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Virizion Raid Guide

December 10, 2019 - Jace
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Virizion

Virizion– The Grassland Pokémon

Virizion is based off the character of Aramis from The Three Musketeers. It has aspects of antelope inspirations mixed with a 17th-century tricorne hat. Virizion has the highest Special Defense stat of all Grass Pokemon in the original games.

Virizion is weak to : Flying, Poison, Fire, Psychic, Ice,  and Fairy Damage.

Generally speaking, the best counters for it are:
Moltres, Honchkrow, and Rayquaza.Virizion can be beaten by 2 players in optimal weather, with max friendship and perfect level 40 counters or by 4 unfriended players using level 20 counters from this guide. When caught, Virizion will be between 1649 and 1727 cp without a weather boost. In Clear weather, Virizion will be between 2061 and 2159 when caught.

Release History:

  • Initial Release 

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Virizion In the Meta

Raid Meta – 

Virizion sadly does not have the stats nor moveset to be a viable Fighting or Grass Type attacker.

Movesets

  • Stone Edge:

    • Hits almost all of it’s counters for weakness! Including Flying which is by far the most important. It’s even double effective on the #1 counter which is Moltres. If you need better survival, try Lugia or Metagross!
    • Ice-Types are hit for 💥 Weakness
    • Flying-Types are hit for 💥 Weakness
    • Fire-Types are hit for 💥 Weakness
  • Leaf Blade:

    • Just use Flying types, the Fire resistance bumps up a couple pokemon like Ho-oh.
    • Poison-Types are hit for 🛡️ Resistance
    • Flying-Types are hit for 🛡️ Resistance
    • Fire-Types are hit for 🛡️ Resistance
  • Close Combat:

    • Easiest Moveset, resisted by tons of Types, particularly both Flying and Psychic.
    • Psychic-Types are hit for 🛡️ Resistance
    • Poison-Types are hit for 🛡️ Resistance
    • Ice-Types are hit for 💥 Weakness
    • Flying-Types are hit for 🛡️ Resistance
    • Fairy-Types are hit for 🛡️ Resistance

Top Raid Counters

Moltres

Best Moveset: Wing Attack / Sky Attack(legacy)

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

(Legacy) Moltres with Sky Attack is one of the best neutral DPS attackers in the game. It was only available during its raid day in Sept 2018. Moltres was last a raid boss 9/13/2018 .It was last in Raids 446 days ago.

-Best Matchup: Quick Attack / Leaf Blade
-Worst Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Stone Edge

-2xResists: Grass
-Resists: Fighting
-2xWeak: Rock
With Level 35 Moltres you need 2 players.

Honchkrow

Best Moveset: Peck / Sky Attack

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Murkrow are very common (although less so than they used to be), but are only weather boosted in Windy and Foggy-which are generally rare. Honchkrow also requires a Sinnoh Stone to evolve, which can be acquired randomly from your first Trainer Battle each day. You can also get a Murkrow from the Special Research “A Troubling Situation” part 1/4. Murkrow was last a raid boss 9/9/2019 .It was last in Raids 85 days ago.

-Best Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Leaf Blade
-Worst Matchup: Quick Attack / Close Combat

-2xResists: Psychic
-Resists: Grass
-Weak: Rock
-Canceled: Fighting
With Level 35 Honchkrow you need 2 players.

Rayquaza

Best Moveset: Air Slash / Aerial Ace

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Rayquaza is a Legendary Pokemon only available in limited time events. Legendary Pokemon have 20k buddy walking distance and are generally a good place to use Rare Candies. Powering them up is also a challenge just because the candy is often limited to Raiding for them. Rayquaza is a phenomenal choice though, as it is currently the highest raw DPS Dragon-Type attacker, and among the best Flying-type attackers as well! its got crazy neutral DPS making it often a great choice even when its not hitting super effectively! Rayquaza was last a raid boss 8/31/2019 .It was last in Raids 99 days ago.

