Venusaur is one of the most challenging Tier 4 Raid Bosses, with a Boss CP of 26921 and a Max Capture CP of 1467 (100% IV). It is currently the 4th Pokémon with greatest Raid CP and defeating it is not an easy job. Do not underestimate it, trainers!
In order to successfully defeat it, a minimum group size of 6 or 7 people is recommended, even though it could be done with less people depending on the trainer levels, the max CP of their attackers and the attacking movesets.
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Countering a Raid Venusaur
Venusaur is a grass / poison type Pokémon. Therefore, it is weak to Fire, Flying, Ice and Psychic.
The best attackers to counter a Venusaur Raid Boss are Charizard, Flareon, Espeon and Alakazam, followed by Exeggutor (with Psychic moves), Typhlosion and Arcanine. Lapras and Cloyster are not included in this list due to their weakness to Grass type attacks.
Best Venusaur Counters
The best movesets of the Pokémon just mentioned are:
- Charizard: Fire Spin/Overheat (STAB DPS 32.95) and Air Slash/Overheat ( 32.20). Charizard’s Fire/Flying type benefits from being resistant to Venusaur’s grass type moves, as well as being Super Effective against it with both Fire and Flying type moves. Any other moveset with Flying or Fire type moves can work, but the two movesets mentioned have the greatest STAB DPS values.
- Flareon: Fire Spin/Overheat (32.95) or Ember/Overheat (31.25). Any other moveset can work but these two have the greatest DPS values.
- Espeon: Confusion/Futuresight (35.60) and Zen Headbutt/Futuresight (34.60) have the greatest STAB DPS values, but Psychic as a charge move could also do the trick. Psybeam is by far the worst attacking charge move in terms of DPS. Keep in mind that Espeon is a glass cannon, and it can be taken down very easily. Dodging Venusaur’s charge moves is almost mandatory, since it does not resist any of Venusaur’s moves.
- Alakazam: Confusion/Futuresight (35.60) and Psycho Cut/Futuresight (33.00) are by far the best movesets for this battle. Psychic is also a good option as a charged move, but it is a legacy move. Alakazam is also a glass cannon. It has currently one of the best attack stats of the game, but it is easy to take it down.
- Exeggutor: Confusion/Psychic (Legacy, 30.10), Zen Headbutt/Psychic (Legacy, 29.10) and Extrasensory/Psychic (29.10) can do the trick, but given the fact that Exeggutor is normally maxed out by trainers if its charge move is Solar Beam and given the small number of ideal movesets for this battle (being Confusion and Zen Headbutt legacy moves), there are better options in terms of viability.
- Typhlosion: Ember/Overheat (31.25) and Ember/Fire Blast (27.10) are its only options. It is a worse option than Charizard in terms of DPS and moveset viability.
- Arcanine: Fire Fang/Fire Blast (28.50) is the best possible moveset for this battle, but Flamethrower as a charged move (legacy) could also do the trick. Given the dense variety in Arcanine’s movepool, it is very difficult to obtain the ideal moveset for this battle.
Venusaur is often underestimated but it can be a tough Raid Boss to defeat. Dodging every move can be very difficult, since no flash animation appears on screen and it can also reduce the chances of defeating it if the timer reaches zero before defeating it.
Movesets are extremely important, as well as type effectiveness and resistances. Keep an eye on the type charts, trainers!
Do not try to fight it if the group size is less than 5 or 6, unless all your attackers are almost maxed out and your trainer level is very high.
Venusaur is not only a great Pokémon with a good variety of movesets to add to your Pokédex collection, but also a great addition to your attacking lineup against other Tier 3 and 4 Raid Bosses, such as:
- Vaporeon (weak to grass),
- Rhydon (2x weak to grass) and
- Blastoise (weak to grass).
It can be really difficult to catch, since its catch rate is very low. Aim carefully and try to use Golden Razz Berries if needed. Good luck on catching it, trainers!