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Alolan Raichu Solo Raid Guide

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Tier 3 Raid Boss Guides
RaichuSolo
Difficulty:

Doable at trainer level 25 with proper counters

HP3,600 ATK157.68 DEF123.37
CP Range
Lvl 20 1238 - 1306 Lvl 25 1548 - 1633

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Rain, Windy Sunny / Clear, Fog, Rain, Windy

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Volt Switch Intermediate
Spark Easy
Thunder Shock Easy

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Psychic Intermediate
Thunder Punch Intermediate
Wild Charge Challenging
Grass Knot Challenging

Overview

Let's not beat around the bush; Alolan Raichu has a lot of potential counters, each of which can excel in a specific scenario. From the very basics for raiding to powerful specialists, many Pokemon pose a huge threat to Alolan Raichu, but it also has the tools to cause quite a bit of pain to many of them by that same token. Because of this, a bit of diversity can go a long way, but it's not really needed by any great stretch.

Approach

Team composition

  • Depending on the moveset faced, the best choices for this battle tend to be Giratina - Origin, Garchomp, Darkrai, and Chandelure. A mix of 2-3 of these can easily make the solo with a bit of luck/skill.

  • Front-load any Glass Cannons that you may use

Dodging strategy

  • Thunder Punch is not worth dodging, nor Psychic if it’s doubly resisted

  • Grass Knot can be a large threat depending on the counters chosen

  • Teams with frailer Pokemon not listed above may benefit from dodging

Note: Good movesets are not necessarily viable at the level indicated.

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable at level 25
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Pros:

  • Great overall mix of DPS and TDO, a great overall choice to make this fight easier
  • Double-resists Psychic

Cons:

  • Mythic Pokemon status can make it hard to earn candy
Chandelure Chandelure
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Pros:

  • One of the best performers for this raid; one of the highest DPS counts with great TDO to back it up
  • Resists Grass Knot, all other movesets are neutral

Cons:

  • Currently considered rare and not easily obtained.
Giratina Origin Forme Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin Forme)
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Pros:

  • The Great Wall, sporting one of the the highest TDOs against Alolan Raichu with very high DPS as well
  • Resists every move that Alolan Raichu has save Psychic
  • Has no weaknesses among Alolan Raichu's moveset
  • The best overall counter to Alolan Raichu

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status
Garchomp Garchomp
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Pros:

  • Great overall performer, sporting good DPS and huge TDO.
  • Triple-resists Electric Type movesets
  • Ground Type that is not weak to Grass Knot
  • Has no weaknesses among Alolan Raichu's movesets

Cons:

  • Rare Pokemon, hard to obtain candy for
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Pros:

  • Elite Move variants reach the highest DPS vs. Alolan Raichu

  • Resists Grass Knot

  • Many players have one, as it featured on a raid challenge

Cons:

  • Very frail and weak to Psychic

  • Requires dodging to maximize effectiveness 

  • Top performance requires Lick, an Elite Move, though Shadow Claw is a very close second.

Excadrill Excadrill
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Pros:

  • Highest DPS among Ground Types
  • Double-Resists Electric Movesets
    Ground Type that is not weak to Grass Knot
  • Has no weaknesses among Alolan Raichu's movesets

Cons:

  • Frail when not facing an Electric Type moveset
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Pros:

  • Highest DPS among Dark Type counters
  • Double-resistance to Psychic
  • Pre-evolution is common in many areas, has been a raid boss and featured in several past events.
  • Has no weaknesses among Alolan Raichu's moveset

Cons:

  • Frail option, requires dodging to maximize damage output

Shadow Weavile

Shadow Weavile is the single highest DPS option in neutral weather. It's frail, but the blazing speed at which it racks up damage makes it one of the absolute top counters if you're lucky enough to have raised one.

Landorus (Incarnate Forme) Landorus (Incarnate Forme)
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Pros:

  • Resists Electric Type movesets
  • Takes neutral damage from Grass Knot despite being a Ground Type

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status
  • Has a lesser Electric resistance due to Flying sub-type
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Pros:

  • High TDO Alolan Raichu counters with good DPS to back it up, especially Vs. Electric movesets

  • Double-Resists Electric Type moves

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

  • Weak to Grass Knot

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Pros:

  • Sports a n acceptable mix of DPS and TDO

  • Has no weaknesses among Alolan Raichu's moveset

Cons:

  • Limited EX raid availability and difficult to obtain candy for

  • Quick Moves are resisted, limiting potential DPS

  • Required an Elite Charged Move to be effective

Hydreigon Hydreigon
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Pros:

