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Raikou

Class: Legendary
Type:
Electric
Catch Rate: 3
Level Gain Rate: Slow
Base Reward EXP: 1,404
Reward EV Point: SpAttack: 1 Speed: 2
Raikou in game: 934 Who?
AVG Level: 83
Gender Ratios:
Genderless
Pokemon Id: 243

Base Stats

HP: 90
Attack: 85
Defense: 75
SpAttack: 115
SpDefense: 100
Speed: 115
Total: 580
Default Ability 1: Electric Master
Default Ability 2: Special Master
Default Ability 3: Maximum Guard
Concept Artist: Nintendo
Artwork Artist: fer-gon

Raikou's elemental sensitivity to the enemy attacks:

: 100% : 100% : 100% : 50% : 100% : 100% : 50% : 100% : 100%
: 200% : 100% : 100% : 100% : 100% : 100% : 100% : 50% : 100%

Raikou's Transformation Line

#243 Raikou
Electric (Type 1)
Level 66
Use item Perfect Gem
Holding Electric Orb item
#8243 Mega Raikou
Electric (Type 1)
#243 Raikou
Electric (Type 1)
Level 68
Use item Perfect Gem
Holding Ghost Orb item
#8239 Mega Raikou Mist
Electric (Type 1) Ghost (Type 2)

Raikou's Other Forms

#2243 Shiny-Raikou
Electric (Type 1)

HM (Hidden Machine) Moves Raikou Can Learn

ID: 117 Cut HM01 Category: Physical Base Power: 50 PP: 30 Accuracy: 95
ID: 601 Strength HM04 Category: Physical Base Power: 80 PP: 15 Accuracy: 100
ID: 495 Rock Smash HM06 Category: Physical Base Power: 40 PP: 15 Accuracy: 100

Raikou's Level-Up Attacks

ID: 48 Bite Level: 1 Category: Physical Base Power: 60 PP: 25 Accuracy: 100
ID: 132 Discharge Level: 1 Category: Special Base Power: 80 PP: 15 Accuracy: 100
ID: 176 Extrasensory Level: 1 Category: Special Base Power: 80 PP: 20 Accuracy: 100
ID: 336 Leer Level: 1 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 30 Accuracy: 100
ID: 647 Thunder Shock Level: 8 Category: Special Base Power: 40 PP: 30 Accuracy: 100
ID: 489 Roar Level: 15 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 20 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 466 Quick Attack Level: 22 Category: Physical Base Power: 40 PP: 30 Accuracy: 100
ID: 574 Spark Level: 29 Category: Physical Base Power: 65 PP: 20 Accuracy: 100
ID: 478 Reflect Level: 36 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 20 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 113 Crunch Level: 43 Category: Physical Base Power: 80 PP: 15 Accuracy: 100
ID: 645 Thunder Fang Level: 50 Category: Physical Base Power: 65 PP: 15 Accuracy: 95
ID: 471 Rain Dance Level: 71 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 5 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 77 Calm Mind Level: 78 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 20 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 644 Thunder Level: 85 Category: Special Base Power: 110 PP: 10 Accuracy: 70

