Cyndaquil Raid Guide

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

  • 516 – 560 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 645 – 700 CP at Level 25 with Sunny weather boost

It is an Fire type, which makes it weak to Water, Rock, and Ground type moves. And yes, it can be shiny, but it is a full odd shiny.

Cyndaquil 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.

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

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 8.90s 0.00
2. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker* Rock 9.40s 0.00
3. Greninja Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water 6.20s 0.00
4. Floatzel Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water 10.75s 0.00
5. Swampert Mud Shot Ground Hydro Cannon* Water 10.85s 0.00
6. Omastar Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water 10.89s 0.00
7. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 10.99s 0.00
8. Starmie Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water 11.08s 0.00
9. Excadrill Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 11.08s 0.00
10. Regigigas Hidden Power Normal Giga Impact Normal 11.13s 0.00
11. Garchomp Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 11.20s 0.00
12. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 11.15s 0.00
13. Groudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 11.17s 0.00
14. Kyogre Waterfall Water Surf Water 11.29s 0.00
15. Crawdaunt Snarl Dark Crabhammer Water 11.38s 0.00
16. Mamoswine Mud-Slap Ground Stone Edge Rock 11.46s 0.00
17. Landorus (Incarnate) Rock Throw Rock Earth Power Ground 11.60s 0.00
18. Deoxys (Attack) Zen Headbutt Psychic Zap Cannon Electric 11.66s 0.00
19. Kingler Mud Shot Ground Crabhammer Water 11.81s 0.00
20. Archeops Wing Attack Flying Ancient Power Rock 12.07s 0.00
21. Feraligatr Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon* Water 12.06s 0.00
22. Golem Mud-Slap Ground Stone Edge Rock 12.22s 0.00
23. Rhydon Mud-Slap Ground Stone Edge Rock 12.16s 0.00
24. Sharpedo Bite Dark Hydro Pump Water 12.20s 0.00
25. Salamence Bite Dark Hydro Pump Water 12.23s 0.00
26. Gyarados Waterfall Water Aqua Tail* Water 12.30s 0.00
27. Blastoise Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon* Water 12.38s 0.00
28. Lycanroc (Midnight) Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock 12.49s 0.00
29. Empoleon Metal Claw Steel Hydro Cannon* Water 12.56s 0.00
30. Golem (Alola) Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock 12.60s 0.00

* marks a legacy move

Cyndaquil is weak to Rock, Ground, and Water. If you don’t have any of the Pokémon listed above powered up, you can always use:

  • “Generalist” Pokémon such as Psycho Cut + Psystrike* Mewtwo
  • Eevolutions capable of dealing super effective damage such as Vaporeon
  • Other heavy-hitting megas

But please, try to use the Pokémon listed above if possible.

Stats and Max CP

Cyndaquil FireGround
Max CP at Level 40 980 | Max CP at Level 50 1108
ATK 116 DEF 93 STA 118
Weak to Strong Against
Water Ground Rock Bug Grass Steel Ice


Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Ember Fire
  • Tackle Normal
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Flame Charge Fire
  • Swift Normal

Cyndaquil’s final evolution, Typhlosion, is one of the worst Fire type starters in raids and gyms. While it has access to Blast Burn on certain events, you are better off with other Fire-type starters, like Charizard and Blaziken. Even outside being a starter, Darmanitan and Chandelure are better options.

In GO Battle League, Typhlosion is decent in both Great and Ultra League, but it shines better in Ultra League due to limited Fire-type options. While there is no specific limited meta where Typhlosion shines, due to its access to both Shadow Claw and Solar Beam, it can theoretically be a great choice in certain limited metas, so it’s still great to save one just in case.

In the future, Cyndaquil may be able to evolve into Hisuian Typhlosion, but we aren’t yet sure how this will be implemented in GO, or how good it will be.

We hope you found this raid guide useful!

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