Poliwag Raid Guide

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Poliwag is a pure Water type 1* Raid Boss. Optimal raid counters include Grass and Electric types. Poliwag can evolve into two different PvP-centric Pokémon: Poliwrath and Politoed, finding their niche uses in the Great and Ultra Leagues.

It is an easy solo for any trainer as a normal raid boss, as a shadow raid boss be prepared it will be trickier. It is available as a shiny in both types of raids, exciting!

Shadow Raid Information

As a shadow raid, it will hit harder than the normal raid boss, so make sure your counters are powered up, have the right moveset, and aren’t weak to the raid bosses moves. Lower levels trainers and those without top counters may need to bring a friend. Shadow Raid Bosses will grow enraged as you battle them, boosting their attack and defence. Continue to hold your ground and weaken the Shadow Raid Bosses to subdue them.

You can subdue Shadow Raid Bosses using Purified Gems, a new item that can be assembled from Shadow Shards.

Shadow Shards are mysterious gem pieces that may be dropped by Team GO Rocket. You will need to gather enough shards to use Professor Willow’s newly invented Shard Refiner, and in return you’ll be rewarded with a Purified Gem.

There are multiple ways Purified Gems can assist your battle against enraged Shadow Raid Bosses:

  • When you use a Purified Gem during a Shadow Raid, the enraged Shadow Raid Boss’s attack and defence will be lowered temporarily. This can give you the opening you need to take them down.
  • You and your fellow Trainers can use more than one Purified Gem during a Shadow Raid. If used at the same time, their effects will stack.
  • If enough Purified Gems are used, the enraged Shadow Raid Boss will be subdued—returned to its non-enraged state—which might give you the edge you need to defeat it!

Poliwag Counters

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.

Let’s check out the top raid counters for Poliwag:

# Pokémon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge
5.50s 0.00
2. Sceptile (Mega) Fury Cutter Bug Frenzy Plant Grass 5.75s 0.00
3. Kartana Razor Leaf Grass Leaf Blade Grass 6.40s 0.00
4. Venusaur (Mega) Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant Grass 7.10s 0.00
5. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Psychic Psychic 7.50s 0.00
6. Alakazam (Mega) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 7.50s 0.00
7. Gardevoir (Mega) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 8.01s 0.00
8. Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 8.20s 0.00
9. Banette (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 8.20s 0.00
10. Xurkitree Thunder Shock Electric Thunder Electric 8.53s 0.00
11. Roserade Razor Leaf Grass Grass Knot Grass 8.90s 0.00
12. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Thunder Punch Electric 8.88s 0.00
13. Absol (Mega) Snarl Dark Payback Dark 9.00s 0.00
14. Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Fusion Bolt Electric 9.10s 0.00
15. Salamence (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage
9.25s 0.00
16. Vikavolt Spark Electric Discharge Electric 9.40s 0.00
17. Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch Electric Thunder Electric 9.40s 0.00
18. Groudon (Primal) Mud Shot Ground Precipice Blades Ground 9.60s 0.00
19. Abomasnow (Mega) Razor Leaf Grass Outrage Dragon 9.74s 00.00
20. Pidgeot (Mega) Wing Attack Flying Hurricane Flying 9.83s 0.00
21. Thundurus (Incarnate) Thunder Shock Electric Thunder Electric 9.96s 0.00
22. Houndoom (Mega) Snarl Dark Crunch Dark 10.00s 0.00
23. Beedrill (Mega) Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 10.05s 0.00
24. Celebi Magical Leaf Grass Leaf Storm
10.28s 0.00
25. Porygon-Z Charge Beam Electric Solar Beam Grass 10.38s 0.00
26. Magneton Thunder Shock Electric Zap Cannon
10.39s 0.00
27. Zarude Vine Whip Grass Power Whip Grass 10.40s 0.00
28. Latias (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon 10.53s 0.00
29. Jolteon Thunder Shock Electric Zap Cannon
10.53s 0.00
30. Zapdos Thunder Shock Electric Zap Cannon
10.53s 0.00
31. Exeggutor Bullet Seed Grass Solar Beam Grass 10.60s 0.00
32. Exeggutor (Alola) Bullet Seed Grass Solar Beam Grass 10.60s 0.00
33. Sunflora Bullet Seed Grass Solar Beam Grass 10.60s 0.00
34. Blaziken (Mega) Counter Fighting Blaze Kick Fire 10.60s 0.00

Catchable CP range

Poliwag can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 433 – 473 CP at level 20, no weather boost
  • 541 – 592 CP at level 25 with Rainy weather boost

Poliwag Stats

Poliwag has the following stats in Pokémon GO:

Poliwag Water
Max CP at lvl 40 829 | Max CP at lvl 50 937
ATK 101 DEF 82 HP 120
Weak to Strong Against
Grass Electric Fire Ground Rock


Poliwag Moveset

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Bubble Water
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Bubble Beam Water
  • Mud Bomb Ground
  • Body Slam Normal

All the best, trainers!

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