Pikanium Z

The Pikanium Z (Japanese: ピカチュウZ Pikachu Z) is a type of Z-Crystal introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. It is a Pokémon-specific Z-Crystal associated with Pikachu and allows it to upgrade its Volt Tackle into the special Z-Move Catastropika.

Pikanium Z
Pikachu Z
Bag Pikanium Z Sprite.png
Pikanium Z
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation VII
Generation VII Bag Z-Crystals pocket icon.png Z-Crystals

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price


  Bag item

Can create Pikanium Z held items for the player's Pokémon.

  Held item

In battle

Allows Pikachu except Pikachu in a cap (or a Pokémon transformed into Pikachu, except a Pikachu in a cap) to upgrade its Volt Tackle into the special Z-Move Catastropika.

Unaffected by item negating effects (such as Embargo and Klutz). Item manipulating effects (such as Trick and Fling) cannot remove a Z-Crystal from a Pokémon.

Rayquaza cannot Mega Evolve if it holds a Z-Crystal.

Outside of battle

A held Pikanium Z is automatically removed if the Pokémon is traded between players.


Bag item

Games Description
SMUSUM It converts Z-Power into crystals that upgrade Pikachu's Volt Tackle to an exclusive Z-Move.

Held item

Games Description
SMUSUM This is a crystallized form of Z-Power. It upgrades Pikachu's Volt Tackle to a Z-Move.


Games Method
SM Konikoni City (from the woman with three Pikachu)
USUM Hano Grand Resort (from Chuuster after defeating Reporter Rita)

In the anime

A Pikanium Z in the anime

A Pikanium Z was first seen in A Plethora of Pikachu!, under the ownership of Pikala. She used it with her Shiny Pikachu to perform Catastropika on Jessie's Mimikyu and stop Team Rocket from stealing all of the Pikachu from Pikachu Valley.


  • The black symbol seen on the Pikanium Z resembles a Pikachu’s tail.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 皮卡丘Z Pèihkāyāu-Z
Mandarin 皮卡丘Z Píkǎqiū-Z
  French Pikazélite
  German Pikachium Z
  Italian Pikacium Z
  Korean 피카츄Z Pikachu-Z
  Spanish Pikastal Z

External links

  This item article is part of Project ItemDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on all items.