Pikachu < Raichu > Sandshrew

Species Type
Mouse Pokémon Electric.png
Number Ability
#26 Static
Height Weight
2'7" (0.8m) 66.1 lbs. (30kg)
Gender Ratio
Male: 50% Female: 50%
Evolves From Evolves Into
Pikachu None
Egg Group Catch Rate
Field/Fairy 75
Tier EV Yield
NU/RU 3 Speed Points

Raichu (ライチュウ) is the 26th Pokémon in the Pokédex. It is an Electric Type, and it is known as the Mouse Pokémon.

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.

Pichu can evolve into Pikachu by way of high Happiness and Leveling Up, and can evolve into Raichu by using a Thunderstone.

Raichu is in the Egg Groups Field and Fairy, and its Egg takes approximately 2,560 Steps to hatch. It takes Raichu One Million Experience Points to reach Level 100.


[edit] Biology

[edit] Physiology

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.

[edit] Gender Differences

Male Raichu have a sharper lightning bolt-shaped tail.

[edit] Game Information

[edit] Original Games

Raichu can be found at Cerulean Cave and Kanto's Power Plant in Red and Blue.

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.

[edit] Spin-Off Games

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.

[edit] 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.

[edit] Anime/Manga Information

[edit] Anime

Raichu in the Anime.

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.

Other trainers have used Raichu in Lights, Camera, Quacktion!, Stage Fight, Mild'n Wooley, Cooking up a Great Story!, and Pika and Goliath.

[edit] Movies

Volkner's Raichu makes an appearance in Zoroark: Master of Illusions. Wild Raichu make appearances in The Power of One and the Pikachu Short Pikachu's Vacation.

[edit] Manga

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.

[edit] Pokémon Information

[edit] Competitive Battling

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.

[edit] Area Locations

Game Rarity Location
Red/Blue Uncommon Power Plant
Cerulean Cave
Yellow None Trade or Evolve Pikachu
Gold/Silver/Crystal None Evolve Pikachu
Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald None Evolve Pikachu
Fire Red/Leaf Green None Evolve Pikachu
Diamond/Pearl/Platinum None Evolve Pikachu
Heart Gold/Soul Silver None Evolve Pikachu
Black/White None PokéTransfer, Dream World or Trade
Black 2/White 2 None PokéTransfer, Dream World or Trade

[edit] Pokédex Entries

Gen Game Pokédex Entry
I Red Its long tail serves as a ground to protect itself from its own high voltage power.
Blue Its long tail serves as a ground to protect itself from its own high voltage power.
Yellow When electricity builds up inside its body, it becomes feisty. It also glows in the dark.
II Gold When its electricity builds, its muscles are stimulated, and it becomes more aggressive than usual.
Silver If the electric pouches in its cheeks become fully charged, both ears will stand straight up.
Crystal If its electric pouches run empty, it raises its tail to gather electricity from the atmosphere.
III Ruby If the electrical sacks become excessively charged, Raichu plants its tail in the ground and discharges. Scorched patches of ground will be found near this Pokémon's nest.
Sapphire This Pokémon exudes a weak electrical charge from all over its body that makes it take on a slight glow in darkness. Raichu searches for electricity by planting its tail in the ground.
Emerald If it stores too much electricity, its behavior turns aggressive. To avoid this, it occasionally discharges excess energy and calms itself down.
FireRed Its electric charges can reach even 100,000 volts. Careless contact can cause even an Indian elephant to faint.
LeafGreen Its long tail serves as a ground to protect itself from its own high voltage power.
IV Diamond It turns aggressive if it has too much electricity in its body. It discharges power through its tail.
Pearl It can loose 100,000-volt bursts of electricity, instantly downing foes several times its size.
Platinum Its tail discharges electricity into the ground, protecting it from getting shocked.
HeartGold When its electricity builds, its muscles are stimulated, and it becomes more aggressive than usual.
SoulSilver It raises its tail to check its surroundings. The tail is sometimes struck by lightning in this pose.
V Black Its tail discharges electricity into the ground, protecting it from getting shocked.
White Its tail discharges electricity into the ground, protecting it from getting shocked.
Black 2 Its tail discharges electricity into the ground, protecting it from getting shocked.
White 2 Its tail discharges electricity into the ground, protecting it from getting shocked.
VI X When its electricity builds, its muscles are stimulated, and it becomes more aggressive than usual.
Y It can loose 100,000-volt bursts of electricity, instantly downing foes several times its size.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire

[edit] Pokéthlon Statistics


[edit] Statistics

Base Stats Min- Min Max Max+
. 230 324 .
166 185 279 306
103 115 209 229
Sp. Atk
166 185 279 306
Sp. Def
148 165 259 284
184 205 299 328

