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Pojo's Pokemon Card of the Day

Raichu - - Team Aqua & Magma

Date Reviewed: 4.22.04

Ratings & Reviews below

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

Thundachu Raichu

Overview: Do we really need another? For 1 Lightning energy and 1 colorless energy, Spark does 10 damage to 2 of your opponent's benched pokemon, which for 2 energy, pretty much sucks. Then for 2 Lightning and 1 colorless, Kerzap does 40 damage and then you flip a coin. If heads it does 40 more but you have to discard all lightning energy on Raichu. Horrible. A weakness of Fighting is normal for a Lightning pokemon and retreat of 1 is ok. 80HP for a stage 1 is pretty low these days.

Unlimited: I hate to use this line, because I know most people are tired of seeing it but "I would rather use Base Set Gastly" 1/5

Modified: Lets PRETEND it is a good card... Ok. I'm done. 1.5/5

Draft: Assuming you are able to get him and Pikachu from the draft, I suppose he can be kind of valuble with the chance of doing 80. 2.5/5

Name: Raichu

Set/Card#: Team Magma Vs Team Aqua, #13/95

Type: Electric

Stage: 1 (Evolves from Pikachu)

HP: 80

Weakness: Fighting

Resistance: None

Retreat: C

Attack#1: (LC) Spark [20]

Does 10 damage to 2 of your opponent’s benched Pokémon (1 if there is only 1). (Don’t apply Weakness and Resistance for Benched Pokémon.)

Attack#2: (LLC) Kerzap [40+]

Flip a coin.  If heads, this attack does 40 damage plus 40 more damage to the Defending Pokémon and discard all (L) Energy cards attached to Raichu.

Name: Raichu

Set/Card#: Team Magma Vs Team Aqua, #43/95

Type: Electric

Stage: Basic

HP: 50

Weakness: Fighting

Resistance: None

Retreat: C

Attack#1: (C) Agility

Flip a coin.  If heads, prevent all effects of an attack, including damage, done to Pikachu during your opponent’s next turn.

Attack#2: (LC) Thundershock [20]

Flip a coin.  If heads, the Defending Pokémon is now Paralyzed.


Attributes: Yet another Raichu.  Raichu, surprise-surprise, is a Stage 1 Electric Pokémon.  Stage 1 Electric Pokémon see almost no play in Unlimited and few see play in Modified unless they have a potent Poké-Body/Poké-Power.  On the bright side, that means that this Raichu faces very little competition from its relatives.  There is one Pikachu in Team Magma Vs Team Aqua: a fairly average one.  Generally, you chose Pikachu that are hard to kill (in Unlimited, there is one with 60 HP that can be used), or (more often) one of the versions that can nab extra Energy, so don’t expect to see this version to often.  Moving back to Raichu, we have the 80 HP that is more or less standard for Raichu, and that is an okay amount for a Stage 1 Pokémon, though less so since this is the highest Evolution card for its line.  We see the standard Fighting Weakness, which makes most Electric Pokémon nearly unplayable in Unlimited but doesn’t mean much for Modified, a lack of Resistance (which annoys me),  and a nice, affordable retreat cost of just one energy.


Abilities: Spark does a total of 40 damage, but requires payment for only 25.  On a basic, you would expect it to be priced more along the lines of (LLL), so it is significantly discounted.  However, in my experience this kind of attack is not overly useful, so the discount is needed to keep the card from lacking a back-up attack.  Why does it need a back up attack?  Kerzap does base damage of 40 for (LLC), which would be fair for a basic.  You must flip a coin though, and on heads you do 40 more damage… but must also discard all attached Electric Energy.  Meh.  Look at it this way.  If this was a Basic Pokémon, you would be “paying” discarding all your Electric Energy to do another 40 damage.  Not too bad, but not too great.  Now remember that this is a Stage 1 Pokémon, and needs to get a nice solid bonus from its two attacks.  Not a lot of synergy, so I would say that it doesn’t meet the needs.


Uses/Combinations: Combine it with an Energy moving Pokémon, then build up a large stash of Electric Energy you can constantly shovel onto Raichu if it gets heads on Kerzap.  Don’t forget the Low Pressure System.  You could also use Harvest Bounty Venusaur while it’s still in the Modified format to reload it each turn (make sure one Energy on Raichu is non-Electric).




Unlimited: 1/5-No.  Sorry, any rogue, fun deck I can think of is better off with a different Raichu.


Modified/2-on-2/ TMP: 2/5-Maybe with a Raichu ex, since they have similar needs.


Limited: 3/5-Bench damage is nice, and you can probably risk burning your Energy for a OHKO with Kerzap.



Another Raichu, another sub-par Pokémon.


Jermy101 This Raichu is like most of the other Raichus, only average at best. Spark is nice for the cost doing 40 damage total, but 40 damage = nothing today. I don't like how you can't choose for the Kerzap attack. Expedition Amphy has basically the same attack but you can choose to do 40 or 80. He would be a little more playable if his 2nd attack wasn't based on luck, but still I wouldn't use it for modified.

Unlimited - Worthless piece of paper in this format. 1/5

Modified - Raichu ex is better, doing a definite 120 damage. I wouldn't use this card. 2/5

Draft - If you get a couple Pikachus, he is pretty good. Bench hitting is
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