Pokémon Go: Raidboss Rayquaza – current counter-guide

Update from July 27, 2020:

It has been around a year since you were able to fight the legendary Rayquaza in Pokémon Go in the Tier 5 arenas – and also gave you one or the other hope for something dazzling. As part of the Dragon Week event, the first hyper bonus from Pokémon Go Fest 2020, PoGo players have the opportunity to challenge Rayquaza again as a raid boss. Reminder: Rayquaza is best attacked with ice attacks because it takes double the damage. At level 20, a Rayquaza with 2,191 CP has the perfect 100% IV value; in windy weather at level 25, Rayquaza's CP with a perfect 100% IV value is 2,739. It is best to use the following counters:

  • Crypto-Mewtwo with psycho blade and ice jet
  • Mamutel with powder snow and avalanche
  • Crypto Snibunna with ice chips and avalanche
  • Glaziola with ice breath and avalanche
  • Snibunna with ice chips and avalanche
  • Mewtwo with psycho blade and ice jet
  • Rossana with ice breath and avalanche
  • Siberio with powder snow and ice slash
  • Gelatwino with ice cream and blizzard
  • Arctic with ice cream and blizzard

We wish you much success in hunting!


Update from July 29, 2019: There is now a new Rayquaza raid event in Pokémon GO that runs from July 31, 2019 to September 2, 2019. The special thing about it: This time you can catch the legendary Pokémon in the shiny variant after your victory in the corresponding Tier 5 raid. According to Pokemongohub, the chance of a Shiny Rayquaza is 81.6 percent if you complete at least one Rayquaza raid per day for the duration of the event. In order for you to succeed, we have updated our counter-guide for you.

Update from March 7, 2019: Rayquaza can be found in Pokémon Go as part of a special raid event for a few days in the Tier 5 raids, namely from March 15 from 10 p.m. to March 18 at 10 p.m. Since 4th generation Pokémon are now available in the game, the list of the best counterattackers and attackers has changed, and the values ​​of Rayquaza have also been adjusted as part of balance updates. We mark the changes in the guide to the Raidboss Rayquaza with red color for you. By the way: As part of the Rayquaza raid event, you cannot catch the legendary pocket monster in its dazzling version – a damper for all shiny hunters. Nevertheless, Rayquaza is especially interesting for those of you who actively raid in Pokémon Go – because the dragon and flight Pokémon is an excellent attacker in many battles. We wish you the best of luck in catching!

Original message: Trainers will soon be able to take on a new legendary Pokémon in Pokémon GO: the dragon / flight monster Rayquaza. Rayquaza is a Tier 5 raid boss with 49,808 life points and 2,102 to 2,191 trap CP at level 20. The Pokémon benefits from its windy weather Catch CP at level 25 on 2,627 to 2,739 increased, and his attacks increased in combat. To defeat Rayquaza, you need a total of two to four high-level trainers, or five to twenty low-level trainers. To make your next raid fight a success, we have a guide from Pokemon Go Hub put together a number of tips.

Rayquaza uses the following possible attacks in combat according to his dragon / flight type:

Dragon Tail (Dragon type, instant attack)
Air section (Type of flight, immediate attack)
tantrum (Dragon type, charge attack)
Aero ace (Type of flight, charging attack)
Antique power (Rock type, charging attack)

Because Rayquaza has no overly dangerous, charged attacks apart from a tantrum, the battle against the legendary Pokémon is relatively easy. As a counter-Pokémon against Rayquaza, you mainly rely on Ice, Fairy, Dragon and Rock Pokémon, which have the most effective attacks against the legendary Tier 5 boss. Since Tantrum is Rayquaza's strongest and most dangerous attack, it is better not to use dragons as attackers, since there are now significantly more sensible ice attackers. The following Pokémon with the appropriate attacks are primarily worthwhile here:

Mamutel with powder snow and avalanche
Glaziola with ice breath and avalanche
Snibunna with ice chips and avalanche
Mewtwo with psycho blade and ice jet
Rossana with ice breath and avalanche

Other useful countermeasures that you can use to fill gaps in your attacking team:
Arctic with ice bucket and jet of ice
Austos with ice breath and avalanche
Regice with ice cream and blizzard
Walraisa with ice cream and blizzard
Lapras with ice bucket and jet of ice
Firnontor with ice breath and avalanche
Dragoran with dragon tail and tantrum
Porygon-Z with loading beam and blizzard
Frosdedje with powder snow and avalanche
Despotar with catapult and stone edge
Rayquaza with dragon tail and tantrum

Because Rayquaza has a double weakness against ice attacks, the best thing you can do in the raid is to use a team made up of Mamutel and Snibunna or Glaziola to get the boss out as quickly and easily as possible.

You can read more current news and tips about Pokémon GO as usual on our Pokémon GO topic page.

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