Absol Raid Guide

Pokémon GO Absol

Absol is a Tier 4 Raid Boss in Pokemon GO, with Boss CP of 26262 and Max Capture CP of 1303 (Level 20, perfect IV score, no weather effects). Absol is one of the first Generation 3 Raid Bosses to be introduced. A Shiny Absol can be caught in the raid capture encounter.

Absol is not soloable and it is required to have at least 2-3 Trainers in order to take it down. Best Absol counters are Machamp, Heracross and Hariyama.

Absol Raid Counters

Absol is a dark type with weakness to bug, fairy and fighting type moves.

Legendary Counters
Machamp Counter fighting Dynamic Punch fighting
Hariyama Counter fighting Dynamic Punch fighting
Heracross Counter fighting Close Combat fighting
Breloom Counter fighting Dynamic Punch fighting
Pinsir Bug Bite bug X-Scissor bug
Blaziken Counter fighting Overheat fire
Scizor Fury Cutter bug X-Scissor bug
bug fairy fighting

Typical time to win and deaths versus Absol:

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Machamp Counter Dynamic Punch 263.8s 15
2. Breloom Counter Dynamic Punch 261.0s 18
3. Hariyama Counter Dynamic Punch 272.1s 13
4. Blaziken Counter Focus Blast 283.1s 16
5. Heracross Counter Close Combat 294.0s 16
6. Pinsir Bug Bite X Scissor 297.2s 20
7. Scizor Fury Cutter X Scissor 300.4s 18
8. Ursaring Counter Play Rough 307.9s 19
9. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Outrage 312.5s 18
10. Salamence Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 322.4s 18
11. Gardevoir Charge Beam Dazzling Gleam 328.6s 19
12. Primeape Counter Cross Chop 331.0s 22

As mentioned in the intro, the best Absol counters are strong fighting and bug Pokemon. Luckily, over time we were given the opportunity to capture a wide assortment of Pokemon that fill this niche, namely Machamp and Pinsir from Gen 1 and Heracross and Scizor from Gen 2!

The recent introduction of Hariyama makes it even easier to pick a counter, while Blaziken is listed here as we don’t expect to see much use out of it elsewhere.

Your moveset of choice is Counter fighting and Dynamic Punch fighting, or anything with X-Scissor bug.

Absol has access to the following moves:

  • Snarl dark (quick)
  • Psycho Cut psychic (quick)
  • Dark Pulse dark (charged, two bars)
  • Thunder electric (charged, one bar)
  • Megahorn bug (charged, one bar)

Where is Mewtwo?

Given Absol’s move pool, we’ve decided not to include a Mewtwo with Focus Blast fighting in the list. First of all, you don’t need that Mewtwo in your life. Second, there are so many viable options in the underused tier that re-rolling a Mewtwo into Focus Blast is absurd. Third, do you really want to see your Mewtwo defeated by Megahorn?

Shiny Absol from Raids

You have probably heard this before, but yes, it’s possible to get a Shiny Absol from a Raid. We are not sure if it is the only way to get a Shiny Absol.

Here’s how it looks like: