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Pikachu #025: Pikachu
Pokémon
#027: Sandshrew Sandshrew
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Raichu (disambiguation).
Raichu
ライチュウ Raichu
#026
026Raichu.png
Art by Ken Sugimori from FireRed and LeafGreen
Type
Electric Unknown
Category
Mouse Pokémon
Abilities
Static Lightningrod
Hidden Ability
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#026
Johto
#023
Hoenn
#157
Sinnoh
#105
Regional Browser numbers
Fiore
R-024
Almia
R-003
Oblivia
R-006 N-155
Height
2'07"
Imperial
0.8 m
Metric
Weight
66.1 lbs.
Imperial
30.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
Yellow
Catch rate
75 (9.8%)
Body style
Body06.png
Footprint
 F026.png 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Field and
Fairy groups
21 cycles
(5355 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
3
Base Exp.: 122 Battle Exp.: 1221*

Raichu (Japanese: ライチュウ Raichu) is an Electric-type Pokémon.

It evolves from Pikachu when exposed to a Thunderstone. It is the final form of Pichu.

Biology

Physiology

Raichu is a rather small tailed bipedal rodent. It is able to run faster on all fours. Like Pikachu, from which it evolves, Raichu has long ears and feet, and stubby arms. Also like Pikachu, Raichu has two horizontal brown stripes on its back. Its long, thin tail has a broad, lightning bolt-shaped end. Unlike Pikachu, however, it does not have fingers.

Raichu is yellow-brownish in color, with a white belly. Its arms are halfway brown, as well as its feet. The soles of its big feet are tan colored. Its bifurcated ears are brown on the outsides and yellow on the insides, and end in a distinctive curl at their bottom-most point. The electric sacs on its cheeks are yellow.

Gender differences

A female Raichu has a smaller, blunted lightning bolt at the end of its tail.

Special abilities

Although quite small in comparison to many other Pokémon, Raichu is capable of storing over 100,000 volts of electricity in its body. If Raichu’s electricity sacs are fully charged, its ears will stand straight up. Raichu exudes a weak electrical charge from all over its body that makes it slightly glow in the dark. Raichu is also capable of wielding various fighting moves, such as Focus Punch, Brick Break and many more. As Raichu is a fully evolved Pokémon, it is capable of using powerful moves like Hyper Beam and Giga Impact.

Raichu and its evolution family, Pichu and Pikachu, are the only known Pokémon that can learn Volt Tackle.

Behavior

Raichu is much more aggressive than Pikachu, especially if it has stored too much electricity in its body. It needs to discharge this electricity through its tail into the ground, leading to scorched patches of earth near its nest. However, Raichu can sometimes be timid Pokémon, using Dig to hide or zapping people from fear, especially if it thinks its Trainer is scared of it, as shown in Stage Fight!.

It will constantly electrify objects, people, and Pokémon until its electricity level is back to normal. When searching for electricity, Raichu will raise its tail to gather electricity from the atmosphere or plant its tail in the ground.

Habitat

Raichu are found in forests and vibrant woodlands. It shares its range with that of Pikachu.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

It is likely that Raichu feeds on nuts, seeds and Berries, much like Pikachu.

In the anime

Raichu in the anime

Major appearances

Lt. Surge's Raichu

Lt. Surge, the Gym Leader of Vermilion City, has a Raichu that defeated Ash's Pikachu with its sheer power in Electric Shock Showdown. After discussing evolution with Pikachu to match Raichu's power, Ash used a strategy relying on Pikachu's speed to defeat Raichu the next day.

Other

Raichu was one of the four Pokémon causing trouble for Pikachu and co. in Pikachu's Vacation, along with Marill, Snubbull and Cubone.

In Lights, Camera, Quack-tion, a girl named Katrina decided to use her Raichu in the Cleavon Schpielbunk film "Pokémon in Love".

Stage Fight! was about a stage show that featured "talking" Pokémon. Kay's Raichu was supposed be a part of these shows, but it had stage fright.

