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This is a guide on how to play Pikachu in Pokemon UNITE. Learn about all of Pikachu's moves and skins, and how to use Pikachu with our builds complete with best movesets, items, and combos.

Pikachu Tier Rating and Stats

Pikachu Basic Information

Pikachu.jpgPikachu Tier: Role:
S Rank Icon Attacker
Attack Type: Difficulty:
Ranged Novice
Damage Type:
Special
"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 Stats

Offense Defense Mobility Scoring Support
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HP, Defense, Sp. Defense Details
Level HP Defense Special Defense
1 3292 35 27
2 3399 40 31
3 3517 45 35
4 3646 51 40
5 3788 58 45
6 3945 65 51
7 4117 73 57
8 4307 82 64
9 4516 92 72
10 4747 103 80
11 5001 115 89
12 5280 128 99
13 5588 142 110
14 5927 158 122
15 6300 175 135

Pikachu Evolutions

Pikachu.pngPikachu
This Pokémon does not evolve.

Pikachu Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Powerful attacks
✔︎ Huge range
✔︎ Can easily provide support with stun attacks
✖︎ Very fragile
✖︎ Does not work well alone in late game

Excellent Ranged Control

Pikachu has a great moveset that can give it control over a battle. Attacks that stun and insane damage makes it an invaluable member of any offense-oriented team.

Very Fragile

Pikachu is extremely fragile and a few hits will deplete a lot of its HP. Learn to back away from group fights when necessary.

Best Lane for Pikachu

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Jungle 5 Stars.png
Bottom 3 Stars.png

Jungle

While the game recommends Pikachu to be a top laner, it is recommended for it to Jungle and basically roam around the map to control the tide of enemies in both top and bottom lanes. Jungling early on allows it to get his best moves safely as you level up defeating the wild Pokemon.

Top

For those on the more aggressive side, Pikachu can take the Top Lane but will still end up providing more support than intense damage since it's so frail. Use its stun skills to provide assistance on the bulkier opponents. Having a Defender or Supporter on your side will definitely help.

Pikachu Builds

Control Build

Moves and Move Upgrade Order

Lv. 1 (R) Lv. 3 (ZR) Lv. 4 (R) Lv. 6 (ZR)
Thunder Shock ImageThunder Shock Electroweb ImageElectroweb Electro Ball ImageElectro Ball Thunderbolt ImageThunderbolt
This build focuses on controlling crowds of enemies and dealing as much damage to them. Using Electro Ball and Thunderbolt in succession will allow you to deal damage in an area while making sure your target stay in that area.

Battle Item

Item Tips
Eject Button.pngEject Button Eject Button gives you the ability to teleport short distances. This is an extremely useful Battle Item which can be used in a multitude of scenarios. You can use this to gain some distance when you are in a pinch or to close the distance before using your Unite Move.

Held Items

Items Tips
Float Stone.pngFloat Stone The Float Stone is one of the core Held Items for any Pokemon. The Float Stone gives you a significant boost in your movement speed especially when you are out of combat.
Wise Glasses.pngWise Glasses Wise Glasses significantly increases a Pokemon's Special Attack. Since Pikachu mainly deals Special Attack damage, this is a great Held Item to use to amplify your Moves.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band Muscle Band increases your Basic Attack Damage and Basic Attack Speed. Since Pikachu is an Attacker and mainly focuses on dealing damage, this is a great Held Item to pick up in further increase your damage output.

Hit-and-Run Build

Moves and Move Upgrade Order

Lv. 1 (R) Lv. 3 (ZR) Lv. 4 (R) Lv. 6 (ZR)
Thunder Shock ImageThunder Shock Electroweb ImageElectroweb Electro Ball ImageElectro Ball Volt Tackle ImageVolt Tackle
This is a more defensive Pokemon that fits for those who prefer a less frontal attack. This works with those preferring to Jungle and roam around the map. Using Electro Ball and Volt Tackle in succession allows you to deal huge damage in a few seconds and then quickly back off.

Battle Item

Item Tips
Eject Button.pngEject Button Eject Button gives you the ability to teleport short distances. This is an extremely useful Battle Item which can be used in a multitude of scenarios. You can use this to gain some distance when you are in a pinch or to close the distance before using your Unite Move.

Held Items

Items Tips
Float Stone.pngFloat Stone The Float Stone is one of the core Held Items for any Pokemon. The Float Stone gives you a significant boost in your movement speed especially when you are out of combat.
Shell Bell.pngShell Bell Shell Bell gives Pikachu some healing that it may have sustained. Since it deals damage in burst, this gives Pikachu some healing whenever it attacks.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band Muscle Band increases your Basic Attack Damage and Basic Attack Speed. Since Pikachu is an Attacker and mainly focuses on dealing damage, this is a great Held Item to pick up in further increase your damage output.

