Entei (Battledex)

Entei Field Research Reward

Entei is one of the most useful Fire type Pokémon in the current metagame. It is often said that between the two kings of the current fire type metagame, which are Moltres and Entei, Entei is the most “defensive-oriented” one. However, the truth is that even though it has a lower attack stat than Moltres (but higher bulk), it still has very decent offensive stats.

As a legendary Pokémon, Entei is not an easy Pokémon to get. Currently, the only way of catching it is through raids (not possible at the moment as it is not a raid boss) or as a research breakthrough reward (limited to max. 4-5 during the month where Entei is the reward). Furthermore, you will need to walk Entei 20KM in order to get 1 Entei candy, or feed it rare candies, which are not that easy to come by. Thus, it can be said that Entei is not a “budget” fire type attacker.

Pokémon Stats Max CP
ATK DEF STA
Pokemon GO EnteiEntei Fire 235 176 230 3377

Entei overview

Entei is a TOP-Tier Fire type Pokémon in the current metagame, along with Moltres and other non-legendary alternatives such as Blast Burn Charizard or Flareon. It is able to learn Fire Spin and Overheat, one of the best Fire type movesets, which makes it a great counter to Grass, Bug, Ice and Steel type Pokémon.

Its main strengths are:

  • It is a very useful Fire type attacker in the game. Despite not having the highest attack stat among all fire type Pokémon, it can still do its job very well while tanking some additional hits.
  • Unlike Moltres, it can also learn Flamethrower, which can be useful if you want to use it as a gym sweeper. Let’s make things clear, Flamethrower is a worse charge move than Overheat, but situationally a better option if you want to optimise the usage of your energy and time while fighting low/mid-tier gyms with Pokémon that are weak to fire type attacks.
  • When facing a Pokémon that can have ice type moves, such as a Regice raid boss, it will take less damage than fire/flying type Pokémon such as Moltres and Charizard, as it is not a flying type Pokémon like them. Similarly, if a raid boss has a rock type move, Entei will take super effective damage while the other two will take double super effective damage, as both fire and flying are weak to rock.
  • Entei is able to learn Sacred Fire in the main series games. However, this move has not been introduced in Pokémon GO yet. Similarly to how signature moves have improved the viability of some Pokémon in the past, Entei could also get a nice boost in viability in the future.

However, its main weaknesses should be mentioned too:

  • Despite having higher bulk than Moltres, its DPS is slightly lower, which can situationally lead to failed short-man raids and challenges.
  • Fire type Pokémon are not exactly relevant in the current metagame (due to the fact that their usage in raid battles is quite restricted and the best gym defenders aren’t weak to fire type attacks), and that doesn’t seem very likely to change in the near future unless a major shakeup happens.
  • Heatran, if blessed with a decent fire type moveset when Generation 4 is released, has the potential to power creep both Moltres and Entei. It has the same attack stat than Moltres and similar bulk to Entei. On top of that, Heatran is a fire and steel type Pokémon, which makes it resist grass, bug, steel and ice type attacks as well (but gives it a double weakness to ground type attacks too).
  • When facing a Pokémon that has ground type moves, Entei will take super effective damage whereas Moltres and Charizard will single resist those.
  • As a legendary Pokémon, Entei is not the most cost-efficient Pokémon to power up. It will take you plenty of (rare) candies and stardust to power it up, and it’s up to you to decide whether it’s worth the investment or not.
Best Entei movesets
 Role Quick move Charge move
Gym offense Fire Spin fire Overheat/Flamethrower fire
Gym defense (speculative) Fire Spin fire Flamethrower fire
PvP (speculative) Fire Spin fire Overheat fire

Best Entei moves in Pokémon GO

The following Table compares the cycle DPS (with STAB) of every single moveset that Entei is able to learn, in neutral weather.

Entei moves in Pokémon GO
Fast Move Charge Move Cycle DPS (STAB)
Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire 24.00
Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 23.41
Fire Spin Fire Fire Blast Fire 22.11
Fire Spin Fire Flamethrower Fire 21.82
Fire Fang Fire Fire Blast Fire 21.55
Fire Fang Fire Flamethrower Fire 21.28

*Keep in mind that STAB cycle DPS calculations just compare the different movesets and they are not Pokémon-specific

  • Fire Spin and Overheat is its best offensive moveset
  • Flamethrower could be used instead of Overheat (despite being a worse charge move) only if you want to make an efficient use of your energy while sweeping low/mid-tier gyms with Pokémon that are weak to fire type attacks. How many times have you defeated a Pokémon with low HP in a gym by using Overheat and you thought: “well, that seemed to be a bit overkill, now I have to wait for the bar to fill up again”? That’s the only situation where Flamethrower is a decent alternative.
  • Fire Blast is just an inferior version of Overheat. Less power and higher move duration… it’s a no-brainer, just TM it away as soon as possible.

