Virizion is a Tier 5 Raid Boss in Pokemon GO with a Raid Boss CP of 39601 CP. It is a Grass and Fighting type Pokemon, which makes it incredibly vulnerable to type moves. On top of this, it is also weak to powerful Psychic, Fire, Fairy, Ice, and Poison type attackers.
Below are the CP values to look for as it pertains to a 100% Virizion and the Pokemon that should be used to counter Virizion in most normal scenarios.
- Level 20 CP range: 1649 CP – 1727 CP
- Level 25 CP range: 2061 CP – 2159 CP (Sunny weather)
Shiny Virizion is available in Pokémon GO. Due to its heavy Flying type weakness, it is very easy for 2 Trainers to defeat Virizion with toptype counters.
The average trainers should form groups of 5-6 players in order to ensure victory against this Raid Boss. Note that without powerful Flying types, Virizion’s solid Defense stat will make a duo very difficult.
Best Virizion Counters in Pokémon GO
List of counters for the Virizion Raid Boss in Pokémon GO, including best Pokémon to defeat it, highest DPS attackers, and moves to use. Learn which Pokémon are the best choice to beat this raid boss.
|#||Pokemon||Fast Move||Charge Move||Time to win||Deaths|
|1.||Moltres||Wing Attack||Sky Attack||442.66s||13.00|
|4.||Articuno (Galarian)||Psycho Cut Psychic||Brave Bird||495.19s||11.78|
|7.||Braviary||Air Slash||Brave Bird||507.37s||17.56|
|9.||Tornadus (Incarnate)||Air Slash||Hurricane||517.42s||16.56|
|10.||Unfezant||Air Slash||Sky Attack||512.86s||19.89|
|11.||Kartana||Air Slash||Aerial Ace||536.10s||16.63|
|12.||Braviary (Hisuian)||Air Slash||Brave Bird||541.80s||15.00|
|14.||Moltres (Galarian)||Wing Attack||Brave Bird||560.30s||13.89|
|15.||Mewtwo||Psycho Cut Psychic||Psystrike Psychic||574.08s||14.78|
|16.||Zapdos||Thunder Shock Electric||Drill Peck||566.29s||16.33|
|19.||Ho-Oh||Extrasensory Psychic||Brave Bird||594.53s||13.44|
|20.||Yanmega||Wing Attack||Aerial Ace||601.35s||13.86|
|22.||Togekiss||Air Slash||Aerial Ace||611.53s||13.78|
|23.||Reshiram||Fire Fang Fire||Overheat Fire||655.16s||9.00|
|24.||Swellow||Wing Attack||Sky Attack||602.55s||23.00|
|25.||Hoopa (Unbound)||Confusion Psychic||Psychic Psychic||601.41s||19.00|
|26.||Scyther||Air Slash||Aerial Ace||642.14s||12.00|
|27.||Zapdos (Galarian)||Counter Fighting||Brave Bird||625.31s||15.00|
|28.||Oricorio (Sensu)||Air Slash||Hurricane||668.89s||8.50|
|29.||Lunala||Air Slash||Future Sight Psychic||671.99s||8.33|
|30.||Sirfetch'd||Fury Cutter Bug||Brave Bird||634.51s||18.50|
|31.||Blaziken||Fire Spin Fire||Brave Bird||616.96s||24.50|
Best Mega Pokémon to use versus Virizion
|#||Pokemon||Fast Move||Charge Move||Time to win||Deaths|
|1.||Pidgeot (Mega)||Wing Attack||Brave Bird||315.39s||11.44|
|2.||Charizard (Mega Y)||Air Slash||Blast Burn Fire||370.53s||11.33|
|3.||Alakazam (Mega)||Confusion Psychic||Psychic Psychic||404.85s||13.56|
|4.||Latios (Mega)||Zen Headbutt Psychic||Psychic Psychic||455.36s||9.89|
|5.||Gengar (Mega)||Lick Ghost||Sludge Bomb Poison||484.39s||11.89|
By and large,types will dominate this battle. While Stone Edge is a serious threat to these Pokemon, they will still outperform almost any other Pokemon in this battle due to Virizion’s double weakness to the type. Even less-than-stellar types will outperform many top attackers of other types that Virizion is weak to.
Moltres is by far the best non-mega counter. Outside of Stone Edge, it has nothing to worry about and has an easy time with survival in the absence of Stone Edge. Honchkrow also has a good TTW, however, it’s secondary Dark typing lends itself to more faints across all movesets, especially Close Combat. Rayquaza is also highly effective with its Flying type moveset, but there is an opportunity cost due to it preferring a Dragon type moveset in most other situations.
Unfezant and Staraptor not only has good DPS, but also is a pretty common spawn. Due to this, it’s pretty easy to catch one at a high level and instantly have a battle-ready counter. Similar to Honchkrow, Unfezant’s secondary typing makes it more vulnerable to Close Combat than some other Flying types.
With a monstrous Attack stat of 300, it should come as no surprise that Mewtwo is the best non-Flying type attacker to take on Virizion. For those without Psystrike Mewtwo, Psychic is still better than non-Flying types, but the slightly longer duration could affect Mewtwo toward the end of its lifespan.
While more known for Fairy type offense, Togekiss capitalizes on Virizion’s double weakness to Flying while also double resisting Virizion’s strongest charge move, Close Combat.
Lugia makes an appearance as an incredibly potent tank. While its TTW will lag behind most other Flying types due to a lack of a Flying type fast move, Lugia is amazingly resistant as it always has been.
|Normal Virizon||Shiny Virizon|
|Fast moves||Charge moves|
Stone Edge is really the only move to be wary of when facing Virizion as its best counters are all weak to the move. Outside of Stone Edge, the main battle against Virizion will be the raid battle clock.
While not super defensive like Lugia or Defense Deoxys, Virizion does lean more defensive than most other Gen 5 legendaries, which means your attackers won’t gain energy as quickly from taking attacks from Virizion when compared to most other Generation 5 legendary Pokemon.
|Weather||Pro Attacker||Pro Virizion|
|Sunny||Boosts Super Effective Fire type moves||Boosts Grass Leaf Blade|
|Partly Cloudy||–||Boosts Normal Quick Attack and Rock Stone Edge|
|Cloudy||Boosts Super Effective Poison and Fairy type moves||Boosts Fighting Close Combat|
|Snow||Boosts Super Effective Ice type moves||–|
|Windy||Boosts Super Effective Psychic type movesand||Boosts Psychic Zen Headbutt|
Virizion is one of the easiest Generation 5 legendaries to take on in Pokemon GO. Its double weakness to Flying as well as its weakness to Psychic type moves leads to a pretty simple battle as these two types have multiple powerful attackers that can reliably capitalize on these weaknesses.
Virizion also lacks the immediate firepower to threaten its top counters as even Stone Edge is unlikely to OHKO anything outside of Moltres and potentially Honchkrow at lower levels.