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Raikou (BW2 Revamp) [QC 3/3] [GP 2/2]

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by Agent Gibbs, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. Agent Gibbs

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    Alright, the mention of Extremespeed has been re-added, along with those particular examples.
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    Raikou needs SR to get those 2HKOes with ES so add this.
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    Oh yeah, that too. I've added in a note about requiring Stealth Rock.
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    Are we mentioning that Aura Sphere/Weather Ball sets also force being shiny in addition to Rash?
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    Yeah, I made a small mention of that in the AC section of the first set.

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    I think those sentences are better off at the end of the overview, either at the end of the second paragraph or as an "important" third paragraph, since the shiny rule applies to pretty much every set on this analysis.

    That being said, I believe you're ready now.

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    Alright, I added that part as a third paragraph of the overview. It looks a little funny there, but I guess there's nothing particularly wrong with it.

    That said, I guess this is ready for GP checks now.
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    <p>At first glance, Raikou might seem like the stereotypical Electric-type Pokemon: good Special Attack and Speed stats with a fairly bland movepool. Its excellent combination of base 115 Speed and Special Attack stats looks great on the surface. Unfortunately, as an offensive Electric-type Pokemon, it receives major competition from Thundurus-T and Jolteon in the OU environment, each having significant advantages that warrant more usage on OU teams. In addition, while Raikou does have some neat event moves in Aura Sphere and Weather Ball, it is forced to run a Rash nature when using either of these moves moves. This hurts its ability to fully take advantage of its excellent base 115 Speed stat (although it can still outspeed base 100 Speed Pokemon by a single point). Because of this, Raikou generally doesn't find much usage on OU teams.</p>
    <p>However, Raikou does have some notable assets that give it an edge over its competition. Unlike its competitors, Raikou has good 90 / 100 special bulk to compliment its offenses and give it the ability to hit hard and fast, as well as take a few hits when needed. The extra speed is also useful for checking prominent threats like Garchomp and Keldeo, which Thundurus-T is unable to do without a Choice Scarf, and the extra power gives it an advantage over Jolteon. Aura Sphere and Weather Ball also makre for two great coverage moves that Thundurus-T and Jolteon would love to have. Raikou even has unique access to Calm Mind, helpallowing it to boost is power and special bulk simultaneously, which in turn makes it a more powerful and more durable sweeper. Utilize these niches and Raikou will never disappoint.</p>
    <p>On a side note, you should always make your Raikou sets shiny. This may seem competitively unimportant, but since all event Raikou are supposed to be shiny, a. A non-shiny Raikou is a cluear signal that you are not running Aura Sphere or Weather Ball. By making all Raikou sets shiny, you create a sense of ambiguity as to whether or not you are using the event moves.</p>
    [SET]
    name: Calm Mind Sweeper
    move 1: Calm Mind
    move 2: Thunderbolt
    move 3: Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Aura Sphere / Substitute / Volt Switch
    item: Life Orb / Leftovers
    ability: Pressure
    nature: Rash / Timid
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    <p>This set aims to take advantage of one of the unique and effective tools at Raikou's disposal: Calm Mind. Raikou's excellent baes 115 Special Attack and Speed stats make it hard to stop once it has a Calm Mind boost or two, and its good special bulk is further enhanced. Thunderbolt is Raikou'sthe STAB move with the best combination of reliability and power, and Hidden Power Ice compliments Thunderbolt's coverage almost perfectly, forming a combination resisted only in OU by Thick Fat Mamoswine and Magnezone. There are a few viable options for the last slot. Aura Sphere is lthe preferred fourth move due to the extgh Aura coverage that it offers. Although itSphere forces Raikou to run a Rash nature, Aura Sphere also helps Raikou byit threatenings Kyurem-B, Terrakion, Heatran, Mamoswine, Tyranitar and Ferrothorn, several Pokemon that would otherwise be very dangerous for this set. Substitute can be used to ease prediction when forcing switches, protect Raikou from dreaded status moves, and even take weaker attacks with ease, once Raikou has accumulated enough Calm Mind boosts. Defensive Latias's Dragon Pulse fails to break Raikou's Substitute the majority of time after Raikou has a Calm Mind under its belt, and defensive Celebi without Perish Song becomes helpless against Raikou with a Substitute and a Calm Mind boost. Volt Switch seems strange on a boosting set, but it does have its uses. With Volt Switch, Raikou can steal the momentum and wear down its checks early- and mid-game, which will help soften up the opponent's team for a late-game Calm Mind sweep. This gives Raikou much more utility in the earlier parts of the game, where it might find it difficult to sweep with Calm Mind. It's also worth noting that if you run either Substitute or Volt Switch, Raikou can freely run a Timid nature and take full advantage of its base 115 Speed stat.</p>
    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]
    <p>The extra power offered by the Life Orb makes it the primary option if you are running Aura Sphere or Volt Switch as your final move. However, Leftovers are preferred if you are running Substitute, as Raikou will greatly appreciate the ability to heal some of the health used to make the Substitute. Unless you are forced to run a Rash nature, Raikou should always be Timid in order to differentiate itself from Thundurus-T with its extra speed. The EV spread is chosen to maximize the potency of Raikou's special offense. However, a 128 HP / 52 SpA / 76 SpD / 252 Spe EV spread can be used alongside Substitute. This gives your Substitute the ability to always survive a Politoed's Scald after a Calm Mind boost, as well as a Pursuit from specially defensive MixTar. As far as other move options go, Hidden Power Grass can be used to hit opposing Gastrodon and Quagsire, both of with would handle this set with ease otherwise. Raikou works well as a Rain sweeper, in which case Thunder is a valuable addition over Thunderbolt. Likewise, Weather Ball can be used as a coverage move if Raikou is being run on a rain, sun, or hail team. Weather Ball in rain will give Raikou a weapon against Ground-type Pokemon such as Landorus-T and Donphan, while Weather Ball in sun severely threatens Grass-type Pokemon such as Ferrothorn and Celebi. Weather Ball in hail can threaten both Ground- and Grass-type Pokemon, although it lacks the power boost that rain or sun would provide. However, like Aura Sphere, it is important to remember that Weather Ball requires a Rash nature.</p>
    <p>As is the case with most special attackers, Blissey and Chansey can be major hassles to this set due to their incredible special bulk. Likewise, Fighting-type Pokemon such as Conkeldurr, Breloom and Terrakion that can threaten these two special walls make great partners. Raikou also appreciates having entry hazards on the opponent's side of the field in order to increase its chances at OHKOs and 2HKOs. Ferrothorn in particular makes a great partner for its ability to set up Spikes and Stealth Rock, as well as force out both Quagsire and Gastrodon, two Pokemon that Raikou without Hidden Power Grass would have trouble with. If running Volt Switch, a Rapid Spin user such as Forretress could also help Raikou by removing entry hazards that Raikou would otherwise have to switch in and out of. Specially defensive Hippowdon makes a great answer to this set, and so Pokemon such as Breloom and Celebi that can keep int in check are also valuable allies. </p>
    [SET]
    name: Choice
    move 1: Thunderbolt
    move 2: Hidden Power Ice
    move 3: Aura Sphere / Signal Beam
    move 4: Volt Switch
    item: Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
    ability: Pressure
    nature: Rash / Timid
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    <p>With such a great combination of Special Attack and Speed stats, it's no surprise that Raikou would be able to run a successful Choice set. When wielding a Choice Scarf, Raikou becomes an excellent check to many offensive threats such as Salamence, Gyarados, and Dragonite with a Dragon Dance boost, as well as fast Pokemon such as Terrakion and Keldeo. Even when running a Rash nature, Raikou is still able to outspeed Pokemon with a base 100 Speed stat, which makes it an effective Choice Scarf user even without a positive Speed nature. Raikou can also forgo the revenge killing utility of the Choice Scarf in favor of the raw power of Choice Specs-boosted attacks. Thunderbolt is again the primary option for a STAB move, and for good reason. Hidden Power Ice makes a great coverage move alongside Thunderbolt, and it gives Raikou a weapon for revenge killing Pokemon such as Salamence, Dragonite, and Thundurus-T. Aura Sphere covers Pokemon such as Tyranitar, Kyurem-B, and Mamoswine, and it's a great move for revenge killing non-boosted TerrakionTerrakion without a Rock Polish boost. Signal Beam can be used instead if you need the extra coverage against Pokemon such as Celebi, Latios, and Latias, whileand it still hits Tyranitar fairly hard. More importantly, you are free to run a Timid nature on Raikou when using Signal Beam instead of Aura Sphere. Volt Switch is an excellent option for the last moveslot. With Volt Switch, Raikou can deal significant damage to a wide variety of Pokemon while also stealing the momentum for its team.</p>
