Detective Pikachu (character)

Detective Pikachu
名探偵ピカチュウ Great Detective Pikachu
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Pikachu in Detective Pikachu
Debuts in Detective Pikachu – Birth of a New Duo
Gender Male
Ability Unknown
Current location Ryme City
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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


Artwork

       
Official artwork from
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Official artwork from Detective Pikachu
       
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. Detective Pikachu was created when Harry Goodman's Pikachu pleaded with Mewtwo to save Goodman. Mewtwo agreed but only on the condition that Pikachu find Goodman's son Tim. Detective Pikachu would go on an adventure with Tim, who seems to be the only one capable of understanding him, and a journalist named Lucy Stevens.

Moves used

 
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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)
European French Pierre Tessier
Indonesian Hari Suseno
Italian Francesco Venditti
Polish Maciej Stuhr
Waldemar Barwiński (first trailer)
Portuguese Brazil Philippe Maia
Portugal Nuno Markl
Russian Пётр Гланц Pyotr Glants
Slovak Dušan Cinkota
Spanish Latin America José Antonio Macías
Spain José Posada


In the TCG

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

Detective Pikachu
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Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
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Rarity #
Detective Pikachu   Detective Pikachu   10/18 SM-P Promotional cards   338/SM-P
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Detective Pikachu   SM Black Star Promos   SM190 SM-P Promotional cards   339/SM-P
Detective Pikachu   SM Black Star Promos   SM194 Great Detective Pikachu   014/024
 


Pokemon Coins

Detective Pikachu was released as a coin for the TCG.

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Release information Japanese N/A
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Korean N/A
Description: Large-sized, Silver Pixel Holofoil, Black-backed Coin featuring Detective Pikachu's hat released within the Detective Pikachu Collector Chest March 29, 2019 (Europe) or April 6, 2019 (North America), the Target exclusive Detective Pikachu Special Case File, and 7-Eleven exclusive Detective Pikachu Two Pack Blister April 6, 2019
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International April 6, 2019
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Release information Japanese N/A
International Detective Pikachu Charizard-GX Special Case File
Korean N/A
Description: Metal Coin featuring Detective Pikachu's hat on the obverse and a Pikachu tail-themed magnifying glass on the reverse, released within the Detective Pikachu Charizard-GX Special Case File April 6, 2019

Pokemon Pins

Detective Pikachu was released as a pin for the TCG.

 
Release Date April 6, 2019
Release Information Detective Pikachu Collector Chest
Description Pin featuring Detective Pikachu

Merchandise

Detective Pikachu Special Jumbo Card Pack: Charizard-GX Version

A pair of boxed products became available on April 26, 2019, which saw, among other things, the release of the Great Detective Pikachu subset. One of these was the Detective Pikachu Special Jumbo Card Pack: Charizard-GX Version (Japanese: スペシャルジャンボカードパック 名探偵ピカチュウ リザードンGX Ver. Special Jumbo Card Pack: Great Detective Pikachu: Lizardon-GX Ver.), which was only available to people who purchased special advance Detective Pikachu movie tickets from stores with Loppi ticket dispensers. People who purchased tickets between March 21 and April 14, 2019 could redeem the set from April 26, 2019, while those who purchased tickets between April 15 and May 2, 2019 could redeem the set from May 31, 2019. Each set includes a Detective Pikachu and a Jumbo Charizard-GX promotional card in addition to 6 Great Detective Pikachu booster packs.

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Detective Pikachu Special Jumbo Card Pack: Mewtwo-GX Version

The second of two boxed sets available from April 26, 2019 was the Detective Pikachu Special Jumbo Card Pack: Mewtwo-GX Version (Japanese: スペシャルジャンボカードパック 名探偵ピカチュウ ミュウツーGX Ver. Special Jumbo Card Pack: Great Detective Pikachu: Mewtwo-GX Ver.). It could be purchased directly at Pokémon Centers and participating ÆON, Lawson, and TSUTAYA stores. Select cinemas screening Detective Pikachu also sold the set upon the film's release on May 3, 2019. The set includes 3 Great Detective Pikachu packs, 3 Sky Legend packs, a promotional Detective Pikachu card and a Jumbo version of the Mewtwo-GX from the Great Detective Pikachu subset.

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April 26, 2019 saw the release of Sky Legend, the second subset associated with the Double Blaze expansion, as well as the Great Detective Pikachu subset, promoting the Detective Pikachu movie that premiered in Japan the following Friday. A variety of merchandise featuring artwork based on the two subsets was available to purchase from the same day, as were many other items in anticipation of Golden Week, traditionally a busy shopping period and longer in 2019 than usual due to the Japanese imperial transition.

Deck cases: Each deck case comes with 2 organizational dividers and can store up to 180 cards.

The Detective Pikachu Deck Case (Japanese: デッキケース 名探偵ピカチュウ Deck Case: Great Detective Pikachu) features a render of the eponymous Pokémon as well as several others that appear in the film. Renders of Mewtwo and Charizard line the sides of the box while Jigglypuff, Mr. Mime, Bulbasaur, and Psyduck are pictured on the reverse.
The Detective Pikachu Sleeves (Japanese: デッキシールド 名探偵ピカチュウ Deck Shield: Great Detective Pikachu) feature an official render of the self-proclaimed Detective Pikachu from the movie of the same name against a noir-style brick wall.

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Detective Pikachu Case File

To celebrate the release of the Detective Pikachu film, a special Detective Pikachu subset was released. Boosters for the set were available solely through specially marked products starting March 29, 2019 in Europe and April 6, 2019 in North America. The first was the 'Detective Pikachu Case File, which features the eponymous Pokémon as a SM Black Star Promo and includes two Detective Pikachu boosters, one booster for another Sun & Moon Series expansion, a Detective Pikachu coin, and a code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online.