A Raichu named Sugar appeared in Cooking Up a Sweet Story. It evolved from the restaurant owners' missing Pikachu.

Another Raichu appeared in Pika and Goliath!, owned by Sho. It battled against Ash's Pikachu twice in that episode.

The Pokémon Summer Academy has a very skittish Raichu for its students. It appeared in Camping It Up! where it was trained by Ash.

Another Raichu appeared in Sticking With Who You Know!, falling in love with a Squirtle due to the effect Professor Kodama's machine.

Another Raichu appeared in Flint Sparks the Fire! and The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore! under the ownership of Volkner.

Minor appearances

A Raichu also appeared in Pokémon Fashion Flash.

A Raichu appeared in The Battling Eevee Brothers during the evolution party in Stone Town.

A Raichu appeared in Mewtwo Strikes Back.

Multiple Raichu also appeared in The Power of One.

A Raichu appeared in Pokémon Double Trouble.

A Raichu was seen herding Mareep in Mild'n Wooley.

A Raichu was one of the Pokémon seen at the Pokémon Swap Meet in Tricks of the Trade.

A Raichu appeared in Beauty and the Breeder where it participated in a Pokémon beauty contest.

Raichu made a cameo in The Legend of Thunder!. It was one of the Electric Pokémon that were lured by the "Miracle Crystal" that Attila and Hun were using. Raichu tried to be the hero by zapping the crystal, but the attack bounced back to itself.

Raichu is one of the Pokémon that were affected by the crystal in As Clear As Crystal.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP014 Raichu Ash's Pokédex Raichu, a Mouse Pokémon of the Electric element. Raichu is the evolved form of Pikachu. It can shock with more than 100,000 volts, enough to render a Dragonite unconscious.
Original series entries continue below.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
PK01 Raichu Dexter Raichu, the evolved form of Pikachu. Pikachu and Raichu are both Mouse Pokémon of the electric variety. Combined voltage approaching shockingly dangerous levels.
This concludes the entries from the original series.

In the manga

In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga

Main article: Sandy's Raichu

In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga series, a Raichu appears in the bonus chapter Raichu's Best Friend. In the chapter, the ghost of a Trainer named Sandy wishes to be reunited with her old friend Raichu.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Lt. Surge has a Raichu in Pokémon Adventures, which was first seen in Silph Co. but never participated in battles until fighting the Masked Man in his Mahogany Hideout, where it helped Surge break in and seemingly backed the mastermind into a corner, until his Houndour called upon dozens of wild Houndour to thwart Surge, instead. The former Team Rocket triad member barely escaped with his life after having many of his Electrode self-destruct.

Volkner has a Raichu which he used it in his battle against Platinum in VS. Elekid.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

Satoshi had a Pikachu that chose to evolve into a Raichu to help him defeat the Elite Four in Pokémon Zensho.

In the Pokémon Pocket monsters manga

Blue has a Raichu which he used to battle Red in PM054.

Pokédex entries

Manga Chapter Entry
Pokémon Adventures PS139 When the electricity accumulated in Raichu's cheeks reach a maximum, its ears will become pointed.*

In the TCG

Main article: Raichu (TCG)

In the TFG

One Raichu figure has been released.

