Nihilego Raid Guide (Ultra Beast)

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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 3-5 high level Trainers, and more if you don’t have optimal teams.

Best Nihilego Counters in Pokémon GO

List of counters for the Nihilego Raid Boss in Pokémon GO, including best Pokémon to defeat it, highest DPS attackers, and moves to use. Learn which Pokémon are the best choice to beat this raid boss.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Alakazam (Mega) Psycho Cut Psychic Psychic Psychic 372.89s 19.67
2. Excadrill Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 436.99s 8.00
3. Latios (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 421.71s 16.08
4. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 427.17s 15.33
5. Garchomp Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 448.43s 11.33
6. Rhyperior Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 462.14s 8.75
7. Groudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 460.57s 11.67
8. Landorus Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 447.18s 16.42
9. Landorus (Incarnate) Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 447.91s 16.25
10. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 452.03s 18.25
11. Latias (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 479.52s 15.17
12. Rhydon Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 502.25s 11.25
13. Gyarados (Mega) Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water 487.44s 16.17
14. Golurk Mud-Slap Ground Earth Power Ground 498.36s 13.08
15. Steelix (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Earthquake Ground 534.32s 5.67
16. Krookodile Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 497.99s 15.75
17. Kangaskhan (Mega) Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 502.32s 17.67
18. Mamoswine Mud-Slap Ground Bulldoze Ground 504.91s 18.42
19. Aerodactyl (Mega) Steel Wing Steel Earth Power Ground 495.57s 21.83
20. Donphan Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 527.55s 15.08
21. Golem Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 542.86s 12.75
22. Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Psystrike Psychic 525.90s 21.67
23. Aggron (Mega) Iron Tail Steel Heavy Slam Steel 582.03s 9.58
24. Beedrill (Mega) Infestation Bug Drill Run Ground 502.79s 27.83
25. Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Psychic Psychic 554.59s 18.00
26. Scizor (Mega) Bullet Punch Steel Iron Head Steel 565.30s 15.83
27. Swampert Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 573.53s 15.67
28. Flygon Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 566.00s 18.83
29. Slowbro (Mega) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 577.45s 18.33
30. Hoopa (Unbound) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 553.01s 24.50
31. Metagross Bullet Punch Steel Earthquake Ground 610.93s 12.92
32. Dugtrio (Alola) Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 589.80s 19.08
33. Seismitoad Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 609.41s 19.33
34. Terrakion Double Kick Fighting Earthquake Ground 634.59s 16.58
35. Hippowdon Thunder Fang Electric Earth Power Ground 641.49s 15.75

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.

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.

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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