Raiden (Japanese: ライデン Raiden) is a character of the day who appeared in Ring Masters. He was once a Trainer like Ash who was training for the Johto League, until he came across Rikishii Town and gained interest in the sumo competition.
While traveling through Johto, Ash and his friends met Raiden in Rikishii Town. He was the current champion of the town's Sumo Conference, and was entering again to defend his title. Ash entered the competition as well with his Snorlax.
Eventually, the two ended up facing each other in the final round of the tournament. Raiden was using his Feraligatr, who had helped him reach victory in the previous year's competition. However, the Water-type was no match for Ash's Snorlax, who ended up defeating the champion, winning Ash a King's Rock and a large supply of food. Although he lost, Raiden wasn't upset, instead congratulating Ash on his victory.
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|Raiden's Feraligatr is Raiden's only known Pokémon, which he trained for the Sumo Conference in Rikishii Town. It used other Pokémon, including a Nidoking, a Heracross, and later a Granbull, to hone its technique. Then, at the Sumo Conference, Team Rocket was causing havoc by falsely entering a Pokémon that did not match the qualifications. However, Feraligatr sent them blasting off with a Hydro Pump. During the Sumo Conference, Feraligatr knocked out its first opponent, a Golem, in one hit in spite of the weight disadvantage.
Its next onscreen match was against a very strong Blastoise. It was evenly matched, but in the end, Feraligatr managed to win and proceeded to the finals, where he would fight against Ash's Snorlax. In the final match, Snorlax made the first move, but Feraligatr dodged it. Because of this, Snorlax barely managed to retain its balance. Teetering on the edge of the ring, it still managed to dodge Feraligatr's attack. Raiden was shocked but also impressed with how deceptively agile Snorlax was.
Both of them then made an impressive move, but as Feraligatr was about to push Snorlax out of the ring, Ash told Snorlax to take a deep breath. Using its stomach to push Feraligatr away, it managed to save itself. Feraligatr then tossed Snorlax, but Ash's Pokémon landed safely in the ring, causing the entire stadium to shake. Due to this, Feraligatr lost its balance and Snorlax managed to push it out of the ring, winning the match and the competition.
Feraligatr's only known move is Hydro Pump.
Raiden has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:
- Sumo Conference - Winner (prior to Ring Masters)
- Sumo Conference - Runner-Up (Ring Masters)
- Raiden's names comes from Raiden Tameemon, a famous sumo wrestler from the Edo Period.
|This article is part of Project COD, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each one-time character of the Pokémon anime.|