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Volt Tackle

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Volt Tackle
Volt Tackle on Hoothoot HGSS.png
Pikachu using Volt Tackle on a Hoothoot in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions
First appearance Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions (2002)
Type Electric
Category Physical
Power 120
Accuracy 100%
PP 15
Affects Selected target
Secondary effect Paralysis
Contact Yes
Affected by
Magic Coat No
Magic Bounce No
Protect Yes
Snatch No
Mirror Move Yes
King's Rock Yes

Volt Tackle is an Electric-type move featured as a signature move of Pikachu and its evolutionary line in the Pokémon franchise. Volt Tackle made its first appearance in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Versions. Aside from the core series, Volt Tackle has also appeared throughout the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, and is both Pikachu's and Pichu's Final Smash in the Super Smash Bros. series.

In the core series, Volt Tackle can be taught to Pichu by breeding a Raichu or a Pikachu holding a Light Ball.


Super Smash Bros. series

Pikachu using Volt Tackle in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Volt Tackle is Pikachu's Final Smash in every title since Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Pichu's since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Upon using the move, Pikachu or Pichu turns into a large ball of electricity, able to fly around the stage freely and damage opponents they touch. The player can press the attack button to discharge electricity, dealing greater damage and knockback. After discharging, the player has to wait a second for the move to recharge. Once Volt Tackle is about to end, Pikachu or Pichu begins to slow down, and their movement becomes slightly restricted. Additionally, Pikachu cannot fly past the blast lines in this form. The only difference with Pichu's Volt Tackle is that it is stronger and deals recoil damage to the user.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, a ball of light appears alongside Pikachu that follows the direction the player is holding, serving as a guide, though the this ball deals no damage to opponents. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, there is a trophy of Volt Tackle that can be unlocked by clearing All-Star Mode with Pikachu.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Volt Tackle is automatically controlled, as Pikachu flies rapidly across the screen multiple times before finishing with a burst of electricity that launches opponents away.

Trophy information

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Name Image Game Description
Volt Tackle
SSBB Trophy Volt Tackle.png
Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl Pikachu, transformed into a ball of light that can slam into foes. It can also fly to chase down those who try to jump out of range. Sparks get stronger when you press the attack button. However, its increased inertia makes midair movement tough. If you get carried away flying, the effect will end, and you'll destroy yourself. Be careful it doesn't happen to you.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Name Image Category Appears in Trophy Box Description
Volt Tackle SSBWU Trophy Volt Tackle.png Final Smash - 40: Kanto Region Flag of USA.png Pikachu's Final Smash turns its whole body into a powerful ball of electricity that darts around at high speed, tackling opponents. While Pikachu is charging around, press the attack button to unleash powerful sparks. There's also a little ball of light that flies ahead of Pikachu itself. Use that as a guide if Pikachu seems out of control!
Flag of Europe.png For Pikachu's Final Smash, it surrounds itself with a ball of electricity and darts around at high speed, tackling opponents. While it's charging around, press the attack button to unleash powerful sparks. You can also use the little ball of light that flies just ahead of Pikachu as a guide if it seems out of control!


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ボルテッカー
Volteccer (from the 1994 game Pulseman, another title developed by Game Freak)
Spanish Placaje Eléctrico Electric Tackle
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