Mega Charizard Y Raid Guide

Pokemon GO Charizard (Mega Y)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 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 4455

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 53873 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

Pokemon GO Charizard (Mega Y)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 Counters
The supreme Mega Charizard Y Raid Counters
Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker* Rock
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Smack Down* Rock  Stone Edge Rock
These two Pokémon are highlighted because of the likelihood that you have several of these in your repertoire. Their Rock typing protects them from most of Mega Charizard Y’s attacks and exploits its double weakness to rock.

Rhyperior is the superior choice, as the name suggests. Rock Wrecker is a two bar charge moves and will make the most of energy gains from the raid bosses attacks. Smack Down does make it a little more challenging to dodge, but luckily Rhyperior resists Flying and Fire type attacks.

Tyranitar is always an amazing pick in regards to rock or dark types. It has amazing stats and a good move pool. Without access to Rock Wrecker, it unfortunately under performs Rhyperior, but still solid choice if you have Smack Down Tyranitar from previous community days. If you do not have access to Smack Down, then I would recommend other picks mentioned below.

Great Mega Charizard Y raid counters
Pokemon GO RampardosRampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock
Pokemon GO TerrakionTerrakion Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock
Pokemon GO GigalithGigalith Smack Down Rock

Rock Slide Rock

Pokemon GO AerodactylAerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock
Pokemon GO OmastarOmastar Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide* Rock
Pokemon GO LandorusLandorus Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock
Pokemon GO GolemGolem Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock
Pokemon GO Blastoise (Mega)Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon* Water
Pokemon GO LunatoneLunatone Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock
Pokemon GO SolrockSolrock Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock
Pokemon GO AggronAggron Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock

*Legacy Move

Movesets

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)

Additional Charizard Counters

As you can see, there is a common theme here of using Rock types. Regardless of weather, you will want to use rock types. If you are short on rock types, then you can bring in your best Electric and Water type Pokémon in the following order:

  • Mega Blastoise with Water Gun / Hydro Cannon
  • Zekrom with Charge Beam / Wild Charge
  • Kyogre with Waterfall / Surf
  • Kingler with Bubble / Crabhammer
  • Swampert with Water Gun / Hydro Cannon
  • Raikou with Thunder shock / Wild Charge
  • Feraligatr with Water gun / Hydro Cannon
  • Zapdos with Thunder Shock / Thunderbolt
  • Gyarados with Waterfall / Hydro Pump

Weather Influence

Due to Charizard’s double weakness to Rock, weather has little influence. Only Mega Blastoise makes it to top 6 counters in rainy weather and even then its only #5. 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 most powerful of the current Megas, it is also the only one with a double weakness. This makes it easy to take down and easier to get that much sought after Mega Charizard energy.

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

Credit to Pokebattler.com for the simulation data.

I am an environmental scientist from Sacramento, CA. I was given my first Charmander Pokemon card by a friend in the 4th grade in 1999 and was hooked ever since. I was ranked Ace trainer in season 1 of Silph League's world rankings for PvP.