around 135% on Final Destination. It also has fairly low startup lag (frame 6), and the early hitbox lasts deceptively long. However, the late hitbox has no KO potential at any reasonable percent, and the high ending lag prevents either hit from comboing.
Forward smash   15% (early), 18% (clean), 12% (late) Rears its head back before leaning forward and releasing a large orb of electricity in front of it, leaving a trail of electricity. The early hit comes out on frame 15, the clean hit on frame 17 and the late hit on frame 20. The center of the ball deals the most damage and knockback, having high horizontal KO potential. The trail deals the second most damage and the least knockback, and the tip deals the least damage and second most knockback. Has good range, with a hitbox the close to the size of Pikachu. The uncharged sweetspot KOs Mario around 80% at the edge of Final Destination, although the early hit doesn't KO until 105% and the late hit until 100%, giving the attack several sourspots and making it very inconsistent. Also has a long duration and noticeable ending lag, making it punishable if shielded or dodged.
Up smash   14% (early, body), 13% (early, tail), 11% (clean), 7% (late) An overhead tail swipe. Unlike Pikachu's up tilt, it starts in front of it and has good vertical KO potential. The early hit comes out somewhat quickly (frame 10) and lasts until Pikachu's tail goes above it, after which the clean hit lasts until the tail goes behind it. The early hit's sweetspot is located on Pikachu's body, and is very difficult to land outside a shield break punish. The early sweetspot KOs middleweights around 115% on Final Destination, while the early sourspot KOs around 125%. The late hit, however, deals minimal damage and knockback.
Down smash Electric Flower 2% (hits 1-5), 3% (hit 6) Charges its tail with electricity before spinning it around, shocking opponents. Has the least damage potential out of all its smash attacks, dealing only 13%. It KOs middleweights around 95% at the edge of Final Destination and deals good horizontal knockback. Also has the least start-up out of all its smash attacks, coming out on frame 8, but its 42 frames of ending lag makes it very punishable if used poorly.
Neutral aerial   1.8% (hits 1-3), 3.5% (hit 4) Poses while charging itself with electricity, shocking nearby opponents. Hits 4 times. One of Pikachu's most versatile tools; it is useful for breaking out of combos due to its very fast startup (frame 3), can combo into itself offstage at very low percent, can be used to drag down opponents for edgeguarding offstage, or for comboing into jab, up tilt, forward tilt, down tilt, grab, or even up smash. Autocancels in a short hop.
Forward aerial   1.4% (hits 1-5), 4.8% (hit 6) Spins its forward with an electrically charged head, shocking opponents. Moderate startup lag at frame 11 and hits 6 times. Has low landing lag, making it an effective spacing option, but has very small looping hitboxes and does not use the autolink angle. The multiple hits and long duration make it an effective aerial for SHFFing.
Back aerial Glider 1% (hits 1-5), 3.6% (hit 6), 4% (landing) Spins around horizontally, hitting multiple times, with a pose at the end to launch foes. Very fast, coming out on frame 4, but it's below average knockback doesn't make it reliable for KOing until very high percents and has terrible range, only covering Pikachu's limbs. At such it's more useful for combos. Can drag down opponents, and has a landing hitbox. It has 18 frames of landing lag, however.
Up aerial   6% (clean, tail), 5% (clean, tip), 4% (late) An overhead tail swipe, starting from behind Pikachu. A good combo starter, comboing into itself and other aerials at low percents. Has low horizontal knockback.
