Raichu's Power Level Increased By 90,000 Between Pokémon Gens

The Pokémon video games have always undersold Raichu, as it will forever stand in the shadow of its much more popular previous form. Raichu has been thrown a few bones over the years, such as receiving an Alolan form in Pokémon Sun and Moon, as well as the Pokédex entries increasing its power by 10 over the course of the early generations. Raichu is a powerful Electric-type Pokémon, so its Pokédex entries have focused on the strength of its special attacks.

Raichu's heyday was in the early days of the Pokémon franchise before Pikachu had cemented itself as a global mascot. Lt. Surge's Raichu was a foe in one of the best early episodes of the Pokémon anime, while its video game equivalent brutally punished the trainers who chose Squirtle as their starter Pokémon. As time went on, Raichu fell out of favor, while Pikachu received a number of the benefits in the games, including a Z-Move and a Gigantamax form. Raichu will continue to appear in Pokémon games, as it's still one of the original 151 Pokémon, but it will never truly gets its due respect.

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The Pokédex entries for Raichu are notable for the fact that they include one of the Pokémon franchise's references to real animals, as the Raichu entries in Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon Sun claim that it can knock out an Indian elephant. This is meant to convey the fact that it's a powerful Pokémon, as it can take down a mighty animal with its electricity. The limits of Raichu's powers actually increased over the generations - at least, if the Pokédex entries are to be believed.

In Pokémon Stadium, the Pokédex entry for Raichu claims that its electrical attacks can reach 10,000 volts. It's possible that this is a reference to the electric fences in Jurassic Park, but that's just speculation, based on the fact that the Pokémon series referenced the movie on several occasions. It only two took generations, but Raichu's power was magnified by ten, as the Pokédex entry in Pokémon FireRed claimed that Raichu's electrical charge can reach 100,000 volts. This change has been maintained in later entries, as the recent Pokémon Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends: Arceus Pokédex entries both mention that Raichu can create 100,000 volts of electricity.

The fact that Pokémon Stadium undersold Raichu could be due to the fact that it was developed by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory, and not Game Freak. Pokémon Stadium was always just a framework for bringing the Gen 1 Pokémon into a console game, so players could see the original 151 on their TV screens. The modern fans who want to see Pokémon Stadium will hopefully get their chance on the Nintendo Switch, as it's a strong candidate to be an N64 game on the Expansion Pack. It took three years, but Raichu would finally get its power boost in the Gen 3 Pokémon games.

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