Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicComics & Animation · 1 decade ago

how come pikachu never evolves into richu?

is pickachu to pussy or sumthing?

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  • Best Answer

    In the Pokemon animated series, Pikachu has never evolved to Raichu because PIkachu refuses to evolve (I guess this Pikachu hates Thunderstones).

    Actually, the fact is Pikachu is also not evolving at all mainly due the fact that Pikachu is one of the most popular cartoon characters of all time. Ash's Pikachu is basically the most popular character in the Pokemon TV series.

    I'm not from their company, but I'm guessing that when the company decides to evolve Ash's Pikachu to Raichu, they fear that the series may likely go downhill and Pokemon products won't be that popular anymore. They did make episodes that try to make Pikachu evolve, but they make sure they make it end with Pikachu not evolving (maybe to make it more interesting to see the what outcome is).

    Sure, attempts to evolve Pikachu were done in only 3 times in all the 12 series (542 Pokemon episodes seen in Japan, and 518 in the US). Yet all the attempts have resulted with Pikachu not evolving in the end. Here's 3 attempts shown in episodes aired (or to be aired) in the US and Japan

    The first attempt is in the first series on episode 014: "Electric Shock Showdown". During the Vermillion City gym battle against Lt. Surge, the first battle had Lt. Surge's Raichu defeated Ash's Pikachu and Ash lost the match. After the battle, Lt. Surge taunted Ash and told him he would of won the match if Pikachu evolved.

    In the Pokemon Center, Ash wanted to give Pikachu a Thunderstone so he could evolve him to Raichu. Pikachu Refused.

    According to Team Rocket's Meowth (Team Rocket was outside the Pokemon Center looking through a window), Meowth said that Pikachu refuses to evolve because he wanted to do this to show every Pikachu in the world how a Pikachu can beat it's evolved form (Raichu).

    In the rematch, Ash's Pikachu defeated Lt. Surge's Raichu by using speed-based moves that Raichu lacked.

    The second attempt wasn't done by Ash, but a attempt by Team Rocket in Diamond and Pearl episode DP021 (Ep#489): "Ya See We Want an Evolution!". After Team Rocket failed evolve the B-button league's Magikarp and Feebas with their evolution machine, Team Rocket tried to evolve Pikachu with it.

    Two attempts were done, and both times failed. When they thought they successfully turned the machine to a giant robot, the robot suddenly collapsed (the manual Meowth was reading said that to turn to the robot, it had to complete an evolution first).

    Pikachu, Magikarp, and Feebas made Team Rocket "blast off" again (as usual) in the end.

    The next attempt is to be seen in Pokemon Diamond & Pearl episode DP074 (Ep#542): "Pikachu! Raichu! The Road to Evolution!" (this is the Japanese title, US title not claimed yet). In this episode, Ash meets up with a trainer who owns a Pichu and a Raichu and he also wanted to catch a Pikachu to catch all of the stages of Pikachu's evolution {it's obvious to Pokemon fans that Pichu (Basic form/Baby form) evolves to Pikachu (Stage 1) which evolves to Raichu (Stage 2/Final form) anyway}. This trainer mistakes Ash's Pikachu as a wild one.

    Since it just aired in Japan 3 days ago, not much is given about it to people in the US, but according to Bulbapedia, Ash's Pikachu refuses to evolve to Raichu again and wins against that trainer's Raichu (just like the Lt. Surge episode, Pikachu will be pushed to evolve again, in a picture, Pikachu lays down and stares angrily at a Thunderstone on the stand as seen on the link mentioned below).

    I think Pikachu isn't being cowardly to choose to not evolve to Raichu, It's actually brave of him as it is a fact that evolved Pokemon are usually more powerful than earlier stages.

    Source(s): I'm a Pikachu fan. I seen every US-released Pokemon episode to date. Episode 74 of Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl isn't in the US yet, but guessing it will be fall of 2008 when we see it. Here's the only picture shown at this time to people in the US:
    • The only reason given outside of the ones you gave, and what appears to be the most important reason for Pikachu and Ash, is that when undergoing evolution, there is a chance that the Pokemon's personality will change. Basically Ash and Pikachu don't want him to cease to be himself by evolving.

  • ashlan
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Pikachu Bulbapedia

  • holl
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Pikachu And Ash

  • 5 years ago

    Ash attempted to evolve Pikachu with the Thunder Stone after he lost to Lt. Surge's Raichu, but Pikachu chose not to evolve because he wanted to prove that he could defeat stronger Pokémon without evolving. This makes him the first of Ash's Pokémon to choose not to evolve.

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  • 4 years ago

    Maybe pikachu doesn't feel like evolving

  • 3 years ago

    He will probably evolve on the last episode we see of him and Ash together and become the strongest lightning type Pokemon ever with all of the experience its gained as Pikachu and much faster.

  • 4 years ago

    He doesn't want to evolve into Richu because he has hovered with his best friend for a long time. When Ash recalls with his partner for a long time, they are supporting each other in the rest of the life.

  • 5 years ago

    give it a thunder stone and it will evolve

    but why would you evolve a pikachu its so cute. i mean i dont like pikachu at all

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Okay, there was one episode where they explained this, but I feel as if I'm the only one who saw it.

    Pikachu doesn't evolve into Raichu because when Pikachu tried to evolve Ash gave him an everstone(stops and prevents evolving) and Pikachu didn't wanna forget Ash when he evolved so they chose for Pikachu to take the everstone. And Pikachu stayed his cute and adorable self, YAY!!

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  • 5 years ago

    Because a pokemon has a choice to evole but not as soon as a person catches it. A pokemon has to be oushed to its limit then it has a choice to evole or not but when pickachu is given that opportunity it choices not to and no hes not a pussy potty mouth

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