Poliwrath Raid Boss

Poliwrath Pokemon GO Raid

Poliwrath is a Tier 4 Raid Boss in Pokemon GO, with Boss CP of 24247 and Max Capture CP of 1395 (weather boosted level 25 is a Max Capture CP of 1744). This page details best Poliwrath Raid Counters and how to counter Poliwrath effectively.

Poliwrath is not soloable and it is required to have at least 2-3 Trainers in order to take it down. Poliwrath is a water fighting type with a lot of weaknesses: electric, psychic, grassfairy and flying moves. Poliwrath has no double weaknesses.

Poliwrath Raid Counters

Pokémon Counters
Mewtwo Confusion psychic Psychic psychic
Espeon Confusion psychic Future Sight psychic
Alakazam Confusion psychic Future Sight psychic
Exeggutor Confusion psychic Solar Beam grass
Raikou Thunder Shock electric Wild Charge electric
Zapdos Charge Beam electric Thunderbolt electric
Weakness  electric, psychic, grassfairy and flying

Poliwrath counters generally fall in two categories / brackets, depending on the moveset that Poliwrath has:

  • A fighting moveset Poliwrath is countered by Psychic Pokemon
  • A water moveset Poliwrath is countered by Electric/Grass Pokemon

Mixed movesets are more or less easily countered by all of the Pokemon mentioned above, but this duality of possible movesets makes it super interesting to raid against Poliwrath. A good rule of thumb is to bring a mix of the above mentioned attackers and prioritize the appropriate ones. This is a great opportunity to give your Zapdos and Raikou some play time. Be wary of Ice Punch Poliwrath when using Grass counters.

Poliwrath has access to following moves:

  • Rock Smash fighting (quick)
  • Bubble water (quick)
  • Hydro Pump water (charged, one bar)
  • Dynamic Punch fighting (charged, two bar)
  • Ice Punch ice (charged, three bar)

Weather effects

Poliwrath is best fought in Sunny or Windy weather as it only provides boosts to attackers and nothing to Poliwrath, although both Cloudy and Rainy will provide boosts to Fairy and Electric at the costs of buffs to Poliwrath’s own fighting and water moves. The only truly negative weather is if a Ice Punch Poliwrath has a snowy advantage.

Weather Pro-Attacker Pro-Poliwrath
Sunny Boosts Super Effective Grass attackers No Benefit
Partly Cloudy No Benefit No Benefit
Cloudy Boosts Super Effective Fairy attackers Boosts Fighting STAB moves Rock Smash and Dynamic Punch
Windy Boosts Super Effective Flying and Psychic attackers No Benefit
Rainy Boosts Super Effective Electric attackers Boosts Water STAB moves Bubble and Hydro Pump
Snow No Benefit Boosts Charged Ice move Ice Punch
Fog No Benefit No Benefit

Additional Poliwrath Counters

Poliwrath can be countered with several weaker options and we believe this will often be the case. For this section of the guide, we are including some controversial and unusual raiding choices. Please, use this in larger groups (4+), don’t let your team wipe.

Without further ado:

  • Lugia with Extrasensory / Sky Attack
  • Jynx with Confusion / Psyshock
  • Electabuzz with Thunder Shock / Thunderbolt
  • Magneton with Thunder Shock / Discharge
  • Donphan with Counter / Play Rough
  • Granbull with Snarl / Play Rough