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Rayquaza Duo Raid Guide

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Difficulty:

Easy at trainer level 30 with optimized counters or weather boost

HP15,000 ATK236.21 DEF146.15
CP Range
Lvl 20 2102 - 2191 Lvl 25 2627 - 2739

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Windy, Partly Cloudy Snow, Windy, Partly Cloudy, Cloudy

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Air Slash Intermediate
Dragon Tail Challenging

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Ancient Power Intermediate
Aerial Ace Intermediate
Outrage Challenging

Overview

Rayquaza is one of the easiest five-star bosses to duo in the entire game given the right counters, and it keeps getting easier with every new generation, it seems. Ice types are definitely the way to go in this raid, as low defenses compounded by a double weakness to Ice are the crux of this raid's ease. For example; level 20 versions of Mamoswine can theoretically duo a Ray, though the number of deaths makes this pretty impractical. You can get 6 weather boosted Swinub, bring them up, and have a duo ready with minimal investment. IVs don’t make a material difference. Two teams of 6 0/0/0 level 30 Mamoswine can easily duo vs all movesets. There’s no excuse to run this in large groups.

The snowy solo is impossible due to how many times you'll wipe out, and how much HP Rayquaza will regen.. The “fake” solo (fight with a best friend who doesn't do any damage) in snow is doable assuming minimal boss regen, though the number of deaths vs Outrage is likely too high.

Approach

Team composition

  • Shadow Mamoswine is the strongest overall counter to Rayquazaa

  • Mega Abomasnow has the highest solo DPS when counting a Mega Evolution boost.

  • Fill in with as many Mamoswine as possible

  • Galarian Darmanitan offers more DPS than Mamoswine at the cost of some TDO, though TDO is generally more important in this raid

  • Shadow Weavile comes close to solo-level DPS in neutral weather, though it's terribly frail

  • Shadow Mewtwo comes close to Mamoswine's performance despite not being Ice Type, though it still falls a bit behind

  • Be wary of re-entry, especially vs Outrage. A strong second team is nearly mandatory as it saves time over max reviving, and should be easy to build given the number of options available

Dodging strategy

  • The enemy of this fight is TDO more than DPS, so dodging is definitely recommended, especially Vs. Outrage

Best Raid Boss Counters

Mega Evolution Counters
Mega Abomasnow Mega Abomasnow
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Pros:

  • Highest solo DPS considering Mega Evolution boosts
  • Brings the top counters of this raid to outstanding levels thanks to Mega Evolution boosts

Cons:

  • Mega Evolution, takes Mega Energy to use
  • Weak to Flying Type movesets and Ancient Power
  • Frail in this raid, dodging is highly recommended
Counters viable for Best Friends at level 25
ShadowSwine Shadow Mamoswine
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Pros:

  • Top overall counter, sports potentially solo-viable DPS.
  • No weaknesses among Rayquaza's movesets

Cons:

  • Somewhat frail, appreciates dodging. Outrage in particular is a huge threat.
  • Shadow Pokemon, very expensive to raise, requires event to remove Frustration
Mamoswine Mamoswine
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Pros:

  • Top non-Shadow/Mega counter, sports an outstanding DPS and TDO mix. 
  • Good availability. Commonly weather-boosted in many areas and has been available in its own Community Day and several events
  • No weaknesses among Rayquaza's movesets

Cons:

  • Somewhat frail, appreciates dodging. Outrage in particular is a huge threat.
Galarian Darmanitan Galarian Darmanitan
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Pros:

  • Higher average DPS than Mamoswine

Cons:

  • Despite higher DPS, does not reach solo-level DPS outside of snow, and even then the TDO drop is noticeable and can often hurt more than it helps
  • Currently considered a rare species
  • Weak to Ancient Power
Shadow Mewtwo Shadow Mewtwo
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Pros:

  • Great overall performance despite lack of Ice Type STAB and an Ice Type fast move
  • No weaknesses among Rayquaza's movesets

Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, very expensive to raise, requires event to remove Frustration
  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain
  • Limited event availability
Counters viable for Best Friends at level 30
ShadowWeavile Shadow Weavile
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Pros:

  • Absolute highest DPS option for this raid, nears solo-level DPS outside of snow

Cons:

  • Despite supreme DPS, TDO suffers a significant amount when compared to Mamoswine
  • Shadow Pokemon, very expensive to raise, requires event to remove Frustration
  • Very frail, dodging is basically mandatory 
  • Weak to Ancient Power
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Pros:

  • Good overall availability. Common in some areas, and has been featured in several events

Cons:

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

  • Good overall availability. Common species that has been available since day 1.

