pikavolve

Pretty much all the cool pocket monsters in Pokémon X and Y are getting mega-evolutions. One Pokémon that isn’t bitch-slapping Darwinian theories though? Series mascot Pikachu. Or is it?

Over on the Bulbagarden forums (Via NeoGAF), this little bit of news got translated:

Tsunekazu Ishihara (the president of the Pokémon Company) will appear on Japanese TV on October 28th. The synopsis of the interview mentions an unprecedented game whose development started this summer. The game is said to change Pikachu, and Ishihara is worried about how the change will affect Pikachu’s popularity. More details should be revealed via the interview.

Japanese fans are speculating that said change may be Mega Pikachu. This is certainly a possibility, even though Mega Evolution is generally reserved for fully evolved Pokémon. It is also possible that the game in question will be compatible with XY, and thus Pikachu’s change could be carried over to these games.

A mega-evolution certainly make sense. Pikachu has been around for ages now, and while seeing it power up into a new form would be an interesting twist, it makes sense for another part of the Pokémon franchise: The anime. Plus, I wouldn’t be too surprised to find the infrastructure for a secret, unrevealed mega-evolution waiting inside of X and Y.

That, and I really want a Pikachu: Electric Boogaloo 2 game.

If this rumour does pan out, I’m fully expecting to see it used as a new plot device –  and with the Pokémon X and Y anime airing soon, I’d put easy money on this being the reason why Pikachu is possibly getting that change.

Last Updated: October 9, 2013

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88 Comments

  1. POKEMON CHAT TIME!!! Bring it on!

    And no Pikachu will probably not get a Mega Evo, reason… because he has become the cute and cuddly mascot of Pokemon.

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    • Tiaan Pat

      October 9, 2013 at 13:31

      ALL? YOU FEED ME IS POFFINS! I NEED NOURISHMENT!
      My knee…. hahahaha epic vid

      Reply

    • Grant Hancock

      October 9, 2013 at 14:31

      AND… should a base level pokemon be able to have a mega-evolution if it has an evolved form ?! … and… since most pokemon have 3 forms… should Raichu have a mega-form ? …or should they release a stage 3 evolution for Raichu instead ?

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      • JoeB

        October 9, 2013 at 19:50

        Raichu is stage 3 Pichu -> Pikachu -> Raichu

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        • Grant Hancock

          October 10, 2013 at 08:28

          I stopped playing pokemon when baby pokemon first made their appearance… then they were considered an evolution before the base level. So pikachu and others that have baby forms are still considered base level pokemon their evolutions stage 2. as is seen in link below… That is my interpretation at least… and it largely informed from my days playing the card game, as baby pokemon were not required to be played before their evolutions.

          http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Baby_Pok%C3%A9mon

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          • KayeFCee

            October 10, 2013 at 11:08

            Although I’m not too sure, but of all the known “mega-evolution capable” Pokémon so far, none of them evolve using evolutionary stones. Pikachu does, so it is still possible for Pikachu to get a Mega-Evolution IMO. Heck, both Pikachu AND Raichu could then get a mega-evolution. Maybe even Eevee….

          • JoeB

            October 10, 2013 at 12:52

            i doubt Eevee will just because everyone would want one for every evolution of Eevee

          • Volfos

            March 11, 2014 at 14:49

            Doesn’t everyone already want that? If not I must meet this “everyone person” and smack some sense into them.

          • Matt Morgan

            October 11, 2013 at 21:45

            Calling bullshit on that. Any pokemon that gets a Mega Evolution is already at the end of it’s evolution chain. Raichu would work, Pikachu would not. Raichu probably won’t get one anyway though, because he sucks

          • selkiegal

            October 11, 2013 at 23:18

            and mawile doesn’t?

          • ThunderGodRaichu23

            December 13, 2013 at 21:57

            whoa whoa….do your homework because Raichu is in every way better than the average pikachu. Ash’s Pikachu doesnt count because it cheats and uses more than 4 moves. A Raichu’s speed can be increased and if you raise a Pikachu right and evolve it, you get a VERY Powerful, VERY Fast Raichu. No one is insulting here, just talking about the possibility of a Mega Evolution for either Pikachuu or Raichu. Take your hate elsewhere. Thanks.

          • JoeB

            October 10, 2013 at 12:51

            http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Category:Pokémon_that_are_part_of_a_three-stage_evolutionary_line according to this on the same site Pichu, Pikachu and Raichu are part of a 3 stage evolutionary line, but i do agree with you that it should be Raichu that gets it if any do

          • Matt Morgan

            October 11, 2013 at 21:48

            Pinsir, Gyarados, Lucario, Kangaskhan. They all have Mega Evolutions now.

