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Official artwork of Alolan Raichu from Pokémon Sun and Moon.
Games Ultimate
Japanese voice actor Fumiko Takekuma
Article on Bulbapedia Raichu (Pokémon)

Raichu (ライチュウ, Raichu) is a creature from the Pokémon series, appearing in its Alolan form as a Poké Ball Pokémon in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Raichu is an Electric-type Pokémon introduced in Pokémon Red Version, Green Version, and Blue Version, and is categorized within the Pokédex at #026 as the "Mouse Pokémon". It is characterized by its orange fur, yellow cheeks, and long, wiry tail. It is the evolved form of Pikachu, and, in Pokémon Gold Version and Silver Version, became the final evolution of the Pichu evolution line.

In Pokémon Sun and Moon, several Generation I Pokémon received variations to accommodate for Alola's climate — among those was Raichu, who received an Electric/Psychic-type variation. Alolan Raichu is rounder than its Kantonian form, and has a tendency to use its tail as a makeshift surfboard while using its psychokinetic powers to float. This may be a callback to how Pikachu could learn Surf in Pokémon Stadium, and how evolving it into Raichu would cause it to use its tail as a makeshift surfboard.

Alolan Raichu's attack in Ultimate is similar to Wild Charge and its signature Z-Move, Stoked Sparksurfer, where it rides on its tail and tackles into the opponent with an electric charge, heavily damaging the opponent.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Though Raichu itself is completely absent in any other capacity, it is mentioned briefly in the description of Pikachu's trophy in both games.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Raichu is briefly mentioned in the Palutena's Guidance for Pikachu, when Viridi talks about Pikachu's evolutionary family.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

He rides his tail and rushes the enemy. Since he moves freely around the stage, Alolan Raichu may be a bit difficult to dodge.
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site
Raichu in Ultimate.

Raichu appears in its Alolan Form as a Poké Ball summon. Using its tail to surf around the stage, it attacks opponents in its path with electricity.

Alolan Raichu cannot be summoned on Onett or Spirit Train.


No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
SSBU spirit Alolan Raichu.png
Alolan Raichu
★★ 1 Bury Immunity Pokémon Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Alolan Raichu[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ライチュウ (アローラのすがた) Raichu (Alolan Form)
UK English Alolan Raichu
France French Raichu d'Alola
Germany German Alola-Raichu
Spain Spanish Raichu de Alola
Italy Italian Raichu di Alola
China Chinese (Simplified) 雷丘 (阿罗拉的样子) Raichu (Alolan Form)
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 雷丘 (阿羅拉的樣子) Raichu (Alolan Form)
South Korea Korean 라이츄 (알로라의 모습) Raichu (Alolan Form)
Netherlands Dutch Alolan Raichu
Russia Russian Райчу региона Алола


  • Raichu is the first Poké Ball summon to be in the same evolutionary line as a Pokémon playable in the same game, in this case both Pikachu and Pichu.