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Type Electric  
Species Thunder Pokémon
Abilities Pressure
Volt Absorb (DW)
None ← 243 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves From None
Evolves Into None
ライコウ Raikou
Generation II
Evolutionary Line
No evolution line
Weight Height
392.4 lbs 178.0 kg 6'03" 1.9 m
Pokédex Color Egg Group
Shape Footprint

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.


In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Raikou roams around Kanto if the player character's Starter Pokémon was Squirtle and they have beaten the Elite 4. In FireRed and LeafGreen, it is very hard to catch because it will flee unless your Pokémon out has the ability Shadow Tag. It appears at Level 50.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the player could get a Shiny Raikou at Gamestop on January 31 through February 6, 2011, which later was given out via Wi-Fi in late February 2011. You can also get it at Kanto Route 25, then the Burned Tower. It appears at Level 40 at both Route 25 and the Burned Tower.


Raikou is a tiger-like creature. It carries rain clouds on its back which let it fire Thunderbolts at will. In the Pokédex, it states that it "descends with the lightning", and it "races across the land barking a cry that 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 makes a cameo appearance in the episode Houndoom's Special Delivery when Houndoom and Togepi saw him blast him in the air.
  • Raikou also makes an appearance in the episode Three Sides to Every Story!, where it attacks Dawn and Piplup and ultimately ends up as a Pokémon in Piplup's dream


This Pokémon does not evolve.

Game info

Game locations

Raikou Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
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
X/Y Transfer None

Pokedex entries




Names in other languages

Its Japanese name means "Lord of Thunder".

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