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If you have a good moveset for Raichu Alola Form, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Remember, this is for competitive movesets, not in-game. Ability, EVs etc should be included, and we encourage sets for VGC doubles as well as singles. Make sure to read all the guidelines here.

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Note: I decided to allow Alolan Forms as separate questions, as these Pokemon are quite different to their regular forms.

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Raichu-Alola @ Focus Sash
Ability: Surge Surfer
Ev's: 252 Spe / 252 SpA / 4 Hp
Timid Nature (+Spe, -Atk)

-Psychic/Psyshock
-Nasty Plot
-Focus Blast/Grass Knot
-Thunderbolt/Discharge

Explanation: My Favorite Alolan Form. Focus Sash is there to a least get off 1 Nasty Plot and not to get knocked out in one hit. Aloraichium Z makes Alolan Raichu's Thunderbolt upgrade to the Z-Move Stoked Sparksurfer. Psychic and Psyshock are STAB. Psychic can lower the Foe's Special Defense by One Stage Or Psyshock can hit Special Walls like Blissey. Nasty Plot raises Special Attack by Two Stages. Focus Blast and Grass Knot are Coverage moves. Focus Blast is Coverage against Dark, Ice, Rock and Steel types and has a Chance to Lower the Foe's Special Defense by One Stage Or Grass Knot is Coverage against Ground types and the more lighter Raichu is compared to the foe, the more the Damage. Thunderbolt or Discharge is Your Choise of Electric STAB.

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Good moveset, but feel I should point out that Grass Knot only cares about absolute weight, not relative weight.
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Raichu-Alola @ Focus Sash
Ability: Surfer Surge
EVs: 6 HP, 252 Sp.,Atk, 252 Spe
Nature: Modest
- Electro Ball
- Psyshock
- Focus Blast
- Electric Terrain

Hooray for gimmicks! Setting up Electric Terrain activates Surfer Surge, which makes you faster. This in turn lets you run Modest over Timid and boost the power of your STAB Electro Ball. Focus Blast is coverage, and Psyshock is your other STAB.

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Actually, the maximum amount of EVs is 510. That's enough for two stats to max out their EVs at 252, making a total of 504 EVs. This leaves 6 EVs that can be assigned to a stat. However, since only 4 of those EVs can be used to add a stat point, most players simply add 4 EVs to a stat and forget the other two. But it's not wrong to write 6 EVs on a 252/252 spread.
I was waiting for someone to point this out for this Gen... again. Anyways, Astronautical's right. I usually Post these Movesets for future use, and my OCD will kick in if I don't put those 2 EVs somewhere.
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Alolan Raichu @ Aloraichium Z
Ability: Surge Surfer
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Modest Nature
- Thunderbolt
- Psychic / Psyshock
- Nasty Plot
- Sweet Kiss / Grass Knot

A straight-forward set, except for Sweet Kiss. Sweet Kiss can confuse the target along with Stoked Sparksurfer's 100% chance to paralyze, making the opponent 50% of the time unable to attack. If not, you can have Grass Knot for coverage against ground types like Mudsdale. Stoked Sparksurfer is a power 175 Z-move and always causes paralysis. Thunderbolt is a great STAB move required for its exclusive Z-move and Psychic/ Psyshock is for STAB and power! Enjoy!

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Ok.

SPECIAL ATTACKER ALOLAN RAICHU

Pokemon: Alolan Raichu
Item: @Focus sash
Nature: Timid/Modest (Timid: +Speed &-Atk) OR (Modest: +Sp.Atk & -Atk)
Ability: Surge Surfer
EVs: 252 Speed / 252 Sp.Atk / 6 Sp.Defense

MOVES

-Thunderbolt: STAB Move, It has great power and accuracy! AND has a 10% chance of paralyzing the Target!

-Nasty Plot: SPECIAL ATTACK BOOST, YES!

-Hidden Power (Ice): Takes out ground types, Flying types, grass types AND dragon types! (o,o)

-Psychic: Its a STAB move, Great Power and accuracy, takes out Fighting types and poison types, AND has a 10% chance of lowering the targets Special defense!

So at least 2 nasty plots COULD make this thing a sweeper.... mmmaybeee?.

Hope this moveset helps you out!

