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Donphan Solo Raid Guide

Tier 3 Raid Boss Guides
Donphan
Difficulty:

Requires counters above level 30 or weather boost

HP3,600 ATK167.17 DEF167.17
CP Range
Lvl 20 1644 - 1722 Lvl 25 2055 - 2152

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Snow, Sunny / Clear, Partly Cloudy, Cloudy Snow, Sunny / Clear, Rain

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Tackle Easy
Counter Intermediate

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Earthquake Easy
Heavy Slam Easy
Play Rough Intermediate

Overview

Donphan’s bulk is somewhere between that of Flareon and Claydol, except it has fewer weaknesses, so its viable counters in neutral weather are limited to a pair of Water-types. With weather boost, Donphan’s Water and Grass counters are numerous.

Approach

Team composition

  • Kyogre and Gyarados are the only counters that work in neutral weather

  • In clear weather, myriad decent Grass-types can win under 180 seconds

Dodging strategy

  • Avoid dodging unless to squeeze in a charge move or if low on counters

  • Don’t dodge with optimal counters; weather boosted counters are frailer

Note: Good movesets are not necessarily viable at the level indicated.

Video Guide

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable at level 30
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Pros:

  • A superior Donphan counter that is viable in any weather

Cons:

  • Low candy availability due to legendary Pokemon status

Counters viable at level 40
Gyarados Gyarados
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Pros:

  • The only non-Kyogre Donphan counter, neglecting weather

  • Many players have one; was common in past metagames

  • Highly accessible; is a common species in many locations

Clear weather counters at L30
Venusaur Venusaur
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Exeggutor Exeggutor
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Sceptile Sceptile
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aloEg Alolan Exeggutor
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Clear weather counters at L35
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Victreebel Victreebel
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Rain weather counters at L35
Vaporeon Vaporeon
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Blastoise Blastoise
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Swampert Swampert
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Sharpedo Sharpedo
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Snow weather counters at L30
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Raid Graph