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 1.9 m (6′03″)
Weight 178.0 kg (392.4 lbs)
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 Sword & Shield at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1ChargeElectricStatus
1Extreme SpeedNormalPhysical 80 100
1LeerNormalStatus 100
1Quick AttackNormalPhysical 40 100
1Thunder ShockElectricSpecial 40 100
6SparkElectricPhysical 65 100
12BiteDarkPhysical 60 100
18Calm MindPsychicStatus
24RoarNormalStatus
30Thunder FangElectricPhysical 65 95
36HowlNormalStatus
42CrunchDarkPhysical 80 100
48ExtrasensoryPsychicSpecial 80 100
54DischargeElectricSpecial 80 100
60ReflectPsychicStatus
66Rain DanceWaterStatus
72ThunderElectricSpecial 110 70
78Zap CannonElectricSpecial 120 50

Egg moves

Raikou does not learn any moves by breeding in Pokémon Sword & Shield.

Move Tutor moves

Raikou can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Sword & Shield from move tutors (details):

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Rising VoltageElectricSpecial 70 100

Moves learnt by TM

Raikou is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

Moves learnt by TR

Raikou is compatible with these Technical Records in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

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.
1BiteDarkPhysical 60 100
1DischargeElectricSpecial 80 100
1ExtrasensoryPsychicSpecial 80 100
1LeerNormalStatus 100
8Thunder ShockElectricSpecial 40 100
15RoarNormalStatus
22Quick AttackNormalPhysical 40 100
29SparkElectricPhysical 65 100
36ReflectPsychicStatus
43CrunchDarkPhysical 80 100
50Thunder FangElectricPhysical 65 95
57DischargeElectricSpecial 80 100
64ExtrasensoryPsychicSpecial 80 100
71Rain DanceWaterStatus
78Calm MindPsychicStatus
85ThunderElectricSpecial 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 HeadSteelPhysical 80 100
Iron TailSteelPhysical 100 75
Laser FocusNormalStatus
Magnet RiseElectricStatus
Shock WaveElectricSpecial 60
Signal BeamBugSpecial 75 100
SnoreNormalSpecial 50 100
Throat ChopDarkPhysical 80 100

Moves learnt by TM

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

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
CurseGhostStatus Generation 2 — TM
DetectFightingStatus Generation 2 — TM
Body SlamNormalPhysical 85 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormalStatus Generation 3 — Move tutor
EndureNormalStatus Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormalPhysical 100 Generation 4 — TM
HeadbuttNormalPhysical 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Mud-SlapGroundSpecial 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
SwiftNormalSpecial 60 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Aura SphereFightingSpecial 80 Generation 4 — Special
Extreme SpeedNormalPhysical 80 100 Generation 4 — Special
Weather BallNormalSpecial 50 100 Generation 4 — Special
Zap CannonElectricSpecial 120 50 Generation 4 — Special
DigGroundPhysical 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
FlashNormalStatus 100 Generation 6 — TM
Rock SmashFightingPhysical 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormalPhysical 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
CutNormalPhysical 50 95 Generation 6 — HM
StrengthNormalPhysical 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Raikou sprites

Type Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8
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
Roaming Johto
Ruby
Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
FireRed
LeafGreen
Roaming Kanto
Emerald Trade/migrate from another game
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
Trade/migrate from another game
HeartGold
SoulSilver
Roaming Johto
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
Not available in this game
Sword
Shield
Location data not yet available

Other languages

English, Spanish, Italian Raikou
Japanese ライコウ (Raikou)
German Raikou
French Raikou

Name origin

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