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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

In Pokémon Yellow

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

In 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

In 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 events

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 in HeartGold and SoulSilver

In the spin-off games

In 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.

In Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Card GB2

Flying Pikachu is an obtainable card in both Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon Card GB2. 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

In Pokémon Dash

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

In 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

In Pokémon Puzzle Challenge

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

In 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. Unlike Surfing Pikachu, Flying Pikachu has a unique appearance in this game, based on its appearance in the TCG.

It is possible for Flying Pikachu to be Shiny.


Sprite from
Sprite from
ANA sprite from
Sprite from Pokémon Puzzle Challenge Sprite from Pokémon Dash


Models from Pokémon GO

In the manga

Flying Pikachu as depicted in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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 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 English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Flying Pikachu    Celebrations   006/025 25th Anniversary Collection   023/127
Flying Pikachu 
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Flying Pikachu    Celebrations   007/025 25th Anniversary Collection   024/127

In other languages

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

See also

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