Mega Charizard X Raid Guide

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Charizard (Mega X) FireDragon

Mega Charizard X was one of the first Mega Pokémon to be introduced into Pokémon Go and is one of two forms. Charizard is one of two Pokémon to have two different mega forms, Mewtwo being the other (not yet released). Charizard’s mega X form is like a budget Reshiram with a vastly different moveset . Mega Charizard X will finally be able to get STAB bonus from Dragon Claw and almost completely change its vulnerabilities. While, it still gains a considerable boost, Mega Charizard Y is the more powerful mega form in terms of sheer power. What makes Charizard’s mega X form so interesting is the change in secondary typing, from Flying to Dragon. Charizard is finally a dragon type!

Now that it is no longer Fire/Flying, it is no longer has a double weakness and is considerably more difficult to take down. This mega raid boss will require at least 3 trainers with max counters. Use 5-7 trainers if not using max counters or as many as you can to take it down faster, as speed is rewarded with extra mega energy.

Mega Charizard X is a Mega Tier Raid Boss, with a Raid Boss CP of 53260 and a dual Fire / Dragon typing. Charizard´s max capture CP is as follows:

  • 1651 CP (No weather boost, level 20, 100% IV)
  • 2064 CP ( Sunny and Windy weather, level 25, 100% IV)

Fact Chart

Charizard (Mega X) FireDragon
Max CP 4353
ATK 273 DEF 213 HP 186
Weak to Strong Against
Rock Ground Dragon Grass Bug Steel Dragon Ice

Mega Pokémon cannot be caught, Mega Charizard X reverts to regular Charizard once it’s defeated. It is possible to encounter its shiny form after the raid, so pray to Arceus that your encounter its shiny.

In this guide, you will learn how to handle Mega Charizard X and how to build the best raiding team given your current Pokémon.

Disclaimer: Since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to remove Frustration with a Charge TM, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.

Raid Counters

Mega Charizard X
The supreme Mega Charizard X Raid Counters Time to Win Deaths
Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 482.24s 20.33
Charizard (Mega X) Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 537.00s 22.17
Great Mega Charizard X raid counters
Ampharos (Mega) Charge Beam Electric Dragon Pulse Dragon 611.33s 26.50
Rayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 611.69s 29.83
Palkia Dragon Tail Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon 637.76s 25.17
Salamence Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 622.72s 30.67
Zekrom Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon 639.19s 26.67
Gyarados (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 658.38s 22.00
Reshiram Dragon Breath Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon 655.31s 23.83
Charizard (Mega Y) Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 651.27s 26.33
Garchomp Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 649.65s 26.67
Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 622.26s 29.67
Dragonite Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon 657.52s 29.50
Altaria (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Pulse Dragon 675.87s 24.50


Luckily, your counters resists Mega Charizard X’s most powerful Fire type moves. Unfortunately, Dragon Claw is now the hardest moveset thanks to Mega Charizard X’s newfound STAB bonus and Dragon typing being super effective against itself.

  • Air Slash Flying (Fast)
  • Fire Spin Fire (Fast)
  • Fire Blast Fire (Charged, 1 bar)
  • Overheat Fire (Charged, 1 bar)
  • Dragon Claw Dragon (Charged, 3 bars)

Additional Charizard Counters

When in doubt, use your best Dragon type Pokemon. If you are short on dragon types, then move on to your best Ground and Rock types. Mega Latias and Mega Latios are also top tier counters. I did not include them because they have just been released and you may not have one just yet. If you have one, bring it!

  • Mega Latias & Mega Latios with Dragon Breath / Dragon Claw
  • Landorus with Mud Shot or Rock Throw / Earth Power
  • Groudon with Mud Shot / Earthquake
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down / Stone Edge
  • Gigalith with Smack Down / Rock Slide

Weather Influence

Weather plays a bigger role than it does with Mega Charizard Y because it lacks the double weakness to Rock. That being said, it is safe to go in with all dragons and know that you are going to do great damage.

Sunny weather will make Mega Charizard X’s fire moves super powerful, and boost the effectiveness of Ground type attacks. Along with your dragon types, you will want to bring Rhyperior (ground moveset), Groudon, and Garchomp with earth power.

In Partly Cloudy weather, you will want to bring your core dragon team and also Rhyperier (with its rock moveset), Terrakion, and Tyranitar. This weather should prove easier as Mega Charizard X’s fire type moves will not be boosted.

Finally, in Windy conditions you will want to bring your best dragons, but also be wary of Mega Charizard X’s Air Slash/Dragon Claw moveset.

How to Get Mega Charizard X

You cannot catch Charizard X in its mega evolved form from the raid. The mega raid boss is always catchable in its base form and as such, the CP ranges are for a regular Charizard.

Charizard can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 1574 – 1651 CP no weather boost
  • 1987 – 2064 CP boosted by Sunny and Windy weather boost

In order to get Mega Charizard X you will need 200 Mega Energy for the initial evolution. Once you Mega Evolve a Pokémon for the first time, Mega Energy will no longer be required for that specific Pokémon to Mega Evolve again. Instead, the Pokémon will become exhausted after its Mega Evolution and need to rest before being Mega Evolved again. In other words, there is now a cooldown period after you Mega Evolve a Pokémon. You can level up your Mega Pokémon in order to decrease this cooldown period. You can use more energy to end the cooldown period early.

Final Notes

  • Use your Dragon types when in doubt.
  • Sunny weather will prove the most difficult and allow the capture of a boosted Charizard
  • It is possible to encounter a shiny Charizard after the raid.
  • This raid boss requires a minimum of 3 trainers with max counters
  • If low on Dragon types, use your best Ground and Rock types

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