TM (Technical Machine) Moves Raikou Can Learn

ID: 77 Calm Mind TM004 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 20 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 489 Roar TM005 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 20 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 653 Toxic TM006 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 10 Accuracy: 100
ID: 278 Hidden Power TM010 Category: Special Base Power: 60 PP: 15 Accuracy: 100
ID: 611 Sunny Day TM011 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 5 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 292 Hyper Beam TM015 Category: Special Base Power: 150 PP: 5 Accuracy: 90
ID: 339 Light Screen TM016 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 10 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 449 Protect TM017 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 5 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 471 Rain Dance TM018 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 5 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 226 Frustration TM021 Category: Physical Base Power: 1 PP: 20 Accuracy: 100
ID: 649 Thunderbolt TM024 Category: Special Base Power: 90 PP: 15 Accuracy: 100
ID: 644 Thunder TM025 Category: Special Base Power: 110 PP: 10 Accuracy: 70
ID: 485 Return TM027 Category: Physical Base Power: 1 PP: 20 Accuracy: 100
ID: 524 Shadow Ball TM030 Category: Special Base Power: 80 PP: 15 Accuracy: 100
ID: 139 Double Team TM032 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 15 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 478 Reflect TM033 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 20 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 510 Sandstorm TM037 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 10 Accuracy: 100
ID: 179 Facade TM042 Category: Physical Base Power: 70 PP: 20 Accuracy: 100
ID: 482 Rest TM044 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 5 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 504 Round TM048 Category: Special Base Power: 60 PP: 10 Accuracy: 100
ID: 83 Charge Beam TM057 Category: Special Base Power: 50 PP: 10 Accuracy: 90
ID: 465 Quash TM060 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 15 Accuracy: 100
ID: 239 Giga Impact TM068 Category: Physical Base Power: 150 PP: 5 Accuracy: 90
ID: 677 Volt Switch TM072 Category: Special Base Power: 70 PP: 5 Accuracy: 100
ID: 648 Thunder Wave TM073 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 20 Accuracy: 100
ID: 451 Psych Up TM077 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 10 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 73 Bulldoze TM078 Category: Physical Base Power: 60 PP: 20 Accuracy: 100
ID: 617 Swagger TM087 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 15 Accuracy: 90
ID: 556 Sleep Talk TM088 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 10 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 608 Substitute TM090 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 5 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 692 Wild Charge TM093 Category: Physical Base Power: 90 PP: 15 Accuracy: 100
ID: 565 Snarl TM095 Category: Special Base Power: 55 PP: 15 Accuracy: 95
ID: 94 Confide TM100 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 20 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 140 Double-Edge TM103 Category: Physical Base Power: 120 PP: 15 Accuracy: 100
ID: 396 Natural Gift TM108 Category: Physical Base Power: 80 PP: 15 Accuracy: 100
ID: 319 Iron Tail TM117 Category: Physical Base Power: 100 PP: 15 Accuracy: 75
ID: 567 Snore TM120 Category: Special Base Power: 50 PP: 15 Accuracy: 100
ID: 492 Rock Climb TM125 Category: Physical Base Power: 90 PP: 20 Accuracy: 85
ID: 265 Headbutt TM126 Category: Physical Base Power: 70 PP: 15 Accuracy: 100
ID: 392 Mud-Slap TM127 Category: Special Base Power: 20 PP: 10 Accuracy: 100
ID: 205 Flash TM128 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 20 Accuracy: 100
ID: 517 Secret Power TM129 Category: Physical Base Power: 70 PP: 20 Accuracy: 100
ID: 539 Shock Wave TM147 Category: Special Base Power: 60 PP: 20 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 541 Signal Beam TM148 Category: Special Base Power: 75 PP: 15 Accuracy: 100
ID: 56 Body Slam TM153 Category: Physical Base Power: 85 PP: 15 Accuracy: 100
ID: 374 Mimic TM159 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 10 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 621 Swift TM178 Category: Special Base Power: 60 PP: 20 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 318 Iron Head TM200 Category: Physical Base Power: 80 PP: 15 Accuracy: 100
ID: 355 Magnet Rise TM201 Category: Status Base Power: 1 PP: 5 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 129 Dig TM228 Category: Physical Base Power: 80 PP: 10 Accuracy: 100
ID: 688 Weather Ball TM365 Category: Special Base Power: 50 PP: 10 Accuracy: 100
ID: 31 Aura Sphere TM372 Category: Special Base Power: 80 PP: 20 Accuracy: 1000
ID: 178 Extreme Speed TM470 Category: Physical Base Power: 80 PP: 5 Accuracy: 100
ID: 705 Zap Cannon TM527 Category: Special Base Power: 120 PP: 5 Accuracy: 50
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Raikou
Thunder Pokémon
ライコウ
Raikou
#243
Raikou
Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Electric
Abilities
Pressure Inner Focus
Hidden Ability
Volt Absorb
Hidden Ability Gen. V-VI*
Gender ratio
Genderless
Catch rate
(0.4%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Undiscovered
Hatch time
20560 - 20816 steps
Egg not obtainable
Height
6'03" 1.9 m
Weight
392.4 lbs. 178.0 kg
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#243
Johto
Browser
R-203
Fiore
R-126
Oblivia
Base experience yield
216
Gen. II-IV
261
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
1
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
2
Speed
Body style
Body08.png
Footprint
F243.png
Pokédex color
 Yellow
Base friendship
35
External Links

Raikou (Japanese: ライコウ Raikou) is an Electric-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation II.

