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:

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move TTW Faints
1. Darmanitan (Galarian) Ice Fang Ice Avalanche
319.0s 27.00
2. Baxcalibur Ice Fang Ice Avalanche
322.3s 22.00
3. Mamoswine Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice 326.5s 24.00
4. Glalie (Mega) Frost Breath
Avalanche Ice 342.3s 27.00
5. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Ice Weather Ball
343.4s 23.00
6. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Breaking Swipe
341.3s 20.00
7. Gardevoir (Mega) Charm Fairy Triple Axel Ice 349.8s 24.00
8. Kyurem Dragon Breath Dragon Glaciate Ice 356.5s 23.00
9. Weavile Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice 374.2s 31.00
10. Glaceon Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice 374.2s 28.00
11. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Ice Beam
386.4s 26.00
12. Jynx Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice 415.0s 38.00
13. Aurorus Frost Breath Ice Weather Ball Ice 394.0s 17.00
14. Mr. Rime Ice Shard Ice Triple Axel Ice 409.5s 32.00
15. Lopunny (Mega) Double Kick
Triple Axel Ice 412.5s 30.00
16. Avalugg Ice Fang
Avalanche Ice 406.6s 23.00
17. Beartic Powder Snow Ice Ice Punch Ice 418.9s 32.00
18. Salamence (Mega) Dragon Tail
409.9s 22.00
19. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath
Dragon Claw
420.8s 26.00
20. Avalugg (Hisuian) Powder Snow Ice Blizzard Ice 423.8s 16.00
21. Kyogre (Primal) Waterfall Water Blizzard Ice 427.9s 22.00
22. Piloswine Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice 447.1s 35.00
23. Crabominable Bubble Water Ice Punch Ice 455.3s 37.00
24. Abomasnow Powder Snow Ice Weather Ball Ice 456.5s 35.00
25. Walrein Frost Breath Ice Icicle Spear Ice 450.3s 29.00
26. Latias (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage
450.3s 24.00
27. Genesect (Chill) Fury Cutter
Ice Beam
451.2s 24.00
28. Articuno Frost Breath Ice Ice Beam
452.5s 26.00
29. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Breaking Swipe
463.9s 33.00
30. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Ice Beam Ice 462.2s 29.00
31. Gardevoir Charm Fairy Triple Axel Ice 476.6s 36.00
32. Salamence Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage
473.1s 34.00
33. Ursaluna Tackle Normal Ice Punch Ice 466.6s 27.00
34. Porygon-Z Tackle Normal Ice Punch Ice 484.6s 40.00
35. Vanilluxe Frost Breath Ice Blizzard Ice 482.2s 38.00

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.

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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