Venusaur Counters Guide

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Best Venusaur counters are strong Psychic and Fire Pokemon, like (shadow) Mewtwo, Mega Charizard Y, Moltres and Chandelure. Venusaur is a Tier 3 raid boss with a Boss CP of 18253 and a Max Capture CP of:

  • 1554 (100% IV, Level 20) 
  • 1943 (100% IV, Weather Boost Level 25) Cloudy Sunny

Although it may not look too threatening, please do not underestimate Venusaur and try to use the best counters. Tier 3 Venusaur is soloable when using the right counters, but if you don’t have them make sure team up with at least 1 or 2 additional trainers to take it down.

Venusaur counters

Whenever the shadow variant of a Pokémon listed below is available in the game, it is strongly recommended to use it over its regular/purified counterpart. However, since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to TM away Frustration, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Psystrike Psychic 4.72s 0.00
2. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 4.93s 0.00
3. Gengar (Mega) Hex Ghost Psychic Psychic 5.10s 0.00
4. Houndoom (Mega) Fire Fang Fire Crunch Dark 5.10s 0.00
5. Alakazam Psycho Cut Psychic Psychic Psychic 5.15s 0.00
6. Pidgeot (Mega) Air Slash Flying Aerial Ace Flying 5.70s 0.00
7. Gardevoir Confusion Psychic Synchronoise Psychic 5.80s 0.00
8. Gallade Confusion Psychic Synchronoise Psychic 5.80s 0.00
9. Exeggutor Extrasensory Psychic Psychic Psychic 5.90s 0.00
10. Hoopa (Unbound) Astonish Ghost Psychic Psychic 6.08s 0.00
11. Latios (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Dragon Claw Dragon 6.06s 0.00
12. Espeon Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 6.10s 0.00
13. Deoxys (Attack) Zen Headbutt Psychic Dark Pulse Dark 6.19s 0.00
14. Slowbro (Mega) Confusion Psychic Ice Beam Ice 6.30s 0.00
15. Glaceon Ice Shard Ice Ice Beam Ice 6.30s 0.00
16. Beheeyem Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 6.30s 0.00
17. Hoopa (Confined) Confusion Psychic Psybeam Psychic 6.30s 0.00
18. Mr. Rime Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 6.30s 0.00
19. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 6.40s 0.00
20. Darmanitan Fire Fang Fire Psychic Psychic 6.45s 0.00
21. Darmanitan (Standard) Fire Fang Fire Psychic Psychic 6.45s 0.00
22. Charizard (Mega X) Wing Attack Flying Flamethrower Fire 6.50s 0.00
23. Moltres Wing Attack Flying Sky Attack Flying 6.50s 0.00
24. Jynx Confusion Psychic Avalanche Ice 6.70s 0.00
25. Honchkrow Peck Flying Sky Attack Flying 6.71s 0.00
26. Weavile Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice 6.70s 0.00
27. Absol (Mega) Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 6.70s 0.00
28. Victini Confusion Psychic V-create Fire 6.90s 0.00
29. Beedrill (Mega) Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 6.90s 0.00
30. Blastoise (Mega) Bite Dark Ice Beam Ice 7.00s 0.00
31. Metagross Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 7.00s 0.00
32. Latias Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 7.00s 0.00
33. Latias (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 7.00s 0.00
34. Latios Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 7.00s 0.00
35. Magmortar Fire Spin Fire Psychic Psychic 7.00s 0.00

Final Tips

Venusaur is often underestimated but it can be a tough Raid Boss to defeat. It used to be a really difficult Tier 4 raid boss, but as a Tier 3 is nowhere near as threatening. If you have a shadow Mewtwo with Psystrike or a Mega Charizard Y powered up, you should be good to go!

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 alone if you don’t have optimal counters, and try to find at least 1 or 2 additional trainers to help you take it down.

Venusaur is not only a great Pokémon in PvE when mega evolved but also a fantastic choice in trainer battles, especially in Great and Ultra League. But if you want to make it work as it should, you’ll want to teach it Frenzy Plant, which is a legacy move. Unfortunately, Venusaur without Frenzy Plant is not worth considering at this point.

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!

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