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Super Smash Bros Brawl Walkthrough and Guide

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SSBB Character Guide - Pikachu


First appeared in: Pokemon Red/Blue/Green
Veteran fighter: Yes. SSB & SSBM.
Class type: Light
Fighting type: Ranged
Clone: No.

How to unlock:
Starting Character

A set:
    Damage: 2-30
    Damage: 9
    Damage: 7
    Damage: 7

A charged set:
    Damage: 20-28, can electrify
    Damage: 14-19
    Damage: 2-21, can electrify

B set:
  B: Thunder Jolt. Fires off a small electric orb that hops along the
             ground. Will also cling to the underside of platforms.
    Damage: 6, can electrify
  Side-B: Skull Bash. Builds up energy, then lunges forward head
          first. Can be charged. Will fire off automatically after a
          few seconds. Can misfire and send you randomly flying.
    Damage: 7-25
  Up-B: Quick Attack. Jolts in the direction you tilt the control
        stick. Can add a second attack onto the end by tilting the
        control stick in another direction.
    Damage: 3, can electrify
  Down-B: Thunder. Calls down a lightning bolt. Cannot pass through
    Damage: 20

Grab set:
    Damage: 2
    Damage: 10
    Damage: 10
    Damage: 10

Aerial set:
    Damage: 12
    Damage: 5, can electrify
    Damage: 5
    Damage: 12, can electrify

Final Smash - Volt Tackle:
Pikachu transforms into a ball of energy. Control the ball with the control stick. It can pass through platforms. Each time you hit an opponent, it does around 20 damage. Hard to KO with, but you can amass a large amount of damage; 100 easily. Lasts for 12 seconds.

Keep your opponents at a distance, preferably above you. Remember that Thunder wont go though platforms. Besides that, your side smash is your most valuable asset. Skull Bash is prone to misfiring, so don't use it toward and edge. You an also keep some distance by using Thunder Jolt.

Defense Strategy:
Always stay under cover to guard from his Thunder. Jump over and Jolts and get in close. He is totally defenseless up close, so you can do what you want. Watch his speed though, and don't let him lure you into the open.

From SuperCheats.com Forum:

Here are some extra comments from the members of our forums for Pikachu...

The electric mouse if considered the most famous of all pokémon. His small size may make him seem weak, but his agility and powerful electric moves proves this wrong. With new moves coming from the GBA and DS pokémon games, Pikachu's moveset may alter from past Smash Bros. games to bring some newer moves.

Special Attacks
Standard: Thunder Jolt. Pikachu shoots off a small jolt of electricity that hugs on to the platforms that it touches. Whoever it touches is shocked and injured.

Down: Thunder. Pikachu summons a thundercloud that releases a bolt of lightning straight down towards the pokémon. If anything obstructs the bolt - like platforms - it will stop there. If it hits Pikachu, an additional explosion will occur around him, causing extra damage.

Final Smash: Volt Tackle. Transforms Pikachu in to a ball of electrical light and - under control of the player - zooms about the stage attacking opponents. A risky move as it can cause Pikachu to KO itself if it stops off-stage.

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Comments for Pikachu

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ID #465136 | Oct 30th 2014 PedroSuperSmashBrosFan2014
Pikachu is nº one! In fact, I am so good with him that I almost won an online match( I would have won if it were not for lag or player disconnecting to avoid losing)!!!
ID #453543 | Sep 30th 2014 Guest
Pikachu is awesome...
ID #449172 | Sep 18th 2014 Guest
You can also up throw to down b to combo into your nair or up smash
ID #443893 | Sep 2nd 2014 Guest
Something worth mentioning is that spamming his Thunder could very easily get you killed if you miss (long duration). HOWEVER! It is an absolutely awesome juggling skill to use as basically an OP edge-guard, or you could juggle with it in the middle of the stage if you're good on it. Also, although Skull Bash can send you off an edge, I found that you can chain it by dashing towards your opponent a bit and firing off an uncharged one as they get up. This usually works for a bit, not perfect. Also, mastering the use of Double-Quick Attack can be amazing for dodging, comboing, and recovery. Also worth mention that Pikachu's Down-Smash is STUPIDLY strong if it hits.
ID #427363 | Jul 29th 2014 Guest
Pikachu is not a defenseless character. If you know how to use him, there's no way your buddies can beat you with Pikachu, and that means no spamming his down B. Pikachu has some really advanced techniques. A lot of people might call Pikachu a defenseless and cheap character because of his Down B. Pikachu is a quite a hard character to master its techniques. Pikachu is an amazing light weight character only if you know how to use him without spamming.
ID #325869 | Dec 6th 2013 Guest
I've just started playing pikachu, and I can already tell that he will be one of my mains (along with diddy and Marth). His thunder is highly spammable (not that I do that) : ) qac is great for mobility. And buffered down throw is op. I lloooovvvee my pikachu
ID #231234 | Dec 29th 2012 BOOM444
Pikachu is a good character but his B+down attack is to cheap. You see in basic brawl a pikachu character who keeps spamming thunder bolt. Everything else about pikachu is amazing. The only way to survive the attack is something like fox's reflector.
ID #216914 | Dec 8th 2012 Guest
my main is pikachu and has proven to be a deadly force when i use him amongst my group of ssbb buddies. for a long time i worked on balancing my game at a distance, mid range, and up close and personal. good to start the game off playing a bit of keep away with the bouncing jolts, and to suddenly move in for alternating grabs. grabs tend to throw the opposing player off their square a lot of times and i like to do unsuspecting NAIRS a lot of times. pikachu can be put up against any top tier character and come out on top.
ID #198902 | Oct 20th 2012 Guest
The only move that pickachu has that can kill u os his down b so stay under cover and he cant beat. You
ID #121175 | Mar 7th 2012 Guest
Pikachu is not defenseless at ANY time if you are good with using him. He is the BOMB but I always have trouble controlling his final smash but when you hit somebody with it, press special to cause more devastating damage and and an almost garunteed KO!
ID #76206 | Sep 24th 2011 Guest
Yo pikachu can't be beat by my gamecube controler! When it comes to strategies, stay at a medium distance so you can (I'm not saying spam, but) get 'em with your B attack and zoom in with a dash attack, then f&%$ 'em with the Down B or a smash!
ID #68517 | Aug 19th 2011 Guest
i dont know about other characters, but Zelda's Nayrou's love is the perfect counter to pikachu's thunder. Its funny to see pikachu get KOed by his own attack.
ID #67481 | Aug 15th 2011 Guest
When I used Pikachu at first glance, I was killing myself often with skull bash and quick attacks, but now I rock with Pikachu!
ID #55612 | Jul 7th 2011 Guest
A great Combo and one of my favorites is, Down grab chain it into another one than Up Smash, than Thunder or Forward Smash
ID #41729 | May 6th 2011 Guest
I love using Pikachu xD He's awesome, and every match I play I get like 20-30 KOs with him (along with winning the match)