-Best Matchup: Quick Attack / Leaf Blade
-Worst Matchup: Quick Attack / Stone Edge

-2xResists: Grass
-Resists: Fighting
-Weak: Rock
With Level 35 Rayquaza you need 2 players.

Unfezant

Best Moveset: Air Slash / Sky Attack

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Unfezant doesn’t look it, but it’s actually one of the very best flying type pokemon in the game right now! In part due to recieving the excellent move Sky Attack. Pidove are not too hard to find luckily. This family hatches from 2K eggs.

-Best Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Leaf Blade
-Worst Matchup: Quick Attack / Close Combat

-Resists: Grass
-Weak: Rock
-Canceled: Fighting
With Level 35 Unfezant you need 3 players.

Mewtwo

Best Moveset: Confusion / Psystrike(legacy)

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Psystrike was only available when it was a raid boss in September 2019, making it incredibly limited. Psychic is only a little bit below it however! Mewtwo was last a raid boss 11/7/2019 .It was last in Raids 0 days ago.

-Best Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Close Combat
-Worst Matchup: Quick Attack / Leaf Blade

-Resists: Fighting, Psychic
With Level 35 Mewtwo you need 3 players.

Ho_Oh

Best Moveset: Hidden Power Flying / Brave Bird

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

If you get lucky with the Hidden Power moveset Ho-Oh is an amazing Flying type Ho-Oh was last a raid boss 12/14/2018 .It was last in Raids 357 days ago.

-Best Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Leaf Blade
-Worst Matchup: Quick Attack / Stone Edge

-2xResists: Grass
-Resists: Fighting
-2xWeak: Rock
With Level 35 Ho_Oh you need 3 players.

Weather Counters

Here is a list of Pokemon that can perform similar or better than the typical #1 option (in this case, Moltres) with weather bonuses:

Pokemon Weather Fast Move Charge Move Estimator
(Legacy) Moltres Windy Wing Attack Sky Attack 1.4
Honchkrow Windy Peck Sky Attack 1.6
Rayquaza Windy Air Slash Aerial Ace 1.6
Unfezant Windy Air Slash Sky Attack 1.7
(Legacy) Moltres No Weather Wing Attack Sky Attack 1.7

Alternate Raid Counters

Zapdos

Best Moveset: Charge Beam / Drill Peck

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Zapdos is a legendary Pokemon so not that easy to acquire, but has been featured as a 7 Day Field Research reward, and has gotten a Legendary Raid Day as well. Thunder Shock however is legacy, from July 2018. Zapdos was last a raid boss 9/13/2018 .It was last in Raids 446 days ago.

-Best Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Close Combat
-Worst Matchup: Quick Attack / Stone Edge

-Resists: Grass, Fighting
-Weak: Rock
With Level 35 Zapdos you need 3 players.

Togekiss

Best Moveset: Air Slash / Aerial Ace

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

Togekiss is the absolute bane of Fighting-Types, with stunning tankiness to boot. They compete with Gardevoir atop the Fairy Pokemon chart since receiving Charm as a Fast Attack! While Togekiss is excellent as a Raid Attacker and (even more so) a Gym Defender, its extremely expensive. Togetics are a white whale spawn, and Togepi are a random baby hatch from eggs. Then, even if you amass the 123 candy you need to evolve it- you must have a Sinnoh Stone. Which can only be acquired at Random from either Trainer Battles or Field Research Breakthroughs.

Togekiss is an ordeal to obtain for sure. But its formidable defensive utility is no joke. This family hatches from 2K 7K eggs. Togetic was last a raid boss 10/5/2019 .It was last in Raids 46 days ago.

-Best Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Close Combat
-Worst Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Stone Edge

-2xResists: Fighting
-Resists: Grass
-Weak: Rock
With Level 35 Togekiss you need 3 players.

