Sharpedo is a Water and Dark type Tier 3 raid boss with a raid boss CP of 13989. 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:

  • 1134 CP (100% IV, non-boosted, Level 20)
  • 1418 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
Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
Zapdos Charge Beam Electric Thunder Bolt Electric
Jolteon Thunder Shock Electric Thunder Bolt Electric
Breloom Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Hariyama Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Machamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Heracross Counter Fighting Close Combat Fighting
Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Focus Blast Fighting
Venusaur Razor Leaf Grass Frenzy Plant Grass
Exeggutor Bullet Seed Grass Solar Beam Grass

Yes, Mewtwo makes a lot of lists because it is a monster of an attacker, though it will be weak to any Dark type moves used, so use with caution. Also, as an added note, Psycho Cut will charge your Focus Blast faster than Confusion would, which is why it is the recommended move.

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:

You can probably even use Alolan Exeggutor for the memes if you so wish to.

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. Sadly, Psychic does not resist Poison, but with this charge move your Mewtwo should be able to run rampant. 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!