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:

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  • 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
1. Pokemon GO DarkraiDarkrai Snarl Shadow Ball 119.0s 4
2. Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin)Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 127.2s 3
3. Pokemon GO ExcadrillExcadrill Mud Slap Earthquake 129.2s 3
4. Pokemon GO HydreigonHydreigon Bite Dark Pulse 133.4s 3
5. Pokemon GO GroudonGroudon Mud Shot Earthquake 129.9s 3
6. Pokemon GO GarchompGarchomp Mud Shot Earthquake 135.3s 0
7. Pokemon GO GengarGengar Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 116.1s 6
8. Pokemon GO ChandelureChandelure Hex Shadow Ball 122.7s 5
9. Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Mud Slap Earthquake 136.7s 4
10. Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Bite Crunch 139.5s 4
11. Pokemon GO WeavileWeavile Snarl Foul Play 132.8s 5
12. Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 138.4s 5
13. Pokemon GO GolurkGolurk Mud Slap Earth Power 147.0s 4
14. Pokemon GO HoundoomHoundoom Snarl Foul Play 142.5s 6
15. Pokemon GO ScizorScizor Fury Cutter X Scissor 150.8s 5
16. Pokemon GO DonphanDonphan Mud Slap Earthquake 154.1s 4
17. Pokemon GO MamoswineMamoswine Mud Slap Bulldoze 150.6s 4
18. Pokemon GO GolemGolem Mud Slap Earthquake 153.9s 4
19. Pokemon GO ShiftryShiftry Snarl Foul Play 157.2s 5
20. Pokemon GO PinsirPinsir Bug Bite X Scissor 147.7s 6
21. Pokemon GO HippowdonHippowdon Bite Earth Power 164.5s 3
22. Pokemon GO HonchkrowHonchkrow Snarl Dark Pulse 139.4s 7
23. Pokemon GO FlygonFlygon Mud Shot Earthquake 164.0s 4
24. Pokemon GO AbsolAbsol Snarl Dark Pulse 143.0s 7
25. Pokemon GO SalamenceSalamence Bite Draco Meteor 159.2s 5
26. Pokemon GO BanetteBanette Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 139.6s 8
27. Pokemon GO NidokingNidoking Fury Cutter Earthquake 158.1s 5
28. Pokemon GO TorterraTorterra Bite Earthquake 171.7s 3
29. Pokemon GO MismagiusMismagius Hex Shadow Ball 152.4s 7
30. Pokemon GO RegigigasRegigigas 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 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
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