Nickname Electric Mouse Pokémon
Special Moves Thunder Jolt (Neutral), Skull Bash (Side), Quick Attack (Up), Thunder (Down)
Final Smash Volt Tackle
First appearance Pokémon Red & Blue series (1996)
Voice actor Ikue Ōtani

Pikachu (ピカチュウ, Pikachu) is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch. Its return in Super Smash Bros. 4 was announced during the E3 Nintendo Direct on June 11th, 2013. It was also among the first wave of amiibo that are compatible with Super Smash Bros. 4. Ikue Ōtani reprises her role as Pikachu's voice actor, albeit via recycled voice clips from Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

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Recognized the world over, Pikachu is an Electric-type Pokémon that stores energy in its cheeks for use in battle. In Smash Bros., Pikachu is a well-rounded fighter with speedy, powerful electric attacks. Quick Attack can be used twice in a row if two directions are input, one after another.


  • SSB4 is the first installment where Pikachu's teeth are visible. They can be seen when it is being grabbed by an opponent, or when it is hanging on an edge.
  • When Pikachu is stunned, its eyes appear as swirls. This is a reference to the Pokémon anime, in which Pokémon typically display the same expression after fainting.
    • It is also the second character to have this unique detail. The first was Kirby in SSB.
  • Pikachu knows five official Pokémon moves in SSB4, all of which it can learn legally in the Pokémon core series. In addition to Skull Bash, Thunder and Volt Tackle, it can also use Thunder Wave and Thunder Shock as custom moves.
    • One of its custom moves, Quick Feet, has the same name of an Ability instead of a move, similarly to Victini's Poké Ball effect. However, Pikachu cannot legitimately have Quick Feet as an Ability.
  • Pikachu's official art for SSB4 is almost identical to its official art for SSB. The only difference is that it is standing erect in its SSB4 art instead of slightly slouching to the side.
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