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Should you power up Rayquaza, Groudon and Kyogre?

Should you power up Rayquaza, Groudon and Kyogre?
Legendary Week: Kyogre, Groudon and Rayquaza

Legendary Pokémon are a group of incredibly rare and often very powerful Pokémon, generally featured prominently in the legends and myths of the Pokémon world. In Pokémon GO we can find them only at Legendary raids where they stay only for a limited amount of time. In Gen III we get introduced to Legendary titans (Regice, Registeel and Regirock, also known as the trash can titans), Eon duo (Latias and Latios) and Weather trio (Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza).

In this article we’re going to see if the weather trio is relevant in the current Meta and discuss their relevance in the future. Be aware that all of these Pokemon are available in their Shiny forms.



Groudon is a Ground type Legendary Pokémon. It was the first of the weather trio to be introduced in Pokemon GO. Groudon possesses the ability to expand continents, especially given the elite stats it holds.

Let’s talk about Groudon move sets for a second. Even though Dragon Tail Dragon and Solar Beam Grass is its best moveset DPS wise, we often recommend Mud Shot Ground and Earthquake Ground as its best moveset. There is a simple explanation for that. If you want to use Groudon as an overall attacker you should use Dragon Tail and Solar Beam, but if you want to use Groudon as the best Ground type Pokémon that it is and will be in the future meta, you need to have Mud Shot and Earthquake.

As a Ground type Pokémon Groudon has the best Attack stat (nerfed from 297 to 270 before being introduced into the game) out of all currently known Pokémon Gen I-VII, with only two other Pokémon even coming close to it: Garchomp (Gen IV) and Landorus (Gen V Legendary) with 261. Groudon’s Defense stat of 251 (nerfed from 276) is also elite amongst Ground type Pokemon. Only Onix and Steelix have better Defense stats. And its Stamina of 182 (nerfed from 200) is also very respectable and gives Groudon a maximum of 155 HP at Level 40.

All of that makes Groudon the best Ground type Pokémon in the current and future meta and the one Ground type you should invest your stardust in. Even though Ground type Pokémon aren’t the most used type in the current meta, they are still a great counter against Electric Rock Poison Steel and Fire type Pokémon, all of which are coming in Generation V and beyond. The only Pokemon that can challenge Groudon to an extent is Garchomp, but we feel that getting a good IV Groudon is significantly easier than getting a Garchomp with the same IVs.

Should you spend Stardust on Groudon?

Yes, we think you should 👍. Groudon is one of the true rare Ground-type powerhouses you can power up and use today, and we see no reason not to do it. It doesn’t seem like it can be trumped in the future by another Pokemon, especially now that Gen IV is almost behind us. Groudon sets the bar for other Ground type Pokemon and it’s worth every ounce of Dust you throw at it.



Kyogre is a Water type Legendary Pokémon. It was the second of the weather trio to be introduced in Pokémon GO. Kyogre possesses the ability to expand the oceans. Unlike Groudon, Kyogre only has one Fast move – Waterfall, which is the best fast Water type move in the game (+ it gets STAB bonus). It also has access to Hydro Pump, which is again one of the best Water type Charge move, that you should use in almost every case. Kyogre has the same stats as Groudon.

In the current meta, Kyogre is superior to any other Water type Pokémon by a large margin. It was threatened by Palkia, a Dragon Water dual type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation IV, but as Palkia cannot learn any fast Water type moves, Kyogre still remains on top.

Like we said, Kyogre is by far the best Water type Pokémon in the current meta, and for now, it looks like it will stay like that even after Gen V gets introduced. Either way, it’s safe to spend you stardust on Kyogre if you want the very best Water type Pokémon in the game, but the story is a bit mixed here.

Should you spend Stardust on Kyogre?

We’re not sure. The answer is yes, if you want the strongest possible Pokemon in the game. The answer is also yes if you consider any other Pokemon that was available outside Community Day exclusive events. However, if you already have a team of strong Hydro Cannon Feraligatrs or Hydro Cannon Swamperts, spending dust on any other Water type doesn’t make much sense.

Here’s our decision chart:

  • Don’t have a solid Water-typed team yet? Power up Kyogre.
  • Don’t already have a selection of Level 30+ Hydro Cannon starters? Power up Kyogre.
  • Want the strongest possible Water-type Pokemon in game? Power up Kyogre.
  • The above doesn’t hold true? Don’t power up Kyogre.


Along with Kyogre and Groudon, Rayquaza is a part of the weather trio, serving as its trio master.


Groudon and Kyogre have the exact same stats, but Rayquaza doesn’t. It has a better Attack stat of 284 (nerfed from 312 – that would be the best of any Dragon type Pokemon Gen I-VII) and better Stamina (nerfed from 210), but a worse Defense stat of 170 (nerfed from 187) compared to 251 of Groudon and Kyogre.

Rayquaza is a Dragon Flying dual-type Legendary Pokémon that can have movesets of its two different types:

  • Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
  • Air Slash Flying Aerial Ace Flying

That makes Rayquaza an extremely versatile attacker, both as a Dragon and Flying type attacker. As a Dragon type attacker Rayquaza is currently the highest DPS in the game with access to the best Dragon type move set available: Dragon Tail + Outrage. The sheer damage output from this move set is scary, while being easy to fire (Outrage is two bars). Compared to other Dragon types, Ray Ray has better stats, better moves and usually less HP, which in all fairness can be a hampering factor at times, especially when something like a Dragonite could survive the opponent’s charge move. However, since the dodge bug has been finally fixed, this is not a major problem any more.

With Gen V we will be introduced to two new strong Dragon type Legendary Pokémon –  Reshiram and Zekrom. We don’t know yet if they will get their stats nerfed like Rayquaza did and what moves will they get, but it’s safe to say that Rayquaza will always be one of the best Dragon type attackers.

But as mentioned earlier, Rayquaza can also be a Flying type attacker. Rayquaza has the best Attack stat of all currently available Flying type Pokémon, apart from Archeops – Generation V glass cannon. Only one Pokémon will come close to Rayquaza as the best Flying type attacker, and it’s Yveltal, a dual-type Dark Flying Legendary Pokemon in Generation VI. So, it’s safe to say that Rayquaza is and will be the best Flying type Pokémon for a very long time. Even the recently introduced Wing Attack / Sky Attack (legacy) Moltres performs worse than Rayquaza.

Should you spend Stardust on Rayquaza?

With all that, there is only one conclusion. Rayquaza can be an awesome both Dragon and Flying type attacker and a Pokémon worth investing your stardust in. It’s rare to see such a strong addition to two types, but Rayquaza manages to do it all – be an excellent Dragon and an excellent Flying type, at a reasonable expense of Stardust. Strong recommendation!