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Raichu-Alola @ Life Orb
Ability: Surge Surfer
EVs: 252 Sp. Attack, 252 Speed, 4 Sp. Def
Nature: Timid (+Speed, -Attack)

-Surf
-Thunderbolt
-Psychic
-Focus Blast

:D

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Alolan-Raichu @ Zap Plate/Leftovers/alolaraichuium/ Focus Sash
Nature-Modest (+SP ATK, -ATK)
EVs- 252 SPD, 128 SP ATK, 128 HP

Moves:
Electro Ball/ Thunderbolt/ Volt Tackle
Psychic/ Psyshock
Nasty Plot/ Agility/ Double Team
Electric Terrain

This Speed/ Special Attacker will deliver large amounts of damage in a few turns. By using Agility and electric Terrain, It's STAB Electro Ball becomes Even more powerful and you get to go first unless they have a 252 SPD timid Alolan Raichu that follows this as well.

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If it's a special attacker, why is Volt Tackle an option? That move is physical.
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Fast Special Attacker

Alolan Raichu @Focus Sash \ Alolaraichium Z
Ability: Surge Surfer
Nature: Modest
EVs: 252 SpA \ 252 Speed \ 4 HP
-Thunderbolt
-Psychic \ Psyshock
-Nuzzle \ Surf
-Nasty Plot

Move #1: Electric STAB. Mandatory if you want to run Raichu's exclusive Z-Move. Thunder and Volt Switch are options, but with Thunder's low accuracy and Volt Switch's lower damage output I say nah.
Move #2: Psychic STAB. Run Psyshock for special walls if needed.
Move #3: Either a move with 100% chance to cause paralysis, or coverage for Raichu's ground weakness. Whichever you prefer.
Move #4: Boosts the Special Attack stat. It's lethal for Raichu's success.

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For Moves 3 and 4, Maybe Nuzzle/Grass Knot and Nasty Plot.
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Raichu-Alola @ Air Balloon
Ability: Surge Surfer
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Thunderbolt
- Psyshock
- Focus Blast/Surf/Grass Knot
- Nasty Plot

Similar to the others I suppose, but it's a different moveset nonetheless.

  • First of all, Nasty Plot. You NEED that boost. If you want a sweep, boost. If you don't want to be KO'd back, boost. Raichu-Alola is better than regular Raichu... but it's still a Raichu. Also, Sucker Punch is a huuuuge weakness for Raichu-Alola, so having a boosting move can save your little tail-surfing behind if you manage to play some mind games.
    Electric/Psychic is fantastic coverage, punching holes in teams that don't expect you.
  • Thunderbolt is preferable to Thunder for being way more reliable, and if you've already used a turn to boost your SAtk, you don't want to waste another turn whiffing a Thunder...
  • I run Psyshock over Psychic since many Fighting-types tend to run Assault Vest, and as an option to hit SDef walls in general.
  • As your last coverage move, Focus Blast has the most coverage and has huge base power. Surf is a safer option and hits resisting Ground-types way harder, and Grass Knot completely decimates Water-Ground-types, who are still pretty popular walls in the lower tiers. Up to you to decide what works best for your team!

Finally, I don't run Aloraichium-Z since I already use a Z-move somewhere else, and once I have a Nasty Plot boost or two, I don't feel the need for Life Orb or Expert Belt (another item it runs well due to its large coverage). However, an Air Balloon is always an unexpected item, and will let you swap into a Ground-type move to start setting up (run Surf or Grass Knot instead of Focus Blast if you plan on doing this though, you'll only have one turn to set up while they break your balloon).

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Alolan Raichu @ Aloraichium Z
Ability: Surge Surfer
Bold Nature

  • Electric Terrain
    To take full advantage of its Ability
  • Thunderbolt
    A quite powerful STAB, also allows signature Z-Move
  • Focus Blast
    Dark-type coverage
  • Psychic
    For STAB
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I approve this post, however I encourage you to incorporate an EV spread into your moveset.
Man, these sets are good!
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Alolan Raichu @ Aloraichium Z or Focus Sash
Ability: Surge Surfer
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 SpD (or whatever you want to put the remaining 4 in)
Nature: Timid (Spe+ , Atk-)

Raichu

  • Thunderbolt
  • Calm Mind (if you accidentally forgot Nasty Plot or you don't have access to it) / Nasty Plot
  • Grass Knot
  • Psyshock

Thunderbolt for STAB and POWAHHHHH and Psyshock instead of Psychic for those annoying special walls like Blissey and Chansey. Grass Knot for coverage, instead of Focus Miss which you could go for, but I think Grass Knot is more reliable. Calm Mind; you need this boost, but if you have Nasty Plot I would go for that too. I said Calm Mind because I just got a shiny Pikachu from friend safari and it didn't have Nasty Plot, so Calm Mind could?? be a good subsitution. Focus Sash to get atleast one Calm Mind off or if you aren't bothered, just go for the 100% paralysis with the Z-Move to cripple. Either is a good cup of tea.

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