Pokémon GO: How to beat the toughest Pokemon GO raids

Is that Flareon destroying your team every time? Don’t worry. We know what Pokémon you should use to counter each of these strong bosses in Pokémon GO.

Depending on what you’re up against and who is with you, Pokémon GO raids can either be a breeze, or absolutely insane. We know the pain. We got wrecked by a Flareon the other day and didn’t even realize that’s because it’s one of the strongest raid bosses out there! Clearly, we need help, so we did a bit of research. Maybe you need help too.

We’ve listed below the upper tier raid bosses and a few counters to go with each one. Keep in mind that these are very strong Pokémon that the best trainers have trouble taking down, and you’re likely to need assistance if you’re battling them, especially the Tier 4 ones. This is not a detailed or exhaustive guide for high-levels, rather an indication of how you can pitch in as best you can at lower levels. If you’re like us, you don’t have a dedicated arsenal of amazing Pokémon to just pick the perfect counter from at a glance, and if you do…enjoy your Tyranitars.

Tier 3

  • Vaporeon
    • Tangela, Exeggutor, Vileplume, Venusaur, Meganium, most grass-types
    • Dragonite is okay too, especially with Electric-type moves
  • Machamp
    • Alakazam (Psychic-type attacks)
    • Exeggutor (Solar Beam, Psychic moves)
    • Dragonite is also okay if you don’t use Steel Wing
    • Espeon
  • Arcanine
    • Golem
    • Rhydon
    • Vaporeon
    • Kingdra
  • Alakazam
    • Tyranitar (Bite or Crunch)
    • Houndoom
    • Gengar
  • Gengar
    • Tyranitar (Bite or Crunch)
    • Rhydon
  • Jolteon
    • Golem
    • Rhydon
    • Donphan
  • Flareon
    • Omastar
    • Vaporeon
    • Tyranitar
    • Kingdra

Tier 4

  • Venusaur
    • Charizard
    • Dragonite (Hurricane)
    • Flareon
  • Charizard
    • Golem
    • Omastar (go for Rock-type moves over Water)
    • Tyranitar (Bite and Stone Edge are the way to go for almost all of the following fights)
  • Blastoise
    • Jolteon
    • Ampharos
    • Exeggutor
    • Victreebell
  • Rhydon
    • Vaporeon
    • Meganium
    • Exeggutor (Grass-type moves over Psychic)
  • Lapras
    • Machamp
    • Exeggutor
    • Jolteon
  • Snorlax
    • Tyranitar
    • Machamp
    • Rhydon
  • Tyranitar
    • Poliwrath (Rock Smash and Dynamic Punch)
    • Machamp
    • Heracross (Counter, Close Combat)

This is obviously not an exhaustive list and your mileage may vary. There is even more help at Pokebattler, where they show off the different stats of the raid Pokémon and indicate which raid Pokemon are in which tier. They also give a very detailed move list and ranking of how many Pokemon do against each boss. Don’t be afraid of raiding, even at lower levels!

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