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.

Alola Raichu Raid Counters
Alola Raichu
Weaknesses: Dark Ground Bug Ghost Boosted by: Rainy Windy
Supreme Alola Raichu raid counters
GengarGengar Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Gengar, the shining example of a glass cannon, will tear through this surfer faster than any other counter, at the cost of several more faints than any relateable counter.
MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost
Almost all of the power of Gengar with less faints and similar timing, Mewtwo proves its superiority yet again, in combating Alola Raichu.
Excellent Alola Raichu raid counters
TyranitarTyranitar Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Tyranitar might have all the hype with its new dual Rock moveset, but now is a perfect time to bust out those old Alakazam slaying Bite / Crunch Tyranitars to be an excellent low-faint counter.
GroudonGroudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Groudon is by far the tankiest of counters, being around 4th in time as well as only suffering 1 faint in the course of a battle, and that is before considering a weather boost. If trainers want a interesting challenge, solo a Alolan Raichu with just a Groudon!
Good Alola Raichu raid counters
Time to win rises further from here, however a consideration must always be given to weather, where some of these counters actually top the whole list in timing.
WeavileWeavile Feint Attack Dark Foul Play Dark
HoundoomHoundoom Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
AbsolAbsol Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
BanetteBanette Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
ScizorScizor Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug
PinsirPinsir Fury Cutter Bug
Bug Bite Bug
X-Scissor Bug
SharpedoSharpedo Bite Dark Crunch Dark
AlakazamAlakazam Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost

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 Effects

Weather Pro Attacker Pro Raichu
Sunny Boosts Super Effective Ground attacks
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy
Rainy Boosts Super Effective Bug attacks Boosts Electric moves
Snow
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.

Additional Counters

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

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Alolan Raichu Counters
Alolan Raichu Counters

Raid data

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Darkrai Snarl Dark Pulse 114.5s 4
2. Gengar Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 118.0s 8
3. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 123.2s 4
4. Tyranitar Bite Crunch 128.3s 3
5. Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake 142.7s 5
6. Weavile Feint Attack Foul Play 128.7s 5
7. Deoxys Poison Jab Dark Pulse 103.8s 14
8. Garchomp Mud Shot Earthquake 149.4s 5
9. Honchkrow Snarl Dark Pulse 132.1s 7
10. Rhyperior Mud Slap Earthquake 155.2s 5
11. Pinsir Bug Bite X Scissor 137.4s 7
12. Houndoom Snarl Foul Play 140.9s 6
13. Absol Snarl Dark Pulse 133.5s 7
14. Mamoswine Mud Slap Avalanche 151.9s 5
15. Banette Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 133.8s 10
16. Scizor Fury Cutter X Scissor 145.0s 6
17. Dialga Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 155.0s 4
18. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Outrage 148.6s 7
19. Mismagius Sucker Punch Shadow Ball 143.8s 7
20. Yanmega Bug Bite Bug Buzz 143.2s 9
21. Sharpedo Bite Crunch 137.4s 12
22. Alakazam Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 150.1s 7
23. Giratina Shadow Claw Dragon Claw 159.0s 5
24. Cacturne Sucker Punch Dark Pulse 145.9s 6
25. Palkia Dragon Breath Hydro Pump 151.6s 6
26. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 152.8s 9
27. Shiftry Feint Attack Foul Play 156.1s 6
28. Heracross Struggle Bug Megahorn 164.3s 5
29. Dragonite Dragon Tail Outrage 158.2s 6
30. Latios Dragon Breath Dragon Claw 160.3s 5
31. Salamence Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 152.8s 8
32. Kyogre Waterfall Hydro Pump 164.5s 6
33. Drifblim Astonish Shadow Ball 153.2s 7
34. Crawdaunt Snarl Night Slash 159.2s 7
35. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 151.3s 5
36. Typhlosion Shadow Claw Blast Burn 156.7s 8
37. Golem Mud Slap Earthquake 170.6s 3
38. Exeggutor Dragon Tail Solar Beam 173.5s 5
39. Muk Bite Dark Pulse 161.6s 6
40. Heatran Bug Bite Fire Blast 169.8s 5
41. Flygon Mud Shot Earthquake 177.6s 4
42. Hippowdon Bite Earthquake 177.1s 4
43. Torterra Bite Earthquake 179.3s 3
44. Roserade Poison Jab Sludge Bomb 163.2s 7
45. Lucario Bullet Punch Shadow Ball 159.6s 9