Poliwrath Raid Boss

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Poliwrath is a Tier 4 Raid Boss in Pokemon GO, with Boss CP of 26364 and Max Capture CP of 1477 (weather boosted level 25 is a Max Capture CP of 1847). This page details best Poliwrath Raid Counters and how to counter Poliwrath effectively. Poliwrath is not soloable and it is required to have at least 2-3 Trainers in order to take it down.

Poliwrath is a water and fighting type with a lot of weaknesses: electric, psychic, grass, fairy and flying moves. Poliwrath has no double weaknesses.

Poliwrath Raid Counters

Poliwrath Raid Counters
Pokemon Fast move Charge move
Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic
Moltres Wing Attack Flying Sky Attack Flying
Azelf Confusion Psychic Futuresight Psychic
Gardevoir Confusion Psychic Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
Espeon Confusion Psychic Futuresight Psychic
Exeggutor Extrasensory Psychic Solar Beam Grass

Poliwrath counters generally fall in two categories / brackets, depending on the moveset that Poliwrath has:

  • A fighting moveset Poliwrath is countered by Psychic and Flying Pokemon
  • A water moveset Poliwrath is countered by Electric / Grass Pokemon

Mixed movesets are more or less easily countered by all of the Pokemon mentioned above, but this duality of possible movesets makes it super interesting to raid against Poliwrath. A good rule of thumb is to bring a mix of the above mentioned attackers and prioritize the appropriate ones. This is a great opportunity to give your Zapdos and Raikou some play time. Be wary of Ice Punch Poliwrath when using Grass counters.

Poliwrath has access to following moves:

  • Rock Smash fighting (quick)
  • Bubble water (quick)
  • Hydro Pump water (charged, one bar)
  • Dynamic Punch fighting (charged, two bar)
  • Ice Punch ice (charged, three bar)

Weather effects

Poliwrath is best fought in Sunny or Windy weather as it only provides boosts to attackers and nothing to Poliwrath, although both Cloudy and Rainy will provide boosts to Fairy and Electric at the costs of buffs to Poliwrath’s own fighting and water moves. The only truly negative weather is if a Ice Punch Poliwrath has a snowy advantage.

Weather Pro-Attacker Pro-Poliwrath
Sunny Boosts Super Effective Grass attackers No Benefit
Partly Cloudy No Benefit No Benefit
Cloudy Boosts Super Effective Fairy attackers Boosts Fighting STAB moves Rock Smash and Dynamic Punch
Windy Boosts Super Effective Flying and Psychic attackers No Benefit
Rainy Boosts Super Effective Electric attackers Boosts Water STAB moves Bubble and Hydro Pump
Snow No Benefit Boosts Charged Ice move Ice Punch
Fog No Benefit No Benefit

Additional Poliwrath Counters

Poliwrath can be countered with several weaker options and we believe this will often be the case. For this section of the guide, we are including some controversial and unusual raiding choices. Please, use this in larger groups (4+), don’t let your team wipe.

Without further ado:

  • Alakazam with Psycho Cut / Futuresight
  • Zapdos with Thunder Shock / Thunderbolt
  • Latios with Zen Headbutt / Solar Beam
  • Magnezone with Spark / Wild Charge
  • Roserade with Razor Leaf / Grass Knot
  • Rayquaza with Air Slash / Aerial Ace
  • Luxray with Spark / Wild Charge
  • Venusaur with Vine Whip / Frenzy Plant
  • Togekiss with Air Slash / Dazzling Gleam

Raw simulator output

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Mewtwo Confusion Psychic 371.7s 10
2. Moltres Wing Attack Sky Attack 370.3s 12
3. Shaymin Zen Headbutt Grass Knot 393.1s 12
4. Azelf Confusion Futuresight 379.3s 14
5. Gardevoir Confusion Dazzling Gleam 419.1s 11
6. Raikou Thunder Shock Wild Charge 399.9s 13
7. Espeon Confusion Futuresight 397.2s 14
8. Exeggutor Extrasensory Solar Beam 408.5s 12
9. Electivire Thunder Shock Wild Charge 381.7s 16
10. Zapdos Thunder Shock Thunderbolt 414.9s 12
11. Latios Zen Headbutt Solar Beam 424.7s 11
12. Lugia Extrasensory Sky Attack 471.7s 7
13. Alakazam Psycho Cut Futuresight 388.6s 15
14. Rayquaza Air Slash Aerial Ace 414.2s 12
15. Roserade Razor Leaf Grass Knot 412.5s 14
16. Togekiss Charm Dazzling Gleam 447.4s 10
17. Gallade Confusion Synchronoise 424.6s 13
18. Venusaur Vine Whip Frenzy Plant 435.4s 12
19. Deoxys Zen Headbutt Thunderbolt 361.2s 20
20. Luxray Spark Wild Charge 404.0s 17
21. Magnezone Spark Wild Charge 405.2s 16
22. Ho-Oh Extrasensory Solar Beam 479.3s 11
23. Honchkrow Peck Sky Attack 384.3s 21
24. Mesprit Confusion Futuresight 474.7s 12
25. Sceptile Fury Cutter Frenzy Plant 420.4s 18
26. Leafeon Razor Leaf Leaf Blade 446.9s 15
27. Tangrowth Vine Whip Solar Beam 461.8s 14
28. Metagross Zen Headbutt Psychic 470.7s 14
29. Granbull Charm Play Rough 450.4s 16
30. Shaymin Zen Headbutt Grass Knot 480.5s 13

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