Staraptor

Best Moveset: Wing Attack / Brave Bird

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

-Best Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Leaf Blade
-Worst Matchup: Quick Attack / Close Combat

-Resists: Grass
-Weak: Rock
-Canceled: Fighting
With Level 35 Staraptor you need 3 players.

Lugia

Best Moveset: Extrasensory / Sky Attack

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Lugia was last a raid boss 12/14/2018 .It was last in Raids 357 days ago.

-Best Matchup: Quick Attack / Close Combat
-Worst Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Stone Edge

-2xResists: Fighting
-Resists: Grass, Psychic
-Weak: Rock
With Level 35 Lugia you need 3 players.

Yanmega

Best Moveset: Wing Attack / Aerial Ace

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Yanmega is a Sinnoh Stone Evolution of an uncommon Pokemon, so not the easiest thing to get your hands on from scratch. They hatch from 5k eggs and do nest. This family hatches from 5K eggs. Yanma currently can be found in nests.Yanma was last a raid boss 8/25/2018 .It was last in Raids 469 days ago.

-Best Matchup: Quick Attack / Leaf Blade
-Worst Matchup: Quick Attack / Stone Edge

-2xResists: Grass, Fighting
-2xWeak: Rock
With Level 35 Yanmega you need 3 players.

Fearow

Best Moveset: Peck / Sky Attack

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

-Best Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Leaf Blade
-Worst Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Stone Edge

-Resists: Grass
-Weak: Rock
-Canceled: Fighting
With Level 35 Fearow you need 3 players.

Chandelure

Best Moveset: Fire Spin / Overheat

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐☆☆☆☆

Chandelure is incredibly hard to get right now. It was released September 17th, and you can only get Litwick from 10k eggs! During halloween 2019 litwick was featured as a reward in the Spiritomb quest.

It is the new highest DPS Ghost AND Fire-Type.

-Best Matchup: Quick Attack / Close Combat
-Worst Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Stone Edge

-2xResists: Fighting, Normal
-Resists: Grass
-Weak: Rock
With Level 35 Chandelure you need 3 players.

Alakazam

Best Moveset: Confusion / Psychic(legacy)

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

Abra is boosted a ton during windy weather. Psychic sadly is no longer available on Alakazam (it is now superior to Future Sight). There are a lot of Psychic pokemon with Psychic as an attack, so Alakazam has a lot of competition for the “Second Best” Psychic-Type now. This family hatches from 2K eggs. Abra currently can be found in nests.Alakazam was last a raid boss 2/22/2019 .It was last in Raids 287 days ago.

-Best Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Close Combat
-Worst Matchup: Quick Attack / Stone Edge

-Resists: Fighting, Psychic
With Level 35 Alakazam you need 3 players.

Swellow

Best Moveset: Wing Attack / Sky Attack

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Taillow was last a raid boss 8/6/2019 .It was last in Raids 119 days ago.

-Best Matchup: Quick Attack / Close Combat
-Worst Matchup: Quick Attack / Stone Edge

-Resists: Grass
-Weak: Rock
-Canceled: Fighting
With Level 35 Swellow you need 3 players.

Scyther

Best Moveset: Air Slash / Aerial Ace

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Scyther and Scizor have been featured a couple of times reducing the difficulty to acquire one. You need a Metal Coat to evolve Scyther into Scizor, which can be acquired either: VERY rarely from spinning a pokestop, in a pool of other evolution items on your 7-day streak spinning Pokestop (guaranteed to get at least one item), or from the Celebi Special Research 4/8 rewards. Scyther nest and are a 5k hatch. This family hatches from 5K eggs. Scyther currently can be found in nests.Scyther was last a raid boss 9/16/2019 .It was last in Raids 78 days ago.

-Best Matchup: Quick Attack / Close Combat
-Worst Matchup: Quick Attack / Stone Edge

-2xResists: Grass, Fighting
-2xWeak: Rock
With Level 35 Scyther you need 3 players.

