Raichu is a rodent-like Pokémon, sort of similar to its previous forms. Unlike Pichu or Pikachu, which both have yellow fur, Raichu has an orange-brown fur. Additionally, its electrical sacs are yellow, unlike its previous form's red coloring. Raichu also have a long, thin, black tail that ends in a large lightning bolt shape. Male Raichus have larger "lightning bolt tails" than females. They are also bigger than their previous evolved forms.
In the anime
Raichu made its debut appearance in the episode Electric Shock Showdown, under the ownership of Lt. Surge, the Gym Leader in Vermilion City. In this episode Ash's Pikachu is defeated in a one-on-one battle with Lt. Surge's Raichu, which then leads to Surge commenting on how Ash could never defeat his Raichu because his Pikachu was too weak.
Ash and Pikachu both, refusing to go through with evolving Pikachu in order to increase its power, face off against Lt. Surge again, this time using speed rather than power. By tiring Raichu out, Pikachu defeats Raichu and wins the battle.
Another Raichu, under the ownership of a trainer named Sho, was seen in Pika and Goliath!. Sho's Raichu used Hyper Beam at point blank range on Ash's Pikachu causing it to be in critical condition. This episode was very similar to the previously mentioned Electric Shock Showdown episode.
|Red/Blue||Power Plant (Blue only), Cerulean Cave||Uncommon|
|Black/White||Poké Transfer, Dream World||None|
Side game locations
|Pokémon Channel||Viridian Forest|
|Pokémon Trozei!||Secret Storage 8, Mr. Who's Den|
|Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team||Evolve Pikachu|
|Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness||Sky Stairway|
|Pokémon Ranger||Sekra Mountain Range, Fiore Temple|
|Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia|| Ice Lake|
Almia Castle, Volcano Cave
|Pokémon Rumble||Silent Forest|
Main article: Raichu/Learnset Generation I
Main article: Raichu/Learnset Generation II
Main article: Raichu/Learnset Generation III
Main article: Raichu/Learnset Generation IV
|Leveling Generation VI|
|1||Tail Whip||-||100%||30||[[Move#Status||Status ]]|
|1||Quick Attack||40||100%||30||[[Move#Physical||Physical ]]|
| Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.|
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Side game data
OriginsThe name Raichu originates from the Japanese word rai, which means "thunder," and "chuu," a word referring to the squeak made by a mouse. Its name is also very similar to the Raiju, a lighting creature from Japanese mythology.
- Pokédex Entries say that Raichu can discharge up to 100,000 volts. Its Pokémon Stadium entry says 10,000 with it likely being a mistake.
Known trainers with a Raichu
- Pokémon.com Pokédex
- Serebii.net Pokédex data
- Legendary Pokémon data
- The Pokémon Database
- Pokémon Dream Pokédex data
- Psypokes Psydex data