Raikou #243

Evolution family

Raikou is part of a one-member family.



#243 Raikou



#243 Raikou


  • Raikou was released on August 31st, 2017.
  • Shiny_Pokemon_icon Shiny form of Raikou was released at the start of Special Raid Challenge on June 29th, 2019.
  • Icon_Shadow_Pokemon Shadow form of Raikou was released on February 1st, 2020.
Method Maximum CP Details

(weather boosted)
Not in wild normallyIncreased spawns in:
Pokémon GO Tour: Johto: 2022 Feb 26
Raid Battles

(weather boosted)
Tier 5 CP 45,435Pokémon GO Tour: Johto: 2022 Feb 26
Pokémon GO Fest 2021: Jul 18
2021 Jan 31 – Feb 4[1]
Johto Journey: 2019 Sep 2 – 9[2]
2017 Oct 31 – Nov 30 (Europe and Africa)
2017 Sep 30 – Oct 31 (Asia-Pacific)
2017 Aug 31 – Sep 30 (Americas)[3]
Special Raid Challenge:
2019 Jun 29[4]
Research tasks
1,479 Special Research/Timed Research:
Pokémon GO Tour: Johto Battle Challenge – 10th part: Defeat the Johto Battle Challenge Leader (Team Instinct)
Raikou, Entei, and Suicune Photo Safari – 1st part: Take a snapshot of Raikou in the wild
Research Breakthrough:
2018 Dec – 2019 Apr
2018 Aug
Team GO Rocket

(weather boosted)
Rescuing from Giovanni:
2020 Fev 1 – Mar 1
GO Battle League
1,972 Obtainable starting from rank:
20 (2021 Jan 31 – Feb 4)




Raikou is a yellow tiger-like quadruped with black stripes and a white bottom. It features a narrow, bright blue tail with acute angles at the end and a spark-shaped structure. The majority of its face is covered in thick, white fur, with shorter yellow hair around its red eyes. Raikou has a bright blue “X” muzzle and a black mask with two bumps covering its forehead, nose, and ears. Raikou has two large fangs that give it the look of a saber-toothed cat. Its huge claws merge into a single point and never retract. In front of its thighs, extra fur drapes from its torso. Raikou has a mane over its back that looks like dull purple rain clouds and lets it to discharge lightning bolts.

Raikou can fly by producing storm clouds, as shown in the anime.

It is found to be wary of people, however it may build friendships with those that assist it. Raikou usually appears during thunderstorms and when other Pokémon of the Electric type are in peril. Raikou is thought to signify lightning speed and to have complete power over storm clouds. Raikou sprints through the plains, barking thunderous yells. Raikou’s screams may also cause shock waves in the air while shaking the earth.


 Best moveset for Raikou

When fighting Pokémon in Gyms, Raikou’s greatest techniques are Volt Switch and Wild Charge. This moveset has the most overall DPS and is also the finest for PVP encounters.


  Volt Switch 10.5 dps
  Wild Charge 41.5 dps


  Volt Switch 10.5 dps
  Wild Charge 41.5 dps


 All moves

Quick move Damage EPS DPS
 Thunder Shock 5 13.3 10
 Volt Switch 14 13.1 10.5
Main move Damage EPS DPS
 Shadow Ball 100 -16.7 33.3
 Thunder 100 -41.7 50
 Thunderbolt 80 -20 38.4
 Wild Charge 90 -19.2 41.5
 Frustration Shadow 10 -16.5 5
 Return Purified 35 -47.1 50

The green moves benefit from the Same Type Attack Bonus and deliver 20% more damage.

Pokemon Raikou – Pokemon from the second generation, ranked 243 in the Pokedex… It is of the electric kind and dwells in the Joto area. Raikou does not have an evolution.


How to find and catch the Raikou Pokémon?

Raikou is a legendary Pokemon that does not exist in nature. Many gamers obtained it during a successful raid or from a legendary box.

The Pokemon Raikou is one of the numerous monsters that may be captured in Pokemon Go. Raikou comes from Johto’s second generation region. During the autumn of 2017, it was accessible via raids.
During the fifth month, Raikou was accessible via the Resreach Breakthrough Boxes.

#243 Raikou Info

Type Candy Needed to Evolve


  • Evolves into: None
  • Evolves from: None
  • Hatches from: None

Combat Moves

To use combat moves, touch the screen while in battle, and the pokemon will release their attacks as quickly as they can. Attacks that are repeated will fill the bars on their specific meter. When any or all of the bars are full, press and hold the screen for a few seconds to unleash a special move.
Possible Attack Moves
Name Type Damage
Thunder Shock Electric 6
Volt Switch Electric 12
Possible Special Moves
Name Type Damage Number of Special Bars
Thunder Electric 100 3
Thunderbolt Electric 80 3
Wild Charge Electric 90 3