Raikou (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
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This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Raikou (disambiguation).
Raikou
Thunder Pokémon
ライコウ
Raikou
#243
Raikou



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Electric Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Pressure Cacophony
Cacophony
Inner Focus
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Volt Absorb
Hidden Ability Gen. V-VI*
Gender ratio
None (unknown gender)
Catch rate
3 (1.6%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Undiscovered
Hatch time
20560 - 20816 steps
Egg not obtainable
Height
6'03" 1.9 m
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Weight
392.4 lbs. 178.0 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
216
Gen. II-IV
Unknown
IV
261
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 3
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HP
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Atk
0
Def
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Sp.Atk
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Sp.Def
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Speed
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Footprint
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Pokédex color
Yellow
Base friendship
35
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Raikou (Japanese: ライコウ Raikou) is an Electric-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation II.

It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

Along with Entei and Suicune, it is one of the Legendary beasts resurrected by Ho-Oh after the burning of the Brass Tower. Of the three Legendary beasts, Raikou is said to represent the lightning strike which ignited the fire that consumed the Brass Tower.

Biology

Raikou is a quadrupedal, yellow, tiger-like Pokémon with black stripes and a white underside. It has a thin, light blue tail with sharp angles and a spark-shaped formation at the end. Most of its face consists of thick, white fur and shorter yellow fur around its red eyes. Raikou's muzzle is a light blue "X" and it has a black faceplate with two bumps that cover its forehead, nose, and ears. Raikou has two long fangs that make its appearance similar to the saber-toothed cat. Its large claws each converge to form a single point and never retract. Extra fur hangs off its body in front of its thighs. Raikou has a mane across its back that resembles dull purple rain clouds and allows it to shoot bolts of lighting.

As seen in the anime, Raikou is able to fly by creating storm clouds. It is shown to be distrustful of humans, though it may form some friendship with those who help it. Raikou tends to appear during thunderstorms and when other Electric-type Pokémon are in danger. Raikou is said to represent the speed of lightning and can control storm clouds at will. Raikou races across grasslands while barking cries that sound like thunder. Raikou's cries can also send shock waves in the air while shaking the ground at the same time.

In the anime

Main series

 
Raikou in the anime
 
Shiny Raikou in the anime

Major appearances

Raikou (The Legend of Thunder!)

In The Legend of Thunder!, Team Rocket members Attila and Hun attempted to capture a Raikou but failed.

Raikou (M13)

A Shiny Raikou appeared alongside the other members of its trio in Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Other

A Raikou appeared at the end of Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part 2).

Minor appearances

In Houndoom's Special Delivery, Togepi and a Houndoom spotted a Raikou before it disappeared.

A Raikou appeared in a flashback in For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!.

A Raikou appeared in the opening sequence of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

A Raikou appeared in the opening sequence of Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

In Three Sides to Every Story!, Dawn's Piplup's dream featured a Raikou.

In I Choose You!, Ash, Verity, and Sorrel saw a Raikou as they approached Mount Tensei, but it disappeared before they could get a better look.

A silhouetted Raikou appeared in a fantasy in JN053.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
The Legend of Thunder! Raikou Jimmy's Pokédex Raikou, the Thunder Pokémon. It's said to have descended to earth on a bolt of lightning.

Pokémon Generations

A wild Raikou appeared in Ecruteak City in The Reawakening, during a flashback about the creation of the legendary beasts.

GOTCHA!

A Raikou briefly appeared as a silhouette in GOTCHA!.

In the manga

Movie adaptations

Main article: Raikou (M13)

Raikou appeared in the manga adaptation of the fourth and final Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl movie, Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

Pocket Monsters HGSS

A Raikou appeared in PMHGSS04 and PMHGSS05.

Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure

A Raikou appeared in JBA3.

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Raikou (Adventures)
Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

Raikou first appeared as a beam of light in Slugging It Out With Slugma. Its first proper appearance was in Really Raikou & Entirely Entei I. It was revealed in Hello, Lickitung that Yellow had unintentionally freed the Legendary beasts from their imprisonment at the Burned Tower, from which they then left to roam Johto and Kanto in search for a Trainer to team up with in the battle against the Masked Man. Raikou eventually chose Lt. Surge as its Trainer. After the Masked Man was defeated, Raikou returned to the wild.

In Never Spritz a Knotty Sudowoodo, Anabel was revealed to have caught Raikou in Johto for use at the Battle Frontier.

  Spoilers end here.  

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

A Raikou appeared in Gold and Black VS Team Rocket and The Legendary Pokémon.

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

A Raikou first appeared in GDZ58.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

A Raikou appeared in Find the Legendary Pokémon!!.

