Kabutops is a Tier 3 Raid Boss, holding a Raid Boss CP of 19004 and a dual Rock/Water typing. If you want a chance at taking down a Kabutops solo style, then it is recommended to wait until being at least level 30.

Kabutops should be one of the more difficult Raid Bosses to solo. There are few factors that can truly influence the fight, from picking the right counters, to waiting for the correct weather, to anticipating its strongest moves. Kabutops can be difficult, but not impossible for the dedicated Trainer.


Solo Kabutops Counters

Kabutops, being a dual Rock/Water type Pokémon, has a weakness to Grass, Ground, Fighting, and Electric type moves, which is good for those who were able to get some Frenzy Plant Grass Venusaurs on Community Day. However, if you didn’t, the DPS (Damage per second) difference between these counters is not that big, so as long as you have a reasonable CP team composed of any of the Pokémon you see here, you should be ready to solo Kabutops.

Exeggutor Bullet Seed Grass Solar Beam Grass
Venusaur Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant* Grass
Groudon Mud Shot Ground Solar Beam Grass
Sceptile Bullet Seed Grass Leaf Blade Grass
Victreebel Razor Leaf Grass Solar Beam Grass
Vileplume Razor Leaf Grass Solar Beam Grass
Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
Breloom Bullet Seed Grass Seed Bomb Grass
Zapdos Charge Beam Electric Thunderbolt Electric
Meganium Vine Whip Grass Solar Beam Grass

Exeggutor

Exeggutor is a dual Grass / Psychic type Pokémon. Although it has been made a laughing stock by its Alolan counterpart, it is still considered to be one of the strongest foes to face in game, and using it with a dual Grass type moveset, well, let’s just say that Kabutops was better off as a fossil.

Venusaur

Venusaur is a dual Grass / Poison type Pokémon who recently received an update with the introduction of its Community Day exclusive move. If you weren’t able to obtain one on Community Day with Frenzy Plant Grass, we recommend you use Solar Beam Grass as a second option.

Groudon

Groudon is a pure Ground type Legendary Pokémon known for its strong stats and can function as well as any powered up Rhydon. Although Groudon can take some heavy damage if Kabutops uses a Water type moveset, considering the Damage output Groudon can provide, it is well worth it.

Sceptile

Sceptile is a pure Grass type Pokémon starting to gain traction in the meta. As Trainers finally gain the 124 Candies necessary to evolve it, it is being used as a replacement to the popular Exeggutor or other strong Grass types.

Victreebel

Victreebel is a dual Grass / Poison type Pokémon and a solid counter for Kabutops, packing a punch with using its dual Grass type moveset. However, we recommend that if your Victreebel has any kind of Poison type moves, do not use it as Kabutops has a resistance to Poison type attacks.

Vileplume 

Vileplume is a dual Grass / Poison type Pokémon that fits side by side with the rest of our Grass type counters. Just like Victreebel, if your Vileplume has any kind of Poison type moves, do not use it against Kabutops.

Raikou

Raikou is a pure Electric type Legendary Pokémon known for being an absolute powerhouse (pun intended) when it comes to bringing in the Electric type attacks in times of need. If you are failing in the Grass type department, then Raikou has you covered.

Breloom

Breloom is a dual Grass / Fighting type Pokémon that you can use as it comes; although we recommend you use a Grass type moveset against Kabutops, if your Breloom has a Fighting type move, you can still use it.

Zapdos

Zapdos is a pure Electric type Legendary Pokémon serving as the team Instinct representative, but when it comes to using it in battle, it will function as a weaker Raikou, so you should plan on using Zapdos as your on-hand Raikou replacement.

Meganium

Meganium is a pure Grass type Pokémon better known for being one of the Generation 2 starters. Just like the other Grass type starters, Meganium can play a heavy role in battle against Kabutops, although in comparison to Venusaur or Sceptile, it would be best you have Meganium as a third option.


Kabutops Raid Boss Movesets

Kabutops has access to all of the following movesets:

  • Mud Shot Ground (Fast)
  • Rock Smash Fighting (Fast)
  • Ancient Power Rock (Charged, 3 bars)
  • Water Pulse Water (Charged, 2 bars)
  • Stone Edge Rock (Charged, 1 bar)

When comparing all of Kabutops’s possible movesets, it becomes clear that there really isn’t an easy pick for counters against movesets because there is such a large variation in its moves’ typings.

Do not be discouraged if you encounter a Kabutops with a stronger moveset, just be prepared to make more than one attempt when battling.

Below is a moveset table that shows off Kabutops’s movesets ranked by difficulty, the ranking was determined by the TDMG (Total Damage) caused by a single energy cycle.

Difficulty Fast Charged
Easy Mud Shot Ground Stone Edge Rock
Mud Shot Ground Water Pulse Water
Medium Rock Smash Fighting Stone Edge Rock
Mud Shot Ground Ancient Power Rock
Hard Rock Smash Fighting Water Pulse Water
Rock Smash Fighting Ancient Power Rock

Weather Influence

Right off the bat, you should always avoid attempting to solo raid Kabutops in Rainy or Partly Cloudy weather because of its typing, as it will be an even bigger challenge to take down. Because of Kabutop’s heavy weakness to Grass types, you should really look at waiting until Sunny weather appears and using your best Grass attack counters.

Below is a table that shows off the weather advantages and disadvantages in relation to Kabutops and the counters in question.

Weather Advantages Disadvantages
Cloudy Boost Kabutop’s Rock Smash Fighting
Rainy Boost Raikou and Zapdos’s Electric movesets Boost Kabutop’s Water Pulse Water
Sunny Boost Grass and Ground type moves Boost Kabutop’s Mud Shot Ground
Partly Cloudy Boost Kabutop’s Rock type moves

Final Notes

  • Wait until at least level 30 in order to solo raid Kabutops
  • Take advantage of Grass types when battling against Kabutops
  • Kabutops’s strongest moveset is Rock Smash Fighting / Ancient Power Rock and its weakest is Mud Shot Ground / Stone Edge Rock
  • Avoid attempting to solo Kabutops in Rainy or Partly Cloudy weather, your best bet is to wait for Sunny weather to appear and use your Grass type attacks
  • Avoid using Pokémon that will take super effective damage, unless they have a high CP and DPS value
  • Be prepared to fail, it happens to the strongest of players, so be sure to stack up on your revives and potions for whenever you need them in the heat of battle