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Mega Charizard X Raid Trio Guide

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Tier 5 Raid Boss Guides
Title
Difficulty:
HP15,000 ATK227.60 DEF180.20
CP Range
Lvl 20 2111 - 2200 Lvl 25 2639 - 2750

Notable Weather

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

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Fire Spin Easy
Air Slash Intermediate

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Dragon Claw Challenging
Fire Blast Easy
Overheat Intermediate

Overview

Mega Charizard X has not translated extremely well into Pokemon Go when compared to other Mega Evolutions, and that has left it as somewhat awkward as both a Pokemon to use and to fight against. Given its ideal counters, it can be a very threatening raid due to the pervasive power of Dragon Claw, or it can be far easier if facing Fire Blast and Fire Spin. In this regard, the difficulty of this raid hinges heavily on the moveset that it packs.

Approach

Team composition

  • Dragon Claw can be hard to play around due to how how fast and frequently it comes out, and basically none of its effective counters resist it. It's best to build a group of dragons and throw as many bodies at this moveset as possible.

  • Shadow Salamence, Shadow Dragonite, and Rayquaza step up as the top DPS counters for this raid.

  • The best TDO options for this raid are Rhyperior and Shadow Tyranitar. Palkia and Reshiram also have outstanding TDO against Fire Type movesets

Dodging strategy

  • Try to dodge Dragon Claw if you're close to a charged move and your Pokemon is about to faint, otherwise dodging Fire Blast and Overheat is definitely recommended.

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

Best Raid Boss Counters

Mega Evolution Counters

Mega Charizard X Mega Charizard X
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Mega Evolution, boosts base damage and Dragon Type moves for the entire team.
  • Double resists Fire Type movesets

Cons:

  • Mega Evolution, costs Mega Energy to obtain
  • Best moveset is Elite
  • Weak to Dragon Type movesets

Counters Viable at Lv.30

Shadow Salamence Shadow Salamence
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Highest DPS option, helps to get ahead of the clock
  • Resists Fire Type movesets

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to remove Frustration
  • Weak to Dragon Claw
  • Best moveset is Elite
  • Fairly frail, appreciates dodging
Shadow Dragonite Shadow Dragonite
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Great DPS option, slightly lower than Shadow Salamence but with higher TDO.
  • Resists Fire Type movesets

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to remove Frustration
  • Weak to Dragon Claw
  • Fairly frail, appreciates dodging
Rayquaza Rayquaza
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Best non-shadow DPS counter, has damage fairly close to the shadows.
  • Resists Fire Type movesets

Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Claw
  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain
  • Somewhat frail, appreciates dodging
Salamence Salamence
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • DPS that rivals Rayquaza
  • Resists Fire Type movesets

Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Claw
  • Best moveset is Elite
  • Fairly frail, appreciates dodging
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Double resists Fire Type movesets, very bulky in these cases

Cons:

  • Legendary Species, candy can be difficult to obtain
  • Weak to Dragon Claw
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists Fire and Flying Type movesets

Cons:

  • Legendary Species, candy can be difficult to obtain
  • Weak to Dragon Claw
Garchomp Garchomp
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists Fire Type movesets

Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Claw
  • Currently considered a rare species
Rampardos Rampardos
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists Fire and Flying Type movesets
  • One of the few counters that isn't weak to Dragon Claw

Cons:

  • Frail, appreciates dodging
Dragonite Dragonite
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists Fire Type movesets
  • Good availability. Species has been featured in events, raids, its own special research line, and its own Community Day

Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Claw
ShadowTyranitar Shadow Tyranitar
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • One of the few counters not weak to Dragon Claw
  • Resists Fire and Flying Type Movesets

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to remove Frustration
  • Best moveset is Elite
Rhyperior Rhyperior
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists Fire and Flying Type movesets
  • One of the few counters that is not weak to Dragon Claw

Cons:

  • Best moveset is Elite

Counters Viable at Lv.35

Reshiram Reshiram
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Double resists Fire Type movesets, very bulky in these cases

Cons:

  • Legendary Species, candy can be difficult to obtain
  • Weak to Dragon Claw
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Only Dragon Type counter not weak to Dragon Claw
  • Resists Flying Type movesets

Cons:

  • Legendary Species, candy can be difficult to obtain
  • Only Dragon Type counter that doesn't resist Fire Type movesets
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists Fire Type movesets
  • Good damage consistency thanks to Dragon Claw

Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Claw
  • Currently considered a rare species
  • Frail, appreciates dodging
Excadrill Excadrill
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Highest DPS counter that resists Dragon Claw
  • Resists Flying Type movesets

Cons:

  • Weak to Fire Type movesets
  • Frail, appreciates dodging
Tyranitar Tyranitar
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros: 

  • Resists Fire and Flying Type movesets
  • Good availability, has been featured in several events, as a Raid Boss since the system's inception, and even its own COmmunity Day

Cons:

  • Best moveset is Elite

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