|Number: 026||Type: Electric||Evolves from: Pikachu (Thunder Stone)||Evolves into: None|
Raichu (ライチュウ Raichū) is a taller, potbellied form that Pikachu takes when a Thunder Stone is applied, causing its tail to grow long and black with a lightning bolt on the end and fur to turn orange. It also has a white underbelly, brown stripes on its back, and yellow cheeks; in contrast to Pikachu’s red cheeks and Pichu’s pink cheeks. Raichu can only learn moves in the Pikachu stage, so the only way to make Raichu learn more moves is by using a TM. Raichu can generate 100,000 volts of electricity, enough to knock out Pokémon several times its size, such as a Dragonite, as stated in the anime. Raichu’s name is a portmanteau of the kanji 雷 rai, meaning thunder, or lightning bolt, and chū, which is the Japanese onomatopoeia for a mouse’s squeak. It is probably derived from Raiju, a lightning-related shinto deity.