Raichu (Pokémon)

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Raichu
Mouse Pokémon
ライチュウ
Raichu
#026
Raichu
Raichu
Alolan Raichu
Alolan Raichu



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Types
Electric Unknown
Raichu
Electric Psychic
Alolan Raichu
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Static
Raichu
Surge Surfer
Alolan Raichu
Cacophony
Lightning Rod
Raichu Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Alolan Raichu
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
75 (17.5%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Field and Fairy
Hatch time
2570 - 2826 steps
Height
2'07" 0.8 m
Raichu
2'04" 0.7 m
Alolan Raichu
0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
66.1 lbs. 30.0 kg
Raichu
46.3 lbs. 21.0 kg
Alolan Raichu
0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
122
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
218
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 3
Raichu
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
3
Speed
Alolan Raichu
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body06.png BodyUnknown.png
Alolan Raichu
Footprint
F026.png None.png
Alolan Raichu
Pokédex color
Yellow
Other forms may have other colors.
Base friendship
70
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Raichu (Japanese: ライチュウ Raichu) is an Electric-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

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

In Alola, Raichu has a Electric/Psychic-type regional form. It evolves from Pikachu when exposed to a Thunder Stone. All Pikachu in Alola will evolve into this form regardless of their origin.

Biology

Raichu is a bipedal, rodent-like Pokémon. Raichu is covered in dark orange fur with a white belly. Its bifurcated ears are brown on the outside, yellow on the insides, and end in a distinctive curl. There is a circular yellow marking on each cheek where its electric sacs are, and it has a triangular, dark brown nose. Its arms and feet have patches of brown fur at the end, and the soles of its long feet are tan with a circular orange pad in the center. On its back are two horizontal brown stripes. Its long, thin tail has a lightning bolt-shaped end. This lightning bolt is chipped on females. Raichu exudes a weak electrical charge from all its body and glows slightly in the dark.

Raichu's tail is used to gather electricity from the atmosphere, or it can be planted in the ground to search for electricity. It can store over 100,000 volts of electricity. If Raichu's sacs are fully charged, its ears will stand straight up and its muscles become stimulated. However, it will become aggressive if it has stored too much electricity. To keep from reaching this state, it discharges electricity through its tail into the ground. This leads to scorched patches near its nest. Being the result of an evolution via Evolution stone, Raichu is rarely found in the wild, though they can be found in forests and woodlands. Like the two others in its evolution family, Raichu is able to learn Volt Tackle as a signature move.

In Alola, Raichu has lighter coloring and more rounded features. Its eyes are blue with yellow half-circles along the bottom. It has large yellow ears with an inner spiral toward the base and brown on the inside. These ears are thicker and less pointed than a standard Raichu's ear. In addition to its white belly, Alolan Raichu has white markings on its paws with bright yellow lines between its digits. The stripes on its back have also turned white, and there is a small, white circular marking on each heel. The lightning bolt-shaped tip of its tail has rounded edges. By collecting its psychic power in its tail, it is able to ride it like a surfboard and float in the air. While its cheek sacs are still used to store electricity, rubbing them releases a sweet aroma. This is also thought to be connected to its Psychic abilities. Raichu's transformation in Alola into Alolan Raichu is mostly a mystery, but the people of Alola suggest that it ate too many sweet and fluffy pancakes.[1] Researchers do believe the change is related to diet. Alolan Raichu is also sometimes called "hodad". It is the only known Pokémon capable of using the exclusive Z-Move Stoked Sparksurfer.

In the anime

Raichu in the anime
Alolan Raichu in the anime

In the main series

Major appearances

Lt. Surge's Raichu

Raichu debuted in Electric Shock Showdown, under the ownership of Lt. Surge, the Gym Leader of Vermilion City. It defeated Ash's Pikachu with its sheer power during Ash's Gym battle. After unsuccessfully discussing the prospect of evolution with Pikachu to match Raichu's power, Ash used a strategy relying on Pikachu's speed to defeat Raichu during a rematch the next day.

Other

A Raichu appeared in Pikachu's Vacation. It was one of the four Pokémon causing trouble for Pikachu and his friends at the Pokémon Theme Park, the others being Marill, Snubbull, and Cubone.

A Raichu nicknamed Raichie appeared in Lights, Camera, Quack-tion, under the ownership of Katrina. She decided to use it in the Cleavon Schpielbunk film "Pokémon in Love".

