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Ratings are based
on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating.
This card is a huge disappointment.
A Fighting-weak card must be something special for it to be
viable, and unfortunately, Raichu is not. Its first attack is
reminiscent of a Pichu, but with TWO colorless energies instead
of one. Now, I thought that when a Pokemon evolves, its attacks
improve. Not in this case, it seems. =\ If the first attack did
30 damage to all Pokemon with Pokemon Powers, then it would have
been semi-useful (toast Elekids and Igglybuffs in one hit,
although are they really played now?). As it is, it does 20. I
wonder why you would use Raichu if Pichu does the exact SAME
thing, with a better energy requirement, without having to
evolve, and with the Baby rule protection. Its second attack
isn't bad. Two colorless and one lightning for 50 is nice... but
consider this scenario: you deal 50 and flip tails, placing 2
damage counters on itself. So Raichu now has 60HP left. You know
where I'm getting, don't you? Smash Punch, heads, KO.
Unlimited: The above arguments
suffice to show that Raichu is useless in this format, although
that [2L] for 50 (thus having the possibility of dealing 50 turn
2) is sure nice.
Modified: Same here. I daresay here
it's even worse, since you can't possibly deal 50 damage turn 2
in this format.
Draft: Well, in Draft its pretty
decent. It's a pretty nice counter against water decks and
Pokemon Powers, and there's no Tyrogue to contend with. And its
attacks are quite splashable. If you don't encounter any
fighting Pokemon, you should find this Raichu quite cool.
The Zzzzap attack is just like the Pichus in Neo Genises except
it's a bit more expensive. Lightning Storm isn't very good. It's
over expensive and won't do that much. The big drawback is the
damage you get with the flips, IMO. The 80hp isn't bad for a stage
one Pokemon. I don't think having a resistance would hurt the card
too much. But I don't think we can hope for one with a resistance
to steel to come out any time soon. The fighting weakness isn't
too bad since there aren't really that many fighting played
anyway. I like the low retreat cost. 1 retreat isn't too bad. I
can't give it more than a 3, though, because of the lack of power
with the attacks.
- Meganium 45
For those of you
addicted to the Pichu-Pikachu, Raichu lines, this is the best,
most flexible Raichu in a while. Having said that, it is, after
all a Raichu, so I can never get too high on it.
HP 80 HP, pretty good for a stage one. Nice and
beefy, will stay around for a while (if not for those pesky
Weakness – Fighting, same curse as Pikachu,
until tyrogue rotates out, this line will always be vulnerable to
tyrogue, which is a staple in most every deck
Resistance – nothing, couldn’t they eventually
give this line a break? Metal or fire would be nice.
Retreat – one, another positive for Raichu in
that it is easy to get out with recycle when it gets in trouble
ZZAAPP for 2 colorless, nice, but if I wanted
this attack, wouldn’t I just use Pichu? It will stand up to
Lightning storm – 50 for lightning and two
colorless, not bad, but tails puts 20 on raichu, tyrogue flips
heads, you’ve read the storyline already…
Given the choice of Pikachus, I will always
choose Neo Genesis, but the new Skyridge is worth trying
(specially in draft J )
This pokemon just cannot survive in todays big
damage envio where tyrogue is running rampant. Sorry Raichu.
Unlimited 1/5 If your opponent drops this, do
the happy dance, unless all your pokemon have powers (Mr. Mime!)
Limited – 1.5/5 may serve as a support to a deck
with better electric Pokemon in it, which is just about everyone
from Amphy to Lanturn!
Draft – aaah, now this is where this guy could
shine. There are WAY too many powers in Skyridge, and a pokemon
that hits powered pokemon could be nasty. Also, it evolves from
one of my FAVORITE skyridge draft basics, Pikachu (check out that
attack for two colorless, even in a non-lightning deck this card
could be nasty. Pikachu has the three things I look for in draft,
it is common, overlooked, and highly splashable!), and most people
will not be snapping up the Raichus!
Well at first look- I feel comfortable with Zzzzap but the second
attack is Solid damage. It doesnt look too bad- lets see.
Unlimited- Hes only stage 1 if u use pikachu- if u do- use the WB
one- its recharge will get u past an earyl ER or two. I dont
think Raichu will take more than one hit and survive though-
Sneasels, SER, and tyrogue are his worst nightmares- I think he
can do decently well though, add a pluspower and he KOs sneasel,
80HP isnt so bad anyway- The risk that u can attatch an energy,
recharge, and evolve- and attatch yet another energy within the 2
turns without being GoWed or ERed is a big risk though.
Modified- He would have a very nice chance here if the WB pikachu
were still legal =/. Well I guess he can still find his way into
a few decks- i mean water is VERY popular- He can Zzzzap up a
Feralig8r and then slap it for 100 more! As long as you know
theres lots of water being played in your area- specifically g8r
and AQ kingdra- this would be an awesome choice. If u just wanna
Zzzzap up the bench- u can use pokemon breeder from a Pichu to
pretty much give it 50HP extra and the alternative attack is quite
nice on its own.
draft- Well its always hard drafting a rare- but i believe the
pikachu is a common, correct? and unless someone else drafts a
raichu as well, I doubt they will pick the pikachu- it has LL for
its attack- while most will try to pick pokemon with varied types
and attacks that are C or CC. Hes a good choice here- a
dominating 50 damage a turn, 80HP, and Zzzzap as an alternative-
he can win u the game!!!
artwork--- 4.5 *Its a little clay raichu!!! Who doesnt love it???
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