Raikou #243 HP: 90 Atk: 85 Def: 75 SpA: 115 SpD: 100 Spe: 115 Hide (Move your mouse to the hide area to reveal the content) Show Hide Hide Hide PHP: [LEFT]Level-Up Moves -- Bite-- LeerLv8 ThundershockLv15 RoarLv22 Quick AttackLv29 SparkLv36 ReflectLv43 CrunchLv50 Thunder FangLv57 DischargeLv64 ExtrasensoryLv71 Rain DanceLv78 Calm MindLv85 Thunder Machine Moves TM04 Calm MindTM05 RoarTM06 ToxicTM10 Hidden PowerTM11 Sunny DayTM15 Hyper BeamTM16 Light ScreenTM17 ProtectTM18 Rain DanceTM21 FrustrationTM24 ThunderboltTM25 ThunderTM27 ReturnTM28 DigTM30 Shadow BallTM32 Double TeamTM33 ReflectTM37 SandstormTM42 FacadeTM44 RestTM48 RoundTM57 Charge BeamTM60 QuashTM68 Giga ImpactTM70 FlashTM72 Volt SwitchTM73 Thunder WaveTM77 Psych UpTM78 BulldozeTM87 SwaggerTM90 SubstituteTM93 Wild ChargeTM94 Rock SmashTM95 SnarlHM01 CutHM04 Strength Gen IV Tutor Moves (Pt/HG/SS) Iron Head(Pt/HG/SS) Magnet Rise(Pt/HG/SS) Mud-Slap(Pt/HG/SS) Signal Beam(Pt/HG/SS) Snore(Pt/HG/SS) Swift(HG/SS) Headbutt Special Moves Aura SphereExtremeSpeedWeather BallZap Cannon[/LEFT] Raikou -> Double Battles ->Weather<- Raikou @ Life Orb / Shuca Berry RASH +Pressure+ 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe -Thunderbolt / Thunder -Weather Ball / Aura Sphere -Hidden Power [Ice] / Hidden Power [Grass] -Protect Weather abusing Raikou. As probably the most well-treated of the Crown beasts, Raikou becomes a weather-team staple, able to supply the Electric-type move often otherwise lacking therein and a powerful, single-target move of the dominant weather's element. Weather Ball reaches 100 power after the move's inherent boost in weather*, then 150 if it's sun or rain that's the weather in play. This gives Raikou pretty ample coverage if it's one of those two; if you feel like you can keep the rain going most of the time (If that's your weather) Thunder is very powerful and useable. Aura Sphere is also an option in place of Weather Ball if that doesn't suffice on a given team, although if you're running rain, keep in mind a SE Aura Sphere will hit only as hard as a neutral Thunder without the paralysis chance, so its use generally lies in 4x Fighting-weak Pokemon. HP Ice and HP Grass are the famous options for Electric-type sweepers, and Raikou can run either one well. Ice offers better coverage, but Grass is 4x effective against Gastrodon, a foe every rain team must keep in its sights. Raikou's common Ground-type weakness and relatively low Def score means it stands to benefit from Shuca Berry, an option that should especially be considered if the Life Orb slot is already occupied. If you are using Raikou on a hail team, you might want to consider HP Fire as well, to cover the Steel-type resistance Abomasnow-centered teams usually encounter. ExtremeSpeed is also situationally viable, although Raikou appreciates its Protect, one reason being that it only resists one priority attack; ExtremeSpeed is better on other Pokemon. ->Choice Scarf<- Raikou @ Choice Scarf RASH +Pressure+ 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe -Thunderbolt -Weather Ball -Aura Sphere -Hidden Power [Ice] / Hidden Power [Grass] The presence of ExtremeSpeed meant that Raikou didn't get a -Atk nature that it would have appreciated. Because of that, too, Raikou was stuck with a +SpA nature rather than +Spe. However, Raikou can take advantage of its not-optimal-speed with the Choice Scarf, owing to a wide enough variety of attacks to use it well. HP Ice and HP Grass again present a dilemma, but Ice is preferred here because one of speedy Raikou's purposes is to hit 4x Ice-weak Pokemon that may have gone with a neutral Spe nature and a Choice Scarf as well, whereas Grass is more of a niche-filler that won't serve Raikou too well after it's KO'd its enemy Water/Ground-type. ->non-Event Standard<- Raikou @ Life Orb / Shuca Berry TIMID +Pressure+ 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe - Thunderbolt / Thunder (with rain support) - Hidden Power [Ice] - Thunder Wave / Reflect / Light Screen - Protect This is the standard Raikou for those who either don't have the event or want the full Spe available. STAB Thunderbolt and HP Ice have historically given great coverage and had great results, especially for Raikou. Unfortunately Raikou can't get perfect coverage without Crown-exlusive moves, but that gap leaves room for a much-appreciated Protect and the option of a support move of choice. 115 base Spe means Raikou sets up screens extremely quickly, and Thunder Wave, of course, supplies the debuff we all know so well.