025MS #025: Pikachu Raichu #027: Sandshrew 027MS
This page refers to the species as a whole. For notable Raichu, see Category:Raichu.

#026 026MS Raichu
ライチュウ Raichu
Mouse Pokémon
Abilities Static,
Lightning Rod (Hidden Ability)
Pokédex Colour Yellow
Egg Groups Field Egg Group,
Fairy Egg Group

Raichu (Japanese: ライチュウ Raichu) is an  Electric -type Pokémon.

It evolves from Pikachu when exposed to a Thunder Stone. It is the final form of Pichu.

A regional variant of Raichu can be found in the Alola region.


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Raichu is a bipedal, rodent-like Pokémon. Raichu is covered in dark orange fur with a white belly. Its arms and feet have patches of brown fur at the end, and the soles of its big feet are tan with a circular orange pad. Its bifurcated ears are brown on the outside and yellow on the insides and ends in a distinctive curl. The electric sacs on its cheeks are yellow. It has two horizontal brown stripes on its back. Its long, thin tail has a lightning bolt shaped end. This lightning bolt is smaller on females. Its tail is used to gather electricity from the atmosphere, or it can be planted in the ground to search for electricity. Its tail also serves to protect itself from its own power.

Raichu exudes a weak electrical charge from all its body and slightly glows in the dark, and is capable of storing over 100,000 volts of electricity. However, it will become aggressive if it has stored too much electricity. To keep from reaching this state, it discharges electricity through its tail into the ground. This leads to scorched patches near its nest. If Raichu’s sacs are fully charged, its ears will stand straight up and its muscles become stimulated. Raichu is found in forests and woodlands.


Canon Edit

in generation VII
PKMN bag icon - Soothe Bell
PKMN bag icon - Thunder Stone
Thunder Stone


Pokémon Heart and Soul VersionsEdit

Mega Raichu
Pokémon Heart and Soul Versions
Mega Raichu
Ability Volt Absorb

Raichu appear and can be caught in Pokémon Heart and Soul Versions. Raichu can also Mega Evolve using the Raichunite. Mega Raichu has the Volt Absorb ability.


  • Raichu is the only Pokémon in its evolutionary line to have never been a playable fighter in a canon Super Smash Bros. title.

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