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
|2.||Baxcalibur||Ice Fang Ice||Avalanche
|3.||Mamoswine||Powder Snow Ice||Avalanche Ice||326.5s||24.00|
|4.||Glalie (Mega)||Frost Breath
|5.||Abomasnow (Mega)||Powder Snow Ice||Weather Ball
|6.||Rayquaza (Mega)||Dragon Tail Dragon||Breaking Swipe
|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
|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|
|17.||Beartic||Powder Snow Ice||Ice Punch Ice||418.9s||32.00|
|18.||Salamence (Mega)||Dragon Tail
|19.||Latios (Mega)||Dragon Breath
|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
|27.||Genesect (Chill)||Fury Cutter
|28.||Articuno||Frost Breath Ice||Ice Beam
|29.||Rayquaza||Dragon Tail Dragon||Breaking Swipe
|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
|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 Movepool
|Fast Moves||Charge Moves|
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!