Raichu

Static
30% chance to paralyze when struck by a contact move.
Lightningrod
When hit with an Electric-type move, Special Attack is boosted by one stage. All Electric-type attacks are drawn to this Pokemon.
Type Tier
Electric NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
60
- 261 324 -
Atk
90
194 216 279 306
Def
55
131 146 209 229
SpA
90
194 216 279 306
SpD
80
176 196 259 284
Spe
100
212 236 299 328

Overview

The Pokemon mascot's big brother has always found itself outclassed in past generations, but this is no longer the case. Raichu has finally found itself a place that it can call home, thanks to an excellent Dream World ability in Lightningrod and the introduction of the RU tier. It is one of the three viable Electric-types in the metagame, along with Electivire and Manectric. While the former takes on the role of a mixed attacker, and the latter is a hit-and-run special attacker, Raichu distinguishes itself by being a powerful setup sweeper that can plow through teams after a boost from Nasty Plot. This is aided by the fact that most special walls are weak to Raichu's STAB Electric-type moves.

Name Item Ability Nature

Nasty Plot

Life Orb Lightningrod Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Nasty Plot
~ Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Ice
~ Encore / Focus Blast
4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

Raichu reaches a staggering 558 Special Attack after a boost from Nasty Plot. Despite its frailty, Raichu has an easier time setting up a Nasty Plot courtesy of another nifty move in its repertoire: Encore. The lightning mouse can come in any kind of support or Electric-type move and use Encore, provided that Raichu is faster than its opponent, which it usually is, due to its base 100 Speed. Raichu can then double its Special Attack while the foe switches out. Thunderbolt is a powerful and reliable STAB move, easily crushing common special walls, such as Slowking and Mantine. Hidden Power Ice grants Raichu the excellent BoltBeam coverage, which hits the vast majority of the metagame for at least neutral damage. Focus Blast can be used to hit the Pokemon that do resist this combination, namely Steelix and Lanturn, but the shaky accuracy makes it a poorer option when compared to the general utility of Encore.

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Other Options

Raichu forces switches, but its frailty means that any decently powered attack will knock it out. Therefore, it can effectively use Substitute to cast a safety blanket around itself, giving it opportunities to set up and preventing crippling status effects. Other useful moves include Magnet Rise, which can eliminate Raichu's Ground-type weakness, and Yawn, which can give Raichu an opportunity to set up. Raichu can also use other charming moves such as, well, Charm, Tickle, and Teeter Dance. Due to legality issues, however, many of these support moves are unfortunately incompatible with Lightningrod. Agility can be used to double Raichu's Speed, but Raichu is too weak to sweep without a Nasty Plot boost. Raichu can go mixed by utilizing Volt Tackle and Focus Punch, but it's outclassed by Electivire in this regard. Similarly, there's little to no point in using Choice items on Raichu, as Manectric does a much better job with them.

Checks and Counters

The best way to deal with Raichu is to revenge kill it. Its frail defenses mean that it can be taken out by most powerful STAB moves, such as Leaf Storm from Sceptile or Fire Blast from Moltres. A surprisingly small number of RU Pokemon can outspeed Raichu, so Choice Scarf users tend to be the most reliable way to dispose of Raichu. However, there are still a few walls that can stand up to Raichu after a boost from Nasty Plot. Of these, Lanturn is probably the best choice, since it takes paltry damage from Grass Knot, and can wear Raichu down with STAB Scald.