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The best guide on how to play Pikachu in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for the best builds, Held and Battle items, movesets, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, matchups, and more!

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Pikachu Latest Buffs and Nerfs (06/20)

June 20 Update

Pikachu Move Changes (June 20)
Stat Change • HP recovery increased

Thunder

1.2.1.8 Damage dealt increased from 2947 to 3290 (+11.6)
1.2.1.11 Fixed a bug that Thunder might not be activated when you quickly activate Volt Tackle ►Thunder ► Standard Attack in this order.

Volt Tackle

1.3.1.7 Damage increased from 1480 to 1575 (+6%)
1.2.1.8 Damage dealt increased from 1015 to 1480 (+46%).

Thunder Shock

1.3.1.7 Damage increased from 481 to 519 (+8%)

Volt Tackle

1.3.1.7 Damage increased from 1480 to 1575 (+6%)
1.2.1.8 Damage dealt increased from 1015 to 1480 (+46%).

Thunderstom

1.3.1.7 Unite Move charge rate increased. Charge time decreased from ~139s → ~88s (-45%).

Stat Updates

1.5.2.7 HP recovery increased

Pikachu Basic Info

Pikachu
Pikachu.jpg
Tier Rating: SS Rank Icon

Role: Attacker
Attack Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Difficulty: Novice
Cost:
"Pikachu is a Pokémon that excels at attacking opponents from far away with electricity. Sometimes the attacks even leave opposing Pokémon paralyzed!"

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Pikachu Best Lanes

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Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Pikachu Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Huge Damage Sustain
✔︎ Wide Attack Range
✔︎ AOE Stun for Crowd Control
✖︎ Very Squishy
✖︎ Low AOE Burst
✖︎ No Escape

Best Builds for Pikachu

Builds
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The Best Build for Pikachu is the one with the gold crown!

Unite Move Build

Unite Move Build
Pokemon UNITE - Best Build Icon
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Sp. Atk: +39
HP: +450
Cooldown: -4.50%
Unite Move Charge Rate: +6%
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
HP
Sp. Atk
Free Negative Stats:
Attack
Movement Speed
Critical-Hit Rate
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

This is a new offensive build centered around Thunderstorm as a response to Pikachu's buff in the 1.3.1.7 Update. Get aggressive once you get Thunderstorm, using it whenever it's available to get kills or securing objectives for your team.

By default, Electro Ball and Thunderbolt are your main moveset. However, you can be flexible with the first move choice, interchanging Electro Ball and Thunder depending on whether your team needs more single-target burst damage or an AoE crowd control. On the other hand, Thunderbolt is the best choice for your second move.

Choice Specs is your default offensive item, having Wise Glasses or Shell Bell as a substitute. Energy Amplifier and Buddy Barrier are your bread-and-butter item combination, providing cooldown reduction, faster recharge rate, durability, and damage increase after casting Thunderstorm.

Eject Button is the best choice for this build, giving you mobility to get aggressive or be defensive. However, if you manuveur well enough, you can equip X Attack instead for more damage.

Your Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 Green Emblems to maximize your moves' damage and 4 Emblems of any color. Equip Emblems that improve Sp. Atk or HP since the build if centered on using Thunderstorm. You can freely trade Attack, Critical-Hit Rate, and Movement Speed.

Balanced Build

Balanced Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Sp. Atk: +39
Defense: +30
Sp. Def: +30
HP: +450
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
HP
Sp. Atk
Free Negative Stats:
Attack
Movement Speed
Critical-Hit Rate
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

This is a stable build with a balanced offense and defense. Electro Ball and Thunderbolt is you primary moveset, providing both high single-target damage and a reliable crowd-control, respectively.

Choice Specs is your core damage item, increasing your moves' damage output for a decent amount. However, you can equip Wise Glasses as a replacement, whichever has the highest level. Shell Bell is also an alternative, providing you instead with a decent heal and cooldown reductions for your moves, although it does not give a high Sp.Atk. boost compared to the others. Buddy Barrier and Focus Band are your core defensive items, allowing you to survive longer in fights so you can keep casting your moves. You can replace Focus Band with Muscle Band should you want a stronger standard attack, especially early on.

Eject Button is a standard battle item to have, giving you both an offensive and defensive tool. However, if you want more damage, equip X Attack instead.

