# Raikou

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Raikou
(ライコウ Raikou)
Artwork General
National Dex: #243
Evolves From: None
Evolves Into: None
Generation: Generation II
Pronunciation: $RYE-koo$
Icon(s):
Base Stats Biological Details
HP: 90 Species: Thunder Pokémon
Attack: 85 Type(s): Electric
Defense: 75 Height: 6'03
Special Atk: 115 Weight: 392.4 lbs
Special Def: 100 Abilities: Pressure
Volt Absorb (Dream World)
Speed: 115 Pokédex Color: Yellow
Stat Total: 580 Gender: Genderless
Footprint:
Cry:

Raikou (Japanese: ライコウ Raikou) is an Electric-type Legendary Pokémon that is part of the Legendary beasts trio from Generation II.

## Special abilities

It has the Pressure ability which decreases the target's PP if they use that move on Raikou. It can also have Volt Absorb as its other ability if obtained from the Dream World.

## Behavior

Raikou is a tiger-like creature. It carries rainclouds on its back which let it fire Thunderbolts at will. It descends with the lightning, and races across the land barking a cry that shakes the ground and sounds like crashing thunder. While running it stores up static electricity, then shoots off the excess. It is also said to help other electric Pokémon if they are in danger.

## In the anime

• Raikou appears in the episode The Legend of Thunder!, where it's captured by Team Rocket and then saved by Jimmy and his Typhlosion.
• Raikou also makes a cameo appearance in the episode Houndoom's Special Delivery when Houndoom and Togepi saw him blast him in the air.

## Evolution

This Pokémon does not evolve.

## Game info

### Game locations

Version(s) Location Rarity Raikou Locations Gold/Silver Roaming Johto One Crystal Roaming Johto One Ruby/ Sapphire Trade None Emerald Trade None FireRed/ LeafGreen Roaming Kanto (With Squirtle As your Starter Pokémon) One Diamond/ Pearl Pal Park or Trade None Platinum Pal Park or Trade None HeartGold/SoulSilver Roaming Johto One Black/White PokeTransfer or Trade None

### Pokedex entries

Pokédex Entries
Generation I
Raikou did not appear during the Generation I games.
Gold
The rain clouds it carries let it fire thunderbolts at will. They say that it descended with lightning.
Silver
A Pokémon that races across the land while barking a cry that sounds like crashing thunder.
Crystal
This rough Pokémon stores energy in its body, then sweeps across the land, shooting off electricity.
Ruby
Raikou embodies the speed of lightning. The roars of this Pokémon send shock waves shuddering through the air and shake the ground as if lightning bolts had come crashing down.
Sapphire
Raikou embodies the speed of lightning. The roars of this Pokémon send shock waves shuddering through the air and shake the ground as if lightning bolts had come crashing down.
Emerald
Raikou embodies the speed of lightning. Its roars send shock waves shuddering through the air and ground as if lightning bolts were crashing down.
FireRed
This Pokémon races across the land while barking a cry that sounds like crashing thunder.
LeafGreen
The rain clouds it carries let it fire thunderbolts at will. They say that it descended with lightning.
Diamond
It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.
Pearl
It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.
Platinum
It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.
HeartGold
The rain clouds it carries let it fire thunderbolts at will. They say that it descended with lightning.
SoulSilver
A Pokémon that races across the land while barking a cry that sounds like crashing thunder.
Black
It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.
White
It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.
Black 2
It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.
White 2
It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.

### Name

Its Japanese name means "Lord of Thunder".

## Trivia

• The term "Legendary beasts" is the only technically correct term to refer to Entei and its companion legendaries, due to the fact that rather than having specifically canine or feline traits, all three of the trio share both.
• Raikou somewhat resembles a saber-toothed cat because of its long fangs; and its stripes give it the attributes of a modern day tiger. Raikou is also partially based on the Japanese Thunder God, Raiju, who has been depicted in the forms of a tiger, monkey, cat, wolf, and weasel. It is said to have a roar like crashing thunder, as can be compared to the roar of a tiger, which can be heard from many miles away.
• The first three letters in its name comes from the word Rai which means thunder or lightning in Japanese.
• It is the only member of the Legendary Beasts to not appear in a movie from the Johto region, although it did appear in the anime. A shiny Raikou also appeared as a main character in the movie Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
• It is the only one of the Legendary Beasts not to have a movie or game dedicated to them.
• The main difference between Raikou and the other Legendary Beasts is that it has sharp claws, which it can't retract, whereas Suicune and Entei can retract theirs.
• In Pokémon Gold and Silver the hair on its back is gold rather than purple as it is in every other game.

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