            The only rule to Mega Evolutions at this point seems to be they only go mega if they can’t evolve anymore. Pinsir never evolves at all, neither does Kangaskhan, and Gyarados and Lucario only evolve twice

            Again, the only thing that all the Mega Evolutions have in common is, you can’t go Mega if you aren’t fully evolved (Pikachu will NOT work)

          • selkiegal

            October 11, 2013 at 23:21

            That doesn’t mean it can’t happen, or that gamefreak doesn’t plan on it. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that Raichu got the short stick because of its pre-evolution being the mascot. Light ball, anyone? Plus it would be an opportunity to release more merchandise, which would mean more money–something Hasbro has done shamelessly time and time again, I wouldn’t put Gamefreak past following in those footsteps. And in the anime, pikachu could become the next super-saiyan, but still remain it’s cute and cuddly self between intense battles.

            I’ve been thinking it seemed obvious from the start for the sheer fact that it’s a reversible process, unlike evolution. It seems perfectly set up, I’ll be shocked if they don’t go that route.

          • ThunderGodRaichu23

            December 13, 2013 at 22:22

            Its because Pikachu doesnt want to become a Raichu that its super likely to have one. Yes I agree that pkmn should be fully evolved to become mega but Pikachu has always been the exception and he always will.

            This pic is for you Selkiegal lol

          • Glenda Santos

            November 24, 2014 at 07:16

            Mawile mega evolves pikachu should too

  2. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    October 9, 2013 at 13:21

    nothing to do here, moving on

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 9, 2013 at 13:24

      EVERY. DAY. It’s like he’s trying to compete with GTAV for most articles.

      Reply

      • Eva Amore

        October 9, 2013 at 14:00

        But GTAV sucks.

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 9, 2013 at 14:00

          WHAT!!! 0_0 I BANISH THEE!!

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          October 9, 2013 at 14:10

          Hah! You can’t catch me with that, I can’t even play it #notonbloodyPC

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  3. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    October 9, 2013 at 13:22

    I actually think a super charged Pikachu would be cool since mega evolutions aren’t permanent. It would certainly be cool.

    I don’t think it would destroy the popularity of Pikachu in the least

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    • Admiral Chief of Rivia

      October 9, 2013 at 13:27

      A little part of me dies inside every time you talk like this buddy.

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      • Otto_ki

        October 9, 2013 at 13:30

        We could always continue with the rest of our PokeRap XD

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        October 9, 2013 at 13:35

        There there. It’s ok

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  4. Umar ZoMg Reiner

    October 9, 2013 at 13:32

    Can’t stop laughing at the header

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  5. TiMsTeR1033

    October 9, 2013 at 13:40

    THIS IS HIS MEGA EVOLUTION! I GIVE YOU KAIACHUKEE

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    • Alex [SS] PsyChoPanthis

      October 9, 2013 at 13:55

      seems legit

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    • Christopher Zimmerman

      October 12, 2013 at 01:05

      Well done…. If I didn’t know any better I’d say it was approved by Nintendo itself.

      Reply

  6. Eva Amore

    October 9, 2013 at 13:59

    Raichu would get it NOT Pikachu.

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    • d_wat

      October 9, 2013 at 15:34

      Why, because it’s fully evolved? That’s assuming they follow the ‘rules’ rather than make an ‘exception’. Pikachu is, in every sense of the term, the franchise’s exception. (Also see Mewtwo and Charizard getting “exceptions” to the mega rules. Char/Mewtwo/Pikachu are consistently the world’s favorite pokemon, right or wrong.)

      Plus Pikachu is more popular than Raichu by a factor of several million and is about as strong (factoring in Light Orb). The only issue would be how to design it without falling into pointless Raichu territory and maintaining the electric mouse’s signature charm.

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    • Grant Hancock

      October 9, 2013 at 16:17

      I agree … doesn’t make sense to have mega version of a stage 1 pokemon. Should be restricted to Pokemon in final form.

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  7. KayeFCee

    October 9, 2013 at 14:10

    Wild idea: Considering that the gen 6 cute legendary hasn’t been announced and also taking in the Norse mythology theory where Ratatosk (or whatever it is called) is actually the Permanent mega-evolution of pikachu, or rather, Ash’s pikachu isn’t really a Pikachu, but the gen 6 legendary. It would explain (to me) why all the legendary pokemon are to Ash and pikachu in all the movies…..