Entei counters in Pokémon GO

Supreme Counters

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO KyogreKyogre Water Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Rock Dark Smack Down* Rock Stone Edge Rock
Pokemon GO GyaradosGyarados Water Flying Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Pokemon GO GroudonGroudon Ground Sunny Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Pokemon GO OmastarOmastar Rock Water Partly Cloudy Rock Throw* Rock Rock Slide* Rock

* Legacy move

Kyogre is the best option against Entei. With a massive attack stat of 270 and the best water type moveset in the game, our beloved blue (or pink, if you’re lucky) whale is the TOP-Tier attacker that you’re looking for when facing Entei. In fact, the first three Pokémon in this list don’t even need a weather boost in order to perform as supreme counters, so you can imagine how well they perform if they get it.

Tyranitar is an awesome alternative too, and the best option in Partly Cloudy weather. Keep in mind that it needs both Smack Down and Stone Edge to perform that well!

Gyarados is the non-legendary alternative to Kyogre. Same moveset, same type of resistance against Entei… just inferior power. Like the other two, it is able to resist every single move that Entei is able to learn.

Groudon is an interesting choice. Despite not being able to resist fire type attacks, it deals super effective damage to fire type Pokémon. In Sunny, it ranks as high as neutral-weather Kyogre (with the same base attack stat, so you can imagine how bad of a charge move Earthquake is…). Under these circumstances, Groudon can be considered as a TOP-Tier option against Entei.

If you’re one of the lucky trainers that have a good ol’ legacy Rock Throw Omastar, you have a supreme counter in your hands. Omastar, as a rock and water type Pokémon, is able to double resist fire type moves. Furthermore, Rock Throw and either Rock Slide (also legacy) or Hydro Pump is a great moveset against Entei. In Partly Cloudy, your legacy Omastar is a supreme counter.

Other viable alternatives

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO GolemGolem Rock Ground (+Alolan version) Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock
Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Water Ground Water Gun Water Surf Water
Pokemon GO VaporeonVaporeon Water Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water
Pokemon GO RhydonRhydon Ground Rock Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Pokemon GO RayquazaRayquaza Dragon Flying Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon or Ancient Power Rock
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psychic Confusion Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost

Golem is a good counter, but its attack stat isn’t TOP-Tier. In Partly Cloudy, both its Kantonian and Alolan forms perform quite well. Its rock typing grants it a fire type resistance, which is a strong asset for this battle.

Swampert and Vaporeon are worse water type Pokémon than Kyogre and Gyarados, but still viable options if you plan to do unique challenges. In Rainy, its performance will be boosted, so keep that in mind.

Rhydon is another example of how a decent Pokémon with a bad moveset doesn’t work as well as it should. In Sunny, Rhydon performs quite well, but still slightly below neutral-weather Gyarados.

Rayquaza and Mewtwo have been included as generalist options. They won’t deal super effective damage, but its offensive stats and movesets are so good, that they can also be considered as viable alternatives for this battle. In fact, in Windy, Rayquaza is just slightly below neutral-weather Kyogre for this fight, and its non-legendary alternatives (Salamence and Dragonite) and double-psychic Mewtwo are just below neutral-weather Tyranitar too.

Weather influence

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny Boosts its Fire type moves Boosts super-effective Ground type moves
Partly Cloudy Boosts super-effective Rock type moves
Cloudy
Rainy Boosts super-effective Water type moves
Fog
Windy
Snow

Viability in raids

Entei is one of the best Fire type Pokémon to use in raids, and in some situations it can be quite close to Moltres depending on the movesets and typing that certain raid bosses have. Here is a compilation of the high-tier raids in which it is a TOP-Tier counter:

 Raid Boss Fast move to use Charge move to use
Pokemon GO BreloomBreloom Grass Fighting Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire
Pokemon GO JynxJynx Ice Psychic Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire
Pokemon GO PiloswinePiloswine Ice Ground Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire
Pokemon GO TangelaTangela Grass Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire
Pokemon GO VenusaurVenusaur Grass Poison Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire
Pokemon GO VictreebelVictreebel Grass Poison Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire
Pokemon GO ArticunoArticuno Ice Flying Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire
Pokemon GO RegiceRegice Ice Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire
Pokemon GO RegisteelRegisteel Steel Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire

Rating

 Pokémon Attacker Defender Generalist Overall Tier
Pokemon GO EnteiEntei Fire 4/5 n/a 3.5/5 3.5/5 II

Entei is a very useful Fire type attacker in the game. Despite not having the highest attack stat among all fire type Pokémon, it can still do its job very well while tanking some additional hits. Keep in mind, though, that Heatran (a legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation 4) has the potential to power creep both Moltres (the current fire type king of DPS) and Entei, provided it gets the right moves.

Entei is a great Pokémon nonetheless and if you get a high IV one or if it is your favourite Pokémon, do not hesitate to power it up, as it isn’t a bad investment at all, but just keep in mind that there are Pokémon out there or soon to be released that outclass it from a DPS perspective.