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Mega Ampharos Raid Duo Guide

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Tier 5 Raid Boss Guides
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Difficulty:

Doable at trainer level 30 with optimized counters or weather boost

HP15,000 ATK275.00 DEF211.00
CP Range
Lvl 20 2332 - 2426 Lvl 25 2915 - 3032

Notable Weather

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

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Charge Beam Easy
Volt Switch Challenging

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Zap Cannon Easy
Focus Blast Easy
Thunder Intermediate
Power Gem Intermediate
Thunder Punch Challenging

Overview

Mega Ampharos hits hard and is hit hard by many of its counters. Hitting the DPS needed for a duo is fairly easy, as many of the counters on this list more than surpass the 25 DPS needed, but TDO can be a bit tricky. Dragon Types take the lead in this raid due to their massive DPS and Electric Type resistance, though Ground Types have a double resistance, and Ice Types... definitely exist. 

Approach

Team composition

  • Stick with the top-name Dragons if you have 3+ players, pepper in a few Ground Types for the duo

  • Garchomp is the best of both worlds, though its DPS is slightly short of being duo-worthy without friendship, Mega, and/or weather boosts.

  • Front-load DPS options to maximize damage

Battling strategy

  • For the duo, a smart strategy may be to have one player back out, heal, and re-enter the battle after their 3rd Pokemon faints. This will likely prevent both players from wiping at the same time and giving Mega Ampharos a chance to heal.

  • Align counters to match the type of any Mega Evolutions that any raiders may be using.

  • Dodging is definitely a great idea, especially when facing powerful moves like Zap Cannon and Focus Blast, both of which are easy to dodge.

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

Best Raid Boss Counters

Mega Evolution Counters

Mega Abomasnow Mega Abomasnow
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Pros:

  • Mega Evolution, boosts the attack of all active Pokemon and increases Ice Type damage
  • Resists Electric Type movesets

Cons:

  • Mega Evolution, costs Mega Energy to use
  • Weak to Focus Blast and Power Gem
  • While Ice Type is viable, it's generally inferior to Dragon Types, making Abomasnow's whole-team damage output generally (but not always) inferior to Mega Charizard X.
Mega Charizard X Mega Charizard X
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Pros:

  • Mega Evolution, boosts the attack of all active Pokemon and increases Dragon Type damage
  • Resists Electric Type movesets

Cons:

  • Mega Evolution, costs Mega Energy to use
  • Best moveset is Elite
  • Weak to Power Gem
Counters Viable at Lv.35
Shadow Salamence Shadow Salamence
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Pros:

  • Highest DPS option, great for getting ahead of the clock
  • Resists Focus Blast

Cons:

  • Best moveset is Elite
  • Shadow Pokemon, is expensive to raise and takes an event to remove Frustration 
  • Weak to Power Gem
  • Frail, appreciates dodging
Shadow Dragonite Shadow Dragonite
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Pros:

  • Second highest DPS option, great for getting ahead of the clock
  • Resists Focus Blast
  • Slightly higher TDO than Shadow Salamence, which makes it slightly better for the duo

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, is expensive to raise and takes an event to remove Frustration 
  • Weak to Power Gem
  • Frail, appreciates dodging
Rayquaza Rayquaza
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Pros:

  • The old-reliable Legendary for Dragon raids
  • Resists Focus blast

Cons:

  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain
  • Weak to Power Gem
  • Somewhat frail, appreciates dodging
Garchomp Garchomp
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Pros:

  • Triple resists Electric Type movesets, resists Power Gem. The top anchor for this raid

Cons:

  • Currently a somewhat rare species
  • DPS is slightly below duo-level without boosts, requires DPS support
  • Substantially less effective Vs. Focus Blast
Counters Viable at Lv.40
Salamence Salamence
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Pros:

  • Resists Focus Blast

Cons:

  • Best moveset is Elite
  • Weak to Power Gem
  • Frail, appreciates dodging
ShadowGardevoir Shadow Gardevoir
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Pros:

  • Double-resists Focus Blast
  • Boosted in Cloudy Weather, which is more common than Windy in many areas

Cons: 

  • Shadow Pokemon, is expensive to raise and takes an event to remove Frustration 
  • Frail, appreciates dodging
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Cons:

  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain
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Pros:

  • Resists Electric Type movesets

Cons:

  • Currently considered a fairly rare species
Dragonite Dragonite
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Pros:

  • Arguably the most commonly held Dragon Type raiders in the game, has outstanding accessibility 
  • Resists Focus Blast

Cons:

  • Weak to Power Gem
  • Frail, appreciates dodging
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Pros:

  • Double resists Electric Type movesets

Cons:

  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain
Shadow Mewtwo Shadow Mewtwo
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Pros:

  • Great generalist with presence in many relevant raids
  • Resists Focus Blast

Cons: 

  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain
  • Shadow Pokemon, is expensive to raise and takes an event to remove Frustration 
ShadowWeavile Shadow Weavile
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Pros:

  • High DPS option, great for getting ahead of the clock

Cons:

  • Double weak to Focus Blast
  • Weak to Power Gem
  • Very frail, dodging is borderline mandatory 
  • Shadow Pokemon, is expensive to raise and takes an event to remove Frustration 
Galarian Darmanitan Galarian Darmanitan
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Pros:

  • High DPS option, great for getting ahead of the clock

Cons:

  • Weak to Focus Blast and Power Gem
  • Very frail, dodging is borderline mandatory 
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Pros:

  • Resists Electric Type Attacks and Power Gem

Cons:

  • DPS is slightly below duo-level without boosts, requires DPS support
  • Legendary species, candy can be difficult to obtain
  • Weak to Focus Blast
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Pros:

  • Double resists Electric Type movesets
  • Resists Power Gem

Cons:

  • DPS is below duo-level without boosts, requires DPS support
  • Legendary species, candy can be difficult to obtain
Giratina Origin Forme Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin Forme)
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Pros:

  • Double resists Focus Blast
  • Resists Electric Type movesets

Cons:

  • DPS is below duo-level without boosts, requires DPS support
  • Legendary species, candy can be difficult to obtain
Rhyperior Rhyperior
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Pros:

  • Double-resists Electric Type movesets
  • Resists Power Gem

Cons:

  • DPS is below duo-level without boosts, requires DPS support
  • Weak to Focus blast

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