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
Pokemon GO Raichu (Alola)Raichu (Alola)
Weaknesses: Dark Ground Bug Ghost Boosted by: Rainy Windy
Supreme Alola Raichu raid counters
Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin)Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball ghost]
Origin Giratina is the fastest and the best Alola Raichu counter. A god among men.
Pokemon GO 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.
Pokemon GO 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!
Pokemon GO 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
Pokemon GO GarchompGarchomp Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Garchomp is a budget version of Groudon.
Pokemon GO 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.
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.
Pokemon GO WeavileWeavile Feint Attack Dark Foul Play Dark
Pokemon GO HoundoomHoundoom Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
Pokemon GO AbsolAbsol Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Pokemon GO BanetteBanette Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Pokemon GO ScizorScizor Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug
Pokemon GO PinsirPinsir Fury Cutter Bug
Bug Bite Bug
X-Scissor Bug
Pokemon GO SharpedoSharpedo Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Pokemon GO 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. Giratina Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 127.8s 2
2. Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake 142.1s 3
3. Tyranitar Bite Crunch 139.1s 4
4. Garchomp Mud Shot Earthquake 149.2s 0
5. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 139.5s 4
6. Gengar Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 120.3s 6
7. Weavile Feint Attack Foul Play 139.2s 5
8. Scizor Fury Cutter X Scissor 151.0s 5
9. Pinsir Bug Bite X Scissor 147.7s 6
10. Houndoom Snarl Foul Play 148.3s 6
11. Hippowdon Bite Earth Power 165.7s 3
12. Rhyperior Mud Slap Earthquake 162.6s 3
13. Nidoking Fury Cutter Earth Power 159.6s 4
14. Salamence Bite Draco Meteor 158.3s 5
15. Mamoswine Mud Slap Bulldoze 160.2s 4
16. Shiftry Feint Attack Foul Play 161.2s 5
17. Mismagius Hex Shadow Ball 152.2s 6
18. Absol Snarl Dark Pulse 147.0s 7
19. Cacturne Sucker Punch Dark Pulse 159.4s 6
20. Banette Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 143.0s 8
21. Raikou Thunder Shock Shadow Ball 171.5s 4
22. Honchkrow Snarl Dark Pulse 143.9s 8
23. Dialga Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 181.0s 3
24. Yanmega Bug Bite Bug Buzz 153.7s 7
25. Torterra Bite Earthquake 184.7s 3
26. Alakazam Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 157.7s 7
27. Donphan Mud Slap Earthquake 179.1s 4
28. Swampert Mud Shot Earthquake 175.1s 5
29. Drifblim Astonish Shadow Ball 162.1s 7
30. Golem Mud Shot Earthquake 180.0s 4