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Lt. Surge's Raichu

Lt. Surge's Raichu
マチスのライチュウ Matis's Raichu
Poké Ball
Lt Surge Raichu.png
Lt. Surge's Raichu
Debuts in Electric Shock Showdown
Caught at Unknown
Evolves in Prior to Electric Shock Showdown
Gender Male*
Ability Static*
Current location With Lt. Surge
Pikachu Raichu
This Pokémon spent an unknown number of episodes as Pikachu.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Pikachu Not shown
As Raichu Urara Takano

Lt. Surge's Raichu (Japanese: マチスのライチュウ Matis's Raichu) is Lt. Surge's main Pokémon in the anime and games.

In the anime

History

Lt. Surge and Raichu

Raichu made its appearance in Electric Shock Showdown where it was responsible for brutally defeating many opponents, as the Pokémon Center started to get crowded. This happened before Ash entered the Vermilion City Gym. Later during Ash's arrival, Lt. Surge sent it out to him and his friends. Lt. Surge laughed at Ash for not evolving Pikachu, thinking evolved Pokémon are always better. This infuriated him and made Pikachu, also infuriated, want to battle Raichu.

In the battle, both sides started off with Thunder Shock but Raichu's turned out to be more powerful, which weakened Pikachu drastically. Raichu then easily defeated Pikachu with a combination of Mega Punch and Mega Kick. 

Ash returned to the Gym for a rematch after Pikachu was healed. He ignored Lt. Surge's advice on evolving Pikachu into a Raichu. In the rematch, Raichu was able to hit Pikachu with Body Slam but Pikachu was able to use two new attacks, Agility and Quick Attack, which were both learned before the rematch, before being finished off. As Raichu evolved too fast, it never learned any speedy attacks. Pikachu took advantage of this by using his speedy attacks to confuse Raichu. Lt. Surge decided to cancel them by having Raichu use Thunderbolt on the field. However, Pikachu dodged it by using his tail. When Raichu was about to use Thunderbolt again, it ran out of electricity which gave Pikachu the upper hand. Pikachu finished Raichu off with his tail attack before Raichu made full contact with Take Down. As Ash eventually defeated Lt. Surge in a rematch, it proved to him that evolved Pokémon are not always better. 

Raichu was seen again in a flashback in Pikachu's Goodbye when Ash was recalling the fun times he had with Pikachu, and in another one in Bad to the Bone, where Raichu was defeated in a Gym battle by Otoshi's Marowak. Both Raichu and Lt. Surge reappeared in another flashback in Pika and Goliath!.

Personality and characteristics

Raichu's attitude towards Ash's Pikachu almost completely mirrors Lt. Surge's attitude toward Ash. When they first meet Raichu, it doesn't have a high opinion of Pikachu. However, after being defeated, Raichu grows to respect him.

Moves used

Lt Surge Raichu ThunderShock.png
Using ThunderShock
Lt Surge Raichu Thunderbolt.png
Using Thunderbolt
Move First Used In
ThunderShock Electric Shock Showdown
Mega Punch Electric Shock Showdown
Mega Kick Electric Shock Showdown
Body Slam Electric Shock Showdown
Thunderbolt Electric Shock Showdown
Take Down Electric Shock Showdown
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In Pokémon Origins

Lt. Surge and Raichu in Pokémon Origins

Raichu was seen briefly in the episode File 2 - Cubone of Pokémon Origins. It was used by Surge in his Gym battle against Red, but was defeated off-screen.

In the games

Raichu appears as Lt. Surge's Pokémon in the player's Gym battle against him in all games he appears in. In Pokémon Yellow, it is his only Pokémon, much as in the anime. In other games it is not his only Pokémon, but it is always present. Lt. Surge's Pikachu that he has in the games is also shown below, since Surge said in the anime that he obtained his Raichu as a Pikachu.

