Garbodor Raid Guide

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Garbodor is a Tier 4 raid boss in Pokémon GO. Its counters are strong Psychic types and Ground types such as Mewtwo, Alakazam, Latios, Espeon, Groudon and Excadrill.
Garbodor can be duoed fairly easily. The safest and fastest way is to use powered up Psychic types in Windy weather or powered up Ground types in Sunny weather.

Other than that, 3-5 trainers with strong counters should be able to take it out with no issue, regardless of weather.

In this guide we will cover the strongest Garbodor counters, the best strategy on how to defeat it, and what CPs you can get when catching a strong Garbodor.

Garbodor can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 1271 – 1339 CP at level 20, no weather boost
  • 1589 – 1675 CP at level 25 with Cloudy weather boost

Fact chart

Garbodor is a pure Poison type with the following stats:

Garbodor Poison
Max CP 2345
ATK 181 DEF 164 HP 190
Weak to Strong Against
Psychic Ground Fairy Grass

Raid Counters

Garbodor Counters: In order of Time to Win (TTW)
The supreme Garbodor raid counter
Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Psystrike* Psychic
Psystrike Mewtwo is so ridiculously powerful against anything weak to Psychic that it usually outperforms any other option even if weather boosted. In this case, it outperforms Excadrill and Groudon even in Sunny weather. Unfortunately, Psystrike is legacy but Psychic is still good enough to destroy Garbodor. Performance decreases as you go down the list.

Note: Psychic is legacy on Alakazam.

Great Garbodor raid counters
Alakazam Confusion Psychic Psychic* Psychic
Espeon Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic
Latios Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic
Azelf Confusion Psychic Future Sight Psychic
Metagross Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic
Excadrill Mud Slap Ground Drill Run Ground
Groudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Rhyperior Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Garchomp Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground

Since Psychic types are so strong here, there is almost no reason to use Ground types over them unless the weather is Sunny and you don’t have any Psystrike Mewtwos. In Sunny weather, all the mentioned Ground types outperform all the Psychic types except Mewtwo.

Garbodor Moveset Analysis

Garbodor can have the following moves in a raid battle and when captured:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Infestation Bug
  • Take Down Normal
  • Gunk Shot Poison
  • Seed Bomb Grass
  • Body Slam Normal
  • Acid Spray Poison

Acid Spray is by far the easiest charge move to go up against regardless of what you use, since it is extremely weak being only 20 base power and has a relatively long cooldown at 3 seconds.

Gunk Shot is the most difficult if you’re using Psychic types since it is very powerful, but Ground types laugh at it.

Seed Bomb and Body Slam aren’t very strong, but they both are 3 bar moves, which could make them very annoying to deal with.

Infestation is super effective against Psychic types, but for the most part it isn’t something to be worried about.

Take Down isn’t super effective against anything so it’s much easier to go up against than Infestation.

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