    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]
    <p>The choice (pun intended) between the Choice Specs and Choice Scarf depends on the role you wish for Raikou to fulfill on your team. It should be noted that if you choose to use Choice Specs, it is preferred that you use a Timid nature. While you will have to forgo Aura Sphere, you will have the ability to outspeed all non-boosted variants of Keldeo, Tornadus, Gengar, and Latios, to name a few. Choice Scarf variants have a bit more freedom to run a Rash nature because a Rash natured Raikou can still outspeed base 100 Speed Pokemon with boosts, namely Salamence and Volcarona. You could still use a Timid nature with the Choice Scarf, however, as this will let Raikou outpace Scarf Keldeo, Terrakion, and Latios, as well as Jolly Cloyster after Shell Smash and Modest Venusaur in the Sun. Otherwise, the EV spread is fairly basic for a specially offensive Pokemon. Besides the moves listed, Thunder is once again a good option if you are running Raikou on a rain team. Weather Ball can also be a valuable coverage move on a weather-based team to handle the Pokemon that resist Raikou's Electric attacks, provided you are prepared to run a Rash nature with it. In sun or hail, opposing Grass-type Pokemon such as Breloom and Celebi (as well as Ferrothorn in sun only) are hit very hard, while Weather Ball in rain or hail can threaten Ground-type Pokemon such as Landorus and Gliscor.</p>
    <p>Once again, Raikou really appreciates partnership with Pokemon that can handle Chansey and Blissey. Grass-type Pokemon who can defeat those dangerous Water / Ground-type Pokemon are also valuable, as those Pokemon are checks that Raikou cannot take advantage of with Volt Switch or defeat with Hidden Power Ice. Entry hazard support is also an important factor in Raikou's success, especially since this set is especially good at taking advantage of Volt Switch. The passive damage from entry hazards can also open up the possibility of a late-game sweep by Scarf Raikou. Because Choice Raikou does like to utilize Volt Switch, it will obviously be switching in and out quite often. Because of this, Rapid Spin or Magic Bounce support can be useful for removing or preventing opposing entry hazards, respectively, which will protect Raikou's health when switching in and out. Specially defensive Hippowdon is a major threat to this set as well, and so Pokemon such as Celebi and Rotom-W that can handle it are great partners as well. The Choice Specs version in particular makes a great wall breaker, and so prominent late-game sweepers such as Agility Thundurus-T and Rock Polish Terrakion appreciate Raikou's ability to soften up opposing teams.</p>
    [SET]
    name: All Out Attacker
    move 1: Thunderbolt / Thunder
    move 2: Hidden Power Ice / Weather Ball
    move 3: Aura Sphere
    move 4: Volt Switch / Signal Beam
    item: Life Orb / Expert Belt
    ability: Pressure
    nature: Rash
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]
    <p>By running an all-out attacker set, Raikou is able to take advantage of its great coverage and overall offensive presence without the restrictions of a Choice item. Like the previous sets, the combination of Thunderbolt and Hidden Power Ice is the primary choice for the coverage that it offers. However, because this particular set works very well on weather teams, Weather Ball makes for a particularly useful and powerful coverage move on sun, rain, and hail teams. Like Hidden Power Ice, Weather Ball in hail can form the excellent BoltBeam coverage alongside Thunderbolt, handling many of the Ground- and Grass-type Pokemon that could normally handle Electric attacks with ease. Weather Ball in sun or rain can also cover Grass-and Ground-type Pokemon, respectively, and in that case Weather Ball will gain an additional power boost from the weather. If used on a rain team, Thunder also can be used instead of Thunderbolt for the extra power and higher paralysis rate. Aura Sphere is the best option for the third slot due to the coverage it offers against opposing Kyurem-B, Mamoswine, Ferrothorn and Tyranitar. Like the Choice set, this set is a good user of Volt Switch. However, Signal Beam can be used to hit Latias and Celebi much harder, both of which might wall Raikou completely, depending on which Weather Ball type it is using.</p>
    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]
    <p>The Life Orb offers a much appreciated boost in power, even at the cost of a little HP for each attack. Expert Belt offers a smaller and more exclusive power boost, but it also helps maintain Raikou's HP stat and can be used to bluff a Choice set. The EV spread is again chosen as a standard for special offense, and Rash is the preferred nature due to the importance of Aura Sphere. Since Water / Ground-type Pokemon make good switch-ins to this set, Hidden Power Grass is another option that can nail these for super effective damage. It is especially useful if you can give them a false sense of security by bluffing a Choice set with Expert Belt, making them think they have a safe switch-in. If Weather Ball is used, Raikou will appreciate the help of permanent weather starters. Nintales, Politoed, and Abomasnow are preferred as sandstorm offers little useful coverage. As with the other sets, Pokemon that can handle Raikou's main counters are valuable teammates. This could include Breloom and Terrakion to defeat Blissey and Chansey, as well as Celebi and Ferrothorn to handle those pesky Water / Ground-type Pokemon. This set might have trouble with Celebi and Latias depending on the Weather Ball type you have (provided you are not using Signal Beam), and so those two are additional counters that you will have to keep in mind. Specially defensive Hippowdon can also handle even Weather Ball since it can change the weather to sandstorm, and so this set appreciates the support of Pokemon like Celebi and Rotom-W who can not only handle Hippowdon, but can also utilitize U-turn or Volt Switch to form a momentum-stealing core with Raikou. Rapid Spin and entry hazard support from Pokemon such as Ferrothorn and Forretress will also help Raikou to perform its job more effectively, and so support of thatis kind is always appreciated.</p>
    [OTHER OPTIONS]
    <p>Despite some of Raikou's neat move options on the main sets, it has a fairly lacking movepool otherwise. Extrasensory can be used to hit some Fighting- and Poison-type Pokemon harder than Thunderbolt. Notably, Extrasensory will hit Terrakion and Venusaur harder than any of Raikou's non-event moves. Other Hidden Power types can be useful from time to time. For example, if you are not running Aura Sphere or Weather Ball on a Sun team, Hidden Power Fire can hit Ferrothorn very hard. Shadow Ball hits Latios and Latias a little harder than Signal Beam or Hidden Power Ice, while also hitting Celebi pretty hard. However, it doesn't cover much else that Signal Beam doesn't already handle. Extremespeed is another move that Raikou obtained via event. Although it works off of Raikou's lower base 85 Atk stat, it can be used to 2HKO faster threats in tandem with one of Raikou's other moves. For example, Latios and Venusaur are 2HKO'd by the combination of Hidden Power Ice and Extremespeed, while Scarf Kyurem-B is 2HKO'd by the combination of Aura Sphere and Extremespeed (each of these examples also requiresafter Stealth Rock). It should be noted that Extremespeed should only be considered on an all-out attacker set. Charge Beam can deal a small amount of damage with each hit and raise Raikou's SpA stat a majority of the time, but it is initially very weak and is honestly outclassed by Calm Mind. Raikou also has a pretty good support movepool, boasting options such as Reflect, Light Screen, Roar, and Thunder Wave. However, Raikou's niche lies in its offensive prowess, and so it'd be best to leave the support to something else. </p>
    [CHECKS AND COUNTERS]
    <p>Blissey and Chansey are perhaps the most notable counters for Raikou, as is the case with many specially attackers. Raikou has trouble getting past either of these Pokemon without a significant amounts of Calm Mind boosts. Specially defensive Hippowdon can handle even a Choice Specs-boosted Hidden Power Ice and threaten back with Earthquake. It also can change the weather to sandstorm, alleviating the threat of Weather Ball. Since Raikou can't run every coverage move at once, several other Pokemon are capable of handling it depending on which combination of moves it chooses. If Raikou isn't running Hidden Power Grass, Gastrodon and Quagsire can easily handle almost anything that Raikou can dish out and threaten back with STAB Ground moves. Specially defensive Hippowdon can handle even a Choice Specs-boosted Hidden Power Ice and threaten back with Earthquake. It also can change the weather to sandstorm, alleviating the threat of Weather Ball. Tyranitar is gravely threatened by Aura Sphere, but otherwise it switches in fairly easily and can heavily damage Rakiou with Stone Edge or Earthquake. Kyurem-B's incredible bulk lets it easily handle anything besides Aura Sphere and severely damage or OHKO Raikou with its Dragon STAB. Ferrothorn fears nothing from Raikou bar Aura Sphere and Weather Ball on sun teams, while it can 2HKO Raikou with Power Whip or 3HKO it with Gyro Ball. Celebi can handle sets that rely on Weather Ball in rain for coverage against Ground-type Pokemon and do not run Signal Beam, and Latias can handle those plus the variants that run Weather Ball in sun.</p>