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green Pokémon Yellow Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Spr 1b 025.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Pikachu Lv.18
ThunderShock
Electric
Thunder Wave
Electric
Growl
Normal
Quick Attack
Normal
Spr 1b 026.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Raichu Lv.24
Thunderbolt
Electric
ThunderShock
Electric
Thunder Wave
Electric
Growl
Normal
Spr 1y 026.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Raichu Lv.28
Thunderbolt
Electric
Growl
Normal
Mega Punch
Normal
Mega Kick
Normal
Spr 2c 026.gif
Type:
Electric Unknown
Held item:
None
Raichu Lv.44
Thunderbolt
Electric
Thunder
Electric
Thunder Wave
Electric
Quick Attack
Normal
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Gym battle Fighting Dojo rematch
Spr 3f 025.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Ability:
Static
Held item:
None
Pikachu Lv.18
Shock Wave
Electric
Thunder Wave
Electric
Quick Attack
Normal
Double Team
Normal
Spr 3f 026.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Ability:
Static
Held item:
None
Raichu Lv.24
Shock Wave
Electric
Thunder Wave
Electric
Quick Attack
Normal
Double Team
Normal
Spr 4h 026 m.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Ability:
Static
Held item:
None
Raichu Lv.51
Thunder Wave
Electric Status
Shock Wave
Electric Special
Quick Attack
Normal Physical
Double Team
Normal Status
Spr 4h 026 m.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Ability:
Static
Held item:
None
Raichu Lv.60
Thunderbolt
Electric Special
Grass Knot
Grass Special
Quick Attack
Normal Physical
Thunder Wave
Electric Status
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
Pokémon World Tournament
Pokémon Stadium
Kanto Leaders Tournament Type Expert/World Leaders Tournament Round 1
Spr 5b 026 m.png
Type:
  Electric  
Ability:
Static
Held item:
Bag Electric Gem Sprite.png Electric Gem
Raichu/ Lv.50
Thunderbolt
Electric Special
Focus Blast
Fighting Special
Signal Beam
Bug Special
Thunder Wave
Electric Status
Spr 5b 026 m.png
Type:
  Electric  
Ability:
Static
Held item:
Bag Life Orb Sprite.png Life Orb
Raichu/ Lv.50
Volt Tackle
Electric Physical
Fake Out
Normal Physical
Focus Punch
Fighting Physical
Thunder Wave
Electric Status
026.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Raichu Lv.50-100
Thunder
Electric
Surf
Water
Body Slam
Normal
Thunder Wave
Electric
025.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Pikachu Lv.50-100
Seismic Toss
Fighting
Agility
Psychic
Double Team
Normal
Surf
Water
Pokémon Stadium Pokémon Stadium 2
Round 2 Round 1 Round 2
026.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Raichu Lv.50-100
Thunderbolt
Electric
Surf
Water
Body Slam
Normal
Thunder Wave
Electric
026.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Held item:
MiracleBerry
Raichu Lv.50-100
Thunderbolt
Electric
Thunder Wave
Electric
Reflect
Psychic
Surf
Water
026.png
Type:
Electric Unknown
Held item:
Focus Band
Raichu Lv.50-100
Surf
Water
Reversal
Fighting
Thunderbolt
Electric
Thunder Wave
Electric

In the manga

Raichu in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Lt. Surge's Raichu debuted in the Pokémon Adventures manga in Go for the Golbat during Surge's battle with Red. However, it wasn't seen battling until the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter round Raising Raichu, where Surge used it to battle against the Masked Man. Later, when Surge encountered the frozen Red Gyarados at the Lake of Rage, he used Raichu to power up his submarine's underwater laser. However, as the thawed Gyarados wasn't willing to fight him, but instead trying to break another block of ice at the bottom of the lake, Surge ended up using the laser on the ice block, which turned out to contain some of the gears of Gold and Silver, who had previously fought the Masked Man at the lake.

Raichu was also briefly seen in Hello, Lickitung, where Surge used its sharp tail as a warning for Morty to not to struggle against him, as well as in Yikes, It's Yanma!, where it was seen standing alongside Surge during the introduction of the Kanto and Johto Gym Leaders.

Moves used

Lt Surge Raichu Thunderbolt Adventures.png
Using Thunderbolt
Move First Used In
Thunderbolt Raising Raichu
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.
Raichu in Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure

In the Pocket Monsters HGSS Jou's Big Adventure manga

Lt. Surge's Raichu only appeared as a silhouette in Betting on the Name of the Strongest! along with its Trainer and the other Kanto Gym Leaders as one of the obstacles Jou must face.

In the TCG

Lt. Surge's Raichu has been depicted in in the TCG. The following is a list of cards involving either his Pikachu or Raichu.

Lt. Surge's Raichu
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in the current Standard format.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Lt. Surge's Raichu Lightning Gym Heroes Rare 28/132 Kuchiba City Gym    
Lt. Surge's Raichu Lightning Gym Challenge Rare Holo 11/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare Holo  
Lt. Surge's Pikachu Lightning Gym Heroes Common 81/132 Kuchiba City Gym    
Lt. Surge's Pikachu Lightning Gym Challenge Common 84/132 Leaders' Stadium Common  
Lt. Surge's Raichu Lightning       Pokémon VS Common 053/141
 

Trivia

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Pikachu and Raichu.


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Last modified on 10 August 2014, at 00:33