Best Rayquaza Counters in Pokémon GO are strong Ice-types such as Mamoswine, Weavile, Ice Beam Mewtwo, and Jynx. Rayquaza is a Tier 5 Boss with 49808 CP. You can catch Rayquaza in the following CP ranges:
- 2102 – 2191 CP at Lvl 20, no weather boost
- 2627 – 2739 CP at Lvl 25 with Windy weather
Since the introduction of Mamoswine and Weavile, Rayquaza can now be easily duoed. We recommend groups of 2-4, for high-level trainers, or 5-20 for lower leveled players. For our Simulator’s list of counters, check here. As well, for a full IV chart, you can check here.
The following table shows best Pokemon to use versus a Rayquaza raid boss:
|WEAKNESS Dragon Rock Fairy Ice x2||BOOSTED BY Windy|
*Italics indicates Legacy.
Rayquaza is double weak to Ice and weak to Fairy, Dragon and Rock type moves. Consequently, the list of counters follows this to the letter, with Ice types leading the charge. Back in the day, aka in February 2018 when Rayquaza was first introduced to Pokemon GO, we recommended a mixture of Ice and Dragon typed counters, as Ice selection was extremely limited.
Today, with Mamoswine, Weavile and Ice Beam Mewtwo being readily available, we can only recommend teams filled with Ice Pokemon. Our ideal setup for Rayquaza duo raids is the same one we would use regularly: a team of six strong Mamoswine with Powder Snow and Avalanche (L30+).
Mamoswine is incredible versus Rayquaza, especially when you consider that our previous best options was Articuno and Cloyster. Not only is it the fastest, it’s also the bulkiest and the most reliable Rayquaza counter. There is really no reason to overthink it: Mamoswine is your go-to option. Even if you have Stone Edge / Ancient Power as your charge move and Powder Snow as fast move, you’ll still be able to be a useful member of your raiding group. Although we don’t advise this for duos.
Rayquaza’s stats and moveset difficulty
|Max CP 3835|
|ATK 284||DEF 170||HP 213|
|Weak to||Strong Against|
|Dragon Fairy Ice Rock||Bug Dragon Fighting Grass|
|Fast Moves||Charge Moves|
Rayquaza fights generally fall into two categories: versus Outrage and versus anything else. Outrage is a move that can potentially have massive damage output, especially if it’s frequently activated, and it’s the real reason why Dragon types are not preferred Rayquaza counters. Ice types resist Outrage and Dragon Tail easily, especially Mamoswine, and they make the whole fight much easier.
In terms of difficulty, here’s how Ray’s charged moves stack up:
- Outrage is the most difficult, even for Ice types, roughly 20-30% more difficult in terms of KOs
- Ancient Power is the easiest one, especially for teams using Mamoswine and Ice Beam Mewtwo
- Aerial Ace is “middle of the road” difficulty and nothing to worry about
Given a good setup, however, you will tear through Rayquaza like a Snorlax in an all-you-can-eat restaurant.
Rayquaza Simulator Output
Best Pokémon to use against all Rayquaza move sets in Pokémon GO are:
|#||Pokemon||Fast Move||Charge Move||Time to win||Deaths|
|4.||Mewtwo||Psycho Cut||Ice Beam||450.8s||20|
|6.||Articuno||Frost Breath||Ice Beam||518.7s||24|
|11.||Lapras||Frost Breath||Ice Beam||586.5s||25|
|13.||Dragonite||Dragon Tail||Draco Meteor||567.0s||32|
|16.||Tyranitar||Smack Down||Stone Edge||671.1s||23|
|20.||Rhyperior||Smack Down||Stone Edge||699.1s||21|
|21.||Rampardos||Smack Down||Rock Slide||587.2s||36|
|22.||Latios||Dragon Breath||Dragon Claw||616.2s||34|
|24.||Salamence||Dragon Tail||Draco Meteor||602.3s||39|
|25.||Palkia||Dragon Breath||Draco Meteor||624.5s||34|
|26.||Starmie||Quick Attack||Ice Beam||661.6s||37|
|27.||Feraligatr||Water Gun||Ice Beam||701.7s||31|
|28.||Golem||Rock Throw||Stone Edge||743.2s||26|
|29.||Gardevoir||Charge Beam||Dazzling Gleam||744.6s||28|