    <p>There are several other Pokemon that, while they may not be able to fully counter Raikou, do make excellent checks. Dugtrio is one of the most dangerous Pokemon for Raikou to have to face. It can outspeed any unboostscarfed Raikou, trap it with Arena Trap, and knock it out with STAB Earthquake, so it's best to try to remove opposing Dugtrio before attempting a sweep. Heatran lacks reliable recovery to switch in constantly, but it can handle anything bar Aura Sphere and Weather Ball in rain and either hurt Raikou with Earth Power or phaze it out with Roar, possibly ending a Calm Mind sweep. Abomasnow can generally take any hit besides Aura Sphere and Signal Beam, while dealing considerable damage with Wood Hammer or Earthquake. Mamoswine also does not like Aura Sphere nor Weather Ball depending on the weather, but besides that it, handles the BoltBeam combination with ease and can OHKO with Earthquake. Landorus and Garchomp are two fast Ground types that can outspeed Rash Raikou variants and threaten with their STAB Ground-type attacks. Even if Raikou is using a Timid nature, both of these Pokemon, as well as Landorus-T, can easily check Raikou with Choice Scarf sets.</p>
    [DREAM WORLD]
    <p>Raikou gets Volt Absorb from the Dream World, and it will be a great ability for Raikou once it's released. Unless it is released alongside Weather Ball and Aura Sphere, it would be illegal with these two coverage moves. However, the extra healing can be very useful for Raikou whenever it can switch into an opposing Electric-type attack, and it would definitely be more useful than Pressure.</p>

    Comments: Your first sentence says 'at first glance' and then never refutes this statement, which also happens to be TRUE.
    I tore up the third paragraph of the overview. It said NOTHING of real use. You can put in a part at the end saying it makes you easier to predict.
    Terrakion doesn't really run RP much last time I checked, so SD boosts don't block an RK.
    Similarly, Gengar and such don't boost speed except... DD latios? QC rejected anyhow.
    "Prominent sweepers such as its greatest competition and a rare set appreciate this support", maybe find some different ones? Scarfmence?
    Unless you're saying CM can beat Hippo (It doesn't;LO versions will die to an EQ and can't 2hitko without a CM boost, while lefties versions can't 2Hko him. he can outright stomp it or phase), then why is he in the "Depending on moveslot" counter section?
    I feel like you're using the word "boosted" to describe scarfed. Stop it. Choice scarf IS a boost, but when you say boosted, we think of actual boosting moves, so it's confusing.
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    Okay, changes have been made. I can understand how "boosted" might be confusing when referring to Scarf, so I tried to replace the mentions of boosts with mentions of Choice Scarf, so let me know if I missed some. I also replaced the mentions of Agility Thundurus-T and Rock Polish Landorus with Moxie Salamence and Rock Polish Landorus, both of which are notable and common threats.
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    [Overview]

    <p>Raikou is quite the stereotypical Electric-type Pokemon: good Special Attack and Speed stats with a fairly bland movepool. Its excellent combination of base 115 Speed and Special Attack stats looks great on the surface, but unfortunately, (RC) as an offensive Electric-type Pokemon, (RC) it receives major competition from Thundurus-T and Jolteon in the OU environment, each having significant advantages that warrant more usage on OU teams. In addition, while Raikou does have some neat event moves in Aura Sphere and Weather Ball, it is forced to run a Rash nature when using either of them these moves. This hurts its ability to fully take advantage of its excellent base 115 Speed stat (although it can still outspeed base 100 Speed Pokemon by a single point). Because of this, Raikou generally doesn't find much usage on OU teams.</p>

