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How to Beat Pikachu

If you are looking for the best ways to defeat Pikachu in Pokemon Go, you've come to the right place! This guide will teach you how to successfully win battles against Pikachu by exploiting its Type weakness(es).

In addition, it is equally as important to choose the optimal Pokemon and Movesets to take advantage of those weaknesses. This will allow you to to deal maximum damage during battle and defeat Pikachu quickly and easily.
How to Beat Pikachu
To defeat Pikachu in Pokemon Go you must take advantage of its Type Weakness(es). Being an Electric Type, Pikachu is vulnerable against Ground Type Moves.

This guide lists the best Pokemon and best Movesets you should use in order to defeat Pikachu as effectively and as efficiently as possible.
Before we get into the details of this guide, please see below. The following is a simple step by step guide/checklist on how to defeat Pikachu. If you would like more information surrounding terminology, specific Pokemon, Movesets, DPS, etc. feel free to check out the rest of this guide.
5 Simple Tips to Defeat Pikachu
Tip #1. CP (Combat Power) Advantage
Choose Pokemon with equal or higher CP than that of the Pikachu you are battling. If your CP advantage is high enough, the next steps will not be as important in battle. Pikachu can have up to a maximum of 787 CP.
Tip #2. Use Move Types Pikachu is Weak Against
Taking advantage of the Type Weakness(es) of Pikachu will allow you to deal more damage during battle. Pikachu is weak against the following Types:
Ground

Damage
Increase
1.25
Tip #3. Use Pokemon & Moves of the Same Type for Additional Damage
For example, Bulbasaur using a Grass Move, Charmander using a Fire Move or Squirtle using a Water Move will deal 25% more damage simply because the Pokemon is the same Type as the Move it is using. You can find out more about damage mechanics at the end of this page.
Tip #4. Choose the Best Type(s) of Pokemon
Dealing additional damage, while taking reduced damage is important in defeating Pikachu. Avoid using Types of Pokemon Pikachu Moves are Super Effective against, instead try to use Types of Pokemon of which Pikachu Moves are Not Very Effective against.
MoveXPikachu Moves are Super Effective Against
Quick Attack
Thunder Shock

Discharge

Thunder

Thunderbolt

MovePikachu Moves Not Very Effective Against
Quick Attack


Thunder Shock



Discharge



Thunder



Thunderbolt



Tip #5. Use High DPS Movesets for Max Damage
Taking advantage of the Type Weakness(es) of Pikachu and the STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) of your own Pokemon will allow you to deal a great amount of damage during battle. Pikachu will go down quickly if the optimal Pokemon & Movesets are used.

You can learn more about high damage Movesets at the end of this guide: Section IV. Best Pokemon & Movesets to use against Pikachu in battle.
Thank you for reading. If you would like further or more detailed information on how to defeat Pikachu please continue reading the rest of this guide. If you have questions, comments, or tips of your own, feel free to leave a message in the comment section at the end of this guide!
I. Pikachu Type Weaknesses
To defeat Pikachu you must first learn its Type weaknesses. Using specific Types of Moves that Pikachu is weak against will result in those Moves dealing Super Effective damage (25% damage bonus).
Pikachu is an Electric Type Pokemon, which means it is weak against the following Move Type(s) and will be vulnerable to the following damage multipliers:
Ground

1.25
II. Utilizing Benefit of Super Effective Moves
Next we must identify Moves of the above Types. This is important as Moves that are Super Effective deal 25% additional damage. If a Pokemon has a double weakness, the Move will deal 56% additional damage.
In order to defeat Pikachu you will want to choose a Pokemon with Move Types Pikachu is vulnerable against. The moves of these types are shown below:
Move NameFast/
Charge
TypePowerSec.EnergyDPS
Bone ClubCharge Ground251.60-2515.63
BulldozeCharge Ground353.40-2510.29
DigCharge Ground705.80-3312.07
Drill RunCharge Ground503.40-3314.71
EarthquakeCharge Ground1004.20-10023.81
Mud BombCharge Ground302.60-2511.54
Mud ShotFast Ground60.55710.91
Mud SlapFast Ground151.35911.11
III. Pokemon Weakness(es) vs. Pikachu
Before we go any further, please take a minute to consider the following. Most of this guide is focused on dealing high amounts of damage in a short period of time, in order to beat Pikachu as quickly as possible.

