Beats Mew, Mewtwo, Lugia, hurts Celebi, Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos, and Raiku
Tyranitar is the Godzilla of Pokémon Go but up until now has also been something of a mixed monster: super-high CP but super weak to Fighting and weak to water. With Legendary Raids, though, you get to put the monster first, and that means Tyranitar’s huge stats and double Dark combo with Bite and Crunch punishing to Psychic types, including Mew and Mewtwo.
Many would point out Mew’s lack of a Psychic quick move means Gengar is a more damaging counter. In my experience, though, thanks to hard-to-dodge charge moves and glitchy, death-loop infested gameplay, Gengar often doesn’t last long enough to deliver that damage. So, Tyranitar may just prove the best combination of damage and longevity in both Psychic battles. (Just avoid Focus Blast. Because, ouch.)
If you have Tyranitar with Bite and Stone Edge instead, you can round out Golem attackers and last even longer in a fight against the Legendary Birds and even Beasts as well.
Evolve: 25 candies from Larvitar to Pupitar, 100 candies from Pupitar to Tyranitar. (But you’re better off getting one from a Tier 4 Raid Battle and saving those candies to power it up.)
Best movesets: Bite + Crunch (against Mew and Mewtwo)
Secondary movesets: Bite + Stone Edge (Moltres, Zapdos, Articuno)
Beats Moltres, Zapdos, Ho-Oh, hurts Zapdos, decent against Articuna
Golem has always been a less powerful, harder to evolve, but less vulnerable version of Rhydon. Thanks to its Rock-type fast move, though, it comes out of the shadows to be one of the best counters to the Legendary Birds. Like with Charizard, Golem resists Moltres’ Fire- and Flying-type moves, and also dishes out double super effective damage with Rock Throw and Stone Edge. Against Zapdos, Golem double resists Electric and resists Flying moves, and deals out super effective damage. Even against Articuno, Golem resists flying and does double super effective damage… but takes super effective damage from Ice-type attacks.
With Mud Slap and Earthquake instead of Stone Edge, Golem can be used to round out a Rhydon army when taking on two of the Legendary Beasts, Raiku and Entei.
Evolve: 25 candies from Geodude to Gravler, 100 candies from Graveler to Golem.
Best movesets: Rock Throw + Stone Edge (Moltres, Zapdos, Articuno)
Secondary movesets: Mud Slap + Earthquake (Raiku and Entei)
Beats Raiku, Entei, helps with Moltres
Rhydon keeps surprising. Last year it got a CP boost that put it among the top Gym squatters. This year, its type-matching and movesets makes it the most versatile Boss-beater in the game. That carries over to Legendaries as well.
Score Mud Slap and Earthquake and it’s the best counter to Raiku and Entei. That’s thanks to its Ground typing, and totally avoiding its otherwise double weaknesses to Water and Grass. Score Stone Edge and you can help reinforce your Golems against Moltres and Zapdos too.
All this combines to make Rhydon not just the most versatile regular Raid Boss beater in the game, especially for Tier 1 through Tier 3, but a force to be reckoned with for Legendary as well.
Evolve: 50 candies from Rhyhorn to Rhydon
Best movesets: Mud Slap + Earthquake (Raiku, Entei)
Usable Movesets: Mud Slap + Stone Edge (Moltres)
What are the best movesets for the Legendary and Mythical Pokémon?
Even though Pokémon Go hasn’t officially launched the Legendary and Mythical Pokémon yet, they’ve had at least placeholder movesets in the game for a while now. Whether or not those moves survive launch or get replaced with new — and in several cases, hopefully better — ones, we’ll have to wait and see.
If the Legendary and Mythical movesets remain the same, here are the ones you’ll want:
|Pokémon||Type||Quick Move||Change Move|
|Zapdos||Electric/Flying||Charge Beam||Thunder Bolt|
|Mew||Psychic||Pound||Solar Beam or Focus Blast|
|Raikou||Electric||Thunder Shock||Wild Charge|
|Ho-Oh||Fire/Flying||Extrasensory||Fire Blast or Solar Beam|
These are all attack-centric movesets, since those will be the ones that matter. Because…
Will you be able to put Legendary and Mythical Pokémon on Gyms?
No. Pokémon Go said that right up front:
While Legendary Pokémon will help them take on the toughest Raid Bosses and Gym Battles, they’re not willing to leave their Trainer’s side, so they can’t be left to defend Gyms.
So, yeah, focus on offense.
Which Pokémon Go Legendary Raid Boss beaters are you considering?
If you have other Pokémon higher up on your Legendary Raid Battle counters list, let me know which ones and why!