Mega Charizard Y Raid Guide

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Charizard (Mega Y) FireFlying

Mega Charizard Y 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. Charizard’s mega Y form is arguable one of the most powerful Pokémon in the game at this given time. Future mega forms will make this statement less true, but Mega Charizard Y will remain a relevant powerful fire type for the foreseeable future. With an attack of 319 and a max CP of 5037

Due to its double weakness to Rock type attacks, Mega Charizard Y can be duoed with max counters. Therefore, 3-5 trainers can easily take this down and a max remote raid party can achieve the highest mega energy rewards.

Mega Charizard Y is a Mega Tier Raid Boss, with a Raid Boss CP of 47739 and a dual Fire / Flying 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 Y) FireFlying
Max CP 4455
ATK 319 DEF 212 HP 186
Weak to Strong Against
Rock Electric Water Grass Bug Steel Fighting Ice

Mega Pokémon cannot be caught, Mega Charizard Y reverts to regular Charizard once it’s defeated. It is possible to encounter its shiny form after the raid, so tap your phone three times and cross your fingers.

In this guide, you will learn how to handle Mega Charizard Y 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 Y
The supreme Mega Charizard Y Raid Counter Time to Win Deaths
Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock SlideRock 297.61s 13.67
Great Mega Charizard Y raid counters
Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 435.11s 17.00
Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 440.65s 18.83
Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock SlideRock 416.72s 29.50
Terrakion Smack Down Rock Rock SlideRock 450.38s 21.17
Ampharos Charge Beam Electric Power Gem Rock 472.60s 21.17
Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 721.74s 23.00
Gyarados (Mega) Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water 496.17s 18.17
Tyranitar Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 491.12s 18.83
Gigalith Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 503.06s 21.17
Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge Electric 482.29s 34.17
Aerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 524.64s 31.33
Omastar Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 759.13s 22.13


Luckily, your counters resist most of the Mega Charizard Y’s moves. Fortunately, Dragon Claw is the easiest raid, despite its neutral damage to your rock types.

  • 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)

Weather Influence

Due to Charizard’s double weakness to Rock, weather has little influence. Only Mega Water types make it to the top counters list, and Rock types are still better in Rainy weather. Sunny/clear weather will make Mega Charizard Y’s attacks hurt even while resisting, so do your best to dodge if possible. With a group of 4+ people, it should go down fairly easily and dodging will not be necessary unless you are low on potions.

On the flip side, if you have partly cloudy weather on your side, then seek out those Mega Charizard Y raids and take them down with ease. Even though Charizard Y is the one of the most powerful of the current Megas, its double Rock weakness make it fairly easy to take down.

How to Get Mega Charizard Y

You cannot catch Charizard Y 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 Y 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 Rock types regardless of weather.
  • Sunny/clear 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 can be duoed with a maxed rock type team
  • If low on rock types, use your best water or electric Pokémon

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