How to Play Pikachu

Pikachu is a glass cannon - easily shattered but deadly when used. You'll want to be playing away from enemies, behind tougher allies (preferably Defenders) and stunning any enemies that get close and escape.

Pikachu has strong stun capability, so use this to hold enemies in place to defeat them in one go.

AoE or Single Target

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The choice of Thunder or Electro Ball at Level 4 should be made based on if you need AoE damage for team fights or high damage single target stun. Similarly, at Level 6 the choice of Volt Tackle or Thunderbolt should be made based on crowd control or AoE necessity.

Attack Safely from Range

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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.

Farm Wild Pokemon with Ease

Farm Wild Pokemon Easily.png
Since Pikachu's moves deal high AoE damage and stun, Pikachu can easily clear the Vespiquen and Combee Camps for XP and Aeos Points as well as help take out Rotom. If playing on Bottom lane, Drednaw can even be soloed due to Pikachu's long range and stuns which helps avoid Drednaw's knock up ability.

Save Thunderstorm for Team Fights

Thunderstorm, 440x237
Since big team fights typically break out around important map objectives like Rotom, Drednaw and Zapdos, Pikachu's Unite Move Thunderstorm should be save until then. While the damage is not great, it has a large area of effect and can be used to finish of the enemy team at low health.

Pikachu Combos

Control-Damage Combo

Step # Move
1
2
3
This build focuses on controlling a group of enemies and using your best AoE moves to deal insane group damage. Use Thunderbolt to keep a group in place and then use Electro Ball to hit them all at once. If they are still within range and your Unite move is fully charged, you can follow that up with Thunderstorm which hopefully clears off the rest of the enemies.

Hit-And-Run Combo

Step # Move
1
2
The Hit-And-Run build focuses on making sure Pikachu moves away after every attack since Volt Tackle has the benefit of allowing you to move quickly away from the battle. Use Electro Ball first to keep your target in place and then use Volt Tackle. Then, begin retreating away while still launching your standard attacks when you can. Once fully recharged, continue with the combo.

Pikachu Matchups and Best Counters

Hard Counters
Zeraora Image Garchomp Image Gengar Image Machamp Image
Fair
Cinderace Image Cramorant Image Absol Image Mr. Mime Image Venusaur Image Lucario Image Talonflame Image Crustle Image
Easy
Alolan Ninetales Image Wigglytuff Image Slowbro Image Eldegoss Image Greninja Image Snorlax Image Charizard Image

Matchup and Counter Explanations

Best Counters for Pikachu

Pokemon Explanation
Zeraora ImageZeraora Pikachu's greatest advantage is his immense range. However, Zeraora can quickly negate that with its dashing moves and a few solid hits from Zeraora will bring any Pikachu down quickly.
Garchomp ImageGarchomp Garchomp's advantage is similar to Zeraora in that it has a pair of gap closers, negating Pikachu's advantage. Combine with its second skill it can hinder Pikachu giving Garchomp time to deal the final blow.
Gengar ImageGengar At the beginning, Gengar will pose no threat to Pikachu. But, once it gains access to Hex, Gengar gains a gap closing combo that will eliminate any advantage Pikachu has. With multiple Hexes in tow due to the reduction of its CD when paired with Sludge Bomb's effects, Pikachu will fall pretty quickly since it also has bad mobility.
Machamp ImageMachamp Submission is Machamp's counter to Pikachu since it makes him unstoppable allowing it to rush Pikachu undettered even with its Stun Attacks. Once the gap is closed, Pikachu will fall pretty quickly to Machamp's onslaught.
Cinderace ImageCinderace With Cinderace's Feint making him Invulnerable, it can rush in to Pikachu without worrying too much about its defenses. Or it can use Flame Charge to quickly close the gap and attack Pikachu head on.
Absol ImageAbsol Absol's high damage potential will definitely outplay Pikachu. With its opportunistic damaging capabilities as well as gap closers, Pikachu will find it hard to counter Absol especially with its mobility aiding Absol in the fight.

Fair Matchup Explanations

Pokemon Explanation
Cramorant ImageCramorant Cramorant's skills can outmatch Pikachu when timed right but with its hindrance effects being mediocre compared to Pikachu's stun, Pikachu will gain the upperhand when it comes to all out attack.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Mr. Mime's shields will help counter any advancing Pikachu while using Psychic will help bring down Pikachu's already weak defenses if you get close enough. However, with Pikachu's immense range, Mr. Mime will need to find a way to close the gap first before engaging.
Venusaur ImageVenusaur Venusaur's skills has pretty long range and self-healing capabilities. Once the gap is closed with Pikachu, Pikachu will find it a little difficult to outlast Venusaur. However, Pikachu has some sure hits and stun attacks that will render Venusaur immobile.
Lucario ImageLucario Lucario has some pretty good attacking and dashing moves but needs it to be fully upgraded in order to counter Pikachu's stun attacks, making it an easy target for Pikachu early on.
Talonflame ImageTalonflame While Talonflame has some advantages with its moveset over Pikachu, a single hit from Pikachu's stun attacks while be enough to bring Talonflame down given its low HP. Timing your attacks against Pikachu will be crucial to survive any encounter with it.
Crustle ImageCrustle Crustle is pretty slow and will be picked apart by Pikachu with its great range. However, when Crustle uses Shell Smash, that's when he has a bigger advantage over Pikachu since with the increased mobility and attack, you can close out the gap over Pikachu and defeat him quickly.

