Trainers,

as announced earlier by Niantic, Moltres is the next Legendary Raid Boss to be released, on Monday, July 31. Our Moltres Raid Guide is already up and running, but we wanted to offer a bit more of analysis in order to help you prepare

Moltres Stats and Type Analysis

Moltres stats are similar to many other fire types, featuring extremely high Attack and mediocre Defense. This makes him capable of dealing more damage than Articuno and Lugia, but at the same time reduces it’s ability to duel a lot.

As all Legendary Raid Bosses have the same HP (12500), we are not taking Stamina into consideration.

Stat Moltres Lugia Articuno
ATK 251 193 192
DEF 184 323 249
Boss CP 41953 42753 37603

Our simulations showed that Moltres is expected to deal 25%-30% more damage (on average) when compared to Articuno. On the flip side, Moltres will go down 35% faster than Articuno, due to lower DEF and more available counters.

Type Overview

Unlike Articuno, Moltres can easily be countered by strong rock attackers, as it takes double super effective damage from rock moves!

Other type weaknesses include 1x weakness to water and electric moves.


Counters… counters everywhere

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Unlike Lugia, Moltres doesn’t have a redeeming move that can counter it’s own counters. We must admit, Lugia with Hydro Pump is one of the scariest things we’ve seen to date. Luckily, Moltres has only fire moves, which makes picking counters a breeze.

The best Moltres counters include the following Pokemon:

There are few things you need to keep in mind, though.

  1. Several of these counters can be OHKO-ed (One Hit KO) by Moltres Charged moves, due to it’s high Attack and access to incredibly punishing Charged moves. Don’t loose your DPS because you were lazy to dodge!
  2. Don’t use ground type movesets! Many players forget Moltres takes reduced damage from ground attacks!

Preparing for a Moltres Raid

Preparing for a Moltres Raid is simple:

  • Make sure you “fixed” all of your ground Golems!
  • If you don’t have a good Golem, start walking – Geodude family gains 1 Candy for every 1KM walked!
  • Try powering up a Omastar, especially if it has strong legacy moveset that includes a rock charged move (Ancient Power)
  • Power up as many Tyranitars as you can

With that said, we wish you all the best on Monday. Day one Moltres, hype!

  • lsparlin

    Missing a word here? “Our simulations showed that Moltres is expected to 25%-30%”

    • Higher_Ground

      “… is expected to [deal] 25%-30%…”

      good catch.

  • Higher_Ground

    Moltres was always my favorite, bad typing or not. Probably because it was the first legendary I ever found and didn’t really know what was going on at the time.

    • Bellal Amerkhail

      my first i found was zapdos.. i randomly found the power plant and he became my strongest and favorite pokemon at the time, i caught him with a pokeball lol

  • Charlie Lumbreras

    I’m sorry but Articuno also takes double super effective from rock, ice is also weak to rock…

    • Carlos Alberto Kauffman

      No, Sir!…. Ice is not weak to rock… Ice is weak to ground….

      • Jose Andres Morales Oliva

        Nope, ground deals normal dmg to ice but is weak against it. Rock receives normal damage but hits it super effective. Since gen1

      • Charlie Lumbreras

        You sir have failed pokemon, ground is weak to ice, ice is weak to rock

    • Jose Andres Morales Oliva

      I think they meant that most rock types get hit normal/super effective dmg by ice depending on their second typing, while rock resists fire, giving Articuno a small edge.

      • Charlie Lumbreras

        They didn’t mean that, but you’re right, using a rock type against those 2 results the same in effectiveness attacking, but get less dmg from fire.

  • Heydavid17

    Gotta say, I got nervous when seeing those numbers, mostly that Moltres almost has as high a CP as Lugia. However, it should be all good when seeing the low defense stat.
    I’m ready to get myself a few Moltres then! =)

    • Davide Tormene

      The double weakness is key. And the low defense is good too.

  • slevin kelevra

    An Omastar with Rock Slide would be much better than Ancient Power, no?

  • Davide Tormene

    I got an omastar with good iv with water gun and ancient power, should i use a charged tm to try hit water gun+ rock blast? I am sceptical, i’d love to have rock throw as a fast move…

  • Syl Voscho

    Just curious, since they recommend Rock Types, why isn’t Rhydon on the list anywhere? They have the same moves as Golem for the most part…

    • Matt

      Because Rhydon only has Fighting and Ground quick moves while Golem has a Rock quick move.

  • Erik Burgers

    Is this correct? @ Make sure you “fixed” all of your GROUND Golems!

  • Michal Hušák

    Moltres is already seen on gyms in Japan this morning. Be prepared :-).

  • driftw00d

    Joined a Moltres Raid here (Japan) this afternoon. I`m surprised how easily we beat it with at 12players, most are using GOLEM. I`m too lazy to dodge and it takes two major hits to wipe out each Mon, in the end only 3mons fainted and plenty of time to spare.. Catching it on the bonus challenge is another story.
    Also, there are still Lugia RAIDS, perhaps it is here to stay as there is no mention on how long it will appear on raids unlike the other legendary birds.