Mega Garchomp Raid Duo Guide

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Tier 4 Raid Boss Guides

Doable at trainer level 30 with optimized counters or weather boost

HP9,000 ATK267.91 DEF188.88
CP Range
Lvl 20 2993 - 3099 Lvl 25 3742 - 3874

Notable Weather

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

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Dragon Tail Challenging
Mud Shot Easy

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Outrage Challenging
Earthquake Intermediate
Fire Blast Easy
Sand Tomb Intermediate


Mega Garchomp hits extremely hard. When this thing goes on a rampage, it can wipe teams pretty easily given the right moveset, especially when Weather boosted. However, it's also got to contend with a double-weakness to Ice, which makes it substantially easier to deal with than it has any right to be. It's not going to be an easy raid, but it's not an extremely hard duo by that same measure.


Team composition

  • Ice is the way to go, though a few Dragons can also perform fairly well too.

  • Many of the top counters have DPS far beyond what's needed for the Duo, so aiming for a bit of extra TDO can pay off by making the raid easier while hitting the same benchmarks.

Battling strategy

  • Re-entering may be necessary; strong lineups won’t have to re-enter

  • Dodging is generally a good idea, in particular with Earthquake and Fire Blast. Outrage is substantially more threatening, but it comes out more often, so it can be a drag on DPS to dodge it too much.

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

Best Raid Boss Counters

Supreme Mega Evolution Counters

Mega Glalie Mega Glalie
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Generally the top Ice Type Mega Evolution, Mega Glalie can prey on Mega Garchomp's double-weakness hard to take the title of generally-highest-DPS-Mega-Evolution for the raid. It doesn't appreciate taking on Fire Blast, but it's evenly good against all other movesets, making it a great jack-of-all-trades Mega Evolution that can work here regardless of the situation.

Mega Abomasnow Mega Abomasnow
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Mega Abomasnow generally falls a bit behind Mega Glalie as an Ice Type Mega Evolution, but this is one raid where it's situationally optional. This is due to its resistance to Ground Type movesets, meaning it will tend to have strong TDO performance in the majority of Mega Garchomp raids. However, it also really, really fears taking a Fire Blast to the face....

Good Mega Evolution Counters

Mega Rayquaza Mega Rayquaza
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One of the undisputed masters of the raid meta, Mega Rayquaza outright has the power needed to compete with the top Ice Type options. In particular, Mega Rayquaza makes Mega Garchomp's Ground moveset a joke, as it double-resists them and comes back with its own high powered attacks. However, it doesn't boost Ice Types while on the field, so it's not quite as good in practice.

Mega Gardevoir Mega Gardevoir
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In the case of encountering Mega Garchomp's devastating Dragon Type moveset, nothing has quite the staying power of Mega Gardevoir. The monarch of the Fairy Type, this Mega Evolution hits like a truck while lasting like a brick wall depending on the moveset, so it's definitely worth consideration. The two down-sides to Mega Gardevoir are the fact that the best Fairy Types that it boosts while on the field tend to fall behind, and the fact that it doesn't boost the vastly superior Ice Types that basically everyone should bring to this raid.

Supreme Counters

ShadowSwine Shadow Mamoswine
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No surprise, Shadow Mamoswine is outright dominant in this raid. Huge DPS is backed by good TDO to make everyone's favorite ice-pig-mammoth the go-to counter whenever Ice is needed.

Baxcalibur Baxcalibur
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With high base stats and an outstanding Ice Type moveset, Baxcalibur actually manages to compete with the top Ice Types in the game. However, it really doesn't want to face down Dragon Tail or Outrage, both of which are already very scary moves when utilized by Mega Garchomp. It's a bit of a risky option, but it definitely puts in great work.

Mamoswine Mamoswine
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The old classic, Mamoswine is a Pokemon that many veteran players probably still have a small army of, all ready to go. And to this day it still doesn't disappoint, as it can rip into Mega Garchomp very hard!

ShadowWeavile Shadow Weavile
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While frail, Shadow Weavile strikes like frozen lightning, and can definitely cut gashes into Mega Garchomp's HP bar. It's not going to last long, but while it lasts it's going to do a lot of damage.

Good Counters

Galarian Darmanitan Galarian Darmanitan
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One of the better non-Shadow/Mega Ice Types, Galarian Darmanitan will definitely deliver given the chance.

Shadow Mewtwo Shadow Mewtwo
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You can always bet that if Shadow Mewtwo has a Charged Move that's Super Effective, then it's going to show up on our Raid Guide somewhere. It's not quite on a par with many other options here, but it's definitely not a bad option!

Shadow Articuno Shadow Articuno
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It still looks odd to see Articuno on a raid guide, but Shadow Articuno has the power needed to hit Mega Garchomp hard.

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A great Ice Type attacker with the added advantage of being fairly common, Glaceon is an outstanding filler for any team.

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walrein Shadow Walrein
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Dragon Breath may not be the best Fast Move for this raid, but Glaciate's so strong that it keeps Kyurem relevant. 

Shadow Salamence Shadow Salamence
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The king of the non-Mega Dragons, Shadow Salamence hits like a truck. However, it's still a bit mediocre when compared to the Ice Types on this list.

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ShadowGardevoir Shadow Gardevoir
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A bit of an oddball here, Shadow Gardevoir has the major advantage of double-resisting Dragon Type movesets, meaning it has the potential to be optimal in specific cases.

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Shadow Dragonite Shadow Dragonite
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cloyster Shadow Cloyster
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ShadowAbomasnow Shadow Abomasnow
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Shadow Garchomp Shadow Garchomp
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shadow_alolan_ninetails Shadow Alolan Ninetales
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