Nihilego Ultra Beast Raid Guide

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Nihilego is a Rock and Poison type Ultra Beast Tier-5 Raid boss. Best Nihilego raid counters include powerful Ground, Psychic, Water and Steel types, with a mixed range of different counters available to help you defeat it. It is 2x weak to Ground.

Nihilego Raid Boss CP is 48499, and you can catch it in the following CP Ranges:

  • 2167 CP to 2256 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 2709 CP to 2829 CP at Level 25, with Partly Cloudy and Cloudy weather boost

Depending on your levels and counters, we would recommend 4-5 trainers who are high level, and more if you don’t have optimal teams. This guide will tell you how to beat this steely Mega, as well as its optimal stats, moves and CP range.

Nihilego Counters

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. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.

Let’s check out the top raid counters for Nihilego:

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 424.60s 8.00
2. Excadrill Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 438.40s 6.00
3. Garchomp Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 447.75s 7.00
4. Rhyperior Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 457.48s 5.00
5. Groudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 455.27s 8.00
6. Landorus Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 451.50s 9.00
7. Landorus (Incarnate) Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 452.57s 9.00
8. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 461.73s 8.00
9. Golurk Mud-Slap Ground Earth Power Ground 496.65s 4.00
10. Gyarados (Mega) Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water 488.15s 7.00
11. Aerodactyl (Mega) Steel Wing Steel Earth Power Ground 494.57s 6.00
12. Rhydon Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 497.43s 6.00
13. Steelix (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Earthquake Ground 526.27s 5.00
14. Mamoswine Mud-Slap Ground Bulldoze Ground 502.60s 11.00
15. Golem Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 528.98s 6.00
16. Donphan Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 522.33s 10.00
17. Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Psychic Psychic 559.98s 6.00
18. Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Psystrike Psychic 537.65s 11.00
19. Beedrill (Mega) Bug Bite Bug Drill Run Ground 526.70s 16.00
20. Slowbro (Mega) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 580.70s 8.00
21. Hoopa (Unbound) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 562.08s 13.00
22. Swampert Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 572.45s 11.00
23. Flygon Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 567.23s 13.00
24. Metagross Bullet Punch Steel Earthquake Ground 602.05s 6.00
25. Dugtrio (Alola) Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 581.10s 15.00
26. Seismitoad Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 613.65s 13.00
27. Hoopa (Confined) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 660.13s 6.00
28. Hippowdon Thunder Fang Electric Earth Power Ground 639.02s 11.00
29. Gastrodon (West Sea) Mud-Slap Ground Earth Power Ground 634.05s 13.00
30. Terrakion Zen Headbutt Psychic Earthquake Ground 664.65s 7.00
31. Gastrodon (East Sea) Mud-Slap Ground Earth Power Ground 635.38s 14.00
32. Kingler Mud Shot Ground Crabhammer Water 632.02s 17.00
33. Nidoking Fury Cutter Bug Earth Power Ground 645.95s 15.00
34. Ho-Oh Extrasensory Psychic Earthquake Ground 672.38s 10.00
35. Kyogre Waterfall Water Surf Water 672.85s 11.00

With a wide range of counters and a fair few different type weaknesses thanks to that Rock and Poison dual typing, most trainers should find themselves able to whip up a strong team of counters.

Nihilego Moveset Analysis

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Acid Poison
  • Pound Normal
  • Power Gem Rock
  • Rock Slide Rock
  • Sludge Bomb Poison
  • Gunk Shot Poison


Nihilego is the #1 non-mega poison type attacker in the game. Sadly it doesn’t have a Rock type fast move so loses out as a Rock type attacker, but as a Poison type it gains STAB and absolutely rocks!

Nihilego Stats

Nihilego RockPoison
Max CP at lvl 40 3940 / lvl 50 4465
ATK 249 DEF 210 HP 240
Weak to Strong Against
Ground x2 Water Psychic Steel Grass Flying Fairy Fire Bug Ice



Nihilego is the first ever Ultra Beast available in Pokémon GO! Ultra Beasts have some amazing stats, and Nihilego now becomes the number one non-mega Poison type attacker in Pokémon GO.

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