Pichu (SSBV)PichuHeadSSBV
Universe Pokemon
Other Super Smash Bros. Appearances SSBM/SSBB/SSB4
Availability Hidden
Final Smash Reversal

Pichu (ピチュー, Pichu) returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. V as a hidden character.

Pichu is confirmed to have no alternate costumes. Pichu is once again voiced by Satomi Korogi but the clips have been re-recorded.

How to Unlock

  • Play 90 VS matches. (Both Online and Offline counted)

  • Collect at least 16 Mii Fighter outfits.

Changes from Melee

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Aesthetics

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Like every other veteran, Pichu now appears much more vibrant and its appearance is more based off its appearance in its games with a small realistic touch.

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Attributes

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Pichu no longer receives recoil damage from attacks involving electricity.

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Pichu’s fall speed has been slightly reduced.

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Ground Attacks

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">No changes

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Aerial Attacks

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Pichu’s back aerial is now a single foot kick backwards.

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Pichu’s down aerial no longer involves it spinning.

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Grabs and Throws

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">No changes.

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Special Moves

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Pichu’s default neutral special is now Shock Wave.

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Pichu’s default side special is now Thunder Punch.

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Pichu’s default up special is now Quick Attack.

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Pichu’s default down special is now Flail.

  • Pichu now has a final smash which is Reversal.

Special Moves

Name Damage Description
Neutral Special Shock Wave 3%/2% (ball), 4%/2% (wave clean), 2.5% (wave late) Similar to Pikachu’s thunder wave alternate special but stronger.
Alternate 1 Thunder Jolt 4% (ball), 5%/4% (wave clean), 4%/3% (wave mid), 3%/2% (wave late) Fires a jolt of electricity forward. Exactly like Pikachu’s thunder jolt but weaker.
Alternate 2 Fling 9% (clean), 6% (late and coming back) Pichu throws the battle item, Magnet, which works like a boomerang always coming right back to Pichu.
Side Special Thunder Punch 8% Pichu sort of boosts forward and attacks with an electrified punch similar to Captain Falcon. However, the opponent is always sent forward, instead of up, and it cannot spike like Captain Falcon’s raptor boost. Also can be used to recover like Captain Falcon’s but of course, not always safe.
Alternate 1 Volt Switch 10% Pichu boosts forward head first covered in electricity. If Pichu makes contact with an opponent, it bounces right back off the opponent.
Alternate 2 Skull Bash 1.2% (loop), 3% (last) Works very similar to Pikachu’s Shocking Skull Bash from SSB4.
Up Special Quick Attack 1.5% per warp Moves at warp speed in two directions that can be selected via the control stick. The second warp is optional, but if used, the direction must be at least 45 degrees different than the first direction to work. Leaves Pichu helpless when used in the air.
Alternate 1 Agility More range than Quick Attack but there is no hit box at all.
Alternate 2 Air Balloon Works very similar to Villager’s Balloon Trip but there’s only one balloon. It also seems to move faster than Villager’s Balloon Trip.
Down Special Flail 1.1x damage A simple counter which involves Pichu attacking with a scratch while saying “Pichu!”. Rather weak, but KOs lighter opponents (from smash attacks) at 122%+.
Alternate 1 Thunder 5% (bolt meteor), 6% (bolt non-meteor), 13% (blast) Causes a large thunderbolt to come down on itself. Unlike Pikachu’s thunder, the knockback of the bolt is more horizontal but the meteor smash hitbox near the cloud remains. It also has less end lag as opposed to Pikachu’s but is weaker.
Alternate 2 Charge 1% Pichu charges up electricity for about 5 seconds. After the charge, the knockback of the next smash attack used by Pichu is increased and the damage by 2%. The charge aura does damage but not knockback at all.
Final Smash Reversal 44% This is somewhat of an odd final smash as it doesn’t actually involve Pichu attacking the opponent most of the time. Instead, Pichu sends a nearby opponent into an animation which involves THEM attacking Pichu with a flurry of attacks. Although they’re attacking Pichu, Pichu only takes 1% damage from all of it (this may be a reference to Melee Pichu). Pichu then retaliates with an intense electric covered headbutt sending the opponent flying.

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Animation and Misc.


<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:3pt;margin-bottom:1pt;">SIDE - Pichu runs forward then back.

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:3pt;margin-bottom:1pt;">UP - Jumps up and down, chanting "Pichu!" Has IASA frames after the third jump.

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:3pt;margin-bottom:1pt;">DOWN - Lies on the ground and rolls around, chanting "Pichu!" Has IASA frames before Pichu gets up.

Character Selection Screen Animation

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Pichu stares at the screen while smiling.

On Screen Appearance

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">Releases from a Poké Ball, then jumps twice while saying “Pichu!”

Victory Animations

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:3pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Dances excitedly.

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Pichu executes a powerful Thunder then smiles.

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.558636301214041;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:1pt;">Spins around once, then jumps up twice while clapping its feet.

Crowd Cheer

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Pi - Chu!

Victory Fanfare

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">A remix of the music that would be play at the start of Pokémon Red, Blue and Green Versions. Would go on to become the Pokemon Main Theme. Shared with Pikachu, Charizard, and Jigglypuff.

Fighting Stance

Retains its fighting stance from SSBM.

Idle Poses

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Looks from side to side

  • <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:8pt;">Sneezes


<p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.7999999999999998;margin-top:4pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">Retains its walking animation from SSBM.


Retains its dashing animation from SSBM.


<p style="line-height:23.3333339691162px;">To be added.

Palette Swaps and Alternate Costume w/Palette Swap


Color Origin/Description
Default Default Pichu’s regular appearance
Second Yellow Pichu wearing a King’s Rock
Third Red Pichu’s Red palette swap from Melee
Fourth Green Pichu’s Green palette swap from Melee
Fifth Black Pichu wearing a black cape and headband
Sixth Blue Pichu’s Blue palette swap from Melee. The scarf, however, has been changed to what appears to be a Choice Scarf
Locked First White Based off Elesa, an electric gym leader in the Unova league
Locked Second Red 2 (darker) Pichu wearing an Assault Vest with eyebrow accessories


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