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 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.
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!
|Top Raid Counters|
|Pidgeot (Mega)||Gust||Brave Bird|
|Moltres||Wing Attack||Sky Attack (legacy)|
|Great support Pokémon|
|Charizard (MegaY)||Wing Attack||Blast Burn (legacy) Fire|
|Tornadus (Incarnate)||Air Slash||Hurricane|
|Staraptor||Wing Attack||Brave Bird|
|Braviary||Air Slash||Brave Bird|
|Zapdos||Charge Beam Electric||Drill Peck|
|Ho-Oh||Extrasensory Psychic||Brave Bird|
|Togekiss||Air Slash||Aerial Ace|
|Unfezant||Air Slash||Sky Attack|
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,types and type moves dominate here, it really is going to be your route to an easy victory.
|Max CP at lvl 40/lvl 50 2695/3506|
|ATK 234||DEF 179||HP 190|
|Weak to||Strong Against|
|Fairy Fire 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|
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!