In the TCG

Main article: Raikou (TCG)

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Melee

When released from a Poké Ball, Raikou releases a powerful Spark attack that electrocutes any opponents that get caught in it. Raikou is the only Legendary beast that does not return in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Trophy information

These Thunder Pokémon travel near and far, blasting out electrified whirlwinds. They carry storm clouds on their backs, so they can produce lightning regardless of the local weather; it's even said that they descended to the earth with via lightning bolts. Their extreme quickness lends itself to flight, so they're very hard to capture.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Raikou appears as a trophy.

Trophy information

NA: Was that a bolt of lightning flashing by, on the ground instead of the air? Then it could have been Raikou. A rumble of thunder in the distance, but not a cloud in the sky? Sounds like Raikou's roar to us. It is said that this wild Pokémon perished in the Johto region once, but Ho-Oh was so filled with sorrow at the loss that Raikou was resurrected.

PAL: If you see a bolt of lightning flash across the ground instead of from the sky, you may have just caught a glimpse of Raikou. And if you hear a peal of thunder that lasts longer than it should, that may be Raikou's roar. It's said that this wild yet majestic Pokémon once perished in the Johto region, but Ho-Oh, filled with sorrow, resurrected it.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Raikou appears as a Spirit alongside Entei and Suicune.

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II Johto
#238
Gold The rain clouds it carries let it fire thunderbolts at will. They say that it descended with lightning.
Silver A Pokémon that races across the land while barking a cry that sounds like crashing thunder.
Crystal This rough Pokémon stores energy in its body, then sweeps across the land, shooting off electricity.
Stadium 2 The rain clouds it carries let it fire thunderbolts at will. They say that it descended with lightning.
Generation III Hoenn
#—
Kanto
#—
Ruby Raikou embodies the speed of lightning. The roars of this Pokémon send shock waves shuddering through the air and shake the ground as if lightning bolts had come crashing down.
Sapphire
Emerald Raikou embodies the speed of lightning. Its roars send shock waves shuddering through the air and ground as if lightning bolts were crashing down.
FireRed This Pokémon races across the land while barking a cry that sounds like crashing thunder.
LeafGreen The rain clouds it carries let it fire thunderbolts at will. They say that it descended with lightning.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#243
Diamond It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold The rain clouds it carries let it fire thunderbolts at will. They say that it descended with lightning.
SoulSilver A Pokémon that races across the land while barking a cry that sounds like crashing thunder.
Generation V Unova
#—
Black It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.
White
Black 2 It is said to have fallen with lightning. It can fire thunderbolts from the rain clouds on its back.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#—
X The rain clouds it carries let it fire thunderbolts at will. They say that it descended with lightning.
Y This rough Pokémon stores energy inside its body, then sweeps across the land, shooting off electricity.
Omega Ruby Raikou embodies the speed of lightning. The roars of this Pokémon send shock waves shuddering through the air and shake the ground as if lightning bolts had come crashing down.
Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver
Roaming Johto
Crystal
Roaming Johto
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Trade
Emerald
Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
Roaming Kanto (if the player chose Squirtle) (only one)
Colosseum
Shadow PKMN Lab (Shadow)
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Trade
Platinum
Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
Roaming Johto
Pal Park
Mountain
Generation V
Black White
Poké Transfer
Relocator (Shiny event Raikou only)
Black 2 White 2
Poké Transfer
Generation VI
X Y
Trade
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Trackless Forest (requires Ho-Oh or Lugia in the party) (only one)
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Trade
Ultra Sun
Ultra Space Wilds (Rocky World) (Only one)
Ultra Moon
Trade
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.3.0+
Expansion Pass
Max Lair (Dynamax Adventure) (Only one)


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Trozei!
Random Agent Cards, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Lightning Field (30F)
Ranger
Fiore Temple
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Concealed Ruins (B20F)
MD Sky
Southeastern Islands (B12F-B24F; appears on random floor after accepting challenge letter)
Ranger: GS
Wireless Tower, Rand's House
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Meadow: World Axle - B1F (post-ending)
Rumble U
Conductor Room: Rumbling Magnetic Motors (Reward),
Entranceway: Battle Royale - Cage Match
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Island of Haste: Stage 2
Shuffle
Expert Stage: Stage EX16
Event: Raikou Appears
Rumble World
Dark Land: Royal Armory (Special Boss)
Picross
Area 20: Stage 06
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Lugia Sea, Charizard Sea2020, Entei SeaFinal


