Raikou Raid Guide

Raikou is a Tier 5 Legendary Raid Boss in Pokémon GO, with a Raid Boss CP of 45435. Raikou is a pure Electric type, meaning it is weak to Ground types, while resisting Electric, Flying and Steel types. It is boosted by Rainy weather.

Raikou can be caught in the following CP-ranges:

  • 1889-1972 CP for a regular Level 20 encounter
  • 2361-2466 CP for a Rainy weather boosted encounter (Level 25)

Raikou duo is possible, but it would require maxed out counters, as well as Best Friend Bonus, Sunny weather Boost, and a good amount of luck. We suggest you to take on Raikou in groups of 4-6 for high-level players, or 7-20 for lower level players.


Raikou is one of the Johto Beasts (together with Entei and Suicune), a Legendary Trio originally discovered in the Johto Region (Gen II). This guide has been updated as of July 2021.

Raikou Counters

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Garchomp Mud Shot Earthquake 672.97s 9.50
2. Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake 672.87s 12.25
3. Rhyperior Mud-Slap Earthquake 680.85s 12.25
4. Excadrill Mud-Slap Earthquake 654.91s 16.25
5. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Earthquake 647.03s 19.50
6. Landorus Mud Shot Earth Power 666.79s 19.50
7. Landorus (Incarnate) Mud Shot Earth Power 668.78s 19.75
8. Krookodile Mud-Slap Earthquake 721.15s 15.13
9. Mamoswine Mud-Slap Bulldoze 760.44s 17.38
10. Golurk Mud-Slap Earth Power 744.24s 21.13
11. Gengar (Mega) Lick Shadow Ball 685.18s 33.75
12. Donphan Mud-Slap Earthquake 789.16s 17.75
13. Golem Mud-Slap Earthquake 796.93s 17.50
14. Flygon Mud Shot Earthquake 824.55s 15.38
15. Swampert Mud Shot Earthquake 832.30s 23.38
16. Haxorus Dragon Tail Earthquake 817.11s 26.88
17. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psystrike 776.62s 33.38
18. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Blast Burn 753.85s 39.25
19. Regigigas Hidden Power Giga Impact 864.33s 25.00
20. Nidoking Fury Cutter Earth Power 879.02s 22.63
21. Beedrill (Mega) Poison Jab Drill Run 766.85s 42.38
22. Charizard (Mega X) Fire Spin Blast Burn 874.02s 24.63
23. Venusaur (Mega) Vine Whip Frenzy Plant 899.65s 21.75
24. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Hydro Cannon 836.15s 37.50
25. Hippowdon Ice Fang Earth Power 932.78s 17.25
26. Seismitoad Mud Shot Earth Power 901.06s 27.50
27. Reshiram Fire Fang Draco Meteor 927.20s 24.00
28. Gyarados (Mega) Bite Hydro Pump 882.56s 33.50
29. Torterra Bite Earthquake 1016.95s 10.00
30. Lopunny (Mega) Pound Hyper Beam 933.61s 29.80
31. Houndoom (Mega) Fire Fang Foul Play 892.00s 34.00
32. Bouffalant Mud Shot Earthquake 1026.25s 19.00
33. Zekrom Dragon Breath Outrage 979.89s 19.88
34. Gastrodon (West Sea) Mud-Slap Earth Power 932.34s 28.25
35. Sandslash Mud Shot Earthquake 961.64s 21.71

All data and numbers used in this article are extracted from our GO Hub Database.

Editor’s note: While normally creating a top-10 list for raid boss counters, the inclusion of 11 counters on this list is due to the rarity of Sandile and therefore its fully-evolved form, Krookodile, as of January 2021.

For more accessible options, Golem, Flygon, Swampert, Nidoking, Hippowdon, and even Seismitoad (yes really) all make the top 30 counters.

Please note that this list is based on overall performance against all Raikou movesets, and Pokémon in this list have maxed out stats (powered up to level 40). Actual results may vary, depending on the moveset on the Raid Boss and the conditions of the Raid Battle.

Raikou Moveset Analysis

Raikou has access to the following moves:

Fast Charge
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Volt Switch Electric
  • Thunder Electric
  • Wild Charge Electric
  • Thunderbolt Electric
  • Shadow Ball Ghost

*Best moveset for Raikou is in bold

  • Thunder hits hard, but it gets resisted by Ground types
  • Wild Charge and Thunderbolt don’t hit as hard as Thunder, and also get resisted by Ground types
  • Shadow Ball is a powerful move, but doesn’t deal Super Effective damage to any of your counters (unless you choose to fight with Mewtwo)

Again, you don’t need to worry about any of these moves, as almost all counters resist Electric moves due to their Ground typing.

Weather Effects

Raikou is boosted by Rainy weather, while being more vulnerable in Sunny weather.
Rainy weather will give you the chance to catch Raikou at level 25, but the battle will be harder because of Raikou’s boosted Electric moves. If you want the fight to be easier, challenge Raikou in Sunny weather to boost your Ground counters.

Weather Pro Con
Sunny Boosts Ground types
Partly Cloudy
Rainy Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost. Boosts Raikou’s Electric moves
Fog Boosts Raikou’s Shadow Ball Ghost