It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

Along with Entei and Suicune, it is one of the Legendary beasts resurrected by Ho-Oh after the burning of the Brass Tower. Of the three Legendary beasts, Raikou is said to represent the lightning strike which ignited the fire that consumed the Brass Tower.

Biology

 

Raikou is a quadruped, yellow, tiger-like Pokémon with black stripes and a white underside. It has a thin, light blue tail with sharp angles and a spark-shaped formation at the end. Most of its face consists of thick, white fur and shorter yellow fur around its red eyes. Raikou's muzzle is a light blue "X" and it has a black faceplate with two bumps that covers its forehead, nose, and ears. Raikou has two long fangs that make its appearance similar to the saber-toothed cat. Its large claws each converge to form a single point and never retract. Extra fur hangs off its body in front of its thighs. Raikou has a mane across its back that resembles dull purple rain clouds and allows it to shoot bolts of lighting.

As seen in the anime, Raikou is able to fly by creating storm clouds. It is shown to be distrustful of humans, though it may form some friendship with those who help it. Raikou tends to appear during thunderstorms and when other Electric-type Pokémon are in danger. Raikou races across grasslands while barking cries that sound like thunder.

In the anime

In the main series

 
Raikou in the anime
 
Shiny Raikou in the anime

Major appearances

Raikou (The Legend of Thunder!)

Raikou appeared in the Pokémon Chronicles episode The Legend of Thunder!, where Team Rocket members Attila and Hunattempted to capture the Legendary Pokémon.

Raikou (M13)

Shiny Raikou made its first movie appearance alongside Celebi, and the other members of its trio in the thirteenth Pokémon movie, Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Other

Raikou appears at the end of Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part Two), the second half of the special episode based on Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs.

Minor appearances

Raikou first appeared in Houndoom's Special Delivery. It was spotted by Togepi and a Houndoom before it disappeared.

The Mauville City Gym Leader Wattson owns many Raikou robots which he uses in his Gym.

Raikou made a small cameo at the opening of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew and Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

Raikou also had a minor appearance in Dawn's Piplup's dream in Three Sides to Every Story!.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
The Legend of Thunder! Raikou Jimmy's Pokédex Raikou, the Thunder Pokémon. It is said to have descended to earth on a bolt of lightning.
This concludes the entries from the original series.
 
Raikou in Pokémon Generations

In Pokémon Generations

A wild Raikou appeared in Ecruteak City in The Reawakening

In the manga

 
Raikou in Pokémon Adventures

In the movie adaptations

Main article: Raikou (M13)

Raikou appeared in the manga adaptation of the fourth and final Diamond & Pearl series movieZoroark: Master of Illusions.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Raikou (Adventures)

Raikou appeared as a beam of light in Slugging It Out With Slugma. Its first real appearance was in Really Raikou & Entirely Entei I, where it along with Entei tests Falkner and were joined by Suicune in Really Raikou & Entirely Entei I, discussing about Ho-oh. It was revealed in a flashback in Hello, Lickitung, where it was awakened by Yellow along with its two counterparts, and the three raced around Kanto and Johto looking for Trainers to help them defeat the Masked Man to free Ho-Oh and repay the debt of the latter for saving its life. Nearing the end of the chapter, Raikou eventually pairs up with Lt. Surge after encountering and escaping Falkner, and later Gold. Once Ho-Oh is freed and Pryce, the true identity of the Masked Man, is defeated, it once again roams the lands of Johto with Suicune and Entei.

