Sharpedo is a Water and Dark type Tier 3 raid boss with a raid boss CP of 15324. A Sharpedo solo raid is a perfect introductory step into the addictive solo-raiding scene. This guide lists the best Sharpedo counters for that purpose. Sharpedoes can be caught with the following (100% IV) Combat Power values:

  • 1246 CP (100% IV, non-boosted, Level 20)
  • 1558 CP (100% IV, boosted Fog and Rainy weather, Level 25)

Quick Facts at a Glance

  • Sharpedo has a lot of weaknesses: Bug, Electric, Grass, Fairy, and Fighting, so be sure to use Pokémon of those types to take on this raid boss.
  • Sharpedo’s very, very low defense should make it a decently easy boss, so we suggest you be at least level 25 with counters that are up to par before attempting this boss.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Medium

Solo Sharpedo Counters

Below is a list of the very best counters you can use against Sharpedo in a solo raid.

Pokémon Fast Move Charge Move
RaikouRaikou
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Wild Charge Electric
MachampMachamp
  • Counter Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
HariyamaHariyama
  • Counter Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
GroudonGroudon
  •  Mud Shot Ground
  • Solar Beam Grass
ToxicroakToxicroak
  • Counter Fighting
  • Dynamic Punch Fighting
ZapdosZapdos
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Thunderbolt Electric
RoseradeRoserade
  • Razor Leaf Grass
  • Grass Knot Grass
Porygon-ZPorygon-Z
  • Charge Beam Electric
  • Solar Beam Grass
LucarioLucario
  • Counter Fighting
  • Close Combat Fighting
ElectivireElectivire
  • Thunder Shock Electric
  • Wild Charge Electric

Yes, Groudon makes a lot of lists because it is a monster of an attacker, but it is weak to any Water type moves used, so use with caution.

Other than that, all of the counters seem to have a pattern; Electric, or Fighting.

There are a few more counters that could get the job done, but are not your best solo options, which include:

Sharpedo Move Set

Below is a list of the moves that you could go up against while fighting Sharpedo:

  • Waterfall (fast, Water)
  • Bite (fast, Dark)
  • Hydro Pump (charge, 1 bar, Water)
  • Crunch (charge, 3 bars, Dark)
  • Poison Fang (charge, 3 bars, Poison)

The easiest move set based on pure DPS is Bite and Poison Fang. Poison Fang is the weakest of all its charge moves and will only really give your Grass types trouble. The hardest move set on pure DPS is Waterfall and Crunch or Hydro Pump. Luckily, many of your counters will resist Water or Dark, like Breloom. None of these moves are truly detrimental to your team, but you might take some damage with Sharpedo’s high attack stat.

Weather Influence on Battle

Below is a chart of how Sharpedo and its counters will be boosted in the weather! It is not very important that you wait for optimal weather, but it can help, especially if you are a lower level player!

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny Boosts super effective Grass type moves
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy Boosts super effective Fighting and Fairy type moves Boosts Sharpedo’s Poison Fang
Windy
Rainy Boosts super effective Bug and Electric type moves Boosts Sharpedo’s Water moves
Fog Boosts Sharpedo’s Dark type moves
Snow

Final Notes

Sharpedo solo raid should be an easy accomplishment for any common Tier 3 soloers, and even some lower level players who want to try their hand at taking down these medium level raid bosses.

You do not have to pay extremely close attention to the weather if you know you can do it no matter what the weather is, but if you find yourself in some optimal weather, it may be worth giving this raid boss a try!

Last but not least, make sure your Pokémon are up to par to battle! Just because you are a high level, does not mean that your Pokémon are fit for battle. It might take some stardust and candy, but make sure your counters are all around level 25-30 before taking on this raid boss!

That concludes this solo raid guide, we hope you all have fun taking down some dark sharks in battle! Good Luck, Trainers!