Mega Garchomp Raid Counters Guide

Learn how to defeat Mega Garchomp, including best counters for duo and trio raids.

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Garchomp (Mega)

The much-awaited Mega Garchomp Raids are finally here in Pokémon GO! Slated to be a monster in battles, second only to Mega Rayquaza and Primal Groudon in Dragon and Ground damage respectively, trainers are eager to bag this powerful Pokémon.

Due to its double weakness to the Ice type, the best counters for Mega Garchomp are strong Ice type Pokémon. In addition, it is also weak to the Dragon and Fairy types.

Around 3-5 trainers with strong and high-level Pokémon can take down Mega Garchomp in the right weather conditions in the game. This write-up will serve as a comprehensive guide to successfully beating Mega Garchomp in the raid.

Mega Garchomp Raid Counters

The best counters for Mega Garchomp are the following:

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Mamoswine (Shadow) Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice 19 273s
2. Weavile (Shadow) Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice 25 312s
3. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 24 314s
4. Baxcalibur Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 20 320s
5. Mewtwo (Shadow) Psycho Cut Psychic Ice Beam Ice 20 322s
6. Mamoswine Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice 20 323s
7. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 13 329s
8. Glalie (Mega) Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice 22 335s
9. Mr. Rime (Shadow) Ice Shard Ice Triple Axel Ice 25 342s
10. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Ice Weather Ball Ice 19 338s
11. Gardevoir (Mega) Charm Fairy Triple Axel Ice 16 339s
12. Cetitan Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice 18 339s
13. Articuno (Shadow) Frost Breath Ice Triple Axel Ice 15 345s
14. Kyurem Dragon Breath Dragon Glaciate Ice 21 352s
15. Weavile Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice 26 364s
16. Glaceon Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice 24 365s
17. Piloswine (Shadow) Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice 29 374s
18. Garchomp (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 17 366s
19. Abomasnow (Shadow) Powder Snow Ice Weather Ball Ice 28 381s
20. Walrein (Shadow) Frost Breath Ice Icicle Spear Ice 22 375s
21. Salamence (Shadow) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 21 382s
22. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Ice Beam Ice 21 382s
23. Gardevoir (Shadow) Charm Fairy Triple Axel Ice 24 389s
24. Porygon-Z (Shadow) Lock-On Normal Blizzard Ice 30 398s
25. Jynx Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice 32 402s
26. Salamence (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 14 394s
27. Cloyster (Shadow) Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice 27 398s
28. Aurorus Frost Breath Ice Weather Ball Ice 25 397s
29. Ursaluna (Shadow) Tackle Normal Ice Punch Ice 21 395s
30. Garchomp (Shadow) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 24 400s

It is strongly recommended to use mega-evolved Pokémon not just because of their inherent raw power, but also for the added bonus in damage output by all types that are super-effective against Mega Garchomp.

How to get Mega Garchomp in Pokémon GO

You cannot catch Garchomp 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 Garchomp.

Garchomp can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 2174 – 2264 CP at level 20, no weather boost
  • 2718 – 2830 CP at level 25 with Windy or Sunny weather boost

To get Mega Garchomp you will need to gather 300 Mega Energy to evolve your Garchomp. Once you have evolved a Garchomp you can use 40 Mega Energy to evolve it again, or you can wait for the cooldown period to end for a free Mega Evolution. There are different levels for Mega Pokémon, and the higher the level, the quicker the cooldown. Each new Mega Garchomp you evolve will cost 300 Mega Energy. You can walk any Gible, Gabite, or Garchomp for the chance to gain Mega Energy.

Stats and Max CP

Garchomp (Mega) DragonGround
Max CP at Level 40 5424 | Max CP at Level 50 6132
ATK 339 DEF 222 HP 239
Weak to Strong Against
Dragon Fairy Ice Dragon Fire Electric Rock Poison Steel

Mega Garchomp Family Sprites

Garchomp may have a notoriously lacklustre shiny, but Mega Garchomp more than makes up for it! Shiny Garchomp will be encounterable from the raid like all Mega Pokémon.

  Regular Sprite Shiny Sprite
Mega Garchomp

Mega Garchomp Movepool

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Outrage Dragon
  • Earthquake Ground
  • Sand Tomb Ground
  • Fire Blast Fire

Trainers should note that Garchomp’s legacy move, Earth Power, won’t be available from the Raids and can only be taught to Garchomp by using an Elite Charged TM.

All the best, trainers!

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My name is Niladri Sarkar. A Team Valor Trainer, I'm a Pokémon Battle Mechanics Specialist & a Dragon Master on Smogon's Pokémon Showdown where I particularly excel with Dragon types and Weather teams in Ubers / OU. I love to apply my vast knowledge and experience to the ever changing meta of Pokémon Go, specialising in DPS/TDO math, movesets, the Master League and Dragon types. Garchomp is my best Pokémon pal through and through.

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