Bellsprout Raid Guide


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Bellsprout GrassPoison

Bellsprout is currently featured as a Tier 1 raid boss in Pokémon GO, and it can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 543 – 590 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 679 – 738 CP at Level 25 with Sunny or Cloudy weather boost

It is a GrassPoison type Pokémon, which makes it weak to Fire, Ice, Flying, and Psychic type moves.

It is available as both a normal, and shadow raid boss. It can be shiny from a normal raid, but it cannot be shiny from a shadow raid.

Shadow Raid Information

As a shadow raid, it will hit harder than the normal raid boss, so make sure your counters are powered up, have the right moveset, and aren’t weak to the raid bosses moves. Lower levels trainers and those without top counters may need to bring a friend. Shadow Raid Bosses will grow enraged as you battle them, boosting their attack and defence. Continue to hold your ground and weaken the Shadow Raid Bosses to subdue them.

You can subdue Shadow Raid Bosses using Purified Gems, a new item that can be assembled from Shadow Shards.

Shadow Shards are mysterious gem pieces that may be dropped by Team GO Rocket. You will need to gather enough shards to use Professor Willow’s newly invented Shard Refiner, and in return you’ll be rewarded with a Purified Gem.

There are multiple ways Purified Gems can assist your battle against enraged Shadow Raid Bosses:

  • When you use a Purified Gem during a Shadow Raid, the enraged Shadow Raid Boss’s attack and defence will be lowered temporarily. This can give you the opening you need to take them down.
  • You and your fellow Trainers can use more than one Purified Gem during a Shadow Raid. If used at the same time, their effects will stack.
  • If enough Purified Gems are used, the enraged Shadow Raid Boss will be subdued—returned to its non-enraged state—which might give you the edge you need to defeat it!

Bellsprout Raid Counters

Bellsprouts best raid counters are listed below, according to our Pokémon GO DB battle simulator:

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Psystrike Psychic 4.80s 0.00
2. Blaziken (Mega) Fire Spin Fire Blaze Kick Fire 4.86s 0.00
3. Alakazam (Mega) Psycho Cut Psychic Psychic Psychic 5.10s 0.00
4. Houndoom (Mega) Fire Fang Fire Crunch Dark 5.10s 0.00
5. Gardevoir (Mega) Charge Beam Electric Psychic Psychic 5.07s 0.00
6. Gengar (Mega) Hex Ghost Psychic Psychic 5.17s 0.00
7. Latios (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Dragon Claw Dragon 5.80s 0.00
8. Pidgeot (Mega) Air Slash Flying Aerial Ace Flying 5.95s 0.00
9. Deoxys (Attack) Zen Headbutt Psychic Dark Pulse Dark 6.00s 0.00
10. Charizard (Mega X) Wing Attack Flying Flamethrower Fire 6.50s 0.00
11. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Fire Blast Fire 6.50s 0.00
12. Exeggutor Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 6.65s 0.00
13. Glalie (Mega) Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice 6.70s 0.00
14. Darmanitan Incinerate Fire Psychic Psychic 6.77s 0.00
15. Darmanitan (Standard) Incinerate Fire Psychic Psychic 6.82s 0.00
16. Gardevoir Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 6.85s 0.00
17. Beedrill (Mega) Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 6.90s 0.00
18. Glaceon Frost Breath Ice Ice Beam Ice 6.90s 0.00
19. Espeon Zen Headbutt Psychic Psybeam Psychic 7.00s 0.00
20. Metagross Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 7.00s 0.00
21. Latias Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 7.00s 0.00
22. Latias (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 7.00s 0.00
23. Latios Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 7.00s 0.00
24. Magmortar Fire Spin Fire Psychic Psychic 7.00s 0.00
25. Delphox Fire Spin Fire Psychic Psychic 7.00s 0.00
26. Flareon Fire Spin Fire Flamethrower Fire 7.20s 0.00
27. Moltres Fire Spin Fire Sky Attack Flying 7.20s 0.00
28. Heatran Fire Spin Fire Flamethrower Fire 7.20s 0.00
29. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Ice Weather Ball Ice 7.22s 0.00
30. Chandelure Fire Spin Fire Flame Charge Fire 7.50s 0.00
31. Braviary (Hisuian) Air Slash Flying Psychic Psychic 7.50s 0.00
32. Tornadus (Therian) Gust Flying Psychic Psychic 7.50s 0.00
33. Yveltal Gust Flying Psychic Psychic 7.50s 0.00
34. Lunala Air Slash Flying Psychic Psychic 7.50s 0.00
35. Gallade Confusion Psychic Synchronoise Psychic 7.56s 0.00


Stats and Max CP

Bellsprout GrassPoison
Max CP at Level 40 1033 | Max CP at Level 50 1168
ATK 139 DEF 61 STA 137
Weak to Strong Against
Fire Flying Ice Psychic Water Grass Fairy Ground Rock


Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Acid Poison
  • Vine Whip Grass
  • Power Whip Grass
  • Sludge Bomb Poison
  • Wrap Normal

Weather Influence

Weather will likely only help you out against Bellsprout. Since its strongest counters are mostly fire types, Sunny weather will benefit you more than it does Bellsprout. Its move pool does not offer good coverage and poison type attacks are not super effective against its counters, so even in Cloudy weather, the empowered poison type attacks shouldn’t cause you too much pain.

Final Notes

  • Use your best Fire types when in doubt, especially in Sunny weather
  • It is possible to encounter a shiny Bellsprout after the raid.
  • This raid boss can be taken down solo
  • If low on Fire types, use your best Flying and Psychic types

Victreebel (Bellsprout’s evolution) is actually a very strong razor blader in great and ultra league. If you have a good shadow one to use, I definitely suggest raiding for candy to power it up. Weepinbell is a strong contender in great league as well, with access to some useful legacy moves if you have some elite TMs to spare.

In summary, if you need more candy to power up some good PvP Pokémon, then I would suggest to raid a few while you can. However, if you already have your Victreebel or Weepinbell squared away, then you can use your free daily raid pass for that shiny Bellsprout chance. The shiny form is pretty cool!

We hope you found this raid guide useful, happy hunting!

Author & tags

I am an environmental scientist from Sacramento, CA. I was given my first Charmander Pokemon card by a friend in the 4th grade in 1999 and was hooked ever since. I was ranked Ace trainer in season 1 of Silph League's world rankings for PvP.

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