Salamence Raid Guide

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Hey Trainers,

Salamence is a Dragon and Flying type T3 raid boss during the Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl event. Salamence does have a future Mega evolution, so it is well worth trying to get a good IV one ready for when it is eventually released.


It’s a Dragon and Flying type, so it is double week to Ice types, as well as weak to Dragon, Fairy and Rock types. It is resistant to Grass, Ground, Bug, Fighting, Fire and Water. Because of that dual typing, Ice types are your way to go for optimal counters!

It will be possible to solo Salamence if you are a high level trainer with strong counters, but if not, we recommend 2-3 trainers for those who may be lower levels or not have optimal counters.

Top Counters

Shadows Pokémon won’t be included in this list because they are incredibly expensive to power up. However, if you have any of the listed Pokémon as shadow forms, they’re of course better. We will include Mega Pokémon as they will help you defeat this raid boss solo in a quicker time.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Weatherball 68.35s 3.33
2. Mamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche 80.63s 3.92
3. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Avalanche 79.51s 4.58
4. Glaceon Frost Breath Avalanche 86.81s 3.92
5. Weavile Ice Shard Avalanche 88.65s 4.50
6. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Ice Beam 94.70s 3.67
7. Jynx Frost Breath Avalanche 95.21s 5.75
8. Charizard (Mega X) Dragon Breath Dragon Claw 99.51s 4.58
9. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Dragon Pulse 105.61s 2.90
10. Vanilluxe Frost Breath Blizzard 101.68s 4.50
11. Blastoise (Mega) Bite Ice Beam 107.03s 2.58
12. Beartic Powder Snow Ice Punch 103.01s 4.75
13. Gengar (Mega) Lick Sludge Bomb 104.38s 4.25
14. Articuno Ice Shard Ice Beam 108.18s 3.33
15. Cloyster Ice Shard Avalanche 108.06s 3.50

There are some powerful, but budget options available here, like Cloyster, Jynx or Glaceon, so you can really mix up your team depending on what you have available.

Stats and Catch CP

Salamence DragonFlying
Max CP at Level 40 3749 | Max CP at Level 50 4239
ATK 277
DEF 168
HP 216
Weak to Strong Against
Ice Dragon Fairy Rock Bug Dark Electric Fighting Flying Dragonx2


Salamence is boosted by Windy weather.

  • CP range on catch (L20): 2054 – 2142
  • Weather Boosted CP range on catch (L25): 2568 – 2678


Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Bite Dark
  • Fire Fang Fire
  • Outrage* Dragon
  • Draco Meteor Dragon
  • Hydro Pump Water
  • Fire Blast Fire

*denotes Legacy Move

If the raid boss is using Dragon type moves, it is going to hurt any Dragon types you are bringing into battle in a major way. See what you are recommended when entering the lobby. No dragons? It almost certainly has Outrage or Draco Meteor. Best to stick with those powerful Ice types and Salamence is double weak to.


Salamence is a great Dragon type to use in battle, and with a Mega coming, it is well worth trying to add a great IV one to your collection. Check out our meta analysis of Salamence with Outrage (only available with Elite TM currently), and our full break down on Salamence with all movesets, as well as its potential as a future mega in our meta analysis.

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