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Raichu

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Electric
Raichu
ライチュウ Raichuu
026.png
026Raichu.png
Mouse Pokémon
Pokédex
National
026
Johto
023
Hoenn
157
Sinnoh
105
Unova
Kalos
CT 037
Alola
Ability Gender
Static
Lightningrod (Dream World)
50% ♀
50% ♂
Pokédex color Egg groups
Yellow Field
Fairy
Weight Height
66.1 lbs. ??? 2'07" 0.8 m
Body style Footprint
Body06.png F026.png
Cry
Azurilland Pokédex
HP Attack Defense
60 90 55
Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
90 80 100
Total
475

Raichu (pronunciation: RAHY-choo) is an Electric-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

Appearance

Raichu is a rodent-like Pokémon, sort of similar to its previous forms. Unlike Pichu or Pikachu, which both have yellow fur, Raichu has an orange-brown fur. Additionally, its electrical sacs are yellow, unlike its previous form's red coloring. Raichu also have a long, thin, black tail that ends in a large lightning bolt shape. Male Raichus have larger "lightning bolt tails" than females. They are also bigger than their previous evolved forms.

Special abilities

Raichu has the ability Static and the hidden ability Lightningrod. Static allows Raichu to paralyze its foe when making a physical move. Lightningrod allows Raichu to draw in all Electric-type attacks.

Evolution

Raichu is the evolved form of Pikachu, and the final evolutionary form of Pichu. Pikachu can evolve into Raichu by the use of a Thunder Stone.

In the anime

Lt. Surge's Raichu against Ash's Pikachu.

Raichu made its debut appearance in the episode Electric Shock Showdown, under the ownership of Lt. Surge, the Gym Leader in Vermilion City. In this episode Ash's Pikachu is defeated in a one-on-one battle with Lt. Surge's Raichu, which then leads to Surge commenting on how Ash could never defeat his Raichu because his Pikachu was too weak.

Ash and Pikachu both, refusing to go through with evolving Pikachu in order to increase its power, face off against Lt. Surge again, this time using speed rather than power. By tiring Raichu out, Pikachu defeats Raichu and wins the battle.

Another Raichu, under the ownership of a trainer named Sho, was seen in Pika and Goliath!. Sho's Raichu used Hyper Beam at point blank range on Ash's Pikachu causing it to be in critical condition. This episode was very similar to the previously mentioned Electric Shock Showdown episode.

Another Raichu, named "Sugar" was seen under the ownership of an elderly woman named Abigail in the episode Cooking up a Sweet Story.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Power Plant (Blue only), Cerulean Cave Uncommon
Yellow Trade None
Gold/Silver Evolve Pikachu None
Crystal Evolve Pikachu None
Ruby/ Sapphire Evolve Pikachu None
Emerald Evolve Pikachu None
FireRed/ LeafGreen Evolve Pikachu None
Diamond/ Pearl Evolve Pikachu None
Platinum Evolve Pikachu None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Evolve Pikachu None
Black/White Poké Transfer, Dream World None
Black 2/White 2 Poké Transfer {{{b2w2rarity}}}
X/Y Evolve Pikachu None

Side game locations

Game(s) Location
Pokémon Channel Viridian Forest
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 8, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Evolve Pikachu
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Sky Stairway
Pokémon Ranger Sekra Mountain Range, Fiore Temple
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Ice Lake
Almia Castle, Volcano Cave
Pokémon Rumble Silent Forest


Pokédex entries

Red 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.
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.
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 ground to protect itself from its own high-voltage power.
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
If the electric pouches in its cheeks become fully charged, both ears will stand straight up.
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.
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
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Alpha Sapphire
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Sun
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Moon
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Learnset

Generation I

Main article: Raichu/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Raichu/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Raichu/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Raichu/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Main article: Raichu/Learnset Generation V

Generation VI

By levelling up
Leveling
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Damage Type Contest Type Appeal Jam
1 Thunder Shock 40 100% 30 Electric Special


1 Tail Whip - 100% 30 Normal Status


1 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical


1 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special


Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
By TM & HM
TMs/HMs
# Move Power Accuracy PP Type Damage Category Contest Type Appeal Jam
TM06 Toxic - 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM16 Light Screen - -% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect - -% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance - -% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration - 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM24 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special
TM25 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special
TM27 Return - 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM32 Double Team - -% 15 Normal Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest - -% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract - 100% 10 Normal Status
TM46 Thief 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special
TM52 Focus Blast 120 70% 5 Fighting Special
TM56 Fling - 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM70 Flash - 100% 20 Normal Status
TM72 Volt Switch 70 100% 20 Electric Special
TM73 Thunder Wave - 100% 20 Electric Status
TM86 Grass Knot - 100% 20 Grass Special
TM87 Swagger - 90% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk - -% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute - -% 10 Normal Status
TM93 Wild Charge 90 100% 15 Electric Physical
TM94 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM100 Confide - -% 20 Normal Status
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

I Red Blue Yellow Green (JP) Back
Raichuold1.png Raichuold2.png RaichuJPN.png Raichu(BACK).png
II Gold Silver Crystal Back
Raichuold3.png Raichu(S)Sprite.png Raichu(C)Sprite.gif BackRaichu.png
GoldRaichu.png SilverRaichu.png Raichu(C)SpriteShiny.gif ShinyBackGENII.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Raichu(RS)Sprite.png EmeraldRaichu.gif Raichuold4.png BackRaichuGENIII.png
Shiny(RS)Raichu.png ShinyEmeraldRaichu.gif FrLgRaichuShiny.png BackRaichuShiny.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Raichu(DP)SpriteMale.png Raichu(P)Sprite.png RaichuuHGSSSpr.png RaichuGENIVBack.png
RaichuuDPSprF.png RaichuuPTSprF.png RaichuuHGSSSprF.png RaichuGENIVBack.png
ShinyRaichu(DP)Sprite.png RaichuSHINYSpritePt.png RaichuuHGSSSprS.png Raichu(SHINY)Back.png
RaichuuDPSprFS.png RaichuuPTSprFS.png RaichuuHGSSSprFS.png Raichu(SHINY)Back.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
File:Raichu BW.gif Raichu Back V.png
Raichu Shiny BW.png Raichu Shiny Back V.png

Side game data

Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
No. Pokémon Group Field Move Poké Assist
R-003 PR Raichu Sprite.png Raichu Electric SOA Recharge 4.png Recharge 4 SOA Recharge.png Recharge
Capture Points* On Sight**
1540 No reaction.
Browser Entry
It attacks by powerfully blasting thunderbolts from its body.
* - This is the amount of points required to capture the Pokémon.
** - This is the reaction of the Pokémon when players approach it.

Origins

Raichu in the anime

The name Raichu originates from the Japanese word rai, which means "thunder," and "chuu," a word referring to the squeak made by a mouse. Its name is also very similar to the Raiju, a lighting creature from Japanese mythology.

Trivia

  • Pokédex Entries say that Raichu can discharge up to 100,000 volts. Its Pokémon Stadium entry says 10,000 with it likely being a mistake.

Known trainers with a Raichu

References