Quality Control Raichu-Alola (QC 1/2)

Mariannabelle

Ninjask enthusiast
is a Tiering Contributor
OVERVIEW

Raichu-A distinguishes itself with an excellent selection of STAB options and coverage moves as it becomes a potent cleaner in Electric Terrain due to Surge Surfer. However, outside of Electric Terrain, Raichu-A is generally outclassed by other Electric-Types that have better power and secondary STAB options, such as Heliolisk and Rotom-C. Furthermore, Raichu-A is very frail, weak to all common forms of priority, and lacks the immunities conferred by the Abilities of other Electric-Types, so safe setup opportunities are sparse.

[SET]
name: Terrain Attacker
move 1: Rising Voltage
move 2: Psychic/Psyshock
move 3: Grass Knot/Focus Blast
move 4: Nasty Plot/Volt Switch
item: Life Orb
ability: Surge Surfer
nature: Modest
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Details
====

Psychic hits physically defensive targets like Vileplume and Flygon hard, while Psyshock will get better mileage against specially bulky targets like Decidueye and Goodra. Grass Knot, even unboosted, has a high KO power against heavy Ground-types like Mudsdale and Golurk. On the other hand, Focus Blast is the best attack available to hit targets like Guzzlord. In the last slot, Nasty Plot can be used situationally to turn Raichu-A into an alarming sweeper, whereas Volt Switch can be used aggressively as a pivot move. Also of note, Raichu-A is a fast option capable of setting Electric Terrain for the team as well.

Raichu-A is best used with Electric Surge Pincurchin in order to utilize Surge Surfer and Rising Voltage to their fullest extent. Raichu-A pairs well with other sweepers that can abuse terrain, such as Electric Seed Hitmonlee or Terrain Pulse Blastoise. Pokemon that resist Ground, such as Sceptile and Decidueye, are appreciated to ease the issue of stacking Electric-types.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
====

Protect can be used to block First Impression, greatly improving a team’s matchup against the likes of Sirfetch’d. However, it won’t protect Raichu-A very reliably from Sucker Punch or Shadow Sneak users. On dedicated terrain teams, Raichu-A is a fast option capable of its own Electric Terrain support. Additionally, Choice Specs can be used to power some ruthless attacks without Nasty Plot, but Raichu-A will be easily forced out afterwards.

Checks and Counters
====

**Priority Moves** While Protect can be used for First Impression in particular, one big weakness of Raichu-A is that any Sucker Punch or Shadow Sneak user, such as Decidueye, will make quick work of it, especially if Raichu-A has been weakened by Life Orb or hazard damage.

**Celebi**: Celebi will casually shrug off any move that Raichu-A can throw at it, then proceed to use Recover, set up Nasty Plot, or pivot out with U-turn.

**Dragon-types**: While Flygon and Goodra dislike taking Psychic or Psyshock, respectively, they still are effective ways of taking on Rising Voltage. Guzzlord takes little from Raichu-A's STAB moves, and only has to watch out for Focus Blast.

**Levitate users**: Because Rising Voltage loses out on a big boost if the target is airborne, certain users such as specially defensive Bronzong will find themselves walling Raichu-A somewhat easily.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [{Mariannabelle, 435989]]
- Quality checked by: [[Rabia, 336073], [username2, userid2]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1], [username2, userid2]]
 
Last edited:

Rabia

perfection
is a Site Content Manageris a Top Social Media Contributoris a Community Leaderis a Community Contributoris a Live Chat Contributoris a Tiering Contributoris a Top Contributoris a Smogon Media Contributoris a Battle Simulator Moderator
GP Co-Leader
OVERVIEW

Raichu-A distinguishes itself with an excellent selection of STAB options and coverage moves as it becomes a potent cleaner in Electric Terrain due to Surge Surfer. However, Raichu-A has to compete with other Electric-Types such as Heliolisk and Rotom-C with better Special Attack. (tbh the competition is more just because unless you're running it under terrain, these other guys are better. I'd emphasize that) Furthermore, Raichu-A is very frail, weak to all common forms of priority, and lacks the immunities conferred by the Abilities of other Electric-Types, so safe setup opportunities are sparce. Nonetheless, Raichu-A remains the most potent Electric offense available, as long as Electric Terrain is maintained. (conclusion sentences not necessary)

[SET]
name: Terrain Attacker
move 1: Rising Voltage
move 2: Psychic/Psyshock
move 3: Grass Knot/Focus Blast
move 4: Nasty Plot/Volt Switch/Electric Terrain (this feels more like an OO thing)
item: Life Orb
ability: Surge Surfer
nature: Modest
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Details
====

Psychic hits physically defensive targets like Vileplume and Flygon hard, while Psyshock will get better mileage against specially bulky targets like Decidueye and (not a super bulky Pokemon, but still a relevant target to list here) Goodra. Grass Knot, even unboosted, has a high KO power against heavy Ground-types like Mudsdale and Golurk. On the other hand, Focus Blast is the best attack available to hit targets like Guzzlord. In the last slot, Nasty Plot can be used situationally to turn Raichu-A into an alarming sweeper, whereas Volt Switch can be used aggressively as a pivot move. Also of note, Raichu-A is a fast option capable of setting Electric Terrain for the team as well.

Raichu-A is best used with Electric Surge Pincurchin in order to utilize Surge Surfer and Rising Voltage to their fullest extent. Raichu-A pairs well with other sweepers that can abuse terrain, such as Electric Seed Hitmonlee or Terrain Pulse Blastoise. Pokemon that resist Ground, such as Sceptile and Decidueye (I have a terrain team with Choice Band Decidueye that has worked well, so I think it's a cool mention here), are appreciated to ease the issue of stacking Electric-types.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
====

Protect can be used to block First Impression, greatly improving a team’s matchup against the likes of Sirfetch’d. However, it won’t protect Raichu-A very reliably from Sucker Punch or Shadow Sneak users. Choice Specs can be used to power some ruthless attacks without Nasty Plot, but Raichu-A will be easily forced out afterwards.

Checks and Counters
====

**Priority Moves** While Protect can be used for First Impression in particular, one big weakness of Raichu-A is that any Sucker Punch or Shadow Sneak user, such as Decidueye, will make quick work of it, especially if Raichu-A has been weakened by Life Orb or hazard damage.

**Celebi**: Celebi will casually shrug off any move that Raichu-A can throw at it, then proceed to use Recover, set up Nasty Plot, or pivot out with U-turn.

**Guzzlord**: While Guzzlord has to watch out for Focus Blast, Guzzlord will easily shrug off any other move from Raichu-A and proceed to click Knock Off. (maybe change this to Dragon-types in general? Dragalge doesn't apply here, but Goodra and Flygon can situationally deal with Alolan Raichu)

**Levitate users**: Because Rising Voltage loses out on a big boost if the target is airborne, certain users such as specially defensive Bronzong will find themselves walling Raichu-A somewhat easily.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [{Mariannabelle, 435989]]
- Quality checked by: [[username1, userid1], [username2, userid2]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1], [username2, userid2]]

qc 1/2 when done
 

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 1, Guests: 0)

Top