How to beat Raid Boss Raikou ‘Counters’

How to beat Raid Boss Raikou ‘Counters’
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Along with Entei and Suicune, Raikou is one of the Legendary beasts resurrected by Ho-Oh after the burning of the Brass Tower. Of the three Legendary beasts, Raikou is said to represent the lightning strike which ignited the fire that consumed the Brass Tower.

It is one of the Legendary Pokemon of Johto beast trio and in Pokemon Go, it is a Tier 5 Legendary Raid Boss with a maximum CP of 45435.

Raikou Capture CP-ranges

  • 1889-1972 CP for a regular Level 20 encounter
  • 2361-2466CP for a Rainy weather boosted encounter (Level 25)

Raikou Stats

  • Attack – 241
  • Defence – 195
  • Stamina – 207
  • Max CP – 3452

As is the case of all Legendary Raid Bosses, it is not soloable.

Number Of Trainers Required:

  • 7-20 for low-level players
  • 4-6 for high-level players
  • 2 with maxed out counters, Best Friend Bonus, Partly Cloudy, Rainy, or Sunny Weather Boost.

Raikou Raid Counters


A pure Electric-type, weak to Ground-types, while resisting Electric, Flying, and Steel types and, boosted by Rainy weather.

Supreme Raikou Raid Counters
GroudonGroudonMud ShotEarthquake
Mud ShotEarthquake
Smack DownStone Edge
Excellent Raikou Raid Counters
MamoswineMamoswineMud SlapBulldoze
DonphanDonphanMud SlapEarthquake
NidokingNidokingFury CutterEarth Power
GolemGolemMud SlapEarthquake
Good Raikou Raid Counters
HippowdonHippowdonFire FangEarth Power
FlygonFlygonMud ShotEarthquake
SwampertSwampertMud ShotEarthquake
DialgaDialgaDragon BreathDraco Meteor
RayquazaRayquazaDragon TailOutrage
NidoqueenNidoqueenPoison JabEarth Power
SalamenceSalamenceDragon TailOutrage
DragoniteDragoniteDragon TailOutrage
PalkiaPalkiaDragon TailDraco Meteor

Raikou counters, as seen from the above table are Ground-type attacker. Strongest Ground-type charge move in Pokemon Go is Earthquake, so keep hitting him with Earthquake. Plus it does not have any other type moves to make things complicated like Zapdos.

So if you select a Ground team and a decent team size, it will be taken down easily. But it is a worthy team member for any roster, topping Zapdos by roughly 5-10% stats.

Other Counters that can be used:

As we already explained above, it’s best to counter with GROUND attackers and moves. However, don’t forget that the following Pokemon are also useful, despite not having a strict type advantage

  • Steelix with Earthquake
  • Snorlax with Hyper Beam
  • Machamp with Dynamic Punch

Raikou Moveset

  • Thunder Shock
  • Volt Switch
  • Thunder
  • Wild Charge
  • Thunderbolt
  • Shadow Ball

Raikou Capture Chances

Base capture chance is 2%.

BerryCurveThrow type
No Berry
Razz Berry
Golden Razz Berry

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