Niantic has announced the terrific news that Rayquaza will be returning to Tier 5 raids and, for the first time ever, bringing with him a shiny version!
For those of you planning to tangle with this tremendously strong Dragon/Flying type, here’s a few things you’ll want to know.
The hardest moveset to beat is Outrage, with Ancient Power coming in 2nd. The easiest Rayquaza to defeat is one with Aerial Ace.
Rayquaza has a double weakness to Ice Type attackers so any Pokémon with Ice Type moves will be useful. One of the best of these moves is Avalanche. If you’d like to find the monsters you own that possess this move, simply type @avalanche into the search area under Pokémon.
You can also choose from the top counters listed below.
Mamoswine: Powder Snow/Avalanche
Glaceon with Avalanche or Ice Beam
Weavile: Ice Shard/Avalanche
Mewtwo with Ice Beam
Jynx: Frost Beam/Avalanche
Piloswine: Powder Snow/ Avalanche
Articuno: Frost Breath/Ice Beam
Amount of Trainers Needed:
With the right counters powered up to level 35 (8,000 Stardust), 2 Trainers are all that’s needed to take this big boy down. If you’re planning a duo, you’ll need to take your top 12 Ice attackers and set them up into 2 teams of 6, to use in the fight.
If you’re taking down a Rayquaza with Outrage, you’ll most likely use all 12 Pokémon. You’ll go through about 9 of your counters when taking on a Rayquaza with Ancient Power or Aerial Ace.
If you don’t have 12 counters powered up to Level 35, then it will take about 4-5 players for a Rayquaza defeat.
100% IV: 2191CP
100% Weather Boosted IV: 2739CP
Rayquaza is weather boosted in Windy weather.
Rayquaza will be available from Wednesday, July 31st through Monday, September 2nd.