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Raikou (Japanese: ライコウ Raikou) is an Electric-type Legendary Pokémon that is part of the Legendary Beasts trio from Generation II.

Biology

Physiology

Raikou is a quadruped, yellow feline Pokémon with black stripes on its body sharing a resemblance to a saber-toothed tiger. Its iris is red in color with a black pupil. It has a purple mane on its back, with white fur around its face. It has a thin, light blue colored tail with a spark shaped figure at its tip. It has a black forehead plate, with a light blue muzzle in the shape of an 'X'. It has three claws on each of its feet.

Natural abilities

It has the Pressure ability which decreases the target's PP much more than usual if they use that move on Raikou. It can also have Volt Absorb as its other ability if obtained from the Dream World. Volt Absorb causes Raikou to be immune to all Electric-type moves. If Raikou is damaged by any other type of move and gets hit by an Electric-type move, its HP (Hit Points) will be restored rather than be decreased.

Behavior

Raikou is a Sabretooth Tiger-like creature. It carries rain clouds on its back which let it fire Thunderbolts at will. In the Pokédex, it states that it "descends with the lightning", and it "races across the land barking a cry that sounds like crashing thunder". While running, it stores up static electricity, then shoots off the excess. It is also said to help other Electric Pokémon if they are in danger.

Game info

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Raikou roams around Kanto if the player character's Starter Pokémon was Squirtle and they have beaten the Elite Four. In FireRed and LeafGreen, it is very hard to catch because it will flee unless your Pokémon out has the ability Shadow Tag. It appears at Level 50.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the player could get a Shiny Raikou at Gamestop on January 31 through February 6, 2011, which later was given out via Wi-Fi in late February 2011. You can also get it at Kanto Route 25, then the Burned Tower. It appears at Level 40 at both Route 25 and the Burned Tower.

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Gold and Silver Roaming Johto One
Crystal Roaming Johto One
Ruby and Sapphire Trade None
FireRed and LeafGreen Roaming Kanto (With Squirtle As your Starter Pokémon) One
Emerald Trade None
Diamond and Pearl Pal Park or Trade None
Platinum Pal Park or Trade None
HeartGold and SoulSilver Roaming Johto One
Black and White PokeTransfer or Trade None
Black 2 and White 2 Transfer None
X and Y Transfer None
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Trackless Forest (Requires Ho-Oh or Lugia in the party, First 20-minute interval of every hour) One
Sun and Moon Transfer None
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Ultra Space Wilds (Rocky World; Ultra Sun only)

Trade or Transfer (Ultra Moon)

One

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 in its body, then sweeps across the land, shooting off electricity.

  • 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

    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

    It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.

  • Pearl

    It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.

  • 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

    It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.

  • White

    It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.

  • Black 2

    It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.

  • 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

    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

    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.


Stats

Raikou's Stats
HP
90
Attack
85
Defense
75
Sp. Atk
115
Sp. Def
100
Speed
115
Total
580

