The English name of this card translates to Thunder Strike 「雷撃」.
Since it obtained its Forbidden status, Raigeki has continued to receive homage through later counterparts, such as Lightning Vortex, Flash of the Forbidden Spell, Raigeki Bottle, Crystal Raigeki and Raigeki Break, many of which imitate its effect in more balanced manners, or with more contextual purposes.
This card has a Spell/Trap-destroying equivalent: Harpie's Feather Duster.
This card has an equivalent specifically for Blue-Eyes decks: Burst Stream of Destruction
This card appears in the English artwork of Exchange.
Anti Raigeki was created to specifically counter this card.
This card was both one of the first cards to be Limited in May 2002 and one of the first cards to be Forbidden, in October 2004. It did not come off of the list until October 2014 in the TCG, ten years later. As such, it has spent more time on the Forbidden list than any other card in the TCG before becoming Limited once more.
In the OCG, this record is instead held by Harpie's Feather Duster, which was also Forbidden in October 2004, and remained so until January 2015, ten years and three months later. Raigeki remains Forbidden in the OCG.
When counting both the TCG and OCG, Harpie's Feather Duster holds the overall record, as it was Forbidden for three months longer than Raigeki.
Raimei might be the aftermath of this card, as thunder comes after lightning.
Mystical Refpanel"Share The Pain", "Raigeki", or "Harpie's Feather Duster".
Mentions in Other Rulings
"Anti Raigeki" must be chained directly to "Raigeki". There can be no chain link inbetween the two.
Example: Your opponent activates "Raigeki". You chain "Anti Raigeki". Your opponent chains "Royal Decree". You cannot chain a second "Anti Raigeki", since you would be chaining it to "Royal Decree
Previously Official Rulings
If there are no monsters on your opponent's side of the field you may not activate "Raigeki".
If "Dark Hole" or "Raigeki" is activated and a monster is face-down, the monster is affected. All monsters are destroyed, regardless of Battle Position.: SPECIFIC CARDS RULINGS""
If there are no monsters on your opponent's side of the Field, "Raigeki" can not be played.
Axe of Despair: If all your monsters are sent to the Graveyard simultaneously by the effect of"Raigeki"and "Axe of Despair" is equipped to one of them, you cannot Tribute one of those monsters to return "Axe of Despair" to the top of your Deck. You also cannot Tribute one of the monsters Special Summoned by the effect of "Cyber Jar" since the timing has passed.
Mentions in Other Rulings
Different Dimension Dragon if "Different Dimension Dragon" is your only monster on your side of the field, your opponent cannot activate"Raigeki"
Different Dimension Dragon: If "Different Dimension Dragon" is face-down, it can be destroyed by "Raigeki" and similar non-targeting cards.
Diffusion Wave-Motion: After you activate "Diffusion Wave-Motion", if all monsters on your opponent's side of the field are destroyed (with "Raigeki", etc.) then your selected Level 7 Spellcaster-Type monster can attack your opponent's Life Points directly.
Dramatic Rescue: You can activate "Dramatic Rescue" when an Amazoness on your side of the field is targetedbut not when cards like "Raigeki"are used.
Embodiment of Apophis: If "Non-Spellcasting Area" is active, "Embodiment of Apophis" cannot be destroyed by "Raigeki"
Emergency Provisions: You can activate a Normal Spell Card, such as "Raigeki", then chain "Emergency Provisions" and send "Raigeki" to the Graveyard to gain 1000 Life Points, and the effect of "Raigeki" will still resolve.
Freed the Matchless General: The effect of this card will not negate"Raigeki"
Lord of D.: "Lord of D." will NOT stop"Raigeki"nor will he protect your Dragon-Type monsters from their effects, since these cards affect the whole field and do not select targets.
Metalsilver Armor: Your opponent cannot activate "Monster Reborn" and other cards that target while you have a monster equipped with "Metalsilver Armor". Your opponent can activate "Raigeki"
My Body as a Shield: "My Body as a Shield" will negate cards such as"Raigeki"
Non-Spellcasting Area: While "Non-Spellcasting Area" is active, no Spell Card, including "Raigeki" or Equip Spell Cards, can affect a monster, unless it is an Effect Monster.
Pandemonium: If multiple Archfiends are destroyed at the same time by "Raigeki", you can only add 1 Archfiend from your Deck to your hand with "Pandemonium".
Ryu Senshi: The effect of this card will not negate"Raigeki", or similar cards that do not target.
Serial Spell:" You can activate "Serial Spell" to copy the effect of a Normal Spell Card, even if it is "Raigeki"and copying the effect serves no real purpose.
Spirit Reaper:" "Spirit Reaper" can still be destroyed by all other normal effects that would destroy a monster:"Raigeki"
Trap Monster: When preventing the destruction of “Embodiment of Apophis”, you must be using a card of the appropriate type. You cannot use “Fake Trap” to rescue it from “Raigeki”.
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