    <p>However, Raikou does have some notable assets that give it an edge over its competition. Unlike its competitors, Raikou has good 90 / 100 special bulk to compliment its offenses and give it the ability to hit hard and fast, as well as take a few hits when needed. The extra speed is also useful for checking prominent threats like Garchomp and Keldeo, which Thundurus-T is unable to do without a Choice Scarf, and the extra power gives it an advantage over Jolteon. Aura Sphere and Weather Ball are two great coverage moves that Thundurus-T and Jolteon would love to have. Raikou even has unique access to Calm Mind, allowing it to boost is special power and bulk simultaneously, which in turn makes it a more powerful and more durable sweeper. Utilize these niches and Raikou will never disappoint.</p>

    <p>On a side note, you should always make your Raikou sets shiny since all event Raikou are supposed to be shiny. A non-shiny Raikou is a clear signal that you are not running Aura Sphere or Weather Ball.</p>

    [SET]

    name: Calm Mind Sweeper
    move 1: Calm Mind
    move 2: Thunderbolt
    move 3: Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Aura Sphere / Substitute / Volt Switch
    item: Life Orb / Leftovers
    ability: Pressure
    nature: Rash / Timid
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe


    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set aims to take advantage of one of the unique and effective tools at Raikou's disposal: Calm Mind. Raikou's excellent base 115 Special Attack and Speed stats make it hard to stop once it has a Calm Mind boost or two, (RC) and its good special bulk is further enhanced. Thunderbolt is the STAB move with the best combination of reliability and power, (RC) and Hidden Power Ice compliments Thunderbolt's coverage almost perfectly, forming a combination resisted only in OU by Thick Fat Mamoswine and Magnezone. There are a few viable options for the last slot. Although Aura Sphere forces Raikou to run a Rash nature, it threatens Kyurem-B, Terrakion, Heatran, Mamoswine, Tyranitar, (AC) and Ferrothorn, several Pokemon that would otherwise be very dangerous for this set. Substitute can be used to ease prediction when forcing switches, protect Raikou from dreaded status moves, and even take weaker attacks with ease once Raikou has accumulated enough Calm Mind boosts. Defensive Latias's Dragon Pulse fails to break Raikou's Substitute the majority of time after Raikou has a Calm Mind under its belt, and defensive Celebi without Perish Song becomes helpless against Raikou with a Substitute and a Calm Mind boost. Volt Switch seems strange on a boosting set, but does have its use. With Volt Switch, Raikou can steal the momentum and wear down its checks early- and mid-game, which will help soften up the opponent's team for a late-game Calm Mind sweep. This gives Raikou much more utility in the earlier parts of the game, where it might find it difficult to sweep with Calm Mind. It's also worth noting that if you run either Substitute or Volt Switch, Raikou can freely run a Timid nature and take full advantage of its base 115 Speed stat.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The extra power offered by the Life Orb makes it the primary option if you are running Aura Sphere or Volt Switch as your final move. However, Leftovers are is preferred if you are running Substitute as Raikou will greatly appreciate the ability to heal some of the health used to make the Substitute. Unless you are forced to run a Rash nature, Raikou should always be Timid in order to differentiate itself from Thundurus-T with its extra speed. The EV spread is chosen to maximize the potency of Raikou's special offense. However, a 128 HP / 52 SpA / 76 SpD / 252 Spe EV spread can be used alongside Substitute. This gives your Substitute the ability to always survive a Politoed's Scald after a Calm Mind boost, as well as a Pursuit from specially defensive MixTar. As far as other move options go, Hidden Power Grass can be used to hit opposing Gastrodon and Quagsire, both of with would handle this set with ease otherwise. Raikou works well as a rain sweeper, in which case Thunder is a valuable addition over Thunderbolt. Likewise, Weather Ball can be used as a coverage move if Raikou is being run on a rain, sun, or hail team. Weather Ball in rain will give Raikou a weapon against Ground-type Pokemon such as Landorus-T and Donphan, while Weather Ball in sun severely threatens Grass-type Pokemon such as Ferrothorn and Celebi. Weather Ball in hail can threaten both Ground- and Grass-type Pokemon, although it lacks the power boost that rain or sun would provide. However, like Aura Sphere, it is important to remember that Weather Ball requires a Rash nature.</p>

    <p>As is the case with most special attackers, Blissey and Chansey can be major hassles to this set due to their incredible special bulk. Likewise, Fighting-type Pokemon such as Conkeldurr, Breloom, (AC) and Terrakion that can threaten these two special walls make great partners. Raikou also appreciates having entry hazards on the opponent's side of the field in order to increase its chances at OHKOs and 2HKOs. Ferrothorn in particular makes a great partner for its ability to set up Spikes and Stealth Rock, as well as force out both Quagsire and Gastrodon, two Pokemon that Raikou without Hidden Power Grass would have trouble with. If running Volt Switch, a Rapid Spin user such as Forretress could also help Raikou by removing entry hazards that Raikou would otherwise have to switch in and out of. Specially defensive Hippowdon makes a great answer to this set, and so Pokemon such as Breloom and Celebi that can keep it in check are also valuable allies. </p>


    [SET]

    name: Choice
    move 1: Thunderbolt
    move 2: Hidden Power Ice
    move 3: Aura Sphere / Signal Beam
    move 4: Volt Switch
    item: Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
    ability: Pressure
    nature: Rash / Timid
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe


    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>With such a great combination of Special Attack and Speed, it's no surprise that Raikou would be able to run a successful Choice set. When wielding a Choice Scarf, Raikou becomes an excellent check to many offensive threats such as Salamence, Gyarados, and Dragonite with a Dragon Dance boost, as well as fast Pokemon such as Terrakion and Keldeo. Even when running a Rash nature, Raikou is still able to outspeed Pokemon with a base 100 Speed stat, which makes it an effective Choice Scarf user even without a positive Speed nature. Raikou can also forgo the revenge killing utility of the Choice Scarf in favor of the raw power of Choice Specs-boosted attacks. Thunderbolt is again the primary option for a STAB move, and for good reason. Don't say it's for good reason if you're not going to give one Hidden Power Ice makes a great coverage move alongside Thunderbolt, and it gives Raikou a weapon for revenge killing Pokemon such as Salamence, Dragonite, and Thundurus-T. Aura Sphere covers Pokemon such as Tyranitar, Kyurem-B, and Mamoswine, and it's a great move for revenge killing Terrakion without a Rock Polish boost or Choice Scarf. Signal Beam can be used instead if you need the extra coverage against Pokemon such as Celebi, Latios, and Latias, and it still hits Tyranitar fairly hard. More importantly, you are free to run a Timid nature on Raikou when using Signal Beam instead of Aura Sphere. Volt Switch is an excellent option for the last moveslot. With Volt Switch, Raikou can deal significant damage to a wide variety of Pokemon while also stealing the momentum for its team.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The choice (pun intended) between the Choice Specs and Choice Scarf depends on the role you wish for Raikou to fulfill on your team. It should be noted that if you choose to use Choice Specs, it is preferred that you use a Timid nature. While you will have to forgo Aura Sphere, you will have the ability to outspeed all variants of Keldeo, Tornadus, Gengar, and Latios not running Choice Scarf, to name a few. Choice Scarf variants have a bit more freedom to run a Rash nature because a Rash natured Raikou can still outspeed base 100 Speed Pokemon with boosts, namely Salamence and Volcarona. You could still use a Timid nature with the Choice Scarf, however, as this will let Raikou outpace Scarf Keldeo, Terrakion, and Latios, as well as Jolly Cloyster after a Shell Smash and Modest Venusaur in the sun. Otherwise, the EV spread is fairly basic for a specially offensive Pokemon. Besides the moves listed, Thunder is once again a good option if you are running Raikou on a rain team. Weather Ball can also be a valuable coverage move on a weather-based team to handle the Pokemon that resist Raikou's Electric attacks, provided you are prepared to run a Rash nature with it. In sun or hail, opposing Grass-type Pokemon such as Breloom and Celebi (as well as Ferrothorn in sun only) are hit very hard, while Weather Ball in rain or hail can threaten Ground-type Pokemon such as Landorus and Gliscor.</p>

    <p>Once again, Raikou really appreciates partnership with Pokemon that can handle Chansey and Blissey. Grass-type Pokemon who that can defeat those dangerous Water- and Ground-type Pokemon are also valuable, as these Pokemon are checks that Raikou cannot take advantage of with Volt Switch or defeat with Hidden Power Ice. Entry hazard support is also an important factor in Raikou's success, especially since because this set is especially exceptionally good at taking advantage of Volt Switch. The passive damage from entry hazards can also open up the possibility of a late-game sweep by Choice Scarf Raikou. Because Choice Raikou does like to utilize Volt Switch, it will obviously be switching in and out quite often. Because of this As such, Rapid Spin or Magic Bounce support can be useful for removing or preventing opposing entry hazards, respectively, which will protect Raikou's health when switching in and out. Specially defensive Hippowdon is a major threat to this set as well, and so Pokemon such as Celebi and Rotom-W that can handle it are great partners as well. The Choice Specs version in particular makes a great wallbreaker, and so prominent late-game sweepers such as Moxie Salamence and Rock Polish Landorus appreciate Raikou's ability to soften up opposing teams.</p>

    [SET]

    name: All-Out Attacker
    move 1: Thunderbolt / Thunder
    move 2: Hidden Power Ice / Weather Ball
    move 3: Aura Sphere
    move 4: Volt Switch / Signal Beam
    item: Life Orb / Expert Belt
    ability: Pressure
    nature: Rash
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe


    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>By running an all-out attacker set, Raikou is able to take advantage of its great coverage and overall offensive presence without the restrictions of a Choice item. Like the previous sets, the combination of Thunderbolt and Hidden Power Ice is the primary choice for the coverage that it offers. However, because this particular set works very well on weather teams, Weather Ball makes for a particularly useful and powerful coverage move on sun, rain, and hail teams. Like Hidden Power Ice, Weather Ball in hail can form the excellent BoltBeam coverage alongside Thunderbolt, handling many of the Ground- and Grass-type Pokemon that could normally handle Electric attacks with ease. Weather Ball in sun or rain can also cover Grass-and Ground-type Pokemon, respectively, and in that case Weather Ball will gain an additional power boost from the weather. If used on a rain team, Thunder also can be used instead of Thunderbolt for the extra power and higher paralysis rate. Aura Sphere is the best option for the third slot due to the coverage it offers against opposing Kyurem-B, Mamoswine, Ferrothorn, (AC) and Tyranitar. Like the Choice set, this set is a good user of Volt Switch. However, Signal Beam can be used to hit Latias and Celebi much harder, both of which might wall Raikou completely depending on which Weather Ball type it is using.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The Life Orb offers a much appreciated boost in power, (RC) at the cost of a little HP for each attack. Expert Belt offers a smaller and more exclusive power boost, but it also helps maintain Raikou's HP stat and can be used to bluff a Choice set. The EV spread is again chosen as a standard for special offense, and Rash is the preferred nature due to the importance of Aura Sphere. Since Water- and Ground-type Pokemon make good switch-ins to this set, Hidden Power Grass is another option that can nail these for super effective damage. It is especially useful if you can give them a false sense of security by bluffing a Choice set with Expert Belt, making them think they have a safe switch-in. If Weather Ball is used, Raikou will appreciate the help of permanent weather starters. Nintales, Politoed, and Abomasnow are preferred, (AC) as sandstorm's Weather Ball variant offers little useful coverage. As with the other sets, Pokemon that can handle Raikou's main counters are valuable teammates. This could include Breloom and Terrakion to defeat Blissey and Chansey, as well as Celebi and Ferrothorn to handle those pesky Water- and Ground-type Pokemon. This set might have trouble with Celebi and Latias depending on the Weather Ball type you have (provided you are not using Signal Beam), and so those two are additional counters that you will have to keep in mind. Specially defensive Hippowdon can also handle even Weather Ball since as it can change the weather to sandstorm, and so this set appreciates the support of Pokemon like Celebi and Rotom-W who that can not only handle Hippowdon, (RC) but can also utilitize U-turn or Volt Switch to form a momentum-stealing core with Raikou. Rapid Spin and entry hazard support from Pokemon such as Ferrothorn and Forretress will also help Raikou to perform its job more effectively, and so support of that kind is always appreciated.</p>

    [OTHER OPTIONS]

    <p>Despite some of Raikou's neat move options on the main sets, it has a fairly lacking movepool otherwise. Extrasensory can be used to hit some Fighting- and Poison-type Pokemon harder than Thunderbolt, notably, Extrasensory will hit Terrakion and Venusaur harder than any of Raikou's non-event moves. Other Hidden Power types can be useful from time to time. For example, if you are not running Aura Sphere or Weather Ball on a Sun team, Hidden Power Fire can hit Ferrothorn very hard. Shadow Ball hits Latios and Latias a little harder than Signal Beam or Hidden Power Ice, (RC) while also hitting Celebi pretty hard. However, it doesn't cover much else that Signal Beam doesn't already handle. ExtremeSpeed is another move that Raikou obtained via event. Although it works off of Raikou's lower base 85 Attack stat, it can be used to 2HKO faster threats in tandem with one of Raikou's other moves. For example, Latios and Venusaur are 2HKOed by the combination of Hidden Power Ice and ExtremeSpeed, while Choice Scarf Kyurem-B is 2HKOed by the combination of Aura Sphere and Extremespeed (each of these after Stealth Rock). It should be noted that ExtremeSpeed should only be considered on an all-out attacker set. Charge Beam can deal a small amount of damage with each hit and raise Raikou's Special Attack stat a majority of the time, but it is initially very weak and is honestly outclassed by Calm Mind. Raikou also has a pretty good support movepool, boasting options such as Reflect, Light Screen, Roar, and Thunder Wave. However, Raikou's niche lies in its offensive prowess, and so it'd be best to leave the support to something else. </p>