Easy Matchup Explanations

Pokemon Explanation
Alolan Ninetales ImageAlolan Ninetales Unless Alolan Ninetales traps you in a wall or something, Pikachu would not have much difficulties with Ninetales given its fragility (even with boosts from Aurora Veil). Add stun into the mix, it almost becomes a free kill.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff While Wigglytuff has a lot of debuffs to weaken Pikachu, it needs to get close in to inflict them. Pikachu will rip it apart before it could even get close with its stun moves.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Slowbro is slow and has no way to increase its mobility apart from items and its only stunning move, Telekinesis, has a short range. Using its stun moves, Pikachu will make short work of Slowbro even with its tankiness.
Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Eldegoss has no good damaging move that can counter Pikachu and Pikachu's stun moves will be its doom.
Greninja ImageGreninja A single stun and follow up combos will make quick work of Greninja and offers little counters to Pikachu's moves.
Charizard ImageCharizard Charizard can be easily stunned for great damage and following it up with combos will surely bring this Pokemon down.
Snorlax ImageSnorlax Snorlax is slow and while it has gap closing attacks, its damage output will not eclipse Pikachu. A simple stun and follow up combo and Pikachu can take away more than half of Snorlax's HP, leaving it vulnerable to finishers from your teammates or Pikachu's own Unite move.

How to Counter Pikachu

Team Up On Pikachu

One on one, Pikachu is a force to be reckoned with. With its stun moves, it can bring down even the tankiest of characters. Mobile characters with Supporters right behind them is the perfect team up against Pikachu users. Pikachu isn't all great on mobility so flank him up and he'll fall down easily.

Positioning Is Crucial

If you are alone, use bushes and hide while Pikachu does its thing. Once its distracted, close the distance immediately if you're a melee character and use your skills to whittle its HP down. If you're a ranged attacker, use your skills immediately while in the bush to surprise Pikachu and bring it down quickly.

Pikachu Moves and Ability

Pikachu Moves

Level Move 1 (R) Move 2 (ZR)
1 or 3
Thunder Shock Icon
Electroweb Icon
4
Thunder Icon Electro Ball Icon
6
Thunderbolt Icon Volt Tackle Icon
9
Thunderstorm Icon

Move Slot 1 (R)

Thunder Shock ImageThunder Shock
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Sure Hit
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 481 (Lv. 3)
Unleashes electricity at the target area, damaging and stunning enemy Pokemon.
Thunder ImageThunder
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 8s
Total Damage: 1115 (Lv. 4) / 2947 (Lv. 15)
Summons lightning bolts at the target area, damaging enemy Pokemon.
When upgraded, increases the number of lightning strikes.
Electro Ball ImageElectro Ball
(Lv. 4)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Sure Hit
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 5s
Total Damage: 735 (Lv. 4) / 1869 (Lv. 15)
Hurls an electric orb, damaging and stunning enemy Pokemon within the area of effect.
When upgraded, increases the damage dealt by Electro Ball.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Electroweb ImageElectroweb
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 9s
Total Damage: 414 (Lv. 3)
Throws an electric net, stunning the enemy Pokemon.
Thunderbolt ImageThunderbolt
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 8s
Total Damage: 683 (Lv. 6) / 1358 (Lv. 15)
Summons a powerful blast of lightning, damaging and stunning enemy Pokemon in the area.
When upgraded, increases the damage dealt by Thunderbolt.
Volt Tackle ImageVolt Tackle
(Lv. 6)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Hindrance
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 10s
Total Damage: 610 (Lv. 6) / 1015 (Lv. 15)
Pikachu engulfs himself with electricity and leaps forward, knocking back enemy Pokemon.
When upgraded, reduces the cooldown of Volt Tackle.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Thunderstorm ImageThunderstorm
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: Percent Based
Total Damage: 3096 (Lv. 9) / 4388 (Lv. 15)
Discharges lightning strikes to each opponent while also gaining a bonus to movement speed. Opponents within the radius will get struck by lightning while this move is active.

Standard Attack

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

Ability (Passive)

StaticStatic When it takes damage, nearby opponents will be paralyzed for a short time. There is a cooldown between each time this effect activates.

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