A Raichu appeared in Stage Fight!, under the ownership of Kay. It was a part a stage show that featured "talking" Pokémon, but it had stage fright.

A Raichu appeared in Mild 'n Wooly, under the ownership of Ellen. She commonly uses it to round up a herd of Mareep with its Thunderbolt.

A Raichu nicknamed "Sugar" appeared in Cooking Up a Sweet Story. It evolved from the restaurant owner, Abigail's, missing Pikachu.

A Raichu appeared in Pika and Goliath!, under the ownership of Sho, who sought to have possession of one Pokémon each from the Pikachu evolutionary line. It battled Ash's Pikachu twice in that episode, with Raichu being victorious the first time and Pikachu triumphing during the rematch.

A Raichu appeared in Camping It Up!, under the ownership of the Pokémon Summer Academy. It has a very skittish Raichu for its students. It was trained by Ash.

A Raichu appeared in Flint Sparks the Fire! and The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!, under the ownership of Volkner. It was his main battling Pokémon. Raichu briefly reappeared again alongside Volkner during the ending credits of Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

A female Raichu debuted in Good Friends, Great Training!, under the ownership of Tierno. She reappeared in Valuable Experience for All!, where Tierno used her in his battle against Ash along with Wartortle, battling Pikachu and Goodra, but they were both eventually defeated. Raichu later battled Sawyer, defeating Aegislash before being recalled after fighting Slurpuff. Raichu later battled Sceptile but soon lost.

An Alolan Raichu debuted in Racing to a Big Event!, under the ownership of Nina. It was used during the Pokémon Pancake Race, where it placed second. It has made further appearances in the Sun & Moon series.

An Alolan Raichu appeared in Battle Royal 151!, under the ownership of Hau. He used it during the Battle Royal round of the Manalo Conference, where it helped reached its Trainer the Top 16 position. It reappeared in Battling Besties!, where it battled against Samson Oak and his Alolan Exeggutor and won.

A Raichu appeared in SS018, under the ownership of Visquez. It was first seen defeating a Trainer's Hypno before going up against Ash's Pikachu. Ash eventually withdrew Pikachu and sent out Gengar in his place; the Shadow Pokémon then managed to defeat Raichu.

Minor appearances

A Raichu appeared in Pokémon Fashion Flash as one of the Pokémon seen on Scissor Street.

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

A Trainer's Raichu appeared in Mewtwo Strikes Back as one of the Pokémon Mewtwo defeated while serving for Giovanni.

Multiple Raichu appeared in The Power of One, where they were among the numerous Pokémon who sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.

A Raichu appeared in Pokémon Double Trouble.

A Raichu appeared in Tricks of the Trade as one of the Pokémon seen at the Pokémon Swap Meet in Palmpona.

A Raichu appeared in Beauty and the Breeder, under the ownership of a Pokémon Breeder participating in a Pokémon breeding competition.

A 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.

A Raichu appeared in As Clear As Crystal as one of the Pokémon affected by a crystal that gave a lake the ability to heal Electric-type Pokémon.

A Raichu appeared in Brock's demonstration in A Bite to Remember, where it evolved from a Pikachu.

A Coordinator's Raichu appeared in Lessons in Lilycove.

A Raichu appeared in Deceit and Assist, under the ownership of a Coordinator participating in the Hoenn Grand Festival.

A Raichu appeared in Sticking With Who You Know!, where it fell in love with a Squirtle due to the effect of Professor Kodama's machine.

Three Raichu appeared in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!

A Raichu appeared in Clemont's demonstration in To Catch a Pokémon Smuggler!, where it evolved from a Pikachu using a Thunder Stone.

Two Raichu appeared in Alola, Kanto!. One appeared in a fantasy, and the other was found by Sophocles at Professor Oak's Laboratory, after which Togedemaru began running circles around it.

A Trainer's Alolan Raichu appeared in A Young Royal Flame Ignites!.

An Alolan Raichu appeared in The Shape of Love to Come!, where it was approached by Rapp, who found it cute.

A Trainer's Alolan Raichu appeared in I Choose Paradise!, where it was among the Pokémon seen at the Pokémon Paradise Resort.

A Trainer's Raichu appeared in From Z to Shining Z!, where it watched the battle between Ash's Pikachu and Tapu Koko.

