Machamp Raid Boss

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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 19707 and a maximum Capture CP of 1746 (Level 25, 100% IV, No Weather Boost) and 2183 [Level 25, 100% IV, Weather Boosted), 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 with the right attacking options against it, but the minimum recommended group size is 2 or 3 people.

Machamp Raid Counters

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Psystrike Psychic 91.48s 2.00
2. Hoopa (Unbound) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 97.46s 3.70
3. Hoopa (Confined) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 114.04s 2.20
4. Latios Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 115.47s 2.80
5. Alakazam Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 110.75s 4.10
6. Moltres Wing Attack Flying Sky Attack Flying 115.99s 3.40
7. Tapu Lele Confusion Psychic Future Sight Psychic 120.53s 2.38
8. Espeon Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 114.60s 3.80
9. Metagross Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 121.24s 3.00
10. Ho-Oh Extrasensory Psychic Brave Bird Flying 126.77s 1.88
11. Gardevoir Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 123.39s 3.00
12. Azelf Extrasensory Psychic Future Sight Psychic 118.82s 3.90
13. Xurkitree Spark Electric Dazzling Gleam Fairy 118.07s 4.38
14. Rayquaza Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 122.72s 3.40
15. Gallade Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 123.17s 3.40
16. Exeggutor Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 123.52s 3.70
17. Braviary Air Slash Flying Brave Bird Flying 127.41s 5.00
18. Zacian Metal Claw Steel Play Rough Fairy 131.69s 2.50
19. Yveltal Gust Flying Hurricane Flying 127.40s 3.63
20. Lugia Extrasensory Psychic Aeroblast Flying 136.88s 1.14
21. Beheeyem Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 130.65s 3.00
22. Honchkrow Peck Flying Sky Attack Flying 116.64s 6.00
23. Tornadus (Incarnate) Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 128.66s 3.60
24. Togekiss Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy 135.15s 1.80
25. Jirachi Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 138.01s 2.00
26. Latias Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 133.97s 2.67
27. Zacian (Hero) Quick Attack Normal Play Rough Fairy 133.93s 2.83
28. Meloetta (Aria) Confusion Psychic Psyshock Psychic 131.33s 3.14
29. Zapdos Charge Beam Electric Drill Peck Flying 134.19s 2.80
30. Staraptor Wing Attack Flying Brave Bird Flying 125.60s 4.50
31. Victini Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 138.54s 2.00
32. Celebi Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 138.65s 3.00
33. Tornadus Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 126.55s 4.00
34. Delphox Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 133.89s 3.00

Machamp is a fighting type Pokémon. Therefore, it is weak to Psychic, Flying, and Fairy. The best attackers to fight Machamp are Mewtwo, Alakazam, and Espeon, followed by Lugia, Moltres, and Rayquaza.The best movesets of the Pokémon just mentioned are:

  • Mewtwo: Confusion/Psychic 
  • Alakazam: Confusion/Futuresight and Psycho Cut/Futuresight 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 and Zen Headbutt/Futuresight 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.

Final Tips

Machamp is a great Raid Boss to look for. Some people might want to reserve their raid passes for Tier 5 Raid Bosses only, but the truth is that Machamp is as valuable in the current meta as some Tier 5 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 Blissey and Snorlax in opposing gyms.

Read our Tyranitar Raid Boss Guide
Read our Tyranitar Raid Boss Guide

Some people might argue that Tyranitar 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 Absol (Dark-type), another Tier 4 Raid Boss, since it is weak to Fighting-type.

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!

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