Pikachu Raid Counters Guide

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Pikachu is a Tier 1 raid boss in Pokémon GO with a raid boss CP of 3277.

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:

# Pokémon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Alakazam (Mega) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 7.90s 0.00
2. Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 9.09s 0.00
3. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 9.89s 0.00
4. Banette (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 10.50s 0.00
5. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Earth Power Ground 10.70s 0.00
6. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 10.79s 0.00
7. Beedrill (Mega) Infestation Bug Sludge Bomb Poison 10.85s 0.00
8. Absol (Mega) Snarl Dark Payback Dark 10.98s 0.00
9. Houndoom (Mega) Snarl Dark Fire Blast Fire 11.00s 0.00
10. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 11.10s 0.00
11. Regigigas Hidden Power Normal Giga Impact Normal 11.13s 0.00
12. Lopunny (Mega) Double Kick Fighting Hyper Beam Normal 11.11s 0.00
13. Groudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 11.30s 0.00
14. Garchomp Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 11.30s 0.00
15. Excadrill Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 11.25s 0.00
16. Gyarados (Mega) Bite Dark Crunch Dark 11.70s 0.00
17. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 11.72s 0.00
18. Rhyperior Mud-Slap Ground Stone Edge Rock 12.10s 0.00
19. Charizard (Mega X) Ember Fire Overheat Fire 12.37s 0.00
20. Deoxys (Attack) Poison Jab Poison Dark Pulse Dark 12.33s 0.00
21. Latias (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Mist Ball Psychic 12.40s 0.00
22. Venusaur (Mega) Vine Whip Grass Solar Beam Grass 12.57s 0.00
23. Pheromosa Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug 12.94s 0.00
24. Palkia Dragon Tail Dragon Hydro Pump Water 13.20s 0.00
25. Slowbro (Mega) Water Gun Water Psychic Psychic 13.07s 0.00
26. Kartana Razor Leaf Grass Leaf Blade Grass 13.13s 0.00
27. Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Psystrike Psychic 13.22s 0.00
28. Mamoswine Mud-Slap Ground Bulldoze Ground 13.28s 0.00

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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