Mega Rayquaza Elite Raid Counters Guide

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Mega Rayquaza is set to make their return to Pokémon GO in Elite Raids! Elite Raids are a trickier level than the typical raids, so be sure to prepare your counters and your local community in advance. You can only participate in Elite Raids in person, being organised is key.

Depending on your group’s Trainer levels and counters, we would recommend 6-7 trainers who are high level, and more if you don’t have optimal teams. This guide will tell you how to beat Mega Rayquaza in Elite Raids, as well as its optimal stats, moves and CP range.

You cannot catch Rayquaza in its Mega evolved state from a Raid. Mega Rayquaza is always catchable in its base form and as such, the CP ranges are for a regular Rayquaza. Rayquaza can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 2102 – 2191 CP no weather boost
  • 2627 – 2739 CP boosted by Windy weather boost

Best Mega Rayquaza Counters Raid icon

Mega Rayquaza is a Dragon and Flying type Mega Legendary Raid boss. The best counters for Mega Rayquaza will be your top Ice types, as it has a 2x weakness to Ice, along with weakness to Fairy Rock and Dragon types. Fairy and Rock type Pokémon will also have the benefit of resisting most of Mega Rayquaza’s attacks.

Let’s check out the top raid counters for Mega Rayquaza:

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Mamoswine (Shadow) Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice 39 424s
2. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 49 477s
3. Weavile (Shadow) Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice 52 466s
4. Baxcalibur Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 46 504s
5. Mewtwo (Shadow) Psycho Cut Psychic Ice Beam Ice 43 511s
6. Mamoswine Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice 40 520s
7. Glalie (Mega) Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice 47 527s
8. Cetitan Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice 38 557s
9. Gardevoir (Mega) Charm Fairy Triple Axel Ice 33 574s
10. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 42 554s
11. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Ice Weather Ball Ice 51 535s
12. Mr. Rime (Shadow) Ice Shard Ice Triple Axel Ice 52 524s
13. Articuno (Shadow) Frost Breath Ice Triple Axel Ice 45 570s
14. Kyurem Dragon Breath Dragon Glaciate Ice 48 568s
15. Glaceon Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice 50 578s
16. Garchomp (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 40 614s
17. Walrein (Shadow) Frost Breath Ice Icicle Spear Ice 49 601s
18. Weavile Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice 54 565s
19. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Ice Beam Ice 45 626s
20. Gardevoir (Shadow) Charm Fairy Triple Axel Ice 49 628s
21. Ursaluna (Shadow) Tackle Normal Ice Punch Ice 43 653s
22. Piloswine (Shadow) Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice 58 567s
23. Aurorus Frost Breath Ice Weather Ball Ice 38 671s
24. Avalugg Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 40 678s
25. Lapras (Shadow) Frost Breath Ice Ice Beam Ice 49 662s
26. Diancie (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 36 701s
27. Salamence (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 46 678s
28. Rhyperior (Shadow) Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 39 699s
29. Ninetales (Alola Shadow) Powder Snow Ice Weather Ball Ice 52 650s
30. Dialga (Origin) Dragon Breath Dragon Roar of Time Dragon 35 722s

Mega Rayquaza Elite Raid date and times Raid icon

The Mega Rayquaza Elite Raid event will occur at the following times on 29th June, 2024:

  • Event icon Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. local time
  • Event icon Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. local time
  • Event icon Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. local time
  • Event icon Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. local time

How to get Mega Rayquaza

Mega Rayquaza

Rayquaza is one of the most unique Mega Evolution to come to Pokémon GO based on it’s requirements. In order to get Mega Rayquaza you will not only need 400 Mega Energy, but also it’s signature move Dragon Ascent which will only be obtained through use of a Meteorite item.

After that, as long as you don’t remove Dragon Ascent, it will cost 80 Mega energy to Mega evolve the same Rayquaza again, or wait the required ‘cooldown’ period after which the Mega Evolution will be free.

This cooldown period becomes shorter the higher mega level your Mega Pokémon is. Mega Energy can be obtained via Mega Rayquaza Raids, and once you have evolved Mega Rayquaza, you can earn 100 Mega Energy per candy while walking it as your buddy.

You can walk any Rayquaza to earn Mega Energy, as long as you have previously evolved one to register it to your Mega Pokédex.

Shiny Rayquaza

Like all Mega Raid Bosses, you can catch the shiny version of Rayquaza from a raid or in the wild. To obtain a shiny Mega Rayquaza you need to evolve a shiny Rayquaza.

Raquaza Sprite  Rayquaza Shiny Sprite
Pokemon GO Shiny Mega Rayquaza
Mega Rayquaza Sprite Mega Rayquaza Shiny Sprite

Mega Rayquaza Movesets

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Air Slash Flying
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Outrage Dragon
  • Aerial Ace Flying
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Breaking Swipe* Dragon
  • Hurricane* Flying
  • Dragon Ascent** Flying

(*) Denotes a Legacy Move, only obtainable via Elite TM.
(**) Denotes a Legacy Move, only obtainable via a Meteorite. You need Dragon Ascent in order to Mega Evolve your Rayquaza.

Mega Rayquaza Stats

Rayquaza (Mega) DragonFlying
Max CP at lvl 40 5713
Max CP at lvl 50 6458
ATK 377 DEF 210 HP 227
Weak to Resistances
Dragon Fairy Icex2 Rock Grass Ground Bug Fighting Fire Water



Even with massive competition from other Dragon type Mega Pokémon, Mega Rayquaza beats them all! With a 100IV maxing out at over 5700CP at level 40, it hits 6458CP at level 50, leaving it just below its Primal counterparts for the highest CP at this time. Mega Rayquaza is going to be the top Dragon and Flying type attacker depending on their moveset, making a high IV one incredibly useful in the future.

Reminder about Elite Raids

Elite Raids are a type of raid focused on in-person play, and they will appear at selected EX Gyms worldwide. Elite Raids are designed to be challenging, a bit over Tier 5 difficulty, and they can only be completed in-person.

Elite Raid Eggs take 24 hours to hatch, and Trainers will have only 45 minutes to complete them once the Raid Egg has hatched. Since these Raids can only be completed in-person, Trainers are encouraged to organise well ahead of time and not be late for the spawn. 

Trainers will see a special Raid Egg on top of an EX Gym 24 hours before the Raid starts, and the Elite Raid Eggs will also be visible on the Nearby radar, and in Niantic Campfire.

For more information see our Elite Raids are coming to Pokémon GO article.

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