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.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
XY065 Raichu Serena's Pokédex Raichu, the Mouse Pokémon and the evolved form of Pikachu. Raichu's tail functions as a ground and releases electricity into the surface, which keeps it from shocking itself.
This concludes the entries from the XY series.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
SM013 Raichu Rotom Pokédex Raichu, Alola Form. The Mouse Pokémon. An Electric and Psychic type. Raichu manipulates electricity with its mind, and its psychic powers allow it to use its tail as transportation.
This concludes the entries from the Sun & Moon series.

In Pokémon Origins

Lt. Surge's Raichu

Red battled Lt. Surge's Raichu in File 2: Cubone.

Other

A Raichu appeared in File 1: Red as one of the Pokémon seen in Professor Oak's introduction.

In the manga

In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga

Main article: Sandy's Raichu

A Raichu appears in Raichu's Best Friend. The ghost of a Trainer named Sandy wishes to be reunited with her old friend Raichu.

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure manga

Main article: Lt. Surge's Raichu

Lt. Surge's Raichu only appeared as a silhouette in JBA5 along with its Trainer and the other Kanto Gym Leaders.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Lt. Surge's Raichu

Lt. Surge has a Raichu, which was first seen in Silph Co. in Go for the Golbat. However, it 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.

A Raichu appeared in The Last Battle XIII as one of the Pokémon sent to participate in the fight in Ilex Forest.

A Raichu caught by Crystal and lent to Emerald for his Battle Pike challenge appeared in Moving Past Milotic.

The Battle Tower rented a Raichu, which was stolen by Guile Hideout in The Final Battle VII. It reappeared in The Final Battle IX.

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

A Raichu appeared in Out-Odding Oddish, under the ownership of a Pokéathlon participant.

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 Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

A Raichu appeared in GDZ21.

A Raichu appeared in GDZ23.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

A Raichu appeared in Clefairy Evolves... At Last?!.

Blue has a Raichu, which he used to battle Red in The Pokémon Banana League (Part 1).

A Raichu appeared in PMDP16.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

Satoshi had a Pikachu that chose to evolve into a Raichu to help him defeat the Elite Four in PZ10.

In the TCG

Main article: Raichu (TCG)

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Alolan Raichu appears as a Pokémon summoned from the Poké Ball. It attacks with Surge Surfer, surfing with its tail across the stage and damaging passersby with electricity.

In the TFG

One Raichu figure has been released.

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

Raichu

Generation I Kanto
#026
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 Johto
#023
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 Hoenn
#157
Kanto
#026
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 Sinnoh
#105
Johto
#023
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 Unova
#—
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 Kalos
Central #037
Hoenn
#164
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 If the electrical sacs become excessively charged, Raichu plants its tail in the ground and discharges. Scorched patches of ground will be found near this Pokémon's nest.
Alpha Sapphire This Pokémon exudes a weak electrical charge from all over its body that makes it take on a slight glow in darkness. Raichu plants its tail in the ground to discharge electricity.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #026
Alola
USUM: #033
Kanto
#026
Sun It unleashes electric shocks that can reach 100,000 volts. When agitated, it can knock out even an Indian elephant.
Moon It becomes aggressive when it has electricity stored up. At such times, even its Trainer has to take care to avoid being attacked.
Ultra Sun As electricity builds up inside its body, it becomes more aggressive. One theory is that the electricity buildup is actually causing stress.
Ultra Moon Because so many Trainers like the way Pikachu looks, you don't see this Pokémon very often.
Let's Go Pikachu When electricity builds up inside its body, it becomes feisty. It also glows in the dark.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
#195
Sword Its long tail serves as a ground to protect itself from its own high-voltage power.
Shield If its electric pouches run empty, it raises its tail to gather electricity from the atmosphere.

Alolan Raichu

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #026
Alola
USUM: #033
Kanto
#026
Sun It only evolves to this form in the Alola region. According to researchers, its diet is one of the causes of this change.
Moon It uses psychokinesis to control electricity. It hops aboard its own tail, using psychic power to lift the tail and move about while riding it.
Ultra Sun It focuses psychic energy into its tail and rides it like it's surfing. Another name for this Pokémon is “hodad.”
Ultra Moon When you rub its cheeks, a sweet fragrance comes wafting out. However, you'll also get a light shock!
Let's Go Pikachu It loves pancakes prepared with a secret Alolan recipe. Some wonder whether that recipe holds the key to this Pokémon's evolution.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
#195
Sword It's believed that the weather, climate, and food of the Alola region all play a part in causing Pikachu to evolve into this form of Raichu.
Shield This Pokémon rides on its tail while it uses its psychic powers to levitate. It attacks with star-shaped thunderbolts.

