INTRODUCTION: (PLEASE READ!)
Hello everyone, it’s Pinkacross. I’m sorry I haven’t been very active lately, I’ve been very busy. It is for that reason that this is only a #3 peak-- I’m very confident that this Alolan Raichu team could peak #1, I simply haven’t had the time to do so. Furthermore, the metagame will be changing soon, maybe by a little, maybe by a lot, but just in case, I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite teams that I haven’t had the chance to RMT. I built these teams, and Storm Zone helped edit them and test with me. I hope in the final weeks of this metagame (and possibly beyond) these creative teams serve you well. Storm Zone and I are ready for the BDSP meta, and we will be putting out some creative and broken squads. I WILL CONTINUE WITH THE OLD RMT FORMAT FOR FUTURE POSTS, with long threads, replays, team building process, etc. I just wanted to get this out as fast as possible so they can be enjoyed before the metagame shift, so this RMT will essentially have the bare minimum requirements. Without further ado, here is my Alolan Raichu Offense (with bonus teams of Gigalith Gravity Groundspam, Vanilluxe Hail, and Tailwind Balance).
THE LINKS TO ALL OF THE TEAMS ALONG WITH SHORT DESCRIPTIONS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE THREAD.
PROOF OF PEAK:
Tapu Koko @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Electric Surge
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
- Dazzling Gleam
Tapu Koko functions as the Electric Terrain setter and Speed control for this team. Tapu Koko is a fantastic pokemon in the metagame right now, being a solid Weavile counter and offensively threatening the majority of the tier. Tapu Koko loves hazard stack, as it helps wear down opposing Ground types, Ferrothorn, Slowking-Galar, and other pokemon that trouble Tapu Koko. Heavy Duty Boots are used on this set since this team has no removal.
Raichu-Alola @ Choice Specs
Ability: Surge Surfer
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
- Volt Switch
- Rising Voltage
Raichu-Alola functions as many things for this team-- it is Speed Control occasionally, it is a sweeper, and it can even be a breaker. Depending on the matchup, Alolan Raichu may be a free win, a sack, an early game breaker to set up for something else, or a late game sweeper to be preserved at all costs. Alolan Raichu is a far superior terrain abuser to Regieleki, having incredible coverage with Surf and Psyshock, letting Raichu break Blissey and 2HKO or OHKO all Ground types used in OU. Choice Specs are chosen for added breaking power, since Raichu often doesn’t stay in for very long anyway. Be careful not to fixate on a Rising Voltage sweep-- Psyshock can often be even more devastating in some late game scenarios. The power of Rising Voltage is absurd, however, 2HKOing Blissey in Electric Terrain after just a single Volt Switch.
Victini @ Heavy-Duty Boots
Ability: Victory Star
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
- Bolt Strike
Victini functions as the Tapu Lele check and primary breaker of the team, having exceptional synergy with Tapu Koko, letting Victini break down bulky waters such as Toxapex and Slowbro in Electric Terrain. This Victini is a standard set, running Heavy Duty boots as this team does not have hazard removal. Will-O-Wisp is a niche option chosen to punish bulky Ground types that often switch into Victini (especially in Electric Terrain) such as Hippowdon, Garchomp, and Landorus. With a combination of Will-O-Wisp, V Create, and Bolt Strike, nothing in the tier is OK with switching into this monster.
Clefable @ Leftovers
Ability: Magic Guard
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD
IVs: 0 Atk / 0 Spe
Clefable serves a vital role on this team-- checking Dragapult and absorbing Knock Off. Since this team has no removal, we have our two most frequently used pokemon (Tapu Koko and Victini) running Heavy Duty Boots. Clefable helps safely Teleport in these pokemon without fear of having their boots removed from the likes of Toxapex, Ferrothorn, and other Clefable. This Clefable set is a monster, being able to wishpass to our non-Leech Seed Ferrothorn, and keep other members of the team healthy. This may be an old set, but it’s still dangerous.
Ferrothorn @ Leftovers
Ability: Iron Barbs
EVs: 248 HP / 252 Def / 8 Spe
- Knock Off
- Body Press
- Iron Defense
This Ferrothorn set is rather odd, but it gets its job done well. It is the Spike setter and Bisharp/Weavile/Rain check of the team. The Iron Defense + Body Press set is used to counter Magnezone, a currently popular pokemon. Furthermore, with support from WishPort Clefable, this Ferrothorn can actually function as a sweeper against some teams and in certain late game scenarios. Leftovers are used to help with Ferrothorn’s longevity.
Landorus-Therian (M) @ Leftovers
EVs: 248 HP / 104 Def / 156 SpD
IVs: 28 Spe
- Stealth Rock
The classic dog, a creative teambuilder’s best friend. Landorus acts as our Electric immunity, a Stealth Rock setter, a Heatran check (especially with WishPort Clefable support), and a pivot. Note that it is often worth Toxic trading with other Landorus, especially if it is their only Ground type, as it puts the opponent’s team on a timer for when it will lose to Alolan Raichu. In certain matchups, however, (like when facing a Sub + CM Blacephalon) it is important to keep Landorus healthy lest you immediately lose.
IMPORTABLE & OTHER TEAMS:
Alolan Raichu Hazard Stack: 2028, #3, likely could achieve #1
Tailwind Balance: Tested well, performed well in 1900s, could likely peak much higher
Uses Specs Tapu Lele + Specs Aegislash to chip defensive teams, with a Tailwind + Eject Button Toxapex tech on Tornadus to sweep late game or devastate offensive teams early game. Warning: While we do fine against Specs Kyurem, Sub Kyurem is a difficult matchup. Making Tapu Lele Timid improves that matchup.
Vanilluxe + Specs Arctozolt Hail: Tested well, performed well in 1900s and 2000s, could likely peak very high
The primary core of this team is two Specs Blizzard spammers + Eject Button Toxapex + Mirror Coat Magnezone to trap Heatran, the only pokemon that can consistently wall an onslaught of Blizzards.
Gravity Groundspam: Tested well, performed well in 1900s, could likely peak much higher
This team utilizes Gravity to decimate opponents offensively and swiftly.