Best Pokemon Go Mega Salamence Raid Counters in 2023

Twinkling Fantasy Mega Salamence Raid

The Pokemon Go Twinkling Fantasy event introduces the Mega Salamence raid and brings back the Zekrom Raid.

From January 10th to January 16th, the Twinkling Fantasy event will take place in Pokemon Go; during the event, Fairy and Dragon-type Pokemon will spawn in abundance.

Mega Salamence will be in Mega raids until January 18th. The return of the Zekrom raid is slightly overshadowed due to the debut of Mega Salamence.

After taking down the Zekrom Raid and the Mega Salamence raid, trainers will have the opportunity to catch Zekrom and Salamence; lucky trainers will have the chance to encounter shiny variations of Salamence and Zekrom. Mega Salamence is arguably many trainers’ favorite Mega Pokemon.

In order to evolve Salamence into Mega Salamence, you will need to have enough Mega Energy; future evolutions of that Salamence will be free to evolve. Now let’s dive into the best Mega Salamence raid counters.


Best Mega Salamence raid counters in Pokemon Go

Mega Salamence Raid Stats

  • Mega Salamence is a Dragon, Flying-type Pokemon.
  • It is weak to Dragon, Fairy, Rock, and (2X) Ice-type moves.
  • The Mega Salamence Raid CP is 50285
  • Mega Salamence’s Base HP is 216
  • Its Attack is 310 and its Defense is 251
  • The Base catch CP is between 2,054 to 2,142
  • The Boosted Catch CP is between 2,568 to 2,678
  • It is Weather Boosted by windy or rainy weather
  • Its Fast moves can be Dragon Tail, Fire Fang, or Bite
  • Its Charged moves can be Draco Meteor, Hydro Pump, or Fire Blast

Mega SalamenceRaid Counters

Going into the Mega Salamence raid, trainers will need a team of Pokemon with type effective moves, well-rounded Pokemon, or high defensive stats. Overall, Mega Salamence is a heavy hitting Legendary Pokemon. Thankfully it is easy to take down due to its vulnerabilities and low HP stats.

The raid can be easily completed by a team of 2 to 4 trainers; a team of 5 to 9 trainers can take it down quicker and a team of 8 to 20 trainers can burn through it making a better completionist bonus.

Using Mega Pokemon such as Mega Latios, Mega Latias, Mega Abomasnow, or Mega Glalie will make the battle a lot easier for most trainers. Ultimately, you will want to use Dragon, Rock, Fairy, Ice-type Pokemon. Be careful, because the raid can be difficult if using Fighting, Bug, Fire, Water, Ground, Grass-type Pokemon.

Here are the best counters to overcoming the raid. Some of these recommendations can be substituted out for Pokemon with type advantage or a better move set.

Primary Dragon Types:
  • Mega Latios – Dragon Breath & Dragon Claw
  • Kyurem – Dragon Tail & Outrage
  • Dialga – Dragon Breath & Draco Meteor
  • Rayquazza – Dragon Tail & Outrage
  • Haxorus – Dragon Tail & Dragon Claw
  • Palkia – Dragon Tail & Draco Meteor
Alternate Dragon Types:
  • Mega Latias – Dragon Breath & Outrage
  • Dragonite – Dragon Tail & Draco Meteor
  • Salamence – Dragon Tail & Draco Meteor
  • Garchomp – Dragon Rail & Outrage
  • Zekrom – Dragon Breath & Outrage
  • Reshiram – Dragon Breath & Draco Meteor
Primary Ice Types:
  • Mega Glalie – Frost Breath & Avalanche
  • Mamoswine – Powder Snow & Avalanche
  • Weaville – Ice Shard & Avalanche
  • Glaceon – Frost Breath & Avalanche
  • Galarian Darmanitan – Ice Fang & Ice Punch
  • Jinx – Frost Breath & Avalanche
Alternate Ice Types:
  • Mega Abomasnow – Powder Snow & Weather Ball
  • Mewtwo – Psycho Cut & Ice Beam
  • Avalugg – Ice Fang & Avalanche
  • Aurorus – Frost Breath & Weather Ball
  • Lapras – Frost Breath & Blizzard
  • Warlein – Powder Snow & Icicle Spear
  • Articuno – Ice Shard & Ice Beam
  • Beartic – Powder Snow & Ice Punch
  • Cloyster – Frost Breath & Avalanche
  • Froslass – Powder Snow & Avalanche
  • Regice – Frost Breath & Blizzard
  • Alolan Ninetails – Powder Snow & Weather Ball
Remember Shadow Bonuses

Remember, Shadow versions of some of these Pokemon can be more efficient.

Let Us Know!

Make sure to get your shiny Reshiram and Steelix while you can. Reshiram & Mega Steelix leave on January 10th and is replaced by Zekrom & Mega Salamence. Trainers can catch some Fairy and Dragon-type Pokemon to make the raids a bit easier.

Which of these two will you shiny hunt?

For additional Pokemon Go news or raid guides, check out our Pokemon Go section.

If you want to add me on Pokemon Go, my trainer code is 3979-2857-6892. If you want to be invited to a raid throughout the month, follow me on Twitter at KillerKDemons.

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Pokemon Go was developed by The Pokémon Company and is available now on iOS and Android.

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