Alolan Marowak Raid Counters Guide

Alolan Marowak is a Level 4 Raid Boss in Pokemon GO, with a boss CP of 21385 and sporting a very cool typing of Fire and Ghost. Alola Marowak counters are varied, featuring Kyogre, Shadow Ball Mewtwo, Smack Down Tyranitar, Groudon, and Gengar. Alola Marowak’s max capture CPs are as follows:

  • 988 – 1048 CP (no weather boost, level 20 100% IV)
  • 1235 – 1311 CP (weather boosted in Fog and Sunny, level 25 100% IV)

We expected Alolan Marowak to be a soloable Tier 2 boss like its Kantonian counterpart, but Niantic clearly had other ideas. Before the CP rework it was a rather difficult boss, but duoable with friendship and weather, now after the rework it has been mellowed down to an easier boss. With friendship, weather, and amazing counters, 2 players can take down this boss, but if you lack any of the above, 3-4 is safe.

Minimal raid size 2
Suggested raid size 4
Boosted by Fog Sunny
Best counter types Water, Dark and Rock

Header image credit goes to LimeCatMastr on Deviantart

Alolan Marowak Counters

As a Fire and Ghost type, Alolan Marowak is weak to Water, Rock, Ground, Ghost and Dark-typed attacks.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Pokemon GO KyogreKyogre Waterfall Hydro Pump 390.5s 8
2. Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin)Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 410.5s 8
3. Pokemon GO GarchompGarchomp Mud Shot Earthquake 418.3s 8
4. Pokemon GO DarkraiDarkrai Feint Attack Shadow Ball 388.3s 11
5. Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Bite Stone Edge 421.3s 9
6. Pokemon GO GroudonGroudon Mud Shot Earthquake 413.5s 10
7. Pokemon GO HydreigonHydreigon Bite Dark Pulse 426.4s 9
8. Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Mud Slap Earthquake 427.2s 9
9. Pokemon GO TerrakionTerrakion Smack Down Rock Slide 412.0s 10
10. Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Water Gun Hydro Cannon 432.7s 10
11. Pokemon GO ChandelureChandelure Hex Shadow Ball 383.2s 13
12. Pokemon GO KinglerKingler Bubble Crabhammer 396.1s 13
13. Pokemon GO RampardosRampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 371.1s 14
14. Pokemon GO PalkiaPalkia Dragon Tail Hydro Pump 456.2s 8
15. Pokemon GO GyaradosGyarados Waterfall Hydro Pump 453.8s 8
16. Pokemon GO CrawdauntCrawdaunt Snarl Crabhammer 399.2s 13
17. Pokemon GO FeraligatrFeraligatr Water Gun Hydro Cannon 441.6s 10
18. Pokemon GO SalamenceSalamence Bite Hydro Pump 458.6s 9
19. Pokemon GO GengarGengar Lick Shadow Ball 366.2s 17
20. Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 417.2s 13
21. Pokemon GO AerodactylAerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Slide 467.8s 12
22. Pokemon GO HonchkrowHonchkrow Snarl Dark Pulse 444.1s 14
23. Pokemon GO BlastoiseBlastoise Water Gun Hydro Cannon 490.1s 11
24. Pokemon GO SamurottSamurott Waterfall Hydro Pump 492.0s 12
25. Pokemon GO HoundoomHoundoom Snarl Foul Play 460.3s 15
26. Pokemon GO VaporeonVaporeon Water Gun Hydro Pump 525.8s 10
27. Pokemon GO ExcadrillExcadrill Mud Slap Drill Run 418.7s 18
28. Pokemon GO DonphanDonphan Mud Slap Earthquake 489.7s 14
29. Pokemon GO GolemGolem Rock Throw Earthquake 499.7s 13
30. Pokemon GO MiloticMilotic Waterfall Surf 539.9s 10

In larger groups, Marowak can be effectively countered by almost any Pokemon of the aforementioned super-effective types. Additional choices may include Weavile, Samurott, Blastoise, Milotic, Omastar, Alolan Golem, Banette, Starmie, or even Sharpedo. If the boss doesn’t have Ghost moves, even Water set Golducks could finish the job, and if the raid boss doesn’t have Fire type moves, Cacturne with Dark moves is a viable (but glassy) option also. At the end of the day, Alolan Marowak’s terrible ATK stat of 144 shouldn’t pose a huge threat to its counters even when dealing super-effective damage.

Alolan Marowak Movesets

Alolan Marowak has access to the following moves:

  • Rock Smash Fighting (fast)
  • Hex Ghost (fast)
  • Shadow Ball Ghost (charged, 2-bar)
  • Bone Club Ground (charged, 3-bar)
  • Fire Blast Fire (charged, 1-bar)
  • *Shadow Bone Ghost (charged, ?-bar) exclusive Raid Day Move from October, 26th 2019

Rock Smash and Shadow Ball is the most difficult moveset to go up against, with Fire Blast sets coming in as the second-hardest and Bone Club sets as the easiest to beat.

Weather Influence

TL;DR: Raid Marowak with Kyogres in rainy weather if possible! Here’s a handy chart, though, to help you visualize the types of weather that will boost the boss and its counters.

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny Boosts counters’ Ground moves Boosts Alolan Marowak’s Fire Blast and Bone Club
Partly Cloudy Boosts counters’ Rock moves
Cloudy Boosts Alolan Marowak’s Rock Smash
Rainy Boosts counters’ Water moves
Fog Boosts counters’ Ghost and Dark moves Boosts Alolan Marowak’s Hex and Shadow Ball


Shiny Marowak

You heard that right, shiny Alolan Marowak is available through these raids, which makes them relevant again! Take a look at the normal and shiny sprites below!

Normal Shiny

Cute purple body, for your shiny collection. Good luck out there!