Machop Raid Guide

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Machop

Machop is available in raids as a Tier 1 raid boss in Pokémon GO, and it can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 678 – 730 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 848 – 913 CP at Level 25 with Cloudy weather boost

It is a Fighting type Pokémon, which makes it weak to Psychic, Flying, and Fairy type moves. It is available as a full odds shiny.

Machop Raid Counters

Machop best raid counters are listed below:

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Psystrike Psychic 7.12s 0.00
2. Hoopa (Unbound) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 7.23s 0.00
3. Hoopa (Confined) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 7.90s 0.00
4. Alakazam Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 8.05s 0.00
5. Espeon Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 8.06s 0.00
6. Deoxys (Attack) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psycho Boost Psychic 8.74s 0.00
7. Gardevoir Charm Fairy Psychic Psychic 9.00s 0.00
8. Deoxys (Normal) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psycho Boost Psychic 9.20s 0.00
9. Staraptor Wing Attack Flying Brave Bird Flying 9.27s 0.00
10. Latios Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 9.44s 0.00
11. Togekiss Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy 9.80s 0.00
12. Honchkrow Peck Flying Brave Bird Flying 9.91s 0.00
13. Yveltal Gust Flying Psychic Psychic 10.00s 0.00
14. Gallade Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 10.09s 0.00
15. Exeggutor Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 10.12s 0.00
16. Ho-Oh Extrasensory Psychic Brave Bird Flying 10.14s 0.00
17. Regigigas Hidden Power Normal Giga Impact Normal 10.39s 0.00
18. Azelf Extrasensory Psychic Future Sight Psychic 10.40s 0.00
19. Metagross Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 10.52s 0.00
20. Mesprit Extrasensory Psychic Future Sight Psychic 10.54s 0.00
21. Meloetta (Aria) Confusion Psychic Dazzling Gleam Fairy 10.80s 0.00
22. Blaziken Fire Spin Fire Brave Bird Flying 11.10s 0.00
23. Pidgeot Gust Flying Brave Bird Flying 11.20s 0.00
24. Rayquaza Air Slash Flying Outrage Dragon 11.20s 0.00
25. Toucannon Peck Flying Drill Peck Flying 11.39s 0.00
26. Primarina Charm Fairy Psychic Psychic 11.46s 0.00
27. Jirachi Charge Beam Electric Psychic Psychic 11.31s 0.00
28. Sirfetch'd Counter Fighting Brave Bird Flying 11.32s 0.00
29. Tornadus (Therian) Gust Flying Hurricane Flying 11.40s 0.00
30. Latias Charm Fairy Psychic Psychic 11.46s 0.00
31. Raichu (Alola) Thunder Shock Electric Psychic Psychic 11.39s 0.00
32. Jynx Confusion Psychic Psyshock Psychic 11.40s 0.00
33. Moltres Wing Attack Flying Overheat Fire 11.20s 0.00
34. Swellow Wing Attack Flying Sky Attack Flying 11.35s 0.00
35. Tapu Lele Confusion Psychic Psyshock Psychic 11.43s 0.00

Whenever the shadow variant of a Pokémon listed below is available in the game, it is strongly recommended to use it over its regular/purified counterpart. However, since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to TM away Frustration, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article.

Machop has plenty of weaknesses so the list could go on forever. If you don’t have any of the Pokémon listed above powered up, you can always use:

  • Generalist” Pokémon such as powerful dragon type Pokémon
  • Other heavy-hitting megas

Machop shouldn’t take more than a couple of seconds to beat if you’re using the right counters, but don’t worry too much if you don’t have strong attackers powered up.

Stats and Max CP

Machop Fighting
Max CP at Level 40 1278 | Max CP at Level 50 1445
ATK 137 DEF 82 STA 172
Weak to Strong Against
Psychic Flying Fairy Normal Rock Steel Dark Ice

Moveset

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Karate Chop Fighting
  • Rock Smash Fighting
  • Low-Kick Fighting (legacy)
  • Cross Chop Fighting
  • Brick Break Fighting
  • Low Sweep Fighting

Machop doesn’t have any niche uses unless you want to power a purified one up to level 50 (and potentially even best buddy it). Extremely spicy, but some people like to run it in some restricted PvP metas. It needs to be purified as Machop’s movepool only has fighting type moves.

Machamp on the other hand is one of the best Pokémon in the entire game. Need a good gym sweeper? Use Machamp. A good fighting type attacker to use in raids? Use Machamp. A good fighter/counter user to use in PvP? Guess what? You can also run Machamp.

If you want to use it in raids, its best moveset is Counter and Dynamic Punch. Its shadow variant is significantly better, so if you have one with decent IVs just power that one up. And if you don’t, power it up anyway. Seriously, shadow Machamp is awesome and will reign supreme until shadow Conkeldurr, shadow Lucario or Mega Lucario/Blaziken/Heracross are released.

In PvP, you want to run it with Counter, Cross Chop and either Rock Slide or Payback. Rock Slide is usually the best option, but Payback can work in some metas such as the Kanto Cup where Hypno is everywhere. Shadow Machamp is probably even better in PvP as well, so if you have one with good IVs I’d recommend trying it out. Just make sure you cover its weaknesses, preferably with a steel type Pokémon as it resists fairy, flying and psychic type moves.

We hope you found this raid guide useful, happy hunting!

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