Mega Salamence Raid Guide

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Salamence (Mega)

Mega Salamence is a Dragon and Flying type Mega Raid boss. Best Mega Salamence raid counters include powerful Ice types, as it has a 2x weakness to Ice, along with Dragon, Fairy and Rock types, with a mixed range of different counters available to help you defeat it.

Depending on your levels and counters, we would recommend 3-5 trainers who are high level, and more if you don’t have optimal teams. This guide will tell you how to beat this terrifying Mega, as well as its optimal stats, moves and CP range.

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Mega Salamence Counters

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.

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

# Pokémon Fast Move Charge Move TTW Faints
1. Glalie (Mega) Ice Shard
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
415.06s 33.89
2. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow
Ice
Weather Ball
Ice
451.63s 32.00
3. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath
Dragon
Dragon Claw
Dragon
522.53s 27.00
4. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
500.22s 38.67
5. Weavile Ice Shard
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
559.48s 38.67
6. Latias (Mega) Dragon Breath
Dragon
Outrage
Dragon
590.60s 26.78
7. Mamoswine Powder Snow
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
562.16s 39.33
8. Glaceon Frost Breath
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
570.29s 39.33
9. Charizard (Mega X) Dragon Breath
Dragon
Dragon Claw
Dragon
607.26s 30.89
10. Jynx Frost Breath
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
587.18s 43.33
11. Mewtwo Psycho Cut
Psychic
Ice Beam
Ice
616.28s 33.33
12. Sceptile (Mega) Fury Cutter
Bug
Dragon Claw
Dragon
616.10s 35.89
13. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw
Rock
Rock Slide
Rock
623.31s 38.89
14. Avalugg Ice Fang
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
664.70s 34.11
15. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch
Electric
Dragon Pulse
Dragon
680.34s 31.89
16. Kyurem Dragon Breath
Dragon
Blizzard
Ice
676.83s 34.78
17. Aurorus Frost Breath
Ice
Weather Ball
Ice
679.46s 41.11
18. Altaria (Mega) Dragon Breath
Dragon
Dazzling Gleam
Fairy
723.27s 25.33
19. Beartic Powder Snow
Ice
Ice Punch
Ice
678.11s 43.78
20. Avalugg (Hisuian) Powder Snow
Ice
Blizzard
Ice
711.73s 34.56
21. Alakazam (Mega) Psycho Cut
Psychic
Dazzling Gleam
Fairy
695.21s 44.78
22. Meloetta (Pirouette) Quick Attack
Normal
Ice Punch
Ice
717.97s 35.13
23. Palkia Dragon Tail
Dragon
Draco Meteor
Dragon
742.35s 21.00
24. Walrein Frost Breath
Ice
Icicle Spear
Ice
728.21s 34.44
25. Rayquaza Dragon Tail
Dragon
Outrage
Dragon
721.04s 36.67
26. Slowbro (Mega) Confusion
Psychic
Ice Beam
Ice
749.93s 24.56
27. Blastoise (Mega) Bite
Dark
Ice Beam
Ice
735.67s 32.00
28. Gyarados (Mega) Dragon Tail
Dragon
Outrage
Dragon
754.29s 24.22
29. Vanilluxe Frost Breath
Ice
Blizzard
Ice
701.26s 46.67
30. Cloyster Frost Breath
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
724.17s 38.22
31. Articuno Frost Breath
Ice
Blizzard
Ice
722.78s 39.22
32. Sneasel Ice Shard
Ice
Avalanche
Ice
701.89s 51.00
33. Zekrom Dragon Breath
Dragon
Outrage
Dragon
740.33s 33.56
34. Porygon-Z Lock-On
Normal
Blizzard
Ice
713.16s 49.50
35. Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw
Ghost
Shadow Ball
Ghost
721.01s 45.56

Mega Salamence Moveset Analysis

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Bite Dark
  • Fire Fang Fire
  • Outrage* Dragon
  • Draco Meteor Dragon
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Fire Blast Fire

*Denotes a Legacy Move, only obtainable via Elite TM.

How to Get Mega Salamence

You cannot catch Salamence 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 Salamence.

Salamence can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 2054 – 2142 CP no weather boost
  • 2568 – 2678 CP boosted by Snow weather boost

In order to get Mega Salamence you will need 300 Mega Energy for the initial evolution, then 40 Mega Energy to evolve the same Salamence again in the future. If you wait for their ‘cooldown’ period to end, Mega Evolution is free. This cooldown period is shorter the higher mega level your Mega Pokémon is. Mega Energy can be obtained via Mega Salamence Raids, and once you have evolved Mega Salamence, you can earn 5 Mega Energy per candy while walking it as your buddy. You can walk any Bagon, Shelgon or Salamence to earn Mega Energy, as long as you have previously evolved one to register it to your Mega Pokédex.

Shiny Salamence

Like all Mega Raid Bosses, you can catch the shiny version of Salamence from a raid.

Regular Sprite Shiny Sprite

 

Mega Salamence Stats

Salamence (Mega) DragonFlying
Max CP at lvl 40 5031
Max CP at lvl 50 5688
ATK 310 DEF 251 HP 216
Weak to Resistances
Dragon Fairy Rock Icex2 Grass Ground Bug Fighting Fire Water 

 

Conclusion

Mega Salamence is a beast, which at level 40 hits 5031CP, and at level 50 maxes out at 5688CP! It will be one of the top tier Mega Dragon type Pokémon, beating out both Mega Latios and Mega Latias. It will only be surpassed by Mega Garchomp and Mega Rayquaza when they are eventually released in GO.

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