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If you have a good competitive moveset for Raichu, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for any of its pre-evolutions can also be shared on this thread.

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Raichu Pokédex and learnset for reference.


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Encore is bad if the opponent uses a good move

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Gen V

Raichu (M) @ Life Orb

Trait: Lightningrod

EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Discharge
  • Grass Knot
  • Focus Blast
  • Hidden Power [Ice]

Switch in on an Electric type attack and start sweeping. Eveything besides Discharge is there for type coverage, and Discharge is obviously there for STAB (and a chance at paralyzing the foe.) EVs are your standard sweeper, and Life Orb helps it sweep better, especially without a Lightningrod boost.

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With a Timid nature, wouldn't Electro Ball make more sense?
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The Pokemon mascot's big brother has always found itself outclassed in past generations, but this is no longer the case. Raichu has finally found itself a place that it can call home, thanks to an excellent Dream World ability in Lightningrod and the introduction of the RU tier. It is one of the three viable Electric-types in the metagame, along with Electivire and Manectric. While the former takes on the role of a mixed attacker, and the latter is a hit-and-run special attacker, Raichu distinguishes itself by being a powerful setup sweeper that can plow through teams after a boost from Nasty Plot. This is aided by the fact that most special walls are weak to Raichu's STAB Electric-type moves.
Nasty Plot(Raichu)
@Life Orb
Trait: Lightningrod
Nature: Timid
~ Nasty Plot
~ Thunderbolt
~ Hidden Power Ice
~ Encore / Focus Blast
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Speed

Raichu reaches a staggering 558 Special Attack after a boost from Nasty Plot. Despite its frailty, Raichu has an easier time setting up a Nasty Plot courtesy of another nifty move in its repertoire: Encore. The lightning mouse can come in any kind of support or Electric-type move and use Encore, provided that Raichu is faster than its opponent, which it usually is, due to its base 100 Speed. Raichu can then double its Special Attack while the foe switches out. Thunderbolt is a powerful and reliable STAB move, easily crushing common special walls, such as Slowking and Mantine. Hidden Power Ice grants Raichu the excellent BoltBeam coverage, which hits the vast majority of the metagame for at least neutral damage. Focus Blast can be used to hit the Pokemon that do resist this combination, namely Steelix and Lanturn, but the shaky accuracy makes it a poorer option when compared to the general utility of Encore.
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Outdated. Too bad it had to move back to NU. Love the set tho.
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Raichu (M) @ Life Orb

Role: Mixed Sweeper

Trait: Static

EVs: 92 HP / 128 Atk / 128 SAtk / 160 Spd

Lax Nature (+Def, -SDef)

  • ThunderPunch
  • Brick Break
  • Hidden Power [Ice]
  • Quick Attack

Well, Mixed isn't a popular choice on this guy.

ThunderPunch with Static Gets a more Decent 20% Chance to paralyze, Brick Break is deadly to Rock types and Ice Types aswell As Normal Types.

Quick Attack is Priority, which is always nice to have.

And HP Ice Gives ground Coverage, And can hit Dragon's pretty hard unexpectedly.

Life orb To boost both attacking stats.

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Electro ball abuser

Raichu M Specail Sweeper @focus sash

Evs 252 spd 252 sp. atk 4 HP

Timid nature (+Speed-atk)

Trait static

  • Eletro ball (STAB and with all that speed)
  • Aglity (power up)
  • Grass knot (coverage)
  • signal beam (more coverage)

Raichu probably cant take a hit so Foucus sash is there to back it up on that first turn wher ehe takes ahit with the sash set up with agality to make electro ball unstoppable and you know what to do from there.

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Great Moveset i bet no one else thought of that one *two thumbs up*
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Can't believe that no one posted this yet.

Role: Annoyer
Ability: Static
EVs: 252 HP/129 Def/129 Sp.Def
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Thunder Wave
  • Thunderbolt
  • Sweet Kiss
  • Attract

This set is amazing in lower tiers, like RU and NU. First, use Thunder Wave to cripple the opponent. Then you can use Sweet Kiss to confuse the opponent. Attract is extremely situational as you might see a Pokemon with the same gender. Generally this combo is bound to annoy the opponent and you can deal massive damage with confusion damage and Thunderbolt damage. Don't replace Thunderbolt with Volt Tackle because it'll deal recoil damage (which you don't want).

Note: The spreads are there for extra bulk and the nature gives Raichu a good speed.

