Pokémon Legends: Arceus – How To Catch (& Evolve) Raichu

Pokémon Legends: Arceus - How To Catch (& Evolve) Raichu

Raichu is Pikachu’s final evolution, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus players will be able to catch it or evolve it to complete its entry in the Pokédex.

There are 242 Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and players will have to find and catch a Raichu to complete the Hisui Pokédex. While its unevolved form, Pikachu, gets significantly more screen time in the franchise as Pokémon’s mascot, Raichu, is actually the final evolution of Pichu. As an Electric-type Pokémon, Raichu is resistant to Electric, Flying, and Steel-Type moves, and it’s only weak to Ground-Type attacks.

While Pichu and Pikachu are both rare spawns in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Raichu can be even more difficult to catch. Players can find and catch Raichu in the Space-Time Distortions that appear in the Alabaster Icelands area of the map. Raichu appears very rarely in these rifts, but players can get Space-Time Distortions to spawn faster by standing in the area and doing nothing. The more frequently Distortions occur, the more chances players will have to catch Raichu.


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However, players who want a definite way of adding Raichu to their Pokédex in Pokémon Legends: Arceus can find and catch a powerful Alpha Raichu in the wild. Alpha Pokémon are significantly larger and stronger than their regular counterparts, and they’re more aggressive as well, which makes them dangerous since they can attack the player directly. However, Alpha Pokémon are also fixed spawns, so players can find them in the same locations each time they visit the area. For example, Alpha Raichu can be found in the Golden Lowlands area of the Crimson Mirelands, but this level 53 Alpha is much tougher than the other Pokémon that appear in this area, so players may have to wait until they have a strong team before attempting to catch it.

How To Evolve Raichu In Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Pokémon Legends: Arceus players can also evolve Pikachu into Raichu to add it to their Pokédex. Pikachu is a rare spawn in the Nature’s Pantry area of the Obsidian Fieldlands, but players will be able to catch a Pichu to evolve in this location as well. Players also have a chance to encounter Pikachu in Space-Time Distortions in the Alabaster Icelands. While they’re still relatively rare, they spawn more frequently than their evolved form, Raichu.

To evolve Pikachu into Raichu in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, players will need to use a Thunder Stone. Thunder Stones can be purchased from the Trading Post in Jubilife Village for 1,000 Merit Points, which players can earn by finding Lost Satchels on their excursions. Ginter will also occasionally sell Thunder Stones as “Lightning-Bolt Rocks” for 5,000 Pokédollars from the Ginkgo Guild cart. Players also have a chance of finding Thunder Stones on the ground inside Space-Time Distortions, which is the easiest way to collect Thunder Stones fast in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus is available on Nintendo Switch.

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