Down aerial Electric Screw 13% (clean), 12% (late), 4% (landing) Points down and spins its head downwards, launching opponents. The clean hit is a powerful meteor smash, while the late hit has good horizontal knockback. Has a landing hitbox. However it has 22 frames of landing lag.
Grab   Reaches out. Pikachu will have a scared look if it misses. Pikachu's grab is fast, but has low range.
Pummel   1% Headbutts the opponent, shocking them with electricity.
Forward throw   2% (hits 1-5) Lays the opponent on its tail and shocks them. Has little utility outside of racking damage.
Back throw   9% Rolls backwards before launching the opponent. Very good for setting up edgeguards, as it has high base knockback and the animation means opponents near the center will end up being launched near the edge, but it is unimpressive as a KOing option as it only starts KOing middleweights around 165% at the edge of Final Destination.
Up throw   3% (hit 1), 5% (throw) Heaves the opponent onto its head and headbutts it upwards. A good low percent combo throw. Has decent knockback growth, making it Pikachu's best KOing throw.
Down throw   5% Lays the opponent on the ground and performs a senton. A good combo starter comboing into every aerial except down aerial reliably from low to mid percent, allowing Pikachu to start chains.
Floor attack (front)   7% Spins its tail around itself while getting up.
Floor attack (back)   7% Spins its tail around itself while getting up.
Floor attack (trip)   5% Spins its tail around itself while getting up.
Edge attack   9% Swings its tail in an overhead arcing motion while climbing up.
Neutral special Thunder Jolt 6% (clean), 5% (mid), 4% (late), 4.8% (aerial) Shoots a ball of electricity. A very useful projectile, as it deals good damage, moves quickly, and can be used repeatedly. When it goes over the edge, it sticks to the platform it's on, looping around until its lifespan is over or it hits the bottom of a soft platform. This property allows it to be used to annoy opponents trying to recover by using it near the edge and hitting them when they attempt to grab it.
Side special Skull Bash 6.2% (uncharged), 10% (uncharged smash input), 21.4% (fully charged) Charges up before launching forward at a high velocity. Can be charged to increased damage, knockback, and distance. Useful for horizontal recovery, as it has a hitbox protecting it, high horizontal distance, and can sweetspot the ledge. Can also be used to punish shield breaks due to its high knockback when charged; however, it has high ending lag. If inputted like a smash attack, it immediately starts with some charge.
Up special Quick Attack 2% (hit 1), 3% (hit 2) Zips upward at high speeds, dealing damage to opponents on contact. Can be angled; if angled in a different direction after the first time it is used, Pikachu will use it again. It covers great distance and can be unpredictable if used well, but it leaves Pikachu helpless. It's also an approach option, however in this case it can be predictable and it is unsafe on shield. Pikachu also cannot use the Quick Attack canceling tecnique anymore.
Down special Thunder 15% (shockwave), 8% (thunderbolt), 6% (thunderbolt meteor) Calls down a bolt of lightning from the sky. If the bolt strikes Pikachu, it will create an electric explosion around itself, dealing massive knockback and granting Pikachu intangibility for 10 frames. If an opponent is struck near the top of the bolt, they're launched down into Pikachu; otherwise, they're launched upwards. Has high endlag if the bolt doesn't strike Pikachu.
Final Smash Volt Tackle 0.3% (6 hits during startup), 1% (initial hit), 1.5% (loop), 20% (launch) Surrounds itself with electricity before dashing forwards. If it connects, Pikachu will barrage the opponents caught with repeated strikes in this form before launching them.

