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Why Raichu doesn’t get the love from Pokemon fans that Pikachu does

Published: 5/Sep/2020 4:02

by Paul Cot

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Raichu is in an awkward position in the world of Pokemon – it is in Pikachu’s shadow.

You would have thought the evolution of the world’s most famous Pokemon would be a good thing for Raichu. In a way it is, the electric mouse will never be forgotten due to its close ties to Pikachu.

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However, it will always be stuck playing second fiddle to the Pokemon cover star. No matter what happens in the future, trainers will always have more love for Pikachu.

That sentiment has remained true for over two decades now but this very discussion has been reignited with a post on Twitter. The Bulbasaur Propaganda account tweeted: “Raichu > Pikachu” which of course led to quick and divisive responses.

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Overall, the tweet was well received showing that there are a contingent of Pokemon fans who agree. This was likely more of a hardcore subset of fans, though.

The more casual fans, which make up most of the fanbase, will instantly see Pikachu as the ‘main’ Pokemon and have a natural favoritism towards it.

Alolan Raichu Pikachu
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Pikachu and Raichu get into a heated exchange…

Is Raichu better than Pikachu?

Another tweet attempted to back up the claim that, objectively, Raichu is indeed better than Pikachu. They argued the following:

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  • More freedom to use hold items, unlike Pikachu
  • Higher speed (110 > Pikachu’s 90)
  • Raichu is bulkier
  • Has more moves
  • Alolan Raichu

All of these are fair points. Raichu does have better stats and even has an Alolan form.

Nevertheless, it continues to play a bridesmaid’s role. Raichu’s predicament is perhaps best summarized by its Pokedex description in Pokemon Ultra Moon.

It says: “Because so many Trainers like the way Pikachu looks, you don’t see this Pokemon very often.” Apparently, there are some very superficial trainers out there!

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Maybe the two could co-star in a movie together where the storyline is about Pikachu receiving all the love. You’re welcome Pokemon Company.

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Logan Paul mindblown after pulling rare Pokemon cards worth $3000

Published: 1/Oct/2020 13:11

by Jacob Hale

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Logan Paul has become an avid Pokemon card collector throughout the latter half of 2020, and treated fans of his Impaulsive podcast to watch him open a rare pack, the contents of which he was delighted with.

The Pokemon Trading Card Game originally got going in 1999 and now, over two decades later, is worth more than ever, with rare cards making sellers hundreds of thousands of dollars if they’ve kept their collection in good condition.

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He recently revealed some of the collection he had been building up, including a first edition shadowless Charizard that could fetch anywhere between $40,000 to $60,000 at auction.

Letting his fans into the hobby, Logan opted to buy a pack of Base Set trading cards for $500 online and opened it live on Impaulsive.

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Logan Paul 1st edition Charizard
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Logan’s 1st edition Charizard is a prized possession.

Obviously, when you’re spending $500 on a single pack of cards, you’ve got to be pretty hopeful of the results, but Paul insisted he always gets his rarest cards from the seller he bought it from.

So, he opened them and revealed each card one-by-one, including a Squirtle which he expects to fetch around $200-300, perhaps more as he believes it to have a PSA grade of 10 — or, the best condition it could possibly be.

Alongside the regular Energy cards and some more Pokemon such as Gastly and Poliwhirl, Paul also packed a Blastoise, again expecting it to be PSA graded 10/10, which he says should fetch around $2500 — meaning the total value of the individual cards could fetch around $3000 if his valuations are correct.

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Obviously, the valuations may be slightly off, but Logan has at least made his money back for this pack — and if he’s made a profit then more power to him.

There’s some serious money to be made in the Pokemon Trading Card Game now, especially as it enjoys somewhat of a resurgence of late, so it might be worth digging out those old cards and see what you’ve got laying around: you never know how much money you could be sitting on.