Alola Raichu is a Tier 3 raid boss with 15380 Raid Boss CP. Alolan Raichu raid boss can be relatively easily soloed. Best Alola Raichu counters are strong Ghost and Dark type Pokemon like Gengar, Shadow Ball Mewtwo and Tyranitar. Alola Raichu is a raid exclusive Pokémon, together with Alolan Marowak.
Normally, Alola Raichu has stats of 201 ATK, 172 DEF, and 120 STA, so even with the boosted raid boss stamina, it won’t be too threatening. Alola Raichu, as an Electric and Psychic type, will be weak to plenty of meta-relevant types, including Dark, Ground, Ghost, and Bug types. When beat, the catch CP will range from:
- 1238 – 1306 CP (Regular, Level 20 encounter)
- 1548- 1633 CP (Weather Boosted Level 25 encounter)
Alola Raichu Counters
The following table lists best Alolan Raichu counters in Pokemon GO. Italics indicate legacy movesets. Generally their usefulness is based on this legacy moveset.
|#||Pokemon||Fast Move||Charge Move||Time to win||Deaths|
|2.||Shadow Claw||Shadow Ball||127.2s||3|
|7.||Shadow Claw||Shadow Ball||116.1s||6|
|12.||Psycho Cut||Shadow Ball||138.4s||5|
|13.||Mud Slap||Earth Power||147.0s||4|
|15.||Fury Cutter||X Scissor||150.8s||5|
|20.||Bug Bite||X Scissor||147.7s||6|
|26.||Shadow Claw||Shadow Ball||139.6s||8|
|30.||Hidden Power||Giga Impact||164.8s||5|
Alola Raichu has so many top-tier counters, it won’t be hard to send it crashing. Between Groudon, Tyranitar, Mewtwo, and Gengar, this psychic surfer has to deal with some of the highest damage dealing Pokémon in the game.
Your fastest time to win, not accounting for weather, will be with Legacy Shadow Claw / Shadow Ball Gengar, followed by Mewtwo, then Tyranitar and finally Groudon, although this can very easily change depending on the weather.
Alola Raichu Moveset
Alola Raichu can hit you with the following moves:
- Spark Electric (Fast)
- Volt Switch Electric (Fast)
- Wild Charge Electric (Charged) 2-Bar
- Psychic Psychic (Charged) 1-Bar
- Thunder Punch Electric (Charged) 3-Bar
|Weather||Pro Attacker||Pro Raichu|
|Sunny||Boosts Super Effective Ground attacks||–|
|Rainy||Boosts Super Effective Bug attacks||Boosts Electric moves|
|Fog||Boosts Super Effective Ghost and Dark Attacks||–|
|Windy||–||Boosts Psychic move|
As you can see, the best weather to hit an Alola Raichu in is either Sunny or Fog weather, where they boost the likes of Groudon or Gengar, while providing no benefits to Raichu. However, you can get some benefit in the Rainy where a Pinsir will become the best attacker, at the cost of Raichu then receiving a boost to its own Electric attacks.
Windy might make it harder if it happens to have Psychic, however the difference in time is minimal at best, and in fact a point can be made the extra damage a weather boosted Psychic does can charge your bar faster and make the fight faster in certain cases.
For those looking for challenges, or those in need of counters that might not have the counters listed above, here are some viable options:
- Rayquaza/Dragonite with Dragon Tail / Outrage
- Shiftry with Feint Attack / Foul Play
- Cacturne with Sucker Punch / Dark Pulse
- Salamence with Dragon Tail / Draco Meteor
- Rhydon with Mud-Slap / Earthquake