Your Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 Green Emblems to maximize your moves' damage and 4 White Emblems for additional HP. Equip Emblems that improve Sp. Atk or HP since you'll want to balance offense and defense for the build. You can freely trade Attack, Critical-Hit Rate, and Movement Speed.

Artillery Build

Artillery Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Sp. Atk: +63
Cooldown: -9%
Unite Move Charge Rate: +6%
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
HP
Sp. Atk
Movement Speed
Free Negative Stats:
Attack
Critical-Hit Rate
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

This is a cooldown reduction build that transforms Pikachu into a long-ranged AoE Sp. Atk. artillery, providing AoE damage and stuns from the backlines via Thunder and Thunderbolt.

Shell Bell and Energy Amplifier are your core items for the build due to their cooldown reduction effects. Wise Glasses further boosts your Sp. Atk, improving your moves' damage.

X Speed is a must-have Battle Item for this build, allowing you to escape enemies when things go awry.

Your Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 7 Black Emblems for maximum move cooldown reduction and 6 Green Emblems for maximum damage. To achieve this, you have to equip three (3) Emblems that is both Black and Green. Equip Emblems that improve Sp. Atk, HP, or Movement Speed since you'll be providing firepower from the backlines. You can freely trade Attack and Critical-Hit Rate.

Single Target Build

Single Target Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Sp. Atk: +78
HP: +450
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
Sp. Atk
Free Negative Stats:
Attack
Movement Speed
Critical-Hit Rate
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

This is a high-damage single-target build. Since you'll be more of a single-target assassin, your gameplay should be taking out the enemy's squishy Pokemon using Electro Ball and Volt Tackle, particularly Attackers and Speedsters. Taking out the enemy's damage dealers quickly makes it easier for your team to win fights.

Choice Specs and Wise Glasses are your primary damage items, boosting your moves' damage output. Buddy Barrier is your only defensive and teamfight item, providing high bonus HP and decent shields when you cast Thunderstorm.

X Attack is nonnegotiable for this build, amplifying your damage output drastically.

Your Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 Green Emblems to maximize your moves' damage and 4 Emblems of any color. Equip Emblems that improve Sp. Atk since the build focuses on dealing high burst damage. You can freely trade Attack, Critical-Hit Rate, Movement Speed.

Pikachu Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Explanation
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier Buddy Barrier is a great defensive item for Pikachu, giving some durability to it. It also works well with Pikachu's Unite Move since it has a shorter cooldown compared to most.
Energy Amplifier.pngEnergy Amplifier Energy Amplifier makes Pikachu's Unite Move recharge much faster that it already is. The increased damage effect is also benefitial to Pikachu's high burst damage moves.
Wise Glasses.pngWise Glasses Wise Glasses is a reliable damage item for Pikachu, increasing its burst potential.
Shell Bell.pngShell Bell Shell Bell's cooldown reduction and healing effects makes Pikachu's moves more valuable and effective. Although it gives less Sp. Atk. stat compared to others, it's a decent item nonetheless.
Choice Specs.pngChoice Specs Choice Specs functions similarly to Wise Glasses since both give the same flat Sp. Atk. boost, increasing its burst potential.

List of Held Items

Best Battle Items

Item Explanation
Eject Button.pngEject Button Eject Button provides Pikachu with an escape tool when things get awry and a chase tool to catch enemies.
X Speed.pngX Speed X Speed functions similarly to Eject Button but also gives Pikachu immunity from slows for a duration.

List of Battle Items

Best Moveset

Move Explanation
Thunderbolt ImageThunderbolt Thunderbolt is essential for winning team battles since it locks down enemies in an area with a long stun.
Electro Ball ImageElectro Ball Electro Ball can stun enemies and deal huge damage within an AOE when timed correctly. It's a great assassination tool since it deals more damage the lower the target's HP is.

Thunderbolt is a must have for team battles as it locks down any enemies caught within the AOE with a long stun. Stopping enemies in teamfights is the top priority, if they are stunned they cannot use skills which is a huge advantage for you and your team.

Though not as huge as the Thunderbolt, the Electro Ball can stun enemies within an AOE as well as deal huge damage when timed correctly. The less health your enemy has, the more Electro Ball deals damage. Use this skill to chase down enemies on the run!