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Its long tail serves as a ground to protect itself from its own high voltage power.
Blue
Yellow When electricity builds up inside its body, it becomes feisty. It also glows in the dark.
Stadium Its electrical attacks may reach 10,000 volts. It discharges electricity from its tail, so it is not harmed by its own power.
Generation 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.
Stadium 2 When its electricity builds, its muscles are stimulated, and it becomes more aggressive than usual.
Generation 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 ground to protect itself from its own high-voltage power.
Generation 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 If the electric pouches in its cheeks become fully charged, both ears will stand straight up.
Generation V
Black Its tail discharges electricity into the ground, protecting it from getting shocked.
White
Black 2 Its tail discharges electricity into the ground, protecting it from getting shocked.
White 2
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
Uncommon Power PlantB
Cerulean CaveRB
Blue (Japan)
Unknown Power Plant, Cerulean Cave
Yellow
None Trade
Generation II
Gold Silver
None Evolve Pikachu
Crystal
None Evolve Pikachu
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Evolve Pikachu
Emerald
None Evolve Pikachu
FireRed LeafGreen
None Evolve Pikachu
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
None Evolve Pikachu
Platinum
None Evolve Pikachu
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Evolve Pikachu
Pal Park
Forest
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Poké Transfer
Black 2 White 2
None Poké Transfer
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Channel Viridian Forest
Pokémon Pinball Evolve Pikachu
Pokémon Pinball:
Ruby & Sapphire
Evolve Pikachu
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 8
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Evolve Pikachu
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Sky Stairway
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Gates to Infinity
Magnagate dungeons, Quiet Tundra
Pokémon Ranger Sekra Range
Fiore Temple
Pokémon Ranger:
Shadows of Almia
Ice Lake
Almia Castle
Volcano Cave
Pokémon Ranger:
Guardian Signs
Sophian Road
Mt. Sorbet
Canal Ruins
Oblivia Ruins
Thunder Temple
Pokémon Rumble Silent Forest Normal Mode B & S
Pokémon Rumble Blast Autumnwood: Firebreathing Mountain
Forest: World Axle - B1F
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Cavern Zone, Haunted Zone
Pokémon Conquest Evolve Pikachu

