Poliwrath Raid Boss

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Poliwrath is a Tier 3 Raid Boss in Pokémon GO, with a raid boss CP of 16674. It is a Water and Fighting type, with weaknesses to Electric, Fairy, Flying, Grass and Psychic types.

Poliwrath can be caught with the following CP Ranges:

  • 1405 CP to 1477 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 1757 CP to 1847 CP at Level 25, with Rainy and Cloudy weather boost

Poliwrath Raid Counters

List of counters for the Poliwrath Raid Boss in Pokémon GO, including best Pokémon to defeat it, highest DPS attackers, and moves to use. Learn which Pokémon are the best choice to beat this raid boss.

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.

# Pokémon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Alakazam (Mega) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 73.33s 1.87
2. Latios (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 82.96s 1.13
3. Latias (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 96.21s 1.27
4. Pidgeot (Mega) Air Slash Flying Brave Bird Flying 91.06s 2.53
5. Venusaur (Mega) Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant Grass 97.93s 1.40
6. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge Electric 90.06s 2.87
7. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Zap Cannon Electric 101.16s 1.93
8. Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Psystrike Psychic 104.32s 2.00
9. Slowbro (Mega) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 114.69s 1.27
10. Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Psychic Psychic 113.03s 2.27
11. Hoopa (Unbound) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 111.05s 3.27
12. Kartana Razor Leaf Grass Leaf Blade Grass 111.31s 4.27
13. Xurkitree Thunder Shock Electric Power Whip Grass 115.13s 3.87
14. Lunala Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 129.62s 1.67
15. Abomasnow (Mega) Razor Leaf Grass Energy Ball Grass 125.11s 2.92
16. Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Wild Charge Electric 126.10s 2.67
17. Hoopa (Confined) Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 130.41s 1.82
18. Charizard (Mega Y) Air Slash Flying Overheat Fire 129.79s 2.22
19. Articuno (Galarian) Psycho Cut Psychic Brave Bird Flying 129.29s 2.29
20. Banette (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 127.49s 2.92
21. Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch Electric Thunderbolt Electric 125.31s 3.38
22. Moltres Wing Attack Flying Sky Attack Flying 129.48s 2.73
23. Zarude Vine Whip Grass Power Whip Grass 131.81s 2.33
24. Deoxys (Attack) Zen Headbutt Psychic Zap Cannon Electric 111.76s 7.80
25. Alakazam Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 127.06s 3.67
26. Tapu Lele Confusion Psychic Future Sight Psychic 137.16s 1.63
27. Deoxys (Normal) Zen Headbutt Psychic Thunderbolt Electric 123.26s 4.50
28. Espeon Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 129.94s 3.27
29. Azelf Confusion Psychic Future Sight Psychic 134.00s 2.00
30. Latios Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 134.03s 2.54
31. Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric 135.52s 2.67
32. Altaria (Mega) Peck Flying Dazzling Gleam Fairy 136.54s 2.38
33. Gardevoir Confusion Psychic Psychic Psychic 139.08s 1.33
34. Metagross Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 136.08s 2.50
35. Roserade Razor Leaf Grass Grass Knot Grass 138.95s 3.00

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 Pokémon 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 Stats

Poliwrath WaterFighting
Max CP at lvl 40 2586 / lvl 50 2923
ATK 182 DEF 184 HP 207
Weak to Resistances
Flying Fairy Electric Psychic Grass Bug Dark Fire Grass Rock Ice Steel Water

Poliwrath Moveset

Poliwrath has access to following moves:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Rock Smash Fighting
  • Bubble Water
  • Mud Shot Ground
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
  • Ice Punch Ice
  • Power-Up Punch Fighting
  • Scald Water

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

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