Mega Charizard X Raid Guide

Pokemon GO Charizard (Mega X)Charizard (Mega X)FireDragon

Mega Charizard X is 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

Pokemon GO Charizard (Mega X)Charizard (Mega X)FireDragon
Max CP 3850
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 is 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 Counters
The supreme Mega Charizard X Raid Counters
Pokemon GO RayquazaRayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Pokemon GO SalamenceSalamence Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage* Dragon
These two Pokémon are highlighted because of the likelihood that you have several of these in your repertoire and their consistency in the top counters regardless of weather. Their Dragon typing protects them from Mega Charizard X’s fire type attacks, but also makes them more susceptible to Dragon Claw attacks.

 

Rayquaza is the better choice due to its high attack stat, but its lower defense means you will want to dodge if you can to make the most of its time in battle. Outrage is a two bar charge move and will allow you to make the most of energy gains from raid boss attacks.

Salamence is a great choice as well and is arguably a budget Rayquaza that is slightly better then Dragonite. You will likely want to try and dodge as well if possible because it too has lower defense and stamina then other dragon counterparts. This is especially true in sunny/clear weather.

Great Mega Charizard X raid counters
Pokemon GO RampardosRampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock
Pokemon GO PalkiaPalkia Dragon Tail Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon
Pokemon GO ZekromZekrom Dragon Breath Dragon

Outrage Dragon

Pokemon GO GarchompGarchomp Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Pokemon GO HaxorusHaxorus Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon
Pokemon GO ReshiramReshiram Dragon Breath Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon
Pokemon GO DragoniteDragonite Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior
  • Smack Down Rock
  • or Mud-Slap Ground
  • Rock Wrecker* Rock
  • or Earthquake Ground
Pokemon GO DialgaDialga Dragon Breath Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon
Pokemon GO LatiosLatios Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon
Pokemon GO TerrakionTerrakion Smack Down Rock Rockslide Rock

*Legacy Move

Movesets

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.

  • Landorus with Mud Shot or Rock Throw / Earth Power
  • Groudon with Mud Shot / Earthquake
  • Kyurem with Dragon Breath / Dragon Claw
  • Latias with Dragon Breath / Outrage
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down / Stone Edge
  • Mega Charizard X with Wing Attack / Dragon Claw
  • Aerodactyl with Rock Throw / Rock Slide
  • 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 Rayquaza and Salamence, you will want to bring Rhyperior (ground moveset), Groudon, and Garchomp with earthquake.

In Partly Cloudy weather, you will want to bring your core dragon duo 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.

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

Credit to Pokebattler.com for the simulation data.

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