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Extrasensory 80 100% 20 Psychic Special
1 Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special
1 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
1 Leer 100% 30 Normal Status
8 Thunder Shock 40 100% 30 Electric Special
15 Roar —% 20 Normal Status
22 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical
29 Spark 65 100% 20 Electric Physical
36 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status
43 Crunch 80 100% 15 Dark Physical
50 Thunder Fang 65 95% 15 Electric Physical
57 Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special
64 Extrasensory 80 100% 20 Psychic Special
71 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
78 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
85 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Extrasensory 80 100% 20 Psychic Special Cool 2 1 ♥
1 Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special Beautiful 2 2 ♥
1 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical Tough 2 3 ♥
1 Leer 100% 30 Normal Status Cool 2 1 ♥
8 Thunder Shock 40 100% 30 Electric Special Cool 4 0 ♥
15 Roar 100% 20 Normal Status Cool 3 0 ♥
22 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical Cool 3 0 ♥
29 Spark 65 100% 20 Electric Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
36 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status Clever 2 0 ♥
43 Crunch 80 100% 15 Dark Physical Tough 1 4 ♥
50 Thunder Fang 65 95% 15 Electric Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
57 Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special Beautiful 2 2 ♥
64 Extrasensory 80 100% 20 Psychic Special Cool 2 1 ♥
71 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
78 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status Clever 1 0 ♥
85 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 1 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
1 Leer 100% 30 Normal Status
8 ThunderShock 40 100% 30 Electric Special
15 Roar 100% 20 Normal Status
22 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical
29 Spark 65 100% 20 Electric Physical
36 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status
43 Crunch 80 100% 15 Dark Physical
50 Thunder Fang 65 95% 15 Electric Physical
57 Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special
64 Extrasensory 80 100% 30 Psychic Special
71 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
78 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
85 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration IV
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
1DP
1HGSSPt
Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical Tough 3
1DP
1HGSSPt
Leer 100% 30 Normal Status Cool 2
8DP
8HGSSPt
ThunderShock 40 100% 30 Electric Special Cool 3
15DP
15HGSSPt
Roar 100% 20 Normal Status Cool 2
22DP
22HGSSPt
Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical Cool 2
29DP
29HGSSPt
Spark 65 100% 20 Electric Physical Cool 3
36DP
36HGSSPt
Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status Smart 2
43DP
43HGSSPt
Crunch 80 100% 15 Dark Physical Tough 2
50DP
50HGSSPt
Thunder Fang 65 95% 15 Electric Physical Smart 3
57DP
57HGSSPt
Discharge 80 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 2
64DP
64HGSSPt
Extrasensory 80 100% 30 Psychic Special Cool 2
71DP
85HGSSPt
Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 2
N/ADP
71HGSSPt
Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Tough 2
78DP
78HGSSPt
Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status Smart 0
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration III
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Tough 1 3 ♥
1 Leer 100% 30 Normal Cool 3 0 ♥
11 ThunderShock 40 100% 30 Electric Cool 4 0 ♥
21 Roar 100% 20 Normal Cool 3 0 ♥
31 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Cool 3 0 ♥
41 Spark 65 100% 20 Electric Cool 1 4 ♥
51 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Smart 1 0 ♥
61 Crunch 80 100% 15 Dark Tough 1 4 ♥
71 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Cool 2 2 ♥
81 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Smart 2 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration II
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark
1 Leer 100% 30 Normal
11 ThunderShock 40 100% 30 Electric
21 Roar 100% 20 Normal
31 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal
41 Spark 65 100% 20 Electric
51 Reflect —% 20 Psychic
61 Crunch 80 100% 15 Dark
71 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM05 Roar —% 20 Normal Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM24 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special
TM25 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special
TM60 Quash 100% 15 Dark Status
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM72 Volt Switch 70 100% 20 Electric Special
TM73 Thunder Wave 90% 20 Electric Status
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status
TM78 Bulldoze 60 100% 20 Ground Physical
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM93 Wild Charge 90 100% 15 Electric Physical
TM95 Snarl 55 95% 15 Dark Special
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status Clever 1 0 ♥
TM05 Roar —% 20 Normal Status Cool 3 0 ♥
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status Clever 3 0 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special Clever 3 0 ♥
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Cool 4 4 ♥
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 3 ♥
TM24 Thunderbolt 90 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 4 0 ♥
TM25 Thunder 110 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 1 0 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 4 0 ♥
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical Tough 2 0 ♥
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special Clever 4 0 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 1 0 ♥
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status Clever 2 0 ♥
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Status Tough 2 1 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM60 Quash 100% 15 Dark Status Clever 3 0 ♥
