Rayquaza Raid Boss Counters Guide

Pokemon GO Rayquaza raid guide

Rayquaza is a Tier 5 Legendary Raid Boss in Pokémon GO, being a member of the Weather Trio with Groudon and Kyogre. Rayquaza is a Flying and Dragon type that boasts the following stats:

  • Max CP: 3835
  • Attack: 284
  • Defense: 170
  • Stamina: 213

Rayquaza’s Raid Boss CP is 49808, and you can catch it in the following CP ranges:

  • 2102-2191 at Lvl 20, no weather boost
  • 2627-2739 at Lvl 25 with Windy weather

We recommend groups of 2-4, for high-level trainers, or 5-20 for lower leveled players.

For our Simulator’s list of counters, check here. As well, for a full IV chart, you can check here.

Written by jLiaw, Updated by ProHitman001

Rayquaza Raid Counters

Rayquaza Raid Counters
RayquazaRayquaza
WEAKNESS Dragon Rock Fairy X2 Ice BOOSTED BY Windy
Supreme Rayquaza Raid Counters
MamoswineMamoswine Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice
Mamoswine charges onto the scene as the number one counter to Rayquaza. Although you still cannot solo the legendary beast with her, using a team full of Mamoswine makes for a very easy duo.
WeavileWeavile Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice
Weavile is another absolute beast against Rayquaza. You cannot go wrong with inserting him into your lineup.
MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Ice Beam Ice
Mewtwo, with a good move like Ice Beam and its high attack stat, is actually one of the top counters for Rayquaza, boasting both survivability and damage output.
JynxJynx Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice
Think of Jynx as a Ice Gengar, it is a glass cannon. Use it as a lead mainly, unless a solo is the goal then it can pull it off alongside Weavile in the Snow.
Excellent Rayquaza Raid Counters
ArticunoArticuno Frost Breath Ice Ice Beam Ice
A short time ago, Articuno would not have ever been this high on a list for counters, but with the changes to Super Effective damage, and with Rayquaza being dual weak to Ice, Articuno can shine as an effective, and slightly bulky, counter.
CloysterCloyster Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice
RegiceRegice Frost Breath Ice Blizzard Ice
Bet you did not expect this one, did you? Yes, Regice is a top tier counter against Rayquaza, it has the lowest faint count, and can dole out respectable damage. If you invested in a Regice at any point, now is a good time to use it.
WalreinWalrein Frost Breath Ice Blizzard Ice
Good Rayquaza Raid Counters
Time to win rises considerably from here, and these Pokémon are best kept to B-teams when weather is beneficial or used when a large group is active.
LaprasLapras Frost Breath Ice Ice Beam Ice
GlalieGlalie Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice
DragoniteDragonite Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Porygon-ZPorygon-Z Charge Beam Electric Blizzard Ice
FroslassFroslass Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice
TyranitarTyranitar Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock
Rayquaza (Alola)Rayquaza (Alola) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon

*Italics indicates Legacy.

Picking Rayquaza counters is not very hard since Rayquaza is double weak to Ice and weak to Fairy, Dragon and Rock type moves. The only thing to be wary of during a Rayquaza raid is Rayquaza’s moveset, the Rock Ancient Power will shatter your Ice counters, while the Dragon moves not only benefit from STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) but also slays Dragon counters like itself, Dragonite, and Salamence.

Counters Based on Rayquaza’s Moveset

  • Dragon Tail Dragon (fast)
  • Air Slash Flying  (fast)
  • Outrage Dragon (charged, 2 Bar)
  • Aerial Ace Flying (charged, 3 Bar)
  • Ancient Power Rock (charged, 3 Bar)

Rayquaza counters fall into two categories: the ones you can use vs Outrage and the ones you can use vs Ancient Power. To sum up counters for Rayquaza’s different movesets:

  • vs Outrage — Mamoswine, Weavile, Jynx, and the rest of Ice counters
  • vs Ancient Power — Dragonite, Rayquaza, Salamence, and possibly Latios
  • vs Aerial Ace — prioritize Ice attackers as they have x2 Super Effective damage and will most likely deal more damage than comparable Dragon. However Flying will not deal high damage to either group.

The only exception to this split is Mewtwo, that can take just about any moveset. Given a good setup, however, you will tear through Rayquaza like a Snorlax in an all-you-can-eat restaurant.

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