‘Pokemon Go’ Raid Boss List: Best Moves & Counters For Each Level (Egg Star & Color)

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List of best moves and counters for each Raid Boss at each level. (Niantic)

Pokemon Go trainers are participating in raids at all levels, trying to work together to bring down the strongest Raid Bosses and come out victorious. Now, players are analyzing which attacks, moves, and counters work the best against Raid Bosses at all egg star levels and colors. It takes time to compile all the information, but we have the early results from trainers here. Keep this story bookmarked and come back frequently, as we’ll be updating the article as more information is known.

The new gym raids made the game a lot more exciting and are encouraging players to work together. And it’s looking a lot more like that trailer we saw before the game first premiered. Remember the ending of this trailer from 2015?

Well, now we finally can join together to battle super strong Pokemon. But how do we defeat these Raid Bosses? Here are the attacks that players have noticed so far, and what seems to work best. To see a list of which Raid Bosses are appearing at each egg star level and color, along with CP levels for these Pokemon, see Heavy’s story here.

Here’s what we know so far about which moves and counters work. This information is coming from a variety of sources, including trainers on Reddit’s PokemonGo and TheSilphRoad communities, including this discussion started by Redditor Lobo2ffs and this discussion started by Redditor Pulsivesilver.


Best Attacks Against Raid Bosses at 1 Star Pink Egg

Trainers have noted that the following types of attacks are Super Effective against the following Raid Bosses. We are also listing the best top counters, as suggested by trainers. These can be fought solo.

  • Bayleef Boss 4375 CP: Bug moves, fire moves, flying moves, ice moves, poison moves

    • Top counters: Flareon, Charizard, Gengar
  • Croconaw Boss 5207 CP: Electric moves, grass moves

    • Top counters: Exeggutor, Venusaur, Jolteon
  • Maikarp Boss 1165 CP: Electric moves, grass moves
  • Quilava Boss 5085 CP: Ground moves, rock moves, water moves

    • Top counters: Golem, Starmie, Vaporeon

Best Attacks Against Raid Bosses at 2 Star Pink Egg

Trainers have noted that the following types of attacks are Super Effective against the following Raid Bosses. We are also listing the best top counters, as suggested by trainers. These can be fought solo.

  • Electabuzz Boss 11311 CP: Ground moves

    • Best counters: Gengar, Dragonite, Alakazam, Flareon
  • Exeggutor Boss 12633 CP: Dark moves, fire moves, flying moves, ghost moves, ice moves, poison moves (Note: Bug attacks are double super effective against an Exeggutor boss)

    • Best counters: Pinsir, Gengar, Heracross
  • Magmar Boss 11610 CP: Ground moves, rock moves, water moves

    • Best counters: Golem, Starmie, Vaporeon
  • Muk Boss 11200 CP: Ground moves, psychic moves

    • Best counters: Alakazam, Espeon, Exeggutor
  • Weezing Boss 11245 CP: Ground moves, psychic moves

    • Best counters: Alakazam, Espeon, Exeggutor

Best Attacks Against Raid Bosses at 3 Star Yellow Egg

Trainers have noted that the following types of attacks are Super Effective against the following Raid Bosses. We are also listing the best top counters, as suggested by trainers.  These usually need two to three trainers fighting a Raid Boss.

  • Alkazam Boss 22646 CP: Bug moves, dark moves, ghost moves

    • Best counters: Gengar, Houndoom, Tyranitar
  • Arcanine Boss 17832 CP: Ground moves, rock moves, water moves

    • Best counters: Golem, Starmie, Vaporeon
  • Flareon Boss 21155 CP: Ground moves, rock moves, water moves

    • Best counters: Golem, Starmie, Vaporeon
  • Gengar Boss 19768 CP: Dark moves, ghost moves, ground moves, psychic moves

    • One Redditor beat a Gengar solo, and suggests Dragonite, Tyranitar, or two Exeggutor, Gengar or Alakazam. (See discussion here.)
    • Best counters per Redditor pulsivesilver: Gengar, Alakazam, Espeon
  • Jolteon Boss 19883 CP: Ground moves

    • One good counter may be Rhydon with ground/ground
    • Other best counters: Gengar, Dragonite, Alakazam, Flareon
  • Machamp Boss 18144 CP: Flying moves, psychic moves, fairy moves

    • Best counters: Alakazam, Espeon, Exeggutor
  • Vaporen Boss 16696 CP: Electric moves, grass moves

    • Best counters: Exeggutor, Venusaur, Jolteon

Best Attacks Against Raid Bosses at 4 Star Yellow Egg

Trainers have noted that the following types of attacks are Super Effective against the following Raid Bosses. We are also listing the best top counters, as suggested by trainers.  These raid battles need five to six trainers fighting a Raid Boss.

  • Blastoise Boss 24162 CP: Electric moves, grass moves

    • Best counters: Exeggutor, Venusaur, Jolteon
  • Charizard Boss 28485 CP: Electric moves, water moves (Note: Rock attacks are double super effective)
  • Lapras Boss 21768 CP: Electric moves, fighting moves, grass moves, rock moves
  • Rhydon Boss 30512 CP: Fighting moves, ground moves, ice moves, steel moves (Note: Grass and water attacks are double super effective)
  • Snorlax Boss 25419 CP: Fighting moves
  • Tyranitar Boss 34707 CP: Bug moves, fairy moves (still confirming), grass moves, ground moves, steel moves (?), water moves (Note: Fighting attacks are double super effective)

    • The best counter against Tyranitar, according to Redditor nname1, is a Machamp with double fight
    • The next best counters are Heracross movesets and then Primeape
    • Best counters per Redditor pulsivesilver: Machamp, Heracross, Primeape (So it seems that trainers are pretty much in consensus about the best way to counter the Tyranitar Boss.)
  • Venusaur Boss 26921 CP: Fire moves, flying moves, ices moves, psychic moves

    • Charizard may be the best to counter Venusaur according to some trainers.
    • But the best counters per Redditor pulsivesilver: Alakazam, Flareon, Espeon

There will eventually be a 5-star level — a dark-colored egg — which may feature Legendary Raid Bosses. None have yet appeared in the game.

What do you think of these attack suggestions and the best counter suggestions? Do you have any other advice that is different? Let us and other trainers know in the comments below.

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