However, it is important to note that defensive Type weaknesses play an important role in Pokemon Go battles as well.
First off, Pikachu can deal a great amount of damage using Thunder Shock and Thunder. This is especially true if you are using Pokemon that are weak against these Move Type(s). The damage per second and ranking of this moveset is shown below.
High DPS Moveset for Pikachu:
Move:Thunder ShockThunder
Move Type:ElectricElectric
Category:Fast Charge
DPS:8.323.3
Rank (DPS):#75#40
DPS (w/ STAB):10.429.1
Rank (w/ STAB):#59#14
Pikachu is capable of using the following Moves:
Pikachu Fast Moves:Pikachu Charge Moves:
Quick AttackThunder ShockDischargeThunderThunderbolt
Type:

Type:


Power:105Power:3510055
Sec:1.33 sec0.6 secSec:2.5 sec4.3 sec2.7 sec
Energy:77Energy:-33-100-50
DPS:7.58.3DPS:14.023.320.4
STAB:7.510.4STAB:17.529.125.5
While Thunder Shock and Thunder is a strong Moveset, most of Pikachu's Moves will deal additional damage if used against certain Types of Pokemon as they will take increased damage from Pikachu. Depending on the particular Moveset of the Pikachu you are battling against, you will want to try and avoid using Pokemon of the following Types.
MoveXPikachu Moves are Super Effective Against
Quick Attack
Thunder Shock

Discharge

Thunder

Thunderbolt

On the other hand, there are certain Types of Pokemon in Pokemon Go, that will take less damage from the Moves of Pikachu. Therefore, to survive longer during Gym battles you will want to try and use Pokemon of the below Types when battling against Pikachu.
MovePikachu Moves are Not Very Effective Against
Quick Attack


Thunder Shock



Discharge



Thunder



Thunderbolt



It is important to note that this is not the only factor in choosing the optimal Pokemon to defeat Pikachu. If you have a Pokemon with much higher CP and a high damage Moveset vs. Pikachu you will obviously want to use that Pokemon. You will be able to win the battle quickly before your opponent has even had a chance to deal much damage.

However, if you are using a Pokemon with average CP and an average moveset, choosing the right Type of Pokemon becomes much more important.
IV. Benefits of Type Weakness & STAB Damage
Getting back to the offensive side of battling, the next step is to identify which Pokemon have the capability of using Super Effective Moves against Pikachu.

Furthermore, we must identify Pokemon that are the same Type as the Moves they are using. This will result in an added 25% additional damage bonus, commonly referred to as STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus).
If you are new to Pokemon Go or to the damage mechanics in general, be sure to review the chart below before making your way to Section V. (Best Pokemon Movesets vs. Pikachu). It explains how Pokemon Go DB determines the best damage Moveset/Pokemon to beat Pikachu.
The following chart explains the terms used in this guide:
Battle Mechanics Terminology (Quick Reference Guide)
DPSDPS stands for Damage per Second. The DPS of each Move is calculated by taking the Power of a Move and dividing it by the time (seconds) it takes to actually perform the move (also known as a cooldown).
STABSTAB stands for Same Type Attack Bonus. When a Pokemon uses a Move that is the same Type as itself that Move will deal additional bonus damage. For example, if a Electric Type Pokemon uses a Electric Type Move it will deal 25% more damage.
Best Fast MoveThe Best Fast Move is calculated by taking the highest DPS Fast Move a Pokemon is capable of using. This includes the 25% STAB bonus. Generally every Pokemon in Pokemon Go will have one of two possible Fast Moves.
Best Charge MoveThe Best Charge Move is calculated by taking the highest DPS Charge Move a Pokemon is capable of using. This includes the 25% STAB bonus. Generally every Pokemon in Pokemon Go will have one of three possible Charge Moves.
Best Fast Move DPS vs. PikachuBest Fast Move DPS vs. Pikachu is calculated by taking the Best Fast Move DPS w/ STAB and multiplying that DPS by 1.25 if Pikachu has a single weakness to that Type or multiplying that DPS by 1.56 if Pikachu has a double weakness to that Type.
Best Charge Move DPS vs. PikachuBest Charge Move DPS vs. Pikachu is calculated by taking the Best Charge Move DPS w/ STAB and multiplying that DPS by 1.25 if Pikachu has a single weakness to that Type or multiplying that DPS by 1.56 if Pikachu has a double weakness to that Type.
Average DPSAverage DPS is simply the average of the Best Fast Move DPS vs. Pikachu and the Best Charge Move DPS vs. Pikachu. The chart is then sorted by highest Average DPS to lowest.
V. Best Pokemon & Movesets to use against Pikachu in battle.
The following chart lists the top Pokemon/Moveset against Pikachu. The list is sorted by highest Average Damage per Second to lowest. Type Effectiveness and STAB play a big role in increasing the damage that is done to Pikachu. If you follow every step in this guide, you will have a much easier time defeating Pikachu. Good Luck!
Best Pokemon Movesets vs. Pikachu
PicNameBest Fast MoveBest Charge MoveFast Move TypeCharge Move TypeBest Fast Move DPS vs. PikachuBest Charge Move DPS vs. PikachuAverage DPS