In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Raikou English United States 40  November 22 to 29, 2001;
December 7 to 20, 2001;
June 22 to 28, 2002;
July 5 to 11, 2002;
November 15 to 21, 2002
RSEFRLG Journey Across America Raikou English United States 70 February 25 to July 23, 2006
RSEFRLG Top 10 Distribution Raikou English United Kingdom 70 June 10, 2006;
October 14 to November 19, 2006
RSEFRLG Top 10 Distribution Raikou Italian Italy 70 June 23 to 25, 2006
RSEFRLG Top 10 Distribution Raikou Spanish Spain 70 June 27 to August 27, 2006
RSEFRLG Party of the Decade Raikou English United States 70 August 8, 2006
RSEFRLG Top 10 Distribution Raikou German Germany 70 September 24 to November 5, 2006
RSEFRLG Top 10 Distribution Raikou French France 70 September 26, 2006
DPPtHGSS Crown Raikou Japanese Japan 30  June 18 to August 31, 2010
DPPtHGSS Shinsegae Raikou Korean South Korea 30  September 11 to October 24, 2010
DPPtHGSS Crown City Raikou Korean South Korea 30  December 16, 2010 to January 9, 2011
DPPtHGSS GameStop Raikou English North America 30  January 3 to 9, 2011
DPPtHGSS Winter 2011 Raikou English Wi-Fi 30  February 7 to 13, 2011
DPPtHGSS Winter 2011 Raikou French Wi-Fi 30  February 7 to 13, 2011
DPPtHGSS Winter 2011 Raikou German Wi-Fi 30  February 7 to 13, 2011
DPPtHGSS Winter 2011 Raikou Italian Wi-Fi 30  February 7 to 13, 2011
DPPtHGSS Winter 2011 Raikou Spanish Wi-Fi 30  February 7 to 13, 2011
M Legendary Pokémon Celebration Raikou American region Online 60 April 2 to July 23, 2018
UM Legendary Pokémon Celebration Raikou American region Online 100 April 2 to July 23, 2018
M Legendary Pokémon Celebration Raikou PAL region Nintendo Network 60 April 4 to 25, 2018
UM Legendary Pokémon Celebration Raikou PAL region Nintendo Network 100 April 4 to 25, 2018
M Legendary Pokémon Celebration Raikou Taiwanese region Nintendo Network 60 April 4 to 25, 2018
UM Legendary Pokémon Celebration Raikou Taiwanese region Nintendo Network 100 April 4 to 25, 2018
UM Korean League Season 1 Raikou Korean South Korea 100 December 22 to 23, 2018

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Events*   Micle Berry (100%)   Gold Bottle Cap (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
90
150 - 197 290 - 384
85
81 - 150 157 - 295
75
72 - 139 139 - 273
115
108 - 183 211 - 361
100
94 - 167 184 - 328
115
108 - 183 211 - 361
Total:
580
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
5/5 ★★★★★
Power
3/4 ★★★
Skill
4/4 ★★★★
Stamina
3/3 ★★★
Jump
3/3 ★★★
Total
18/19 ★★★


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Extreme Speed Normal Physical 08080 100100% 5
011 Thunder Shock Electric Special 04040 100100% 30
011 Leer Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
011 Charge Electric Status 0000 00——% 20
011 Quick Attack Normal Physical 04040 100100% 30
066 Spark Electric Physical 06565 100100% 20
1212 Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
1818 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 00——% 20
2424 Roar Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
3030 Thunder Fang Electric Physical 06565 09595% 15
3636 Howl Normal Status 0000 00——% 40
4242 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100100% 15
4848 Extrasensory Psychic Special 08080 100100% 20
5454 Discharge Electric Special 08080 100100% 15
6060 Reflect Psychic Status 0000 00——% 20
6666 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00——% 5
7272 Thunder Electric Special 110110 07070% 10
7878 Zap Cannon Electric Special 120120 05050% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Raikou
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Raikou
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM08  TM08 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM09  TM09 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM14  TM14 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 090}}90% 20
TM15  TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM17  TM17 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TM18  TM18 Reflect Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM21  TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM24  TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25  TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM32  TM32 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM33  TM33 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM34  TM34 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM39  TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM40  TM40 Swift Normal Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM41  TM41 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM46  TM46 Weather Ball Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 10
TM66  TM66 Thunder Fang Electric Physical 06565 095}}95% 15
TM76  TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM80  TM80 Volt Switch Electric Special 07070 100}}100% 20
TM81  TM81 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM85  TM85 Snarl Dark Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM90  TM90 Electric Terrain Electric Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM93  TM93 Eerie Impulse Electric Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TR01  TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR08  TR08 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR09  TR09 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TR12  TR12 Agility Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR20  TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR26  TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27  TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR31  TR31 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TR32  TR32 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR33  TR33 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TR49  TR49 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR56  TR56 Aura Sphere Fighting Special 08080 00—}}—% 20
TR74  TR74 Iron Head Steel Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR84  TR84 Scald Water Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TR86  TR86 Wild Charge Electric Physical 09090 100}}100% 15
TR95  TR95 Throat Chop Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Raikou
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Raikou
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Raikou in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Raikou in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Raikou
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Raikou
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh EP Rising Voltage Electric Special 70 100% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Raikou
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Raikou
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By transfer from another generation

