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Raichu LV.40
ライチュウ Raichu
Illus. Ken Sugimori
Evolution stage
Stage 1 Pokémon
Evolves from Pikachu
Card name Raichu
Type Lightning
Hit Points 80
retreat cost
English expansion Base Set
Rarity Rare Holo
English card no. 14/102
Japanese expansion Expansion Pack
Japanese rarity Rare Holo
Expansion Base Set 2
Rarity Rare Holo
English card no. 16/130
Card GB set Colosseum
Card GB ID A20
Card GB 2 set Psychic Battle
Card GB 2 ID D26
Japanese expansion Pokémon Web
Japanese rarity Rare
Japanese card no. 036/048
For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Raichu.

Raichu (Japanese: ライチュウ Raichu) is a Lightning-type Stage 1 Pokémon card. It was first released as part of the Base Set.


Card text

LightningColorlessColorless Agility
Flip a coin. If heads, during your opponent's next turn, prevent all effects of attacks, including damage, done to Raichu.
LightningLightningLightningColorless Thunder
Flip a coin. If tails, Raichu does 30 damage to itself.

Pokédex data

Raichu - Mouse Pokémon
No. Height Weight
026 2'7" (0.8 m) 66 lbs. (30.0 kg)
Pokédex entry
Its long tail serves as a ground to protect itself from its own high-voltage power.

Release information

This card was included in the Base Set, first released in the Japanese Expansion Pack. It was reprinted in the Base Set 2 expansion. It was reprinted with a Non Holofoil print in the Japanese Pokémon Web. Some copies of this card, estimated by Wizards of the Coast to be around eight, were stamped with a Prerelease symbol. Card sheets were eight by eleven so there is said to be eight to ten copies in existence. These cards are said to have come about during the manufacture of the prerelease Jungle Clefable, as a result of a few Base Set Raichu cards appearing on the sheet of Clefable cards being made for prerelease. Wizards denied the existence of prerelease Raichu for years, until one of their staff released an image of the card in 2006. Due to the card's excessive rarity, prerelease Raichu is said by some to be the "Holy Grail of Pokémon". Despite this however, the legitimacy of these cards is unproven and remains highly dubious.




Agility and Thunder are both moves in the Pokémon games that Raichu can learn via prior evolution. This card's English Pokédex entry comes from Pokémon Red and Blue, though it is slightly reworded. The Japanese entry comes from Pokémon Red and Green.

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