Groudon Raid Counters Guide

 Groudon is a Tier 5 Legendary Raid Boss in Pokémon GO, being a member of the Weather Trio with Rayquaza and Kyogre. The best Groudon counters are strong Water and Grass-type Pokemon such as Gyarados, Kyogre, Feraligatr, Venusaur and Roserade.

Groudon’s Raid Boss CP is 54411, and you can catch it in the following CP ranges:

  • 2260-2351 at Lvl 20, no weather boost
  • 2825-2939 at Lvl 25 with Sunny weather

Groudon can be duo’ed with full teams of weather boosted Level 40 Pokémon. Beyond that challenge, we recommend groups of 3-6, for high-level trainers, or 7-20 for lower level players.

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

 

Groudon Raid Counters

The following table shows best counters to use versus a Groudon raid boss.

Groudon Raid Counters
Pokemon GO GroudonGroudon
WEAKNESS Ice Water Grass BOOSTED BY Sunny
Supreme Groudon Raid Counters
Pokemon GO GyaradosGyarados Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Do you want the power of Kyogre mixed with survivability? Meet Gyarados, the Pokémon that Solar Beam will not wreck since it’s a flying and water type. It is consistently one of the top counters in any weather or moveset.
Pokemon GO PalkiaPalkia Dragon Tail Dragon Hydro Pump Water
Added to the game since Groudon’s last outing, Palkia actually now outperforms Kyogre as the best Water-type Legendary in this match-up. Due to being part Dragon-type, Palkia will double resist Fire Blast, and only take neutral damage from Solar Beam. As a slight downside, it will of course take super effective damage from Groudon’s Fast move Dragon Tail.
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Ice Beam Ice
Mewtwo, like Gyarados, can tackle Groudon in every weather condition and deal out massive damage. Mewtwo is in the top 6 counters in nearly every instance, so use it if you lack a certain moveset.
Pokemon GO FeraligatrFeraligatr Waterfall Water Hydro Cannon Water
The Community Day exclusive move, Hydro Cannon, made Feraligatr a super-powerful Water-type, but only use it if Groudon is not packing Solar Beam.
Pokemon GO KyogreKyogre Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Kyogre is a top counter in nearly every situation; it is just when Solar Beam is in effect that Kyogre is destroyed to the point where it ceases to be viable.
Pokemon GO SalamenceSalamence Dragon Tail Dragon Hydro Pump Water
As a Flying and Dragon-type, Salamence resists Fire Blast, double resists Solar Beam, and triple resists Earthquake. You will need to use a Salamence with Hydro Pump though, as the Community Day exclusive move, Outrage, won’t be of much use here. Just as with Palkia, Salamence will take 60% extra damage from Groudon’s Fast move, Dragon Tail.
Excellent Groudon Raid Counters
Pokemon GO SceptileSceptile

Pokemon GO VenusaurVenusaur

Pokemon GO RoseradeRoserade

Bullet Seed Grass

Vine Whip Grass

Razor Leaf Grass

Frenzy Plant Grass

Frenzy Plant Grass

Grass Knot Grass

Sceptile, Roserade and Venusaur take the same slot as they’re very similar overall, so favor whichever one you’ve powered up to a higher level, but try not to take any of them up against a Fire Blast Groudon.  Sunny/Clear weather will boost their Grass-type moves but will also boost four out of five of Groudon’s moves.
Pokemon GO MamoswineMamoswine Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice
Mamoswine, when Groudon does not melt it with Fire Blast, is a fantastic counter for a team, especially when Snowy weather boosts it.
Viable Groudon 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.
Pokemon GO BreloomBreloom Bullet Seed Grass Grass Knot Grass
Pokemon GO ExeggutorExeggutor Bullet Seed Grass Solar Beam Grass
Pokemon GO TangrowthTangrowth Vine Whip Grass Solar Beam Grass
Pokemon GO LatiosLatios Zen H’butt Psychic Solar Beam Grass
Pokemon GO WeavileWeavile Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice
Pokemon GO ShiftryShiftry Razor Leaf Grass Leaf Blade Grass
Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Water Gun Water Surf Water

Picking Groudon’s counters and placing them in a direct list is a bit difficult, given how weather and moveset can change a raid counter pick. One has to consider that the counters for Groudon include: Kyogre, the best Water type, Roserade and Frenzy Plant Sceptile/Venusaur, the best Grass types, and Mamoswine, the best Ice type. However, you cannot just use your best instance of these Pokémon, as moves and weather can shred every single one of these. Fire Blast will burn Grass and Ice types, and Solar Beam will ruin all Water counters except for Gyarados.

The only guaranteed counters in any weather or moveset are, as previously mentioned, Gyarados and Ice Beam Mewtwo. Beyond that, counters listed above fall into two categories:

  • Solar Beam Counters that consist of Grass and Ice types.
  • Fire Blast Counters that consist of Water types

Groudon Movesets

Groudon has access to the following quick and charge moves:

  • Dragon Tail dragon (quick)
  • Mud Shot ground (quick)
  • Fire Blast fire (charge, one bar)
  • Solar Beam grass (charge, one bar)
  • Earthquake ground (charge, one bar)

Weather Chart

Weather Pro Con
Sunny Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost. Boosts Grass type moves Boosts Groudon’s Mud Shot, Earthquake Ground, Solar beam Grass, and Fire Blast Fire
Windy Boosts Groudon’s Dragon Tail
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy
Snow Boosts Ice type moves
Rainy Boosts Water type moves
Fog

Additional Groudon Counters

As Groudon is a tough boss to create a team for, here are some other counters you can use to put up a good team:

  • Jynx with Frost Breath/Avalanche
  • Empoleon with Waterfall/Hydro Pump
  • Meganium with Vine Whip/Frenzy Plant
  • Cacturne with Sucker Punch/Grass Knot
  • Vileplume with Razor Leaf/Solar Beam
  • Blastoise with Water Gun/Hydro Cannon
  • Tangela with Vine Whip/Power Whip
  • Sharpedo with Waterfall/Hydro Pump
  • Vaporeon with Water Gun/Hydro Pump