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Lol Conquest sprites are the best
Bisharp's probably my favorite.
I like Dragonite and Garchomp sprites :)
this ev spread is wasting ev's and splitting defensive ev's is rarely good. Also, this set is completely rng based.
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Raichu (M) @ Lum Berry

Ability: Static

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk)

  • Body Slam - Physical
  • Volt Tackle - Physical
  • Reversal - Physical
  • Endure

Body Slam allows for super Parahax with Static as an ability.
Volt Tackle is this thing's signature style of " Emo Battling " Killing itself and others!
Reversal and Endure is a popular choice here, with the Lum Berry to ensure Burn's don't take him down.

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Double/Triple Battle

Raichu (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Lightningrod
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Light Screen
- Discharge
- Focus Blast
- Hidden Power [Ice]

Lightningrod is a great ability in a multi-battle, as it draws in Electric type attacks to protect your team while gaining a Special Attack boost from it as well. Light Screen offers team support. Discharge is a great attack, as it damages both opponents and can be used with a Lightningrod or Motor Drive teammate to really do some damage. Focus Blast and HP Ice are coverage.

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im talking about focus blast being a wicked strong SPECIAL move and few ground types normaly have strong special defence
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Raichu @ Leftovers
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Ability: Lightningrod
EVs: 252 Spd / 252 SAtk / 4 HP
Modest Nature
- Substitute
- Charge Beam
- Agility
- Signal Beam

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Raichu (M) @ Life Orb
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Trait: Lightningrod
EVs: 204 SAtk / 52 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Magnet Rise
  • Nasty Plot
  • Thunderbolt
  • Hidden Power [Ice] / Grass Knot

This set will give Raichu an immunity to Ground Types. Nasty Plot will increase its SAtk. Thunderbolt will be powered up by Nasty Plot and its STAB. Hidden Power [Ice] / Grass Knot will cover its weaknesses if you get taunted and unable to use Magnet Rise .

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My number one favorite and favorite electric type Pokemon....RAICHU!!! most people say it sucks in competitive and says Pikachu is a better sweeper but Raichu has gain a bit more better speed, of course it may not out run a Jolteon but can probaley take out a Jolteon and other ground types too so that means this set can lead Raichu to a champion but use it wisely :D sorry if this is long

Item: Leftovers
Nature: Timid
Ability: Lighting Rod
EVs: 252 Speed, 252 Sp.Atk and 4 HP
Role: A Nasty Ploting Sweeper (or its real name a) Fast Speical Sweeper
-Thunder Bolt
-Hidden Power (Ice)
-Nasty Plot

Thunderbolt is for STAB and 10% of causeing paralysis, Hidden Power Ice is great for takeing away its weakness and can kill those resistant Dragon and Grass types, may kill Garchomp. Nasty Plot Raises Sp.Atk by 2 and Subsituite will set up a litttle wall while you have a bit of time useing Nasty Plot

To use this set you should keep Raichu in part until the opponent sends out a Pokemon that you might think has a electric type move, so quickly switch to Raichu and it will get a imunity and a boost of Sp.Atk by 1 stage, then use Substituite for a little wall that is a bit weak but will use for Nasty Plot and if the opponent uses a stat boosting move (aslong as it doesn't raise Speed, Attack or Sp.Def ) or if the opponent's move misses then Raichu may be able to stay in a little longer but if it does get hit and its substituite does break at least you have you SpAtk up to do some serious damage. If you want hidden power ice you may have to do some IV breeding anyway look it up on here :3 http://3dspedia.com/iv-spreads-hidden-power-types-pokemon-xy/ I sudgest breeing it in HP,Sp.Atk,Sp.Def and HP.

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Raichu @ Focus Sash
Ability: Lightningrod/ Static
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
- Reversal
- Thunder Punch/ Volt Tackle
- Fake out
- Volt Switch

  1. The Strategy behind this is as a lead, Riachu uses Fake out against the opponent, they flinch.
  2. Raichu uses either volt switch if a victory cannot be obtained with Raichu or thunder Punch
  3. Opponent Faints or reduces Raichu to 1hp
  4. Raichu uses Reversal (With 200bp an instant KO is almost Guaranteed!)
  5. Raichu continues using Reversal and Thunder Punch Until it is either out sped and KO'ed or is Volt switched out for more Fake out Trolling

Volt Tackle is there for a little bit more damage if needed, yet I would not recommend it

