Shiftry is a Tier 4 Raid Boss in Pokémon GO, makings its way to raid battles for the first time with the start of the 2019 Hoenn Celebration. Best Shiftry raid counters are strong Bug types like Scizor and Pinsir and strong Fire types like Moltres.

Shiftry’s Raid Boss CP is 21713, with its catch CP being in between the following Ranges:

  • 1263 – 1333 CP (Lvl 20, No Weather Boost)
  • 1579 – 1666 CP (Lvl 25, Sunny/Fog Weather Boost)

Shiftry can no longer be soloed, but this just makes it an easy duo. Players with fantastic Fire and Bug types can take on this boss with no problem, however if you are lacking prepared Pokémon, we suggest you take bout 3-5 players, depending on level and counters. Here is an overall view of Shiftry’s stats:

  • Max CP: 2333
  • Attack: 200
  • Defense: 121
  • Stamina: 207

To check out Simulator’s list of counters, check here. As well, for a full IV chart, you can check here.

Shiftry Raid Counters

Shiftry Raid Counters
Pokemon GO ShiftryShiftry
WEAKNESS 2x Bug, Fairy Fighting Fire Flying Ice Poison BOOSTED BY Sunny Fog
Supreme Shiftry Raid Counters
Pokemon GO ScizorScizor Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug
When it comes to having a double weakness to Bug types, Scizor is there to get the job done with ease. Being very resistant to Shiftry’s Grass type moves and having all around great stats for battle, it’s no wonder why it’s at the top.
Pokemon GO PinsirPinsir Bug Bite Bug X Scissor Bug
Pinsir might not seem like much, but it is a very serviceable bug type, being in some cases even better than Scizor! It is more fragile than Scizor, especially since Scizor boasts the incredible Grass resistance that is has, but it more than makes up in damage output.
Excellent Shiftry Raid Counters
Pokemon GO MoltresMoltres Fire Spin Fire Sky Attack Flying
Moltres is one of the few non-bug types to make it high on the list, as the combination of high attack and Fire Spin/Sky Attack make it a devastating threat to Shiftry. If Sky Attack is unavailable, feel free to switch to Overheat Fire, but keep in mind this is a sizeable downgrade.
Pokemon GO ScytherScyther Fury Cutter Bug Bug Buzz Bug

X-Scissor Bug

Yes, you are reading this right, Scyther itself can manage to be one of the top counters against Shiftry. Its 218 attack is still incredible, and whether with its legacy move Bug Buzz, or regular X-Scissor, it can pack a whollop.
Pokemon GO HeracrossHeracross Struggle Bug Bug Megahorn Bug
For those that have access to this regional, it too can be a be useful in this raid. It is nerfed a bit by its lack of access to good Bug moves, but it can make a good secondary pick.
Pokemon GO NinjaskNinjask Fury Cutter Bug Bug Buzz Bug
It is really a testament to how weak Shiftry is, and how much type effectiveness matters, to where one of the top counters is a Ninjask of all things. It will faint a fair amount, but it will pack a bunch.
Runner Up Shiftry Raid Counters
Time to win rises considerably from here, and these Pokémon are best kept to B-teams, when weather is beneficial, or used when a large group is active.
Pokemon GO HeatranHeatran Bug Bite Bug Fire Blast Fire
Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Pokemon GO RoseradeRoserade Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison
Pokemon GO VenomothVenomoth Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug
Pokemon GO BlazikenBlaziken Counter Fighting Overheat Fire
Pokemon GO BeautiflyBeautifly Infestation Bug Bug Buzz Bug
Pokemon GO EnteiEntei Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire
Pokemon GO BreloomBreloom Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Pokemon GO FlareonFlareon Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire

Italics Indicates Legacy or Exclusive Moves

It seems pretty clear that our Bug type-oriented Trainers are more likely to take down Shiftry with ease, but even if you don’t have your team of Scizors and Shiny Pinsirs, another hands down option is Moltres, with remarkable speed and bringing in a fiery performance, it outdoes even some of the better Bug type counters.

If you are planning to duo Shiftry, then stick to Scizor, Pinsir, and Sky Attack Moltres. If you are taking it down in a group of trainers, you can rely on most counters seen above including Overheat Moltres.

Shiftry Counters Simulations

The following shows the raw numbers when it comes to the top 25 Shiftry Counters calculated by our Simulator (including unreleased Pokémon).

Rank Pokémon Fast Move Charged Move Time to Win Deaths
1 Yanmega Bug Bite Bug Buzz 34.8s 0
2 Scizor Fury Cutter X Scissor 36.2s 0
3 Pinsir Bug Bite X Scissor 35.3s 1
4 Moltres Fire Spin Sky Attack 43.1s 0
5 Heracross Struggle Bug Megahorn 40.3s 1
6 Heatran Bug Bite Fire Blast 47.2s 0
7 Machamp Counter Dynamic Punch 47.7s 2
8 Blaziken Fire Spin Focus Blast 50.6s 2
9 Flareon Fire Spin Flamethrower 49.0s 1
10 Ninjask Fury Cutter Bug Buzz 41.6s 1
11 Butterfree Bug Bite Bug Buzz 48.0s 1
12 Entei Fire Spin Overheat 48.2s 1
13 Breloom Counter Dynamic Punch 45.9s 2
14 Rayquaza Air Slash Aerial Ace 49.0s 1
15 Regigigas Rock Smash Avalanche 49.3s 2
16 Weavile Ice Shard Avalanche 51.1s 2
17 Charizard Ember Blast Burn 51.6s 1
18 Mothim Bug Bite Bug Buzz 43.4s 1
19 Venomoth Bug Bite Bug Buzz 47.2s 1
20 Parasect Bug Bite X Scissor 48.2s 1
21 Hariyama Counter Dynamic Punch 53.4s 2
22 Roserade Poison Jab Sludge Bomb 48.0s 1
23 Beautifly Infestation Bug Buzz 45.8s 2
24 Beedrill Bug Bite X Scissor 47.2s 1
25 Mamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche 48.4s 3

Shiftry Movesets

Shiftry has access to the following moves:

  • Razor Leaf Grass (Quick)
  • Feint Attack Dark (Quick)
  • Hurricane Flying (Charge, 1-bar)
  • Foul Play Dark (Charge, 2-bar)
  • Leaf Blade Grass (Charge, 3-bar)

The hardest hitting move will be Hurricane, as it shreads the regular Bug types. Conversely, Leaf Blade, despite firing off often as a 3-bar and being a generally fantastic move, will be the least scary option as most counters heavily resist Grass.

Weather Chart

Weather Pro Con
Sunny Boosts Fire type counters Boosts Shiftry’s Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade Grass
Windy Boosts Flying type counters Boosts Shiftry’s Hurricane Flying
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy Boosts Fighting, Fairy, and [posion] type counters
Snow Boosts Ice type counters
Rainy Boosts Bug type counters
Fog Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost. Boosts Shiftry’s Feint Attack and Foul Play Dark

Additional Counters

If you are a new player or looking for a B-Team, you might still consider some of these very viable counters in your lineup:

  • Beedrill with Bug Bite or Infestation/X-Scissor
  • Charizard with Fire Spin/Blast Burn or Overheat
  • Rayquaza with Air Slash/Aerial Ace
  • Hariyama with Counter/Dynamic Punch
  • Weavile with Ice Shard/Avalanche
  • Parasect with Bug Bite or Fury Cutter/X-Scissor
  • Toxicroak with Counter/Dynamic Punch
  • Typhlosian with Ember/Blast Burn
  • Kricketune with Fury Cutter/X-Scissor (DELELEL WOOOOOP)