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Venusaur Raid Duo Guide

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Tier 4 Raid Boss Guides
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Difficulty:

Easy at trainer level 30 with optimized counters or weather boost

HP9,000 ATK168.30 DEF161.20
CP Range
Lvl 20 1480 - 1554 Lvl 25 1851 - 1943

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

Venusaur is not a hard duo at all. It's weak to some of the absolute strongest attackers in the game and its attack types are resisted by most of them. While it's not possible to solo like Charizard, even second-tier picks can make this Pokemon fall in a duo without much of an issue. Just keep one thing in mind; a lot of the counters on this list perform best with special movesets.

Approach

  • Front-load your highest DPS options
  • Psystrike Mewtwo is the absolute VIP of this match, with Psychic Mewtwo not standing far behind
  • Moltres provides outstanding longevity with great damage
  • Anchors such as Lugia, Ho-Oh-, and especially Heatran, can keep you in this fight for a long time

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

Supreme Counters
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Absurdly high power, best DPS and overall counter.
  • Seriously; prioritize Mewtwo

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
  • Best moveset is event-exclusive, but its non-exclusive moveset is still better than the second best counter.
Darmanitan Darmanitan
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Very strong Fire attacker, great for getting ahead of the clock and backing up Mewtwo
  • Resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Currently a rare species
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

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 event-exclusive

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

Good Counters
Chandelure Chandelure
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists all of Venusaur's moves, making it a great universal pick.

Cons:

  • Currently a rare species
Blaziken Blaziken
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Common species, many players have it as it was featured in its own Community Day
  • Resists Grass Type movesets
  • While it performs best with its Community Day move, Blaze Kick is still acceptable

Cons:

  • Best moveset is event-exclusive
  • Fairly frail, appreciates dodging
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
Mamoswine Mamoswine
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Extremely common species in many area that has been featured in several events and its own Community Day. Most players have at least one, if not multiple
  • Resists Sludge Bomb

Cons:

  • Weak to Grass Type movesets
Honchkrow Honchkrow
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Common species in many areas that has been featured in events and is easy to find weather-boosted
  • Resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Fairly frail, appreciates dodging
Glass Counters
Alakazam Alakazam
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • High DPS with Psychic

Cons:

  • Best performance comes from Psychic, a legacy move
  • Frail, appreciates dodging
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Very common species that has been available since day one, has been featured in many events, and has enjoyed its own Community Day.
  • Commonly found weather-boosted
  • Non-random Eeveelution, can be chosen by walking 20km and evolving buddy during the day

Cons:

  • Frail, appreciates dodging
deoxysAttack Deoxys (Attack Forme)
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • High DPS option, though not as high as you might think in actual performance.

Cons:

  • Extremely frail, basically requires dodging to have any utility
  • Mythical species, cannot be traded and candy can be difficult to obtain.
Tank Counters
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Double-resists all of Venusaur's movesets, making it insanely durable in this matchup

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
  • DPS falls short of duo-levels, needs DPS support
  • Lacks general raid viability, might be better to wait to raise one until it's given its signature attack at some point in the future.
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Extremely bulky anchor, can help to stay in the game
  • Resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Legendary species, can be difficult to obtain candy for
  • DPS falls short of duo-levels, needs DPS support
Metagross Metagross
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists Grass Type movesets
  • Double-resists Sludge Bomb
  • Fairly common species, was featured in its own Community Day

Cons:

  • DPS falls short of duo-levels, needs DPS support
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Extremely bulky option
  • Double-resists Grass Type movesets

Cons:

  • Legendary species, candy can be hard to obtain
  • Best performance comes from the very rare Hidden Power Fire or Hidden Power Flying, though Extrasensory performs very similarly in practice
  • DPS falls short of duo-levels, needs DPS support
  • Lacks general raid viability, might be better to wait to raise one until it's given its signature attack at some point in the future.

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