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Raichu (Pokémon)

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000 #{{{prevnum}}}: Pikachu
Pokémon
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Raichu
ライチュウ Raichu
#026
026Raichu.png
Artwork from FR/LG
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
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
Genderless
Breeding
Ground and
Fairy groups
1 cycles
(255 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
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 small, Raichu is capable of storing over 100,000 volts of electricity in its body.

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. However, Raichu can sometimes be timid Pokémon, using Dig to hide or zapping people from fear.

It will constantly electrocute objects, people, and Pokémon until its electricity level is back to normal.

Habitat

Raichu are found in forests and vibrant woodlands.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

In the anime

In Electric Shock Showdown, Nurse Joy offered Ash a Thunderstone to evolve Pikachu into a Raichu.

Lt. Surge, the Gym Leader of Vermilion City, has a Raichu that was defeated when it could not keep up with the speed of Ash's Pikachu in Electric Shock Showdown.

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, 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 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.

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.

A Raichu named Sugar appeared in Cooking Up a Sweet Story, having 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.

In the manga

Lt. Surge has a Raichu in Pokémon Special.

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 Pokémon PiPiPi Adventure.

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 {{{platinumdex}}}
HeartGold {{{heartgolddex}}}
SoulSilver {{{soulsilverdex}}}
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
Few Power Plant, 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 Trade
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 and Blue)
Evolve from Pikachu
Pokémon Ranger Sekra Mountain Range
Fiore Temple
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
(Time and Darkness)
Sky Stairway
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia The Ice Lake
Almia Castle
Volcano Cave

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.


Type effectiveness

Template:DP type effectiveness

Learnset

Template:Learnset intro

By leveling up

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By TM/HM

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A colored initial indicates that the move is not available to be tutored in this game,
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Side game data

Template:Side game

Evolution

Template:Evobox/2baby

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
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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, which was due to the original translation of the Japanese Blue's script, was corrected in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.
  • Raichu's Generation II normal sprites are orange while its shiny sprites are yellow. This was reversed in later generations.
  • Raichu remains the only Pokémon whose pre-evolution is known and obtainable in a game that it is not: in Pokémon Yellow, Pikachu is the starter, while the only way to obtain a Raichu is by trading one in from one of the other games.

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 ちゅうちゅう chūchū, which is Japanese onomatopoeia for squeaking.

In other languages

Related articles

External links

Notes



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