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Gold Leaf (100%)
Yellow*

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 60
120 - 167 230 - 324
Attack: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Defense: 55
54 - 117 103 - 229
Sp.Atk: 90
85 - 156 166 - 306
Sp.Def: 80
76 - 145 148 - 284
Speed: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Total: 475   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 90.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/3 ★★
Power
4/5 ★★★★
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
4/5 ★★★★
Jump
2/3 ★★
Total
16/21 ★★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start ThunderShock Electric Special 04040 100100% 30
00Start Tail Whip Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
00Start Quick Attack Normal Physical 04040 100100% 30
00Start Thunderbolt Electric Special 09595 100100% 15
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Raichu obtained at level 1 in Generation V
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Raichu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Raichu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - VI
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM16 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 30
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Water Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM24 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09595 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM25 Thunder Electric Special 120120 070}}70% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM28 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Fighting Sprite.png TM31 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM46 Thief Dark Physical 04040 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM49 Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fighting Sprite.png TM52 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120120 070}}70% 5
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM56 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM57 Charge Beam Electric Special 05050 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM70 Flash Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM72 Volt Switch Electric Special 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM73 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Grass Sprite.png TM86 Grass Knot Grass Special 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM93 Wild Charge Electric Physical 09090 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fighting Sprite.png TM94 Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
Bag HM Normal Sprite.png HM04 Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Raichu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Raichu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV - VI
 Father   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
ClefairyClefableTogeticTogekissZigzagoonLinoone Bestow Normal Status 100% 15
SeedotNuzleafShiftryPiplupPrinplupEmpoleon
PachirisuPatratWatchogCubchooBeartic
Bide Normal Physical —% 10
MareepFlaaffyAmpharosElectrikeManectricPlusle
MinunShinxLuxioLuxrayBlitzleZebstrika
Emolga
Charge Electric Status —% 20
ClefairyClefableJigglypuffWigglytuffSkittyDelcatty
AudinoMinccinoCinccinoMienfooMienshao
DoubleSlap Normal Physical 15 85% 10
ClefairyClefableSeelDewgongTogeticTogekiss
SlakothVigorothSlakingPlusleMinunSpheal
SealeoWalreinOshawottDewottSamurottMinccino
Emolga
Encore Normal Status 100% 5
SwinubPiloswineMamoswinePhanpyDonphanVigoroth
SlakingPachirisuBunearyLopunnyCubchooBeartic
Endure Normal Status —% 10
MeowthPersianSkittyDelcattyGlameowPurugly
PurrloinLiepardMienfooMienshao
Fake Out Normal Physical 40 100% 10
DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonLinooneTorkoal
SpindaCubchooBeartic
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
ClefairyClefableCherubiCherrimMunnaMusharna Lucky Chant Normal Status —% 30
Delibird Present Normal Physical 90% 15
GrowlitheArcanineVigorothSlakingLillipupHerdier
StoutlandMienfooMienshaoBouffalant
Reversal Fighting Physical 100% 15
Ampharos ThunderPunch Electric Physical 75 100% 15
AipomAmbipomMinccinoCinccino Tickle Normal Status 100% 20
PikachuRaichu Volt Tackle Electric Physical 120 100% 15
Togetic Wish Normal Status —% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Raichu in Generation V
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Raichu in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Raichu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Raichu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV - VI
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
B W B2 W2 Covet Normal Physical 60 100% 40
B W B2 W2 Helping Hand Normal Status —% 20
B W B2 W2 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100 75% 15
B W B2 W2 Knock Off Dark Physical 20 100% 20
B W B2 W2 Magnet Rise Electric Status —% 10
B W B2 W2 Signal Beam Bug Special 75 100% 15
B W B2 W2 Sleep Talk Normal Status —% 10
B W B2 W2 Snore Normal Special 40 100% 15
B W B2 W2 ThunderPunch Electric Physical 75 100% 15
  • A black abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Raichu can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Raichu cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Raichu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Raichu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - VI
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
172 Charm Normal Status 100% 20
172 Sweet Kiss Normal Status 75% 10
172 Nasty Plot Dark Status —% 20
025 Growl Normal Status 100% 40
025 Electro Ball Electric Special 100% 10
025 Slam Normal Physical 80 75% 20
025 Feint Normal Physical 30 100% 10
025 Agility Psychic Status —% 30
025 Discharge Electric Special 80 100% 15
172* UproarB2W2 Normal Special 90 100% 10
025 Fly Flying Physical 90 95% 15
025 Iron TailBW Steel Physical 100 75% 15
025 Teeter Dance Normal Status 100% 20
025 Sing Normal Status 55% 15
025 ExtremeSpeed Normal Physical 80 100% 5
025 Headbutt Normal Physical 70 100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Raichu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Raichu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 Pin026.png 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Pinball RS
 PinRS026.png 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani026.gif 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP026.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Energetic Forest
Phrases
51%-100% HP I'll send foes flying with my Thunderbolt!
26%-50% HP Urf... My health is down to half.
1%-25% HP I'm staggering...If I don't recharge somewhere, I'll drop...
Level up Leveled up! Electric power is overflowing!
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up Leveled up! Electric power is overflowing!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP026.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: -12%
IQ group: D
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Electric  Poké Assist: Electric PA.png
( Electric )
Field move: Recharge fm.pngRecharge fm.pngRecharge fm.png
(Recharge ×3)
Loops: 3 Min. exp.: 15 Max. exp.: 15
Browser entry  
Raichu discharges energy to greatly recharge the Styler's energy.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Electric  Poké Assist: None Field move: Recharge 4 field move.png
(Recharge ×4)
Browser entry  
It attacks by powerfully blasting thunderbolts from its body.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Electric  None Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
Recharge 4 field move.png
(Recharge ×4)
Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
It restores the Styler Energy.
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PPW026.png PokéPark Pad entry:
Raichu often play in the Cavern Zone or the Haunted Zone. Their favorite Attractions are Bastiodon's Block Barrage and Tangrowth's Swing-Along.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
PP2026.png Strong: Weak: Pikachu icon.png
PokéPark Pad entry:
When it comes to Electric-Type moves, he has no equal. He saw the potential in Pikachu and made him his apprentice.
PCP026.png HP: ★★ Move: Volt Tackle
Attack: ★★★ Ability 1: Static
Defense: ★★ Ability 2: Instinct
Speed: ★★★★ Ability 3: Lightningrod
Evolves from Pikachu when holding a Thunderstone
Range: 3 Perfect Links: Hanbei, Akizane, Sōrin

