Pokemon GO Shiny Moltres Day, aka Moltres raid day, is a special one day event that takes place on September 8 2018, featuring an event exclusive Moltres that knows Sky Attack, a strongtype attack. Shiny Moltres is also available from raid battles starting with Moltres Day event, with a 1 in 10 chance to encounter it.
Moltres (or Shiny Moltres) can be caught with the following Combat Power values:
- 1788 – 1870 (Level 20, Max IV catch)
- 2235 – 2337 (Level 25, Max IV catch during Sunny or Windy weather)
Moltres day takes place on September 8 at the following times in various regions:
- The Asia-Pacific region: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. JST (GMT +9)
- Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. UTC (GMT +0)
- The Americas and Greenland: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PDT (GMT −7)
Trainers will get 5x free Raid Passes to raid during the event, and the event takes place during the current bonus Stardust event: Pokemon GO Stardust event guide: Summer Tour 2018 event edition. Make sure to raid have an active Star Piece throughout this event (you only need three).
As mentioned before, the chance to get a shiny Moltres during the event is 1 in 10 encounters, which means that you will need to buy some additional raid passes if you want to be sure to get one.
How to get a shiny Moltres?
Shiny Moltres is exclusively available through raid encounters. During the event, chance to get a shiny Moltres is 10%, or 1 in 10 encounters on average will be shiny. This is not guaranteed and your chance is calculated fresh every raid. You could get one on your first attempt, or on your #999 attempt if you’re super unlucky.
Sky Attack Moltres in the meta
Sky Attack is a charged type move that will be available for Moltres exclusively during the Moltres day and a large number of our readers asked if it is meta viable versus Machamp or in other scenarios.
Sky Attack is a second viable charge move for Moltres, as it has the same weave DPS (or cycle DPS as some folks call it) as Overheat. Let’s do a good ol’ chart comparing Sky Attack and Overheat in combination with Fire Spin, the only fast move Moltres has.
|Cycle DPS||24 DPS||24 DPS|
As you can see from the table above, Sky Attack is cycle-damage wise identical to Overheat, with the only difference being energy cost and type. Both Sky Attack and Overheat Moltres are good and relevant attackers versus Grass-type bosses, so no difference there.
We tried comparing Sky Attack Moltres against Machamp with other Machamp counters and our feelings are positive, but mixed:
- Sky Attack Moltres performs as well as any other Psychic counter (Espeon, Alakazam)
- There isn’t really any difference in using Moltres rather than those
- Moltres is still fairly squishy and definitely works better elsewhere, so if you really want, you can make it work against Machamp, but expect no wonders there
Conclusion: Sky Attack Moltres is viable in scenarios where Moltres already works well. Versus Fighting type opponents it performs similarly to squishy Psychic types. If you don’t have a good selection of Moltres, you may as well power up / keep a good Level 25 Sky Attack Moltres.