Anabel also owns a Raikou in the Battle Frontier saga. It has been confirmed that it is the same Raikou as the one that befriended Gold, having caught it sometime before the Emerald chapter in Johto. Raikou is more powerful than any other Electric-type Pokémon in the manga because billowing thunder clouds follow it everywhere carried on its back, allowing it to perform powerful attacks, such as Thunder, more quickly and efficiently than regular Electric Pokémon. Despite clearly possessing sentient intelligence like its fellow beasts, it obeyed Anabel's commands to battle Emerald without question while she was under psychic control of Guile Hideout. After he is defeated and the Battle Frontier is saved, Raikou is seen interacting with Gold and Crystal, and has since reappeared in the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire chapter

In the TCG

Main article: Raikou (TCG)

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Series

Super Smash Bros. Melee

When released from a Poké Ball, Raikou releases a powerful Spark attack that electrocutes any opponents that get caught in it. Raikou is the only Legendary beast that does not return in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Trophy information

These Thunder Pokémon travel near and far, blasting out electrified whirlwinds. They carry storm clouds on their backs, so they can produce lightning regardless of the local weather; it's even said that they descended to the earth with via lightning bolts. Their extreme quickness lends itself to flight, so they're very hard to capture.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Raikou appears as a trophy.

Trophy information

NA: Was that a bolt of lightning flashing by, on the ground instead of the air? Then it could have been Raikou. A rumble of thunder in the distance, but not a cloud in the sky? Sounds like Raikou's roar to us. It is said that this wild Pokémon perished in the Johto region once, but Ho-Oh was so filled with sorrow at the loss that Raikou was resurrected.

PAL: If you see a bolt of lightning flash across the ground instead of from the sky, you may have just caught a glimpse of Raikou. And if you hear a peal of thunder that lasts longer than it should, that may be Raikou's roar. It's said that this wild yet majestic Pokémon once perished in the Johto region, but Ho-Oh, filled with sorrow, resurrected it.

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II  
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 in its body, then sweeps across the land, shooting off electricity.
Stadium 2 The rain clouds it carries let it fire thunderbolts at will. They say that it descended with lightning.
Generation III  
Ruby 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.
Sapphire
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.
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.
Generation IV  
Diamond It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.
Pearl
Platinum
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.
Generation V  
Black It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.
White
Black 2 It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.
White 2
Generation VI  
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 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.
Alpha Sapphire

 

Game locations

 

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II  
Gold Silver
Roaming Johto
Crystal
Roaming Johto
Generation III  
Ruby Sapphire
Trade
Emerald
Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
Roaming Kanto (if the player chose Squirtle) (only one)
Colosseum
Shadow PKMN Lab (Shadow)
XD
Trade
Generation IV  
Diamond Pearl
Trade
Platinum
Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
Roaming Johto
Pal Park
Mountain
Generation V  
Black White
Poké Transfer
Relocator (Shiny event Raikou only)
Black 2 White 2
Poké Transfer
Generation VI  
X Y
Trade
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Trackless Forest (requires Ho-Oh or Lugia in the party) (only one)
Generation VII  
Sun Moon
Pokémon Bank

 

In side games

 

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II  
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III  
Trozei!
Random Agent Cards, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Lightning Field (30F)
Ranger
Fiore Temple
Generation IV  
MD Time MD Darkness
Concealed Ruins (B20F)
MD Sky
Southeastern Islands (B12F-B24F; appears on random floor after accepting challenge letter)
Ranger: GS
Wireless TowerRand's House
Generation V  
Rumble Blast
Meadow: World Axle - B1F (post-ending)
Rumble U
Conductor Room: Rumbling Magnetic Motors (Reward),
Entranceway: Battle Royale - Cage Match
Generation VI  
Battle Trozei
Island of Haste: Stage 2
Shuffle
Expert Stages: Stage EX16
Event: Raikou Appears!
Rumble World
Dark Land: Royal Armory (Special Boss)
Picross
Area 20: Stage 06

 

In events

 