Jolly with Volt Switch is not a good idea :/
Maybe try a naive, naughty or even mild?
Another option is Hasty   
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i think a raichu is a good sweeper and you could use a sp.attacker or a physical attaker
because his good 2 stats are great I think this in my opinions

physical attaker:
raichu(male) @choice band
EVs:252attak 4hp 252speed
nature:adamant(fore more attak)
-volt tackle
-iron tail
-knock off
-brick break

mostly your gonna use volt tackle because the choice band boost will be 170 damage
other are iron tail STAB and others for coverage

special attaker item(magnet or wise glases of life orb)
trait:lighting rod(for doubles)
evs:252speed 4hp 252 special attak
nature modst or timid

-thunder bolt If you use life orb item or magnet this is the main stab move
grass knot to hit your weakness
almost all ground are heavy
-volt switch to kept mometum
-nasty plot to be ober power but if you want a nasty plot youl need a focus sash

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This is my loved Raichu

Raichu (M) @Focus Sash
Trait: Static
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
-Nasty Plot
-Surf ( I got a special Pikachu with this move)/Grass Knot
-Focus Blast

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Choice Scarf Raichu

Ability: Lightningrod
EVs: 252 SpA, 252 Spe, 4HP/Att
Nature: Timid/Hasty

Volt Switch is the main move, using for scouting and momentum. Hits Water and Flying types.
Knock Off removes the foe items.
Focus Blast is used to hit Rock, Steel, Dark, Ice and Normal types.
Hidden Power Ice is useful for hitting Grass, Ground and Dragon types. Grass Knot can be used for hitting Water types immune to Electric as well as Ground and Rock types. Volt Tackle is another STAB option that hits hard but has major recoil damage.

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This is my Raichu on Pokemon Showdown:
Sparky (Raichu) (M) @ Focus Sash
Ability: Static
Shiny: Yes
EVs: 250 Atk / 250 SpA / 8 Spe
Naive Nature
- Iron Tail (For dual ground/rock types with low defense)
- Thunder (STAB)
- Fake Out (Annoyance)
- Focus Blast (For dual ground/rock types with low special defense)
I have a weird battle style so it's okay if you think it is horrible.

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Raichu @ Life Orb
Ability: Lightning Rod
Nature: Timid(+Speed, -Attack)
EVs: 252 Special Attack / 252 Speed / 4 Special Defense
- Nasty Plot
- Thunderbolt
- Hidden Power(Ice)
- Focus Blast

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i saw nobody said this moveset yet so i'm making it :)


Pokemon: Raichu
Item: @Focus sash
Ability: Static
Nature: Modest (+Sp.Atk & -Atk)
Evs: 252 Sp.Atk / 252 Speed / 6 Sp.Def


-Thunderbolt: STAB, Great power, Gets rid of water types and flying types AND has a 10% chance of paralyzing the target.

-Nuzzle/Toxic: Nuzzle to paralyze the opponent quicker and STAB, and do a bit of damage ^-^, And Toxic.. Well.. to poison the opponent, Plus it does more damage each turn and it's great OwO.

-Grass knot: Because SCREW YOU GROUND TYPES, ROCK AND WATER TYPES! ESPECIALLY GROUND! and does good power for a raichu.

-Brick Break/Nasty Plot: Gets rid of light screens and reflects, or you CAN go with nasty plot to get a Sp.atk And Sp.def boost

~Good Luck......


owo XD
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nvm this is a better moveset

Raichu Male
item:Choice Specs/Life orb
Ev 106att 152spatt 252spatt

Grass knot

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Please don't double post. I combined the two answers into one; I hope this is okay.
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Raichu - Fast Special Sweeper
Ability: Lightning Rod - Raises the user’s special attack when hit by an Electric Type move instead of taking damage
Item: Life Orb - The holder deals more damage, but loses some HP when it deals damage
Nature: Modest SpAtk, -Atk)
EVs: 252SpAtk, 252Spd, 4HP
IVs: Viable for Hidden Power Ice
Thunderbolt - 135 Base Power with Stab, 10% chance of paralyzing the target
Signal Beam - 75 Base Power, 10% chance of confusing the target,
Hidden Power Ice - 60 Base Power, coverage against Grass, Ground, Flying, and Dragon Types
Volt Switch* - 105 Base Power with Stab, if this move deals damage, the user will switch out with another party member of the trainer’s choice

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Nature: Modest (+Sp.Atk,-Atk)
Evs:4 Def, 252 Sp.Atk, 252 Spd
Electro Ball
Focus Blast
Explanation: Raichu's Static ability and the move Attract, you will have one crippled opponent. With the opponent paralyzed, Electro Ball's power should have a base power of 150. Surf provides Ground Type coverage. Focus Blast provides more coverage.