Virizion Raid Guide

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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.

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 – 1727 CP
  • Level 25 CP range: 2061 – 2159 CP

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 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.

Bets Virizion Counters

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Pidgeot (Mega) Gust Brave Bird 410.72 14.67
2. Moltres Wing Attack Sky Attack 441.65s 13.17
3. Charizard (Mega Y) Air Slash Blast Burn 478.74s 13.5
4. Rayquaza Air Slash Hurricane 482.05s 13.17
5. Yveltal Gust Hurricane 504.98s 13
6. Honchkrow Peck Sky Attack 463.3s 19.33
7. Braviary Air Slash Brave Bird 502.33s 16.83
8. Tornadus (Incarnate) Air Slash Hurricane 512.65s 16.33
9. Staraptor Wing Attack Brave Bird 488.9s 19.5
10. Lugia Extrasensory Aeroblast 607.25s 8.17
11. Unfezant Air Slash Sky Attack 509.89s 19.83
12. Tornadus (Therian) Gust Hurricane 541.17s 16.5
13. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psystrike 575.11s 15.17
14. Zapdos Thunder Shock Drill Peck 563.61s 16.17
15. Ho-Oh Extrasensory Brave Bird 591.61s 13.67
16. Gengar (Mega) Lick Sludge Bomb 605.98s 15
17. Yanmega Wing Attack Aerial Ace 612.21s 18.8
18. Togekiss Air Slash Aerial Ace 614.44s 14.17
19. Charizard (Mega) Wing Attack Blast Burn 594.29s 16.67
20. Beedrill (Mega) Poison Jab Aerial Ace 604.06s 22.33
21. Noivern Air Slash Hurricane 642.73s 16.67
22. Chatot Peck Sky Attack 626.03s 29.33
23. Talonflame Peck Brave Bird 662.48s 21.8
24. Reshiram Fire Fang Overheat 663.87s 16.5
25. Blaziken Fire Spin Brave Bird 621.82s 23
26. Swellow Wing Attack Brave Bird 607s 29.8
27. Charizard Air Slash Blast Burn 687.66s 20.8
28. Darmanitan (Standard) Fire Fang Overheat 662.14s 24.2
29. Sirfetch'd Fury Cutter Brave Bird 643.95s 24.5
30. Pidgeot Wing Attack Brave Bird 650.52s 22.67

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 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.


Virizion Raid Counters Guide
Virizion Raid Counters Guide

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
  • 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

Normal Virizon Shiny Virizon

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