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Raikou English United States 40Shiny November 22 to 29, 2001;
December 7 to 20, 2001;
June 22 to 28, 2002;
July 5 to 11, 2002;
November 15 to 21, 2002
RSEFRLG Journey Across America Raikou English United States 70 February 25 to July 23, 2006
RSEFRLG Top 10 Distribution Raikou English United Kingdom 70 June 10, 2006;
October 14 to November 19, 2006
RSEFRLG Top 10 Distribution Raikou Italian Italy 70 June 23 to 25, 2006
RSEFRLG Top 10 Distribution Raikou Spanish Spain 70 June 27 to August 27, 2006
RSEFRLG Party of the Decade Raikou English United States 70 August 8, 2006
RSEFRLG Top 10 Distribution Raikou German Germany 70 September 24 to November 5, 2006
RSEFRLG Top 10 Distribution Raikou French France 70 September 26, 2006
DPPtHGSS Crown Raikou Japanese Japan 30Shiny June 18 to August 31, 2010
DPPtHGSS Shinsegae Raikou Korean South Korea 30Shiny September 11 to October 24, 2010
DPPtHGSS Crown City Raikou Korean South Korea 30Shiny December 16, 2010 to January 9, 2011
DPPtHGSS GameStop Raikou English North America 30Shiny January 3 to 9, 2011
DPPtHGSS Winter 2011 Raikou English Wi-Fi 30Shiny February 7 to 13, 2011
DPPtHGSS Winter 2011 Raikou French Wi-Fi 30Shiny February 7 to 13, 2011
DPPtHGSS Winter 2011 Raikou German Wi-Fi 30Shiny February 7 to 13, 2011
DPPtHGSS Winter 2011 Raikou Italian Wi-Fi 30Shiny February 7 to 13, 2011
DPPtHGSS Winter 2011 Raikou Spanish Wi-Fi 30Shiny February 7 to 13, 2011

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Events* Micle Berry Micle Berry (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 90  
150 - 197 290 - 384
Attack: 85  
81 - 150 157 - 295
Defense: 75  
72 - 139 139 - 273
Sp.Atk: 115  
108 - 183 211 - 361
Sp.Def: 100  
94 - 167 184 - 328
Speed: 115  
108 - 183 211 - 361
Total: 580   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVsIVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
5/5 ★★★★★
Power
3/4 ★★★
Skill
4/4 ★★★★
Stamina
3/3 ★★★
Jump
3/3 ★★★
Total
18/19 ★★★

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VII, this Pokémon is:  
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Poison
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Fire
Water
Grass
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
Weak to:
Ground
Immune to:
None
Resistant to:
Flying ½×
Steel ½×
Electric ½×

Learnset

 

By leveling up

Generation VII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
1 Extrasensory Psychic Special 80 100% 20
1 Discharge Electric Special 80 100% 15
1 Bite Dark Physical 60 100% 25
1 Leer Normal Status 100% 30
8 Thunder Shock Electric Special 40 100% 30
15 Roar Normal Status —% 20
22 Quick Attack Normal Physical 40 100% 30
29 Spark Electric Physical 65 100% 20
36 Reflect Psychic Status —% 20
43 Crunch Dark Physical 80 100% 15
50 Thunder Fang Electric Physical 65 95% 15
57 Discharge Electric Special 80 100% 15
64 Extrasensory Psychic Special 80 100% 20
71 Rain Dance Water Status —% 5
78 Calm Mind Psychic Status —% 20
85 Thunder Electric Special 110 70% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Raikou
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Raikou
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation VII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM04 Calm Mind Psychic Status —% 20
Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM05 Roar Normal Status —% 20
Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 90% 10
Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 60 100% 15
Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status —% 5
Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150 90% 5
Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM16 Light Screen Psychic Status —% 30
Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status —% 10
Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status —% 5
Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 100% 20
Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM24 Thunderbolt Electric Special 90 100% 15
Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM25 Thunder Electric Special 110 70% 10
Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 100% 20
Bag TM Ghost VI Sprite.png TM30 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 80 100% 15
Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status —% 15
Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM33 Reflect Psychic Status —% 20
Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status —% 10
Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 70 100% 20
Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status —% 10
Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 60 100% 15
Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM57 Charge Beam Electric Special 50 90% 10
Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM60 Quash Dark Status 100% 15
Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150 90% 5
Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM72 Volt Switch Electric Special 70 100% 20
Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM73 Thunder Wave Electric Status 90% 20
Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM77 Psych Up Normal Status —% 10
Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM78 Bulldoze Ground Physical 60 100% 20
Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 85% 15
Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status —% 10
Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status —% 10
Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM93 Wild Charge Electric Physical 90 100% 15
Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM95 Snarl Dark Special 55 95% 15
Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status —% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Raikou
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Raikou
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Raikou in Generation VII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Raikou in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Raikou
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Raikou
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Raikou can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Raikou cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Raikou
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Raikou
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani243.png
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP243.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0.1%
Friend AreaSacred Field
Phrases
51%-100% HP I am the thunderbolt that races through the fields!
26%-50% HP I don't like this... My HP is cut to half?
1%-25% HP This is it... The power of lightning fails here...
Level up I gained a level! May lightning bolts empower me!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP243.png Body size: 2
Recruit rate: 5%
IQ group: D
Pokémon Ranger
Group:
Electric
Poké Assist: Electric PA.png
Electric
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Raikou is a legendary Pokémon that dashes while dropping thunderbolts.
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It creates waves of electricity around it and launches thunderbolts to attack.
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Skill Swapper: Barrier Bash+

