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Pikaium Z or Alolan Raichu?

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Alolan Raichu because he is a friend. Plus it gets Psychic and its own Z-Move anyways.

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Alolan Raichu is much better. Not only is it faster, with higher offensive and defensive stats, it also gets access to Psychic. The only thing that makes Pikachu better than Raichu is the Light Ball, which cannot be held if you use Pikainum-Z. Besides, Alolan Raichu has a Z-Move of its own — Stoked Sparksurfer — with the added effect of always paralyzing the opponent.

Another thing — if you're talking about Pikanium-Z and not the Electrium-Z, it only works if Pikachu knows Volt Tackle, which has to be bred onto it. So, for in-game purposes, Alolan Raichu is much better than Pikachu.

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Can stoked sparksurfer come from any electric move, or does it have to be anything specific, like with most of the other siginure Z-moves?
I assume it's a specific move, but I don't know which :\ Probably Thunderbolt because that's basically a signature move for Pikachu/Raichu.
There actually is a man in the game who can teach Pikachu Volt Tackle, but I fully agree with your opinion.
Oh really? That's a nice feature.
Remember the lady that gave you the Pikanium-Z? She will also teach a pikachu volt tackle so you don't need to breed it on to one