Paras Raid Guide

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Paras will be featured as a Tier 1 raid boss in Pokémon GO as part of the Bug Out Event, and it can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 536 – 581 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 671 – 727 CP at Level 25 with Sunny or Rainy weather boost

It is a Bug and Grass type Pokémon, which makes it weak to Fire (2x), Flying (2x), Ice, Rock and Poison type moves. Tier 1 raid bosses are easily soloable so taking it down shouldn’t be too difficult, even without using the best counters.

Paras Raid Counters

Paras best raid counters are listed below, according to our Pokémon GO DB battle simulator:

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Moltres Wing Attack Flying Sky Attack Flying 6.50s 0.00
2. Arcanine Fire Fang Fire Flamethrower Fire 7.10s 0.00
3. Houndoom Fire Fang Fire Flamethrower Fire 7.10s 0.00
4. Entei Fire Fang Fire Flamethrower Fire 7.10s 0.00
5. Flareon Fire Spin Fire Flamethrower Fire 7.20s 0.00
6. Heatran Fire Spin Fire Flamethrower Fire 7.20s 0.00
7. Delphox Fire Spin Fire Flamethrower Fire 7.20s 0.00
8. Chandelure Fire Spin Fire Flame Charge Fire 7.50s 0.00
9. Charizard Wing Attack Flying Blast Burn Fire 7.70s 0.00
10. Unfezant Air Slash Flying Sky Attack Flying 7.70s 0.00
11. Honchkrow Peck Flying Sky Attack Flying 7.68s 0.00
12. Sirfetch'd Fury Cutter Bug Brave Bird Flying 7.87s 0.00
13. Typhlosion Ember Fire Blast Burn Fire 7.90s 0.00
14. Emboar Ember Fire Blast Burn Fire 7.90s 0.00
15. Blaziken Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 8.40s 0.00
16. Infernape Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 8.40s 0.00
17. Rayquaza Air Slash Flying Aerial Ace Flying 8.52s 0.00
18. Darmanitan Incinerate Fire Rock Slide Rock 8.58s 0.00
19. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Flamethrower Fire 8.60s 0.00
20. Darmanitan (Standard) Incinerate Fire Rock Slide Rock 8.58s 0.00
21. Simisear Fire Spin Fire Flamethrower Fire 8.79s 0.00
22. Heatmor Fire Spin Fire Flamethrower Fire 8.82s 0.00
23. Magmortar Fire Spin Fire Fire Punch Fire 8.78s 0.00
24. Reshiram Fire Fang Fire Draco Meteor Dragon 8.90s 0.00
25. Staraptor Quick Attack Normal Brave Bird Flying 9.10s 0.00
26. Zapdos Thunder Shock Electric Drill Peck Flying 9.07s 0.00
27. Yveltal Snarl Dark Hurricane Flying 9.10s 0.00
28. Tapu Koko Quick Attack Normal Brave Bird Flying 9.13s 0.00
29. Pyroar Fire Fang Fire Flame Charge Fire 9.19s 0.00
30. Rapidash Incinerate Fire Flame Charge Fire 9.21s 0.00
31. Togekiss Air Slash Flying Flamethrower Fire 9.50s 0.00
32. Rufflet Wing Attack Flying Brave Bird Flying 9.50s 0.00
33. Swellow Wing Attack Flying Brave Bird Flying 9.56s 0.00
34. Murkrow Peck Flying Drill Peck Flying 9.55s 0.00

Whenever the shadow variant of a Pokémon listed below is available in the game, it is strongly recommended to use it over its regular/purified counterpart. However, since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to TM away Frustration, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article.

Paras has plenty of counters, but if you don’t have ANY of the Pokémon listed above powered up, you can always use:

  • Generalist” Pokémon capable of dealing neutral damage such as Psycho Cut + Psystrike* Mewtwo
  • Eevolutions capable of dealing super effective damage such as Flareon
  • Other heavy-hitting megas

But please, try to use the Pokémon listed above if possible and take advantage of Paras’ double weakness to fire and flying type moves.

Stats and Max CP

Paras BugGrass
Max CP at Level 40 1018 | Max CP at Level 50 1150
ATK 121 DEF 99 STA 111
Weak to Strong Against
Fire (2x) Flying (2x) Ice Rock Poison Grass Dark Psychic


Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Scratch Normal
  • Bug Bite Bug
  • Seed Bomb Grass
  • X-Scissor Bug
  • Cross Poison Poison

Paras doesn’t have much use in Pokémon GO as of now. It could maybe work as a Deino counter in a restricted cup but it’s definitely not a top pick even in Little Cup due to the amount of weaknesses it has.

And unfortunately, Parasect is just a Dex filler. Its weaknesses hold it back in GBL and as you can imagine by looking at its stats, Parasect is not a great attacker to use in raids either. Will it ever shine in a restricted PVP cup? The fact that it has mostly been used as a meme pick in some restricted formats such as the Love Cup speaks for itself.

We hope you found this raid guide useful, happy hunting!

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