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 (Mega), 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 the best Alolan Raichu counters in Pokemon GO.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Hex Shadow Ball 79.22s 2.75
2. Snarl Foul Play 102.79s 2.33
3. Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 118.16s 1.75
4. Snarl Shadow Ball 110.73s 2.83
5. Mud Shot Earthquake 122.41s 1.67
6. Mud Slap Earthquake 119.23s 2.33
7. Mud Slap Earthquake 123.72s 2.20
8. Hex Shadow Ball 108.84s 3.67
9. Bite Dark Pulse 127.76s 1.92
10. Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 105.52s 4.33
11. Mud Shot Earthquake 123.13s 2.58
12. Mud Shot Earth Power 121.15s 3
13. Mud Shot Earth Power 122.62s 3
14. Bug Bite X-Scissor 110.66s 4.25
15. Snarl Earthquake 130.38s 2.5
16. Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 125.49s 3.17
17. Snarl Foul Play 123.71s 3.75
18. Bite Crunch 132.08s 3.17
19. Mud Slap Earth Power 133.61s 3.10
20. Mud Slap Earthquake 139.38s 2.60
21. Fury Cutter X-Scissor 137.27s 3.25
22. Mud Slap Earthquake 142.97s 2.56
23. Mud Slap Bulldoze 137.81s 3.18
24. Fury Cutter Earthquake 148.58s 2
25. Bug Bite Megahorn 135.20s 3.58
26. Fire Spin Blast Burn 136.99s 3.70
27. Snarl Dark Pulse 135.45s 3.67
28. Snarl Foul Play 131.88s 4.08
29. Snarl Dark Pulse 128.44s 5
30. Mud Shot Earth Power 152.86s 2.4
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 Mega Gengar, followed by Mega Houndoom, then Gengar and finally Chandelure, 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
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 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:

  • Reshiram with Fire Fang / Overheat
  • Scizor with Fury Cutter / X-Scissor
  • Honchkrow with Snarl / Dark Pulse


Alolan Raichu Counters
Alolan Raichu Counters