Moltres Raid boss is one of the Tier 5 Raid Bosses in Pokemon GO. This page details best Moltres counters, focused on Moltres raids.
Moltres is not soloable and it takes a minimum of 2 trainers to take it down with optimal counters (Smack Down Tyranitar), although unsure groups should attempt with at least 4. Moltres is a fire and type, and it’s got a few solid Moltres counters.
Moltres Boss CP is 41953 (32496 during Moltres Day) and it can have the following Max Capture values
- 1788 – 1870 (Level 20, Max IV)
- 2235 – 2337 (Level 25, Max IV during Sunny or Windy weather)
Moltres Raid Counters
Similar to Articuno (raid boss guide here), Moltres is also double weak to Rock-type attacks, which makes picking counters for a Moltres fight super easy and almost the same as Articuno. Smack Down Tyranitars followed by Omastar and Golem will do the trick.
|Weakness 2x Rock
|Boosted by Sunny Windy|
Moltres Raid Counters Explained
Before we go into deeper analysis, remember that Moltres can’t be soloed. Before joining raid make sure you are using your best Pokémon with proper movesets.
Moltres takes Double Super Effective damage from rock type moves, due to its dual fire and type. It also takes Super Effective damage from water and electric type moves, although it is better to prioritize rock type attackers over water and electric. Even a beast like Kyogre still has a fifty second difference in time versus a Golem.
As for weather and its effects:
|Sunny||–||Boosts Moltres’ Fire moves|
|Windy||Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost||–|
|Partly Cloudy||Boosts Super Effective Rock attacks||–|
|Rainy||Boosts Super Effective Water and Electric attacks||–|
This shows that the best weather to take a Moltres is Partly Cloudy or Rainy weather, where strong Pokémon like Kyogre, Tyranitar, and Golem receive their boosts.
To recap, the best Pokémon to fight Moltres is Tyranitar with Smack Down / Stone Edge. Golem and legacy Omastar are solid as well, especially considering all three have resistance to fire. It is best to attack a Moltres in Partly Cloudy and Rainy weather, while avoiding Sunny.
These Pokemon are weaker than the counters mentioned above, but they are still viable, especially in large raid groups:
- Mew with Charge Beam / Rock Slide
- Salamance with Dragon Tail / Hydro Pump
- Rhydon with Rock Smash / Stone Edge
- Sudowoodo with Rock Throw/ Stone Edge
- Lapras with Water Gun / Hydro Pump
- Aerodactyl with Bite / Ancient Power
- Kabutops with Fury Cutter (legacy) / Ancient Power
Considerably weaker, but still viable counters, mostly used in large groups as throw away attackers: