Originally Posted by Fat The Crown
Why is Raichu borderline? What's so good about him? I thought his stats and move-pool suck :s
His stats are excellent - his special stat is only a little worse than Jynx's or Lapras's, and he ties in speed with Tentacruel and Dodrio, losing only to Kadabra (who'll probably get paralysed quickly) and obviously Dugtrio in the same tier (and Jolteon IF you count him). He also has a rather respectable attack stat, making Body Slam and Hyper Beam hurt quite a bit.
As for his movepool, Thunderbolt and Surf provide good coverage - just predict the ground-types switching so that you're not in a disadvantageous situation. Grass-types and Psychics with their high special pose a trouble for him though.