On-screen appearance[edit]

Emerges from a Poké Ball, then briefly discharges electricity around itself.


  • Up taunt: Charges up its cheeks with electricity and glares at the screen, saying "Piii..."
  • Side taunt: Waves at the screen with one paw, yelling "Pika Pika!"
  • Down taunt: Lies on the ground, curls and rolls around, saying "Pikaaa...!"

Idle poses[edit]

  • Scratches its right ear.
  • Stands up straight, then looks right, and then left, twitching its ears.

Victory poses[edit]

  • Left: Backflips and spins (its "character chosen" animation in Super Smash Bros.).
  • Up: Ears perk, scratches its right ear.
  • Right: Sleeps.
A small excerpt of the title theme of Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green Versions, a track which would go on to become the Pokémon main theme and the title theme for the entire series.

In competitive play[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Any number following the Smasher name indicates placement on the Spring 2019 PGRU, which recognizes the official top 50 players in the world in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from February 1st, 2019 to July 7th, 2019.

Classic Mode: I Choose You![edit]

Pikachu's congratulations screen.

Pikachu fights against other Pokémon on various Pokémon stages. The title is a reference to Ash Ketchum's signature catchphrase in the Pokémon anime, which doubles as the title of the first episode and the 20th movie.

Round Opponent Stage Music
1 Pokémon Trainer PokémonTrainerHeadSSBU.png Saffron City Pokémon Gym/Evolution - Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue
2 Jigglypuff (x6) JigglypuffHeadSSBU.pngJigglypuffHeadRedSSBU.pngJigglypuffHeadWhiteSSBU.pngJigglypuffHeadBlueSSBU.pngJigglypuffHeadGreenSSBU.pngJigglypuffHeadPinkSSBU.png Pokémon Stadium 2 Road to Viridian City - Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue
3 Pichu (x2) PichuHeadSSBU.pngPichuHeadSpikySSBU.png Prism Tower Pokémon Gold / Pokémon Silver Medley
4 Lucario LucarioHeadSSBU.png Spear Pillar Battle! (Dialga/Palkia) / Spear Pillar
5 Greninja GreninjaHeadSSBU.png Kalos Pokémon League Battle! (Wild Pokémon) - Pokémon X / Pokémon Y
6 Incineroar IncineroarHeadSSBU.png Pokémon Stadium The Battle at the Summit!
Bonus Stage
Final Mewtwo MewtwoHeadSSBU.png, then Master Hand Final Destination Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue Medley (Mewtwo)
Master Hand (Master Hand)

Note: A Maxim Tomato appears after defeating Mewtwo in the final round.

Credits roll after completing Classic Mode. Completing it as Pikachu has Road to Viridian City - Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue accompany the credits.

Character unlock tree[edit]

Pikachu's Classic Mode character unlock tree includes the following characters in order:

  1. Villager
  2. Shulk
  3. R.O.B.
  4. Mega Man
  5. Isabelle
  6. Mr. Game & Watch
  7. Pichu

Each character can be unlocked by clearing Pikachu's Classic Mode, or the Classic Mode of any preceding character, if all preceding characters have been unlocked. Once all the above characters are unlocked, clearing Classic Mode with any of them will default to Mario's character unlock tree, starting with Sonic.

Role in World of Light[edit]

Finding Pikachu in World of Light

Pikachu was among the fighters summoned to the cliffside to fight an army of Master Hands.

During the opening cutscene, Pikachu was present when Galeem unleashed his beams of light. While attempting to run away, Pikachu was noticed by Sonic, who slowed down for Pikachu in an attempt to save it. However, both of them were vaporized and placed under Galeem's imprisonment along with the rest of the fighters, except for Kirby.

Pikachu can later be found stuck on an island that can only be accessed by falling into the current of a waterfall, then the player must confront the spirit of Esna before they can battle to awake it.

Fighter Battle[edit]

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
Pikachu SSBU.png
Pikachu Attack 3,300 Pokémon Stadium (Ω form) Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Melee)


Pikachu's Fighter Spirits can be obtained by completing Classic Mode. They are also available periodically for purchase in the shop for 500 coins. Unlocking Pikachu in World of Light allows the player to preview the first spirit below in the Spirit List under the name "???". As Fighter Spirits, they cannot be used in Spirit Battles and are purely aesthetic. Each Fighter Spirit has an alternate version that replaces them with their artwork in Ultimate.

Additionally, Pikachu makes an appearance in a few Support Spirits.

