Pikachu

Static
30% chance to paralyze when struck by a contact move.
Lightningrod
When hit with an Electric-type move, Special Attack is boosted by one stage. All Electric-type attacks are drawn to this Pokemon.
Type Tier
Electric NU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
35
- 20 23 -
Atk
55
10 12 15 16
Def
30
8 9 12 13
SpA
50
9 11 14 15
SpD
40
9 10 13 14
Spe
90
13 15 18 19

Overview

Pikachu: the hero of Pokemon, keeping the world safe from Team Rocket. Its base 90 Speed, as well as its other stats, all of which are below 55, aren't very appealing, as they make Pikachu very susceptible to being KOed by both priority moves and faster Pokemon, such as Garchomp. However, its signature item—Light Ball—gives Pikachu some much-needed attacking power, allowing it to nab some nifty KOs on weakened Pokemon. Even with the attacking power it receives, though, Pikachu still needs lots of team support to actually hurt the opposing team; therefore it enjoys team support from sleep inducers, Icy Wind spammers, and Tailwind users. Pikachu can wreck the opponent if played right, but make any mistake with it and you're done for.

Name Item Ability Nature

Fake Out Lead

Light Ball Lightningrod Naive / Rash
Moveset EVs
~ Fake Out
~ Thunderbolt / Thunder
~ Grass Knot
~ Protect / Hidden Power Ice
4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Pikachu makes a subpar Fake Out user compared to others, but using Fake Out allows partners to use support moves such as Tailwind, Icy Wind, or Spore, making for an easier second turn. Thunderbolt is Pikachu's main STAB move, dealing plenty of damage to anything that doesn't resist it. Thunder is a harder-hitting option to only be used on rain teams, as its horrid accuracy without rain isn't worth the extra power. Grass Knot is an excellent way for Pikachu to nail a wider variety of Pokemon for super effective damage, such as heavy Ground- and Rock-types; Rhyperior, Gastrodon, Tyranitar, and Terrakion are all noteworthy targets. Protect is useful for Pikachu; it allows it Pikachu to last longer in the battle, and lets teammates provide opportunities for Pikachu to shine and go on the offensive. However, Hidden Power Ice can give extra coverage, allowing Pikachu to hit Pokemon such as Garchomp, Landorus, and Dragonite extremely hard.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Pikachu really doesn't have many other helpful options to use. Static can be used, possibly activating against opponents attempting to use Fake Out or other contact priority moves on it. Focus Sash can be another choice for an item, but losing its Light Ball would lead to a significant drop in attacking power. Support moves such as Rain Dance and Helping Hand can be used, but there are many other Pokemon that can pull off these support roles better. Substitute is a viable option over Protect, but Pikachu's Substitute takes little effort to break.

Checks and Counters

Pikachu's paper-thin defenses make clear how easy it is to take care of it; nearly any strong STAB attack will OHKO Pikachu. Pikachu essentially fears anything that can outspeed it and hit it hard such as Garchomp and Infernape. Spread moves are also trouble for Pikachu, as they cannot be lured by Follow Me or Rage Powder users. If Pikachu lacks Hidden Power Ice, Pokemon that resist both Grass Knot and Thunderbolt, such as Haxorus and Latios, will take little damage and manage to retaliate and KO it. Relatively bulky Pokemon such as Tyranitar and Metagross also create issues for Pikachu, as they can easily tank one of Pikachu's attacks and KO it with one of their own STAB attacks.