Best Rayquaza Raid Counters in 2023

Rayquaza raid counters

The Pokemon Go Tour: Hoenn Global Event takes place this weekend, February 25th and 26th, 2023; last weekend on the 18th and 19th, Pokemon Go trainers in the Las Vegas area got a sneak peek at the upcoming event. This sneak peek gave trainers early access to the Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre Raids.

Starting today, the Primal Rumblings event will run from February 22nd and run to February 24th. Trainers will be able to battle against Rayquaza in Legendary raids and Mega Latias and Mega Latios in Mega raids. Additionally, Rayquazas captured during the event will know the special charged move, Breaking Swipe. All three raids will give lucky trainers a chance to encounter Shiny Raquaza, Latios, or Latias.

During the event, trainers will receive 2XP for evolving Pokemon; additionally, they can earn additional rewards for completing Field Research Tasks and the global challenge. Although Rayquaza has previously been in Legendary raids, this is the first time covering the Rayquaza raid. So let’s go over the best Rayqauza raid counters that should also help you take down Mega Latias and Mega Latios.

With that in mind, let’s dive into the best Rayquaza raid counters:

Best Rayquaza raid counters in Pokemon Go

Rayquaza Raid Stats

  • Rayquaza is a Dragon, Flying-type Pokemon.
  • It is weak to Dragon, Ice, Rock, and Fairy-type moves.
  • Rayquaza Raid CP is 49808
  • Rayquaza’s Base HP is 213
  • Its Attack is 284 and its Defense is 170
  • The Base catch CP is between 2,102 to 2,191
  • The Boosted Catch CP is between 2627 to 2,739
  • It is Weather Boosted by Windy weather
  • Its Fast moves can be Air Slash or Dragon Tail
  • Its Charged moves can be Outrage, Aerial Ace, or Ancient Power
  • Rayquaza will know Breaking Swipe when caught

Rayquaza Raid Counters

Going into the Rayquaza raid, trainers will need a team of Pokemon with type effective moves, well-rounded Pokemon, or high defensive stats. Overall, Raquaza is a heavy hitting Dragon-type Pokemon. Thankfully it is easy to take down due to its vulnerabilities and average defensive stat.

The raid can be easily completed by a team of 2 to 5 trainers; a team of 4 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 Glalie , Mega Salamence, Mega Latias, Mega Latios, or Mega Gardevioir will make the battle a lot easier for most trainers. Ultimately, you will want to use Fairy, Dragon, Ice, or Rock-type Pokemon. Be careful, because the raid can be difficult if using Dragon, Grass, Fighting, or Bug-Types.

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 Ice Types:
  • Mega Glalie – Frost Breath & Avalanche
  • Galarian Darmanitan – Ice Fang & Avalanche
  • Mamoswine – Powder Snow & Avalanche
  • Glaceon – Frost Breath & Avalanche
  • Weavile – Ice Shard & Avalanche
  • Mewtwo – Psycho Cut & Ice Beam
Primary Dragon Types:
  • Mega Latios – Dragon Breath & Outrage
  • Hydreigon – Dragon Breath & Outrage
  • Dialga – Dragon Breath & Draco Meteor
  • Reshiram – Dragon Breath & Draco Meteor
  • Giratina – Dragon Tail & Outrage
  • Zekrom – Dragon Breath & Outrage
Alternate Dragon Types:
  • Mega Salamence – Dragon Tail & Outrage
  • Rayquaza – Dragon Tail & Breaking Swipe
  • Kyurem – Dragon Breathe & Glaciate
  • Palkia – Dragon Tail & Drago Meteor
  • Dragonite – Dragon Tail & Outrage
  • Garchomp – Dragon Tail & Outrage
  • Haxorus – Dragon Tail & Dragon Claw
Primary Rock Types:
  • Mega Aerodacytl –
  • Landorus (Therian Forme) – Mud Shot & Earthquake
  • Excadrill – Mud-Slap & Drill Run
  • Rhyperior – Smack Down & Rock Wreaker
  • Terrakion – Smack Down & Sacred Sword
  • Rampardos – Smack Down & Rock Slide
Alternate Rock Types:
  • Groudon – Dragon Tail & Earthquake
  • Tyranitar – Smack Down & Stone Edge
Primary Fairy Types:
  • Alakazam – Counter & Dazzling Gleam
  • Mega 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
Remember Shadow Bonuses

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

Let Us Know!

Mega Latias, Mega Latios, and the Rayquaza raid will be available until March 1st. On the 25th and 26th, Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre will take over raids so keep an eye out for those guides. All three Legendary Pokemon will have their shiny variations available to encounter.

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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