Pheromosa Raid Counters Guide

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Pheromosa is a Bug and Fighting type 5-Star 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.

Best Pokémon to use against Pheromosa

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.

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Rayquaza (Mega) Air Slash Flying Dragon Ascent Flying 3 114s
2. Rayquaza Air Slash Flying Dragon Ascent Flying 6 151s
3. Moltres (Shadow) Wing Attack Flying Sky Attack Flying 6 168s
4. Honchkrow (Shadow) Peck Flying Sky Attack Flying 16 186s
5. Staraptor (Shadow) Gust Flying Fly Flying 12 182s
6. Yveltal Gust Flying Oblivion Wing Flying 9 186s
7. Moltres Wing Attack Flying Sky Attack Flying 6 199s
8. Pidgeot (Mega) Gust Flying Brave Bird Flying 10 196s
9. Zapdos (Shadow) Thunder Shock Electric Drill Peck Flying 8 197s
10. Unfezant (Shadow) Air Slash Flying Sky Attack Flying 14 204s
11. Charizard (Mega Y) Air Slash Flying Blast Burn Fire 7 215s
12. Staraptor Gust Flying Fly Flying 13 213s
13. Ho-Oh (Shadow) Extrasensory Psychic Brave Bird Flying 6 218s
14. Honchkrow Peck Flying Sky Attack Flying 17 220s
15. Braviary Air Slash Flying Fly Flying 11 215s
16. Lugia (Shadow) Extrasensory Psychic Aeroblast Flying 6 226s
17. Mewtwo (Shadow) Psycho Cut Psychic Psystrike Psychic 14 224s
18. Blaziken (Mega) Fire Spin Fire Brave Bird Flying 11 226s
19. Braviary (Hisuian) Air Slash Flying Fly Flying 10 228s
20. Articuno (Galarian) Psycho Cut Psychic Brave Bird Flying 9 233s
21. Zapdos Thunder Shock Electric Drill Peck Flying 9 236s
22. Unfezant Air Slash Flying Sky Attack Flying 14 240s
23. Tornadus (Incarnate) Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 11 243s
24. Tornadus Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 11 243s
25. Scyther (Shadow) Air Slash Flying Aerial Ace Flying 11 244s
26. Ho-Oh Extrasensory Psychic Brave Bird Flying 6 258s
27. Tornadus (Therian) Gust Flying Hurricane Flying 10 251s
28. Togekiss Air Slash Flying Aerial Ace Flying 6 267s
29. Lugia Extrasensory Psychic Aeroblast Flying 6 267s
30. Toucannon Peck Flying Drill Peck Flying 16 257s

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 Rayquaza, Mega Pidgeot, Mega Blaziken and Mega Charizard Y perform exceptionally well against Pheromosa. These Pokémon boost Flying and Fire type attackers, and add a significant boost to your damage output.

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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