Raichu, The Mouse Pokémon. It becomes aggressive when it has electricity stored up. At such times, even its Trainer has to take care to avoid being attacked. It unleashes electric shocks that can reach 100,000 volts. When agitated, it can knock out even an Indian elephant.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the anime on Saturday, on this episode of the Pokémon Of The Week we'll be bringing you a special triple Pikachu/Raichu combo feature. First off is our friend, the classic Kanto Raichu, and in my opinion Pokémon's proper mascot. It outclasses Pikachu in literally every way. From its Base 110 Spe , or just the fact that it doesn't need an exclusive item like Light Ball to be effective so it's way more versatile and effective. Also it's not anywhere near as frail as well, and it's still can be somewhat useful even with Alolan Raichu surfing around if you play it correctly.
Static: The opponent has a 30% chance of being induced with PARALYZE when using an attack, that requires physical contact, against this Pokémon. Lightning Rod is the superior ability. Only take this ability if you have to like if you're using an event Raichu carrying Surf.
The New Classic
- Nasty PlotV
This set is pretty self explanatory. Use Nasty Plot to boost our friend from Kanto's power to frightening levels of awesome and give it an easier time taking down your enemy's walls and sweeping everything up. Thunderbolt is your main stab. Use it, love it, embrace it. The rest are just coverage slots, so use whatever your team needs. Hidden Power Ice and Focus Blast provide the best overall coverage.
- Grass Knot: hits water ground types and certain ground type a lot harder
VGC, Double, & Triple Battle Options
Classic Raichu is still a great Pokemon for doubles. Although it cannot be used in VGC 2017, it is still a good support Pokemon in other formats where it is legal, such as Battle Spot Doubles. "Kantonian" Raichu was a great support Pokemon in VGC 2016, even winning the World Championships as a member of Wolfe Glick's team. It has a great support movepool to choose from, and its ability can help it shut down common annoyances like Thundurus. While its new Alolan cousin surfs the waves this year, Raichu still can be an important piece of successful teams outside of VGC 2017.
Raichu performs similarly to Pikachu in supporting with Fake Out and Lightningrod. It is a little faster, but also not quite as strong as Light Ball Pikachu. It is free to hold the Focus Sash though, guaranteeing Raichu can take any one attack. Just like the rest of the family, Raichu needs maximum speed and special attack since its bulk still is not anything noteworthy.
Thunderbolt is still the ideal STAB move, with HP Ice rounding out good coverage. Fake Out is Raichu's main role, and the 4th move plays off Fake Out typically. Encore can lock an opponent into a less than ideal move, particularly if they just Protected to avoid Fake Out, and Feint can break those Protects outright and KO weakened Pokemon.
Other Options & Team Ideas
-Life Orb gives Raichu a bit more power.
There's any of a number of ways to counter Raichu now. It's definitely seen brighter days. The most obvious one that comes to mind is physical revenge killers. It's naturally a bit on the frail side in the Def and HP department so it won't take much effort for a physical attacker like Cacturne or something to come in and take it out. Life Orb recoil isn't doing any favors either there. You also especially need to watch out for Stunfisk and Golem. Stunfisk in particular will need to take some damage beforehand otherwise Raichu is a goner. There's plenty of others and in general you need to be careful using it because of frail it's, but if you support it well the original Raichu can still be quite effective.
Raichu, The Mouse Pokémon. It only evolves to this form in the Alola region. According to researchers, its diet is one of the causes of this change. It uses psychokinesis to control electricity. It hops aboard its own tail, using psychic power to lift the tail and move about while riding it.
Don't worry just because we're covering the original doesn't too mean we're going to leave out Raichu's cousin from the Alola Region. Meet the new kid on the block everyone Alola Raichu. It's a fantastic regional form. Its ability Surge Surfer doubles its speed on the Electric Terrain. It gained a secondary stab Psychic, and it's even stronger in the SpA department. I mean what's not to love about it.
