Raikou (Japanese: ライコウ Raikou) is an Electric-type Legendary Pokémon that is part of the Legendary Beasts trio from Generation II.
Raikou is a quadruped, yellow feline Pokémon with black stripes on its body. Its iris is red in color with a black pupil. It has a purple mane on its back, with white fur around its face. It has a thin, light blue colored tail with a spark shaped figure at its tip. It has a black forehead plate, with a light blue muzzle in the shape of an 'X'. It has three claws on each of its feet.
It has the Pressure ability which decreases the target's PP much more than usual if they use that move on Raikou. It can also have Volt Absorb as its other ability if obtained from the Dream World. Volt Absorb causes Raikou to be immune to all Electric-type moves. If Raikou is damaged by any other type of move and gets hit by an Electric-type move, its HP (Hit Points) will be restored rather than be decreased.
Raikou is a Sabretooth Tiger-like creature. It carries rain clouds on its back which let it fire Thunderbolts at will. In the Pokédex, it states that it "descends with the lightning", and it "races across the land barking a cry that sounds like crashing thunder". While running, it stores up static electricity, then shoots off the excess. It is also said to help other Electric Pokémon if they are in danger.
Raikou (The Legend of Thunder)
He intended to protect the Electric-type Pokémon from The Team Rocket Members Attila and Hun. But the two waiting for Raikou prepared an ambush using a crystal with power to control the electricity.
Raikou tried to destroy the crystal but he failed and it got badly injured from battling with Attila's Skarmory and Hun's Steelix. However Jimmy and Marina came to help him and defeated Hun and Attila. Jimmy notices Raikou is left on the floor. Marina holds Little Miss, while Raikou stands up and attempts to leave. Jimmy goes after Raikou, claiming they can save it. Raikou, however, does not trust Jimmy and emits sparks, which hit Jimmy. Jimmy tries to help Raikou, who attacks, but the attack is countered by Typhlosion, who protects Jimmy. Typhlosion attacks, but Jimmy stops Typhlosion, since Raikou thinks they are its enemies. Jimmy approaches Raikou, claiming he won't hurt it. Raikou emits a lightning bolt, missing Jimmy, who is not afraid. Raikou looks Jimmy and falls down from exhaustion. At the Pokémon Center, Marina contacts Prof. Elm, who thinks Raikou may not heal properly if being inside the Pokémon Center. Marina thinks she should sing to Raikou, an idea which Elm approves of. Inside the Center, Jimmy watches as Raikou gets healed by Nurse Joy, even if Jimmy is worried. During the morning, Raikou wakes up, feeling recharged. Raikou emits electricity, which causes the window to crash and Jimmy to wake up. Jimmy notices Raikou is feeling much better, though Raikou attacks Jimmy. Others arrive and watch as Raikou blasts out a wall, trying to escape. Jimmy warns Raikou it is not fully recovered, but Marina notices the black clouds arriving. Eusine asks Jimmy and Marina to come with him into the car and orders Kudo to call Officer Jenny. While thunder is striking, Hun and Attila are waiting. Raikou appears and Hun claims they are its new masters. Raikou looks at the crystal and strikes with thunder. Hu sends Steelix. Raikou uses Thunder to attack Steelix, though the crystal redirects the electricity. Steelix uses Dig, hitting Raikou. Marina, Jimmy and Eusine arrive and seeing Raikou, Jimmy demands to know what they did to Raikou. Hun replies they softened it a bit before they can catch it.
Jimmy wants to know why they don't at least fight Raikou in a fair battle. Hun claims the goals of Team Rocket are much important than a minor battle. Jimmy claims it is wrong to hurt Raikou and misuse it. Attila replies they do what all Pokémon trainers do, angering Jimmy, since a proper trainer would treat with respect, intention to learn and with love to Pokémon. Jimmy promises to protect Raikou, amusing Hun and Attila, who promise to squish him. Raikou leaps and gets hit by the crystal's electricity. After Raikou and Marina got knocked out, Hun takes Raikou and places it into the chamber and they soon retreat. Hun and Attila are glad Raikou is captured, but notice they also got the girl as well. Marina yells, while Raikou emits electricity, though the walls are electric-proof. Instead, Raikou tackles the walls, so Marina claims they have to think through. Raikou, by accident, pushes off a piece of floor, revealing wires. Marina pulls them, which open the door. Hun and Attila immediately switch on the controls, which start closing the door. Raikou stands still, though Marina pushes it, claiming she will be fine. Raikou jumps, while the door closes, with Marina inside.
After Attila launches a signal to summon the black clouds, which terrifies Marina, who is tied up. Raikou, however, watches the clouds gathering. Jimmy, Vincent and Eusine take a car and also see the dark clouds. Attila detects the signal, but it is a Beedrill, who finds Marina and goes back. Eusine, Jimmy and Vincent arrive, whom Hun and Attila were expecting to be here. Seeing Marina tied up, Jackson becomes furious and is held by Jimmy, who orders him to calm down. They demand Marina and Raikou freed, but Eusine notices Raikou is not here, for they still have the crystal activated. Jimmy is certain Raikou will not come back, but Hun and Attila doubt him, for it is only a matter of time when Raikou comes here.