Game locations

Generation I
Red
Cerulean Cave
Blue
Power Plant, Cerulean Cave
Blue (Japan)
Power Plant, Cerulean Cave
Yellow
Trade
Generation II
Gold Silver
Evolve Pikachu
Crystal
Evolve Pikachu
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Evolve Pikachu
Emerald
Evolve Pikachu
FireRed LeafGreen
Evolve Pikachu
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Evolve Pikachu
Platinum
Evolve Pikachu
HeartGold SoulSilver
Evolve Pikachu
Pal Park
Forest
Generation V
Black White
Poké Transfer
Black 2 White 2
Poké Transfer
Generation VI
X Y
Evolve Pikachu
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Evolve Pikachu
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Trade Kanto Form
Evolve PikachuAlolan Form
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Evolve Pikachu in Ultra Space Kanto Form
Evolve PikachuAlolan Form
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Evolve PikachuKanto Form
Trade Raichu in Saffron CityAlolan Form
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Giant's Cap, Motostoke Riverbank (Max Raid Battle)Kanto Form
Pokémon HOMEAlolan Form

In side games

Generation I
Pinball
Evolve Pikachu
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Channel
Viridian Forest
Pinball: R&S
Evolve Pikachu
Trozei!
Secret Storage 8, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Evolve Pikachu
Ranger
Sekra Range, Fiore Temple
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Sky Stairway (1F-49F)
MD Sky
Sky Stairway (1F-49F)
Ranger: SoA
Ice Lake, Almia Castle, Volcano Cave
Rumble
Silent Forest (Normal Mode B & S)
PokéPark Wii
Cavern Zone, Haunted Zone
Ranger: GS
Sophian Road, Mt. Sorbet, Canal Ruins, Oblivia Ruins, Thunder Temple
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Autumnwood: Firebreathing Mountain, Forest: World Axle - B1F
PokéPark 2
Cove Area
Conquest
Evolve Pikachu
MD GTI
Silent Tundra (Uncharted Road), Dreamy Island (Uncharted Road)
Rumble U
Conductor Room: Rumbling Magnetic Motors
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Renegade Meadow: Stage 6
Shuffle
Silbern Museum: Stage 103
Event: Pokémon Safari (Second release; Winking)
Event: Raichu Appears (Alola Form)
Rumble World
Gold Plateau: Tricky Factory (All Areas)
Generation VII
Masters
Chapter 11: Alola's Rising Stars (Hau's) (Alolan Form)

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Gold Leaf Gold Leaf (100%)
Yellow*
Emerald* Oran Berry Oran Berry (5%)

Stats

Base stats

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

Generation VI onward
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
60
120 - 167 230 - 324
90
85 - 156 166 - 306
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
90
85 - 156 166 - 306
80
76 - 145 148 - 284
110
103 - 178 202 - 350
Total:
485
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Alolan Raichu
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
60
120 - 167 230 - 324
85
81 - 150 157 - 295
50
49 - 112 94 - 218
95
90 - 161 175 - 317
85
81 - 150 157 - 295
110
103 - 178 202 - 350
Total:
485
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Pokéathlon stats

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

Type effectiveness

Raichu

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, 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
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