Cons:

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

  • Good overall performance despite lack of Ice Type STAB and an Ice Type fast move
  • No weaknesses among Rayquaza's movesets

Cons:

  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain
Shadow Articuno Shadow Articuno
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Cons:

  • Shadow Pokemon, very expensive to raise, requires event to remove Frustration
  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain
  • Double-weak to Ancient Power
Rhyperior Rhyperior
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Pros:

  • High TDO, great for staying in the fight
  • Resists Aerial Ace
  • Great availability, species has been featured in several events, raids, its own Community Day, and has been around since day 1

Cons:

  • Requires Rock Wrecker, an Elite Move, for maximum efficiency
  • Substantially slower than other counters
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Pros:

  • Only dragon that isn't weak to Outrage and Dragon Tail
  • Resists Aerial Ace and Ancient Power

Cons:

  • Substantially slower than other counters
  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain
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Pros:

  • Decent survivability in general

Cons:

  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain
Counters viable for Best Friends at level 35
Togekiss Togekiss
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Pros:

  • Best tank counter Vs. Dragon Tail/Outrage, can help keep from wiping

Cons:

  • Needs the rare Hidden Power Ice for maximum effectiveness
  • DPS is very low, needs high DPS team-mates to be worth considering
  • Generally best at the end of a second team
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Pros:

  • Decent availability. Though semi-rare, has been featured in several events, has been a historical nesting species, and has been available since day 1

Cons:

  • Frail, requires dodging to be effective
  • Weak to Ancient Power
Rampardos Rampardos
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Pros:

  • Fair availability. Has been featured in a few events
  • Resists Aerial Ace

Cons:

  • Frail, requires dodging to be effective
Counters viable at Lv.35, but not Vs. Outrage
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Pros:

  • Best DPS among non-Ice counters

Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Tail, Ancient Power, and Outrage. very quickly beaten in these scenarios 
  • Shadow Pokemon, very expensive to raise, requires event to remove Frustration
  • Best charged move is an Elite Move
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Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Tail, Ancient Power, and Outrage. Very quickly beaten in these scenarios 
  • Shadow Pokemon, very expensive to raise, requires event to remove Frustration
Rayquaza Rayquaza
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Pros:

  • Highest average non-shadow, non-Ice DPS option

Cons:

  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain
  • Weak to Dragon Tail, Ancient Power, and Outrage. Very quickly beaten in these scenarios 
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Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Tail, Ancient Power, and Outrage. Very quickly beaten in these scenarios
  • Can potentially be taken down before launching Blizzard
  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain
Salamence Salamence
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Pros:

  • Good availability, has been featured in events and its own Community Day

Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Tail, Ancient Power, and Outrage. Very quickly beaten in these scenarios 
  • Best charged move is an Elite Move
Dragonite Dragonite
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Pros:

  • Good availability, has been featured in events and its own Community Day, has been available since day 1

Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Tail, Ancient Power, and Outrage. Very quickly beaten in these scenarios 
Garchomp Garchomp
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Pros:

  • Fair availability, was recently featured in Go Fest 2020
  • Resists Ancient Power

Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Tail and outrage, very quickly beaten in these scenarios 
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Pros:

  • Resists Aerial Ace

Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Tail and outrage, very quickly beaten in these scenarios 
  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain
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Cons:

  • Weak to Dragon Tail and outrage, very quickly beaten in these scenarios 
  • Legendary Pokemon, candy can be difficult to obtain

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