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 9, 2013 at 14:13

      O_O What did you just say? It looks like English but I didn’t understand a word 😉

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      • KayeFCee

        October 9, 2013 at 14:59

        I meant that Ash’s Pikachu has been a legendary all along and that’s why all the legendaries from the movies are around them like flies on sour milk. Haha this is why I never post anything :3

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        • quitelegit34223

          October 11, 2013 at 23:35

          and yet pikachu gets its ass kicked to a lvl 5 starter… yeah legit theory.

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          • Kyou

            October 12, 2013 at 06:57

            HE ALWAYS GETS ASSRAPED BY A NOOB IN GAYEST WISHES 1 NAMED SHOOTY THE FAGGOT AND YET I CAN PREDICT THAT HE GOT ASS RAPED IN XY ANIME (WHICH WILL SUCK ASS ANYWAY) BY A NOOB!!

    • J_Joestar

      October 9, 2013 at 19:22

      But Ratatosk is a squirrel, so it would make more sense as a Mega-Pachirisu.

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      • KayeFCee

        October 10, 2013 at 10:55

        That’s definitely true, but it doesn’t mean Nintendo/GameFreak will base it on a squirrel alone… more something rodent-like (just as Xerneas is deer-like and Yveltal is avian-like).
        (BTW – Mega-Pachirisu would still be interesting to see)

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  8. ToshZA

    October 9, 2013 at 14:13

    LOL @ that header image.

    All this talk of Pokemon has me downloading the anime now. Just saying. Since I have to wait until christams to buy a 3DS I may as well get some pokemon itch scratched.

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    • Kyou

      October 9, 2013 at 16:37

      MAN FUCK THE ANIME!! NOBODY FUCKING WATCHES IT NO MORE!! DON’T EVEN BUY A 3DS!! 3DS IS A BIG JOKE!! IT HAS NO GOOD GAMES EITHER!!

      Reply

      • ToshZA

        October 9, 2013 at 18:19

        Again, really? Haha, you’re the joke here man. Go take a bath in some ice and chill out 🙂

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    • J_Joestar

      October 9, 2013 at 19:18

      If you played the original Red/Blue back in the day, you should also check out the Pokemon Origins anime too, really nostalgic.
      it’s only 4 episodes too so you wont have to spend ages catching up.

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      • Kyou

        October 9, 2013 at 21:04

        NO, I HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO ASSTARD!!! FUCK POKEMON ORIGINS!!! WASTE OF MY TIME!!! YOU HEARD ME ASSHOLES!!!

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        • DragonCurse4

          October 10, 2013 at 03:21

          Better things to do? Like troll Pokemon articles? >.>

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          • ToshZA

            October 10, 2013 at 15:41

            He seems to be trolling all 3DS articles. Rather forgettable really.

          • Christopher Zimmerman

            October 12, 2013 at 01:04

            Most likely due to not being able to get one, or his being broke. Now he’s taking it out on everyone…. sounds childish really, along with the foul Language usage, Sounds like a preteen or younger honestly.

  9. Kyou

    October 9, 2013 at 16:34

    I’D PULL A CAPCOM ON THE POKEMON FANS AND CANCEL THIS GAME NOW IF I WAS THE CEO OF GAMEFREAK!!

    Reply

    • Charles Barnette

      October 9, 2013 at 17:29

      I don’t know why you feel so strongly about this but you’re coming off as very ignorant and a jerk. Thank you that is all

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      • JoeB

        October 9, 2013 at 20:25

        he isn’t coming off as a jerk, he’s coming off as a fat virgin nerd that lives with their parents

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        • Kyou

          October 9, 2013 at 21:03

          WHAT DID YOU SAY ASSHOLE!!! TAKE BACK WHAT YOU SAID!!! I DON’T HAVE MONEY TO MOVE OUT!!! NO DON’T TELL ME TO GET A JOB BECAUSE IT’S HARD TO FIND ONE NOWADAYS!!!

          Reply

          • JoeB

            October 9, 2013 at 21:18

            yeah, i’m not going to take that back since its true and you can call me an asshole all you want, its not going to affect me or my day

          • VVV

            October 9, 2013 at 21:23

            I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not. If you aren’t, please try to be just a little kinder, because it’s just coming off as rude. @JoeB you’re coming off as rude, too. Please be kind- it’s just a fun game. Thank you.

