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 counters are strong Bug types like Yanmega, Scizor and Pinsir and strong Fire types like Moltres and Heatran.

Shiftry’s Raid Boss CP is 21713, with its catch CP being in 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 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.
Pokemon GO YanmegaYanmega Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug
Yanmega shines versus Shiftry by offering solid DPS, respectable survivability and an excellent move set for this fight. Be aware that Bug Buzz is your true damage dealer in this fight, so combinations with Wing Attack are also valid.
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.
Excellent Shiftry Raid Counters
Pokemon GO HeatranHeatran Bug Bite Bug Fire Blast Fire
Heatran makes a strong case if you’re low on potions, especially given how rarely you have a chance to use it with the awkward Bug / Fire move set combination. Although it deals damage significantly slower than Pinsir, Scizor and Yanmega, it’s still a valid option for bigger teams.
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 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).

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Pinsir Bug Bite X Scissor 195.3s 8
2. Yanmega Bug Bite Bug Buzz 203.3s 6
3. Scizor Fury Cutter X Scissor 209.2s 6
4. Heatran Bug Bite Fire Blast 261.6s 5
5. Moltres Fire Spin Sky Attack 252.8s 6
6. Heracross Struggle Bug Megahorn 239.4s 8
7. Blaziken Counter Blast Burn 252.4s 10
8. Entei Fire Spin Overheat 278.6s 7
9. Machamp Karate Chop Dynamic Punch 263.8s 10
10. Charizard Fire Spin Blast Burn 282.0s 8
11. Roserade Poison Jab Sludge Bomb 273.7s 9
12. Rayquaza Air Slash Aerial Ace 285.7s 7
13. Honchkrow Peck Sky Attack 273.4s 11
14. Flareon Fire Spin Overheat 275.9s 10
15. Venomoth Bug Bite Bug Buzz 259.7s 10
16. Ninjask Fury Cutter Bug Buzz 247.0s 12
17. Togekiss Charm Dazzling Gleam 304.4s 7
18. Hariyama Counter Dynamic Punch 284.1s 11
19. Mamoswine Powder Snow Avalanche 271.6s 13
20. Weavile Ice Shard Avalanche 286.4s 11
21. Breloom Counter Dynamic Punch 265.1s 12
22. Mothim Bug Bite Bug Buzz 253.9s 13
23. Typhlosion Ember Blast Burn 293.6s 10
24. Masquerain Infestation Silver Wind 281.2s 10
25. Vespiquen Bug Bite Bug Buzz 302.7s 8
26. Beautifly Infestation Bug Buzz 260.9s 13
27. Magmortar Fire Spin Fire Blast 299.8s 10
28. Glaceon Frost Breath Avalanche 291.9s 12
29. Lucario Counter Close Combat 300.4s 11
30. Gardevoir Charm Dazzling Gleam 296.1s 12

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)

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