    [CHECKS AND COUNTERS]

    <p>Blissey and Chansey are perhaps the most notable counters for Raikou, as is the case with many specially attackers. Raikou has trouble getting past either of these Pokemon without significant amounts of Calm Mind boosts. Specially defensive Hippowdon can handle even a Choice Specs-boosted Hidden Power Ice and threaten back with Earthquake. It also can change the weather to sandstorm, alleviating the threat of Weather Ball. Since As Raikou can't run every coverage move at once, several other Pokemon are capable of handling it depending on which combination of moves it chooses. If Raikou isn't running Hidden Power Grass, Gastrodon and Quagsire can easily handle almost anything that Raikou can dish out and threaten back with STAB Ground moves. Tyranitar is gravely threatened by Aura Sphere, but otherwise it switches in fairly easily and can heavily damage Rakiou with Stone Edge or Earthquake. Kyurem-B's incredible bulk lets it easily handle anything besides Aura Sphere and severely damage or OHKO Raikou with its Dragon STAB. Ferrothorn fears nothing from Raikou bar Aura Sphere and Weather Ball on sun teams, (RC) while it can 2HKO Raikou with Power Whip or 3HKO with Gyro Ball. Celebi can handle sets that rely on Weather Ball in rain for coverage against Ground-type Pokemon and do not run Signal Beam, and Latias can handle those plus the variants that run Weather Ball in sun.</p>

    <p>There are several other Pokemon that make excellent checks. Dugtrio is one of the most dangerous Pokemon for Raikou to have to face. It can outspeed any non-Choice Scarf Raikou, trap it with Arena Trap, and knock it out with STAB Earthquake, so it's best to try to remove opposing Dugtrio before attempting a sweep. Heatran lacks reliable recovery to switch in constantly, but it can handle anything bar Aura Sphere and Weather Ball in rain and either hurt Raikou with Earth Power or phaze it out with Roar, possibly ending a Calm Mind sweep. Abomasnow can generally take any hit besides Aura Sphere and Signal Beam, while dealing considerable damage with Wood Hammer or Earthquake. Mamoswine also does not like Aura Sphere nor Weather Ball depending on the weather, but besides that it handles the BoltBeam combination with ease and can OHKO with Earthquake. Landorus and Garchomp are two fast Ground-types that can outspeed Rash Raikou variants and threaten with their STAB Ground-type attacks. Even if Raikou is using a Timid nature, both of these Pokemon, as well as Landorus-T, can easily check Raikou with Choice Scarf sets.</p>

    [DREAM WORLD]

    <p>Raikou gets Volt Absorb from the Dream World, and it will be a great ability for Raikou once it's released. However, unless it is released alongside Weather Ball and Aura Sphere, it would be illegal with these two coverage moves. However Still, the extra healing can be very useful for Raikou whenever it can switch into an opposing Electric-type attack, and it would definitely be more useful than Pressure.</p>


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    [Overview]

    <p>Raikou is quite the stereotypical Electric-type Pokemon: good Special Attack and Speed with a fairly bland movepool. Its excellent combination of base 115 Speed and Special Attack stats looks great on the surface, but unfortunately as an offensive Electric-type Pokemon it receives major competition from Thundurus-T and Jolteon in the OU environment, each having significant advantages that warrant more usage on OU teams. In addition, while Raikou does have some neat event moves in Aura Sphere and Weather Ball, it is forced to run a Rash nature when using either of them. This hurts its ability to fully take advantage of its excellent base 115 Speed (although it can still outspeed base 100 Speed Pokemon by a single point). Because of this, Raikou generally doesn't find much usage on OU teams.</p>

    <p>However, Raikou does have some notable assets that give it an edge over its competition. Unlike its competitors, Raikou has good 90 / 100 special bulk to compliment its offenses and give it the ability to take a few hits when needed. The extra speed is also useful for checking prominent threats like Garchomp and Keldeo, which Thundurus-T is unable to do without a Choice Scarf, and the extra power gives it an advantage over Jolteon. Aura Sphere and Weather Ball are two great coverage moves that Thundurus-T and Jolteon would love to have. Raikou even has unique access to Calm Mind, allowing it to boost its special power and bulk simultaneously, which in turn makes it a more powerful and more durable sweeper. Utilize these niches and Raikou will never disappoint.</p>

    <p>On a side note, you should always make your Raikou sets shiny since all event Raikou are supposed to be shiny. A non-shiny Raikou is a clear signal that you are not running Aura Sphere or Weather Ball.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Calm Mind Sweeper
    move 1: Calm Mind
    move 2: Thunderbolt
    move 3: Hidden Power Ice
    move 4: Aura Sphere / Substitute / Volt Switch
    item: Life Orb / Leftovers
    ability: Pressure
    nature: Rash / Timid
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set aims to take advantage of one of the unique and effective tools at Raikou's disposal: Calm Mind. Raikou's excellent base 115 Special Attack and Speed make it hard to stop once it has a Calm Mind boost or two and its good special bulk is further enhanced. Thunderbolt is the STAB move with the best combination of reliability and power and Hidden Power Ice compliments Thunderbolt's coverage almost perfectly, forming a combination resisted only in OU by Thick Fat Mamoswine and Magnezone. There are a few viable options for the last slot. Although Aura Sphere forces Raikou to run a Rash nature, it threatens Kyurem-B, Terrakion, Heatran, Mamoswine, Tyranitar, and Ferrothorn, several Pokemon that would otherwise be very dangerous to the success of this set. Substitute can be used to ease prediction when forcing switches, protect Raikou from dreaded status moves, and even take weaker attacks with ease once Raikou has accumulated enough Calm Mind boosts. Defensive Latias's Dragon Pulse fails to break Raikou's Substitute the majority of time after Raikou has a Calm Mind under its belt, and defensive Celebi without Perish Song becomes helpless against Raikou with a Substitute and a Calm Mind boost. Volt Switch seems strange on a boosting set, but does have its use. With Volt Switch, Raikou can steal the momentum and wear down its checks early- and mid-game, which will help soften up the opponent's team for a late-game Calm Mind sweep. This gives Raikou much more utility in the earlier parts of the game, where it might find it difficult to sweep with Calm Mind. It's also worth noting that if you run either Substitute or Volt Switch, Raikou can freely run a Timid nature and take full advantage of its base 115 Speed.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The extra power offered by the Life Orb makes it the primary option if you are running Aura Sphere or Volt Switch as your final move. However, Leftovers is preferred if you are running Substitute as Raikou will greatly appreciate the ability to heal some of the health used. Unless you are forced to run a Rash nature, Raikou should always be Timid in order to differentiate itself from Thundurus-T with its extra Speed. The EV spread is chosen to maximize the potency of Raikou's special offense. However, an EV spread of 128 HP / 52 SpA / 76 SpD / 252 Spe EV spread can be used alongside Substitute. This gives your Substitute the ability to always survive a Politoed's Scald after a Calm Mind boost, as well as a Pursuit from specially defensive mixed Tyranitar. As far as other move options go, Hidden Power Grass can be used to hit opposing Gastrodon and Quagsire, both of with would handle this set with ease otherwise. Raikou works well as a rain sweeper, in which case Thunder is a valuable addition over Thunderbolt. Likewise, Weather Ball can be used as a coverage move if Raikou is being used on a rain, sun, or hail team. Weather Ball in rain will give Raikou a weapon against Ground-type Pokemon such as Landorus-T and Donphan, while Weather Ball in sun severely threatens Grass-type Pokemon such as Ferrothorn and Celebi. Weather Ball in hail can threaten both Ground- and Grass-type Pokemon, although it lacks the power boost that rain or sun would provide. However, like Aura Sphere, it is important to remember that Weather Ball requires a Rash nature.</p>

