Groudon Raid Boss Counters Guide

Generation III Pokemon GO

 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 49671, 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 duoed with 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 leveled 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 Groudon counters to use versus a Groudon raid boss.

Groudon Raid Counters
GroudonGroudon
WEAKNESS Ice Water Grass BOOSTED BY Sunny
Supreme Groudon Raid Counters
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 Gyarados is a Flying and Water type. It is consistently one of the top counters in any weather or moveset.
MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut or Confusion Psychic Ice Beam Ice
Mewtwo, like Gyarados, is able to tackle Groudon in every weather and deal out massive damage. Mewtwo is in the top 6 counters in nearly every instance, use it if you are lacking for a certain moveset.
Supreme, Moveset Dependent, Groudon Raid Counters
KyogreKyogre Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Kyogre is actually the 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.
FeraligatrFeraligatr Waterfall Water Hydro Cannon Water
The Community Day exclusive Feraligatr made it the second best Water type, which means it is the go-to when Groudon is not packing Solar Beam, and if you are lacking in the Kyogre Department.
VenusaurVenusaur

RoseradeRoserade

Vine Whip Grass

Razor Leaf Grass

Frenzy Plant Grass

Solar Beam Grass

Roserade and Venusaur take the same slot, being the best that the Grass types have to offer, being the best when Sunny weather is in effect, and being the best when Groudon decides to smack your counters with Solar Beam. Roserade is for speed, and Venusaur is for bulk, although both will be suboptimal when Groudon fights with Fire Blast.
WeavileWeavile Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice
Weavile, when Groudon does not melt it with Fire Blast, is a fantastic counter for a team, especially when weather boosts it. It is a glass cannon, so expect it to faint a considerable amount.
Excellent 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.
BreloomBreloom Bullet Seed Grass Grass Knot Grass
Exeggutor (Alola)Exeggutor (Alola) Bullet Seed Grass Solar Beam Grass
SceptileSceptile Bullet Seed Grass Leaf Blade Grass
VictreebelVictreebel Razor Leaf Grass Leaf Blade Grass
FloatzelFloatzel Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water
ShiftryShiftry Razor Leaf Grass Leaf Blade Grass
TorterraTorterra Razor Leaf Grass Solar Beam Grass
SalamenceSalamence Dragon Tail Dragon Hydro Pump Water
ExeggutorExeggutor Bullet Seed Grass Solar Beam Grass

Picking Groudon’s counters and placing them in a direct list is a bit difficult, given how weather and moveset can totally change a raid counter pick. One has to consider that the counters for Groudon include: Kyogre, the best Water type, Roserade and Frenzy Plant Venusaur, the best Grass types, and Weavile, the best Ice type. However, you cannot just use your best instance of these Pokémon, as moves and weather can shread 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 is, 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

These Raid Boss counter lists assume that you have maxed out versions of each Pokémon, but in reality very few people do. With a Heat Map however, you can more easily identify whether, for example, your level 35 Pokemon will do more damage to the Raid Boss, than your level 40 Pokemon, due to it having a better and more effective moveset.

Here’s the Heat Map that we’ve made for Groudon. If you need help on how to read and use this, please check out our Guide on Raid Boss Heat Maps (the method is also summarised at the bottom of the graphic).

Groudon counters heat map
Groudon counters heat map

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 types 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 types
Rainy Boosts Water types
Fog

Additional Groudon Counters

As Groudon is a extremely hard 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
  • Latios with Dragon Breath/Solar Beam
  • Cacturne with Sucker Punch/Grass Knot
  • Breloom with Bullet Seed/Seed Bomb
  • Vileplume with Razor Leaf/Solar Beam
  • Swampert with Water Gun/Surf
  • Blastoise with Water Gun/Hydro Cannon
  • Tangela with Vine Whip/Power Whip
  • Sharpedo with Waterfall/Hydro Pump
  • Vaporeon with Water Gun/Hydro Pump