Banette Raid Counters Guide

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Banette is available in raids as a Tier 3 raid boss in Pokémon GO. Banette is a Ghost type, which makes it only weak to Ghost and Dark type moves.

Banette can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 1244 – 1313 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 1555 – 1642 CP at Level 25 with Fog weather boost

Banette Raid Counters

The best counters for Banette raids are listed below:

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Tyranitar (Mega) Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 1 73s
2. Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 3 65s
3. Tyranitar (Shadow) Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 2 72s
4. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Ascent Flying 3 78s
5. Chandelure (Shadow) Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 5 71s
6. Banette (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 5 71s
7. Gengar (Shadow) Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 6 70s
8. Mewtwo (Shadow) Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost 4 75s
9. Houndoom (Mega) Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 3 82s
10. Cursola (Shadow) Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 6 75s
11. Tyranitar Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 2 87s
12. Weavile (Shadow) Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 4 80s
13. Alakazam (Mega) Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost 5 79s
14. Blacephalon Astonish Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 6 77s
15. Hydreigon Bite Dark Brutal Swing Dark 3 84s
16. Gyarados (Mega) Bite Dark Crunch Dark 3 91s
17. Darkrai Snarl Dark Shadow Ball Ghost 3 88s
18. Absol (Mega) Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 5 82s
19. Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Force Ghost 3 90s
20. Houndoom (Shadow) Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark 4 86s
21. Gholdengo Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 4 88s
22. Chandelure Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 5 85s
23. Honchkrow (Shadow) Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark 6 83s
24. Gengar Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 6 84s
25. Banette (Shadow) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 8 81s
26. Lunala Confusion Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost 4 89s
27. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Brutal Swing Dark 3 95s
28. Gardevoir (Mega) Confusion Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost 4 90s
29. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost 4 91s
30. Incineroar Snarl Dark Darkest Lariat Dark 3 98s

* marks a legacy move

Banette doesn’t have many weaknesses but the Pokémon listed above have been featured in plenty of events. However, if you don’t have any of the Pokémon listed above powered up, you can always use:

  • Generalist” Pokémon
  • Other heavy-hitting megas such as Mega Charizard Y, despite dealing neutral damage
  • Absol, Mismagius, Krookodile or even Hoopa

Keep in mind that Mega Gengar is currently boosted and thus in a tier of its own. If a “Super Supreme Counters” Tier were to exist, Mega Gengar would be the only Pokémon there.

Stats and Max CP

Banette Ghost
Max CP at Level 40 2298 | Max CP at Level 50 2599
ATK 218 DEF 126 STA 162
Weak to Strong Against
Dark Ghost Ghost Psychic


Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Hex Ghost
  • Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Thunder Electric
  • Dazzling Gleam Fairy

Banette is a decent ghost type attacker, although a bit squishy. Its performance is unfortunately nowhere near the top-tier raid attackers, but it’s a fun Pokémon to use for raid challenge purposes.

Banette has a Mega Evolution (not available yet in Pokémon GO), which has a very interesting attack stat. Unfortunately for Banette though, Mega Gengar can also do its job but even better. Mega Gengar has a higher attack stat and slightly more bulk, outclassing Mega Banette in raids.

Being slightly worse than one of the best Pokémon in the game doesn’t mean that it’s useless, so if you want to power it up I’d say go ahead! Keep in mind that it’s a glass cannon, so using it as your lead Pokémon in raids will probably be your best bet.

We hope you found this raid guide useful!

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