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This thread is for Kantonian Raichu. For Alolan Raichu, please go here.

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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Encore is bad if the opponent uses a good move

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Gen 8 PU
Raichu @ Focus Sash
Ability: Lightning Rod
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Nasty Plot
- Thunderbolt
- Surf
- Focus Blast

Nasty Plot doubles your Special Attack stat. Thunderbolt is STAB. Surf is for Ground Types. Focus Blast is for additional type coverage. Switch in Raichu on a predicted Electric type move so you can get a special attack boost from Lightning Rod.

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I think it's time to upgrade my first ever moveset on this site
Raichu
GEN VIII
Rain team (Raichu) @ Life Orb
Ability: Lightning Rod
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 HP / 252 Spe
Timid Nature / Modest Nature
- Focus Blast
- Thunder
- Surf
- Thunderbolt

Focus Blast is for coverage
Thunder is STAB and ignores accuracy during the rain.
Surf is for coverage (especially against Ground) and is boosted by the rain.
Thunderbolt is here just in case the rain stops.

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You should have a Pokemon with weather abilities, like Pelipper, to set rain, since Raichu is too frail and it wastes a turn
already fixed that ;)
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Gen 8 ZU

Raichu @ Life Orb
Ability: Lightning Rod
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature

  • Thunderbolt
  • Grass Knot
  • Surf
  • Focus Blast

Thunderbolt is STAB. Grass Knot is coverage for Ground types like Hippopotas and Gabite, while Surf is more consistent and also hits Pokemon like Heatmor and Crustle super-effectively. Focus Blast is coverage.

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Gen 8 BDSP NU

Raichu @ Light Clay
Ability: Static
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
IVs: 0 Atk
- Light Screen
- Reflect
- Encore
- Volt Switch

At the time of writing this, BDSP NU is played via challenging someone else or the BDSP NU tours. (There should be a ladder after this month)

Raichu is used as a screen setter for screens HO due to its speed, which pretty much guarantees you being able to set up both screens. Light Screen and Reflect reduce damage taken, which helps your teammates to setup. Encore is used to screw up passive Pokemon. Volt Switch is used to bring in a teammate. The ability Static is used to punish Pokemon who use Fake Out or other contact moves.

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Raichu @ Focus Sash
Ability: Lightning Rod
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature

  • Thunderbolt / Thunder
  • Fake Out
  • Grass Knot
  • Yawn / Encore / Helping Hand

This is for Doubles (Just like everything else I make...) Thunderbolt or Thunder for STAB, Fake Out for the free flinching, Grass Knot for coverage on Ground, Rock, and Water, even though electric STAB takes care of that, and Yawn for the free switch out or sleep, Encore to lock stallers like Ferrothorn into Leech Seed, and set up sweepers like the infamous Volcarona into Quiver Dance, or Helping Hand to boost your teammate's attacks.

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Rain Set
Gen 8

Raichu @ Focus Sash
Ability: Static
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 HP
Modest Nature
- Rain Dance
- Thunder
- Surf
- Brick Break

Set up Rain Dance to boost the power of Surf and give Thunder infinite accuracy. Brick Break is there to remove Light Screen and Reflect. If your playing in doubles then feel free to change Rain Dance as long as you have a mon that can summon rain via Drizzle or Rain Dance. Make sure it knows Surf as a Pikachu.

Hope this helped :)

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