Mewtwo (Battledex)

Mewtwo is one of the most powerful Pokémon in the game. The fact that even after suffering a 9% nerf to its stats, Mewtwo still reigns supreme as an attacker with a massive attack stat of 300 speaks for itself. In fact, Mewtwo has the highest attack stat in Pokémon GO as of now, and not many Pokémon in the future have the potential to outclass it.

Mewtwo has not been treated as a regular legendary Pokémon in Pokémon GO, as it was only obtainable in EX Raids. However, this changed after the Ultra Bonus reward was announced, when Niantic confirmed that Mewtwo would be released as a regular Tier 5 Raid Boss from September 20 to October 23. Like with other legendaries, you will still need to walk Mewtwo 20KM in order to get 1 Mewtwo candy or feed it rare candies, which are not that easy to come by. Thus, it can be said that Mewtwo is not a “budget” attacker.

Pokémon Stats Max CP
ATK DEF STA
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psychic 300 182 193 3982

Mewtwo overview

Mewtwo is the best Psychic type attacker in the game and a TOP-Tier generalist. It is mainly used as a Psychic type attacker with Confusion and Psychic or as a generalist with either Psycho Cut or Confusion and Shadow Ball. Thus, Mewtwo can be considered as a great counter to Fighting, Ghost, Psychic and Poison type Pokémon.

Its main strengths are:

  • It is a the most powerful Psychic type attacker in the game. Despite not being able to learn Futuresight like Espeon or Alakazam, it still outperforms them thanks to its god-tier attack stat.
  • If you need a good generalist, Mewtwo is one of the best ones in the game. If the defender or raid boss you’re fighting against doesn’t resist psychic or ghost type moves, using Mewtwo with either Confusion or Psycho Cut and Shadow Ball will be a good choice. In fact, Mewtwo is so powerful that you have probably seen it listed as a top counter for a specific raid boss even if it resists psychic type moves (like vs. Mewtwo itself).
  • Mewtwo has greater bulk than Alakazam and Espeon, its main competitors. It’s not exactly a bulky Pokémon, but that extra bulk might come in handy in several situations.
  • If all that wasn’t enough, Mewtwo has the potential to improve its movepool in the future, as it is able to learn Futuresight, Psystrike and many other interesting moves in the main series games.

However, its main weaknesses should be mentioned too:

  • Even though it performs great as a “fake” Ghost type attacker with Shadow Ball as a charge move, Mewtwo lacks a Ghost type fast move to pair up with Shadow Ball. From a DPS perspective, Shadow Claw Gengar will generally win (despite having significantly less bulk). Furthermore, it will take super effective damage against ghost type enemies.
  • Not really a weakness but it hurts to see Mewtwo not being able to learn a better Psychic type charge move such as Futuresight or Psystrike to take full advantage of its impressive attack stat. Keep in mind that this might change in the near future, though!
  • Espeon (and even Alakazam) will be much easier to obtain and more cost efficient to power up. Unless you’re a raid soloist or really into this kind of short-manning challenges, the other two options are probably good enough if you can’t catch a Mewtwo.
Best Mewtwo movesets
 Role Quick move Charge move
Gym offense Confusion or Psycho Cut psychic Psychic psychic, Focus Blast Fighting or Shadow Ball Ghost
Gym defense (speculative) Confusion psychic Shadow Ball ghost
PvP (speculative) Confusion psychic Psychic psychic, Focus Blast Fighting or Shadow Ball Ghost

Best Mewtwo moves in Pokémon GO

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

Mewtwo moves in Pokémon GO
Fast Move Charge Move Cycle DPS (STAB)
Confusion Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost 21.60
Confusion Psychic Hyper Beam Normal 21.43
Confusion Psychic Focus Blast Fighting 21.18
Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 20.79
Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost 20.37
Psycho Cut Psychic Hyper Beam Normal 19.91
Psycho Cut Psychic Focus Blast Fighting 19.55
Psycho Cut Psychic Psychic Psychic 18.93

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

  • Confusion and Shadow Ball is its best offensive (and generalist) moveset from a DPS perspective.
  • Psychic should be used with Confusion if you want to use Mewtwo as a Psychic type attacker.
  • Focus Blast is not the best charge move for Mewtwo, but if you want to use it as a gym sweeper, Focus Blast can be quite helpful against the majority of common gym defenders such as Blissey, Chansey or Snorlax.
  • As a general rule of thumb, the best movesets for the most common scenarios are: Psycho Cut and Shadow Ball when Psychic type attacks are resisted but Ghost type ones deal super effective damage (example: vs. Mewtwo), Confusion and Shadow Ball when neither Psychic nor Ghost are resisted (example: vs. Dragonite), and Confusion and Psychic when Psychic type moves deal super effective damage but Ghost type attacks don’t (example: vs. Machamp).
  • Psycho Cut has worse DPS but better EPS than Confusion, that’s why when you’re not dealing super effective damage with your fast move you prioritize greater energy gain over damage to fire off your charge move (which is dealing super effective damage) as soon as possible. Furthermore, it’s easier to dodge with it if needed.