Surge Surfer: Doubles the Pokémon's Speed stat on Electric Terrain. It can be a pretty terrific ability at times, but I do miss Lightning Rod.
This set is all about maximizing Alolan Raichu's power. It works best on the Electric Terrain though so if your team isn't running that you might want to switch to a Timid nature and maybe run Life Orb instead. Anyways Thunderbolt is still going to be your main stab. Psychic is your awesome secondary stab which will help you take out Mega Venasaur and Nidoking. Focus Blast is for those pesky Rock and Steel Types like Magnezone, Tyrantiar, Ferrothorn and so on and so forth. Last but not least you have Grass Knot to round out your coverage in order to hit things like Hippowdon, Gastrodon and things like that much harder.
Aloraichium Z: Alola Raichu gets a powerful Z-Move exclusive to its form. It's slightly less powerful than Gigavolt Havoc, but not by much and it comes with the added benefit of a guaranteed paralysis ontop of its already amazing power.
VGC, Double, & Triple Battle Options
Raichu has been a successful Pokemon over the past couple of years in VGC, even during the crazy Primal format of 2016. In 2017, Raichu has stuck around, but now with a new Alolan form and some new tricks. A new secondary typing, as well as a new ability, has increased Raichu's versatility and made it even stronger in some regards. Its great speed can be taken to even further extremes in the common Electric Terrain, and Z-Moves have unlocked even greater potential for Alolan Raichu.
Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride
Alolan Raichu is typically built to hit hard and fast with some support features. Maximum special attack and speed is standard, and the choice of nature depends on what you want it to outspeed. Due to Surge Surfer, Raichu reaches just insane ridiculous levels of speed, so a Modest nature may be chosen to give it a bit more firepower. Timid is typically the safer choice, however, to always ensure Raichu outspeeds Pokemon like Kartana and Garchomp should the opponent have a Tailwind up or if you are not in Electric Terrain. Raichu then typically either holds a Focus Sash or a Z-Move. Focus Sash will ensure Raichu can live any one attack, which is a good choice due to its frail defenses. Aloraichium Z or Psychium Z, however, give Raichu an incredibly strong attack (and Raichu's signature Z-Move will always cause Paralysis), especially if either is backed up with their respective terrains.
Thunderbolt and Psychic are Alolan Raichu's best STAB moves. Fake Out has been a staple of Raichu sets in VGC. Raichu has one of the fastest Fake Outs around, allowing you to delay an opponent's Pokemon from attacking from a turn. Protect is not seen quite as much on Raichu since it typically takes on somewhat of a support role and uses a slot for Fake Out, but it is still a great choice in the 4th slot to keep Raichu alive from a threat or stall out opponent's speed control. Encore, however, works great especially if you can lock an opponent into the Protect they just used to dodge a Fake Out.
Other Options & Team Ideas
-Life Orb increases Raichu's damage output, especially if you add a third attack like a Hidden Power.
Countering Alolan Raichu
Alolan Raichu is a bit trickier to counter than its Kanto counterpart, but it does have more weaknesses to exploit because of its added Psychic type. It's extremely vulnerable to Pursuit Trappers like Tyranitar now especially this Choiced Set. Alolan Muk is a big problem as well since it can take any damage you dish out pretty easily if it's wearing an Assault Vest and KO you with a Knock Off or Poison Jab in retribution. Chansey walls you for days and days ...and days. Other Psychic Types with lots of SpD like Mew and Jirachi will give you problems as well There's also plenty of 'mons immune to electric attacks running around these days too like Alolan Marowak although it can't take more than 1 Psychic usually so if you predict the switch it's toast. There's plenty more, but those are the main things I would worry about.
Pikachu, The Mouse Pokémon. A plan was recently announced to gather many Pikachu and make an electric power plant. It’s in its nature to store electricity. It feels stressed now and then if it’s unable to fully discharge the electricity.
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