  • Good counter thanks to high DPS and high TDO combined
  • Resists Alolan Raichu's entire moveset, even double-resisting Psychic

Cons:

  • Rare Pokemon, hard to obtain and gain candy for.
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Pros:

  • Triple-resists Electric Type movesets, fantastic budget choice for this raid
  • Elite Charged Move Earth Power and normal Charged Move Earthquake have extremely close performance, meaning Elite/Community Day move isn't genuinely needed
  • Semi-common species in some areas that has been featured in its own Community Day, good general availability

Shadow Flygon

Shadow Flygon gains increased power and becomes a very good counter in this matchup, though its performance is not top-tier

Counters Viable at Lv.30
Mamoswine Mamoswine
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Pros:

  • Common species in many areas
  • Many players have several, as it was featured in its own Community Day
  • Double-resists Electric Type movesets

Cons:

  • Weak to Grass Knot
Tyranitar Tyranitar
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Bite Crunch Best

Pros:

  • A remarkably bulky non-legendary counter with good DPS

  • Historic tier 4 raid boss; also featured on Community Day

  • Double-resists Psychic

Cons:

  • Weak to Grass Knot

Shadow Tyranitar

Shadow Tyranitar sees a large jump in overall power, placing it just a bit behind Darkrai in overall performance.

Rhyperior Rhyperior
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Pros:

  • Very bulky non-legendary counter

  • Double-resists Electric Type moves

  • Fairly common species in many areas that has been featured since day 1 and has had its own community day

Cons:

  • Despite bulk, faints very quickly Vs. Grass Knot

  • Fairly low DPS

Honchkrow Honchkrow
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Pros: 

  • Good Dark Type moveset, high DPS
  • Pre-evolution is extremely common in many areas, making it easily accessible 
  • Resists Grass Knot
  • Double-resists Psychic

Cons:

  • Very frail and weak to Electric, making it unreliable for many movesets
  • Requires dodging to be effective
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Pros:

  • Solid DPS option
  • No weaknesses among Alolan Raichu's movesets
  • Has been featured in several events, making it generally available to most players

Cons:

  • Very frail, needs dodging to be effective.
  • No resistances among Alolan Raichu's movesets

Shadow Banette

Very high DPS, but also very frail.

Houndoom Houndoom
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Pros:

  • Good DPS thanks to decent Attack Stat and great Dark Type moveset
  • Resists Grass Knot 
  • Double resists Pschic

Cons:

  • Not a particularly effective Pokemon to invest Stardust into

Shadow Houndoom

Shadow Houndoom sees a large jump in performance, but it still has lower overall performance than titans like Chandelure or Darkrai.

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Pros:

  • Long-term Tier 4 boss, good general accessibility
  • Double-resists Psychic Type movesets

Cons:

  • Frail, appreciates dodging
  • Not generally a recommended investment
deoxysAttack Deoxys (Attack Forme)
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Pros:

  • Good DPS, can help to get ahead of the clock
  • Resists Psychic

Cons:

  • Extremely frail, outright requires immaculate dodging to be effective.
  • Should only be used in lead position to maximize effectiveness, should only use one per team
  • Not as effective as other DPS counters such as Gengar or Chandelure
  • Average DPS is actually lower than Giratina-Origin
Rainy Weather Counters
Genesect Genesect
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Pros:

  • Great overall performer in the rain
  • Double-resists Grass Knot
  • Resists Psychic

Cons:

  • Lackluster outside of rain
  • Mythical species, can be difficult to obtain candy for and cannot be traded
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Pros:

  • Many players have one, as it is a historical tier 3 raid boss that has been available since day 1

  • Resists Grass Knot

Cons:

  • Highest DPS among Bug Types, but low comparative DPS and TDO, only truly worthwhile in the rain

Shadow Pinsir

With Shadow Boost, Pinsir becomes about what normal Pinsir is in the rain. But when you add a rain boost to Shadow Pinsir, its DPS rises to insane levels.

Escavalier Escavalier
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Pros:

  • Basically Scizor, but just a hair stronger in this fight

Cons:

  • Can be very expensive to evolve if not traded
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Pros:

  • Many players have one, as it is a historical tier 3 raid boss and its species has been available since day 1

  • Double-resists Grass Knot

  • Resists Psychic

Cons:

  • Low DPS and TDO, only truly worthwhile in the rain

Shadow Scizor

In shadow forme, Scizor becomes a decent overall choice for this raid. In rain, it becomes a hugely effective bug that hits hard and holds onto solid TDO at the same time.

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Cons:

  • Not worth using outside of rain
  • Weak to Electric Type movesets
  • Has no resistances among Alolan Raichu's movesets

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