These Are The 21 Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO





Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO

While raids are, in my opinion, the best thing to happen to Pokemon GO in a very long time, they can also be a source of frustration for trainers who aren’t sure which Pokemon they should be using to battle. This list of the 21 best Pokemon to use against raid bosses in Pokemon GO should help to eliminate that frustration!

Thanks to the simulations performed by the people over at pokebattler, we now have a pretty good idea of what the best Pokemon to use against raid bosses in Pokemon GO are. If you’ve been struggling to build a good team to fight that Snorlax or Tyranitar, take a look below:

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Note: Because we didn’t want to waste too much time writing this, we haven’t bothered including any of the 1 or 2 star raid bosses in this list. If you’re having trouble with the 1 and 2 star raids, focus on catching a few Dragonite, Snorlax, or Tyranitar, and that should be more than enough!

The Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO

Raid Boss Vaporeon

Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO Vaporeon
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  • Raid Difficulty: 3 Stars
  • Raid CP: 16,696
  • Max Catch CP: 1,804
  • Type: Water
  • Toughest Quick Move: Water Gun
  • Toughest Charge Move: Aqua Tail

The three best counters to a Vaporeon raid boss are (in order from most effective to least effective) Exeggutor, Venusaur, and Victreebel. The reasoning behind this is simple: Vaporeon is a water type Pokemon, and these attackers are all grass type Pokemon. This means that they will do increased damage to Vaporeon, while taking less damage in return.

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Raid Boss Arcanine

Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO Arcanine
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  • Raid Difficulty: 3 Stars
  • Raid CP: 17832
  • Max Catch CP: 1622
  • Type: Fire
  • Toughest Quick Move: Snarl
  • Toughest Charge Move: Wild Charge

The three best counters to an Arcanine raid boss are (in order from most effective to least effective) Rhydon, Golem, and Donphan. The reasoning behind this is simple: Since Arcanine will often have an electric type charge move (Wild Charge), it can be quite dangerous to send water type Pokemon into battle. Instead, send the rock & ground type Pokemon listed above, who will all do increased damage to Arcanine due to type advantages!

Raid Boss Machamp

Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO Machamp
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  • Raid Difficulty: 3 Stars
  • Raid CP: 18,144
  • Max Catch CP: 1,650
  • Type: Fighting
  • Toughest Quick Move: Counter
  • Toughest Charge Move: Heavy Slam

The three best counters to a Machamp raid boss are (in order from most effective to least effective) Alakazam, Dragonite, and Charizard. The reasoning behind this is simple: Alakazam has an attacking type advantage over Machamp, while Dragonite and Charizard will take reduced damage from Machamp’s move Heavy Slam due to defending type advantages.

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Raid Boss Gengar

Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO Gengar
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  • Raid Difficulty: 3 Stars
  • Raid CP: 19,768
  • Max Catch CP: 1,496
  • Type: Poison/Ghost
  • Toughest Quick Move: Hex
  • Toughest Charge Move: Shadow Ball

The three best counters to a Gengar raid boss are (in order from most effective to least effective) Tyranitar, Dragonite, and Houndoom. The reasoning behind this is simple: Tyranitar & Houndoom both have an attacking type advantage over Gengar. Dragonite is on this list purely because it is an incredibly strong Pokemon!

Raid Boss Jolteon

Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO Jolteon
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  • Raid Difficulty: 3 Stars
  • Raid CP: 19,883
  • Max Catch CP: 1,560
  • Type: Electric
  • Toughest Quick Move: Volt Switch
  • Toughest Charge Move: Thunderbolt

The three best counters to a Jolteon raid boss are (in order from most effective to least effective) Rhydon, Donphan, and Golem. The reasoning behind this is simple: All of these Pokemon are ground type Pokemon, which means they will take reduced damage from Jolteon’s electric type moves. They also have an attacking type advantage, which means they will deal more damage, too.

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Raid Boss Flareon

Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO Flareon
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  • Raid Difficulty: 3 Stars
  • Raid CP: 21,155
  • Max Catch CP: 1,659
  • Type: Fire
  • Toughest Quick Move: Fire Spin
  • Toughest Charge Move: Flamethrower

The three best counters to a Flareon raid boss are (in order from most effective to least effective) Golem, Rhydon, and Omastar. The reasoning behind this is simple: All of these Pokemon have some kind of resistance to fire type moves, and they all have an attacking type advantage, too.

Raid Boss Alakazam

Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO Alakazam
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  • Raid Difficulty: 3 Stars
  • Raid CP: 22,646
  • Max Catch CP: 1,649
  • Type: Psychic
  • Toughest Quick Move: Confusion
  • Toughest Charge Move: Shadow Ball

The three best counters to an Alakazam raid boss are (in order from most effective to least effective) Tyranitar, Houndoom, and Scizor. The reasoning behind this is simple: Tyranitar and Houndoom are both dark type Pokemon, which means they will have both an attacking and defending type advantage over Alakazam. Scizor is on the list because it too has both an attacking and defending type advantage over Alakazam.

