Raichu and Elekid were sent by Volkner in Sunyshore City's Gym, to battle the power plant worker. Since the latter wasn't a Gym challenger, Volkner became disappointed, but after receiving a call, he went with his two Pokémon to find a new challenger. Volkner sent Elekid to battle Platinum's Lopunny. Lopunny missed using Focus Blast, and got hit by Elekid's Focus Punch. However, to show how Jupiter got the advantage with her speed, Lopunny appeared behind Elekid and defeated it with Dizzy Punch.
Volkner ignored the call of the Gym Leaders to fight Team Galactic at the Spear Pillar. He walked away with Raichu and Elekid, but stopped when he saw space being warped. Volkner observed the hole with Raichu and Elekid, and noted it was a very strong enemy he could battle, which overjoyed him. It was why he wanted to team up with Volkner to investigate more.