Moltres Raid Counters Guide

Pokémon GO Moltres
Pokémon GO Moltres

A guide to best Moltres counters in Pokémon GO. The strongest Pokémon to use against a Moltres are strong Rock-type attackers like Smack Down Tyranitar, Rhyperior, Rampardos and Terrakion.

Moltres is not soloable and it takes a minimum of 2 trainers to take it down with optimal counters (Smack Down Tyranitar), although unsure groups should attempt with at least 4. Moltres is a fire and flying type, and it’s got a few solid Moltres counters.


Moltres’ Boss CP is 45609 and it can have the following Max Capture Values 

  • 1896 – 1980 (Level 20, Max IV)
  • 2370 – 2475 (Level 25, Max IV during Sunny or Windy weather)

Moltres Raid Counters

Similar to Articuno (raid boss guide here), Moltres is also double weak to Rock-type attacks, which makes picking counters for a Moltres fight super easy and almost the same as Articuno. A team of Smack Down Rampardos and Smack Down Tyranitar will do the trick.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Wrecker 411.9s 12
2. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 372.2s 19
3. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Slide 428.7s 15
4. Tyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge 456.4s 14
5. Omastar Rock Throw Rock Slide 514.7s 15
6. Gigalith Smack Down Rock Slide 492.9s 17
7. Landorus (Therian) Rock Throw Rock Slide 445.2s 22
8. Aerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Slide 477.5s 22
9. Golem Rock Throw Stone Edge 526.9s 18
10. Golem (Alola) Rock Throw Stone Edge 531.4s 19
11. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Hydro Cannon 555.2s 18
12. Landorus Rock Throw Rock Slide 490.4s 24
13. Archeops Wing Attack Ancient Power 510.3s 24
14. Regirock Rock Throw Stone Edge 611.1s 15
15. Kyurem (White) Dragon Breath Ancient Power 547.1s 23
16. Aggron Smack Down Stone Edge 580.5s 20
17. Carracosta Rock Throw Ancient Power 620.7s 17
18. Lunatone Rock Throw Rock Slide 581.7s 22
19. Solrock Rock Throw Rock Slide 582.3s 22
20. Zekrom Charge Beam Wild Charge 616.1s 19
21. Kyogre Waterfall Hydro Pump 643.8s 20
22. Kyurem (Black) Dragon Tail Stone Edge 603.2s 25
23. Darmanitan (Standard) Tackle Rock Slide 581.0s 27
24. Kabutops Waterfall Ancient Power 661.5s 21
25. Sudowoodo Rock Throw Rock Slide 630.3s 24
26. Darmanitan (Zen) Tackle Rock Slide 657.9s 21
27. Swampert Water Gun Hydro Cannon 659.5s 21
28. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Ancient Power 634.2s 25
29. Palkia Dragon Breath Hydro Pump 736.4s 18
30. Reshiram Dragon Breath Stone Edge 726.0s 20

Moltres Movesets

Moltres has access to the following moves:

Fast move Charge move
  • Fire Spin Fire
  • Wing Attack Flying
  • Overheat Fire
  • Fire Blast Fire
  • Heat Wave Fire
  • Ancient Power Rock

Moltres Raid Counters Explained

Before we go into deeper analysis, remember that Moltres can’t be soloed. Before joining raid make sure you are using your best Pokémon with proper movesets.

Moltres takes Double Super Effective damage from rock type moves, due to its dual fire and flying type. It also takes Super Effective damage from water and electric type moves, although it is better to prioritize rock type attackers over water and electric.

As for weather and its effects:

Weather Pro Con
Sunny Boosts Moltres’ Fire moves
Windy Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost Boosts Moltres’ Wing Attack
Partly Cloudy Boosts Super Effective Rock attacks Boosts Moltres’ Ancient Power
Rainy Boosts Super Effective Water and Electric attacks

This shows that the best weather to take a Moltres is Partly Cloudy or Rainy weather, where strong Pokémon like Kyogre, Tyranitar, and Golem receive their boosts.

To recap, the best Pokémon to fight Moltres is Rampardos with Smack Down / Rock Slide, followed by Tyranitar with Smack Down / Stone Edge. Golem and legacy Omastar are solid as well, especially considering all three have resistance to fire. It is best to attack a Moltres in Partly Cloudy and Rainy weather, while avoiding Sunny.