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Raid Boss Lapras

Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO Lapras
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  • Raid Difficulty: 4 Stars
  • Raid CP: 21,768
  • Max Catch CP: 1,487
  • Type: Ice/Water
  • Toughest Quick Move: Ice Shard
  • Toughest Charge Move: Ice Beam

The three best counters to a Lapras raid boss are (in order from most effective to least effective) Machamp, Jolteon, and Arcanine. The reasoning behind this is simple: Machamp and Jolteon both have an attacking type advantage over Lapras, while Arcanine has a defending type advantage.

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Raid Boss Blastoise

Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO Blastoise
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  • Raid Difficulty: 4 Stars
  • Raid CP: 24,162
  • Max Catch CP: 1,309
  • Type: Water
  • Toughest Quick Move: Water Gun
  • Toughest Charge Move: Ice Beam

The three best counters to a Blastoise raid boss are (in order from most effective to least effective) Jolteon, Magneton, and Venusaur. The reasoning behind this is simple: Both Jolteon and Magneton are electric type Pokemon, and have an attacking type advantage over Blastoise. Venusaur also has an attacking type advantage over Blastoise, but will need to watch out for Blastoise’s Ice Beam!

Raid Boss Snorlax

Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO Snorlax
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  • Raid Difficulty: 4 Stars
  • Raid CP: 25,419
  • Max Catch CP: 1,917
  • Type: Normal
  • Toughest Quick Move: Zen Headbutt
  • Toughest Charge Move: Hyper Beam

The three best counters to a Snorlax raid boss are (in order from most effective to least effective) Machamp, Heracross, and Tyranitar. The reasoning behind this is simple: Both Machamp and Heracross are fighting type Pokemon with fighting type moves, which means they have an attacking type advantage over Snorlax. Tyranitar, being a rock type Pokemon, has a defensive type advantage over Snorlax, too.

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Raid Boss Venusaur

Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO Venusaur
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  • Raid Difficulty: 4 Stars
  • Raid CP: 26,921
  • Max Catch CP: 1,467
  • Type: Poison/Grass
  • Toughest Quick Move: Razor Leaf
  • Toughest Charge Move: Sludge Bomb

The three best counters to a Venusar raid boss are (in order from most effective to least effective) Charizard, Typhlosion, and Espeon. The reasoning behind this is simple: Both Charizard and Typhlosion are fire type Pokemon with fire type moves, which gives them an attacking and a defending type advantage over Venusaur. Espeon makes the cut too, since its psychic type moves give it an attacking type advantage over Venusaur.

Raid Boss Charizard

Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO Charizard
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  • Raid Difficulty: 4 Stars
  • Raid CP: 28,485
  • Max Catch CP: 1,535
  • Type: Flying/Fire
  • Toughest Quick Move: Air Slash
  • Toughest Charge Move: Dragon Claw

The three best counters to a Charizard raid boss are (in order from most effective to least effective) Golem, Omastar, and Tyranitar. The reasoning behind this is simple: All three of these Pokemon have at least one attacking type advantage over Charizard.

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Raid Boss Rhydon

Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO Rhydon
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  • Raid Difficulty: 4 Stars
  • Raid CP: 30,512
  • Max Catch CP: 1,886
  • Type: Ground/Rock
  • Toughest Quick Move: Mud Slap
  • Toughest Charge Move: Stone Edge

The three best counters to a Rhydon raid boss are (in order from most effective to least effective) Venusaur, Exeggutor, and Vaporeon. The reasoning behind this is simple: All three of these Pokemon have at least one attacking type advantage over Rhydon.

Raid Boss Tyranitar

Best Pokemon To Use Against Raid Bosses In Pokemon GO Tyranitar
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  • Raid Difficulty: 4 Stars
  • Raid CP: 34,707
  • Max Catch CP: 2,097
  • Type: Rock/Dark
  • Toughest Quick Move: Iron Tail
  • Toughest Charge Move: Crunch

The three best counters to a Tyranitar raid boss are (in order from most effective to least effective) Machamp, Vaporeon, and Heracross. The reasoning behind this is simple: Machamp and Heracross both have a double attacking type advantage over Tyranitar, while Vaporeon has a single attacking type advantage over Tyranitar. However, Heracross is at a disadvantage when it comes to defence, so dodging must be given priority!

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And there you have it, the 21 best Pokemon to use against raid bosses in Pokemon GO! Of course, simply having these Pokemon on your team isn’t enough. You’re going to need to form a group of at least 2-3 other people if you want a chance at defeating these raid bosses!

But what do you think? Are these the best Pokemon to use against raid bosses in Pokemon GO? Or do you think there are better options that exist that have been overlooked? As always, let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

P.S. Want to download a raid cheat sheet? The cheat sheet shows you exactly which Pokemon to use against each raid boss, so you’ll never be left guessing even when you’re out on the road. Click here to download your free raid cheat sheet now!

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  1. I had a 1200 cp Magikarp as a raid boss, I was slightly disapointed. Also a Bayleef as a boss not on your list.

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