- For the Alolan form of this Pokémon, see Raichu/Alolan
|2'7" (0.8m)||66.1 lbs. (30kg)|
|Male: 50%||Female: 50%|
|Evolves From||Evolves Into|
|Egg Group||Catch Rate|
|NU/RU||3 Speed Points|
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 Never-Utilized and Rarely-Utilized Tiers of Competitive Battling. While moderately powerful attacks stand a good chance of defeating a Raichu due to its low Defenses, it has the potential to be a very dangerous special sweeper if it can set up with Nasty Plot, and Lightningrod gives it an immunity to Electric-Type moves and increases its Special Attack as well.
For Raichu, it's KO or be KO'd, and if played correctly Raichu will be able to get a number of KO's before being defeated.
- 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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