          • Kyou

            October 9, 2013 at 22:26

            SHUT UP ASSHOLE GUY!!! I AM FUCKING SERIOUS!!!

          • d_wat

            October 10, 2013 at 11:17

            The key to the right of the A button is called Caps Lock. I suggest you press it once then back away slowly from the monitor. And keep going.

          • d_wat

            October 10, 2013 at 11:17

            Left eheheheh. My point stands!

          • JoeB

            October 10, 2013 at 12:55

            i don’t really care if i’m coming off as rude about that guy since all he does is spam X and Y articles with cap lock rage shit

          • Kyou

            October 9, 2013 at 22:27

            I AM NOT FAT!!! STOP BULLYING ME!!!

          • TrollSlayer

            October 10, 2013 at 02:52

            Lol notice he doesn’t say “IM NOT A VIRGIN!!!” Seriously why are you getting so defensive? Do you really think anyone on the internet gives a hoot about your sob-story and how it gives you license to act like a grade-A raving psychotic? Do YOU really give a hoot what anyone on the internet thinks of you? Do you think your entirely irrelevant pokemon purist rantings have any effect whatsoever on our decision to talk aobout the games or buy them? If your answers to these questions is anything but no, congrats. You’re even more idiotic than you make yourself sound. P.S. Your capslock button. Do us all a favor and tap it once and then promptly rip it off your keyboard so that it may never fall into the wrong hands again.

          • Kyou

            October 10, 2013 at 16:46

            SO YOU CAME TO BULLY ME YOU SON OF A BITCH!! YOU’RE THE ONE WHO’S AN IDIOT, AND YOU’RE THE ONE WHO’S BEING AN ASSHOLE AND YET SITS WITH ANOTHER ASSHOLE POKEMON LOVER SUCKING EACH OTHERS DICKS AT THE LEAGUE!! SO YOU CAN FUCK OFF ASSHOLE AND GO FUCK YOUR MOTHER!! YOU WANT ME TO DESTROY MY KEYBOARD!? BITCH I AIN’T DOING THAT!! I’D RATHER DESTROY ALL MY POKEMON GAMES INSTEAD TO SHOW ALL YOU FANBOYS THAT POKEMON SUCKS!! POKEMON X AND Y IS GONNA FAIL HARD AND I HOPE POKEMON X AND Y FAILS HARD!! YOU BETTER THROW YOUR COMPUTER OUT THE WINDOW!! WATCH WHEN THEY CALL LAZYGAMER AND HAVE YOUR IP ADRESS BANNED!! FUCK YOU DUMBASS!!

          • Matt Morgan

            October 11, 2013 at 22:00

            Yes, destroy all of your pokemon games. That will prove to us that pokemon sucks, and won’t at all prove that you just have fucked up mental issues and need to be put away for tripping out like this online

          • uoyK

            October 11, 2013 at 22:35

            Stop feeding the troll, guys… come on…

          • Kyou

            October 10, 2013 at 16:48

            POKEMON SUCKS ANYWAY!!

          • PancakeEater777

            October 11, 2013 at 01:54

            If u think Pokemon sucks so bad and u say it’s a waste of time, why r u here in the first place? Looks like its u that wasted time so don’t blame the game, blame urself.

          • Kyou

            October 11, 2013 at 05:31

            WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO IF I PULLED A CAPCOM ON THE POKEMON FANS AND CANCEL THIS GAME NOW IF I WAS THE CEO OF GAMEFREAK, RAPE ME!?

  10. ?

    October 9, 2013 at 18:09

    No pikachu won’t get a mega evolution is because from everything they’ve revealed about mega evolutions shows only final evolutions getting mega evolutions, that and the drastic change could involve the fact that in the game trailers pikachu has the anime cry not the video game cry anymore.

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  11. J_Joestar

    October 9, 2013 at 19:25

    Mega Pokemon 3 Pikachu

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  12. kitty5327

    October 9, 2013 at 19:57

    I hope this rumor is true,I been wanting a mega pikachu since you guys revealed the mega evolution forms but please keep pikachu cute that’s all I want

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  13. farooqakmal

    October 9, 2013 at 20:51

    i like this

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    • Kyou

      October 9, 2013 at 21:08

      KIRAIDAAA!!!

      Reply

  14. Kyou

    October 9, 2013 at 21:10

    I HATE POKEMON NOW!!!

    Reply

  15. Kyou

    October 9, 2013 at 21:15

    POKEMON IS DEAD!!! I SPENT BETTER MONEY ON TELEFANG 2 LAST WEEK!!!

