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Universe Pokemon
Other Super Smash Bros. Appearances SSB/SSBM/SSBB/SSB4
Availability Starter
Final Smash Charge Beam

Pikachu ( ピカチュウ, Pikachu) returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. V. He was confirmed along with Link, Donkey Kong, Fox, Kirby, Yoshi, Samus, and Inkling in the Official SSBV trailer + Inkling Reveal Trailer shown at E3 in 2018. His appearance is pretty much the same. Pikachu is confirmed to be a male.

Pikachu is confirmed to have no alternate costume.

Pikachu is once again voiced by Ikue Otani.

Changes from Smash 4


Like every other veteran, Pikachu now appears much more vibrant and its appearance is more based off its appearance in its games with a small realistic touch.


No Changes

Ground Attacks

Dash Attack power increased.

Side Tilt power increased.

Up Tilt power increased.

Aerial Attacks

Forward aerial now auto cancels when done coupled with a shorthop.

Grabs and Throws

No Changes

Special Moves

Final Smash changed to Charge Beam and Volt Tackle is now an Alternate Side Special and works much different.

Special Moves

Name Damage Description
Neutral Special Thunder Jolt 4.8% (ball), 6%/5% (wave clean), 5%/4% (wave mid), 4%/3% (wave late) Fires a jolt of electricity forward. Travels forward whilst bouncing along the ground, and can also travel up walls, below the edge, and along ceilings. If used in the air, it will travel diagonally down instead. Disappears after about 3 seconds.
Alternate 1 Thunder Wave 3%/1% (ball), 3%/1% (wave clean), 2% (wave late) Very similar to the basic version. It is weaker and it lacks range, but can paralyze grounded targets.
Alternate 2 Thunder Shock 3% (ball), 10% (explosion) Fires a ball of electricity almost horizontally, which disappears upon hitting the ground and does not bounce.
Side Special Skull Bash 6% (uncharged), 22% (fully charged) Charges and, when the B button is released, fires itself forward like a missile. When fully charged or close to fully charged, it has KO power.
Alternate 1 Volt Tackle 15.6% Pikachu does a very powerful electrified dashing tackle that causes recoil damage on contact. If there’s no contact then there’s no recoil damage. Paralyzes opponents sometimes. When it doesn’t they’re sent flying as it has high knockback and is a good KO move.
Alternate 2 Feint 2% Pikachu throws a jab. Does not do much damage and does not damage opponents as long as they’re shielding. If it makes contact with a shielding opponent the shield is broken and the opponent is sent into the broken shield animation. This move is very similar to the shield breaker; only difference being that there’s no charging involved and it makes shielding almost useless.
Up Special Quick Attack 2% per warp Moves at warp speed in two directions that can be selected via the control stick. The second warp is optional, but if used, the direction must be 45 degrees different than the first direction to work.
Alternate 1 Charge 1% every bit of contact Pikachu enshrouds itself in an aura of electricity which allows it to move in the air (or pretty much anywhere) for a short period of time in the directions inputted.
Alternate 2 Magnet Rise 8% A simple vertical attack which involves a magnetic aura that launches Pikachu upwards. Pikachu can damage opponents with Magnet Rise and it has high knockback.
Down Special Thunder 6% (bolt meteor), 8% (bolt non-meteor), 15% (blast) Causes a large thunderbolt to come down on itself. The move is laggy in general, though the shockwave around Pikachu does very high damage and knockback. The bolt itself does moderate vertical knockback, allowing the Thunderspike technique, though this is very difficult to land. The move also has a meteor smash hitbox near the thundercloud that sends opponents straight down, allowing potential combos, though landing it in a favourable position for this is difficult.
Alternate 1 Thunder Burst 2% (early), 15%/12% (clean) Creates an electrical blast around Pikachu as if the normal move had struck.
Alternate 2 Distant Thunder 13%/9%/5% (bolt), 6% (blast) The thundercloud starts higher up and does more damage.
Final Smash Charge Beam 50% (full damage) Pikachu shoots out a large beam of electricity that gets bigger and stronger over time. Opponents hit by it are automatically trapped in it. At the end, opponents are blown away by the immense knockback.

Animations and Misc.


SIDE - Pikachu waves at the camera, yelling "Pika, Pika! Ahh?".

UP - Pikachu charges up its cheeks with electricity, saying "Piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii...".

DOWN - Pikachu lies on the floor and rolls around, saying "Pikaaaaaaaaaaaaa!"

Character Selection Screen Animation

Pikachu gets fired up and says, “Pika!”

On Screen Appearance

Pikachu Releases from a Poké Ball and emits sparks from its cheeks.

Victory Animations

Pikachu’s ears perk, then it scratches its ear smiling.

Pikachu backflips, spins on the ground and says "Pii".

Pikachu appears sleeping.

Losing Animation

Pikachu is seen clapping in excitement.

Crowd Cheer


Victory Theme

A remix of the music that would be play at the start of Pokémon Red, Blue and Green Versions. Would go on to become the Pokemon Main Theme.

Fighting Stance

Retains its fighting stance from SSB4.

Idle Poses

Pikachus straightens up and looks around.

Pikachu scratches one ear.


Retains its walking animation from SSB4.


Retains its dashing animation from SSB4.

Palette Swaps and Alternate Costume w/Palette Swap


Color Origin/Description
Default Pika Pikachu’s Regular appearance
Second Red's Hat Pikachu wearing Red’s hat with a slightly red tint
Third Ethan's Hat Pikachu wearing Ethan’s hat with a lighter tint
Fourth Party Hat Pikachu’s party hat costume from SSB, Melee, and SSB4
Fifth Choice Band Pikachu wearing the Choice Band with a hotter tint
Sixth Choice Specs A white colored Pikachu wearing the Choice Specs
Locked First Black Glasses A dark colored Pikachu wearing the Black Glasses
Locked Second Silk Scarf Pikachu wearing a Silk Scarf


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