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Tough 4 4 ♥
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status Beautiful 3 0 ♥
TM72 Volt Switch 70 100% 20 Electric Special Cool 4 0 ♥
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Cool 1 3 ♥
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status Clever 2 0 ♥
TM78 Bulldoze 60 100% 20 Ground Physical Tough 2 2 ♥
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 1 0 ♥
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Cute 2 0 ♥
TM93 Wild Charge 90 100% 15 Electric Physical Tough 6 0 ♥
TM94 Rock SmashXY 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
TM94 Secret PowerORAS 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Clever 1 0 ♥
TM95 Snarl 55 95% 15 Dark Special Tough 4 0 ♥
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status Cute 3 0 ♥
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
HM06 Rock SmashORAS 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation V
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal Status
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special
TM60 Quash 100% 15 Dark Status
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status
TM72 Volt Switch 70 100% 20 Electric Special
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status
TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status
TM78 Bulldoze 60 100% 20 Ground Physical
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM93 Wild Charge 90 100% 15 Electric Physical
TM94 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM95 Snarl 55 95% 15 Dark Special
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Status Smart 0
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal Status Cool 2
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Status Smart 2
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Smart 1
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Beauty 2
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Cool 2
TM16 Light Screen —% 30 Psychic Status Beauty 2
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 0
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Tough 2
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM23 Iron Tail 100 75% 15 Steel Physical Cool 2
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Special Cool 2
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Special Cool 2
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM28 Dig 80 100% 10 Ground Physical Smart 1
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Special Smart 2
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 2
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Status Smart 2
TM34 Shock Wave 60 —% 20 Electric Special Cool 2
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Status Tough 2
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Smart 2
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 0
TM57 Charge Beam 50 90% 10 Electric Special Beauty 2
TM58 Endure —% 10 Normal Status Tough 2
TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Beauty 2
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status Beauty 2
TM73 Thunder Wave 100% 20 Electric Status Cool 2
TM77 Psych Up 100% 10 Normal Status Smart 0
TM82 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 3
TM83 Natural Gift —% 10 Normal Physical Cool 2
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Smart 1
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical Cool 3
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 3
HM06 Rock Smash 40 100% 15 Fighting Physical Tough 2
HM08 Rock Climb 90 85% 20 Normal Physical Cool 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation III
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM04 Calm Mind —% 20 Psychic Smart 2 0 ♥
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal Cool 3 0 ♥
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Smart 3 0 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Smart 3 0 ♥
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Beauty 1 0 ♥
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Cool 4 4 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Tough 1 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM23 Iron Tail 100 75% 15 Steel Cool 1 4 ♥
TM24 Thunderbolt 95 100% 15 Electric Cool 4 0 ♥
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric Cool 2 2 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
TM28 Dig 60 100% 10 Ground Smart 1 0 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Cool 2 0 ♥
TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic Smart 1 0 ♥
TM34 Shock Wave 60 —% 20 Electric Cool 2 0 ♥
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Tough 3 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Smart 1 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Cute 2 0 ♥
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Cool 2 1 ♥
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal Tough 2 1 ♥
HM05 Flash 70% 20 Normal Beauty 3 0 ♥
HM06 Rock Smash 20 100% 15 Fighting Tough 1 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation II
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type
TM02 Headbutt 70 100% 15 Normal
TM03 Curse —% 10 ???
TM05 Roar 100% 20 Normal
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison
TM07 Zap Cannon 100 50% 5 Electric
TM08 Rock Smash 20 100% 15 Fighting
TM09 Psych Up —% 10 Normal
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire
TM13 Snore 40 100% 15 Normal
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water
TM20 Endure —% 10 Normal
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal
TM23 Iron Tail 100 75% 15 Steel
TM25 Thunder 120 70% 10 Electric
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal
TM28 Dig 60 100% 10 Ground
TM31 Mud-Slap 20 100% 10 Ground
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal
TM34 Swagger 90% 15 Normal
TM35 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock
TM39 Swift 60 —% 20 Normal
TM43 Detect —% 5 Fighting
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal
HM04 Strength 80 100% 15 Normal
HM05 Flash 70% 20 Normal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Breeding