A thunder strikes the crystal, which emits electricity and strikes everything around. Attila tries to find Raikou, but another thunder strikes the crystal. Eusine deduces Raikou has re-gained its strength, allowing it to strike from a safe distance. A lightning strikes, knocking Marina down, but is rescued by Jimmy's Beedrill. Attila sends Skarmory, who uses Steel Wing, knocking Marina off Beedrill. Vincent trips over, causing Marina to fall on him. Jimmy comes to Marina, who thanks him for the rescue, as Jimmy unties her ropes. However, Vincent reminds them he cushioned Marina's fall. Hun sends Steelix, who uses Iron Tail, but Raikou appears and attacks Steelix. Jimmy and Marina ask Raikou to leave, as they can't protect it. Raikou, however, dodges the crystal's electricity and jumps, smashing Attila's machine, which causes the crystal to be unoperable. Skarmory uses Sky Attack, though Raikou pulls the machine's wires, causing the machine to explode and hit Skarmory.
With the machine exploded, the crystal does not function anymore. Eusine is fascinated, as Raikou was winning the battle from afar, yet it came close when it didn't had to. Jimmy believes Raikou wanted to protect them, since it had seen them as friends in need. Eusine wonders why Team Rocket has not retreated, since their plan is ruined. Raikou strikes with Thunder to attack Team Rocket, but the attack redirects onto the crystal. Hun and Attila explain the crystal is still active and has converted into an "auto-destruct" mode, causing it to sap Raikou's electricity from its own body. Jimmy orders Raikou to run, but Hun claims there is no way Raikou can flee, since it is tied to the crystal. Raikou is being binded, its electricity being absorbed, while Hun claims they rely on science and will triumph today as Hun and Attila will become legends.
Jimmy sends Typhlosion, along with Marina's Little Miss and Jackson's Meganium. Typhlosion uses Flamethrower, but the crystal protects itself with a shield. Jimmy claims they have to work together, but Eusine warns them that will cause a blast, which will destroy Raikou as well. Attila and Hun suggest not to overthink it, since they have no means to save Raikou. Eusine thinks there is a way: to open the crystal's field, take out Raikou and run before the crystal explodes, else nobody will come out alive. Jimmy has doubts, but Typhlosion is confident in winning over this crisis. Typhlosion, Meganium and Little Miss charge to free Raikou. Attila has Skarmory use Sky Attack, but is stopped by Typhlosion. Steelix uses Rock Throw, which hits Misdreavus and Little Miss. Eusine sends Alakazam, who uses Psybeam, which distracts Steelix.
Typhlosion uses Flame Wheel and Meganium Light Screen, hitting the crystal's field. Attila sends Muk, who uses Sludge Bomb on Meganium. Little Miss uses Psybeam on Muk, but gets hit by Skarmory, who dodges Alakazam's Psybeam. The crystal starts malfunctioning, so Eusine hopes Raikou endures a little longer to let the crystal's forcefield to disappear. Steelix uses Crunch, but misses its target. Attila asks the Pokémon will they rescue Raikou or their own trainers, but Jimmy and Vincent ask Typhlosion and Meganium to keep pressuring the field. Steelix goes to use Iron Tail, but is hit by Alakazam's Psybeam. Muk uses Sludge Bomb on Meganium and Skarmory attacks Typhlosion with Fury Attack. Steelix uses Iron Tail, attacking Little Miss and Alakazam, then goes after Jimmy, who is on the edge of a cliff. Steelix goes to use Crunch, but Jimmy taunts Steelix, claiming "it can't crunch a potato chip". Steelix strikes, but hits the ground, for Beedrill saves Jimmy. Steelix, however, damages the cliff and sinks down, into the river.
Attila and Hun are annoyed, so Skarmory and Muk go to finish off the "brats". However, they are attacked by Alakazam and Little Miss' Psybeam. Typhlosion and Meganium push the field and are about to destroy it. Steelix comes back and goes to use Crunch, but Jimmy, Marina and Jackson stand in its path. Raikou emits electricity, which pierces the field and hits Steelix. Raikou is freed, shocking Hun and Attila, since that was the top technology that was designed. Since the plan has failed, Hun and Attila retreat off. Raikou uses Thunder, crushing the crystal into pieces. Jimmy, Marina and Vincent thank Raikou for saving them. Raikou looks them and leaps off into the wilderness. Jimmy promises never to forget Raikou, and he and his friends cheer for the victory today.
Zoroark, with its ability, Illusion, took the form of Raikou (Along with Suicune and Entei) to cause an uproar in Crown City so that Kodai can freely look for the Ripple of Time. Shiny counterparts of the Legendary Beasts were guardians of Crown City, coming to aid Crown City in times of need. A Shiny Raikou came to Crown City with the other guardians to stop Zoroark (Which they thought was the enemy), but the trio were stopped by wild Pokémon that defended Zoroark, convincing the trio that Zoroark was not evil. The guardians later scared off Kodai after the Ripple of Time was revealed to be an illusion by Zoroark.
- Raikou has the lowest base HP, but the highest base Sp.Atk and Speed by The Legendary Beasts.
- Learning Thunder at level 85, Raikou is the only Pokémon that learns Thunder latest of all those who learn it by leveling up.
- In Super Smash Bros., Raikou is one of the Pokémon that can be freed from Poké Balls. During this time, it uses the move Spark.