Alolan Raichu Raid Guide

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Raichu (Alola)

Alolan 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 Pokémon like Hydreigon, Darkrai, Mega Gengar, Shadow Ball Mewtwo and Tyranitar. Alolan Raichu is a Raid exclusive Pokémon, together with Alolan Marowak. It is available as a shiny.

Alolan 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)

Alolan Raichu Counters

Since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to remove Frustration with a Charge TM, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.

The following table lists the best Alolan Raichu raid counters in Pokémon GO.

# Pokémon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 63.29s 1.75
2. Houndoom (Mega) Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 79.19s 1.67
3. Absol (Mega) Snarl Dark Payback Dark 79.30s 3.25
4. Beedrill (Mega) Infestation Bug X-Scissor Bug 84.31s 3.08
5. Gyarados (Mega) Bite Dark Crunch Dark 88.15s 2.33
6. Scizor (Mega) Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug 92.49s 1.92
7. Pheromosa Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug 96.24s 4.67
8. Hydreigon Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 111.39s 1.50
9. Darkrai Snarl Dark Shadow Ball Ghost 109.73s 2.83
10. Charizard (Mega Y) Ember Fire Blast Burn Fire 107.39s 3.67
11. Chandelure Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 108.07s 3.58
12. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 113.15s 2.50
13. Gengar Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 106.58s 4.42
14. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 117.74s 1.75
15. Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 117.98s 1.75
16. Garchomp Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 120.18s 1.58
17. Blastoise (Mega) Bite Dark Hydro Cannon Water 112.75s 3.83
18. Excadrill Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 118.82s 2.33
19. Hoopa (Confined) Astonish Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 114.73s 3.42
20. Hoopa (Unbound) Astonish Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 116.99s 2.92
21. Groudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 122.85s 1.78
22. Rhyperior Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 123.58s 1.67
23. Aerodactyl (Mega) Bite Dark Earth Power Ground 114.75s 4.17
24. Charizard (Mega X) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 123.26s 2.00
25. Landorus Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 121.05s 2.92
26. Latias (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon 125.79s 1.75
27. Landorus (Incarnate) Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 121.29s 3.00
28. Deoxys (Attack) Poison Jab Poison Dark Pulse Dark 108.57s 8.75
29. Yveltal Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 122.74s 3.00
30. Weavile Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 123.17s 3.70
31. Krookodile Snarl Dark Earthquake Ground 130.31s 1.67
32. Absol Snarl Dark Payback Dark 125.52s 3.33
33. Yanmega Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug 128.56s 2.00
34. Zarude Bite Dark Dark Pulse Dark 131.21s 1.50
35. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost 125.33s 3.30

Alolan 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 Mega Gengar, followed by Mega Houndoom, then Gengar and finally Chandelure, although this can very easily change depending on the weather.

Alolan Raichu Moveset

Alolan Raichu can hit you with the following moves:

Fast moves Charge moves
  • Spark Electric
  • Volt Switch Electric 
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Wild Charge Electric
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Thunder Punch Electric
  • Grass Knot Grass

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 Alolan 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 Pheromosa or Mega Scizor 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 weather boosted Psychic does can charge your bar faster and make the fight faster in certain cases.

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