    Reply

    • Poké-oldtimer

      October 9, 2013 at 23:27

      So, Kyou, are you practicing for the troll world championship or something? If so, please cut it out, most trolls have at least a little humour, you’re just being a major eyesore to read.

      Reply

      • Kyou

        October 11, 2013 at 00:39

        WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT!? I CAME HERE TO TELL EVERYONE THAT POKEMON IS OFFICIALLY DEAD!!

        Reply

      • Kyou

        October 11, 2013 at 00:41

        WISH I CAN PULL A CAPCOM ON THE POKEMON FANS AND OFFICIALLY CANCEL IT IF WAS THE CEO OF GAME FREAK!!

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  16. Ben

    October 9, 2013 at 23:50

    Pikachu is being made Electric/Fairy. That will be the change. Not a mega evo…

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  17. QuilSniv

    October 10, 2013 at 02:09

    I’ve been intent on getting Chespin, then Charmander. With the Torchic event, I might just get Squirtle instead, or just get the Torchic for the 2014 VGC

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  18. CowboyBebop123

    October 10, 2013 at 02:13

    Shouldn’t Raichu be the one getting a mega evolution?

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    • TrainerTHeCDXX

      October 10, 2013 at 10:46

      You would assume Raichu would, I know i was before this. The argument of spicing up the Anime with Pikachu being able to do some type of mega evo while still being able to do the whole Chillin on Ash’s shoulder routine is strong. Hopefully they just say screw it and give them both Megas. Maybe a new movie and or event with Pikachu holding a mega stone. I don’t think it will be Pikachu being fairy typing cause the announcement is on the 28th and will see 6th gen Pikachu in two days. Course this could be just the Vape Rotom and Bayleaf talking.

      Reply

  19. Pinsir17

    October 10, 2013 at 12:48

    Has anyone heard of RAICHU? XD

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  20. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    October 10, 2013 at 12:52

    Quickest way to resolve the issue is to say that because Pikachu hasn’t evolved or curbed its own improvement… (because Ash is a dick), he’s internalised his power and now like Goku (from Dragon Ball z) can upgrade his power via charging and upping power levels. SUPER-SAYAN? oh fuck no! SUPER-PIKU LEVEL 5!!!

    That way, Pikachu can remain a cute little pokemon, but still do massive electrical storm damage to everyone who stares at it the wrong way.

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  21. JoeB

    October 11, 2013 at 23:46

    i dunno whether to get X or Y, any advice?

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    • Kyou

      October 12, 2013 at 03:09

      SAVE YOUR MONEY ON SOMETHING ELSE!! DON’T EVEN BUY X AND Y!! THAT GAME SUCKS!!

      Reply

  22. SnowKensei

    October 12, 2013 at 11:44

    Please don’t be a Mega Evolution Pikachu/Raichu… I was hoping the Pikachu news was something to do with a 3DS Pokemon Yellow remake.

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  23. The Other Guy

    October 12, 2013 at 16:31

    I think they actually will do this to Pikachu, only because he is the mascot of the franchise, and Raichu is as irrelevant as ever. I honestly thought when I saw the heading, that this was so Ash can have an excuse for having a Mega Evolution without bringing Charizard back.

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  24. Near ???? River

    October 20, 2013 at 06:56

    well i guess its possible In the first place ash pikachu learn how to use Iron tail that they said only steal pokemon can learn it (heared at the anime) so i think pikachu can do it to the fact that pikachu is really strong

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  25. jarrod

    November 1, 2013 at 03:58

    I wins ” playful ” , the world

    Producer Ishihara Tsunekazu

    Was the content on behalf of Japan now and anime goods , the movie game ” Pokemon ” . Sales so far as many as 4 trillion yen in total .

    Producer you involved in all of its products , determine the policy is the Ishihara Tsunekazu ( 55 years old ) . Start the game produced 17 years ago was the catalyst for all , such as the expansion of the world , Ishihara has continued to work the boom of many .

    This summer , Ishihara had been working on the development of the game than ever before . It is a new game of adding hand boldly to character Pikachu the most popular . But the only character that has been loved for many years , there is a risk of losing popularity at a stretch if the poor . At that time , the decision of Ishihara , who defeated you .

    Struggle of man to fight the world armed with ” sense of fun ” . Camera has entered the field of ultra- sensitive .’

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  26. mathew patric

    March 21, 2015 at 21:40

    Pikachu may get a Mega Evolution but he first he needs to turn into Raichu and that will just ruin the entire series

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