Alolan Raichu

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

Learnset

By leveling up

Raichu
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Thunder Punch Electric Physical 07575 100100% 15
011 Play Nice Normal Status 0000 —% 20
011 Sweet Kiss Fairy Status 0000 07575% 10
011 Nuzzle Electric Physical 02020 100100% 20
011 Nasty Plot Dark Status 0000 —% 20
011 Charm Fairy Status 0000 100100% 20
011 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 09090% 20
011 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —% 15
011 Electro Ball Electric Special 0000 100100% 10
011 Feint Normal Physical 03030 100100% 10
011 Spark Electric Physical 06565 100100% 20
011 Agility Psychic Status 0000 —% 30
011 Slam Normal Physical 08080 07575% 20
011 Discharge Electric Special 08080 100100% 15
011 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100100% 15
011 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 —% 30
011 Thunder Electric Special 110110 07070% 10
011 Thunder Shock Electric Special 04040 100100% 30
011 Tail Whip Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
011 Growl Normal Status 0000 100100% 40
011 Quick Attack Normal Physical 04040 100100% 30
Evo.Evo. Thunder Punch Electric Physical 07575 100100% 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 level-up moves from other generations
Alolan Raichu
Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Psychic Psychic Special 09090 100100% 10
011 Play Nice Normal Status 0000 —% 20
011 Sweet Kiss Fairy Status 0000 07575% 10
011 Nuzzle Electric Physical 02020 100100% 20
011 Nasty Plot Dark Status 0000 —% 20
011 Charm Fairy Status 0000 100100% 20
011 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 09090% 20
011 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —% 15
011 Electro Ball Electric Special 0000 100100% 10
011 Feint Normal Physical 03030 100100% 10
011 Spark Electric Physical 06565 100100% 20
011 Agility Psychic Status 0000 —% 30
011 Slam Normal Physical 08080 07575% 20
011 Discharge Electric Special 08080 100100% 15
011 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100100% 15
011 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 —% 30
011 Thunder Electric Special 110110 07070% 10
011 Thunder Shock Electric Special 04040 100100% 30
011 Tail Whip Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
011 Growl Normal Status 0000 100100% 40
011 Quick Attack Normal Physical 04040 100100% 30
Evo.Evo. Psychic Psychic Special 09090 100100% 10
  • 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

By TM/TR

Raichu
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM00Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM00 Mega Punch Normal Physical 08080 085}}85% 20
TM01Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM01 Mega Kick Normal Physical 120120 075}}75% 5
TM02Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM02 Pay Day Normal Physical 04040 100}}100% 20
TM05Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM05 Thunder Punch Electric Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM08Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM08 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM09Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM09 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM14Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM14 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 090}}90% 20
TM15Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM17Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM17 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 30
TM18Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM18 Reflect Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TM19Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM19 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 25
TM21Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM23Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM23 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM24Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM29Bag TM Fairy Sprite.png TM29 Charm Fairy Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM31Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM33Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM33 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5
TM39Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM40Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM40 Swift Normal Special 06060 —}}—% 20
TM41Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM41 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TM43Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM43 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM59Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM59 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM62Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM62 Speed Swap Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM76Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM80Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM80 Volt Switch Electric Special 07070 100}}100% 20
TM82Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM82 Electroweb Electric Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM87Bag TM Fairy Sprite.png TM87 Draining Kiss Fairy Special 05050 100}}100% 10
TM90Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM90 Electric Terrain Electric Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM93Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM93 Eerie Impulse Electric Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM97Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM97 Brutal Swing Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TR01Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR04Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR04 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR08Bag TR Electric Sprite.png TR08 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR09Bag TR Electric Sprite.png TR09 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TR12Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR12 Agility Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 30
TR20Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TR21Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR21 Reversal Fighting Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
TR26Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TR27Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TR30Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR30 Encore Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 5
TR31Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR31 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TR35Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR35 Uproar Normal Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR64Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR64 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120120 070}}70% 5
TR68Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR68 Nasty Plot Dark Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TR77Bag TR Grass Sprite.png TR77 Grass Knot Grass Special 0000 100}}100% 20
TR80Bag TR Electric Sprite.png TR80 Electro Ball Electric Special 0000 100}}100% 10
TR86Bag TR Electric Sprite.png TR86 Wild Charge Electric Physical 09090 100}}100% 15
TR90Bag TR Fairy Sprite.png TR90 Play Rough Fairy Physical 09090 090}}90% 10
  • 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
Alolan Raichu
Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM00Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM00 Mega Punch Normal Physical 08080 085}}85% 20
TM01Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM01 Mega Kick Normal Physical 120120 075}}75% 5
TM02Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM02 Pay Day Normal Physical 04040 100}}100% 20
TM05Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM05 Thunder Punch Electric Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM08Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM08 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM09Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM09 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM14Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM14 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 090}}90% 20
TM15Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM17Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM17 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 30
TM18Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM18 Reflect Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TM19Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM19 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 25
TM21Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM23Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM23 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM24Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM29Bag TM Fairy Sprite.png TM29 Charm Fairy Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM31Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM33Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM33 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5
TM39Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM40Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM40 Swift Normal Special 06060 —}}—% 20
TM41Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM41 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TM43Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM43 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM59Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM59 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM62Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM62 Speed Swap Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM72Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM72 Magic Room Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM76Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM80Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM80 Volt Switch Electric Special 07070 100}}100% 20
TM82Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM82 Electroweb Electric Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM87Bag TM Fairy Sprite.png TM87 Draining Kiss Fairy Special 05050 100}}100% 10
TM90Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM90 Electric Terrain Electric Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TR01Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR04Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR04 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR08Bag TR Electric Sprite.png TR08 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR09Bag TR Electric Sprite.png TR09 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TR11Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR11 Psychic Psychic Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR12Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR12 Agility Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 30
TR20Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TR21Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR21 Reversal Fighting Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
TR25Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR25 Psyshock Psychic Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TR26Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TR27Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TR30Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR30 Encore Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 5
TR31Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR31 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TR34Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR34 Future Sight Psychic Special 120120 100}}100% 10
TR35Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR35 Uproar Normal Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR49Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR49 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TR64Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR64 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120120 070}}70% 5
TR68Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR68 Nasty Plot Dark Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TR77Bag TR Grass Sprite.png TR77 Grass Knot Grass Special 0000 100}}100% 20
TR80Bag TR Electric Sprite.png TR80 Electro Ball Electric Special 0000 100}}100% 10
TR82Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR82 Stored Power Psychic Special 02020 100}}100% 10
TR83Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR83 Ally Switch Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 15
TR86Bag TR Electric Sprite.png TR86 Wild Charge Electric Physical 09090 100}}100% 15
TR90Bag TR Fairy Sprite.png TR90 Play Rough Fairy Physical 09090 090}}90% 10
  • 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

