Virizion Raid Counters Guide

Virizion counters guide

Virizion is a tier 5 Raid Boss in Pokemon GO with a Raid Boss CP of 39601. It is a Grass / Fighting type Pokemon, which makes it incredibly vulnerable to Flying type moves. On top of this, it is also weak to powerful Psychic, Fire, Fairy, Ice, and Poison type attackers. Due to its heavy Flying type weakness, it is very easy for 2 trainers to defeat Virizion with top Flying type 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. Below will be 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 – 1727 CP
  • Level 25 CP range: 2061 – 2159 CP

Shiny Virizon is available in Pokémon GO.

Virizion Raid Counters

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Pokemon GO MoltresMoltres Wing Attack Sky Attack 484.9s 14
2. Pokemon GO RayquazaRayquaza Air Slash Aerial Ace 537.2s 15
3. Pokemon GO HonchkrowHonchkrow Peck Sky Attack 496.5s 22
4. Pokemon GO TornadusTornadus Air Slash Hurricane 561.5s 19
5. Pokemon GO UnfezantUnfezant Air Slash Sky Attack 552.8s 23
6. Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Confusion Psystrike 626.6s 18
7. Pokemon GO Tornadus (Therian)Tornadus (Therian) Air Slash Hurricane 615.8s 19
8. Pokemon GO LugiaLugia Extrasensory Sky Attack 707.5s 10
9. Pokemon GO TogekissTogekiss Air Slash Aerial Ace 677.8s 16
10. Pokemon GO ZapdosZapdos Thunder Shock Drill Peck 663.6s 19
11. Pokemon GO BraviaryBraviary Air Slash Brave Bird 642.2s 23
12. Pokemon GO StaraptorStaraptor Wing Attack Brave Bird 642.6s 25
13. Pokemon GO ReshiramReshiram Fire Fang Overheat 715.3s 18
14. Pokemon GO YanmegaYanmega Wing Attack Aerial Ace 673.4s 20
15. Pokemon GO VolcaronaVolcarona Fire Spin Hurricane 720.8s 20
16. Pokemon GO LatiosLatios Zen Headbutt Psychic 787.2s 19
17. Pokemon GO Darmanitan (Zen)Darmanitan (Zen) Fire Fang Overheat 783.8s 18
18. Pokemon GO DragoniteDragonite Dragon Tail Hurricane 778.5s 18
19. Pokemon GO ChandelureChandelure Fire Spin Overheat 753.2s 23
20. Pokemon GO Ho-OhHo-Oh Extrasensory Brave Bird 796.1s 16
21. Pokemon GO MetagrossMetagross Zen Headbutt Psychic 824.1s 18
22. Pokemon GO DarmanitanDarmanitan Fire Fang Overheat 721.7s 29
23. Pokemon GO CharizardCharizard Air Slash Overheat 745.6s 22
24. Pokemon GO EspeonEspeon Confusion Psychic 770.4s 27
25. Pokemon GO SigilyphSigilyph Air Slash Air Cutter 797.8s 23
26. Pokemon GO GliscorGliscor Wing Attack Aerial Ace 801.4s 24
27. Pokemon GO AlakazamAlakazam Confusion Psychic 760.9s 31
28. Pokemon GO CrobatCrobat Air Slash Air Cutter 812.7s 21
29. Pokemon GO Kyurem (Black)Kyurem (Black) Dragon Tail Blizzard 796.9s 24
30. Pokemon GO SkarmorySkarmory Air Slash Sky Attack 829.7s 21

By and large, Flying 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 Flying types will outperform many top attackers of other types that Virizion is weak to.

Moltres is by far the best 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 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.


Virizion Movesets

Barring last minute changes before its release, these are the moves Virizion currently has access to in the Game Master:

  • Quick Attack Normal, fast
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic, fast
  • Leaf Blade Grass, charged
  • Close Combat Fighting, charged
  • Stone Edge Rock, charged

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 Effects

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 Flying and Psychic type moves Boosts Psychic Zen Headbutt

Discount Attackers

Should you not have the top counters listed above or simply not enough to fill out a team, the options below will be your best bet to fill in gaps. Most should already be powered up for other battles and simply only require TMs or unlocking a 2nd move in order to set them up for success against Virizion.:

  • Metagross with Zen Headbutt / Psychic
  • Yanmega with Wing Attack / Aerial Ace
  • Glaceon with Frost Breath / Avalanche
  • Mamoswine with Powder Snow / Avalanche
  • Blaziken with Fire Spin / Blast Burn*
  • Gallade with Confusion / Psychic
  • Gardevoir with Confusion / Psychic
  • Dragonite with Dragon Tail / Hurricane
  • Ho-oh with Hidden Power Flying / Brave Bird

Final Notes

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.

Shiny comparison

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