Moltres counters: best Pokemon to use vs Moltres Raid Boss

Pokémon GO Moltres

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 flying type, and it’s got a few solid Moltres counters.

Moltres’ Boss CP is 45609 and it can have the following Max Capture Values 

  • 1896 – 1980 (Level 20, Max IV)
  • 2370 – 2475 (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. A team of Smack Down Rampardos and Smack Down Tyranitar will do the trick.

Moltres Raid Counters
Moltres raid countersMoltres
Weakness 2x Rock
Electric Water
Boosted by Sunny Windy
Supreme Moltres Raid Counters
RampardosRampardos
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Rock Slide Rock
TyranitarTyranitar
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Stone Edge Rock
Smack Down Tyranitar and newcomer, Rampardos, are beasts, and they shine against Moltres, as they prey on its double weakness to rock. These two Pokémon are by far the best Moltres counters, allowing relatively easy duos for prepared trainers.
Excellent Moltres raid counters
RhyperiorRhyperior
  • Smack Down Rock
  • Stone Edge Rock
OmastarOmastar
  • Rock Throw Rock
  • Rock Slide Rock
GolemGolem
  • Rock Throw Rock
  • Stone Edge Rock
Good Moltres raid counters
RegirockRegirock
  • Rock Throw Rock
  • Stone Edge Rock
LunatoneLunatone
  • Rock Throw Rock
  • Rock Slide Rock
SolrockSolrock
  • Rock Throw Rock
  • Rock Slide Rock
RayquazaRayquaza
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Ancient Power Rock
KabutopsKabutops
  • Waterfall Water
  • Ancient Power Rock
KyogreKyogre
  • Waterfall Water
  • Hydro Pump Water
SudowoodoSudowoodo
  • Rock Throw Rock
  • Rock Slide Rock

Moltres Movesets

Moltres has access to the following movepool

  • Fire Spin Fire (fast)
  • Overheat Fire (charged)
  • Fire Blast Fire (charged)
  • Heat Wave Fire (charged)

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 flying 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.

As for weather and its effects:

Weather Pro Con
Sunny Boosts Moltres’ Fire moves
Windy Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost
Partly Cloudy Boosts Super Effective Rock attacks
Cloudy
Snow
Rainy Boosts Super Effective Water and Electric attacks
Fog

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 Rampardos with Smack Down / Rock Slide, followed by 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.

Additional Counters

These Pokemon are weaker than the counters mentioned above, but they are still viable, especially in large raid groups:

  • Aerodactyl with Bite / Ancient Power
  • Palkia with Dragon Breath / Hydro Pump
  • Raikou with Thunder Shock / Wild Charge
  • Feraligatr with Water Gun / Hydro Cannon
  • Gyarados with Waterfall / Hydro Pump
  • Starmie with Water Gun / Power Gem
  • Relicanth with Water Gun / Ancient Power
  • Zapdos with Thunder Shock / Thunderbolt