Hey Trainers,

Despite being the first Mega Evolution for many players via the Special Research line “A Mega Discovery”, Mega Beedrill has never actually been available through raids before! Isn’t that strange? Well, it’s time to give it a proper raid boss analysis about a year after its debut.

Beedrill (Mega)

Mega Beedrill’s a budget bug beast, boasting a bountiful attack stat with a cheaper than normal 100 initial and 20 subsequent mega energy cost. It’s likely to be the best Poison attacker for years to come, which is meaningful for the future Alolan quartet, the Tapus, especially Tapu Bulu, which is doubly weak to Poison. It can also function as a Bug attacker against the plentiful Psychic type legendaries, such as Mewtwo, Cresselia, and more.

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It’s a BugPoison type, so many types are strong against it. Use Psychic, Fire, Rock, and Flying types to swat this bee. Be mindful that although Psychic is super effective, Bug can hit it right back for weakness. Bee careful!

Mega Beedrill doesn’t have amazing bulk, so it can be beaten with 2-3 trainers no problem. Just watch out for that massive attack stat, it rivals Mewtwo’s! Figure out its movepool from recommendations, you don’t want to bring a Mewtwo in against X-Scissor.

Counters

Here’s the 12 best overall counters for Mega Beedrill, sans Megas and Shadows. (Italics indicate a legacy move.)

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psystrike 413.27s 19.38
2. Reshiram Fire Fang Overheat 484.11s 14.63
3. Moltres Fire Spin Sky Attack 508.67s 15.13
4. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 494.71s 22.88
5. Chandelure Fire Spin Overheat 518.29s 16.75
6. Darmanitan Fire Fang Overheat 508.32s 22.25
7. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Wrecker 549.45s 13.00
8. Victini Confusion V-Create 535.03s 17.75
9. Heatran Fire Spin Flamethrower 565.28s 9.00
10. Entei Fire Fang Overheat 540.72s 16.13
11. Metagross Zen Headbutt Psychic 555.07s 14.63
12. Latios Zen Headbutt Psychic 525.74s 24.75

Now for the top 5 Mega options.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Blast Burn
399.62s 11.25
2. Charizard (Mega X) Fire Spin Blast Burn 465.96s 14.88
3. Gengar (Mega) Lick Psychic 499.43s 12.50
4. Pidgeot (Mega) Gust Brave Bird 483.53s 18.25
5. Houndoom (Mega) Fire Fang Flamethrower 494.63s 21.13

On/After Catch

Mega Beedrill rewards a regular Beedrill, which has the potential to be shiny. You’ll also be rewarded Beedrill Mega Energy depending on the raid’s speed.

Beedrill is boosted by Rainy and Cloudy weather.

  • Catch CP: 994 – 1054
  • Weather Boosted Catch CP: 1242 – 1318

Mega Beedrill costs 100 Mega Energy to Mega Evolve for the first time, and 20 Mega Energy for subsequent Mega Evolutions. The discount only applies if it’s the same Beedrill.

Mega Beedrill’s Stats and Movepool

Here are the stats and moves for Mega Beedrill.

Beedrill (Mega) BugPoison
Max CP at lvl 40 3383 | Max CP at lvl 50 3824
ATK 303 DEF 163 HP 148
Weak to Strong Against
Fire Rock Psychic Flying  Fightingx2 Grassx2 Bug Poison Fairy
Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Poison Jab Poison
  • Infestation Bug
  • Bug Bite Bug
  • Sludge Bomb Poison
  • X-Scissor Bug
  • Fell Stinger Bug
  • Aerial Ace Flying
  • Drill Run Ground

 

Mega Beedrill is very powerful, but it has low defence. Be cautious in Cloudy or Rainy weather, and if it’s Windy, Sunny, or Partly Cloudy, change your team to match.

Closing

Mega Beedrill is a potent attacker, and it’s easy to get the energy for since they literally hand you some via a special research and some field research tasks. Granted, that may make it an unpopular raid boss, which is fair. Still, it’s an easy duo, so if you like to challenge yourself give it a shot!

Stay safe, Trainers!

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