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| Raichu LV.40
|Base Set 2
|English card no.
|Japanese card no.
|For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Raichu.
Raichu (Japanese: ライチュウ Raichu) is a Lightning-type Stage 1 Pokémon card. It was first released as part of the Base Set.
|Flip a coin. If heads, during your opponent's next turn, prevent all effects of attacks, including damage, done to Raichu.
|Flip a coin. If tails, Raichu does 30 damage to itself.
|Raichu - Mouse Pokémon
|2'7" (0.8 m)
|66 lbs. (30.0 kg)
|Its long tail serves as a ground to protect itself from its own high-voltage power.
This card was included in the Base Set, first released in the Japanese Expansion Pack. It was reprinted in the Base Set 2 expansion. It was reprinted with a Non Holofoil print in the Japanese Pokémon Web.
Some copies of this card, estimated by Wizards of the Coast to be around eight, were stamped with a Prerelease symbol. Card sheets were eight by eleven so there is said to be eight to ten copies in existence. These cards are said to have come about during the manufacture of the prerelease Jungle Clefable, as a result of a few Base Set Raichu cards appearing on the sheet of Clefable cards being made for prerelease. Wizards denied the existence of prerelease Raichu for years, until one of their staff released an image of the card in 2006. Due to the card's excessive rarity, prerelease Raichu is said by some to be the "Holy Grail of Pokémon".
|Base Set print
|Prerelease error print
Agility and Thunder are both moves in the Pokémon games that Raichu can learn via prior evolution. This card's English Pokédex entry comes from Pokémon Red and Blue, though it is slightly reworded. The Japanese entry comes from Pokémon Red and Green.