Evolution

Pichu
Baby form
Pichu
 Electric 
Soothe Bell
Friendship


Egg
Breed

Pikachu
First evolution
Pikachu
 Electric 
Thunderstone
Thunderstone


Raichu
Second evolution
Raichu
 Electric 

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 026.png Spr 1y 026.png Spr 1g 026.png Spr b g1 026.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 026.png Spr 2s 026.png Spr 2c 026.png Spr b 2g 026.png
Spr 2g 026 s.png Spr 2s 026 s.png Spr 2c 026 s.png Spr b 2g 026 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 026.png Spr 3e 026.png Spr 3f 026.png Spr b 3r 026.png
Spr 3r 026 s.png Spr 3e 026 s.png Spr 3f 026 s.png Spr b 3r 026 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 026 m.png Spr 4p 026 m.png Spr 4h 026 m.png Spr b 4d 026 m.png
Spr 4d 026 f.png Spr 4p 026 f.png Spr 4h 026 f.png Spr b 4d 026 f.png
Spr 4d 026 m s.png Spr 4p 026 m s.png Spr 4h 026 m s.png Spr b 4d 026 m s.png
Spr 4d 026 f s.png Spr 4p 026 f s.png Spr 4h 026 f s.png Spr b 4d 026 f s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 026 m.png Spr 5b 026 m.png Spr b 5b 026 m.png
Spr 5b 026 f.png Spr 5b 026 f.png Spr b 5b 026 f.png
Spr 5b 026 m s.png Spr 5b 026 m s.png Spr b 5b 026 m s.png
Spr 5b 026 f s.png Spr 5b 026 f s.png Spr b 5b 026 f s.png
Raichu For other sprites and images, please see Raichu images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • In Pokémon Red and Blue, there is a Scientist at the Pokémon Lab in Cinnabar Island who will trade a Raichu for an Electrode. If the player talks to him after the trade, he will mention that the Raichu evolved, which is not possible. This mistake was due to the original translation of the script of the Japanese Blue (in which this person traded a Graveler for a Kadabra) rather than that of Pokémon Red and Green. This error was corrected in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, as the script was retranslated.
    • This, in turn, was also the major reason that Marill was dubbed "Pikablu" by fans. Marill was one of the first Pokémon shown from pre-release screenshots of Pokémon Gold and Silver, and its striking similarity to the Pikachu family (and the fact that they could learn Surf) lead many to believe that Raichu would evolve into a "Pikablu".
  • Raichu's FireRed Pokédex entry references a 1903 documentary film called Electrocuting an Elephant by Thomas Edison.
  • Several Pokédex entries claim Raichu can discharge up to 100,000 volts. However, its Stadium entry claims it can only discharge up to 10,000 volts. This is likely a translation error due to the way numbers are read in Japanese, where 100,000 literally reads "ten ten-thousands".
  • Raichu appears in every regional Pokédex except the Unova Pokédex.
  • Although Pikachu is the starter of Pokémon Yellow, it is not possible to directly evolve it into Raichu in the game, and must be traded in from Red and Blue. This inability to evolve Pikachu is a reference to Ash's Pikachu in the anime.

Origin

Raichu's legs and long tail are like those of a kangaroo rat.

Name origin

Raichu is a combination of 雷 rai (thunder) and チューチュー chūchū (the sound of squeaking).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ライチュウ Raichu Rai and チューチュー chūchū (the sound of squeaking)
France Flag.png French Raichu Same as English/Japanese name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Raichu Same as English/Japanese name
Germany Flag.png German Raichu Same as English/Japanese name
Italy Flag.png Italian Raichu Same as English/Japanese name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 라이츄 Raichyu Transliteration of Japanese name



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