Pheromosa Raid Guide (Ultra Beast)

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Pheromosa is a Bug and Fighting type Ultra Beast Tier-5 Raid boss. Best Pheromosa raid counters include powerful Fairy, Fire, Flying and Psychic types, with a mixed range of different counters available to help you defeat it. It is 2x weak to Flying because of its dual typing.

Pheromosa Raid Boss CP is 40539, and you can catch it in the following CP Ranges:

  • 1538 CP to 1624 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 1922 CP to 2030 CP at Level 25, with Rainy and Cloudy weather boost

Depending on your levels and counters, we would recommend 2-5 trainers who are high level, and more if you don’t have optimal teams. This guide will tell you how to beat this elegant Ultra Beast, as well as its optimal stats, moves and CP range.

Pheromosa Counters

List of counters for the Pheromosa 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. Moltres Wing Attack Flying Sky Attack Flying 191.37s 6.00
2. Rayquaza Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 200.00s 7.25
3. Tornadus (Incarnate) Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 211.63s 8.38
4. Braviary Air Slash Flying Brave Bird Flying 210.12s 9.38
5. Tornadus Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 213.95s 8.50
6. Articuno (Galarian) Psycho Cut Psychic Brave Bird Flying 217.38s 7.75
7. Staraptor Gust Flying Brave Bird Flying 205.64s 10.57
8. Yveltal Gust Flying Hurricane Flying 211.90s 9.75
9. Unfezant Air Slash Flying Sky Attack Flying 210.92s 9.83
10. Tornadus (Therian) Gust Flying Hurricane Flying 225.56s 8.38
11. Zapdos Thunder Shock Electric Drill Peck Flying 228.47s 8.50
12. Braviary (Hisuian) Air Slash Flying Brave Bird Flying 226.82s 8.88
13. Ho-Oh Extrasensory Psychic Brave Bird Flying 244.39s 5.25
14. Toucannon Peck Flying Drill Peck Flying 224.67s 10.83
15. Honchkrow Peck Flying Sky Attack Flying 203.59s 15.50
16. Moltres (Galarian) Wing Attack Flying Brave Bird Flying 232.69s 9.63
17. Lugia Extrasensory Psychic Aeroblast Flying 258.43s 5.00
18. Togekiss Air Slash Flying Aerial Ace Flying 259.32s 5.75
19. Kartana Air Slash Flying Aerial Ace Flying 229.83s 13.50
20. Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Psystrike Psychic 233.62s 11.75
21. Yanmega Wing Attack Flying Aerial Ace Flying 250.65s 8.13
22. Blaziken Fire Spin Fire Brave Bird Flying 260.39s 8.40
23. Lunala Air Slash Flying Psychic Psychic 273.16s 6.29
24. Chatot Peck Flying Sky Attack Flying 248.76s 12.75
25. Talonflame Peck Flying Brave Bird Flying 272.97s 7.00
26. Swellow Wing Attack Flying Brave Bird Flying 254.12s 12.75
27. Noivern Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 268.14s 8.67
28. Scyther Air Slash Flying Aerial Ace Flying 266.84s 9.13
29. Charizard Wing Attack Flying Blast Burn Fire 280.13s 7.00
30. Reshiram Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 271.99s 9.17
31. Oricorio (Sensu) Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 282.10s 7.00
32. Hoopa (Unbound) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 244.02s 15.75
33. Zapdos (Galarian) Counter Fighting Brave Bird Flying 282.64s 7.50
34. Pidgeot Gust Flying Brave Bird Flying 269.55s 10.33
35. Oricorio Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 282.44s 8.60

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.

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

Best Mega Pokémon against Pheromosa

Mega Pidgeot, Mega Latios and Mega Charizard Y and X perform exceptionally well against Pheromosa. Here’s how they compare to Moltres and Rayquaza.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Pidgeot (Mega) Gust Flying Brave Bird Flying 128.91s 5.88
2. Charizard (Mega Y) Air Slash Flying Blast Burn Fire 156.07s 4.50
3. Latios (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 181.09s 7.63
4. Moltres Wing Attack Flying Sky Attack Flying 192.31s 6.13
5. Rayquaza Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 200.00s 7.50
6. Charizard (Mega X) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 202.91s 8.00
7. Staraptor Wing Attack Flying Brave Bird Flying 202.82s 9.50

Pheromosa Moveset Analysis

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Bug Bite Bug
  • Low Kick Fighting
  • Focus Blast Fighting
  • Bug Buzz Bug
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • Lunge Bug

As a bug type attacker, its best moveset would be Bug Bite and Bug Buzz. With that moveset, Pheromosa becomes the #1 non-mega bug type attacker in the game. It has a massive attack stat, but very little bulk, so will be a glass cannon for raiding.

Pheromosa Stats

Pheromosa BugFighting
Max CP at lvl 40 2842 / lvl 50 3213
ATK 316 DEF 85 HP 174
Weak to Strong Against
Flying x2 Fairy Fire Psychic Bug Dark Fighting Grass Ground


While Pheromosa has a truly huge attack stat of 316, with a defense of 85, it is the definition of a glass cannon. It’s going to hit hard, but take damage ridiculously quickly! As a Fighting type it doesn’t access any moves that will make it viable, but it may be worth considered as a useful Bug type attacker for PvE. A fashion icon!

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