Giratina Altered Forme Duo Raid Guide

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Tier 5 Raid Boss Guides

Requires specific maxed out counters or weather boost

HP15,000 ATK159.58 DEF189.60
CP Range
Lvl 20 1848 - 1931 Lvl 25 2310 - 2414

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Fog, Windy Fog, Windy

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Dragon Breath Challenging
Shadow Claw Intermediate

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Ancient Power Intermediate
Dragon Claw Challenging
Shadow Sneak Easy


Giratina was the first Gen 4 legendary to appear in raids. It is an easy trio with many meta Pokemon, Mega Evolutions, and Shadows beating the clock with a wide margin… even at level 30. This guide will focus instead on winning with two players. Most of our listed Supreme counters handle the duo well, while the Good Counters will generally need a Weather Boost and/or Mega Boost to make the cut. 


Team composition

  • Plan on bringing a solid Mega Evolution to this raid, as the boost can make a huge difference.
  • Use Dragons against Ghost Type movesets, Ghosts against Dragon Type movesets, and Dark Types against everything.

Dodging strategy

  • An occasional dodge can help, especially if it helps avoid a relobby

Best Raid Boss Counters

Mega Evolution Counters
Mega Gengar Mega Gengar
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If something is weak to Ghost, then you can bet that this grinning ghost will be here to lead it into the afterlife. Mega Gengar is obscenely powerful, and can rack up tremendous total damage most of the time, even when it's fighting a Ghost Type moveset. In general, Mega Gengar is the Pokemon to have for this raid.

Mega Banette Mega Banette
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Basically Diet Mega Gengar, Mega Banette is still a strong Ghost that can be helpful for this raid. This should generally be used as a budget option or if you lack Mega Gengar altogether.

Mega Latios Mega Latios
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If you need a Dragon Mega, then Mega Latios is generally the way to go. However, it's also weak to both of Giratina's STAB moves, so it can also be a risky pick.

Mega Absol Mega Absol
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Mega Absol is the DPS Dark Type option. Despite being a bit frail, its double-resistance to Ghost Type moves makes it notable, and keeps it very relevant in this raid.

Mega Houndoom Mega Houndoom
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Mega Houndoom is fairly close to Mega Absol, but it's also weak to Ancient Power.

Mega Latias Mega Latias
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Basically Mega Latios, but with more bulk and less DPS. Still weak to most of Giratina's moves, though.

Mega Charizard X Mega Charizard X
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A solid option for a Dragon Type counter, just remember that it's also weak to Ancient Power.

Mega Gyarados Mega Gyarados
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Bite Crunch Best

The single bulkiest Mega Evolution in this raid. Mega Gyarados can tank for a very long time and keeps up very solid damage along the way. A great choice if you know that your raid group favors Dark Type counters for how long it keeps the boost alive. That said, it's a bit riskier for a duo run due to Dark Type's generally inferior DPS.

Supreme Counters
Shadow Salamence Shadow Salamence
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It's a dragon, so of course mega Salamence will be here. While not as powerful as Mega Gengar, this Gen-3 dragon can cause serious damage while on the field. Just be aware of its weakness to Ancient Power in conjunction with the standard Dragon weakness.

Dragonite Dragonite
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Basically Shadow Salamence, but with lower DPS and higher TDO.

ShadowWeavile Shadow Weavile
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One of the first big-name Shadows, Shadow Weavile is a bit frail, but it definitely delivers in terms of DPS. But, like above, beware of Ancient Power.

Good Counters

Shadow Latios Shadow Latios
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A bit risky due to its weakness to both of Giratina's types, but still a very capable Dragon that can score respectable DPS.

Shadow Mewtwo Shadow Mewtwo
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Ah, now this takes me back! Using Shadow Ball, Shadow Mewtwo stands as a powerful attacker that can score heavy blows with ease. Just watch out for Ghost Type movesets.

ShadowSwine Shadow Mamoswine
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Shadow Mamoswine may not be the ultimate performer for this raid, but it's definitely worth a raid spot, especially given the fact that it's one of the few counters that doesn't have a weakness to at least one of Giratina's moves.

Rayquaza Rayquaza
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Behold the ancient dragon, king of raids of the past. Behold its glory and weep! 

While not as oppressive as it once was, Rayquaza remains a very solid option for this raid, and can definitely perform so long as you mind its Dragon and Rock Type weaknesses.

Salamence Salamence
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Ah, another genuine classic. Salamence has performance that rivals Rayquaza, making it a great option for this raid.

Dragonite Dragonite
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Speaking of classics, say hello to the one true classic attacker itself! Dragonite may be outclassed nowadays, but it's still a work-horse of a Pokemon that can put in the work if given the chance.

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