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Dark Raichu (Team Rocket 83)

Dark Raichu LV.31
わるいライチュウ Bad Raichu
Illus. Mitsuhiro Arita
Evolution stage
Stage 1 Pokémon
Evolves from Pikachu
Card name Dark Raichu
Type Lightning
Hit Points 70
retreat cost
English expansion Team Rocket
Rarity Rare Holo
English card no. 83/82
Japanese expansion Crossing the Ruins...
Japanese rarity SuperRare Holo
Card GB 2 set Team Rocket's Ambition
Card GB 2 ID H19
Expansion Legendary Collection
Rarity Rare Holo
English card no. 7/110
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Raichu.

Dark Raichu (Japanese: わるいライチュウ Bad Raichu) is a Lightning-type Stage 1 Pokémon card. It was first released as part of the Team Rocket expansion.


Card text

LightningLightningLightning Surprise Thunder
Flip a coin. If heads, flip another coin. If the second coin is heads, this attack does 20 damage to each of your opponent's Benched Pokémon. If the second coin is tails, this attack does 10 damage to each of your opponent's Benched Pokémon. (Don't apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokémon.)

Pokédex data

Raichu - Mouse Pokémon
No. Height Weight
026 2'7" (0.8 m) 66 lbs. (30 kg)
Pokédex entry
Stores up electricity in its body, then suddenly releases it to surprise and shock everyone.

Release information

This card was included as a Secret card in the Team Rocket expansion, having been made especially for the English set by Wizards of the Coast. It was later printed as a Super Rare in the Japanese Crossing the Ruins... expansion. The text in the top-right corner of the card reads "Put Raichu on the Basic Pokémon", as opposed to the proper "Put Dark Raichu on the Basic Pokémon". It was reprinted in the Legendary Collection expansion with the text corrected. An exclusive Non Holofoil print was included in the Turmoil Theme Deck. The interior of this card's evolution box is light gray, not dark gray, as opposed to other Dark Pokémon from the Team Rocket set. It appears this way even on the Legendary Collection print.



  • This card was the first Secret card in a TCG expansion. It was also the first card that was released internationally before it was released in Japan.
  • This card caused the Team Rocket expansion to be delayed, due to Dark Raichu needing to be approved by Nintendo.


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