In Spirit battles[edit]

As the main opponent[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music
Mouser Super Mario series Pikachu PikachuHeadGlassesSSBU.png
2,000 Mushroom Kingdom II (Battlefield form) •Item: Bob-omb •The enemy is easily distracted by items
•The enemy starts the battle with a Bob-omb
Boss Theme - Super Mario Bros. 2
Honey Queen Spirit.png
Honey Queen Super Mario series •Giant Pikachu PikachuHeadYellowSSBU.png
3,300 Mario Galaxy •Item: Beehive •Timed Stamina battle
•The enemy is giant
Gusty Garden Galaxy
Zinger Donkey Kong Country series Pikachu PikachuHeadYellowSSBU.png
1,800 The Great Cave Offensive (Ω form) •Item: Unira •The enemy's throwing-type items have increased power Stickerbush Symphony
Little Mouser Spirit.png
Little Mouser Yoshi series Pikachu PikachuHeadGreenSSBU.png
1,700 Yoshi's Island •Item: Throwing Types •The enemy's throwing-type items have increased power
•The enemy has increased move speed
Flower Field
Rick Spirit.png
Rick Kirby series Pikachu PikachuHeadGreenSSBU.png
Kirby KirbyHeadYellowSSBU.png
4,100 Green Greens •Hazard: Ice Floor •The floor is frozen
•The enemy starts the battle with a Fire Flower
•The enemy has increased move speed
Planet Popstar
Moley Spirit.png
Moley Kirby series •Giant Pikachu PikachuHeadGlassesSSBU.png
2,200 The Great Cave Offensive (Battlefield form) •Item: Pitfall •The enemy is giant Squeak Squad Theme
Alolan Raichu Pokémon series Pikachu PikachuHeadFemaleSSBU.png
4,100 Tortimer Island (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Zap Floor •The floor is electrified
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Alolan Raichu)
Battle! (Trainer) - Pokémon Sun / Pokémon Moon
Mimikyu Pokémon series Pikachu PikachuHeadFemaleSSBU.png
3,700 Luigi's Mansion •Sudden Damage •You take serious damage
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Mimikyu)
Main Theme - Luigi's Mansion (Brawl)
Tapu Koko Spirit.png
Tapu Koko Pokémon series Pikachu PikachuHeadLibreSSBU.png
9,600 Temple (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Zap Floor •The floor is electrified
•The enemy's electric attacks have increased power
•Only certain Pokémon will emerge from Poké Balls (Tapu Koko)
Battle! (Island Kahuna)
Detective Pikachu Pokémon series Pikachu Team PikachuHeadGlassesSSBU.png (×4)
4,100 Gamer (Book stacks layout, hazards off) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Timed battle
Elec Man Spirit.png
Elec Man Mega Man series Pikachu PikachuHeadLibreSSBU.png
4,400 Wily Castle (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Zap Floor •The floor is electrified
•The enemy's electric attacks have increased power
Stamina battle
Guts Man Stage
Great Zapfish Splatoon series •Giant Pikachu PikachuHeadGreenSSBU.png
9,800 Prism Tower (Ω form) •Hazard: Zap Floor •The floor is electrified
•The enemy's electric attacks have increased power
•The enemy is giant
Splattack! (Remix)
Reporter & Wrestler Rythm Heaven series Pikachu PikachuHeadLibreSSBU.png
4,100 Boxing Ring (Battlefield form) Assist Trophy Enemies (Yuri Kozukata)
•Easy to Launch
•You are easy to launch
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
Title Theme - Punch-Out!! (Wii)
Let's Go Pikachu Spirit.png
Partner Pikachu Pokémon series Pikachu PikachuHeadRedSSBU.png
Mii Brawler MiiBrawlerHeadSSBU.png (SSB T-shirt)
8,000 Saffron City •Sudden Final Smash
•Item: Poké Ball
•The enemy will suddenly have a Final Smash when the enemy's at high damage
•The enemy's electric attacks have increased power
Stamina battle
Main Theme - Pokémon Red & Pokémon Blue (Melee)
Morgana Persona 5.png
Morgana Persona series Pikachu PikachuHeadLibreSSBU.png
Incineroar IncineroarHeadGreySSBU.png
11,500 Mementos •Hazard: Heavy Wind •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Dangerously high winds are in effect after a little while
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Last Surprise

As a minion[edit]

