Heracross Raid Guide

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Hi there trainers,

As part of the Ultra Unlock Part 2: Space event, Heracross will for the first time be available in raids globally, this Johto pokémon is normally a South American exclusive so grab one while you can!

Heracross is a Fighting and Bug type Pokémon so has a double weakness to Flying and takes super effective damage from Fairy, Fire and Psychic types.

Heracross is predicted to be a tier 3 raid so depending on your levels and counters high level trainers should be able to solo quite easily, lower level trainers should stick to a group of 2+.

See below for advised optimal counters that will help you get your hands on this rare Pokémon!

Full credit for the artwork to ishmam and Deviant Art.

Heracross Counters

Shadow Pokémon have been excluded from the counters list due to the huge stardust cost, if you have a shadow version of one of the top counters though, use it!

Heracross Counters
Top Raid Counters
Pidgeot (Mega) Gust Flying Brave Bird Flying
Moltres Wing Attack Flying Sky Attack (legacy) Flying
Great support Pokémon
Charizard (MegaY) Wing Attack Flying Blast Burn (legacy) Fire
Rayquaza Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying
Yveltal Gust Flying Hurricane Flying
Tornadus (Incarnate) Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying
Staraptor Wing Attack Flying Brave Bird Flying
Braviary Air Slash Flying Brave Bird Flying
Honchkrow Peck Flying Brave Bird Flying
Tornadus (Therian) Gust Flying Hurricane Flying
Zapdos Charge Beam Electric Drill Peck Flying
Ho-Oh Extrasensory Psychic Brave Bird Flying
Togekiss Air Slash Flying Aerial Ace Flying
Unfezant Air Slash Flying Sky Attack Flying

If you don’t have the legacy move mentioned in this list then another move of the same type from the same Pokémon would also be fine. Unsurprisingly, Flying types and Flying type moves dominate here, it really is going to be your route to an easy victory.


Heracross BugFighting
Max CP at lvl 40/lvl 50 2695/3506
ATK 234 DEF 179 HP 190
Weak to Strong Against
Fairy Fire Flying Psychic Bug Dark Fighting Grass Ground


Caught at level 20 in CP range – 1540-1772

Caught at level 25 in CP range – 1925-2215

Heracross and its shiny version

Heracross Moveset Analysis

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Struggle Bug Bug
  • Counter Fighting
  • Megahorn Bug
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • Earthquake Ground


Counter packs a hard punch and in combination with either Megahorn or Close Combat can make Heracross an effective Pokémon to use, Earthquake is no less viable but not Heracross’s specialty.


Seeing Heracross in raids across the world is big news as it has previously been regionally locked and a lot of new (and older) players will never have had the chance to obtain one themselves. On top of the shiny being newly released and mega Heracross facing an eventual release this not a boss you should pass over!

Good luck and stay safe trainers!

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UK Instinct player since 14/07/2016, currently at 160m XP, aiming for level 50 eventually. All-round good guy who likes to take on the big raids with as few people as possible!

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