Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions (1999)

Console of origin

Game Boy Color





Pichu (Japanese: ピチュー Pichu) is an Electric-type baby Pokémon.

It evolves into Pikachu when leveled up with high friendship, which evolves into Raichu when exposed to a Thunder Stone.


Pichu is a small, ground-dwelling rodent Pokémon with pale yellow fur. Its eartips, collar, and tail are black and angular. Pichu's pink cheek pouches can store small amounts of electricity, and its tiny nose looks like a dot. Pichu is classified as a quadruped, but it can walk easily on its hind legs.

Pichu is a social Pokémon known for its playful and mischievous demeanor. It is usually found in groups and often touch tails with other Pichu as a show of courage, creating a shower of sparks that can make them cry. It is inept at storing electricity, and may discharge if amused, startled, or subjected to shock. However, it cannot discharge without being shocked itself. Charging up is more easily done on days of dryness or thunderclouds. The crackling of static electricity generated by Pichu is audible. It can zap an adult human, but will surprise itself if it does. Pichu primarily lives in the forest, though it has also been depicted to thrive in urban areas.


NPC appearancesEdit

  • Pokémon Stadium 2: Pichu stars in the mini-game "Pichu's Powerplant." Similar to Pikachu's and Voltorb's mini-game, "Thundering Dynamo", in Pokémon Stadium. The player has to be the first to charge up the most electrical power in order to win.
  • Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire: Pichu will assist Pikachu on Ball-Saver duty for 50 coins or as a prize in the slot machine.
  • Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver: The Spiky-eared Pichu will appear at the Ilex Forest shrine if the player approaches it with the Pikachu-colored Pichu first in the party. (The event will still activate if the Pikachu-colored Pichu evolves.) She will be automatically caught, and cannot be traded outside of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver or evolve.
  • Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs: A Pichu is the player's partner. This Pichu plays the ukulele and has a special musical Poké Assist.