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
ElectrikeManectricTogedemaruYamperBoltund Charge Electric Status —% 20
ClefairyClefableEspurrMeowsticAromatisseSylveon
PrimarinaIndeedee
Disarming Voice Fairy Special 40 —% 15
MeowthMeowthMeowthPersianPersianPerrserker
NuzleafShiftryPurrloinLiepardEspurrMeowstic
ImpidimpMorgremGrimmsnarl
Fake Out Normal Physical 40 100% 10
SwinubPiloswineMamoswineZigzagoonLinooneCubchoo
BearticBunnelbyDiggersbySpritzeeAromatisseStufful
Bewear
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
Delibird Present Normal Physical 90% 15
MinccinoCinccino Tickle Normal Status 100% 20
Light Ball* Volt Tackle Electric Physical 120 100% 15
SwirlixSlurpuff Wish Normal Status —% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Raichu in Generation VIII
  • 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 or alternate form of Raichu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Raichu
Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • 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
Alolan Raichu
Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • 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 VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon has no moves exclusive to prior evolutions.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Raichu
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or alternate form of Raichu
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Side game data

Raichu

Pokémon Pinball
Pin026.png
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Pinball RS
PinRS026.png
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani026.png
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
File:MDP RT 026.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!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 026.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 R-024
Raichu discharges energy to greatly recharge the Styler's energy.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Electric
Poké Assist: Recharge PA.png
Recharge
Field move: Recharge 4 field move.png
(Recharge ×4)
Browser entry R-003
It attacks by powerfully blasting thunderbolts from its body.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Electric
Poké Assist:
(present)
Recharge Assist.png
Recharge
Field move:
(present)
Recharge 4 field move.png
(Recharge ×4)
Poké Assist:
(past)
Electric Assist.png
Electric
Field move:
(past)
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry R-006/N-155
It restores the Styler Energy.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
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.
Pokémon Conquest
PCP026.png HP: ★★ Move: Volt Tackle
Attack: ★★★ Ability 1: Static
Ability 2: Instinct
Ability 3: Lightningrod
Defense: ★★
Speed: ★★★★
Evolves from Pikachu when its link is improved while its Warrior is equipped with a Thunderstone
Range: 3 Perfect Links: Akizane, Hanbei, and Sōrin
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Electric
Attack Power: ★★★★★

BT026.png

Flinch Attack
Briefly stops wild Pokémon from taking action.
Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 105 Raise Max Level.png 5

#017
Shuffle026.png

Paralyze
Leaves the foe paralyzed.
Skill Swapper: Lightning
Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Electric
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 105 Raise Max Level.png 5

#017
Shuffle026Winking.png

Rock Break+
Sometimes destroys three breakable-rock disruptions.


