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Rhydon Duo Raid Guide

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Tier 4 Raid Boss Guides
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Difficulty:

Doable at trainer level 30 with optimized counters or weather boost

HP9,000 ATK187.23 DEF174.59
CP Range
Lvl 20 1736 - 1816 Lvl 25 2170 - 2270

Notable Weather

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

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Mud Slap Intermediate
Rock Smash Intermediate

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Earthquake Challenging
Stone Edge Challenging
Surf Easy

Overview

Prior to the release of Gen 3, Rhydon was a very difficult duo, but a few things have changed that. Waterfall first made Gyarados viable, and then Kyogre then made Rhydon easy. Now it's even easier than ever before as Kyogre was blessed with Surf, Kingler can now crack skulls with Crabhammer, a few new grass-types like Roserade have stepped up to the plate, and a plethora of Grass and Water Type starters that have been given their community day moves. Honestly, this is not a hard raid to prepare for.

In favorable weather, Rhydon is trivial with its top counters. You can also be cute and take along your finest Tangela or Wailord. If you are fresh to tier 4 duos, this is a great one to attempt. Surf variants especially are easy mode.

Approach

Team composition

  • Kingler is the DPS king of this fight

  • Kyogre is just a hair slower than Kingler, but has around 60% more bulk

  • Beyond that, a plethora of great and easy to obtain Pokemon shine in this raid. Hope that you've got Community Day moves!

Dodging strategy

  • Dodging becomes less necessary with each Kyogre used

  • Non-legendary parties should dodge 1-2 Earthquake and Stone Edge

  • Surf movesets shouldn’t require any dodging, period

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

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable at level 30
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • The top DPS option

  • Common species, has been available since day 1

  • Resists Surf

Cons:

  • Fairly frail, appreciates dodging.

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • The highest general performance vs. Rhydon and overall superior counter

  • Many players have one, as it is a historical tier 5 raid boss

  • Resists Surf

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Counters viable at level 35
Roserade Roserade
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Common species in many areas, not uncommon to find weather boosted

  • Resists Surf and Rock Smash

Cons:

  • Somewhat frail, appreciates dodging

Swampert Swampert
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Many players have one; was featured in its own Community Day

  • Resists Stone Edge

Cons:

  • Requires its Community Day move to excel

Empoleon Empoleon
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Many players have one; was featured in its own Community Day

  • Resists Stone Edge and Surf

Cons:

  • Requires its Community Day move to excel

  • Weak to Rock Smash and Ground Type movesets

Sceptile Sceptile
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Pros:

  • Many players have one; was featured in its own Community Day

  • Resists Ground Type movesets and Surf

Cons:

  • Requires its Community Day move to excel, though still very viable with non-legacy Leaf Blade

Feraligatr Feraligatr
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Many players have one; was featured in its own Community Day

  • Resists Surf

Cons:

  • Requires its Community Day move to excel

Venusaur Venusaur
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Many players have one; was featured in its own Community Day

  • Resists Surf and Rock Smash

Cons:

  • Requires its Community Day move to excel

Gyarados Gyarados
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Outstanding performance against Ground Type movesets due to double resistance
  • Resists Surf and Rock Smash
  • Common species that has been featured in several events and has been available since day 1

Cons:

  • Weak to Stone Edge
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Common species in many areas, easily obtainable weather boosted
  • Resists Stone Edge, Surf, and Ground Type movesets

Cons:

  • Even when riding on its plethora of resistances, is still a bit frail and appreciates dodging.
Crawdaunt Crawdaunt
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists Surf

Cons:

  • Weak to Rock Smash
  • Frail, requires dodging to be effective
Tangrowth Tangrowth
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Overall tanky counter, good choice if an anchor is needed
  • Resists Surf and Ground Type movesets
Torterra Torterra
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Overall tanky counter, good choice if an anchor is needed
  • Resists Stone Edge and Ground Type movesets
  • Many players have one; was featured in its own Community Day

Cons:

  • Requires its Community Day move to excel

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