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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.

Be sure to include full set details in your post, e.g. items, abilties, natures and EVs. Some detail, including the intended game mode for your set, is also appreciated. Access the full list of guidelines here.

Raichu Pokédex and learnset for reference.


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That was sudden.
Have to go to bed in a minute.
Pikachu (M) @ Light Ball
Trait: Static
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Naive Nature (+Spd, -SDef)
- Fake Out
- Volt Tackle
- Brick Break
- Iron Tail
Raichu (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Lightningrod
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Nasty Plot
- Discharge
- Focus Blast
- Hidden Power [Flying]
Encore is bad if the opponent uses a good move

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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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Ability: Static
Item: Sitrus Berry (restores health Raichu can loose quite quickly)
Nature: Jolly/admant
Move set:
Thunder: STAB, great power move
Grass knought: coverage, deals with big ground types
Brick Break: breaks through protect, light screen, safe guard, ect. Great fighting move
Thunder wave: paralyses, (if static doesn't) allowing for Raichu to last longer and get in more hits

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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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Wanted to share my moveset here because I think it's a fun one and makes for a fantastic high risk physical attacker.
Nature; Adamant/Jolly
Item; probably weakness policy
Endure - get to that sweet <4% health spot
Fake Out - break sturdy and focus sash which would otherwise counter this
Reversal - 200 base power at that <4% health
Thunderpunch - STAB, I didnt take volt switch because of priority moves.

The major counter to this is the priority moves when you're at 1 hp, correct me if I'm wrong but I think endure can also be used to scout for those.

Also because of fake out and endure it can also be useful for some stalling

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Ability: Lightningrod

EVs- 252 SAtk, 4 SDef, 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

Mine Knows:
Rain Dance
Hyper Beam
Grass Knot

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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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Raichu (F)
Item: sitrus berry
volt switch( in case of emergency)
double team( makes raichu hard to hit)
quick attack (for that first move)
thunderbolt/Thunder( easy kill)
My Raichu moveset
Dominates battle subway paired with basculin