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Detective Pikachu (character)

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Detective Pikachu
名探偵ピカチュウ Great Detective Pikachu
Detective Pikachu artwork 2.png
Pikachu in Detective Pikachu
Debuts in Detective Pikachu – Birth of a New Duo
Gender Male
Ability Unknown
Current location Ryme City
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Pikachu Tōru Ōkawa (game)
Hidetoshi Nishijima (movie)
Kaiji Tang (game)
Ryan Reynolds (movie)

Detective Pikachu (Japanese: 名探偵ピカチュウ Great Detective Pikachu) is one of the protagonists of Detective Pikachu and the movie of the same name. He is capable of speaking human languages.


In the games


Detective Pikachu was once an ordinary Pikachu belonging to Harry Goodman, a detective who works at Ryme City Detective Agency. While on a case, Harry and Pikachu met with a car accident where Harry goes missing and Pikachu gains amnesia while also mysteriously gaining the ability to act and speak like a human. Two months after the accident, he meets Tim Goodman sometime after Tim arrives in Ryme City. Together with Tim and the Ryme City Detective Agency, Pikachu solves puzzles and mysteries.

Personality and characteristics

In addition to his ability to talk, Detective Pikachu displays a number of human traits. He likes drinking coffee and tea, and is easily infatuated with attractive human women.

Detective Pikachu appears to have sacrificed most of his abilities as a Pikachu. As such, he is not very fast. However, as a talking Pokémon, he can interpret and translate testimony from other Pokémon.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 大川透 Tōru Ōkawa
English Kaiji Tang


Great Detective Pikachu.png Detective Pikachu artwork 1.png Detective Pikachu artwork 3.png Detective Pikachu artwork 4.png
Official artwork from
Birth of a New Duo
Official artwork from Detective Pikachu
Detective Pikachu amiibo.png Detective Pikachu artwork 5.png Detective Pikachu artwork 6.png Detective Pikachu artwork 7.png
Detective Pikachu amiibo Official artwork from Detective Pikachu

In the movie

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Pikachu in the movie

Detective Pikachu appears as the titular character of Detective Pikachu, where he goes on an adventure with a boy named Tim Goodman, who seems to be the only one capable of understanding him, and a journalist named Lucy Stevens.

Moves used

Detective Pikachu Volt Tackle.png
Using Volt Tackle
Move First Used In
Thunderbolt POKÉMON Detective Pikachu
Electro Ball POKÉMON Detective Pikachu
Volt Tackle  POKÉMON Detective Pikachu
An × shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 西島秀俊 Hidetoshi Nishijima
English Ryan Reynolds
Chinese Cantonese 鄭中基 Ronald Cheng
Mandarin 雷佳音 Lei Jiayin (Mainland China)
Czech Petr Lněnička
Filip Švarc (first trailer)
Polish Maciej Stuhr
Waldemar Barwiński (first trailer)
Portuguese Brazil Philippe Maia
Portugal Nuno Markl
Russian Пётр Гланц Pyotr Glants
European Spanish José Posada

In the TCG

Detective Pikachu is featured in the TCG. The following is a list of cards featuring Detective Pikachu.

Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Detective Pikachu (SM Promo 190) Lightning SM Black Star Promos   SM190      
Detective Pikachu (SM Promo 194) Lightning SM Black Star Promos   SM194      
Detective Pikachu (Detective Pikachu 10) Lightning Detective Pikachu Rare 10/18      

Other appearances

Pokémon GO

Pikachu wearing hats similar to the titular Detective appeared for a limited time in Pokémon GO as part of a promotion tying into the movie. Like most promotional Pikachu, these Pikachu can evolve, but cannot be sent to GO Park in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. While Shiny and female models exist in the game, they have not been made available during the promotion. Detective Pikachu that evolve into Raichu retain their detective hats.

Detective Pikachu
Detective Raichu

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Detective Pikachu appears as a Spirit. When equipped as a support spirit, it grants fog immunity. If the player scans a Detective Pikachu amiibo, they can receive the Spirit immediately as a bonus.

In other languages

Language Title
Albania Flag.png Albanian Detektivi Pikaçu
The Arab world Flag.png Arabic المحقق بيكاتشو al-Muḥaqqiqu Bīkātshū
Azerbaijan Flag.png Azerbaijani Xəfiyyə Pikaçu
Basque Flag.png Basque Pikachu detektibea
Bulgaria Flag.png Bulgarian Детектив Пикачу Detektiv Pikachu
Catalonia Flag.png Catalan Detectiu Pikachu
Chinese Cantonese 名偵探皮卡丘 Mìhngjīngtaam Pikachu *
神探 Pikachu Sàhntaam Pikachu *
Mandarin 名偵探皮卡丘 / 名侦探皮卡丘 Míngzhēntàn Píkǎqiū *
Croatia Flag.png Croatian Detektiv Pikachu
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Detektiv Pikachu
Denmark Flag.png Danish Detektiv Pikachu
Dutch The Netherlands Flag.png Netherlands Detective Pikachu
Belgium Flag.png Belgium Detective Pikachu
Estonia Flag.png Estonian Detektiiv Pikachu
Finland Flag.png Finnish Etsivä Pikachu
French Canada Flag.png Canada Détective Pikachu
France Flag.png Europe Détective Pikachu
Germany Flag.png German Meisterdetektiv Pikachu
Greece Flag.png Greek Ντετέκτιβ Πίκατσου Detéktiv Píkatsou
Israel Flag.png Hebrew הבלש פיקאצ'ו Ha'Balash Pikachu
India Flag.png Hindi डिटेक्टिव पिकाचू ditektiv pikaachoo
Hungary Flag.png Hungarian Pikachu detektív
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Detective Pikachu
Italy Flag.png Italian Detective Pikachu
South Korea Flag.png Korean 명탐정 피카츄 Myeongtamjeong Pikachu
Latvia Flag.png Latvian Detektīvs Pikaču
Lithuania Flag.png Lithuanian Detektyvas Pikachu
North Macedonia Flag.png Macedonian Детективот Пикачу Detektibot Pikachu
Mongolia Flag.png Mongolian Мөрдөгч Пикачу Mördögch Pikachu
Poland Flag.png Polish Detektyw Pikachu
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Detetive Pikachu
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Detetive Pikachu
Romania Flag.png Romanian Detectiv Pikachu
Russia Flag.png Russian Детектив Пикачу Detektiv Pikachu
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Detektiv Pikaču
Slovakia Flag.png Slovak Detektív Pikachu
Slovenia Flag.png Slovene Detektiv Pikachu
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Detective Pikachu
Spain Flag.png Spain Detective Pikachu
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Detective Pikachu
Thailand Flag.png Thai ยอดนักสืบพิคาชู Yxdnạks̄ụ̄b phikhāchū
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Dedektif Pikachu
Ukraine Flag.png Ukrainian Детектив Пікачу Detektyv Pikachu
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Thám Tử Pikachu

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