Flying Pikachu

Flying Pikachu in its original appearance as a TCG card

Flying Pikachu (Japanese: そらをとぶピカチュウ Flying Pikachu) is a recurring Pikachu variant, commonly depicted with balloons tied to it. These Pikachu know the move Fly, an event-exclusive move to the Pikachu family.

In the core series games

Pokémon Yellow

A Flying Pikachu can be seen in the intro to Pokémon Yellow.

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

A Flying Pikachu can be found in Yellow Forest, an event-only Pokéwalker course. This Pikachu, when caught, can be transferred to either Pokémon HeartGold or SoulSilver. However, this Pikachu must forget Fly in order to be transferred to Generation V.

Pokémon Info Trainer Memo Pokémon Skills
  PIKACHU Dex No. 025 Pokéwalker Flying Fly
Lv.15 Type Met at Lv. 15. Electric Thunder
  Electric Unknown - Normal Growl
Item - Normal Tail Whip
  None - Ability Static
Its Poké Ball depends on the one used to catch it.
Can be obtained in: D P Pt HG SS Activation: In-game Event
Can be obtained in: R S E FR LG Activation: In-game Event

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!

While no Pikachu can learn Fly in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Let's Go, Eevee!, in the former game, the player's Partner Pikachu can use the Secret Technique Sky Dash. When using this Technique, the player and their partner ride on a seat lifted by balloons to a town they have been to before, effectively replacing the overworld function Fly used to have.

In addition to the Secret Technique, Partner Pikachu can learn the exclusive move Floaty Fall, likely inspired by Flying Pikachu.


In addition to the methods mentioned above, Flying Pikachu have often been distrubuted directly through events. The following is a listing of Flying Pikachu events:

List of events featuring Flying Pikachu



Sprite from Yellow's intro


A Flying Pikachu seen in artwork of
Yellow Forest from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Promotional art for Flying Tera Type Pikachu from
Scarlet and Violet

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Snap

A nod to the Flying Pikachu can be found in the game's fifth level, the Cave, where it is referred to as Balloon Pikachu. If the Zubat carrying Pikachu is hit with a Pester Ball, it will fly off and Pikachu will fall. However it spawns a group of balloons that carry it to safe ground. Taking a picture while Pikachu is drifting down will earn lots of points.

Pokémon Trading Card Game series

Flying Pikachu is an obtainable card in both Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Trading Card Game 2: The Invasion of Team GR!. In the first game, the player can obtain a copy by trading a Ditto card with Mr. Ishihara. In the latter game, the player can obtain two copies by trading a Zapdos card and a Clefairy card with Ishihara. The second card is a variant originally released in Japan as a special card through All Nippon Airways in 1998

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Pokémon Dash

Sprite from Pokémon Dash

A Flying Pikachu was featured in Pokémon Dash in special courses.

PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure

The flying Pikachu appeared in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure. By typing in a certain code, a set of balloons are unlocked, which can then be used by Pikachu so he can play Pelipper's Circle Circuit and Salamence's Air Ace.

Region Code
North America 99930457
PAL 57429445
Japan 80373821

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge

Sprite from Puzzle Challenge

A flying Pikachu can be seen in the opening of Pokémon Puzzle Challenge, along with a Pichu.

Pokémon GO

Flying Pikachu were made available for Pokémon GO on July 3, 2020, as along with the introduction of Fly as a Charge Attack, as part of GO's fourth anniversary GO Fest. It returned for the Pokémon Air Adventures event from May 3, 2022 to May 8, 2022. This Pikachu cannot evolve and can be Shiny. Unlike Surfing Pikachu, Flying Pikachu has a unique appearance in this game, based on its appearance in the TCG. It is possible for this Flying Pikachu to be Shiny.

Further variants of Flying Pikachu appeared in other events. None of these Pikachu can be Shiny.

  • Flying Pikachu with a 5-shaped balloon was available in Pokémon GO during the Pokémon GO 5th Anniversary event from July 6 to July 15, 2021.
  • Flying Pikachu with yellow-orange balloons was available in Pokémon GO during the Pokémon Air Adventures event in Okinawa Prefecture from May 3 to May 8, 2022.
  • Flying Pikachu with green balloons was available in Pokémon GO during the Pokémon Air Adventures event in Taipei from October 14 to October 23, 2022.
  • Flying Pikachu with purple balloons was available in Pokémon GO during the Pokémon Air Adventures event in Singapore from November 11 to November 20, 2022.
Models from Pokémon GO
5-shaped balloon model from Pokémon GO Okinawa balloons model from Pokémon GO Green balloons model from Pokémon GO Purple balloons model from Pokémon GO

In the manga

Flying Pikachu as depicted in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal arc

In The Last Battle VII, Chuchu flew with Pika and their Egg, lifting them in the air by using balloons wrapped to her body.

In the TCG

Flying Pikachu originated from the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The following are cards named Flying Pikachu.

Flying 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 Mark English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Flying Pikachu   Wizards Black Star Promos     25 Unnumbered Promotional cards      
        Unnumbered Promotional cards      
Rising Rivals     113/111 Bonds to the End of Time     090/090
Flying Pikachu           Unnumbered Promotional cards      
Flying Pikachu   Evolutions     110/108 XY-P Promotional cards     292/XY-P
Flying Pikachu 
Card Type Mark English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Flying Pikachu    E Celebrations     006/025 25th Anniversary Collection     023/127
Flying Pikachu 
Card Type Mark English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Flying Pikachu    E Celebrations     007/025 25th Anniversary Collection     024/127

In other languages

Language Title
  French Pikachu volant
  German Fliegendes Pikachu
Flug-Pikachu (TCG GB)
  Indonesian Pikachu Terbang

See also

  • For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Pikachu.

Pokémon forms and variants
Permanent: Shiny Pokémon (GO) • Alternately colored Pokémon (anime)
Gender differences‎Form differences (GO)
Brilliant PokémonAlpha Pokémon
Paradox PokémonEcologically similar Pokémon
Transformations: Mega EvolutionPrimal ReversionBond PhenomenonUltra Burst
Dynamax (Gigantamax) • EternamaxTerastal phenomenon
Groups: Totem PokémonNoble PokémonTitan Pokémon
Regional forms: AlolanGalarianHisuianPaldean
Pikachu variants: Surfing PikachuFlying PikachuCosplay PikachuPikachu in a cap
Miscellaneous: Giant PokémonSpiky-eared Pichu
Spin-off original: Shadow Pokémon (GO) • Shadow Lugia
Primal DialgaToy Pokémon (Rusty Pokémon) • Shadow Mewtwo
PokéxelIllumina phenomenon
Anime original: Pink ButterfreeClone PokémonCrystal Onix
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Manga original: Thu-Fi-ZerBlack FogBlack Tyranitar

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