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[[File:Type Electric.gif|link=Electric type]]  
Species Mouse Pokémon
Abilities Static
Lightningrod (Dream World)
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
(ライチュウ Raichuu)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Yellow>Yellow</font>
Shape Footprint

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


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.

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.

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 train and battle who was shy but warmed up to Ash but Ash had to return it after the battle.


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.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) 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

Game(s) Area(s)
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



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 Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
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.



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 PA Recharge SofA 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.



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.


  • 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


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