Pikachu Raid Counters Guide

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As part of the Secrets of the Jungle event, Pikachu will be available in raids as a Tier 1 raid boss in Pokémon GO.

Pikachu can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 493 – 536 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 616 – 670 CP at Level 25 with Rainy weather boost

It is an Electric type, which makes it only weak to Ground type moves.

Pikachu Raid Counters

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.

Pikachu’s best raid counters are listed below:

Pikachu Counters
Supreme Counters
Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Excadrill Mud-Slap Ground Drill Run Ground
Rhyperior Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Groudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Garchomp Mud Shot Ground Earth Power* Ground
Great Counters
Flygon Mud Shot Ground Earth Power* Ground
Mamoswine Mud-Slap Ground Bulldoze Ground
Swampert Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Landorus (Incarnate) Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground
Golurk Mud-Slap Ground Earth Power Ground
Donphan Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Krookodile Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Golem Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground

* marks a legacy move

There are other alternatives too, but most of the Pokémon listed above are quite common and have been available for a very long time. If you don’t have any of these Pokémon, you can always use powerful generalists such as Psystrike Mewtwo or heavy-hitting megas and sub-optimal pseudo ground-type attackers if you have them powered up.

Stats and Max CP

Pikachu Electric
Max CP at Level 40 938 | Max CP at Level 50 1060
ATK 112 DEF 96 STA 111
Weak to Strong Against
Ground Water Flying

Moveset (regular form)

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Quick Attack Normal
  • Present* Normal
  • Wild Charge Electric
  • Thunderbolt Electric
  • Discharge Electric
  • Surf* Water
  • Thunder* Electric

* marks a legacy move

** Other Pikachu forms (e.g. Pikachu Libre) may have exclusive moves, please check our Database before TMing these moves away

Pikachu is not a very useful Pokémon in Pokémon GO, but its evolution, Raichu, can be used in certain PvP metas as a sub-optimal pick. Alolan Raichu on the other hand is a very decent Pokémon to use in PvP, but the only way to obtain it is via raids.

If you want to use Pikachu in Pokémon GO, its best moveset is Thunder Shock and Wild Charge.

We hope you found this raid guide useful!

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