Generation VIII
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII 
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
II III IV V VI VII Charge Beam Electric Special 05050 090}}90% 10
II III IV V VI VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
II III IV V VI VII Curse Ghost Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
II III IV V VI VII Cut Normal Physical 05050 095}}95% 30
II III IV V VI VII Detect Fighting Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
II III IV V VI VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
II III IV V VI VII Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100}}100% 15
II III IV V VI VII Flash × Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
II III IV V VI VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
II III IV V VI VII Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
II III IV V VI VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
II III IV V VI VII Laser Focus Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
II III IV V VI VII Magnet Rise Electric Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
II III IV V VI VII Mimic Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
II III IV V VI VII Mud-Slap Ground Special 02020 100}}100% 10
II III IV V VI VII Natural Gift × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
II III IV V VI VII Psych Up Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
II III IV V VI VII Quash Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 15
II III IV V VI VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
II III IV V VI VII Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
II III IV V VI VII Secret Power × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
II III IV V VI VII Shock Wave Electric Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
II III IV V VI VII Signal Beam × Bug Special 07575 100}}100% 15
II III IV V VI VII Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
II III IV V VI VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
II III IV V VI VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Raikou
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Raikou
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see transfer-only moves for other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Trozei!
 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0.1%
Friend Area: Sacred Field
Phrases
51%-100% HP I am the thunderbolt that races through the fields!
26%-50% HP I don't like this... My HP is cut to half?
1%-25% HP This is it... The power of lightning fails here...
Level up I gained a level! May lightning bolts empower me!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
  Body size: 2
Recruit rate: 5%
IQ group: D
Pokémon Ranger
Group:
Electric
Poké Assist:  
Electric
Field move:    
(Recharge ×3)
Loops: 11 Min. exp.: 500 Max. exp.: 600
Browser entry R-203
Raikou is a legendary Pokémon that dashes while dropping thunderbolts.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Electric
Poké Assist:
(present)
 
Electric
Field move:
(present)
 
(None ×-)
Not available in the past.
Browser entry R-126
It creates waves of electricity around it and launches thunderbolts to attack.
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 1.19 seconds Base HP: 57
Base Attack: 83 Base Defense: 57 Base Speed: 70
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Electric
Attack Power: ★★★★

 

Flinch Attack
Briefly stops wild Pokémon from taking action.
Pokémon Shuffle
 
Electric
  Attack Power: 70 - 110   5

#152
 

Power of 5
Increases damage when you make a match of five.
Skill Swapper: Barrier Bash+, Astonish
Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 207 Base Attack: 241 Base Defense: 195
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 20 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Thunder Shock, Volt Switch
Charged Attacks: Thunder, Thunderbolt, Wild Charge, Shadow Ball*, Frustration, Return

Evolution

 
Unevolved
Raikou
 Electric 


Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
       
       
Front Back Front Back
  For other sprites and images, please see Raikou images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

 
Raikou in Jimmy's Pokédex

Origin

When asked about the basis behind Raikou's design, Muneo Saitō described the process to be difficult, as "Raikou took many twists and turns; there was even a blue thunder version with a drum on its back", but it eventually fell into a tiger-like design.[2][3]

Its long upper fangs bear a resemblance to those of smilodon, commonly known as the saber-toothed tiger.

Raikou may have also been inspired by thunder and lightning gods of most cultures surrounding the world, mostly the 雷獣 raijū (lit. thunder beast), a thunder demon of Japanese lore and is said to be Raijin's companion. It is said to be a creature that could take the form of various animals.

The flowing purple cloud on its back seems to be based on a cumulonimbus cloud, which is most often associated with thunderstorms.

Name origin

Raikou could be taken to mean 雷光 raikou (lightning), which is also the inspiration for the name of raijū, or it may be a combination of 雷 rai (thunder) and 皇 (emperor). It may also derive from 雷公 raikō (thunder duke), the on'yomi reading of Lei Gong, a Taoist/Daoist deity.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese ライコウ Raikou From 雷公 raikō, rai, 雷光 raikou, and
  French Raikou Same as Japanese name
  Spanish Raikou Same as Japanese name
  German Raikou Same as Japanese name
  Italian Raikou Same as Japanese name
  Korean 라이코 Raikou Transliteration of its Japanese name
  Cantonese Chinese
  Mandarin Chinese 雷公 Léigōng From 雷公 Raikou. Also a reference to the ancient Chinese god of thunder, Lei Gong.


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