Raikou

Raikou is an Electric type Pokémon introduced in Generation 2. It is known as the Thunder Pokémon.

Prior to Generation 7, Raikou had Volt Absorb as its hidden ability.

Pokédex data

National № 243
Type Electric
Species Thunder Pokémon
Height 6′03″ (1.9 m)
Weight 392.4 lbs (178.0 kg)
Abilities 1. Pressure
Inner Focus (hidden ability)
Local № 238 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
243 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)

Training

EV yield 1 Special Attack, 2 Speed
Catch rate 3 (0.4% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 35 (lower than normal)
Base Exp. 261
Growth Rate Slow

Breeding

Egg Groups Undiscovered
Gender Genderless
Egg cycles 80 (20,304–20,560 steps)

Base stats

HP 90
290 384
Attack 85
157 295
Defense 75
139 273
Sp. Atk 115
211 361
Sp. Def 100
184 328
Speed 115
211 361
Total 580 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Raikou.

Evolution chart

Raikou changes

Pokédex entries

Gold The rain clouds it carries let it fire thunderbolts at will. They say that it descended with lightning.
Silver A POKéMON that races across the land while barking a cry that sounds like crashing thunder.
Crystal This rough POKéMON stores energy inside its body, then sweeps across the land, shooting off electricity.
Ruby
Sapphire
RAIKOU embodies the speed of lightning. The roars of this POKéMON send shock waves shuddering through the air and shake the ground as if lightning bolts had come crashing down.
FireRed This POKéMON races across the land while barking a cry that sounds like crashing thunder.
LeafGreen The rain clouds it carries let it fire thunderbolts at will. They say that it descended with lightning.
Emerald RAIKOU embodies the speed of lightning. Its roars send shock waves shuddering through the air and ground as if lightning bolts were crashing down.
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.
HeartGold The rain clouds it carries let it fire thunderbolts at will. They say that it descended with lightning.
SoulSilver A Pokémon that races across the land while barking a cry that sounds like crashing thunder.
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.
X The rain clouds it carries let it fire thunderbolts at will. They say that it descended with lightning.
Y This rough Pokémon stores energy inside its body, then sweeps across the land, shooting off electricity.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Raikou embodies the speed of lightning. The roars of this Pokémon send shock waves shuddering through the air and shake the ground as if lightning bolts had come crashing down.

Moves learned by Raikou

Moves learnt by level up

Raikou learns the following moves in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1BiteDark 60 100
1DischargeElectric 80 100
1ExtrasensoryPsychic 80 100
1LeerNormal 100
8Thunder ShockElectric 40 100
15RoarNormal
22Quick AttackNormal 40 100
29SparkElectric 65 100
36ReflectPsychic
43CrunchDark 80 100
50Thunder FangElectric 65 95
57DischargeElectric 80 100
64ExtrasensoryPsychic 80 100
71Rain DanceWater
78Calm MindPsychic
85ThunderElectric 110 70

Egg moves

Raikou does not learn any moves by breeding in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.

Move Tutor moves

Raikou can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon from move tutors (details):

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Iron HeadSteel 80 100
Iron TailSteel 100 75
Laser FocusNormal
Magnet RiseElectric
Shock WaveElectric 60
Signal BeamBug 75 100
SnoreNormal 50 100
Throat ChopDark 80 100

Moves learnt by TM

Raikou is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
4Calm MindPsychic
5RoarNormal
6ToxicPoison 90
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
15Hyper BeamNormal 150 90
16Light ScreenPsychic
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
24ThunderboltElectric 90 100
25ThunderElectric 110 70
27ReturnNormal 100
30Shadow BallGhost 80 100
32Double TeamNormal
33ReflectPsychic
37SandstormRock
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
48RoundNormal 60 100
57Charge BeamElectric 50 90
60QuashDark 100
68Giga ImpactNormal 150 90
72Volt SwitchElectric 70 100
73Thunder WaveElectric 90
77Psych UpNormal
78BulldozeGround 60 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
93Wild ChargeElectric 90 100
95SnarlDark 55 95
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Raikou can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.
Note: Generation 1 and 2 refer to the 3DS Virtual Console titles, not the physical cartridges.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
DetectFighting Generation 2 — TM
Body SlamNormal 85 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
EndureNormal Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
HeadbuttNormal 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Mud-SlapGround 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
SwiftNormal 60 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Aura SphereFighting 80 Generation 4 — Special
Extreme SpeedNormal 80 100 Generation 4 — Special
Weather BallNormal 50 100 Generation 4 — Special
Zap CannonElectric 120 50 Generation 4 — Special
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
FlashNormal 100 Generation 6 — TM
Rock SmashFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
CutNormal 50 95 Generation 6 — HM
StrengthNormal 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Moves learnt by level up

Raikou does not learn any level up moves in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee.

Moves learnt by TM

Raikou does not learn any HMs in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee.

Raikou sprites

Type Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7
Normal Raikou  sprite from Silver Raikou  sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Raikou  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Raikou  sprite from Black & White Raikou  sprite from X & Y
Shiny Raikou Shiny sprite from Silver Raikou Shiny sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Raikou Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Raikou Shiny sprite from Black & White Raikou Shiny sprite from X & Y

Where to find Raikou

Gold
Silver
Crystal
Trade/migrate from another game
Ruby
Sapphire
FireRed
LeafGreen
Emerald
Trade/migrate from another game
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold
SoulSilver
Trade/migrate from another game
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
Trade/migrate from another game
X
Y
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
Sun
Moon
Trade/migrate from another game
Ultra Sun Ultra Space Wilds
Ultra Moon Trade/migrate from another game
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Location data not yet available

Other languages

English Raikou
Japanese ライコウ (Raikou)
German Raikou
French Raikou

Name origin

rai
Japanese for ‘thunder’
kotei
Japanese for ‘emperor’