Evolution

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Unevolved
Raikou
 Electric 


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This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II  
Gold   Silver   Crystal
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Spr 2g 243 s.png Spr b 2g 243 s.png   Spr 2s 243 s.png Spr b 2g 243 s.png   Spr 2c 243 s.png Spr b 2c 243 s.png
Front Back   Front Back   Front Back
Generation III  
Ruby Sapphire   Emerald   FireRed LeafGreen
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Front Back   Front Back   Front Back
Generation IV  
Diamond Pearl   Platinum   HeartGold SoulSilver
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Spr 4d 243 s.png Spr b 4d 243 s.png   Spr 4d 243 s.png Spr b 4p 243 s.png   Spr 4h 243 s.png Spr b 4p 243 s.png
Front Back   Front Back   Front Back
Generation V  
Black White   Black 2 White 2
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Front Back   Front Back
Generation VI  
X Y   Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
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Front Back   Front Back
243MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Raikou images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

 

Trivia

 

 
Raikou in Jimmy's Pokédex

Origin

Raikou may be particularly based on the Thunder and Lightning fake of most cultures surrounding the world, mostly the 雷獣 raijū (lit. thunder beast), a thunder demon of Japanese lore and is said to be Raijin's companion. It is said to be a creature that could take the form of a tigermonkey, blue wolf wrapped in lightning, and many other animals. Raikou is specifically based on its tiger form, while the Pokémon Manectric is based on its wolf form.

In terms of physical build, Raikou may be based on the Smilodon fatalis, a well-known but extinct species of wildcat often referred to as a saber-toothed tiger. Its color and pattern scheme are reminiscent of that of a Bengal tiger. The stripes that decorate Raikou's body also can be compared to zigzagging thunderbolts and perhaps even scars from claws. The white ruff around Raikou's face is akin to the Siberian tiger's thick fur around its neck. In the anime, Raikou is shown to be very agile, swift, stealthy, and a powerful attacker, just like a tiger. The gray "plate" atop its head may be similar to Entei's head ornament, being either a helmet or crown that signifies courage and power. The flowing purple mane on its back is likely meant to invoke the image of a cumulonimbus cloud, the cloud type most often associated with thunderstorms.

Name origin

Raikou could be taken to mean 雷光 raikou (lightning), which is also the inspiration for the name of raijū, or it may be a combination of 雷 rai (thunder) and 皇  (emperor). It may also derive from 雷公 raikō (thunder duke), the on'yomi reading of Lei Gong, a Taoist/Daoist deity.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ライコウ Raikou From 雷公 raikō雷 rai雷光 raikou, and 皇 
France Flag.png French Raikou Same as Japanese name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Raikou Same as Japanese name
Germany Flag.png German Raikou Same as Japanese name
Italy Flag.png Italian Raikou Same as Japanese name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 라이코 Raikou Transliteration of its Japanese name
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese    
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 雷公 Léigōng From 雷公 Raikou. Also a reference to the ancient Chinese fake of thunder, Lei Gong.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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