Primal Groudon Raid Day

Groudon (Primal)

Primal Groudon Raid Day takes place on Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time. During that time, Primal Groudon will appear more frequently in 5-Star Primal Raids, and you may encounter a Shiny one! This guide details Primal Groudon’s shiny odds, raid CPs, quick counters, and we share general tips on how to get most out of this event.

Check out our dedicated raid guide here to help prep your best team!

Raid Day: Primal Groudon Event icon

Date & Time 📅

  • Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time

Bonuses 🎁

  • Raid icon Primal Groudon will appear more frequently in raids.
  • Shiny icon You'll have an increased chance of encountering Shiny Groudon.
  • Raid Pass icon Receive up to five additional free Raid Passes from spinning Gym Photo Discs.
  • Raid Pass icon The Remote Raid limit will be increased to 20 on Saturday, March 22, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. to Saturday, March 23, 2024, 8:00 p.m. PDT.

Event Ticket Shop icon

For US$5.00 (or the equivalent pricing tier in your local currency), you can purchase a ticket that grants the following bonuses:

  • Raid Pass icon Eight additional Raid Passes from spinning Gym Photo Discs (for a daily total of 14)
  • Candy XL icon Increased chance to get Rare Candy XL from Raid Battles.
  • XP icon 50% more XP from Raid Battles.
  • Stardust icon 2× Stardust from Raid Battles.

These bonuses will be effective on Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. local time.

Primal Groudon Counters Pokemon Encounter icon

Let’s check out the top raid counters for Primal Groudon:

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Kyogre (Primal) Waterfall Water Origin Pulse Water 37 623s
2. Swampert (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 49 626s
3. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 53 702s
4. Kyogre (Shadow) Waterfall Water Surf Water 58 674s
5. Gyarados (Mega) Waterfall Water Aqua Tail Water 53 811s
6. Gyarados (Shadow) Waterfall Water Aqua Tail Water 52 825s
7. Kyogre Waterfall Water Origin Pulse Water 59 809s
8. Swampert (Shadow) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 73 655s
9. Feraligatr (Shadow) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 73 702s
10. Gyarados Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water 53 994s
11. Empoleon (Shadow) Waterfall Water Hydro Cannon Water 88 682s
12. Kingler (Shadow) Bubble Water Crabhammer Water 94 687s
13. Slowbro (Mega) Water Gun Water Surf Water 61 969s
14. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Ascent Flying 51 1155s
15. Crawdaunt (Shadow) Waterfall Water Crabhammer Water 109 709s
16. Salamence (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Hydro Pump Water 48 1213s
17. Swampert Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 76 803s
18. Feraligatr Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 76 855s
19. Greninja Water Shuriken Water Hydro Cannon Water 91 788s
20. Samurott Waterfall Water Hydro Cannon Water 78 823s
21. Wailord (Shadow) Water Gun Water Surf Water 94 792s
22. Groudon (Primal) Mud Shot Ground Precipice Blades Ground 69 978s
23. Garchomp (Mega) Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 66 1042s
24. Kingler Bubble Water Crabhammer Water 97 827s
25. Blastoise (Shadow) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 85 842s
26. Empoleon Waterfall Water Hydro Cannon Water 92 837s
27. Clawitzer Water Gun Water Crabhammer Water 90 847s
28. Golisopod Waterfall Water Razor Shell Water 71 1010s
29. Rhyperior (Shadow) Mud-Slap Ground Surf Water 100 862s
30. Crawdaunt Waterfall Water Crabhammer Water 114 862s

While Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up, we have included the top Shadow Pokémon you can use against Primal Groudon. Ensure you no longer have Frustration on these Pokémon before considering adding them to your team. If you have any of these as an option, while they may take more damage than non-shadow Pokémon, they will also deal more.

Primal Groudon

Tips and Tricks Pokemon Encounter icon

You cannot encounter a Primal Groudon from a raid, only a regular Groudon, which can be shiny.

Regular Sprite Shiny Sprite
  • Shiny odds for Groudon will be 1 in 10 during Raid Day. Chances are very good if you complete 10 fights during Raid Day.
  • Primal Groudon is really tough to defeat. We recommend at least 6 trainers, with optimal counters.
  • Check out our dedicated raid guide here to help prep your best team! Ensure your counters have optimal movesets, with Frustration removed from any Shadow Pokémon in your team. Powerful Water and Ground types are your best counters, with a 2x weakness to Water.
  • The quicker you beat it, the more Primal Energy you will get.
  • Utilise Mega Pokémon to boost your fellow trainers Pokémon. Discuss with your fellow raiders in which party slot you have your Mega Pokémon, so everyone doesn’t have theirs in the first slot, therefore extending the Mega bonus over a longer period.
  • Pick areas with multiple easy to access Gyms and use Remote Raiding to minimise downtime and coordinate with a second Raid party if possible
  • You should be able to complete 10 – 15 Raids during this time with no problems.
  • Party Play can give you an additional boost in raids! Set up a Party before you enter your raid, and you’ll be able to activate Party Power by clicking on the blue circle in the bottom left of the raid screen when it is fully charged. Party Power doubles the damage of your next Charged Attack and charges with every Fast Attack. More party members means that your Party Power charges faster!

Primal Groudon CP Pokemon Encounter icon

Primal Groudon is a Ground and Fire type Primal Raid boss. Best counters include powerful Ground and Water types, with a special focus on Water types as it is 2x weak to Water. After the Primal form being defeated, Groudon can be caught with the following Combat Power after being defeated in Raids:

  • 2260 CP – 2351 CP (no weather boost)
  • 2825 CP – 2939 CP (Sunny weather)


  • Raid Bosses caught without weather boost are always Level 20. IVs range from 10 (min) to 15 (max). Raid Catches have a 10/10/10 IV floor.
  • Raid Bosses caught with weather boost are always Level 25. IVs range from 10 (min) to 15 (max). Weather boosted Raid Catches have a 10/10/10 IV floor.
Groudon (Primal) GroundFire
Max CP at lvl 40 5902
Max CP at lvl 50 6672
ATK 353 DEF 268 HP 218
Weak to Resistances
Ground Waterx2 Electric Bug Fairy Fire Poison Steel

How to Get Primal Groudon General icon

You cannot catch Groudon in its primal evolved form from the raid. The primal raid boss is always catchable in its base form and as such, the CP ranges are for a regular Groudon.

Groudon can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 2260 CP – 2351 CP (no weather boost)
  • 2825 CP – 2939 CP (Sunny weather)

In order to get Primal Groudon you will need 400 Primal Energy for the initial evolution, then 80 Mega Energy to evolve the same Groudon again in the future. If you wait for their ‘cooldown’ period to end, Primal Evolution is free. This cooldown period is shorter the higher mega level your Primal Pokémon is. Primal Energy can be obtained via Primal Groudon Raids, and once you have evolved Primal Groudon, you can earn 100 Primal Energy per candy while walking it as your buddy. You can walk any Groudon to earn Primal Energy, as long as you have previously evolved one to register it to your Primal Pokédex.

Primal Reversion Bonuses

You’ll receive bonuses when your Groudon reverts to its primal form!

  • Raids: Increased damage for types when part of Raid Party
  • Buddy: Catching Pokémon with affected type grants additional XP and Candy
Primal Groudon Boosted types
Fire Grass Ground
  • When Primal Groudon is in your party, Fire-, Grass-, and Ground-type attacks will benefit from attack bonuses in raids.
  • When Primal Groudon is your buddy, catching Fire-, Grass-, and Ground-type Pokémon will grant you additional XP and Candy. This can be particularly handy during events to boost candy for more variety of species than Mega Pokémon.

Similar to Mega Evolution Levels, each time you Primal Evolve Groudon, their Primal Evolution bonuses will increase and less Primal Energy will be required to perform a Primal Evolution.

  • Groudon’s Primal Level will increase the more times they revert to their primal forms, improving their bonuses.
  • You can see a Pokémon’s Primal Level and the bonuses granted by that level by
    navigating to the Pokémon’s page and tapping the Primal Level icon.
  • Groudon can progress through three Primal Levels, and you can only progress the level a certain amount each day

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