Porygon Solo Raid Guide

How to find Porygon

A comprehensive guide on how to solo a Porygon Raid, written by Kristy.

Porygon can be effectively soloed starting around Level 25, with a team of carefully selected counters of Fighting type Pokémon.

Porygon’s raid boss CP 11419, making it a pretty easy boss to defeat. Porygon perfect IV raid capture CP is:

  • 895 CP (no weather boost, perfect IV)
  • 1120 CP (weather boost, perfect IV)

Quick facts

  • Generally accepted to be the easiest level 3 raid boss, available to be soloed around level 25.
  • Requires a team of high leveled (25+), preferably with high attack IVs, Fighting type counters such as Machamp, Hariyama, Breloom, and even a Psychic Mewtwo with Focus Blast!
  • Difficulty: Mild to slightly challenging

Solo Porygon Counters

Porygon is only weak to Fighting moves, limiting its super-effective counters, but these should do the trick:

Pokémon Counters
Porygon
Hariyama Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Machamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Focus Blast Fighting
Dragonite Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Blaziken Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting
Breloom Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Heracross Counter Fighting Close Combat Fighting
Weakness Fighting
  • Machamp
    • With an ATK of 234, it is a powerful Fighting Pokémon with access to STAB Fighting moves that would be super effective against Porygon! It is a level 3 raid boss as well, so it is easily accessible.
  • Breloom
    • A generally new Gen 3 Fighting and Grass type, it has an ATK of 241, but is pretty frail. It has some powerful Fighting type moves and can deal quite a bit of damage! It can be caught wild, rarely, or evolved from Shroomish with 50 candies.
  • Hariyama
    • Another new Gen 3 Fighting Pokémon, it has an ATK of 209 but an insane STA of 288, along with dual STAB Fighting moves. It can be caught wild, rarely, or evolved from Makuhita with 50 candies.
  • Blaziken
    • A Fire and Fighting type it is the final evolved form of the Gen 3 starter, Torchic. It has a high ATK of 240 but it pretty frail. It has some good Fighting moves and would resist Porygon’s Solar Beam. It can be evolved from Torchic > Combusken >Blaziken with 125 candies total, so it can be a pain to get.
  • Heracross
    • This Gen 2 Bug and Fighting type Pokémon packs a punch with an ATK of 234 and STAB Fighting type moves. It is difficult to obtain however, as it is a region exclusive to areas below the 29 Latitude mark in southern North America and South America.
  • Mewtwo
    • Though this Pokémon is a Psychic type, it has an ATK of 300 and a Fighting charge move that will be super effective against Porygon. Issue with Mewtwo is that it can only be obtained through EX raids so many players may not have access to it.
  • Dragonite
    • A go-to for many raids, Dragonite is a Dragon and Flying type Pokémon with an ATK of 263. Its dual Dragon moves will do just fine, and it will double resist Solar Beam, so it is a good choice if Porygon has that move.

Additional counters

  • Alakazam
    • Very similar to Mewtwo, it is a Psychic type with the Fighting type charge, Focus Blast. It is a glass cannon with 271 ATK, but should live long enough to get one powerful charge off.
  • Ursaring
    • A Normal type that is fairly accessible and has access to dual Fighting attacks, this could be a decent choice for some lower level players. It has an ATK of 236, so overall pretty powerful, though the super-effective moves do not receive STAB

Porygon raid boss move difficulty

Porygon has the access to the following moves:

  • Charge Beam (fast, Electric type move)
  • Hidden Power (fast, any type except fairy move)
  • Solar Beam (charged, Grass type, 1 bar)
  • Hyper Beam (charged, Normal type, 1 bar)
  • Zap Cannon (charged, Electric type, 1 bar)

Hidden Power and Hyper Beam is the hardest move set to go against, which stacks with the uncertainty of what attacking type Hidden Power may be. It is boosted by STAB as it is a base ‘normal’ type. Meanwhile, Charge Beam and Zap Cannon is the easiest move set, as it deals the least damage overall. Remember that Solar Beam has a good counter in Dragonite, and the unlisted Moltres and Ho-oh, making it a bit easier to work around than some of the other ‘in-between’ move combinations.

Below is a visual representation of the move set difficulty from easiest to hardest based on their damage output totals added together, STAB calculated, not weather boosted, and charge moves based off of a single energy cycle:

Difficulty Fast Charged
Easy Charge Beam (8) Zap Cannon (140)
Hidden Power (18) Zap Cannon (140)
Medium Charge Beam (8) Solar Beam (180)
Charge Beam (8) Hyper Beam (187)
Hard Hidden Power (18) Solar Beam (180)
Hidden Power (18) Hyper Beam (187)

Porygon weather influence

Cloudy weather would be the best weather to attempt this raid under, as it would boost the power of the super-effective Fighting types moves. The most difficult weathers to attempt this raid under would be Rainy, which would boost the Electric type moves of Porygon, and Partly Cloudy weather, which would boost its more powerful Normal type moves.

Attempting a Porygon under Partly Cloudy weather would be very difficult, as its best move sets include its Normal type moves, making it pretty powerful. Under Rainy weather, however, it should not be too hard to beat it even with its Electric moves if you have good counters and a high enough level.

Weather Pros Cons
Cloudy Boosts Fighting type moves
Windy Boosts Dragon moves (if Dragonite is used)
Snowy  –
Sunny Boosts Grass type moves
Rainy Boosts Electric type moves
Foggy
Partly Cloudy Boosts Normal type moves

Additional Notes

Note that if you are alone, and below Level 25, soloing a raid might be difficult for you, but it is not only your level trainer that matters, but the levels and power of the Pokémon you are using to raid. It might take a little bit candy and stardust to get your Pokémon up to par to take on a powerful raid boss, such as Porygon, by yourself.

For this specific raid boss, if you are on the lower end of levels it is extremely important to use the super effective counters, but the higher level you are, the easier it is to take it down with your most powerful MVP Pokémon instead.

Weather is important, because you can either keep the playing grounds even, harm, or help yourself, so keep an eye on what weather it is in your game.
The moves the Porygon has also plays an impact on your success in the raid, and it is usually hard to tell what moves it has until you have already used up your raid pass and saw what counters the game set for you.

Otherwise, this should not be too difficult of a raid boss to beat, as Porygon is the easiest level 3 raid boss to beat, with a low raid boss CP and an overall easy to beat move set. This should be a simple raid for most players with the right assembly of counters and favorable weather. It has been soloed before, so good luck!