Pikachu is a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series. It is from the Pokémon series and is one of the "Original 12."


Pikachu is an Electric-type Pokémon and known as the Mouse Pokémon. Pikachu is argubly the most well known Pokémon of all time, serving as the Pokémon series' overall mascot. Pikachu's popularity arguably comes from the anime where it serves as the signature Pokémon and best friend of protagonist Ash Ketchum.


Super Smash Bros.

Pikachu is one of the twelve playable characters in Super Smash Bros.. Pikachu has four alternate costumes. Just like in its home series, Pikachu is a small, fast character whose playstyle is prominently dependent on its speed and powerful electrical attacks.

Pikachu is considered the best character among the SSB competitive community and is ranked 1st on the tier list, placing it in the S tier.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Pikachu returns as a starter character in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Pikachu is the only Pokémon which is available from the start of the game.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Pikachu returns as a starter character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Visually, Pikachu has barely changed at all from its Melee design, only being touched up slightly.

Pikachu possesses a Final Smash, a new kind of special attack that debuted in Brawl. In Pikachu's case, its Final Smash is its signature move in the Pokémon series, Volt Tackle, which involves it generating a giant ball of electricity around itself that can be controlled by the player in order to slam into and/or shock the opponent.

Super Smash Bros. 4

Pikachu returns as a starter character in the game, with its design having been updated to appear in line with its more recent appearances in the Pokémon series, namely being slimmed down somewhat.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Pikachu returns as a starter character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. For the first time in the series, Pikachu now has female variants to choose from via alternate costumes, one of which is Cosplay Pikachu wearing the Pikachu Libre attire. Pikachu received several changes and buffs in the transition to Ultimate, including a new neutral aerial that acts similarly to Mewtwo's. It is considered to be one of the best characters in the game.


  • Due to Pokémon Yellow, Pikachu is technically the first playable starter Pokémon.
  • Pikachu is the only playable Pokémon in the Super Smash Bros. series to have a visible gender difference.
  • Pikachu was designed by Atsuko Nishida, making it the only one of the "original 8" to have been designed by a woman.

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