Pichu is a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series. It is from the Pokémon series and it is the pre-evolution of Pikachu.


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 with 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.

In Super Smash Bros.

Pichu's SSBU artwork.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Pichu is a playable unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It is an inferior clone of Pikachu that possesses many significant weaknesses. Its most infamous flaw is based on its Pokédex description of unintentionally harming itself with its own electricity: whenever Pichu performs an electrical attack, it will sustain 1%-4% recoil damage. Along with this, Pichu is the lightest character in Melee, giving it extremely poor endurance.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Pichu returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Spiky-eared Pichu serves as an alternate costume of Pichu.


  • Pichu is the only playable character in Smash whose console of origin is the Game Boy Color.
  • Pichu is the only playable baby Pokémon.
  • Pichu is the first playable Pokémon not to originate from Generation I.
  • Pichu and Young Link share the longest gap between playable appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series, with 17 years between Melee and Ultimate.

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