Raikou learns no moves via breeding.


Tutoring

Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Iron Head USUM 80 100% 15 Steel Physical
Iron Tail USUM 100 75% 15 Steel Physical
Laser Focus USUM —% 30 Normal Status
Magnet Rise USUM —% 10 Electric Status
Shock Wave USUM 60 —% 20 Electric Special
Signal Beam USUM 75 100% 15 Bug Special
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Throat Chop USUM 80 100% 15 Dark Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation VI
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Iron Head ORAS 80 100% 15 Steel Physical Tough 4 0 ♥
Iron Tail ORAS 100 75% 15 Steel Physical Cool 4 0 ♥
Magnet Rise ORAS —% 10 Electric Status Clever 2 0 ♥
Shock Wave ORAS 60 —% 20 Electric Special Cool 2 0 ♥
Signal Beam ORAS 75 100% 15 Bug Special Beautiful 3 0 ♥
Snore ORAS 50 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 4 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation V
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Iron Head B2W2 80 100% 15 Steel Physical
Iron Tail B2W2 100 75% 15 Steel Physical
Magnet Rise B2W2 —% 10 Electric Status
Signal Beam B2W2 75 100% 15 Bug Special
Sleep Talk B2W2 —% 10 Normal Status
Snore B2W2 40 100% 15 Normal Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation IV
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
Headbutt HGSS 70 100% 15 Normal Physical Tough 3
Iron Head HGSSPt 80 100% 15 Steel Physical Tough 2
Magnet Rise HGSSPt —% 10 Electric Status Cute 2
Mud-Slap HGSSPt 20 100% 10 Ground Special Cute 3
Signal Beam HGSSPt 75 100% 15 Bug Special Beauty 2
Snore HGSSPt 40 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 3
Swift HGSSPt 60 —% 20 Normal Special Cool 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation III
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
Body Slam FRLGEXD 85 100% 15 Normal Tough 1 4 ♥
Double-Edge FRLGEXD 120 100% 15 Normal Tough 6 0 ♥
Endure E —% 10 Normal Tough 2 0 ♥
Mimic FRLGEXD —% 10 Normal Cute 1 0 ♥
Mud-Slap E 20 100% 10 Ground Cute 2 1 ♥
Psych Up E —% 10 Normal Smart 2 0 ♥
Sleep Talk E —% 10 Normal Cute 3 0 ♥
Snore E 40 100% 15 Normal Cute 4 0 ♥
Substitute FRLGEXD —% 10 Normal Smart 2 0 ♥
Swagger EXD 90% 15 Normal Cute 2 0 ♥
Swift E 60 —% 20 Normal Cool 2 0 ♥
Thunder Wave FRLGEXD 100% 20 Electric Cool 2 1 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation II
Move Power Accuracy PP Type
Thunderbolt C 95 100% 15 Electric
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Appearances

Anime

Raikou appears in the special The Legend of Thunder!, where it's captured by Team Rocket and then saved by Jimmy and his Typhlosion.

A Shiny Raikou, Entei, Suicune and a normal Celebi have a role in the movie Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Raikou makes a cameo appearance in the episode Houndoom's Special Delivery when Houndoom and Togepi saw it blast it in the air.

Raikou also makes an appearance in the episode Three Sides to Every Story!, where it attacks Dawn and Piplup and ultimately ends up as a Pokémon in Piplup's dream.

Trivia

  • Learning Thunder at level 85, Raikou is the only Pokémon that learns Thunder latest of all those who learn it by leveling up.
  • Raikou has the lowest base HP, but the highest base Sp.Atk and Speed by the legendary beasts.
  • In Super Smash Bros., Raikou is one of the Pokémon that can be freed from Poké Balls. During this time, it uses the move Spark.

Origin

When asked about the basis behind Raikou's design, Muneo Saitō described the process to be difficult, as "Raikou took many twists and turns; there was even a blue thunder version with a drum on its back", but it eventually fell into a tiger-like design.[1][2]

Raikou could also be based on a raijū, a demon from Japanese mythology that is often associated with lightning and thunder.

Etymology

Raikou is literally raikou (thunder in Japanese). It could also come from raijū.

Gallery

See also

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