Though we chose Electro Ball as the best moveset, Thunder is a close second as the best choice between them depends on your playstyle. A chase-down Pikachu would prefer Electro Ball while a poking Pikachu would prefer Thunder.

Which Moveset Do You Think is Best For Pikachu?

Electro Ball & Volt Tackle 153
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Electro Ball & Thunderbolt 116
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Thunder & Volt Tackle 13
Votes
Thunder & Thunderbolt 20
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Let us know why in the comments!

Previous Poll Result

Electro Ball & Volt Tackle 33
Votes
Electro Ball & Thunderbolt 105
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Thunder & Volt Tackle 11
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Thunder & Thunderbolt 76
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How to Play Pikachu

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Get Aggressive in the Early Game

Pokemon UNITE - Pikachu Early Game Aggression

Pikachu has one of the best early-game kits because of its stuns and quick damage. While it is still recommended that you focus on farming Wild Pokemon during the early game before engaging the enemy, Pikachu is a dependable Attacker that can get easy kills it needs to.

Set up Knockdowns with Electroweb

Electroweb incapacitates a single target for a decent amount of time. It is best used for trapping over-extending opponents, especially when they are far from their goal zone. Since the move also deals damage when it lands on an opponent, it will be easier for you to knock them down once isolated, especially if you have an ally to help you.

Alternatively, you can also use Electroweb defensively by stopping the opponent in place while you pursued.

Electroweb: Pikachu Move Effect and Cooldown

Steal Wild Pokemon with Thunder Shock

Thunder Shock offers a decent amount of early-game damage. Since the move has a sure-hit type, you will be able to activate it easily without the need for much aiming. Use it to pressure your opponents or steal Wild Pokemon spawns to deny EXP from the enemy team.

Thunder Shock: Pikachu Move Effect and Cooldown

Pair Up with an Ally with High HP

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Pikachu is a glass cannon - high damage output, but can easily be shattered. So, it is important that you never fight alone. You will want to pair up with sturdy allies, preferably Defenders, and stun any enemies that get close and provide offense. Doing this will also allow Pikachu to support bulky Pokemon like Snorlax or Slowbro by compensating for their lack of range.

Pick Damage Move Based on Enemy Composition

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Once Pikachu reaches level 4, it will get to choose its damage move. While both choices are great in dealing high amounts of damage, the choice of Thunder or Electro Ball should be made based on the composition of the enemy team.

Learn Thunder for Sturdy Opponents

Thunder deals continuous damage within an affected area. The effect is great if you are looking to deploy Pikachu at safe distance and deal AoE damage. It is best suited for team fights when the enemy is grouped while contesting objectives.

Thunder: Pikachu Move Effect and Cooldown

Learn Electro Ball for Mobile Opponents

Electro Ball is a sure hit move that is easy to use. It is great for fighting highly mobile enemies like Speedsters or All-Rounders with dash moves. Moreover, it has a short cooldown, allowing you to frequently pressure your target with attacks.
Electro Ball: Pikachu Move Effect and Cooldown

Get More Value Out of Stuns

Pokemon UNITE - Pikachu Stunning Absol.png

Pikachu has a strong arsenal of long-ranged stun moves that also packs a punch. Both moves have the same effect of stuns but differ in how they are controlled. One move may be best to pick depending on your desired playstyle.

Shut Down Single Targets with Volt Tackle

Volt Tackle deals damage to a single target while locking them down in place for a short time. If you time it right, you can also disrupt and cancel enemy moves as they activate them. Be careful, as you tackle the target, you will be pulled toward their position, which may open you up for a counterattack. For safety, it is best to have an ally nearby to follow up on your attack or protect you if anything goes wrong.

Volt Tackle: Pikachu Move Effect and Cooldown

Get More Range with Thunderbolt

Unlike Volt Tackle, Thunderbolt have you shoot down a thunder strike at the designated area, dealing AoE damage and stunning opponents. A well-placed Thunderbolt will incapacitate opponents long enough for your allies to bombard them with attacks. Use this to hold enemies in place to defeat them in one go or simply deal damage AoE damage at long range.

Thunderbolt: Pikachu Move Effect and Cooldown

Attack Safely from Range

Since Pikachu's attack range is quite large, you can easily kite and poke enemies safely at the edge of the attack range, before stunning them and finishing them off with an Electro Ball or Thunder. Using Battle Items like Eject Button or X Speed can be used as an emergency retreat or X Attack to ensure a KO.

