Entei Counters Guide

Entei is a Tier 5 Legendary Raid Boss in Pokémon GO, with a Raid Boss CP of 41758. It’s a pure Fire type, which means that best Entei counters are Ground, Rock and Water types. Entei is a member of the Johto Beasts (together with Raikou and Suicune), a Legendary Trio originally discovered in the Johto Region (Gen II).

Entei can be caught in the following CP-ranges:

  • 1900 – 1984 CP for a regular Level 20 encounter
  • 2375 – 2480 CP for a Sunny weather boosted encounter (Level 25)

Entei has a stat composition of 235 Attack, 171 Defense, and 251 Stamina leading to a Max CP of 3473. Duoing Entei is possible, but it would require maxed out counters, as well as Best Friend Bonus, Partly Cloudy, Rainy, or Sunny Weather Boost, and a good amount of luck. We suggest you to take on Entei in groups of 3-6, for high-level players, or 7-20, for lower level players. Entei takes reduced damage from resisting Bug, Fairy, Fire, Grass, Ice, and Steel types and is boosted by Sunny weather.

Entei Raid Counters

Entei is one the best Fire type Pokémon currently available in Pokémon GO, at least when it comes to TDO. Moltres overpowers it in DPS, but Entei’s bulk is definitely something you want to take into account, especially when you’re on a Potion-budget.

Best Entei Counters
Kyogre Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock
Swampert Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water
Kingler Bubble Water Crabhammer Water
Feraligatr Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water
Palkia Dragon Tail Dragon Hydro Pump Water
Gyarados Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Tyranitar Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock
Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock
Garchomp Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Omastar Rock Throw Rock Hydro Pump Water
Vaporeon Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water
Swampert Water Gun Water Surf Water
Groudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Salamence Dragon Tail Dragon Hydro Pump Water
Blastoise Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water
Floatzel Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Milotic Waterfall Water Surf Water
Golem (Alola) Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock

Counters Explained


King Kyogre reigns again! As the best Water-type in Pokémon GO, it never ceases to amaze you. With great power and survivability, Kyogre is definitely a top rank pick for countering Entei. It’s numerous appearances in Raids also makes it very accessible.


If you’re not on a Potion-budget, Rampardos is the way to go! The “Rock-type Gengar” of the Sinnoh region may be a glass cannon, but its monstrous ATK of 295 will make up for that. When it comes to TTW, it leaves everyone far behind. Downfall: it dies A LOT. Nevertheless, if you do have a good Rampardos, use it!


Swampert’s excellent typing makes him a force to be reckoned. Coupled with Hydro Cannon and solid bulk, Swampert is an easy recommendation against Entei.


Kingler, yes, Kingler! Since Crabhammer was added to the game, Kingler became the equivalent of Water-type Gengar, making waves in the meta. Entei counters list is the first place we’re seeing Crabhammer Kingler take a place among the elite.


With Hydro Cannon as Community Day Move, Feraligatr finally made its way to the top ranks of Water-types in Pokémon GO. Ending on the 5th place when it comes to TTW, Feraligatr definitely earns its spot on your Battle Party! Without Hydro Cannon, you’re better off with other Water-types.


Palkia has A-MA-ZING stats. With an ATK of 280, it fires devastating shots with its Hydro Pump. Unfortunately, Palkia does not have access to a Water-type Fast Move, but with Dragon Tail, it still benefits from STAB. Also, it gains energy fast to hit Entei with that Hydro Pump.


Basically Kyogre, but slower and less bulky.


Without a doubt: Smack Down Tyranitar is a beast. It’s basically a slower Rampardos with more bulk, a worse Charge Move and a lower ATK stat. Still, Tyranitar performs excellent against Entei.


Slower version of Tyranitar.


Best performing Ground-type against Entei, but Earthquake simply isn’t that good of a Charge Move. Still, Garchomp will do its amount of damage.


Entei Raid Guide
Entei Raid Counters Infographic by Couple of Gaming

Entei Moveset Analysis

Entei has access to the following moves:

Fast Charge
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Fire Fang Fire
  • Overheat Fire
  • Fire Blast Fire
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Iron Head Steel

*Best moveset for Entei is in bold (Overheat does the most damage, but Flamethrower is a great move for Raids and Gym Battles due to it being a 2-bar Move)

  • Overheat and Fire Blast hit hard, but get resisted by Water and Rock types.
  • Flamethrower and Iron Head don’t hit as hard as Overheat and Fire Blast, but as they are 2-bar Moves, you will get spammed by them more.

You don’t have to worry about any of these moves, as almost all top counters resist Fire moves due to their typing. With proper dodging, that hard-hitting Overheat won’t hurt you a lot. Rampardos will take Super Effective damage from Iron Head, but other Rock-types have enough bulk to tank a few.

Weather Effects

Entei is boosted by Sunny weather, while being more vulnerable in Rainy and Partly Cloudy weather. Sunny weather will boost your Ground counters, and give you the chance to catch Entei at level 25, but the battle will be harder because of Entei’s boosted Fire moves. If you want the fight to be easier, challenge Entei in Rainy weather to boost your Water counters, or Partly Cloudy and Sunny to boost your Rock and Ground counters.

Weather Pro Con
Sunny Boosts Ground types Boosts Entei’s Fire moves
Partly Cloudy Boosts Rock types
Snow Boosts Entei’s Heavy Slam Steel
Rainy Boosts Water types

Simulator Results

All data and numbers used in this article are extracted from our GO Hub Database. Below, you can find a list of the top 10 Counters against Entei, according to our simulator.

Please note that this list is based on overall performance against all Entei movesets, and Pokémon in this list have maxed out stats (powered up to level 40). Actual results may vary, depending on the moveset on the Raid Boss and the conditions of the Raid Battle.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Kyogre Waterfall Hydro Pump 618.9s 16
2. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 556.2s 28
3. Swampert Water Gun Hydro Cannon 642.2s 20
4. Kingler Bubble Crabhammer 606.5s 24
5. Palkia Dragon Breath Hydro Pump 709.3s 15
6. Feraligatr Water Gun Hydro Cannon 655.6s 21
7. Gyarados Waterfall Hydro Pump 695.6s 21
8. Tyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge 687.2s 22
9. Rhyperior Smack Down Stone Edge 714.2s 22
10. Garchomp Mud Shot Earthquake 737.0s 21
11. Crawdaunt Waterfall Crabhammer 662.2s 31
12. Omastar Rock Throw Hydro Pump 769.8s 20
13. Vaporeon Water Gun Hydro Pump 776.4s 21
14. Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake 735.0s 27
15. Blastoise Water Gun Hydro Cannon 781.3s 24
16. Salamence Dragon Tail Hydro Pump 771.2s 25
17. Aerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Slide 731.2s 31
18. Kingdra Waterfall Hydro Pump 856.1s 19
19. Milotic Waterfall Surf 836.4s 21
20. Golem Rock Throw Stone Edge 799.6s 26
21. Kabutops Waterfall Stone Edge 812.3s 25
22. Floatzel Waterfall Hydro Pump 742.1s 33
23. Golem Rock Throw Stone Edge 795.6s 28
24. Starmie Water Gun Hydro Pump 797.1s 29
25. Regirock Rock Throw Stone Edge 888.1s 21
26. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Ancient Power 846.3s 28
27. Empoleon Waterfall Hydro Pump 788.4s 32
28. Wailord Water Gun Surf 853.3s 28
29. Relicanth Water Gun Hydro Pump 958.0s 20
30. Poliwrath Bubble Hydro Pump 896.2s 26