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Type(s)
[[Electric type|Electric]]  
Species Mouse Pokémon
Abilities Static
Lightningrod (Dream World)
Pokédex
None ← 026 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves From [[Pikachu]]
Evolves Into None
Raichu
026
(ライチュウ Raichuu)
026Raichu
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary Line
No evolution line
Gender
Genderless
Weight Height
Pokédex Color Egg Group
<font color=Yellow>Yellow</font>
Body Style Footprint
F026
Cry

Raichu (Japanese: ライチュウ Raichuu) is an Electric-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

Appearance

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.

Special abilities

Raichu has the ability Static and the hidden ability Lightningrod. Static allows Raichu to paralyze its foe when making a physical move. Lightningrod allows Raichu to draw in all Electric-type attacks.

Evolution

Raichu is the evolved form of Pikachu, and the final evolutionary form of Pichu. Pikachu can evolve into Raichu by the use of a Thunder Stone.

In the anime

ElectricShockShowdown

Lt. Surge's Raichu against Ash's Pikachu.

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.

Another Raichu, named "Sugar" was seen under the ownership of an elderly woman named Abigail in the episode Cooking up a Sweet Story.

In the first episode of the summer camp for pokemon episodes, ash was given a Raichu to trainand battle who was shy but warmed up to ash but ash had to return it after the battle.

Game info

Game locations

Raichu Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Power Plant (Blue only), Cerulean Cave Uncommon
Yellow Trade None
Gold/Silver Evolve Pikachu None
Crystal Evolve Pikachu None
Ruby/ Sapphire Evolve Pikachu None
Emerald Evolve Pikachu None
FireRed/ LeafGreen Evolve Pikachu None
Diamond/ Pearl Evolve Pikachu None
Platinum Evolve Pikachu None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Evolve Pikachu None
Black/White Poké Transfer, Dream World None


Side game locations

Raichu Locations
Game(s) Location
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


Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
Red
Blue
Its long tail serves as a ground to protect itself from its own high voltage power.
Yellow
When electricity builds up inside its body, it becomes feisty. It also glows in the dark.
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.
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.
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.
Black
Its tail discharges electricity into the ground, protecting it from getting shocked.
White
Its tail discharges electricity into the ground, protecting it from getting shocked.
Black 2
Its tail discharges electricity into the ground, protecting it from getting shocked.
White 2
Its tail discharges electricity into the ground, protecting it from getting shocked.
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Y


Learnset

Generation I

Main article: Raichu/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Raichu/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Raichu/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Raichu/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 ThunderShock 40 100% 30 [[Electric type|Electric]] [[Move#Special Special

]]

1 Tail Whip - 100% 30 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status

]]

1 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical

]]

1 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 [[Electric type|Electric]] [[Move#Special Special

]]

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

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Side game data

Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
No. Pokémon Group Field Move Poké Assist
R-003 PR Raichu Sprite Raichu Electric SOA Recharge 4 Recharge 4 SOA Recharge Recharge
Capture Points* On Sight**
1540 No reaction.
Browser Entry
It attacks by powerfully blasting thunderbolts from its body.
* - This is the amount of points required to capture the Pokémon (excluding boss Pokémon).
** - This is the reaction of the Pokémon when players approach it.


Origins

Raichu

Raichu in the anime

The 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.

Trivia

  • 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

Sources


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