Deal AoE Damage with Thunderstorm

Pokemon UNITE - Pikachu Activating Unite Move to Deal AoE Damage

Thunderstorm's recharged rate improved drastically thanks to the 1.3.1.7 Update, allowing you to use it more freely and frequently. You can further improve Thunderstorm's recharge rate by equipping Energy Amplifier with the bonus of dealing more damage for a short duration after using it.

Thunderstorm: Pikachu Move Effect and Cooldown

Save Thunderstorm for Team Fights

Since big team fights typically break out around important map objectives, Pikachu's Unite Move Thunderstorm should be saved until then. While the damage is not great, it has a large area of effect and can be used to finish off the enemy team at low health.

Alternatively, Thunderstorm can also be used as an escape mechanism for Pikachu when the need arises. Activating the Unite move will give Pikachu a window of invulnerability to escape, as well as shoot lightning bolts at nearby enemies. No matter the situation, it is best to save the Unite move for intense fights.

Progression and Leveling Guide

Level Objectives
1 - 3 • Secure as many wild Pokemon as you can to reach level 4 quickly
4 - 9 • Harass your enemies out of the lane once you have Electro Ball or Thunder
• Help your team get kills and push lanes once you have Volt Tackle or Thunderbolt
• If possible, try to reach level 9 and get Thunderstorm before boss Pokemon spawn
• Help your team secure Rotom and/or Drednaw
10+ • Stick with your allies to hunt targets, secure objectives, and push lanes
• Use Thunderstorm whenever you can to win teamfights, especially when taking objectives, but make sure it's available when Zapdos spawns
• Help your team secure Zapdos by winning a teamfight or forcing enemies to retreat

Pikachu Combos

Trap and Zap Combo

Trap and Zap Combo
Electroweb IconThunder Shock IconStandard Attack Icon
Pokemon UNITE - Pikachu Trap and Zap Combo
This is Pikachu's early game combo that is great for setting up easy knock downs. When you are being chased down or you are in pursuit of an enemy, incapacitate them with Electroweb. Follow it up with Thunder Shock and Standard Attacks.

Double Thunder Hit Combo

Double Thunder Hit Combo
Thunderbolt IconThunder IconStandard Attack Icon
Pokemon UNITE - Pikachu Double Thunder Hit Combo
This combo focuses on stunning multiple enemies and dealing AoE tick damage using Thunder. Stun enemies with Thunderbolt, which makes sure that enemies will receive the full tick damage of Thunder. This enables Pikachu to be really efficient during clashes and setup kills for teammates at long range.

Tackle Burst Combo

Tackle Burst Combo
Electro Ball IconVolt Tackle IconStandard Attack Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Pikachu Tackle Burst Combo
This is a quick, sure-hit burst combo. Use Volt Tackle to stun the target. When Pikachu lands, it will be at an exact range for Electro Ball, which you will use. Then, begin retreating away while still using Standard Attacks when you can.

Tackle Burst Combo

Tackle Burst Combo
Electro Ball IconVolt Tackle IconThunderstorm IconStandard Attack Icon

Pokemon UNITE - Pikachu Ultimate Thunderstorm Combo
This combo utilizes the Tackle Burst combo, but adds Pikachu's Unite Move as a finisher. Use Volt Tackle to stun the target. When Pikachu lands, fire an Electro Ball, then quickly activate Thunderstorm and wreak havoc.

Matchups and Counters for Pikachu

Pikachu Matchups

Hard Counter
AbsolAegislashBlastoiseBlisseyGengarLucarioMachampSlowbroTalonflameTrevenantZeraora
Fair Matchup
Alolan NinetalesBuzzwoleCinderaceCramorantDelphoxDragoniteEspeonGarchompGardevoirGlaceonGreedentGreninjaMamoswineMewSnorlaxSylveonTsareenaTyranitarVenusaurWigglytuff
Good Matchup
AzumarillCharizardCrustleDecidueyeDodrioDuraludonEldegossHoopaMr. Mime
Matchup Notes
Hard CounterHard Counter Even MatchupEven Matchup Easy MatchupEasy Matchup
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Pikachu.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Hard Counter by Closing the Gap

