l 90 l 85 l 75 l 115 l 100 l 115 l Raikou Intro: Veteran of Gen 4 UU (at least until the banhammer crushed his tail and he squealed like a little kitten), Raikou is back, and he comes with a vengeance. 115/115 in Satk and Speed means Raikou outpaces and decimates a lot of the metagame with his mighty STAB Thunderbolt and accompanying coverage moves. Raikou also has nice bulk, meaning that he isn't just a sweeper, he's a relatively bulky sweeper. Raikou does suffer from 4 move slot syndrome though, so it isn't all perfect. Sets Offensive Raikou @ Choice Specs/Life Orb Rash Pressure 4hp/252Satk/252spd -Thunderbolt -Volt Switch -Aura Sphere -Hidden Power [Grass/Ice] -T-bolt main STAB, kills stuff -Volt-Switch keeps up momentum -Aura Sphere makes Snorlax and Porygon-2 wet themselves -HP Grass kills Swampert while HP Ice hits Flygon switches Calm Mind Raikou @ Leftovers/Life Orb Timd/Modest/Rash Volt Absorb/Pressure 4hp/252Satk/252spd -Thunderbolt -Substitute/Aura Sphere -Calm Mind -Hidden Power [Grass/Ice] -Raikou forces plenty of switches=free subs -Aura Sphere can be run over sub if you like coverage -T-Bolt STAB, HP Coverage Choice Scarf Raikou @ Choice Scarf Timid Volt Absorb 4hp/252Satk/252spd -Thunderbolt -Volt Switch -Hidden Power [Grass/Ice] -Shadow Ball -really, really fast -T-Bolt STAB, Volt Switch momentum, others coverage Substitute + 3 Attacks Raikou @ Life Orb/Leftovers Rash Pressure 4hp/252Satk/252speed -Thunderbolt -Aura Sphere -Substitute -Hidden Power [Ice/Grass] -kills Azelf, Mienshao, Cobalion, and others that would outspeed it -Sub great attack blocker, easy to get up -T-Bolt STAB, others coverage Counters/Checks -Snorlax/Porygon-2/Ferroseed if lacking Aura Sphere -Tangrowth if lacking HP Ice -Scarfers like Mienshao and Herracross can kill it What do you think? Just how good is Raikou? How will its usage/effectiveness change in the future? Feel free to discuss the mighty Thundercat!