The Kanto (and original) Raichu boasts great speed and Sp. Attack, and is a pure Electric-type Pokémon. Alolan Raichu, on the other hand, has the advantage of being a dual-type, giving it a larger movement pool than its other version.
Typically, Alola Raichu has stats of 201 ATK, 172 DEF and 120 STA, so even with the increased raid boss stamina it won’t be too menacing. Alola Raichu, as an Electric and Psychic-type, is weak against many metarelevant types, including Dark, Ground, Ghost, and Bug-types.
Alolan Raichu is cementing himself as one of the best setup sweepers in the PU metagame thanks to his strong coverage options and great offensive stats, allowing him to pose a significant threat across multiple playstyles. p >
Alolan Raichu is more viable than ever in its current state. With such a diverse attacking arsenal, your opponent doesn’t even know what’s coming. With his dual Electric and Psychic typing, Alolan Raichu has 4 weaknesses, Dark, Ground, Ghost and Bug type.
The shiny rate for Alolan Raichu is currently about one in 50.
Why Alolan Raichu doesn’t have hover as a hidden ability? Jesus Christ, he’s a psychic and that practically implies it. But of course he’s missing it for some reason.
Lightning Rod is Raichu’s best ability, granting him immunity to Electric-type attacks and increasing his Special Attack by 1 stage. This move also pulls all Electro moves to Raichu in doubles.
Many Pokémon from the original Kanto region have found unique niches to thrive within Alola in Pokémon Sun and Moon. These Alola Pokémon are called regional variants and have different appearances, types, and abilities while maintaining their categories.
According to Bulbapedia, “Puka senses large waves coming onto the beach where he lives on the Seafoam Islands, which makes his eyes light up.” Alolan Raichu are partially psychic because they can sense large waves. It is literally the evolution of Puka.
In order for Pikachu to evolve into Alolan Raichu, players must be a native Alolan Pikachu in Sun & Moon or Ultra Sun & Moon and transfer it to Sword & Shield over Pokémon Home. When players level this Pikachu while holding a Thunderstone, it evolves into Raichu’s Alolan form.
Where before it was Rock and Ground in all evolutions, Alolan Geodude gets the rare combination of Rock and Electric types. It’s such a rare combination of types that it’s currently unique across all versions of the game! This is also the only 3-stage evolution that has only received Alolan forms so far.
All in all, the Alola Golem is worth using for its damage output alone. However, there are certainly better options for running, especially in the Big League.