    <p>As is the case with most special attackers, Blissey and Chansey can be major hassles to this set due to their incredible special bulk. Likewise Accordingly, Fighting-type Pokemon such as Conkeldurr, Breloom, and Terrakion that can threaten these two special walls make great partners. Raikou also appreciates having entry hazards on the opponent's side of the field in order to increase its chances at OHKOs and 2HKOs. Ferrothorn in particular makes a great partner for its ability to set up Spikes and Stealth Rock, as well as force out both Quagsire and Gastrodon, two Pokemon that Raikou without Hidden Power Grass would have trouble with. If running Volt Switch, a Rapid Spin user such as Forretress could also help Raikou by removing entry hazards that Raikou would otherwise have to switch in and out of. Specially defensive Hippowdon makes a great answer to this set, and so Pokemon such as Breloom and Celebi that can keep it in check are also valuable allies.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Choice
    move 1: Thunderbolt
    move 2: Hidden Power Ice
    move 3: Aura Sphere / Signal Beam
    move 4: Volt Switch
    item: Choice Scarf / Choice Specs
    ability: Pressure
    nature: Rash / Timid
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>With such a great combination of Special Attack and Speed, it's no surprise that Raikou would be able to run a successful Choice set. When wielding a Choice Scarf, Raikou becomes an excellent check to many offensive threats such as Salamence, Gyarados, and Dragonite with a Dragon Dance boost, as well as fast Pokemon such as Terrakion and Keldeo. Even when running a Rash nature, Raikou is still able to outspeed Pokemon with a base 100 Speed stat, which makes it an effective Choice Scarf user even without a positive Speed nature. Raikou can also forgo the revenge killing utility of the Choice Scarf in favor of the raw power of Choice Specs-boosted attacks. Thunderbolt is again the primary option for a STAB move. Hidden Power Ice makes a great coverage move alongside Thunderbolt, and it gives Raikou a weapon for revenge killing Pokemon such as Salamence, Dragonite, and Thundurus-T. Aura Sphere covers Pokemon such as Tyranitar, Kyurem-B, and Mamoswine, and it's a great move for revenge killing Terrakion without a Rock Polish boost or Choice Scarf. Signal Beam can be used instead if you need the extra coverage against Pokemon such as Celebi, Latios, and Latias, and it still hits Tyranitar fairly hard. More importantly, you are free to run a Timid nature on Raikou when using Signal Beam instead of Aura Sphere. Volt Switch is an excellent option for the last moveslot. With Volt Switch, Raikou can deal significant damage to a wide variety of Pokemon while also stealing the momentum for its team.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The choice (pun intended) between the Choice Specs and Choice Scarf depends on the role you wish for Raikou to fulfill on your team. It should be noted that if you choose to use Choice Specs, it is preferred that you use a Timid nature. While you will have to forgo Aura Sphere, Raikou will have the ability to outspeed all variants of Keldeo, Tornadus, Gengar, and Latios not running Choice Scarf. Choice Scarf variants have a bit more freedom to run a Rash nature because a Rash natured Raikou can still outspeed base 100 Speed Pokemon with boosts, namely Salamence and Volcarona. You could still use a Timid nature with the Choice Scarf, however, as this will let Raikou outpace Scarf Keldeo, Terrakion, and Latios, as well as Jolly Cloyster after Shell Smash and Modest Venusaur in the sun. Otherwise, the EV spread is fairly basic for a specially offensive Pokemon. Besides the moves listed, Thunder is once again a good option if you are running Raikou on a rain team. Weather Ball can also be a valuable coverage move on a weather-based team to handle the Pokemon that resist Raikou's Electric attacks, provided you are prepared to run a Rash nature with it. In sun or hail, opposing Grass-type Pokemon such as Breloom and Celebi (as well as Ferrothorn in sun only) are hit very hard, while Weather Ball in rain or hail can threaten Ground-type Pokemon such as Landorus and Gliscor.</p>

    <p>Once again, Raikou really appreciates partnership with Pokemon that can handle Chansey and Blissey. Grass-type Pokemon that can defeat those dangerous Water- and Ground-type Pokemon are also valuable, as these are checks that Raikou cannot take advantage of with Volt Switch or defeat with Hidden Power Ice. Entry hazard support is also an important factor in Raikou's success, especially because this set is exceptionally good at taking advantage of Volt Switch. The passive damage from entry hazards can also open up the possibility of a late-game sweep by Choice Scarf Raikou. Because Choice Raikou does like to utilize Volt Switch, it will obviously be switching in and out quite often. As such, Rapid Spin or Magic Bounce support can be useful for removing or preventing opposing entry hazards, which will protect Raikou's health when switching in and out. Specially defensive Hippowdon is a major threat to this set as well, and so Pokemon such as Celebi and Rotom-W that can handle it are great partners as well. The Choice Specs version in particular makes a great wallbreaker, and so prominent late-game sweepers such as Moxie Salamence and Rock Polish Landorus appreciate Raikou's ability to soften up opposing teams.</p>

