Buzzwole Raid Guide (Ultra Beast)

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Buzzwole is a Bug and Fighting type Ultra Beast Tier-5 Raid boss. Best Buzzwole raid counters include powerful Fairy, Fire, Flying and Psychic types, with a mixed range of different counters available to help you defeat it. It is 2x weak to Flying because of its dual typing.

Buzzwole Raid Boss CP is 44654, and you can catch it in the following CP Ranges:

  • 1894 CP to 1977 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 2368 CP to 2472 CP at Level 25, with Rainy and Cloudy weather boost

Depending on your levels and counters, we would recommend 2-5 Trainers who are high level, and more if you don’t have optimal teams. This guide will tell you how to beat this macho Ultra Beast, as well as its optimal stats, moves and CP range.

Best Buzzwole Counters in Pokémon GO

List of counters for the Buzzwole Raid Boss in Pokémon GO, including best Pokémon to defeat it, highest DPS attackers, and moves to use. Learn which Pokémon are the best choice to beat this raid boss.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Moltres Wing Attack Flying Sky Attack Flying 395.94s 7.75
2. Rayquaza Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 414.08s 9.88
3. Articuno (Galarian) Psycho Cut Psychic Brave Bird Flying 433.56s 9.00
4. Staraptor Gust Flying Brave Bird Flying 411.22s 15.50
5. Braviary Air Slash Flying Brave Bird Flying 433.40s 13.00
6. Yveltal Gust Flying Hurricane Flying 437.04s 12.75
7. Honchkrow Peck Flying Sky Attack Flying 411.47s 20.00
8. Tornadus (Incarnate) Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 443.02s 11.88
9. Tornadus Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 445.08s 11.88
10. Tornadus (Therian) Gust Flying Hurricane Flying 463.03s 11.13
11. Braviary (Hisuian) Air Slash Flying Brave Bird Flying 468.06s 11.50
12. Unfezant Air Slash Flying Sky Attack Flying 448.89s 16.88
13. Zapdos Thunder Shock Electric Drill Peck Flying 485.29s 10.63
14. Ho-Oh Extrasensory Psychic Brave Bird Flying 505.59s 7.13
15. Moltres (Galarian) Wing Attack Flying Brave Bird Flying 483.14s 13.25
16. Toucannon Peck Flying Drill Peck Flying 485.18s 18.13
17. Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Psystrike Psychic 494.03s 15.75
18. Lugia Extrasensory Psychic Aeroblast Flying 531.13s 6.63
19. Togekiss Air Slash Flying Aerial Ace Flying 538.64s 7.63
20. Kartana Air Slash Flying Aerial Ace Flying 479.12s 25.00
21. Yanmega Wing Attack Flying Aerial Ace Flying 528.75s 11.50
22. Blaziken Fire Spin Fire Brave Bird Flying 535.93s 14.83
23. Fearow Peck Flying Sky Attack Flying 553.02s 19.00
24. Swellow Wing Attack Flying Brave Bird Flying 534.59s 20.50
25. Hoopa (Unbound) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 519.00s 22.40
26. Scyther Air Slash Flying Aerial Ace Flying 562.69s 12.75
27. Lunala Air Slash Flying Psychic Psychic 584.42s 7.17
28. Sirfetch'd Fury Cutter Bug Brave Bird Flying 558.13s 15.67
29. Noivern Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 561.78s 13.50
30. Pidgeot Gust Flying Brave Bird Flying 560.61s 14.67
31. Charizard Air Slash Flying Blast Burn Fire 582.96s 10.00
32. Reshiram Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 581.37s 11.00
33. Oricorio (Sensu) Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 582.35s 9.14
34. Talonflame Peck Flying Brave Bird Flying 583.13s 11.00
35. Chandelure Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire 588.44s 10.00

With a wide range of counters and a fair few different type weaknesses thanks to that Bug and Fighting dual typing, most trainers should find themselves able to whip up a strong team of counters.

Since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to remove Frustration with a Charge TM, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.

Best Mega Pokémon against Buzzwole

Mega Pidgeot, Mega Latios and Mega Charizard Y and X perform exceptionally well against Buzzwole. Here’s how they compare to Moltres and Rayquaza.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Pidgeot (Mega) Wing Attack Flying Brave Bird Flying 270.37s 8.00
2. Charizard (Mega Y) Air Slash Flying Blast Burn Fire 321.41s 5.63
3. Moltres Wing Attack Flying Sky Attack Flying 395.40s 7.63
4. Latios (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 397.86s 11.13
5. Rayquaza Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 415.93s 9.63
6. Charizard (Mega X) Wing Attack Flying Blast Burn Fire 424.92s 11.75

Buzzwole Moveset Analysis

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Counter Fighting
  • Poison Jab Poison
  • Superpower Fighting
  • Fell Stinger Bug
  • Power-Up Punch Fighting
  • Lunge Bug

For PvE As Buzzwole doesn’t get access to any Bug type fast moves, it has the most potential as a Fighting type. It sadly doesn’t have Dynamic Punch right now which would have been the ideal move set in combination with Counter. It isn’t meta breaking, but could be a handy back up Fighting type for raids.

For PvP we have a dive into their use, and it looks exciting! Poison Jab and Counter are two great fast moves, literally being super fast, and some great charges moves in Lunge and Fell Stinger. Hype!

Buzzwole Stats

Buzzwole BugFighting
Max CP at lvl 40 3461 / lvl 50 3912
ATK 236 DEF 196 HP 216
Weak to Strong Against
Flying x2 Fairy Fire Psychic Bug Dark Fighting Grass Ground


Buzzwole will make a decent Fighting type for raids, but the real excitement should be in PvP! It has play in Great League and Ultra League, as well as having a really unique design generally.

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