The Virizion Raid returns to Pokemon Go.
The Pokemon Go Hoenn Mega Raid Day event is later this week. Prior to the event, the Legendary and Mega Raids will change in Pokemon Go. Starting on December 1st, Nihlego and Mega Houndoom will be replaced by Virizion and Mega Abomasnow.
We have previously covered the Mega Abomasnow raid before but will be updating the raid guide here shortly; however, we have never covered or shared with you a guide for the Virizion raid. So now is the best time. Be aware, the shiny red variant will also be available to catch if you are lucky.
Now let’s dive into the best Virizion raid counters.
Best Virizion raid counters in Pokemon Go
Virizion Raid Stats
- Virizion is a Grass, Fighting-type Pokemon.
- It is weak to Fairy, Flying, Poison, Fire, Psychic, and Ice-type moves.
- The Virizion Raid CP is 39,610
- Virizion’s Base HP is 209
- Its Attack is 192 and its Defense is 229
- The Base catch CP is between 1,649 to 1,727
- The Boosted Catch CP is between 2,061 to 2,159
- It is Weather Boosted by Sunny or Cloudy weather
- Its Fast moves can be Quick Attack or Zen Headbutt
- Its Charged moves can be Leaf Blade, Close Combat, or Stone Edge
Virizion Raid Counters
Going into the Virizion raid, trainers will need a team of Pokemon with type effective moves or well-rounded stats. Overall, Virizion is one of the easiest Legendary raid Pokemon. Thankfully it is easy to take down due to its vulnerabilities and average stats.
The raid can be easily completed by a team of 2 to 4 trainers; a team of 4 to 8 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 Pidgeot, Mega Alakazam, and Mega Blazakin will make the battle a lot easier for most trainers. Ultimately, you will want to use Fairy, Flying, Poison, Fire, Psychic, and Ice-type Pokemon. Be careful, because the raid can be difficult if using Ground, Rock, Water, Grass, Electric, or Dark-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 Flying Types:
- Mega Pidgeot – Gust & Brave Bird
- Moltres – Wing Attack & Sky Attack
- Rayquazza – Air Slash & Hurricane
- Yveltal – Gust & Hurricane
- Honchkrow – Peck & Sky Attack
- Staraptor – Wing Attack & Brave Bird
Alternative Flying Types:
- Tornadus – Gust & Hurricane
- Braviary – Air Slash & Brave Bird
- Galarian Articuno – Psycho Cut & Brave Bird
- Unfezant – Air Slash & Sky Attack
- Kartana – Air Slash & Aerial Ace
- Toucannon – Peck & Drill Peck
- Ho-OH – Incinerate & Brave Bird
- Togekiss – Air Slash & Aerial Ace
Primary Fairy Types:
- Mega Alakazam – Counter & Dazzling Gleam
- Gardevoir – Charm & Dazzling Gleam
- Togekiss – Charm & Dazzling Gleam
- Xurkitree – Thunder Shock & Dazzling Gleam
- Primarina – Charm & Moonblast
- Zacian – Quick Attack & Play Rough
Alternative Fairy Types:
- Granbull – Charm & Play Rough
- Ursaring – Counter & Play Rough
- Mega Banette – Hex & Dazzling Gleam
- Tapu Koko – Quick Attack & Dazzling Gleam
- Sylveon – Charm & Dazzling Gleam
- Mega Altaria – Dragon Breath & Dazzling Gleam
Primary Fire Types:
- Mega Blazakin – Fire Spin & Brave Bird
- Charizard – Airslash & Overheat
- Moltres – Wing Attack & Fire Blast
- Chandelure – Fire Spin & Overheat
- Darmanitan – Fire Fang & Overheat
- Flareon – Fire Spin & Overheat
Remember Shadow Bonuses
Remember, Shadow versions of some of these Pokemon can be more efficient.
Let Us Know!
Will you try to take down the Legendary Virizion raid? Will you try to get a shiny Virizion or hold your raid passes until the Hoenn Mega Raid Day? Keep an eye out for our Mega Blazakin, Mega Swampert, and Mega Sceptile raid guides later this week.
For additional Pokemon Go news or raid guides, check out our Pokemon Go section.
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