Pikachu has no escape moves to rely on once its cornered. Closing the distance between you and Pikachu increases your chances of winning a fight. Most likely if you chase a Pikachu, it will either stun you and run or attempt to use its UNITE move as a ditch effort to burst you down. If you survive the fight, punish Pikachu accordingly.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Lucario ImageLucario Rating: ★★★★★
• Can quickly get close to Pikachu and dodge its disables with Quick Attack, Extreme Speed or Power-Up Punch, and Bone Rush.
• Can disrupt Pikachu's moves with its boosted attack
• Can protect itself from Pikachu's burst damage with Steadfast.
Absol ImageAbsol Rating: ★★★★
• Can get close to Pikachu using Feint or Night Slash or Pursuit and Sucker Punch, and burst it down with its high critical-hit damage.
• Can slow Pikachu and amplify its damage using Psycho Cut.
Talonflame ImageTalonflame Rating: ★★★★
• Can directly dive Pikachu and burst it down with Brave Bird or Fly.
• Can stay on top of Pikachu using Aerial Ace or Flame Charge.
• Can shove Pikachu out of position using Flame Sweep.
Blastoise ImageBlastoise Rating: ★★★
• Can approach Pikachu while ignoring its disables using Surf.
• Can deal burst damage and displace Pikachu using Hydro Pump.
• Can knock out Pikachu completely with a single Rapid Spin-Water Spout combo.

Even Matchups for Pikachu

Pikachu must be able to use its moves constantly from a safe distance in order to win against these Pokemon.

Deal the First Blow

Fragile Damage Dealers
Alolan Ninetales Image Cinderace Image Cramorant Image Delphox Image Espeon Image Gardevoir Image Greninja Image Mew Image Sylveon Image Venusaur Image
How to Beat
• Strike first by disabling them with Volt Tackle or Thunderbolt, then dealing burst damage using Electro Ball or Thunder.
• Use Thunderstorm to finish them off if neccessary
• Disengage quickly if you miss your moves and wait for them to cooldown.

Cripple Their Progression

Late-Bloomers
Dragonite Image Garchomp Image Glaceon Image Tsareena Image
How to Beat
• Cripple their progression by knocking them out and stealing their farm in the early game.
• Disable them using Volt Tackle or Thunderbolt when they try to approach.
• Use Thunderstorm when they commit to a head-on fight.
• For Dragonite, quickly get to a safe spot when it uses Draco Impact near your position.
• For Garchomp, you just need to dodge Dragon Rush or Dig and kite it to prevent it from stacking its boosted attacks.
• For Tsareena, disrupt its attacks and moves to prevent it from triggering Queenly Majesty, and avoid getting caught by Queen Ascendant.

Keep Distance

Durable Pokemon with Strong Crowd Control
Greedent Image Mamoswine Image Snorlax Image Wigglytuff Image
How to Beat
• Keep a safe distance from them while bombarding them with your moves, disabling them with Volt Tackle or Thunderbolt when they approach.
• If possible, get help from your allies to knock them out faster.
• Immediately use Thunderstorm when they manage to get close.
• For Wigglytuff, disable it immediately using Volt Tackle or Thunderbolt when it charges in with Sing. If it's using Rollout, dodge it and when for it to end, then counter with your moves. Make sure to use Thunderstorm before it activates Starlight Recital.

Easy Matchups for Pikachu

Easy matchups are Pokemon that are susceptible to Pikachu's disables and burst damage.

Disable and Burst them Quickly

Pokemon that Rely on Attacks
Azumarill Image Buzzwole Image Charizard Image Decidueye Image Duraludon Image
How to Beat
• Disable and burst them quickly when they try to approach you to attack
• Use Thunderstorm to finish them off if needed.
• For Azumarill, use Eject Button or X Speed to disengage and distance yourself when it uses Belly Bash on you.
• For Charizard, cripple its progression by knocking it out and stealing its farm in the early game. Once it reaches level 9, you only need to avoid getting caught by Seismic Slam to win against it.
• For Decidueye, take advantage of the movement penalties when it uses Spirit Shackle or Nock Nock and burst it down quickly.
• For Duraludon, bombard it with your moves once it's stationary from using Flash Cannon. If it's using Dragon Pulse, you need to burst it down before it can fully stack the damage.