Espeon

Best Moveset: Confusion / Psychic

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Espeon Evolves from Eevee. You can evolve any Eevee into an Espeon immediately if you use a ONE TIME naming trick by naming it “Sakura” and using the normal evolution. Otherwise, you need to set Eevee as your Buddy and walk it 10k and receive 2 candies. Evolve it while it is still your buddy, with the GPS active during the day. Eevee is also just a decently common Pokemon in general, with even increased spawns in Partly Cloudy weather which is fairly common.

If all else fails, you can acquire a shiny Eevee from the “Jump Start” Special Research quest part 4/6. Eevee is also a quest reward for the “Evolve a Pokemon” Field Research quests. “A Ripple in Time” Special Research also rewards a normal Eevee in both part 3 and part 4. Eevee was also featured in the Field Research Rewards. Future Sight used to be the superior moveset, but after Psychic got buffed it is now superior. This family hatches from 5K eggs. Eevee currently can be found in nests.Flareon was last a raid boss 11/4/2019 .It was last in Raids 33 days ago.

-Best Matchup: Quick Attack / Close Combat
-Worst Matchup: Quick Attack / Leaf Blade

-Resists: Fighting, Psychic
With Level 35 Espeon you need 3 players.

Metagross

Best Moveset: Zen Headbutt / Psychic

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

its Legacy Moveset (Meteor Mash) was made very available during its community day in October 2018. Trading is the only way to acquire it right now. Non-Legacy Metagross can still be obtained however. Coming back during a December Community Day event. This family hatches from 10K eggs. Beldum was last a raid boss 11/1/2019 .It was last in Raids 36 days ago.

-Best Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Stone Edge
-Worst Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Close Combat

-2xResists: Psychic
-Resists: Rock, Grass, Normal
-Canceled: Fighting
With Level 35 Metagross you need 3 players.

Xatu

Best Moveset: Air Slash / Aerial Ace

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

-Best Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Close Combat
-Worst Matchup: Quick Attack / Stone Edge

-2xResists: Fighting
-Resists: Grass, Psychic
-Weak: Rock
With Level 35 Xatu you need 3 players.

Regigigas

Best Moveset: Hidden Power Flying / Giga Impact

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐☆☆☆☆

Regigigas is only available in the paid “Collosas Discovery” research event, and following that, EX Raids.

-Best Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Leaf Blade
-Worst Matchup: Quick Attack / Close Combat

-Weak: Fighting
With Level 35 Regigigas you need 3 players.

Gliscor

Best Moveset: Wing Attack / Aerial Ace

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

This family hatches from 5K eggs. Gligar was last a raid boss 9/2/2019 .It was last in Raids 92 days ago.

-Best Matchup: Quick Attack / Close Combat
-Worst Matchup: Quick Attack / Stone Edge

-Resists: Fighting
-Canceled: Rock, Grass
With Level 35 Gliscor you need 3 players.

Chatot

Best Moveset: Peck / Sky Attack

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐☆☆☆☆

This family hatches from 5K eggs.

-Best Matchup: Quick Attack / Leaf Blade
-Worst Matchup: Quick Attack / Stone Edge

-Resists: Grass
-Weak: Rock
-Canceled: Fighting
With Level 35 Chatot you need 3 players.

Dragonite

Best Moveset: Dragon Tail / Hurricane

  • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆
  • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This family hatches from 10K eggs. Dragonite was last a raid boss 10/5/2019 .It was last in Raids 46 days ago.

-Best Matchup: Quick Attack / Leaf Blade
-Worst Matchup: Zen Headbutt / Stone Edge

-2xResists: Grass
-Resists: Fighting
-Weak: Rock
With Level 35 Dragonite you need 3 players.

Closing Thoughts

Virizion is coming to close out the Legendary Trio of Musketeers! It’s more of a defensive pokemon, limiting it’s usefulness in raids. Question now is what they will do about the oddball Keldeo!

 

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