Competitive Information for Raichu [Gold/Silver]
Movesets for Singles
What is a good competitive moveset for Raichu? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Gold/Silver Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Gold/Silver generation metagame.
Raichu is a remarkable Electric-typed Pokemon. It's common to see Raichu show up as a Gold/Silver opponent. There were no known abilities back in the Gold/Silver Pokemon games. Raichu's only type-related weakness is Ground.
Item: Gold Berry
- Double-Edge / Return
- Seismic Toss / Reversal
Physical Sweeper Raichu (Retro)
Raichu is a spectacular Physical Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. In the old days before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type.
♦ Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
♦ Seismic Toss is a physical 0-base power Fighting-type move (does damage equal to your Raichu's level).
♦ Reversal is a physical 0-base power Fighting-type move (more power the less hp your Raichu has left).
♦ Fly is a physical 70-base power Flying-type move (flies up on first turn, then strikes the next turn).
♦ Rollout is a physical 30-base power Rock-type move (power doubles with each hit. repeats for 5 turns).
- Thunderbolt / Thunder Punch
- Petal Dance
Special Sweeper Raichu (Retro)
Raichu is a remarkable Special Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Years before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type.
♦ Thunder Punch is a special STAB-boosted 75-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
♦ Surf is a special 95-base power Water-type move that deals a decent amount of damage.
♦ Petal Dance is a special 70-base power Grass-type move (lasts 2-3 turns. confuses your Raichu afterwards).
♦ Thief is a special 40-base power Dark-type move (if your Raichu has no item, it steals the target's).
Wondering what moves can Raichu learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.
These are a list of several common move combinations Raichu can perform in Gold/Silver. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.
Competitive GS Move and Ability Combos for Raichu
- Moves: Defense curl + Rollout
- Moves: Rain dance + Thunder
- Moves: Endure + Reversal
- Moves: Rest + Sleep talk
- Item: Blunder Policy + Move: Zap Cannon
- Item: Blunder Policy + Move: Dynamic Punch
- Moves with Priority: Quick Attack, Detect, Endure, Protect
Optimize Raichu's EVs for Gold/Silver
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