Disrupt their Setup

Pokemon that Need Good Positioning and Setup
Crustle Image Mr. Mime Image
How to Beat
• Disable them using Volt Tackle or Thunderbolt to prevent them from getting into position and set up their moves.
• For Crustle, don't engage when it uses Rubble Rouser, wait for the effects to expire before striking again.
• For Mr. Mime, use Eject Button or X Speed to move away from Showtime's area.

Burst them Quickly

Pokemon that Always Sticks with an Ally
Eldegoss Image Hoopa Image
How to Beat
• If you're using Volt Tackle and Electro Ball, target them first to take them out of the fight.
• If you're using Thunderbolt and Thunder, catch as many enemies within your moves' area to punish them for grouping together.
• Use Thunderstorm to finish them off.

Disrupt Its Movement

Pokemon with Special Mechanics
Dodrio Image
How to Beat
• During the early game, use Electroweb to pin down Dodrio and prevent it from bulting up its Sprint Mechanic. You can also use to it to set up a quick knock down if you have an ally nearby.
• Utilize Electro Ball's sure-hit type to get easy shots. The move also inflicts slow, which will be helpful for slowing down Dodrio's movement speed.

Best Teammates for Pikachu

Pokemon Explanation
Zeraora ImageZeraora Good melee support to Zeraora's rushing attack style
Pikachu on its own is a very volatile character. But, with Zeraora at its side, with its potent rushing and slashing attacks, stunning an opponent will spell its early doom with Pikachu's stunning attacks and Zeraora to finish it off.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Can act as a shield for Pikachu
Pikachu can use its potent attacks behind Snorlax's block. When Block ends, Pikachu can then switch to defensive mode using its stun attacks while Snorlax becomes the offense, using its slamming moves.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Offers more survivability for Pikachu
Pikachu's main problem is its fragility - but with Eldegoss at its side, it can help solve that somewhat, allowing Pikachu to use its attacks more often.

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Pikachu Moves and Ability

Move Slot 1 (R)

Thunder Shock ImageThunder Shock
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Sure Hit
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 427 / 519
Fires electricity at a target area, damaging and stunning enemy Pokemon.
Thunder ImageThunder
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 8s
Total Damage: 1280 / 3290
Drops wicked thunderbolts, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect. Upgrade: Increases the number of attacks for this move.
Electro Ball ImageElectro Ball
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Sure Hit
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 735 / 1869
Hurls an electric orb, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and leaving them paralyzed for a short time. This move's damage increases the lower the opposing Pokemon's HP is. Upgrade: Increases damage dealth by this move.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Electroweb ImageElectroweb
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 9s
Total Damage: 368 / 465
Attacks and captures opposing Pokemon using an electric net. leaving them unable to move.
Thunderbolt ImageThunderbolt
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 8s
Total Damage: 683 / 1358
Attacks with a strong electric blast, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and leaving them unable to act. Upgrade: Increases damage dealt by this move.
Volt Tackle ImageVolt Tackle
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 10s
Total Damage: 945 / 1575
Has the user electrify itself and charge ahead, throwing opposing Pokemon. Upgrade: Reduces this move's cooldown

Unite Moves (ZL)

Thunderstorm ImageThunderstorm
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 88s
Total Damage: 3096 / 4388
Attacks the opposing team's Pokemon near the user with tremendous bolts of lightning.
After using Thunderstorm, Pikachu gains the following buff(s) for a few seconds:

Shield granted. Movement Speed increased and reduced move cooldowns for a short time.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing increased damage. This boosted attack also stuns opposing Pokemon for a short time when it hits.

Ability (Passive)

Static ImageStatic All Evolution Stages
Paralyzes all opponents near the Pokemon for a short time when the Pokemon receives damage. The Ability goes on cooldown after it's triggered.

Pikachu Stats and Evolutions

Pikachu Evolutions

Pikachu.pngPikachu
This Pokemon does not evolve.

Pikachu Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3292 35 27 134
2 3399 40 31 140
3 3517 45 35 146
4 3646 51 40 153
5 3788 58 45 160
6 3945 65 51 168
7 4117 73 57 177
8 4307 82 64 187
9 4516 92 72 198
10 4747 103 80 210
11 5001 115 89 223
12 5280 128 99 237
13 5588 142 110 253
14 5927 158 122 271
15 6300 175 135 290

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

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Zirco Trading:
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Aeos Gems 2499
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