DugtrioMud SlapEarthquakeGroundGround17.437.227.3

GolemMud SlapEarthquakeGroundGround17.437.227.3

MarowakMud SlapEarthquakeGroundGround17.437.227.3

RhydonMud SlapEarthquakeGroundGround17.437.227.3

SandslashMud ShotEarthquakeGroundGround17.037.227.1

NidoqueenPoison JabEarthquakePoisonGround14.337.225.7

NidokingPoison JabEarthquakePoisonGround14.337.225.7

GravelerMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock17.432.324.8

MankeyScratchCross ChopNormalFighting12.037.524.8

JigglypuffPoundBody SlamNormalNormal16.232.124.1

PrimeapeLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0

MachopLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0

MachokeLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0

MeowthScratchBody SlamNormalNormal15.032.123.5

MachampKarate ChopCross ChopFightingFighting9.437.523.4

PidgeotWing AttackHurricaneFlyingFlying15.031.323.1

WigglytuffPoundHyper BeamNormalNormal16.230.023.1

ChanseyPoundHyper BeamNormalNormal16.230.023.1

DewgongFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce13.932.123.0

CloysterFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce13.932.123.0

LaprasFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce13.932.123.0

ArticunoFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce13.932.123.0

KabutopsMud ShotStone EdgeGroundRock13.632.322.9

RattataTackleBody SlamNormalNormal13.632.122.8

EeveeTackleBody SlamNormalNormal13.632.122.8

CharizardWing AttackFire BlastFlyingFire15.030.522.7

ArcanineFire FangFire BlastFireFire14.930.522.7

PsyduckWater GunCross ChopWaterFighting15.030.022.5

ExeggutorZen HeadbuttSolar BeamPsychicGrass14.330.622.4

IvysaurVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass13.531.322.4

BellsproutVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass13.531.322.4

TangelaVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass13.531.322.4

WartortleWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

BlastoiseWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

GolduckWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

SeadraWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

StarmieWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

VaporeonWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

OmastarWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3

ParasectBug BiteSolar BeamBugGrass13.930.622.3

WeepinbellRazor LeafPower WhipGrassGrass12.931.322.1

VenusaurVine WhipSolar BeamGrassGrass13.530.622.0

TentacruelPoison JabHydro PumpPoisonWater14.329.621.9

KangaskhanMud SlapEarthquakeGroundGround13.929.821.8

VileplumeRazor LeafSolar BeamGrassGrass12.930.621.8

VictreebelRazor LeafSolar BeamGrassGrass12.930.621.8

SnorlaxZen HeadbuttBody SlamPsychicNormal11.432.121.7

TaurosTackleEarthquakeNormalGround13.629.821.7

OnixRock ThrowStone EdgeRockRock11.032.321.6

PoliwrathMud ShotHydro PumpGroundWater13.629.621.6

NinetalesEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

PonytaEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

RapidashEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

MagmarEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

FlareonEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

MoltresEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2

DragoniteDragon BreathDragon ClawDragonDragon15.027.321.2

RaticateBiteHyper BeamDarkNormal12.030.021.0

CuboneMud SlapBone ClubGroundGround17.424.420.9

GyaradosBiteHydro PumpDarkWater12.029.620.8

RaichuSparkThunderElectricElectric12.529.120.8

LickitungZen HeadbuttHyper BeamPsychicNormal11.430.020.7

MukPoison JabGunk ShotPoisonPoison14.327.120.7

HaunterShadow ClawSludge BombGhostPoison14.526.420.5

GengarShadow ClawSludge BombGhostPoison14.526.420.5

BeedrillPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4

NidorinoPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4

GrimerPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4

EkansPoison StingGunk ShotPoisonPoison12.927.120.0

AlakazamPsycho CutPsychicPsychicPsychic15.424.620.0

MewtwoPsycho CutPsychicPsychicPsychic15.424.620.0

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