Mega Venusaur Raid Counters Guide

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Mega Venusaur is one of the first mega raid bosses introduced in Pokémon GO. Its best counters are strong Psychic types and Fire types such as Mewtwo, Mega Charizard X and Y, Reshiram, Moltres, Chandelure and Latios.

Mega Venusaur can be duoed with powered up Psystrike Mewtwos in any weather and/or powered up Fire types in Sunny weather, but it is very difficult if you don’t use a mega Pokémon yourself. The safest and fastest way to achieve the duo is to use Mega Charizard Y in Sunny weather followed by Psystrike Mewtwos and other strong Fire types such as Reshiram and Moltres.

Other than that, 5-7 trainers with strong counters should be able to take down Mega Venusaur fairly easily, regardless of weather.

In this guide we will cover the strongest Mega Venusaur counters, the best strategy on how to defeat it, and what CPs you can get when catching a strong Venusaur.

Note: Megas are not catchable from mega raids. The following CP values are for a regular Venusaur.

Venusaur can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 1480 – 1554 CP at level 20, no weather boost
  • 1851 – 1943 CP at level 25 with Sunny or Cloudy weather boost

Best Mega Venusaur Raid Counters

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Psystrike Psychic 622.57s 34.17
2. Reshiram Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 712.72s 20.50
3. Hoopa (Unbound) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 673.98s 41.33
4. Moltres Fire Spin Fire Sky Attack Flying 744.81s 24.33
5. Darmanitan Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 708.95s 36.75
6. Darmanitan (Standard) Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 708.32s 37.00
7. Latios Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 764.51s 28.17
8. Ho-Oh Incinerate Fire Brave Bird Flying 811.45s 15.00
9. Alakazam Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 739.32s 50.25
10. Exeggutor Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 803.23s 32.50
11. Entei Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 783.48s 26.67
12. Espeon Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 758.10s 52.00
13. Chandelure Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire 753.04s 31.00
14. Metagross Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 795.37s 22.67
15. Rayquaza Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 811.03s 19.50
16. Emboar Ember Fire Blast Burn Fire 784.24s 35.33
17. Victini Confusion Psychic V-create Fire 791.14s 26.67
18. Delphox Fire Spin Fire Psychic Psychic 825.26s 30.50
19. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice 728.96s 48.50
20. Blaziken Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 752.78s 38.00
21. Hoopa (Confined) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 758.50s 37.25
22. Heatran Fire Spin Fire Flamethrower Fire 835.81s 17.60
23. Honchkrow Peck Flying Sky Attack Flying 764.13s 41.00
24. Typhlosion Incinerate Fire Blast Burn Fire 820.42s 31.00
25. Flareon Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire 800.67s 28.50
26. Charizard Wing Attack Flying Blast Burn Fire 832.52s 18.00
27. Mamoswine Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice 807.20s 34.00


Mewtwo and Mega Charizard Y are so strong against Mega Venusaur that they make almost any other option obsolete. To put this into perspective, Psystrike Mewtwo in neutral weather is stronger than even Reshiram in Sunny weather.

Confusion is slightly stronger than Psycho Cut on Mewtwo, but in practice having Psycho Cut will prove to be way more handy since it makes dodging so much easier. Mega Venusaur has a relatively high attack stat and has access to powerful charge moves, so being able to dodge easily with Mewtwo is important to get the most use out of it.

Mega Charizard Y with Blast Burn is the only non-shadow Pokémon that dishes out more damage than Psystrike Mewtwo to Mega Venusaur. It is a more reliable counter as well since it double resists Grass. In Sunny weather, the damage is boosted to ridiculous levels.

As you can see, Fire types dominate in Mega Venusaur raids, even without Sunny weather. Besides Mewtwo, Psychic types should only be used in Windy weather to get the damage boost.

Fact Chart

Venusaur (Mega) GrassPoison
Max CP 3698
ATK 241 DEF 246 HP 190
Weak to Strong Against
Psychic Fire Flying Ice Fairy Water Ground Rock Grass

Disclaimer: 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.

Mega Venusaur Moveset Analysis

Mega Venusaur can have the following moves in a raid battle and when captured as its base form:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Vine Whip Grass
  • Razor Leaf Grass
  • Petal Blizzard Grass
  • Solar Beam Grass
  • Sludge Bomb Poison
  • Petal Blizzard is the easiest charge move to go up against since it is a one bar move and much weaker than Solar Beam.
  • Solar Beam is also a one bar move but is very strong, especially in Sunny weather. However, it is easy to dodge.
  • Sludge Bomb is the most difficult by far since it is a two bar move, hits most counters neutrally and is hard to dodge.
  • Vine Whip is considerably weaker than Razor Leaf, making it the easier fast move to go up against.

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