Competitive Information for Raikou [Ruby/Sapphire]

Competitive Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire Movesets and Strategies for Raikou raikou
Base Stats for Raikou

Electric

Abilities:
PressurePressure: If this Pokemon is the target of a move, that move loses one additional PP.


Evolutions / Family:
Raikou

Weakness Chart for Electric-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
  
  
  
0.5x
  
  
0.5x
  
  
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
2x
  
  
  
  
  
0.5x
  
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Raikou? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Ruby/Sapphire 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 Ruby/Sapphire generation metagame.


Common team mates for Raikou in Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire:

SkarmoryStarmieSalamenceBreloomDugtrioJirachiSuicuneHeracrossFlygonKingdraJynx


Raikou is a notable Electric-typed Pokemon. It's frequent to find yourself dealing with Raikou when battling in the 3rd generation meta. Raikou's only type-related weakness is Ground.


Species: Raikou
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Pressure
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Thunderbolt / Spark
- Crunch / Bite
- Calm Mind
- Thunder Wave

Special Sweeper Raikou (Pressure)

Raikou is a legendary Special Sweeper. It's goal is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. In the old days before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Life Orb boosts the power of Raikou's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Pressure, if Raikou is the target of a move that move loses one additional pp.

Thunderbolt is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
Spark is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Electric-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Crunch is a special 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Bite is a special 60-base power Dark-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Calm Mind is a status move (raises your Raikou's special attack and special defense by 1 stage).
Thunder Wave is a status move (paralyzes the target).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Raikou? These builds have been optimized for Ruby/Sapphire Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Ruby/Sapphire generation metagame.


Common team mates for Raikou in Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire:

SkarmoryStarmieSalamenceBreloomDugtrioJirachiSuicuneHeracrossFlygonKingdraJynx


Species: Raikou
Item: Life Orb
Ability: Pressure
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Thunderbolt / Spark
- Crunch / Bite
- Calm Mind
- Thunder Wave

Doubles Special Sweeper Raikou (Pressure)

Raikou is a legendary Special Sweeper. It attempts to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Life Orb boosts the power of Raikou's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Pressure, if Raikou is the target of a move that move loses one additional pp.

Thunderbolt is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
Spark is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Electric-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Crunch is a special 80-base power Dark-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Bite is a special 60-base power Dark-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Calm Mind is a status move (raises your Raikou's special attack and special defense by 1 stage).
Thunder Wave is a status move (paralyzes the target).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Raikou 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.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Bite
60
100%
25
30% chance to flinch the target.
Crunch
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Shock Wave
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Spark
65
100%
20
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Thunder
120
70%
10
30% chance to paralyze. Can't miss in rain.
Thunder Shock
40
100%
30
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Thunderbolt
95
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Cut
50
95%
30
No additional effect.
Dig
60
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Quick Attack
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Smash
20
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Calm Mind
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Atk and Sp. Def by 1.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Flash
--
70%
20
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Leer
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Psych Up
--
--
10
Copies the target's current stat stages.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Reflect
--
--
20
For 5 turns, physical damage to allies is halved.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Roar
--
100%
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Thunder Wave
--
100%
20
Paralyzes the target.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Raikou can perform in Ruby/Sapphire. 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 RS Move and Ability Combos for Raikou

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