Pikachu and Raichu from SM3!

Oh look, it’s everyone’s favorite electric rodents! They will be part of Japan’s SM3 sets, named Did You See the Fighting Rainbow? and Light-Consuming Darkness. The sets will will be released in Japan on June 16th and in America as Burning Shadows in September.

This is the first regular Raichu of the Sun & Moon era. Thanks goes to Bangiras for the translations!

Pikachu – Lightning – HP60
Basic Pokemon

[C] Tail Whap: 10 damage.

[L][C] Thundershock: 20 damage. Flip a coin. If heads, your opponent’s Active Pokemon is now Paralyzed.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: Metal (-20)
Retreat: 1


Raichu – Lightning – HP110
Stage 1 – Evolves from Pikachu

Ability: Evo Shock
When you play this card from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokemon during your turn, you may leave your opponent’s Active Pokemon Paralyzed.

[L][L][C] Volt Tackle: 130 damage. This Pokemon does 30 damage to itself.

Weakness: Fighting (x2)
Resistance: Metal (-20)
Retreat: 1

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  1. GekkisaiDaiNi #GekkiLogic/#GekkiFails
    GekkisaiDaiNi

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    Meh. Raichu's ability is cool though. Maybe spamming it with DeVo spray would be fun?
     
  2. SharKing I won't bite... much.
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    Wow. That Raichu could be really annoying if the opponent has no way to switch. It's basically Servine's Serpentine Strangle, but without the coin flip (and mercifully, not Grass-type).
     
  3. So, this is Servine with no coin flip?

    Anything that auto-paralyzes is worth keeping an eye on. This could be very, very good.

    Edit: @SharKing - you beat me to it!
     
  4. PieterPie Aspiring Trainer
    PieterPie

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    I like the artwork on these cards!
     
  5. RealSlim Dragons Breeder
    RealSlim

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    Why regular Raichu instead of Alolan Raichu? Meh
     
  6. yrkomm16 Aspiring Trainer
    yrkomm16

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    Trash.
     
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  7. Baconcrisp3 Aspiring Trainer
    Baconcrisp3

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    The ability of this Riachu is awesome! However, attack wise, he is very "meh." To bad he doesn't have circle circuit :p Then he really would be awesome... Also, I wish this was Alolan Raichu. :confused:
     
  8. MechanicalMarine Princess Peach
    MechanicalMarine

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    Auto-Paralysis is always good. Might see a splash of play with Super Scoop Up coming in SM3 as well, but is fairly mediocre. LLC for 130 and 30 to itself is bad. 1 retreat on a bench sitter is not great either, but could still be toyed around with and might have a spot in a deck or 2. The art on both the Pikachu and Raichu is pretty cool, though.
     
  9. Tapu Lele Already the best
    Tapu Lele

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    When you play Pokemon, you get a money back guarantee of a new pikachu every 3 sets or less!
     
  10. Raichu + Sceptile-EX wil be a tough deck to beat. 130 automatically and ya paralyazed. It's like a quicker Mega Venusaur! Aalso, the fact it ain't an Alolan Raichu surprises me. I wonder what they will do for Alolan Raichu?
     
  11. the metagross Aspiring Trainer
    the metagross

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    i could see this as a one of in a circke circuit raichu deck
     
  12. 007manyo TCG Judge & Player
    007manyo

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    Maybe this'll be the set where we see an Alolan Raichu GX? And Raichu's attack isn't the worst; rough seas helps mitigate that and so does the 110HP. Raichu eeveelutions anyone?
     
  13. wonderful_whismur The most wonderful whismur in the world
    wonderful_whismur

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    No money back when it turns out to be terrible though.
     
  14. Doby Aspiring Trainer
    Doby

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    Wish Raichu had a better attack
     
  15. Fayld Rayquaza / Eelektross Master
    Fayld

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    You wouldn't need to spam it if you had the right partner...like say Lapras :)
     
  16. Mr. Rhyperior The Drill Pokemon. An evolve form of Rhydon.
    Mr. Rhyperior

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    MY GEODUDES
    • Not Alolan Raichu - the ability is good in some situations that you need to buy a turn to set up. Paralyzed is an effect, Ranger comes in.... Maybe ( Pls. Confirm me if Ranger works for Atk's effects only). Spec. Cond. Isn't the main concern right now. So 3 Geodudes for Raichu, 2 for Pikachu.
    • Alolan Raichu - Where are you??!
     
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  17. Kietharr Aspiring Trainer
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    I think this card will be good if Alolan Raichu-GX is good. I think Raichu XY is good again with choice band and this could be a good tech in that deck, but sky field leaves us with rotation so that card has a very narrow viability window remaining despite being reprinted.

    Either way it could be a 1-1 tech in a lot of decks, but the inability to go for the same turn stun you can get with Servine/FOGP makes this a weaker effect even though you don't need to flip for it.
     
  18. Seng vang Svang20
    Seng vang

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    There has been good pokemon with abilities that are stage 1. They should make Sr devolution spray!
     
  19. Nice Geodudes @Mr. Rhyperior

    Just to confirm, Pokemon Ranger does not remove Status Conditions.
     
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  20. 007manyo TCG Judge & Player
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    Ranger removes effects of attacks on each player and their pokemon. Since Evoshock is not an attack, Ranger doesn't get rid of it! Not to mention, even if it was an attack, Ranger can't stop status conditions, damage, or knockouts. A decent rule of thumb for Ranger is if the attack says 'until the end of your [opponents] next turn,' then Ranger can affect it. Not to mention it's an immediate thing, and its effects don't 'persist' per se; rather it's more like a burst that removes those persisting effects.
     
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