Pineco Raid Guide

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Pineco 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:

  • 586 – 633 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 733 – 791 CP at Level 25 with Rainy weather boost

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

Pineco Raid Counters

Pineco 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 Overheat Fire 11.60s 0.00
2. Darmanitan Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 12.33s 0.00
3. Reshiram Fire Fang Fire Stone Edge Rock 12.33s 0.00
4. Flareon Ember Fire Overheat Fire 12.59s 0.00
5. Ho-Oh Incinerate Fire Brave Bird Flying 12.70s 0.00
6. Darmanitan (Standard) Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 12.81s 0.00
7. Tornadus Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 13.00s 0.00
8. Tornadus (Incarnate) Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 12.95s 0.00
9. Blaziken Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire 13.08s 0.00
10. Rayquaza Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 13.10s 0.00
11. Honchkrow Peck Flying Sky Attack Flying 13.21s 0.00
12. Entei Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 13.20s 0.00
13. Pyroar Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 13.26s 0.00
14. Chandelure Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire 13.25s 0.00
15. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 13.38s 0.00
16. Charizard Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire 13.43s 0.00
17. Braviary Air Slash Flying Brave Bird Flying 13.57s 0.00
18. Magmortar Fire Spin Fire Fire Blast Fire 13.70s 0.00
19. Delphox Fire Spin Fire Fire Blast Fire 13.75s 0.00
20. Arcanine Fire Fang Fire Fire Blast Fire 13.76s 0.00
21. Heatran Fire Spin Fire Fire Blast Fire 13.87s 0.00
22. Tornadus (Therian) Gust Flying Hurricane Flying 13.92s 0.00
23. Yveltal Gust Flying Hurricane Flying 13.92s 0.00
24. Houndoom Fire Fang Fire Fire Blast Fire 13.92s 0.00
25. Tyranitar Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 13.92s 0.00
26. Salamence Fire Fang Fire Fire Blast Fire 13.91s 0.00
27. Unfezant Air Slash Flying Sky Attack Flying 13.97s 0.00
28. Lycanroc (Midday) Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock 14.09s 0.00
29. Lycanroc Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock 14.13s 0.00
30. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 14.23s 0.00
31. Incineroar Fire Fang Fire Fire Blast Fire 14.17s 0.00
32. Lycanroc (Dusk) Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock 14.30s 0.00
33. Typhlosion Incinerate Fire Overheat Fire 14.30s 0.00
34. Archeops Wing Attack Flying Ancient Power Rock 14.34s 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.

Pineco 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 Pineco’s double weakness to fire and flying type moves.

Stats and Max CP

Pineco Bug
Max CP at Level 40 1108 | Max CP at Level 50 1253
ATK 108 DEF 122 STA 137
Weak to Strong Against
Fire Flying Rock Grass Dark Psychic


Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Tackle Normal
  • Bug Bite Bug
  • Gyro Ball Steel
  • Rock Tomb Rock
  • Sand Tomb Ground

Pineco is not amongst the best picks for Little Cup, but it could work in some restricted formats.

Forretress on the other hand has seen some play in Great League. It’s by no means a meta pick, but some players like 2OButters, PogoKieng and PurpleKyogre have had some success with it.

Shadow Forretress might be worth considering over its regular variant if you need the extra damage boost. But be careful, Forretress is extremely weak to fire. If you’re planning to use it, you should probably pair it with fire type counters such as water types. Its best moveset is Bug Bite, Earthquake and Mirror Shot.

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

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