Competitive Information for Pikachu [Gold/Silver]
Movesets for Singles
What is a good competitive moveset for Pikachu? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Gold/Silver Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Gold/Silver generation metagame.
Pikachu is a fabulous Electric-typed Pokemon. Pikachu is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. There were no known abilities back in the Gold/Silver Pokemon games. Pikachu's only type-related weakness is Ground.
Item: Light Ball
- Double-Edge / Return
- Seismic Toss / Reversal
Physical Sweeper Pikachu (Retro)
Pikachu is a marvelous Physical Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. In the dark days prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type.
♦ Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
♦ Seismic Toss is a physical 0-base power Fighting-type move (does damage equal to your Pikachu's level).
♦ Reversal is a physical 0-base power Fighting-type move (more power the less hp your Pikachu has left).
♦ Fly is a physical 70-base power Flying-type move (flies up on first turn, then strikes the next turn).
♦ Rollout is a physical 30-base power Rock-type move (power doubles with each hit. repeats for 5 turns).
Item: Light Ball / Magnet
- Thunderbolt / Thunder Punch
- Petal Dance
- Defense Curl
Special Sweeper Pikachu (Retro)
Pikachu is a notable Special Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. In the old days prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type.
♦ Thunder Punch is a special STAB-boosted 75-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
♦ Surf is a special 95-base power Water-type move that deals a nice amount of damage.
♦ Petal Dance is a special 70-base power Grass-type move (lasts 2-3 turns. confuses your Pikachu afterwards).
♦ Defense Curl is a status move (raises your Pikachu's defense by 1 stage).
Wondering what moves can Pikachu learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.
These are a list of several common move combinations Pikachu can perform in Gold/Silver. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.
Competitive GS Move and Ability Combos for Pikachu
- Moves: Defense curl + Rollout
- Moves: Rain dance + Thunder
- Moves: Endure + Reversal
- Moves: Rest + Sleep talk
- Moves: Rest + Snore
- Moves: Substitute + Reversal
- Item: Blunder Policy + Move: Zap Cannon
- Item: Blunder Policy + Move: Dynamic Punch
- Moves with Priority: Quick Attack, Detect, Endure, Protect
Most notable and possible best moves for Pikachu
- Hidden Power Fire
- Thunder Wave
Common Effort Values for Pikachu in Gold and Silver
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