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Arbok - Pikachu (#025) - Raichu
|Game series||Pokémon series|
|First game||Pokémon Red and Blue (1996)|
|Designed by||Ken Sugimori|
|Voiced by (English)|| Ikue Ōtani|
Rachael Lillis (some Indigo League episodes)
Chika Sakamoto (Puka; episode 67)
Satomi Kōrogi (Sparky; episode 78)
Craig Blair (PMD special)
|Voiced by (Japanese)|| Ikue Ōtani|
Tomoe Hanba (PMD special)
|Live action actor(s)||Jennifer Risser (Pokémon Live!)|
Pikachu is a yellow pika from the fictional Pokémon world that was created by Satoshi Tajiri. It is 0.4 m tall and it weighs 6.0 kg. The skin color is yellow with brown markings covering the lower portion of its back. Female Pikachu has heart-shaped tail. It can attack using electricity which comes from two red pouches (called "Denkibukuro") on its cheeks. It can evolve into Raichu, which is bigger and stronger. A minuscule and frail Pokémon called Pichu can evolve into Pikachu. Pikachu appears in most Pokémon games in some way. "Chu" comes from the power of speech of a mouse in Japanese.
Pikachu is the finest known of all Pokémon because it is the authorized mascot of the series. It is also one of the principal characters of the Pokémon anime and comic books. In one of the first Pokémon games, Pokémon Yellow, it is the player's starter Pokémon. It actually symbolizes Pokemon. It was not so high-ranking by the popularity vote in the company to select the mascot.
Pichu is the pre-evolved form of Pikachu. It is a small yellow electric mouse, but does not have as much power as a Pikachu. It evolves to Pikachu when it is very happy. There are special forms of Pichu: a notched-ear Pichu, and a Pikachu-colored Pichu as event Pokémon in the Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver games. Pichu has appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee, as a very light and fast playable character. Pichu features in the intro of the third Pokémon movie.
Raichu is the evolved form of Pikachu and has orange fur, unlike Pikachu's yellow fur. In order for a Pikachu to evolve into a Raichu, it must use a Thunderstone. It can hold much more electricity in its cheeks. In the Pokémon anime, Gym Leader Lt. Surge's Raichu has a battle with Ash's Pikachu. At first, Raichu wins, but Pikachu beats it in a rematch.