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Mega Venusaur Raid Trio Guide

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Tier 5 Raid Boss Guides
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HP15,000 ATK202.30 DEF273.90
CP Range
Lvl 20 2026 - 2113 Lvl 25 2533 - 2641

Notable Weather

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

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Vine Whip Easy
Razor Leaf Intermediate

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Petal Blizzard Easy
Solar Beam Easy
Sludge Bomb Intermediate

Overview

Of the three starters, Mega Venusaur has the highest defense. This in-and-of itself should make it the hardest of the three to fight, right? Well, there's a catch.... namely that it has a weakness to Shadow Mewtwo and many other of the top raiders in the game. This fact alone makes it easier than Mega Blastoise, but not as simple as Charizard's two formes. This isn't to say that it's an easy fight, as the tools at its disposal make it extremely well-rounded and strong, but given the right counters it's definitely manageable. In fact, a duo may be viable given the proper counters and situations.

Approach

  • Front-load your highest DPS options
  • Shadow Mewtwo is the absolute VIP of this match, with normal Mewtwo sporting the second highest DPS.
  • Shadows tend to rule this raid in general, with Shadow Moltres,Shadow Metagross, and others standing as outstanding overall choices
  • Powerful normal Pokemon such as Blast Burn Blaziken, Sky Attack Moltres, and Reshiram are strong players as well
  • Mega Charizard X and Y can boost Fire and/or Flying Type movesets for the entire team, making them outstanding in terms of both DPS and team-support, though Y is very much superior to X in this raid.

Battling Strategy

  • Petal Storm and especially Solar Beam should be dodged in general
  • Sludge Bomb can be tricky, especially since most of Venusaur's counters don't resist it
  • If fainting out, dodge more. If running out of time, dodge less.

Best Raid Boss Counters

Recommended Mega Evolutions
Mega Charizard Y Mega Charizard Y
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Pros:

  • Top Mega Evolution currently available. Highest DPS and TDO among viable mega evolutions, and boosts both Fire and Flying type moves for the raid team
  • Double-resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Mega Pokemon, expensive to raise and maintain 
  • Best moveset is Elite
Mega Charizard X Mega Charizard X
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Pros:

  • Second best Mega Evolution choice. Weaker than Y variant and does not boost Flying Type moves
  • Double-resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Mega Pokemon, expensive to raise and maintain 
  • Best moveset is Elite
Counters Viable at Lv.30
Shadow Mewtwo Shadow Mewtwo
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Pros:

  • Absurdly high power, best DPS by a wide margin.
  • Has the DPS to potentially duo
  • Seriously; prioritize Shadow Mewtwo

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to TM Frustration
  • Limited availability connected to Go Fest
  • Best moveset is Elite, but its non-exclusive moveset is still better than the second best DPS counter.
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Pros:

  • Absurdly high power, best non-shadow DPS.
  • Has the DPS to potentially duo

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
  • Best moveset is Elite, but its non-exclusive moveset is still better than the next best DPS counter.
ShadowMoltres Shadow Moltres
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Pros:

  • Great overall performer thanks to high attack and great resistances.
  • Double-resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to TM Frustration
  • Best moveset is Elite

*Note: Fire Spin outperforms Wing Attack when both are Super Effective

Counters Viable at Lv.35
Shadow Exeggutor Shadow Exeggutor
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Pros:

  • Resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to TM Frustration
  • Weak to Sludge Bomb
ShadowCharizard Shadow Charizard
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Pros:

  • Good overall performer thanks to high attack and great resistances.
  • Double-resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to TM Frustration
  • Best moveset is Elite
Shadow-Alakazam Shadow Alakazam
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Pros:

  • Very high DPS, hits extremely hard

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to TM Frustration
  • Best moveset is Elite, and basically required due to its lower energy cost
ShadowMetagross Shadow Metagross
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Pros:

  • Outstanding mix of DPS and TDO
  • Resists Mega Venusaur's entire moveset, double resists Sludge Bomb

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to TM Frustration
ShadowEntei Shadow Entei
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Pros:

  • Resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to TM Frustration
  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
Reshiram Reshiram
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Pros:

  • Highest overall performance among non-shadow Pokemon
  • Double-resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
ShadowWeavile Shadow Weavile
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Cons:

  • Frail, appreciates dodging
  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to TM Frustration
Shadow Magmortar Shadow Magmortar
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Pros:

  • Resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to TM Frustration
ShadowArcanine Shadow Arcanine
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Pros:

  • Resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Not highly recommended to raise
  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to TM Frustration
Galarian Darmanitan Galarian Darmanitan
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Cons:

  • Currently considered a rare species
ShadowZapdos Shadow Zapdos
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Pros:

  • Resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to TM Frustration
Chandelure Chandelure
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Pros:

  • Resists Mega Venusaur's entire moveset
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Pros:

  • Great overall performer thanks to high attack and great resistances.
  • Double-resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
  • Best moveset is Elite

*Note: Fire Spin outperforms Wing Attack when both are Super Effective

Blaziken Blaziken
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Pros:

  • Resists Grass Type movesets
  • Good availability. Has been featured in several events and its own Community Day

Cons:

  • Best moveset is Elite
  • Frail, appreciates dodging
Darmanitan Darmanitan
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Pros:

  • Resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Currently considered a rare Pokemon
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Pros:

  • Top TDO option, has extremely high survivability
  • Double-resists Venusaur's entire moveset

Cons: 

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
Counters Viable at Lv.40
ShadowGallade Shadow Gallade
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Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to TM Frustration
Gardevoir Gardevoir
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Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, expensive to raise and requires an event to TM Frustration
  • Weak to Sludge Bomb
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Pros:

  • Very common and frequently found weather boosted. Species has been featured in many events, its own community day, and has been available since day 1.

Cons:

  • Frail, appreciates dodging
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Pros:

  • Resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
Honchkrow Honchkrow
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Pros:

  • Resists Grass Type movesets
  • Very common and frequently found weather boosted. Species has been featured in many events.

Cons:

  • Frail, appreciates dodging
Mamoswine Mamoswine
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Pros:

  • Common species in many areas, has been featured in its own Community Day

Cons:

  • Weak to Grass Type movesets
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Pros:

  • Very bulky, great for anchoring a team

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
  • Sub-optimal DPS
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Pros:

  • Resists Mega Venusaur's entire moveset, double resists Sludge Bomb

Cons:

  • Mythical Pokemon, limited availability and can be difficult to obtain candy for

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