[edit] Moves

[edit] Via Level-up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Start Thundershock Electric.gif 40 100 Special.png
Start Tail Whip Normal.gif N/A 100 Other.png
Start Quick Attack Normal.gif 40 100 Physical.png
Start Thunderbolt Electric.gif 95 100 Special.png

[edit] Via TM/HM

TM/HM No. Move Type Power Accuracy Class
TM06 Toxic Poison.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM10 Hidden Power Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal.gif 150 90 Special.png
TM16 Light Screen Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM17 Protect Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM18 Rain Dance Water.gif -- -- Other.png
TM21 Frustration Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM24 Thunderbolt Electric.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM25 Thunder Electric.gif 110 70 Special.png
TM27 Return Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM28 Dig Ground.gif 80 100 Physical.png
TM31 Brick Break Fighting.gif 75 100 Physical.png
TM32 Double Team Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM42 Facade Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM44 Rest Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM45 Attract Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM46 Thief Dark.gif 40 100 Physical.png
TM48 Round Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM49 Echoed Voice Normal.gif 40 100 Special.png
TM52 Focus Blast Fighting.gif 120 70 Special.png
TM56 Fling Dark.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM57 Charge Beam Electric.gif 50 90 Special.png
TM68 Giga Impact Normal.gif 150 90 Physical.png
TM70 Flash Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM72 Volt Switch Electric.gif 70 100 Special.png
TM73 Thunder Wave Electric.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM86 Grass Knot Grass.gif  ?? 100 Special.png
TM87 Swagger Normal.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM90 Substitute Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM93 Wild Charge Electric.gif 90 100 Physical.png
TM94 Secret Power Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
HM04 Strength Normal.gif 80 100 Physical.png

[edit] Via Breeding

Via Breeding
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Reversal Fighting.gif -- 100 Physical.png
Bide Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Present Normal.gif -- 90 Physical.png
Encore Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
Doubleslap Normal.gif 15 85 Physical.png
Wish Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Charge Electric.gif -- -- Other.png
Fake Out Normal.gif 40 100 Physical.png
Thunderpunch Electric.gif 75 100 Physical.png
Tickle Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
Flail Normal.gif -- 100 Physical.png
Endure Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Lucky Chant Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Bestow Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Volt Tackle* Electric.gif 120 100 Physical.png
  • Volt Tackle is only available if parent breeds while holding a Light Ball.

[edit] Pre-Evolution Exclusive Moves

[edit] Pichu

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
1 Charm Normal.gif N/A 100 Other.png
13 Sweet Kiss Normal.gif N/A 75 Other.png
18 Nasty Plot Dark.gif N/A N/A Other.png

[edit] Pikachu

[edit] Via Level-Up
Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
8 Thunder Wave Electric.gif N/A 100 Other.png
18 Electro Ball Electric.gif ?? 100 Special.png
21 Double Team Normal.gif N/A 100 Other.png
26 Slam Normal.gif 80 75 Physical.png
34 Feint Normal.gif 30 100 Physical.png
37 Agility Psychic.gif N/A N/A Other.png
42 Discharge Electric.gif 80 100 Special.png
45 Light Screen Psychic.gif N/A N/A Other.png
50 Thunder Electric.gif 120 70 Special.png
[edit] Via Events
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Fly Flying.gif 90 95 Physical.png
Sing Normal.gif -- 55 Other.png
Surf Water.gif 95 100 Special.png
Teeter Dance Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Extremespeed Normal.gif 80 100 Physical.png

[edit] Generation III Exclusive Move Tutor Moves

[edit] Emerald

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Dynamicpunch Fighting.gif 100 50 Physical.png
Defense Curl Normal.gif -- -- Other.png

[edit] Fire Red/Leaf Green

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Mega Punch Normal.gif 80 85 Physical.png
Mega Kick Normal.gif 120 75 Physical.png
Body Slam Normal.gif 85 100 Physical.png
Double-Edge Normal.gif 120 100 Physical.png
Counter Fighting.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
Seismic Toss Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
Mimic Normal.gif -- -- Other.png

[edit] Generation IV Exclusive Moves

[edit] Via TM/HM

[edit] Via Move Tutor

[edit] Platinum/Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Swift Normal.gif 60 -- Special.png
Mud-Slap Ground.gif 20 100 Special.png
Rollout Rock.gif 30 100 Physical.png
[edit] Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Headbutt Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png

[edit] Evolution Line

Rare Candy Sprite.png
Level up
+ 220 Happiness

[edit] Type Matchups

Type Attack Advantages Attack Disadvantages Defense Advantages Defense Disadvantages

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