Important Note: Shadow Ball and Hyper Beam are EX-Raid exclusive moves and won’t be available for Mewtwo caught outside of this scenario.

Mewtwo counters in Pokémon GO

Supreme Counters

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Rock Dark Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Pokemon GO GengarGengar Ghost Poison Shadow Claw* Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psychic Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball* Ghost
Pokemon GO RayquazaRayquaza Dragon Flying Windy Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon

* Legacy move

Tyranitar is overall the best option against Mewtwo. With great stats and a decent moveset, Tyranitar is definitely a solid counter. Not only does it resist Hyper Beam and Shadow Ball, but it also double resists all psychic type moves. Unfortunately, it takes double super effective damage from Focus Blast, so keep that in mind!

Gengar is the best option from a time to win perspective. Actually, it is the only Pokémon capable of duoing Mewtwo. However, there are several limiting factors. First of all, Gengar is not only a glass cannon but also weak to psychic type moves, which makes things even worse. Furthermore, Confusion is a heavy-hitting fast move and even at level 40, Gengar won’t be able to take more than 4 or 5 hits. As a general rule, it is only advisable to use Gengar when Mewtwo’s fast move is Psycho Cut and its charge move is either Focus Blast (which is TRIPLE resisted by Gengar) or Hyper Beam (double resisted). Luckily, it is great in a specific scenario where Tyranitar does not perform that well.

Mewtwo can counter itself? Yes indeed! You can in fact use Mewtwo to counter Mewtwo by using Psycho Cut and Shadow Ball. If you remember from the previous section, this is scenario #1 (psychic type moves are resisted but ghost type moves deal super effective damage), and that’s why we use this specific moveset.

Rayquaza can be picked as an outstanding generalist. It won’t deal super effective damage but its great attack stat and moveset make it an interesting choice nonetheless. In Windy weather, it can be considered as a Supreme Counter.

Other viable alternatives

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Pokemon GO AbsolAbsol Dark Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Pokemon GO HoundoomHoundoom Dark Fire Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
Pokemon GO PinsirPinsir Bug Bug Bite Bug X-Scissor Bug
Pokemon GO ScizorScizor Bug Steel Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug
Pokemon GO DragoniteDragonite Dragon Flying Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon

 

Absol and Houndoom are great counters, but worse than Tyranitar. Even though they don’t take double super effective damage from Focus Blast, their bulk isn’t good enough to tank plenty of hits. Absol, which has only been available in raids and quests, might be more difficult to power up than Houndoom.

Pinsir and Scizor are solid counters, and can be considered as Supreme Counters in Rainy weather. If it’s raining outside, definitely consider using them… its performance will surprise you.

Dragonite has been included as a great generalist too, but Dragon Tail/Draco Meteor Salamence would also work fine. If the weather is Windy, using a strong dragon type such as Rayquaza, Dragonite or Salamence can be quite helpful.

Other options that haven’t been listed include: Bite/Crunch Gyarados, Bite/Dark Pulse Alolan Muk, Fire Spin/Sky Attack or Overheat Moltres, and many others. They won’t be the best options from a time to win perspective, but they can perform quite well when weather-boosted or if you don’t have access to the Pokémon listed above. Definitely keep an eye on Mewtwo’s moveset and the in-game weather when facing Mewtwo in order to pick the best counters.

Weather influence

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny
Partly Cloudy Boosts its Normal type moves
Cloudy Boosts its Fighting type moves
Rainy Boosts super-effective Bug type moves
Fog Boosts its Ghost type moves Boosts super-effective Ghost and Dark type moves
Windy Boosts its Psychic type moves
Snow

Viability in raids

Mewtwo is an extremely useful Pokémon to use in raids, either as a specialist or as a generalist. The compilation of the high-tier raids in which it is a TOP-Tier counter was too large, and thus it has been shortened a bit to include some of the most relevant cases:

 Raid Boss Fast move to use Charge move to use
Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Fighting Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic
Pokemon GO BreloomBreloom Grass Fighting Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic
Pokemon GO AlakazamAlakazam Psychic Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball* Ghost
Pokemon GO GengarGengar Ghost Poison Confusion Psychic Shadow Ball* Ghost
Pokemon GO VenusaurVenusaur Grass Poison Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psychic Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball* Ghost
Almost any other raid (especially if weather boosted or when it deals SE damage)

* Legacy move

Rating

 Pokémon Attacker Defender Generalist Overall Tier
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psychic 5/5 n/a 4.5/5 4.75/5 I

Mewtwo is probably one of the best Pokémon in Pokémon GO as of now. It is the best Psychic type attacker in the game and a TOP-Tier generalist at the same time. With the highest attack stat for any released Pokémon in Pokémon GO, decent bulk and not many Pokémon in the future with the potential to outclass it, Mewtwo can be considered as a pretty safe investment and a solid Tier 1 Pokémon.

If it gets access to a better psychic type charge move in the future to improve its already decent movepool, it’s game over for almost any future contender. Make sure that you keep at least one with Shadow Ball, as this move won’t be available for Mewtwo that haven’t been caught in an EX Raid.