Rayquaza Raid Guide

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Rayquaza

Best Rayquaza Counters in Pokémon GO are strong Ice-types such as Mamoswine, Weavile, Ice Beam Mewtwo, and Jynx. Rayquaza is a Tier 5 Boss with 49808 CP. You can catch Rayquaza in the following CP ranges:

  • 2102 – 2191 CP at Lvl 20, no weather boost
  • 2627 – 2739 CP at Lvl 25 with Windy weather

Since the introduction of Mamoswine and Weavile, Rayquaza can now be easily duoed. We recommend groups of 2-4, for high-level trainers, or 5-20 for lower leveled players.

For our Simulator’s list of counters, check here. As well, for a full IV chart, you can check here.

Rayquaza Counters

The following table shows best Pokemon to use versus a Rayquaza raid boss:

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Glalie (Mega) Frost Breath
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
274.78s 13.83
2. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow
Ice
Weather Ball
Ice
298.25s 15.33
3. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
332.09s 18.83
4. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath
Dragon
Dragon Claw
Dragon
348.21s 14.17
5. Mamoswine Powder Snow
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
360.99s 15.83
6. Latias (Mega) Dragon Breath
Dragon
Outrage
Dragon
390.27s 14.00
7. Glaceon Frost Breath
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
383.49s 19.33
8. Weavile Ice Shard
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
382.30s 20.67
9. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw
Rock
Rock Slide
Rock
401.95s 16.67
10. Jynx Frost Breath
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
402.11s 24.50
11. Mewtwo Psycho Cut
Psychic
Ice Beam
Ice
425.35s 17.67
12. Charizard (Mega X) Dragon Breath
Dragon
Dragon Claw
Dragon
431.18s 22.33
13. Avalugg Ice Fang
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
452.25s 16.17
14. Sceptile (Mega) Fury Cutter
Bug
Dragon Claw
Dragon
442.07s 24.25
15. Kyurem Dragon Breath
Dragon
Blizzard
Ice
454.57s 22.50
16. Avalugg (Hisuian) Powder Snow
Ice
Blizzard
Ice
477.56s 15.17
17. Aurorus Frost Breath
Ice
Weather Ball
Ice
468.82s 18.00
18. Beartic Powder Snow
Ice
Ice Punch
Ice
457.60s 23.17
19. Vanilluxe Frost Breath
Ice
Blizzard
Ice
454.72s 23.83
20. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch
Electric
Dragon Pulse
Dragon
469.15s 19.00
21. Alakazam (Mega) Psycho Cut
Psychic
Dazzling Gleam
Fairy
468.39s 23.00
22. Porygon-Z Lock-On
Normal
Blizzard
Ice
472.64s 23.00
23. Articuno Frost Breath
Ice
Ice Beam
Ice
485.14s 20.00
24. Piloswine Ice Shard
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
479.75s 22.33
25. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun
Water
Ice Beam
Ice
501.06s 18.50
26. Gengar (Mega) Lick
Ghost
Shadow Ball
Ghost
494.04s 22.83
27. Mr. Rime Ice Shard
Ice
Ice Punch
Ice
492.53s 24.33
28. Altaria (Mega) Dragon Breath
Dragon
Dazzling Gleam
Fairy
513.37s 17.67
29. Walrein Frost Breath
Ice
Blizzard
Ice
506.11s 22.00
30. Regice Frost Breath
Ice
Blizzard
Ice
523.52s 17.00
31. Rayquaza Dragon Tail
Dragon
Outrage
Dragon
509.14s 24.75
32. Zekrom Dragon Breath
Dragon
Outrage
Dragon
518.70s 20.50
33. Sneasel Ice Shard
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
486.18s 32.40
34. Dialga Dragon Breath
Dragon
Draco Meteor
Dragon
528.26s 17.33
35. Gyarados (Mega) Dragon Tail
Dragon
Outrage
Dragon
531.27s 16.67

Rayquaza is double weak to Ice and weak to Fairy, Dragon and Rock type moves. Consequently, the list of counters follows this to the letter, with Ice types leading the charge.

Rayquaza’s stats and moveset difficulty

Rayquaza Dragon Flying
Max CP

3835 (lvl 40) 4336 (lvl 50)

ATK 284 DEF 170 HP 213
Weak to Strong Against
Dragon Fairy Ice Rock Bug Dragon Fighting Grass
Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Air Slash Flying
  • Outrage Dragon
  • Aerial Ace Flying
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Hurricane Flying (legacy)

Rayquaza fights generally fall into two categories: versus Outrage and versus anything else. Outrage is a move that can potentially have massive damage output, especially if it’s frequently activated, and it’s the real reason why Dragon types are not preferred Rayquaza counters. Ice types resist Outrage and Dragon Tail easily, especially Mamoswine, and they make the whole fight much easier.

In terms of difficulty, here’s how Ray’s charged moves stack up:

  • Outrage is the most difficult, even for Ice types, roughly 20-30% more difficult in terms of KOs
  • Ancient Power is the easiest one, especially for teams using Mamoswine and Ice Beam Mewtwo
  • Aerial Ace is “middle of the road” difficulty and nothing to worry about

Given a good setup, however, you will tear through Rayquaza like a Snorlax in an all-you-can-eat restaurant.

Rayquaza Duo Guide

Rayquaza is one of the easiest bosses for a duo raid attempt, provided that you are at least Level 30 with good Ice type counters. Let’s see what is the correct approach for Rayquaza duo raids.

Optimal team composition:

  • Mamoswine at level 25+ with Powder Snow and Avalanche. Both moves are easily accessible by using Fast and Charge TMs and, luckily, they are not Community Day exclusives. Shadow Mamoswine will do 20% more damage, but will die off quicker.
  • Galarian Darmanitan is also a solid choice with Ice Fang and Avalanche. Your time to win will be less with Darmanitan, but it is a bit glassier so will die more often than Mamoswine.
  • Bringing Mega Abomasnow or Mega Glalie will give a great boost to your Ice types and help you defeat Rayquaza even quicker.
  • In case you don’t have access to Mamoswine, you can use Ice types, but they need to be powered up to at least level 30: Ice Beam Mewtwo, Glaceon, Weavile, Avalugg, Jynx, Articuno.
  • You will need at least two teams of Ice attackers, the teams should be balanced and well rounded. You will need to relobby for sure, so having access to a second team is beneficial.
  • Remember that Rayquaza is double weak to Ice moves. It may be tempting to use the recommended Dragon types, but they perform worse than low level Ice attackers.

In terms of move set difficulty:

  • Dragon Tail / Outrage is the most difficult move set.
  • Double Flying is the easiest move set.
  • Outrage is the hardest Charge Move. Please be careful when re-entering the battle, if you get hit by Outrage immediately, that’s one less Pokémon for that attempt.
  • When faced against Outrage, prepare to die a lot. Outrage deals a ton of damage and will hurt your team regardless of which Pokémon you use. Mamoswine will have a high death count against Outrage as well. Higher level Mamoswine will perform better.
  • Mewtwo performs well against Outrage, but needs to be a sufficiently high level (30+).
  • Weavile, Jynx and Glaceon will have problems against Outrage, and should try to dodge. Their stamina is not high enough to survive it at lower levels.

Weather and Friendship Bonuses:

  • Higher Friendship level reduces the level requirement for your team. Best friends can easily use ~27-30 level Pokémon.
  • Weather bonuses have a strong effect on the difficulty of the fight. You will be able to duo, but it will cost you a ton of potions and revives.

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