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||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||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|
|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|
|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||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.
|Venusaur (Mega) GrassPoison|
|Max CP 3698|
|ATK 241||DEF 246||HP 190|
|Weak to||Strong Against|
|Psychic Fire 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|
- 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.