Competitive Information for Pikachu [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Pikachu pikachu
Base Stats for Pikachu

Electric

Abilities:
Lightning RodLightning Rod: This Pokemon draws Electric moves to itself to raise Sp. Atk by 1; Electric immunity.
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StaticStatic: 30% chance a Pokemon making contact with this Pokemon will be paralyzed.

Weakness Chart for Electric-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
  
  
  
0.5x
  
  
  
0.5x
  
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
  
2x
  
  
  
  
  
0.5x
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Pikachu? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sword/Shield 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 Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common single-battle team mates for Pikachu in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

TogekissSnorlaxConkeldurrLudicoloLucarioCharizardExcadrillBlastoiseVenusaurChandelure


Pikachu is popular Electric-typed Pokemon. Pikachu is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Pikachu's only type-related weakness is Ground.


Species: Pikachu
Item: Light Ball
Ability: Static
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Thunder / Thunderbolt
- Surf
- Grass Knot
- Protect

Special Sweeper Pikachu (Popular/Trending)

Pikachu is pretty popular Special Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. With Static, 30% chance a pokemon making contact with Pikachu will be paralyzed.

Thunder is a special STAB-boosted 110-base power Electric-type move (30% chance to paralyze. can't miss in rain).
Thunderbolt is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
Surf is a special 90-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Grass Knot is a special 0-base power Grass-type move (more power the heavier the target).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Pikachu this turn).




Species: Pikachu
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Lightning Rod
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Volt Tackle / Wild Charge
- Body Slam
- Play Rough
- Brick Break

Physical Sweeper Pikachu (Lightning Rod)

Pikachu is a remarkable Physical Sweeper. It is meant to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Pikachu from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Pikachu's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Lightning Rod, Pikachu draws electric moves to itself to raise sp. atk by 1; electric immunity.

Volt Tackle is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Electric-type move (has 33% recoil. 10% chance to paralyze target).
Wild Charge is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Electric-type move (has 1/4 recoil).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Play Rough is a physical 90-base power Fairy-type move (10% chance to lower the target's attack by 1 stage).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, unless the target is immune).




Species: Pikachu
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Lightning Rod
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Thunderbolt / Discharge
- Surf
- Round
- Draining Kiss

Special Sweeper Pikachu (Lightning Rod)

Pikachu is a wonderful Special Sweeper. This moveset is designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Pikachu from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Pikachu's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Lightning Rod, Pikachu draws electric moves to itself to raise sp. atk by 1; electric immunity.

Thunderbolt is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
Discharge is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Electric-type move (30% chance to paralyze adjacent pokemon).
Surf is a special 90-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Round is a special 60-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if others used round this turn).
Draining Kiss is a special 50-base power Fairy-type move (Pikachu recovers 75% of the damage dealt).




Species: Pikachu
Item: Light Ball
Ability: Static
Nature: Naughty (+Atk, -SpD)
EVs: 252 Hp / 33 Atk / 225 Def
Moveset:
- Brick Break
- Endure
- Reversal
- Agility

Pikachu Physical Wall (Light Ball Pika)

Pikachu is an outstanding Physical Wall. It's primary goal is to take a mighty amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. With Static, 30% chance a pokemon making contact with Pikachu will be paralyzed.

Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, unless the target is immune).
Endure is a status move (Pikachu survives attacks this turn with at least 1 hp).
Reversal is a physical 0-base power Fighting-type move (more power the less hp your Pikachu has left).
Agility is a status move (raises your Pikachu's speed by 2 stages).




Species: Pikachu
Item: Light Ball
Ability: Static
Nature: Mild (+SpA, -Def)
EVs: 128 Atk / 128 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Electro Ball
- Volt Tackle
- Quick Attack
- Thunderbolt

Pikachu Mixed Sweeper (Pikachuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu)

Pikachu is an interesting Mixed Sweeper. With Static, 30% chance a pokemon making contact with Pikachu will be paralyzed. This is the pikachu used by ash:same moves and ability, just edited to make it usable.

Electro Ball is a special STAB-boosted 0-base power Electric-type move (more power the faster your Pikachu is than the target).
Volt Tackle is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Electric-type move (has 33% recoil. 10% chance to paralyze target).
Quick Attack is a physical priority-increased 40-base power Normal-type move (usually goes first).
Thunderbolt is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).




Species: Pikachu
Item: Light Ball
Ability: Lightning Rod
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Nuzzle
- Grass Knot
- Volt Tackle
- Fake Out

Pikachu Physical Sweeper (Volt Tackle )

Pikachu is an awesome Physical Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. With Lightning Rod, Pikachu draws electric moves to itself to raise sp. atk by 1; electric immunity.

Nuzzle is a physical STAB-boosted 20-base power Electric-type move (100% chance to paralyze the target).
Grass Knot is a special 0-base power Grass-type move (more power the heavier the target).
Volt Tackle is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Electric-type move (has 33% recoil. 10% chance to paralyze target).
Fake Out is a physical priority-increased 40-base power Normal-type move (hits first. first turn out only. 100% flinch chance).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Pikachu? These builds have been optimized for Sword/Shield Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common double-battle team mates for Pikachu in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

BlastoiseArcanineCinderaceGrimmsnarlLucarioTogekissMewRibombeeCharizardSnorlaxUmbreonVaporeon


Species: Pikachu
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Lightning Rod
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Volt Tackle / Wild Charge
- Body Slam
- Play Rough
- Brick Break

Doubles Physical Sweeper Pikachu (Lightning Rod)

Pikachu is a fabulous Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Pikachu from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Pikachu's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Lightning Rod, Pikachu draws electric moves to itself to raise sp. atk by 1; electric immunity.

