Banette

As part of the Halloween event, Banette will be available in raids as a Tier 3 raid boss in Pokémon GO.

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

It is a Ghost type, which makes it only weak to Ghost and Dark type moves.

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Banette Raid 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.

Banette’s best raid counters are listed below:

Banette Counters
Supreme Counters
Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost or Lick* Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Houndoom (Mega) Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
Gyarados (Mega) Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Darkrai Snarl Dark Shadow Ball Ghost
Great Counters
Chandelure Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Gengar Shadow Claw Ghost or Lick* Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Yveltal Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Tyranitar Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Weavile Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
Honchkrow Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Hydreigon Bite Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball* Ghost
Houndoom Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark

* 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

Moveset

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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