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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


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.

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.

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
Pokemon Company
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:

  • 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!

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.


Every Legendary Pokemon in the Crown Tundra DLC

Published: 27/Oct/2020 12:58 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 12:59

by Paul Cot


Legendary Pokemon from past generations have finally been added to Pokemon Sword and Shield in the Crown Tundra DLC.

There was uproar when Pokemon Sword and Shield first released and trainers realized that not only was half the National Pokedex missing but that there were zero Legendary Pokemon from the older generations.

It looks like that was all part of a plan however, with their returns coming in the second Sword Shield expansion. It seems to have worked too, as Crown Tundra expansion has been well received from virtually all quarters.

Over the years, and generations, there have been a lot of Legendary Pokemon added to the franchise. So, it should come as little surprise that the list of returning legends is quite long – not that trainers will be complaining.

This is in addition to latest new Legendary species – Calyrex, Glastrier, Regieleki, Regidrago, and Spectrier. Furthermore, the Crown Tundra also brought Galarian forms of the iconic Kanto bird Pokemon.

Legendary Crown Tundra
Pokemon Company
The Crown Tundra plays host to all previously missing Legendary Pokemon…

List of Legendary Pokemon in the Crown Tundra

Here is a list of every returning Legendary Pokemon that can be found in the Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC, broken down by where.

Max Lair Dens

The following Legendary ‘mons can be obtained by completing a Max Lair run. It’s important to note, that each species can only be caught once.

  • Articuno
  • Zapdos
  • Moltres
  • Mewtwo
  • Raikou
  • Entei
  • Suicune
  • Lugia
  • Ho-Oh
  • Latias
  • Latios
  • Kyogre
  • Groudon
  • Rayquaza
  • Uxie
  • Mesprit
  • Azelf
  • Dialga
  • Palkia
  • Heatran
  • Giratina
  • Cresselia
  • Tornadus
  • Thundurus
  • Landorus
  • Reshiram
  • Zekrom
  • Kyurem
  • Xerneas
  • Yveltal
  • Zygarde
  • Tapu Koko
  • Tapu Lele
  • Tapu Bulu
  • Tapu FIni
  • Solgaleo
  • Lunala
  • Nihilego
  • Buzzwole
  • Pheromosa
  • Xurkitree
  • Celesteela
  • Kartana
  • Guzzlord
  • Necrozma
  • Stakataka
  • Blacephalon

The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away

Meanwhile, the Regi-Pokemon are part of the Crown Tundra’s story. They feature in The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away chapter.

  • Regice
  • Regirock
  • Registeel

Each of these is obtained in order to progress through the chapter and the expansion as a whole. They are required to encounter Regieleki or Regidrago.

Interestingly there aren’t any missing legends but a lot of Mythical Pokemon haven’t been added. Surely they are in Game Freak and the Pokemon Company’s plans, though. Time will tell.