Machamp is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting Tier 3 Raid Bosses to look for due to several reasons. With a Boss CP of 18144 and a maximum Capture CP of 1650 (100% IV), Machamp is one of the best offensive options to counter some of the best Tier 4 Raid Bosses, such as Tyranitar and Snorlax.
It has been proven to be soloable by high-level players (and Pokémon, including Xatu) with the right attacking options against it, but the minimum recommended group size is 2 or 3 people.
|Best Attacker||Other viable options|
|Psycho Cut||Futuresight||Dragon Tail||Hurricane|
|Zen Headbutt||Futuresight||Air Slash||Futuresight|
Best Machamp Raid Counters
Machamp is a fighting type Pokémon. Therefore, it is weak to Psychic, Flying and Fairy. The best attackers to fight Machamp are Alakazam and Espeon, followed by Exeggutor (with Psychic moves), Dragonite and Charizard.
The best movesets of the Pokémon just mentioned are:
- Alakazam: Confusion/Futuresight (STAB DPS of 35.60) and Psycho Cut/Futuresight (33.00) are the best movesets for this battle. Psychic (Legacy move on Alakazam) can also be a viable option. Alakazam is a glass cannon, with one of the best attack stats of the game, but keep in mind that it can be taken down pretty easily and dodging Machamp’s charge moves might be mandatory.
- Espeon: Confusion/Futuresight (35.60) and Zen Headbutt/Futuresight (34.60) have the greatest STAB DPS values, but yet again do not forget Psychic as a potential alternative. Psybeam as a charge move is not recommended, since it is the worst attacking move for Espeon in terms of DPS. Espeon is also a glass cannon like Alakazam. Although both of them resist Machamp’s Fighting moves due to their Psychic typing, they can still be easily defeated.
- Exeggutor: Confusion/Psychic (Legacy, 30.10), Zen Headbutt/Psychic (Legacy, 29.10) and Extrasensory/Psychic (29.10) are Exeggutor’s best movesets for this specific battle. Since the amount of viable movesets for Exeggutor at the moment is very limited (most of them are legacy), there are better options such as Alakazam and Espeon. However, it can still work as an alternative, as it also resists Machamp’s Fighting type moves and can deal lots of damage.
- Charizard: Air Slash/Overheat (32.20) is Charizard’s best moveset for this battle, given the fact that Air Slash is a Flying type move to which Machamp is weak. Air Slash/Fire Blast (28.15) is just a worse option in terms of DPS. Charizard not only resists Machamp’s Fighting type moves due to its Flying type, but it also resists Machamp’s Steel type moves as it is also a Fire type. Being Stone Edge a legacy move on Machamp, Charizard is safe from its 4x weakness to rock.
- Dragonite: Dragon Tail/Hurricane (33.95) is Dragonite’s best moveset for this battle in terms of DPS. Hurricane as a charge move not only benefits from STAB (Dragonite is a Dragon/Flying type), but it also benefits from Machamp’s weakness to Flying type moves. Dragonite can also deal a significant amount of damage with other good offensive movesets, such as Dragon Tail/Outrage, since he is one of the best attackers in the game in terms of DPS due to his massive Attack stat. Do not forget that Dragonite will resist Machamp’s Fighting type moves due to its Flying typing.
Machamp is a great Raid Boss to look for. Some people might want to reserve their raid passes for only Tier 4 Raid Bosses, but the truth is that Machamp is as valuable in the current meta as some Tier 4 Raid Bosses or even more.
Getting Machop candy is usually not an easy task, unless you are lucky enough to find a nest nearby. Having a chance to catch a Machamp with a good chance of it having good IVs is a unique opportunity that should be considered.
Machamp has been proven to be the best attacking option to take down opposing Blisseys in gyms, which are the best options in the current meta regarding gym defense. It is also the best counter to Snorlax, the second best option to defend gyms, and one of the best Tier 4 Raid Bosses.
Some people might argue that Tyranitar (currently the Pokémon with greatest CP in the game) is one of the most desired Tier 4 Raid Bosses. Well, Machamp is the most viable option to take it down due to Tyranitar’s 4x weakness to Fighting type moves, and it will receive 196% damage from them without even considering the STAB bonus. Furthermore, Machamp is one of the best options against Lapras (Water/Ice type), another Tier 4 Raid Boss, since it is weak to Fighting type moves.
Keep in mind that if you want to solo a Machamp, several things matter. Not only your trainer level is important, but also the current level of your attacking lineup and their movesets. If you are planning on trying to solo a Machamp, you will definitely need to invest some stardust and candies on your attackers.
Machamp is the perfect example of why movesets are extremely important. The only viable movesets (ignoring potential combinations of legacy moves and current moves) for Machamp are Counter/Dynamic Punch and Counter/Close Combat, in this order. You might want to consider using a TM on Machamp if you get a Steel type move!