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Raikou, in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Full name Raikou
Species Pokémon
First appearance Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions (1999, Pokémon series)
Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001, Mario franchise)

Raikou is a Legendary Electric-type Pokémon debuting in Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions. It is one of the three legendary beasts, the others being Entei and Suicune, created by Ho-Oh after the Brass Tower burned down, and is said to represent the lightning strike that set fire to the tower.

Raikou only appears as a Poké Ball Pokémon in Super Smash Bros. Melee. When it is summoned, it attacks with Spark, releasing electricity around itself that shocks and deals multiple hits to opponents who are on the ground.

Trophy information[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Name Image First Game Description
Raikou Trophy146.PNG Pokémon Gold & Silver
These violent lightning Pokémon travel near and far, blasting out electrified whirlwinds. They carry storm clouds on their backs so they can produce lightning regardless of the local weather; it's even said that they descended to the earth via lightning bolts. Their extreme quickness lends itself to flight, so they're very hard to capture.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Name Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Raikou RaikouTrophyWiiU.png GB Pokémon Gold & Pokémon Silver (10/2000)
3DS Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (10/2013)
Was that a bolt of lightning flashing by, on the ground instead of the air? Then it could have been Raikou. A rumble of thunder in the distance, but not a cloud in the sky? Sounds like Raikou's roar to us. It is said that this wild Pokémon perished in the Johto region once, but Ho-Oh was so filled with sorrow at the loss that Raikou was resurrected. If you see a bolt of lightning flash across the ground instead of from the sky, you may have just caught a glimpse of Raikou. And if you hear a peal of thunder that lasts longer than it should, that may be Raikou's roar. It's said that this wild yet majestic Pokémon once perished in the Johto region, but Ho-Oh, filled with sorrow, resurrected it.