Competitive Information for Alolan Raichu [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Raichu-alola raichu-alola
Base Stats for Raichu-Alola

Electric / Psychic

Abilities:
Surge SurferSurge Surfer: If Electric Terrain is active, this Pokemon's Speed is doubled.


Evolutions / Family:
Raichu

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


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Raichu-alola? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sword/Shield 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 Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common single-battle team mates for Raichu-alola in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

PincurchinTogekissConkeldurrPelipperLudicoloGyaradosIncineroarWeezing-GalarGolisopodExcadrill


Raichu is an extraordinary Electric and Psychic-typed Pokemon. It's common to see Raichu show up as a Sword/Shield opponent. Raichu is weak to Bug, Dark, Ghost, and Ground-typed attacks.


Species: Raichu-Alola
Item: Life Orb / Air Balloon
Ability: Surge Surfer
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Focus Blast
- Psychic / Agility
- Thunderbolt / Electro Ball
- Protect

Special Sweeper Raichu-Alola (Analytic)

Raichu is a fabulous Special Sweeper. It attempts to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Life Orb boosts the power of Raichu's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Surge Surfer, if electric terrain is active Raichu's speed is doubled.

Focus Blast is a special 120-base power Fighting-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Psychic is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Agility is a status move (raises your Raichu's speed by 2 stages).
Thunderbolt is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
Electro Ball is a special STAB-boosted 0-base power Electric-type move (more power the faster your Raichu is than the target).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Raichu this turn).




Species: Raichu-Alola
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Surge Surfer
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Volt Tackle / Wild Charge
- Body Slam
- Play Rough
- Brick Break

Physical Sweeper Raichu-Alola (Surge Surfer)

Raichu is pretty popular Physical Sweeper. It tries to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Raichu from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Raichu's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Surge Surfer, if electric terrain is active Raichu's speed is doubled.

Volt Tackle is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Electric-type move (has 33% recoil. 10% chance to paralyze target).
Wild Charge is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Electric-type move (has 1/4 recoil).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Play Rough is a physical 90-base power Fairy-type move (10% chance to lower the target's attack by 1 stage).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, unless the target is immune).




Species: Raichu-Alola
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Surge Surfer
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Psychic / Psyshock
- Thunderbolt / Discharge
- Surf
- Hyper Beam

Special Sweeper Raichu-Alola (Surge Surfer)

Raichu is a wonderful Special Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Raichu from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Raichu's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Surge Surfer, if electric terrain is active Raichu's speed is doubled.

Psychic is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Psyshock is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Psychic-type move (damages target based on defense, not special defense).
Thunderbolt is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Electric-type move (10% chance to paralyze the target).
Discharge is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Electric-type move (30% chance to paralyze adjacent pokemon).
Surf is a special 90-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Hyper Beam is a special 150-base power Normal-type move (Raichu cannot move next turn).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Raichu-alola? These builds have been optimized for Sword/Shield 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 Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common double-battle team mates for Raichu-alola in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

PincurchinHawluchaHydreigonBisharpCelebiZeraoraKeldeoFlygonPelipperBarraskewdaNecrozmaCobalion


Species: Raichu-Alola
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Surge Surfer
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Volt Tackle / Wild Charge
- Body Slam
- Play Rough
- Brick Break

Doubles Physical Sweeper Raichu-Alola (Surge Surfer)

Raichu is a fabulous Physical Sweeper. It's goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Raichu from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Raichu's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Surge Surfer, if electric terrain is active Raichu's speed is doubled.

Volt Tackle is a physical STAB-boosted 120-base power Electric-type move (has 33% recoil. 10% chance to paralyze target).
Wild Charge is a physical STAB-boosted 90-base power Electric-type move (has 1/4 recoil).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Play Rough is a physical 90-base power Fairy-type move (10% chance to lower the target's attack by 1 stage).
Brick Break is a physical 75-base power Fighting-type move (destroys screens, unless the target is immune).




Species: Raichu-Alola
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Surge Surfer
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Discharge / Electroweb
- Psychic / Psyshock
- Surf
- Hyper Beam

Doubles Special Sweeper Raichu-Alola (Surge Surfer)

Raichu is a marvelous Special Sweeper. This moveset is designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Raichu from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Raichu's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Surge Surfer, if electric terrain is active Raichu's speed is doubled.

Discharge is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Electric-type move (30% chance to paralyze adjacent pokemon).
Electroweb is a special STAB-boosted 55-base power Electric-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Psychic is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Psyshock is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Psychic-type move (damages target based on defense, not special defense).
Surf is a special 90-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Hyper Beam is a special 150-base power Normal-type move (Raichu cannot move next turn).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Raichu-alola 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
Disarming Voice
40
--
15
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Discharge
80
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze adjacent Pokemon.
Draining Kiss
50
100%
10
User recovers 75% of the damage dealt.
Electro Ball
--
100%
10
More power the faster the user is than the target.
Electroweb
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Focus Blast
120
70%
5
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Future Sight
120
100%
10
Hits two turns after being used.
Grass Knot
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Psychic
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Psyshock
80
100%
10
Damages target based on Defense, not Sp. Def.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Stored Power
20
100%
10
+ 20 power for each of the user's stat boosts.
Surf
90
100%
15
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dive.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Thunder
110
70%
10
30% chance to paralyze. Can't miss in rain.
Thunder Shock
40
100%
30
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Thunderbolt
90
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Uproar
90
100%
10
Lasts 3 turns. Active Pokemon cannot fall asleep.
Volt Switch
70
100%
20
User switches out after damaging the target.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fake Out
40
100%
10
Hits first. First turn out only. 100% flinch chance.
Feint
30
100%
10
Nullifies Detect, Protect, and Quick/Wide Guard.
Flail
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Mega Kick
120
75%
5
No additional effect.
Mega Punch
80
85%
20
No additional effect.
Nuzzle
20
100%
20
100% chance to paralyze the target.
Pay Day
40
100%
20
Scatters coins.
Play Rough
90
90%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Attack by 1.
Present
--
90%
15
40, 80, 120 power, or heals target 1/4 max HP.
Quick Attack
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Reversal
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Slam
80
75%
20
No additional effect.
Spark
65
100%
20
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Thief
60
100%
25
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Thunder Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to paralyze the target.
Volt Tackle
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil. 10% chance to paralyze target.
Wild Charge
90
100%
15
Has 1/4 recoil.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Ally Switch
--
--
15
The user swaps positions with its ally.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Calm Mind
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Atk and Sp. Def by 1.
Charge
--
--
20
+1 SpD, user's Electric move next turn 2x power.
Charm
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack by 2.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Electric Terrain
--
--
10
5 turns. Grounded: +Electric power, can't sleep.
Encore
--
100%
5
Target repeats its last move for its next 3 turns.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Growl
--
100%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Attack by 1.
Helping Hand
--
--
20
One adjacent ally's move power is 1.5x this turn.
Light Screen
--
--
30
For 5 turns, special damage to allies is halved.
Magic Room
--
--
10
For 5 turns, all held items have no effect.
Nasty Plot
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Atk by 2.
Play Nice
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Attack by 1.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
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.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Speed Swap
--
--
10
Swaps Speed stat with target.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sweet Kiss
--
75%
10
Causes the target to become confused.
Tail Whip
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Thunder Wave
--
90%
20
Paralyzes the target.
Tickle
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack and Defense by 1.
Wish
--
--
10
Next turn, 50% of the user's max HP is restored.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Raichu-alola can perform in Sword/Shield. 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 SS Move and Ability Combos for Raichu-alola

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