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 3452. Duoing Raikou might be 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 Raid Counters

Raikou Raid Counters
Pokemon GO RaikouRaikou
WEAKNESS Ground BOOSTED BY Rainy
Supreme Raikou Raid Counters
Pokemon GO GroudonGroudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Groudon is an absolute beast against Raikou. It does a ton of damage, and it’s stats make it your go-for counter to take on Raikou. It appeared in Raids quite a few times, so a lot of Trainers already got their hands on a good IV Groudon.
Pokemon GO GarchompGarchomp Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Garchomp is a monster in taking on Raikou. It’s on par with Groudon, and suffers less deaths due to its double resistance against Electric moves. With great DPS and TDO, Garchomp is an amazing pick for your team. The only downfall is its availability, since Gible is currently an ultra rare spawn/hatch.
Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Rhyperior is slower than Groudon and Garchomp, but still a great option for your team. It’s availability also favors it, since most likely everyone will have one to use. If you don’t have a Rhyperior, however, you could use Rhydon (its previous form) as a replacement.
Excellent Raikou Raid Counters
Pokemon GO MamoswineMamoswine Mud Slap Ground Bulldoze Ground
Mamoswine is a good option due to its amazing stats, but lacks a good Ground Charge Move. However, it still deserves a spot on your team.
Pokemon GO DonphanDonphan Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Donphan finally gets its time to shine! Since the addition of Mud Slap to its move pool, Donphan definitely earned its spot on your Battle Party.
Pokemon GO NidokingNidoking Fury Cutter Bug Earth Power Ground
Since the introduction of Earth Power, Nidoking became much more viable as Ground attacker. It’s not great, but it makes a good replacement if you don’t have one of the above counters.
Pokemon GO GolemGolem Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Basically Rhyperior, but slower.
Good Raikou Raid Counters
Time to win rises considerably from here, and these Pokémon are best kept to B-teams or used when a large group is active.
Pokemon GO HippowdonHippowdon Fire Fang Fire Earth Power Ground
Pokemon GO FlygonFlygon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Pokemon GO DialgaDialga Dragon Breath Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon
Pokemon GO RayquazaRayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Pokemon GO NidoqueenNidoqueen Poison Jab Poison Earth Power Ground
Pokemon GO SalamenceSalamence Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Pokemon GO DragoniteDragonite Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Pokemon GO PalkiaPalkia Dragon Tail Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon

*Italics indicates Legacy.

Raikou Raid Boss Counters
Raikou Raid Counters Infographic by Orange Heart

All data and numbers used in this article are extracted from our GO Hub Database. Below, you can find a list of the top 10 Counters against Raikou, according to our simulator.

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.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake 773.4s 17
2. Garchomp Mud Shot Earthquake 827.7s 12
3. Rhyperior Mud Slap Earthquake 868.7s 18
4. Mamoswine Mud Slap Bulldoze 866.9s 23
5. Donphan Mud Slap Earthquake 977.9s 23
6. Nidoking Fury Cutter Earth Power 948.0s 28
7. Golem Mud Slap Earthquake 995.3s 25
8. Hippowdon Fire Fang Earth Power 1029.2s 22
9. Flygon Mud Shot Earthquake 1042.4s 23
10. Swampert Mud Shot Earthquake 1009.6s 32

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
Windy
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy
Snow
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.