Spirit Battle parameters Inspiration
No. Image Name Series Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music Character
SSBU Spirits Gandrayda.png
Gandrayda Metroid series Dark Samus DarkSamusHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Pikachu PikachuHeadBlueSSBU.png
1,800 Frigate Orpheon N/A •Take your strongest team into this no-frills battle Multiplayer - Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Gandrayda's electric powers
Kracko Kirby series King Dedede KingDededeHeadGreySSBU.png
Pikachu PikachuHeadBlueSSBU.png (×2)
3,500 Skyworld (clouds only) N/A •Defeat the main fighter to win Boss Theme Medley - Kirby Series Kracko's lightning attack, or various enemies summoned by Kracko (e.g. Waddle Doos)
Raikou, Entei, & Suicune Pokémon series Greninja GreninjaHeadVioletSSBU.png
Incineroar IncineroarHeadWhiteSSBU.png
Pikachu PikachuHeadLibreSSBU.png
9,900 Suzaku Castle •Hazard: Lava Floor •The floor is lava Pokémon Red / Pokémon Blue Medley Raikou
Dribble Spitz Spirit.png
Dribble & Spitz WarioWare series Wario WarioHeadClassicCyanSSBU.png
Pikachu PikachuHeadGreenSSBU.png
4,000 Saffron City •Uncontrollable Speed •All fighters move faster and can't stop quickly after a little while
•The enemy favors side specials
WarioWare, Inc. Spitz
Phantom Thieves Spirit.png
Phantom Thieves of Hearts Persona series Joker JokerHeadSSBU.png
Pikachu PikachuHeadLibreSSBU.png
Captain Falcon CaptainFalconHeadBlackSSBU.png
Zero Suit Samus ZeroSuitSamusHeadRedSSBU.png
Chrom ChromHeadBlackSSBU.png
Sheik SheikHeadBlackSSBU.png
13,300 Mementos •Sudden Final Smash
•Item: Daybreak Parts
•The enemy will suddenly have a Final Smash when the enemy's at high damage
•Reinforcements will appear during the battle
Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There Morgana
Great Sabrecub DRAGON QUEST Series Pichu PichuHeadSpikySSBU.png
•Giant Pikachu PikachuHeadFemaleSSBU.png
2,900 Gaur Plains (Omega form) •Item: Soccer Ball •Defeat the main fighter to win
•Stamina battle
•The enemy shields often
Marching through the Fields Great Sabrecat

Alternate costumes[edit]

Pikachu Palette (SSBU).png
PikachuHeadSSBU.png PikachuHeadRedSSBU.png PikachuHeadGreenSSBU.png PikachuHeadYellowSSBU.png PikachuHeadBlueSSBU.png PikachuHeadGlassesSSBU.png PikachuHeadFemaleSSBU.png PikachuHeadLibreSSBU.png


Character Showcase Video[edit]


  • This is the first time Pikachu was not the first Pokémon character to be explicitly announced for a new Smash title, with Mewtwo being confirmed before it.
  • Pikachu's pose in its official artwork resembles its front sprite in the Generation III Pokémon games.
  • In the E3 demo of the game, Pikachu's portrait used its in-game model as opposed to its official artwork. This was also the case with Link, Mario and Villager.
  • Pikachu's alternate costume featuring goggles has been removed and returned to Pichu, who was the original owner of said palette swap in Melee.
  • Pikachu, in comparison to the other starters, has the least amount of characters in its unlock tree, having only seven characters as opposed to the standard eight.
  • Pikachu and Pokémon Trainer are the only characters to face Mewtwo, with Master Hand as their final boss in their Classic Mode.
  • Due to its new Pikachu Libre skin, Pikachu is now the only member of the Original 12 to change sex between costumes, as well as the first of the Original 12 to technically be a different character in one of its costumes (while characters like Link and Captain Falcon have costumes resembling distinct characters before like Fierce Deity Link or Blood Falcon, clear differences show them to not be the real thing, such as maintaining the same body underneath their clothes or a difference in shoes).