Raikou Raid Counters Guide

Raikou Raid Guide

Raikou is one of the Johto Beasts (together with Entei and Suicune), a Legendary Trio originally discovered in the Johto Region (Gen II). It 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 has a stat composition of 241 Attack, 195 Defense, and 207 Stamina leading to a Max CP of 3902. Duoing Raikou 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.


*This guide has been updated as of January 2021 with the re-introduction of Raikou to legendary raids. Raikou will be in raids from January 31st, 2021 at 10 a.m. local time to February 4th, 2021 at 10. a.m. local time.

Raikou Raid Counters

Raikou Raid Counters
Garchomp Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Groudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Rhyperior Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Excadrill Mud-Slap Ground Drill Run Ground
Landorus Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground
Krookodile Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Mamoswine Mud-Slap Ground Bulldoze Ground
Golurk Mud-Slap Ground Earth Power Ground
Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Donphan Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Golem Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground

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.

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

Raikou is the best Electric type Pokémon currently available in Pokémon GO. It outperforms its Kanto counterpart Zapdos, so it’s definitely a worthy member in your team of Electric type attackers.