- For the regional variant of this Pokémon, see Raichu/Alolan
Raichu uses the Static Ability, which may paralyze a Pokémon if an attack that requires making direct contact with it is used. Raichu's Hidden Ability is the Lightningrod Ability. This Ability draws all electric attacks to that Pokémon, nullifying the move along with its effects, and raising it's Special Attack by one stage.
Raichu is very much like it's evolution family, but with very distinctive features. It is an orangey-brown mouse Pokémon with brown ears, paws and markings. It also has a cream stomach, and yellow cheeks. These yellow pouches are the key to it's Electric power, it stores up if it hasn't been released and so the build up can make it angrier. It has a long black tail which a large lightning bolt shape is attached to. Females' tails are smaller and blunt at the end. It is one of three Pokémon able to use the attack Volt Tackle and is the second Pokémon to show this attack in the anime.
Male Raichu have a sharper lightning bolt-shaped tail.
In all other games, the only way to obtain a Raichu is to trade for one, including in Pokémon Yellow because the Pikachu received at the start of the game can only evolve by trading it to another game, as it won't evolve from using a Thunderstone.
Raichu can be found at Secret Storage 8 and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.
Raichu can only be obtained by evolving Pikachu in the first set of Mystery Dungeon games. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Raichu can be found at Sky Stairway 1F-49F. Raichu is exclusive to Light Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing at Light Summit 21F-29F and Legendary Mountains on the following floors: 26, 28, 31-37, 39 & 40, 43, 45 and 47-49. Raichu can be found at Silent Tundra, Dreamy Isle, Cape at the Edge and Strongest Trail in Gates to Infinity.
Raichu can be found in many locations in Pokémon Ranger. In Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Raichu can be found at The Ice Lake, Almia Castle, and Volcano Cave. Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs has Raichu at multiple locations on Sobiana Island in the Present, and can be obtained in the Thunder Temple missions A Shock Everywhere You Turn and Panic at the Perplexing Temple in the past by defeating it or a Pikachu and obtaining its Slate.
Raichu can be found at the Cavern Zone and Haunted Zone in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure. To obtain it, awaken Snorlax first, then complete a Tag Race. In PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond, Raichu can be found at Cove Town in the Cove Area. To befriend it you'll have to battle it using Pikachu, after which you'll be able to call Raichu into battle.
The only way to obtain Raichu in Pokémon Conquest is to evolve a Pikachu.
Trading Card Game
Like it's pre-evolved form Pikachu, Raichu appears in many different sets, along with Pokémon Organized Play Series 9 as a Rare Card, the Diamond/Pearl Promo and Black/White Promo sets, most recently appearing as a Rare Holo card in the XY Set.
Lt. Surge would use a Raichu in the episode Electric Shock Showdown, defeating Ash's Pikachu using an overwhelming amount of power, only to be defeated by Ash's Pikachu in a rematch because Pikachu took advantage of the speed-based moves that Raichu never got the chance to learn.
Volkner would use a Raichu in Flint Sparks the Fire! and The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!, the latter of which would see Ash's Gym Battle against Volkner get postponed due to one of Team Rocket's shenanigans.
Lt. Surge uses his own Raichu in Chapters 29, 139-142 and 154.
Volkner would use a Raichu of his own in Chapters 404, 405, 412 and 416.
Raichu finds itself in the PU tier of competitive battling. It acts as a decent wallbreaker and sweeper with Nasty Plot, solid coverage, and a nice Special Attack stat. Its excellent Speed stat puts it ahead of the majority of the tier, allowing for it to revenge kill a number of threats and clean up against weakened teams. Raichu is great at taking advantage of forced switches thanks to its access to Volt Switch and Nasty Plot, with the former allowing for it to pivot out while the latter gives it considerable power to work with. Raichu's best set is a Nasty Plot sweeper set, but it can also run an all-out attacker set that gives it more flexibility in its moveset while being able to act as a nice pivot. Raichu's downfalls are that it is frail and that it has a hard time setting up if it cannot force a switch. Raichu also faces competition from other Electric-types like Zebstrika, Electrode, and Electabuzz, although Raichu's superior power and access to a boosting move give it a distinct niche.
Raichu is also viable in the Neverused (NU) tier of competitive battling. Thanks to Nasty Plot and a great Speed tier, Raichu is a threat that can become quite dangerous due to teams not being underprepared against it. Raichu's ability Lightning Rod allows for it to absorb Electric-type attacks, and due to being able to beat many U-turn users one-on-one, Raichu is a decent offensive answer to pesky VoltTurn teams. Due to its access to Nasty Plot, Raichu can break through some of the most common Electric-type answers in the tier like Rhydon and Piloswine. However, Raichu is extremely frail which limits its opportunities to actually set up a Nasty Plot. Raichu faces competition from other Electric-types like Rotom and Lanturn, which boast better defensive typings and more overall utility. While Raichu's Speed is great, it is rather vulnerable to faster attackers and priority users that can easily take it out. Special walls like Roselia and Lanturn can be problematic to face for Raichu.
- Volt Tackle is only available if parent breeds while holding a Light Ball.
Pre-Evolution Exclusive Moves
Generation III Exclusive Move Tutor Moves
Generation IV Exclusive Moves
Via Move Tutor
Heart Gold/Soul Silver
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