    [SET]
    name: All-Out Attacker
    move 1: Thunderbolt / Thunder
    move 2: Hidden Power Ice / Weather Ball
    move 3: Aura Sphere
    move 4: Volt Switch / Signal Beam
    item: Life Orb / Expert Belt
    ability: Pressure
    nature: Rash
    evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>By running an all-out attacker set, Raikou is able to take advantage of its great coverage and overall offensive presence without the restrictions of a Choice item. Like the previous sets, The combination of Thunderbolt and Hidden Power Ice is the primary choice for the coverage that it offers. However, because this particular set works very well on weather teams, Weather Ball makes for a particularly useful and powerful coverage move. Like Hidden Power Ice, Weather Ball in hail can form the excellent BoltBeam coverage alongside Thunderbolt, handling many of the Ground- and Grass-type Pokemon that could normally handle Electric attacks with ease. Weather Ball in sun or rain can also cover Grass- and Ground-type Pokemon, respectively, and Weather Ball will gain an additional power boost from the weather. If used on a rain team, Thunder can also be used instead of Thunderbolt for the extra power and higher paralysis rate. Aura Sphere is the best option for the third slot due to the coverage it offers against opposing Kyurem-B, Mamoswine, Ferrothorn, and Tyranitar. Like the Choice set, This set is a good user of Volt Switch. However, Signal Beam can be used to hit Latias and Celebi much harder, both of which might wall Raikou completely depending on which Weather Ball type it is using.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>The Life Orb offers a much appreciated boost in power at the cost of a little HP for each attack. Expert Belt offers a smaller and more exclusive power boost, but it also helps maintain Raikou's HP stat and can be used to bluff a Choice set. The EV spread is again chosen as a standard for special offense, and Rash is the preferred nature due to the importance of Aura Sphere. Since Water- and Ground-type Pokemon make good switch-ins to this set, Hidden Power Grass is another option that can nail these for super effective damage. It is especially useful if you can give them a false sense of security by bluffing a Choice set with Expert Belt, making them think they have a safe switch in. If Weather Ball is used, Raikou will appreciate the help of permanent weather starters. Ninetales, Politoed, and Abomasnow are preferred, as sandstorm's Weather Ball variant offers little useful coverage. As with the other sets, Pokemon that can handle Raikou's main counters are valuable teammates. This could include Breloom and Terrakion to defeat Blissey and Chansey, as well as Celebi and Ferrothorn to handle those pesky Water- and Ground-type Pokemon. This set might have trouble with Celebi and Latias depending on the Weather Ball type you have (provided you are not using Signal Beam), and so those two are additional counters that you will have to keep in mind. Specially defensive Hippowdon can also handle even Weather Ball as it can change the weather to sandstorm, and so this set appreciates the support of Pokemon like Celebi and Rotom-W that can not only handle Hippowdon but can utilize U-turn or Volt Switch to form a momentum-stealing core with Raikou. Rapid Spin and entry hazard support from Pokemon such as Ferrothorn and Forretress will also help Raikou to perform its job more effectively, and so support of that kind is always appreciated.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>Despite some of Raikou's neat move options on the main sets, it has a fairly lacking movepool otherwise. Extrasensory can be used to hit some Fighting- and Poison-type Pokemon harder than Thunderbolt, notably Terrakion and Venusaur. Other Hidden Power types can be useful from time to time. For example, if you are not running Aura Sphere or Weather Ball on a sun team, Hidden Power Fire can hit Ferrothorn very hard. Shadow Ball hits Latios and Latias a little harder than Signal Beam or Hidden Power Ice while also hitting Celebi pretty hard. However, it doesn't cover much else that Signal Beam doesn't already handle. ExtremeSpeed is another move that Raikou obtained via event. Although it works off of Raikou's lower base 85 Attack stat, it can be used to 2HKO faster threats in tandem with one of Raikou's other moves. For example, Latios and Venusaur are 2HKOed by the combination of Hidden Power Ice and ExtremeSpeed, while Choice Scarf Kyurem-B is 2HKOed by the combination of Aura Sphere and ExtremeSpeed (each of these after Stealth Rock). It should be noted that ExtremeSpeed should only be considered on an all-out attacker set. Charge Beam can deal a small amount of damage with each hit and raise Raikou's Special Attack a majority of the time, but it is initially very weak and is honestly outclassed by Calm Mind. Raikou also has a pretty good support movepool, boasting options such as Reflect, Light Screen, Roar, and Thunder Wave. However, Raikou's niche lies in its offensive prowess, and so it'd be best to leave the support to something else.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Blissey and Chansey are perhaps the most notable counters for Raikou, as is the case with many special attackers. Raikou has trouble getting past either of these Pokemon without significant amounts of Calm Mind boosts. Specially defensive Hippowdon can handle even a Choice Specs-boosted Hidden Power Ice and threaten back with Earthquake. It can also change the weather to sandstorm, alleviating the threat of Weather Ball. As Raikou can't run every coverage move at once, several other Pokemon are capable of handling it depending on which combination of moves it chooses. If Raikou isn't running Hidden Power Grass, Gastrodon and Quagsire can easily handle almost anything that Raikou can dish out and threaten back with STAB Ground moves. Tyranitar is gravely threatened by Aura Sphere, but otherwise it switches in fairly easily and can heavily damage Raikou with Stone Edge or Earthquake. Kyurem-B's bulk lets it easily handle anything besides Aura Sphere and severely damage or OHKO Raikou with its Dragon STAB. Ferrothorn fears nothing from Raikou bar Aura Sphere and Weather Ball on sun teams while it can 2HKO Raikou with Power Whip or 3HKO with Gyro Ball. Celebi can handle sets that rely on Weather Ball in rain for coverage against Ground-type Pokemon and do not run Signal Beam, and Latias can handle those plus the variants that run Weather Ball in sun.</p>

    <p>There are several other Pokemon that make excellent checks. Dugtrio is one of the most dangerous Pokemon for Raikou to have to face. It can outspeed any non-Choice Scarf Raikou, trap it with Arena Trap, and knock it out with STAB Earthquake, so it's best to try to remove opposing Dugtrio before attempting a sweep. Heatran lacks reliable recovery to switch in constantly, but it can handle anything bar Aura Sphere and Weather Ball in rain and either hurt Raikou with Earth Power or phaze it out with Roar, possibly ending a Calm Mind sweep. Abomasnow can generally take any hit besides Aura Sphere and Signal Beam, while dealing considerable damage with Wood Hammer or Earthquake. Mamoswine also does not like Aura Sphere nor Weather Ball depending on the weather, but besides that it handles the BoltBeam combination with ease and can OHKO with Earthquake. Landorus and Garchomp are two fast Ground-types that can outspeed Rash Raikou variants and threaten with their STAB Ground attacks. Even if Raikou is using a Timid nature, both of these Pokemon, as well as Landorus-T, can easily check Raikou with Choice Scarf sets.</p>

    [Unreleased]

    <p>Raikou gets Volt Absorb from the Dream World, and it will be a great ability for Raikou once it's released. However, unless it is released alongside Weather Ball and Aura Sphere, it would be illegal with these two coverage moves. Still, the extra healing can be very useful for Raikou whenever it can switch into an opposing Electric-type attack, and it would definitely be more useful than Pressure.</p>


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