How to beat Raid Boss Raikou ‘Counters’

Raikou Raid Boss
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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
GroudonGroudon Mud Shot Earthquake
Mud Shot Earthquake
Smack Down Stone Edge
Excellent Raikou Raid Counters
MamoswineMamoswine Mud Slap Bulldoze
DonphanDonphan Mud Slap Earthquake
NidokingNidoking Fury Cutter Earth Power
GolemGolem Mud Slap Earthquake
Good Raikou Raid Counters
HippowdonHippowdon Fire Fang Earth Power
FlygonFlygon Mud Shot Earthquake
SwampertSwampert Mud Shot Earthquake
DialgaDialga Dragon Breath Draco Meteor
RayquazaRayquaza Dragon Tail Outrage
NidoqueenNidoqueen Poison Jab Earth Power
SalamenceSalamence Dragon Tail Outrage
DragoniteDragonite Dragon Tail Outrage
PalkiaPalkia Dragon Tail Draco 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

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

Raikou Capture Chances

Base capture chance is 2%.

Berry Curve Throw type
Normal Nice Great Excellent
No Berry
2.00% 2.30% 3.00% 3.70%
Curve 3.40% 3.91% 5.10% 6.29%
Razz Berry
3.00% 3.45% 4.50% 5.55%
Curve 5.10% 5.87% 6.29% 7.65%
Golden Razz Berry
5.00% 5.75% 7.50% 9.25%
Curve 8.50% 9.78% 12.75% 15.73%
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