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.

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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

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.

Raid Counters

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Blast Burn 469.68s 13.00
2. Mewtwo Confusion Psystrike 477.83s 21.00
3. Reshiram Fire Fang Overheat 551.57s 13.33
4. Charizard (Mega X) Fire Spin Blast Burn 544.76s 15.17
5. Pidgeot (Mega) Gust Brave Bird 548.38s 20.00
6. Gengar (Mega) Lick Psychic 570.59s 17.50
7. Houndoom (Mega) Fire Fang Flamethrower 568.03s 20.50
8. Moltres Fire Spin Sky Attack 595.99s 16.83
9. Victini Confusion V-create 615.77s 16.83
10. Heatran Fire Spin Flamethrower 654.78s 11.00
11. Ho-Oh Incinerate Brave Bird 644.70s 13.67
12. Metagross Zen Headbutt Psychic 637.90s 15.50
13. Chandelure Fire Spin Overheat 596.22s 21.50
14. Entei Fire Fang Overheat 625.13s 19.50
15. Darmanitan Fire Fang Overheat 584.52s 26.17
16. Darmanitan (Standard) Fire Fang Overheat 585.83s 26.17
17. Latios Zen Headbutt Psychic 625.16s 21.00
18. Rayquaza Air Slash Hurricane 645.15s 18.00
19. Charizard Fire Spin Blast Burn 649.79s 18.83
20. Mamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche 639.40s 22.50
21. Blaziken Fire Spin Blast Burn 614.10s 27.33
22. Yveltal Gust Hurricane 668.33s 19.50
23. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Weather Ball 652.33s 24.00
24. Exeggutor Confusion Psychic 649.56s 24.80
25. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Avalanche 603.53s 33.20
26. Espeon Confusion Psychic 609.12s 31.25
27. Lugia Extrasensory Aeroblast 715.75s 13.83
28. Jirachi Confusion Psychic 718.52s 15.00
29. Flareon Fire Spin Overheat 648.51s 25.67
30. Delphox Fire Spin Psychic 663.38s 23.67
31. Gardevoir Confusion Psychic 650.04s 30.67
32. Alakazam Confusion Psychic 605.49s 36.40
33. Braviary Air Slash Brave Bird 670.30s 23.50
34. Honchkrow Peck Sky Attack 628.34s 30.00
35. Typhlosion Incinerate Blast Burn 669.58s 24.17

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.

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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.

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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