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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

The best way to think of Alolan Raichu is as a Psychic-type Pokemon with Electric-type attacks. Because Electric is only weak to Ground, which in turn has terrible moves, most of Alolan Raichu’s counters target its defensively weaker Psychic side. However, these counters don’t tend to resist Electric, which are 4 out of 5 of Alolan Raichu’s moves. Wild Charge variants can be nasty.

Approach

Team composition

  • Garchomp, Chandelure, Tyranitar, Hydreigon, and Groudon can truly trivialize this raid

  • 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.

Video Guide

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable at level 25
Giratina Origin Forme Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin Forme)
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Pros:

  • The Great Wall, sporting the highest TDO 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
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:

  • Very rare and not easily obtained.
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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
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Pros:

  • Legacy 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 

Hydreigon Hydreigon
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Pros:

  • Fantastic 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:

  • 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

Garchomp Garchomp
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Pros:

  • Lower DPS than some, but very high TDO thanks to triple resistance to Electric Type
  • Has no weaknesses among Alolan Raichu's movesets

Cons:

  • Rare Pokemon, hard to obtain candy for
Tyranitar Tyranitar
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Bite Crunch Best

Pros:

  • A remarkably bulky non-legendary counter, with high DPS

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

Cons:

  • Weak to Grass Knot
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Pros:

  • Sports a good 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

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Pros:

  • One of the bulkiest Alolan Raichu counter, with acceptable DPS

  • Double-Resists Electric Type moves

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

  • Weak to Grass Knot

Rhyperior Rhyperior
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Pros:

  • Very bulky non-legendary counter

  • Double-resists Electric Type moves

Cons:

  • Despite bulk, faints very quickly Vs. Grass Knot

  • Fairly low DPS

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
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
Excadrill Excadrill
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Pros:

  • Highest DPS among Ground Types
  • Double-Resists Electric Movesets
  • Has no weaknesses among Alolan Raichu's movesets

Cons:

  • Frail when not facing an Electric Type moveset
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Pros:

  • Lower DPS, but great TDO due to triple-resistance to Electric Type
  • Has no weaknesses among Alolan Raichu's moveset

Cons:

  • Frail when not facing an Electric Type charged move, requires dodging to be truly effective
  • Requires Legacy Move to be worthwhile
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Pros:

  • Many players have one, as it is a historical tier 3 raid boss

  • Resists Grass Knot

Cons:

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

  • Many players have one, as it is a historical tier 3 raid boss

  • Double-resists Grass Knot

  • Resists Psychic

Cons:

  • Low DPS and TDO, only truly worthwhile in the rain
deoxysAttack Deoxys (Attack Forme)
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Pros:

  • Very High DPS, can help to get ahead of the clock

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

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