Blastoise Raid Boss

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Blastoise is a very challenging Tier 3 Raid Boss in Pokemon GO. It is soloable only if you bring the most optimal counters, but we strongly recommend having at least 1 or 2 additional trainers with you just to be safe and not waste your pass. Blastoise Tier 3 Boss CP is 16628 and it can have Max Capture CP of:

  • 1409 (level 20, perfect IVs, no weather boost)
  • 1761 (level 25, perfect IVs, weather boosted in Rainy weather)

Blastoise Raid Counters

Blastoise is a Water type Pokemon with weakness to Electric and Grass type attacks. Most Blastoise counters are strong Electric types that don’t have to be afraid of Blastoise’s Ice moves. During Sunny weather, Grass counters reign supreme.

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.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge Electric 5.50s 0.00
2. Xurkitree Spark Electric Power Whip Grass 5.60s 0.00
3. Gengar (Mega) Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 6.20s 0.00
4. Zarude Vine Whip Grass Power Whip Grass 6.20s 0.00
5. Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch Electric Thunderbolt Electric 6.80s 0.00
6. Beedrill (Mega) Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 6.90s 0.00
7. Latias (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Psychic Psychic 7.00s 0.00
8. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Psychic Psychic 7.00s 0.00
9. Venusaur (Mega) Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant Grass 7.10s 0.00
10. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Dragon Pulse Dragon 7.10s 0.00
11. Deoxys (Normal) Zen Headbutt Psychic Thunderbolt Electric 7.58s 0.00
12. Zekrom Dragon Breath Dragon Wild Charge Electric 7.68s 0.00
13. Porygon-Z Lock-On Normal Solar Beam Grass 7.70s 0.00
14. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 8.00s 0.00
15. Sceptile Fury Cutter Bug Leaf Blade Grass 8.10s 0.00
16. Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Thunderbolt Electric 8.28s 0.00
17. Roserade Razor Leaf Grass Sludge Bomb Poison 8.33s 0.00
18. Raikou Volt Switch Electric Wild Charge Electric 8.41s 0.00
19. Absol (Mega) Snarl Dark Payback Dark 8.49s 0.00
20. Abomasnow (Mega) Razor Leaf Grass Weather Ball Ice 8.52s 0.00
21. Electivire Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 8.59s 0.00
22. Thundurus Thunder Shock Electric Thunder Electric 8.59s 0.00
23. Thundurus (Incarnate) Thunder Shock Electric Thunder Punch Electric 8.58s 0.00
24. Venusaur Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant Grass 8.60s 0.00
25. Jolteon Thunder Shock Electric Thunder Electric 8.60s 0.00
26. Zapdos Thunder Shock Electric Thunder Electric 8.60s 0.00
27. Manectric Thunder Fang Electric Thunder Electric 8.60s 0.00
28. Gyarados (Mega) Bite Dark Outrage Dragon 8.70s 0.00
29. Magnezone Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric 8.80s 0.00
30. Charizard (Mega Y) Air Slash Flying Blast Burn Fire 8.90s 0.00
31. Magneton Charge Beam Electric Discharge Electric 8.93s 0.00
32. Leafeon Quick Attack Normal Leaf Blade Grass 8.99s 0.00
33. Sunflora Bullet Seed Grass Leaf Storm Grass 9.00s 0.00
34. Celebi Charge Beam Electric Leaf Storm Grass 9.00s 0.00
35. Breloom Counter Fighting Grass Knot Grass 8.99s 0.00

Blastoise Raid Counters Explained

Before we go into deeper analysis, remember that Blastoise can be a tough solo, especially if you don’t have any optimal counters above level 40. Before joining the raid make sure you are using Pokémon with proper movesets. Blastoise takes Super Effective damage from Electric and Grass type Movesets, due to its Water type.

The best Pokemon to fight Blastoise with are shadow Raikou with Thunder Shock / Wild Charge, Mega Manectric, the unreleased Ultra Beast Xurkitree, shadow Electivire/Zapdos/Magnezone, Thundurus-Therian and Zekrom. Powerful grass type attackers such as Mega Venusaur, Zarude and shadow Tangrowth are also all excellent choices, especially in Sunny weather.

Blastoise has access to the following moves:

Fast Charge
  • Water Gun Water
  • Bite Dark
  • Skull Bash Normal
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Flash Cannon Steel
  • Ice Beam Ice

Watch out if the raid boss charge move is Ice Beam, as it deals super effective damage against Grass type counters and since Ice Beam is a 2-bar charge move, it results in frequent move activations. Ice Beam can be dodged, but it takes some practice to do so. Hydro Pump can also hit pretty hard and it’s almost impossible to dodge, but if you’re using grass types there’s probably nothing to worry about.

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