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Detective Pikachu Special Case File

Target stores carried an exclusive version of the Detective Pikachu Case File. In addition to the two Detective Pikachu boosters, Detective Pikachu promo, Sun & Moon Series booster, and coin, a 4-pocket card binder was included.

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Detective Pikachu Charizard-GX Case File

Another product for the Detective Pikachu subset was the Detective Pikachu Charizard-GX Case File. It features a regular and Jumbo-sized Charizard-GX, four Detective Pikachu boosters, two boosters from another Sun & Moon Series expansion, and a TCGO code card.

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Detective Pikachu Charizard-GX Special Case File

A version of the Charizard-GX Case File was exclusive to GameStop stores. This Special Case File contained all of the regular Case File's items as well as one more Detective Pikachu booster and a coin.

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Detective Pikachu Mewtwo-GX Case File

Another product for the Detective Pikachu subset was the Detective Pikachu Mewtwo Case File. It includes four Detective Pikachu boosters, two other Sun & Moon Series boosters, a Mewtwo-GX promo, and a Jumbo version of the Mewtwo-GX promo.

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Detective Pikachu Greninja-GX Case File

The Detective Pikachu Greninja-GX Case File includes a regular and Jumbo Greninja-GX, a Greninja pin, five Detective Pikachu boosters, two Sun & Moon Series boosters, and a TCGO code card.

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Detective Pikachu Greninja-GX Special Case File

A deluxe version of the Greninja-GX Case File, the Detective Pikachu Greninja-GX Special Case File, was available exclusively at Target stores in North America and Toys "R" Us stores in Canada. This version adds a four-pocket card binder to the selection of items included in the regular one.

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Detective Pikachu Collector Chest

The Detective Pikachu subset had its own iteration of the Collector Chest. It contains 7 boosters of the special set, 2 boosters for another Sun & Moon Series expansion, a Detective Pikachu pin, a notepad, and a sticker sheet.

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Detective Pikachu Two Pack Blister

Two Detective Pikachu products only released in North America were released April 6, 2019. One of the was the Detective Pikachu Two Pack Blister, which was exclusive to 7-Eleven stores. It contains a booster for the eponymous subset, another booster of a Sun & Moon Series expansion, and a coin.

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Detective Pikachu Tin

The other North America-exclusive Detective Pikachu product was the Detective Pikachu Tin. Only sold at Walmart, this tin includes four Detective Pikachu boosters and one of two Pokémon-GX: Charizard-GX or Mewtwo-GX.

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Detective Pikachu Café Figure Collection

The Detective Pikachu Café Figure Collection was released on May 17, 2019, a month ahead of its planned June 28, 2019 release. The collection came with a Detective Pikachu Black Star Promo, a figure of Detective Pikachu holding a cup of coffee, 4 Detective Pikachu booster packs, 2 booster packs from other Sun & Moon Series expansions, and a code card for the TCGO.

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Detective Pikachu On the Case Figure Collection

The Detective Pikachu On the Case Figure Collection was released on August 9, 2019, as the final product for the Detective Pikachu subset. It came with a Detective Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Psyduck, and Snubbull Black Star Promotional cards, a Detective Pikachu standing on a magnifying glass figure, three Detective Pikachu booster packs, two booster packs from other Sun & Moon Series expansions, and a code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online.

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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. These Pikachu can evolve into Raichu wearing the same hat, 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 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
  Albanian Detektivi Pikaçu
  Arabic المحقق بيكاتشو al-Muḥaqqiqu Bīkātshū
  Azerbaijani Xəfiyyə Pikaçu
  Basque Pikachu detektibea
  Bulgarian Детектив Пикачу Detektiv Pikachu
  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 *
  Croatian Detektiv Pikachu
  Czech Detektiv Pikachu
  Danish Detektiv Pikachu
Dutch   Netherlands Detective Pikachu
  Belgium Detective Pikachu
  Estonian Detektiiv Pikachu
  Finnish Etsivä Pikachu
French   Canada Détective Pikachu
  Europe Détective Pikachu
  German Meisterdetektiv Pikachu
  Greek Ντετέκτιβ Πίκατσου Detéktiv Píkatsou
  Hebrew הבלש פיקאצ'ו Ha'Balash Pikachu
  Hindi डिटेक्टिव पिकाचू Ditektiv Pikaachoo
  Hungarian Pikachu detektív
  Indonesian Detective Pikachu
  Italian Detective Pikachu
  Korean 명탐정 피카츄 Myeongtamjeong Pikachu
  Latvian Detektīvs Pikaču
  Lithuanian Detektyvas Pikachu
  Macedonian Детективот Пикачу Detektibot Pikachu
  Mongolian Мөрдөгч Пикачу Mördögch Pikachu
  Polish Detektyw Pikachu
Portuguese   Brazil Detetive Pikachu
  Portugal Detetive Pikachu
  Romanian Detectiv Pikachu
  Russian Детектив Пикачу Detektiv Pikachu
  Serbian Detektiv Pikaču
  Slovak Detektív Pikachu
  Slovene Detektiv Pikachu
Spanish   Latin America Detective Pikachu
  Spain Detective Pikachu
  Swedish Detective Pikachu
  Thai ยอดนักสืบพิคาชู Yxdnạks̄ụ̄b phikhāchū
  Turkish Dedektif Pikachu
  Ukrainian Детектив Пікачу Detektyv Pikachu
  Vietnamese Thám Tử Pikachu


Trivia

 
A 3DS theme featuring Detective Pikachu
  • Detective Pikachu was featured in a 3DS theme.

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