Volt Tackle is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Electric-type move (has 33% recoil. 10% chance to paralyze target).
Wild Charge is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Electric-type move (has 1/4 recoil).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Play Rough is a physical 90-base power Fairy-type move (10% chance to lower the target's attack by 1 stage).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, unless the target is immune).




Species: Pikachu
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Lightning Rod
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Discharge / Electroweb
- Surf
- Round / Snore
- Draining Kiss

Doubles Special Sweeper Pikachu (Lightning Rod)

Pikachu is a remarkable Special Sweeper. It's designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Pikachu from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Pikachu's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Lightning Rod, Pikachu draws electric moves to itself to raise sp. atk by 1; electric immunity.

Discharge is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Electric-type move (30% chance to paralyze adjacent pokemon).
Electroweb is a special STAB-boosted 55-base power Electric-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Surf is a special 90-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Round is a special 60-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if others used round this turn).
Snore is a special 50-base power Normal-type move (Pikachu must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target).
Draining Kiss is a special 50-base power Fairy-type move (Pikachu recovers 75% of the damage dealt).




Species: Pikachu
Item: Light Ball
Ability: Lightning Rod
Nature: Naive (+Spe, -SpD)
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Grass Knot
- Fake Out
- Protect
- Thunderbolt / Thunder

Pikachu Special Sweeper (Double-battle Pikachu)

Pikachu is a sensational Special Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. With Lightning Rod, Pikachu draws electric moves to itself to raise sp. atk by 1; electric immunity. This Pikachu is really more of a 2v2 style build. Use Fake Out first to allows your partner to use a support moves (Tailwind, Icy Wind, or Spore) for an easier second turn. Thunderbolt is Pikachu's main STAB move, which does plenty of damage to anything that doesn't resist it. The alternative Thunder is a harder-hitting option should only be used with rain teams since its horrible accuracy without the rain isn't worth the extra damage. Grass Knot is an excellent way for Pikachu to smack a wide variety of Pokemon with super effective damage Especially those super heavy Ground- and Rock-types likes Rhyperior, Gastrodon, Tyranitar, and Terrakion. Protect is useful to allows Pikachu to last longer during battle, and it allows your teammates to give Pikachu to power up and go on the offensive.

Grass Knot is a special 0-base power Grass-type move (more power the heavier the target).
Fake Out is a physical priority-increased 40-base power Normal-type move (hits first. first turn out only. 100% flinch chance).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Pikachu this turn).
Thunderbolt is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
Thunder is a special STAB-boosted 110-base power Electric-type move (30% chance to paralyze. can't miss in rain).



Movepool


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.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Disarming Voice
40
--
15
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Discharge
80
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze adjacent Pokemon.
Draining Kiss
50
100%
10
User recovers 75% of the damage dealt.
Electro Ball
--
100%
10
More power the faster the user is than the target.
Electroweb
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Grass Knot
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Surf
90
100%
15
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dive.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Thunder
110
70%
10
30% chance to paralyze. Can't miss in rain.
Thunder Shock
40
100%
30
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Thunderbolt
90
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Uproar
90
100%
10
Lasts 3 turns. Active Pokemon cannot fall asleep.
Volt Switch
70
100%
20
User switches out after damaging the target.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fake Out
40
100%
10
Hits first. First turn out only. 100% flinch chance.
Feint
30
100%
10
Nullifies Detect, Protect, and Quick/Wide Guard.
Flail
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Mega Kick
120
75%
5
No additional effect.
Mega Punch
80
85%
20
No additional effect.
Nuzzle
20
100%
20
100% chance to paralyze the target.
Pay Day
40
100%
20
Scatters coins.
Play Rough
90
90%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Attack by 1.
Present
--
90%
15
40, 80, 120 power, or heals target 1/4 max HP.
Quick Attack
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Reversal
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Slam
80
75%
20
No additional effect.
Spark
65
100%
20
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Thief
60
100%
25
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Thunder Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Volt Tackle
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil. 10% chance to paralyze target.
Wild Charge
90
100%
15
Has 1/4 recoil.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Charge
--
--
20
+1 SpD, user's Electric move next turn 2x power.
Charm
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack by 2.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Electric Terrain
--
--
10
5 turns. Grounded: +Electric power, can't sleep.
Encore
--
100%
5
Target repeats its last move for its next 3 turns.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Growl
--
100%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Attack by 1.
Helping Hand
--
--
20
One adjacent ally's move power is 1.5x this turn.
Light Screen
--
--
30
For 5 turns, special damage to allies is halved.
Nasty Plot
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Atk by 2.
Play Nice
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Attack by 1.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Reflect
--
--
20
For 5 turns, physical damage to allies is halved.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sweet Kiss
--
75%
10
Causes the target to become confused.
Tail Whip
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Thunder Wave
--
90%
20
Paralyzes the target.
Tickle
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack and Defense by 1.
Wish
--
--
10
Next turn, 50% of the user's max HP is restored.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Pikachu can perform in Sword/Shield. 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 SS Move and Ability Combos for Pikachu

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