Tangela is a tier 3 raid boss that arrived alongside Regirock in August 2018. Tangela is a pure Grass type, is boosted by Sunny weather, and has weaknesses to the following types:

  • Fire, Flying, Ice, Poison, Bug

As a tier 3, its stat composition of 183 Attack, 169 Defense, and 163 Stamina brings its raid boss CP to 16114. With these stats, it makes for a semi-difficult tier 3 solo, but not impossible or close to the likes of Ninetales or Claydol. You can catch a Tangela Raid boss with the following CPs:

  • 1195-1278 (Level 20)
  • 1493-1598 (Weather Boosted Level 25)

Tangela Counters

List of best Tangela raid counters
WEAKNESS Fire Flying Poison Ice Bug BOOSTED BY Sunny
Supreme Tangela counters
Moltres Fire Spin Fire
  • *Sky Attack Flying
  • Overheat Fire
You can basically assume that, if anything is weak to Fire, this bird will be the one you want swooping in to fight. There is no question, it is the best Fire type in the game and it ought to be the go-to for the speediest of runs. With its Raid Day-exclusive move Sky Attack, it does even more damage functioning as a Flying type attacker.
Heatran Fire Spin Fire Fire Blast Fire
Heatran has amazing stats, which brings it up to the top counters of this list. Its moves aren’t amazing, but it still performs very good. TTW is just below Entei, but Heatran suffers less deaths.
Entei Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire
Entei is tanky, has the best Fire type moveset (aside from Blast Burn), and has attacking power to boot… that’s it, if you have a good one, use it, enough said.
Charizard Fire Spin Fire
  • *Blast Burn Fire
  • Overheat Fire
Very much on par with Entei. Blast Burn is the best Fire type move currently available, so Charizard is definitely a worthy member of your team. You could go for Overheat when in lack of Blast Burn, but performance would decrease significantly and better options are available.
Blaziken Fire Spin Fire
  • *Blast Burn Fire
  • Overheat Fire
Glassy alternative for Charizard and Entei. It has lower TTW, but suffers more deaths than the ones mentioned above. Again, you could go for Overheat when in lack of Blast Burn, but performance would decrease significantly and better options are available.
Great Tangela counters
Roserade Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison
Roserade is a great attacker, and currently the best Poison type attacker available in Pokémon GO. Like Blaziken, it is a bit more glassy than other counters on this list. As far as non Fire type counters go, Roserade is your best pick.
Rayquaza Air Slash Flying Aerial Ace Flying
Rayquaza is just the Flying type time to win equivalent of Charizard. Their times are almost exactly the same and it gives use to what is essentially the best Flying-type in the game next to Honchkrow and Moltres with Sky Attack.
Honchkrow Peck Flying Sky Attack Flying
Honchkrow performs best out of all Flying types when it comes down to TTW. However, it suffers more deaths than Rayquaza and Moltres, which puts it down to this spot.
Flareon Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire
Flareon is up there as one of the best non-Legendary Fire types in the game, alongside the exclusive Blast Burn Charizard, so if you want a challenge, don’t like using a team full of Legendaries, or just do not have a good rubber chicken, you cannot do wrong with this Eeveelution.
Good Tangela counters
  • *Lick Ghost
  • *Shadow Claw Ghost
Sludge Bomb Poison
Glaceon Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice
Weavile Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice
Typhlosion Ember Fire *Blast Burn Fire
Magmortar Fire Spin Fire Fire Blast Fire
Salamence Fire Fang Fire Fire Blast Fire
Potion conservationist
Lugia Extrasensory Psychic Sky Attack Flying
Lugia is on the very bottom of what ought to be used (which means it’ll probably top recommendations in game), but if you are potion poor, best to use this option.

* Italics indicate legacy moves


Your best counters will be the usual go-to Fire types like the ones listed at the top of the list. Tangela really has nothing to hurt them, and only Sludge Bomb, its Poison type charge move, would hit with neutral damage.

Speaking of which, here are the moves that Tangela gets:

  • Infestation (Bug, fast)
  • Vine Whip (Grass, fast)
  • Solar Beam (Grass, 1 bar charge)
  • Sludge Bomb (Poison, 2 bar charge)
  • Grass Knot (Grass, 2 bar charge)

The best moveset to counter will be Vine Whip/Solar Beam, while the worst moveset to find will be Vine Whip/Sludge Bomb. This is due to Solar Beam being incredibly slow and a 1-bar move, so it will not fire off as much, nor hit as hard in the long run.

Either fast move can also be easily countered by your Fire types, and double resisted as well by your Fire/Flying type counters.

Weather Effects

Sunny weather boosts both your best counters, and the raid boss itself. Due to this, it actually lowers the time to win for Tangela, so Sunny weather is the best weather to make a attempt. Rainy weather will boost its Bug type moves, and Cloudy will make its Sludge Bomb even more of a pain. Luckily, your countering Bug or Poison types will also get a boost under these weather conditions. Super weird huh? To help visualize this, here is a weather table for your viewing pleasure.

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny Boosts your Fire counters, gives you a weather boosted Tangela Boosts boss’ Vine Whip, Solar Beam, and Grass Knot
Partly Cloudy No pros nor cons
Cloudy Boosts your Poison counters Boosts boss’ Sludge Bomb charge move
Windy Boosts your Flying counters
Rainy Boosts your Bug counters Boosts boss’ Infestation fast move
Snow Boosts your Ice counters
Fog No pros nor cons

Basically, this is one of those raid bosses where the weather can be a blessing and a curse at the same time

Additional Counters

These are not going to be your best bet for soloing the raid boss, but if you are a lower level Trainer looking to do the raid with some friends here are some other counters worth looking at.

  • Jynx Frost Breath/Avalanche
  • Arcanine Fire Fang/Fire Blast (A Flamethrower Arcanine will be as good as Salamance however this depends on this legacy move that phased out in early 2017.)
  • Scizor Fury Cutter/X-Scissor
  • Crobat Air Slash/Sludge Bomb
  • Mewtwo Psycho Cut or Confusion/Shadow Ball
  • Houndoom Fire Fang/Fire Blast

And that is all that we have for you! Feel free to leave your success (or fail) stories in the comments below!