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Table of Contents

How Shiny is Acquired
Raids

Pokemon Ratings

Attacker Tier List See all Tier 3
PvE Attacker Rating 5 / 5
Great League PVP Rating See all 2 / 5
Ultra League PVP Rating See all 2 / 5
Master League PVP Rating See all 3.5 / 5

Pokemon Stats

178.00 kg Weight
1.91 m Height
Pokemon Max CP
3452
ATK 241
DEF 195
STA 207

PVE Movesets Grades

Show Suboptimal/Unranked Movesets

PVE Offensive Moves Explanation

  • Thunder Shock has a lower cooldown, faster energy gain, and similar DPS to Volt Switch.

  • Wild Charge is superior to Thunderbolt. It has 10 extra power for about the same cooldown. Both moves are good, however.

  • Shadow Ball is great for gym cleaning, but there are better options for Ghost specialists on raids.

  • Thunder is too weak for requiring a full bar of charge.

PVE Overview

Raikou is the premier Electric-type attacker currently in the game. Raikou has a little less Atk than Zapdos, but makes up for it with access to Wild Charge, which more than makes up for the Atk disparity. Zapdos has advantages in matchups where its Flying typing confers key resistances, but barring a move rebalance, Raikou is both stronger and bulkier than its avian counterpart. Outside of raids, Raikou is also one of the game's premier gym attackers, and the unexpected addition of Shadow Ball, an attack that virtually any Pokemon would be happy to receive, clinched its position. Between these two moves, it can hit every Pokemon currently in the game save Shiftry and Cacturne for at least neutral damage, allowing it to clean up gyms single-handedly with ease.

PVP Movesets Grades

Quick Charge ATK
A
A-

PvP Moveset Explanation

Volt Switch or Thunder Shock + Wild Charge and Shadow Ball

Raikou has got both the best Electric-type fast moves, and the choice can be tough. Volt Switch is usually favored for the more consistent damage output, paired with great energy gains, while Thunder Shock does little damage by itself to double down on the spam of charged moves.

Speaking of those, the choice is easy here: Wild Charge is by far Raikou's best STAB option, and Shadow Ball provides key coverage against things that resist Electric and against the big Ghost-type threats of the upper leagues.

PvP Rating Explanation

Great League: 2 / 5

Raikou is a squishy but hard-hitting Pokémon, relying on its ability to fire off devastating Shadow Balls and Wild Charges relatively quickly. While it isn't terrible in a vacuum, it does find itself outclassed by other Electric-types and Anti-Flyings.

Ultra League: 2 / 5

It still hits like a truck, but its meta matchups are incredibly poor. Registeel, Giratina (both of them), and Swampert all beat it pretty consistently. Wild Charge 2.0 is strong, but it just doesn't save it. While Shadow Ball is provides valuable coverage, allowing it to beat Cresselia in some shield scenarios, Raikou still loses to Armored Mewtwo.

Master League: 3.5 / 5

With uncapped CP, Raikou gets to use its full power, but it's still pretty far behind a lot of the top meta threats. The sheer prevalence of Dragons (and even Groudon) makes Electric damage less relevant than it could be. While you can beat on Pokémon like Kyogre and Togekiss, other Pokémon can fill the same role without the same downsides.

Fast Moves

5
More Info

Electric

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51xDamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
0.60
0.30
13.33
8.33
10.42
14
More Info

Electric

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51xDamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
1.60
0.20
13.13
8.75
10.94

Charge Moves

100
More Info

Electric

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51xDamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
2.40
1.00
0.00
1.00
41.67
52.08
41.67
80
More Info

Electric

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51xDamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
2.50
0.50
0.00
1.60
32.00
40.00
51.20
90
More Info

Electric

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51xDamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
2.60
0.40
0.00
1.80
34.62
43.27
62.31
100
More Info

Ghost

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.00
0.40
0.00
2.00
33.33
41.67
66.67

Purified Charge Moves

35
More Info

Normal

.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
0.70
0.25
0.00
1.06
50.00
62.50
53.03

Secondary Charge Move Unlock Cost

Candy 100
Stardust 100,000

Purification Cost

Candy 20
Stardust 20000

Other

Flee Rate 4.0 %
Buddy Distance 20 km
Capture Rate2.0 %

Pokemon Type Chart

Vulnerable

160% damage

Resistant

62.5% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage

Raid Boss Catch Rate

Electric Medal

None
Bronze
Silver
Gold
Normal Nice! Great! Excellent!
No Berry -
Curve
Razz Berry -
Curve
Golden Razz Berry -
Curve

Pokemon Min/Max CP Values

How to use: You need to know your Pokemon's exact level. To find exactly what level your Pokémon is, power up your Pokémon following this chart until you're certain of your level from Stardust cost changes.

A Pokémon's minimum level is 1.

Every time you power up, your Pokémon gains half a level.

StardustLevelMin CPMax CP
20014248
2001.588100
2002134153
2002.5179205
4003225257
4003.5270309
4004316361
4004.5362413
6005407465
6005.5453517
6006499569
6006.5544621
8007590674
8007.5636726
8008681778
8008.5727830
10009773882
10009.5818934
100010864986
100010.59071035
1300119501085
130011.59931134
13001210371183
130012.510801233
16001311231282
160013.511661331
16001412091381
160014.512521430
19001512961479
190015.513391528
19001613821578
190016.514251627
22001714681676
220017.515121726
22001815551775
220018.515981824
25001916411874
250019.516841923
25002017281972
250020.517712022
30002118142071
300021.518572120
30002219002170
300022.519442219
35002319872268
350023.520302318
35002420732367
350024.521162416
40002521602466
400025.522032515
40002622462564
400026.522892614
45002723332663
450027.523762712
45002824192761
450028.524622811
50002925052860
500029.525492909
50003025922959
500030.526132983
60003126353008
600031.526573033
60003226783057
600032.527003082
70003327213107
700033.527433131
70003427653156
700034.527863181
80003528083205
800035.528293230
80003628513255
800036.528733279
90003728943304
900037.529163329
90003829373353
900038.529593378
100003929803403
1000039.530023427
100004030243452
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