Pokémon GO
GO026.png Base Stamina: 155 Base Attack: 193 Base Defense: 151
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 1 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Volt Switch*, Spark, Charm*, Thunder Shock*
Charged Attacks: Brick Break, Thunder Punch, Wild Charge*, Skull Bash*
Thunder*


Costumes in Pokémon GO
GO026F.png GO026P.png GO026O.png GO026H.png GO026S.png
Festive hat Party hat Ash hat Witch hat Summer Style
GO026C.png GO026G.png GO026D.png GO026W.png
H.F. Custom Cap Flower crown Detective Pikachu Beanie hat

Alolan Raichu

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Psychic
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 105 Raise Max Level.png 5

#017
Shuffle026A.png

Risk-Taker
Increases damage randomly.


Pokémon GO
GO026A.png Base Stamina: 155 Base Attack: 201 Base Defense: 154
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 1 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Volt Switch, Spark, Thunder Shock*
Charged Attacks: Psychic, Thunder Punch, Wild Charge, Grass Knot*

Evolution

Pichu
Baby form
Pichu
 Electric 
Soothe Bell
Friendship


Egg
Breed

Pikachu
First evolution
Pikachu
 Electric 
Thunder Stone
Thunder Stone


Raichu
Second evolution
Raichu
 Electric 
Thunder Stone
Thunder Stone


Alolan Form
Raichu
Second evolution
Raichu
 Electric  Psychic 

Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
Spr 1b 026.png Spr b g1 026.png Spr 1y 026.png Spr b g1 026.png Spr 1g 026.png Spr b g1 026.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 026.png Spr b 2g 026.png Spr 2s 026.png Spr b 2g 026.png Spr 2c 026.png Spr b 2c 026.png
Spr 2g 026 s.png Spr b 2g 026 s.png Spr 2s 026 s.png Spr b 2g 026 s.png Spr 2c 026 s.png Spr b 2g 026 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 026.png Spr b 3r 026.png Spr 3e 026.png Spr b 3r 026.png Spr 3f 026.png Spr b 3r 026.png
Spr 3r 026 s.png Spr b 3r 026 s.png Spr 3e 026 s.png Spr b 3r 026 s.png Spr 3f 026 s.png Spr b 3f 026 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Male Male Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Form Form Form Form
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Shiny Form Shiny Form Shiny Form Shiny Form
Front Back Front Back
026MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Raichu images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Raichu and Alolan Raichu were created by Atsuko Nishida.[2]
  • Raichu originally had an evolved form named "Gorochu", which would have had two horns and fangs. Sugimori stated that while there was nothing wrong with its appearance, it was nonetheless omitted, as the staff found that the game balance was better without it.[3]
  • No other Pokémon has the same type combination as Alolan Raichu.
  • 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.
  • Raichu's FireRed and Sun Pokédex entries reference 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.
  • Raichu and its pre-evolved form both share their category name with Sandshrew, Sandslash, Rattata, and Raticate. They are all known as the Mouse Pokémon, though Rattata and Raticate have also been called the Rat Pokémon.
  • Raichu's number in the National Pokédex and the Alola Pokédex in Pokémon Sun and Moon are the same: 026.
  • Alolan Raichu is the only regional form Pokémon to have a Z-Move exclusive to it.

Origin

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

Alolan Raichu is likely based on the concept of surfing Pikachu and the sport of surfing itself, which originated in Hawaii, the inspiration for the Alola region from which Alolan Raichu originates. Its design appears to have been influenced by Puka, a surfing Pikachu that appeared in the anime. In the Pokémon Stadium series, Raichu rides on its tail when using the move Surf.

Name origin

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

Alolan Raichu's alternate name, Hodad, as seen in the Ultra Sun Pokédex entry, seems to be a direct reference to the term hodad.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ライチュウ Raichu From rai and チューチュー chūchū (the sound of squeaking)
France Flag.png French Raichu Same as Japanese name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Raichu Same as Japanese name
Germany Flag.png German Raichu Same as Japanese name
Italy Flag.png Italian Raichu Same as Japanese name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 라이츄 Raichu Same as Japanese name
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 雷超 Lèuihchīu Transliteration of Japanese name. Also from lèuih and chīu
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 雷丘 Léiqiū Transliteration of its Japanese name, also 雷 léi means "thunder"


Related articles

Notes

External links


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