Volkner's Raichu was Volkner's main Pokemon. Strangely he didn't use it during his battle with Ash.
Raichu was presumably Volkner's starter Pokemon and they'd been together since Volkner was a young boy. As a Pikachu, Raichu was once involved in a battle with a powerful Houndoom used by a Pokemon Poacher. The Poacher appeared as well in the same episode as the flashback, which was Flint Sparks the Fire, and revealled that battling Volkner and Flint all those years ago had made him have a change of heart and he decided to stop Pokemon poaching.
Raichu was often seen outside its Pokeball. It was shown to be very affectionate towards Flint, being about as close to him as its trainer was, and jumped into his arms for a hug. Despite being Volkner's main Pokemon, Raichu merely watched its masters battle with Ash instead of participating in it.
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|Thunder||Flint Sparks the Fire!|
|Iron Tail||Flint Sparks the Fire!|
|Volt Tackle||Flint Sparks the Fire!|
|Thunderbolt||Flint Sparks the Fire!|
|+ indicates this Pokémon used this move recently.*|
- indicates this Pokémon normally can't use this move.
- Volkner's Raichu is the only signature Pokemon to be used by a Gym Leader that was not used in a battle with Ash.