Pikachu using Thunder Jolt in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Thunder Jolt is an attack that Pikachu and Pichu can perform in the Super Smash Bros. series. It is the only special move of both characters that hasn't actually appeared in the Pokémon video game series. It's a standard B special move that when executed will send a bolt of electricity across the stage. It'll slowly move in a similar fashion as Mario's Fireball move in the same series. If Kirby copies either character, he'll gain this ability.

Pichu will be harmed if he uses this move, among other electric-based moves.

The attack behaves differently if fired off the edge. When it is normally used, the bolt of electricity bounces along the ground following the shape of the platform but, if fired off an edge or in the air, it turns into an orb of electricity in a diagonally downward direction depending on which way the player is facing. It returns to its initial form if the electricity orb hits the ground.


Customized Variations

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, moves can be altered to have slightly different effects. Here are Thunder Jolt's variations:

  • Thunder Wave - stuns opponents but has less damage
  • Thunder Shock - travels horizontal but causes a small blast as it disappears


The name of the move is weird. In the games, there is no move called Thunder Jolt. It either comes from a mistranslation of Thunderbolt, or a name of an attack from the Pokemon Trading Card game for Pikachu.

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