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Raichu (Pokémon)

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Pikachu #025: Pikachu
Pokémon
#027: Sandshrew Sandshrew
Raichu
ライチュウ Raichu
#026
026Raichu.png
Art by Ken Sugimori from FireRed and LeafGreen
Type
Electric '
Category
Mouse Pokémon
Ability
Static
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
Ground 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 Template:Type2 Pokémon.

It evolves from Pikachu by Thunderstone. It is the final form of Pichu.

Biology

Physiology

Raichu is a rather small bipedal rodent. It's 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.

Raichu is yellow-brownish in color, with a white belly. Its arms are halfway brown, as well as its feet. The soles of its 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. Its cheek sacs 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 take slight glow in the dark.

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.

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

Much like Pikachu, it's likely that it feeds on nuts, seeds and berries.

In the anime

File:Sumschoolraichu.png
Raichu in the anime

Major appearances

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

Raichu also 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.

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

In Lights, Camera, Quacktion!, a girl named Katrina decided to use her Raichu in the 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 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.

Another Raichu appeared in DP165 and DP166 under the ownership of Volkner.

Minor appearances

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

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

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 a Pikachu. It can shock with more than 100,000 volts, enough to render a Dragonite unconscious.
This concludes the entries from the original series.

In the manga

Lt. Surge has a Raichu in Pokémon Adventures.

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

A Raichu is a character in Magical Pokémon Journey.

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 {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
Uncommon Power Plant (Blue only), Cerulean Cave
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
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 Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Channel Viridian Forest
Pokémon Pinball:
Ruby & Sapphire
Evolve from Pikachu
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 8
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Evolve from Pikachu
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Sky Stairway
Pokémon Ranger Sekra Mountain Range
Fiore Temple
Pokémon Ranger:
Shadows of Almia
The Ice Lake
Almia Castle
Volcano Cave
Pokémon Ranger:
Guardian Signs
Sopiana Highway
Solbelas Mountain
Canal Ruins
Oblivia Ruins
Lightning Temple
Pokémon Rumble Silent Forest

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

Learnset

By leveling up

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By TM/HM

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By breeding

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By tutoring

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|- style="background:#FAE078" | colspan="13" | Bold indicates a move that gets STAB
Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only from an evolution of this Pokémon
A colored initial indicates that the move is not available to be tutored in this game,
while a colored background indicates that the move is available.
|} |}

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  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
None.png PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

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.gif Spr b 2g 026.png
Spr 2g 026 s.png Spr 2s 026 s.png Spr 2c 026 s.gif 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 that would trade a Raichu for an Electrode. If the player talked to him after the trade, he would 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.
  • Raichu's FireRed Pokédex entry references an early documentary film 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 is one of the only two Pokémon that evolved with an evolutionary stone that can be captured naturally in the wild. It shares this trait with Wigglytuff.
  • Raichu's biggest weakness in the anime is that it can't learn any speed moves after evolution, however this changed in generation II, in which it learns Quick Attack.

Origin

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

Name origin

Raichu comes from the combination of 雷 rai, thunder, and チューチュー chūchū, which is Japanese onomatopoeia for squeaking.

In other languages

  • German: Raichu
  • French: Raichu
  • Korean: 라이츄 Raichyu
  • Chinese (Taiwan): 雷丘 Léi Qiu - Transliteration of its original name. 雷 Léi also means thunder.
  • Chinese (Hong Kong): 雷超 Léi Chao - Transliteration of its original name. Also note that 雷 means "thunder".

Related articles

External links

Notes



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