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
A Flying Pikachu can be seen in the intro to Pokémon Yellow.
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|
|Its Poké Ball depends on the one used to catch it.|
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
|RGB||CoroCoro Flying Pikachu||Japanese||Japan||?||October 1997|
|RSEFRLG||All Nippon Airways Pikachu||Japanese||Japan||10||December 5 to 25, 2004|
|RSEFRLG||GW Pikachu||Japanese||Japan||10||April 25 to May 8, 2005|
|RSEFRLG||Sapporo Pikachu||Japanese||Japan||10||July 1 to August 21, 2005|
|BW||All Nippon Airways Pikachu||Japanese||Japan||50||July 18 to September 30, 2011|
|BW||2012 World Championships Pikachu||English||United States||50||August 12, 2012|
|BW||2012 World Championships Pikachu||French||United States||50||August 12, 2012|
|BW||2012 World Championships Pikachu||German||United States||50||August 12, 2012|
|BW||2012 World Championships Pikachu||Italian||United States||50||August 12, 2012|
|BW||2012 World Championships Pikachu||Japanese||United States||50||August 12, 2012|
|BW||2012 World Championships Pikachu||Korean||United States||50||August 12, 2012|
|BW||2012 World Championships Pikachu||Spanish||United States||50||August 12, 2012|
|ORAS||Pokémon Center Online Pikachu||Japanese region||Online||10||February 16 to August 31, 2016|
|SMUSUM||Pokémon World Festival Pikachu||All||South Korea||10||April 27 to May 7, 2018|
|SV||Flying Terastal Pikachu||All||Online||5||November 18, 2022 to February 28, 2023|
|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
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
|ANA sprite from|
A Flying Pikachu was featured in Pokémon Dash in special courses.
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.
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 originated from the Pokémon Trading Card Game. The following are cards named 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.
|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||E||Celebrations||006/025||25th Anniversary Collection||023/127|
|Flying Pikachu||E||Celebrations||007/025||25th Anniversary Collection||024/127|
In other languages
- For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Pikachu.
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