Surfing Pikachu Comes To Pokémon X And Y In Japan

By Ishaan . August 7, 2014 . 11:32am


Over the years, the Pokémon RPGs have occasionally broken the rules by letting you teach certain moves to Pokémon that couldn’t normally learn them. One of the most memorable examples of this is the Surfing Pikachu, which made its debut in Pokémon Yellow.


Following an appearance in that game, Surfing Pikachu have made their way into others as well, including Ruby/Sapphire and HeartGold/SoulSilver. Now, one of these critters is making its way to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y in Japan via a distribution event.


The event is titled “Pikachu Tairyō Hassei-chū!” (roughly “Pikachu Mass Outbreak-chu!”) and is being held at various locations in the Minato Mirai district in Yokohama. It will run from August 9th – August 17th, and features an outbreak of Pikachu in the district. Every Pikachu being distributed through the event will have a different nickname.


The Pikachu comes at level 10 and knows the moves Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Surf and Hold Hands.


While the event has yet to officially kick off, Yokohama’s Pikachu invasion has already begun. Game Watch and others in Japan have been tweeting images of Pikachu making their way into the area:


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  • Namuro

    Outbreak!!! Someone spilled the P-Virus!

    But really though, I thought they would come with a surfing board…

    • Call it the Pikarus.

      • Namuro

        Las Pikalagas

        • Snorlaxation


  • Snorlaxation

    I love Surfing Pikachu.

    • J_Joestar

      it should get a unique animation for it >_<

      • Snorlaxation

        Absolutely. If you traded Pikachu from Pokemon Yellow to Pokemon Stadium (or Pokemon Stadium 2…not sure), it would actually have a couple unique animations.

  • Wait what

    Apparently someone I know is one of the Pikachu in that picture.

    • ネオフォトン ~ Neo

      How did they not break down from the heat while running around in a mascot suit?

  • Scissors

    Those Pikachus in the bottom picture are both adorable and terrifying.

  • Hiro

    A Pikachu called Landmark…? So random, not sure if gusta.

  • Derek E Nay

    Pikachu season is now open! Grab your rifles!

  • Warboss Aohd

    they have formed their unholy legion, they have come to reap our souls. And i’m the only one here with a working spaceship.


    • Ferofax

      Raise your hands for people who actually got to play the Surfing Minigame on the original Pokemon Yellow/Pikachu!

      Also, that game’s intro showed a Pikachu with Surf (Surfing Pikachu) and a Pikachu with Fly (Pikachu with balloons strapped to it). So I expect Flying Pikachu to come next.

  • Shade DMessiah

    Now i have to make a sweet deal to get this from a japanese player. Great.

    • Just Tim

      AKA a lopsided one, right?

  • Hinataharem

    Aha I get it. Surfing cuz of a wave of Pikachu

  • harmonyworld

    I get that pikachu is kinda the face of pokemon and he’s cute an all, but….like….why not a pokemon that doesn’t have abysmal stats.

    • Koibito888

      Because aesthetics and how cool or cute the Pokemon is is WAY more entertaining than stats.

    • DaiRaiOh

      Because people generally aren’t using event pokemon for any sort of serious play.

  • s07195

    Ah, Pikachu on a surfboard. Don’t understand why no other Pokemon with limbs can learn surf then. XD
    Same with Flying Pikachu. A Pikachu which learned to fly with balloons. XD

  • Sonny Firestorm

    Pikachus are gonna take over the world… AWESOME!

  • King mogz

    I want one o.o Shame the GTS will probably be filled with fake Surf Pikachus :(

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