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January 1, 2021 - Jace
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Ho-Oh Raid Guide

Ho-Oh- Rainbow PokΓ©mon

Generally speaking, the best counters for it are:Rampardos, Rhyperior, and Terrakion. Ho-Oh 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, Ho-Oh will be between 2119 and 2207 cp without a weather boost. In Sunny and Windy weather, Ho-Oh will be between 2649 and 2759 when caught.


Shadows & Megas

There are a couple classes of unique pokemon that are more difficult to use than others, they have been filtered out here to not clog up the counters too much. These pokemon are much more resource expensive than other options.

  • Shadow Tyranitar– Great in General simulations.
  • – Great in General simulations.
  • Shadow Omastar– Great in General simulations.

Movesets

Sorted Easiest to Hardest.

Brave Bird

Fire Blast

Solar Beam

Top Raid Counters

#1 Rampardos

Best Moveset: Smack Down / Rock Slide
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

Rampardos is very difficult to acquire being fairly new and only having been featured briefly in one quest as Cranidos. its the highest DPS Rock Type. With Level 35 Rampardos you need 2 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Extrasensory / Solar Beam
  • Best Ranking VS: Steel Wing / Solar Beam
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire, Flying
    • 1Γ— Weak: Grass, Ground

#2 Rhyperior (Elite TM Moveset)

Best Moveset: Smack Down / Rock Wrecker (Elite TM)
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rhyhorn currently can be found in nests. With Level 35 Rhyperior you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Extrasensory / Solar Beam
  • Best Ranking VS: Hidden Power Fighting / Brave Bird
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire, Flying
    • 1Γ— Weak: Ground
    • 2Γ— Weak: Grass

#3 Terrakion

Best Moveset: Smack Down / Rock Slide
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β­β˜†

Best Rock Type in terms of survivability and TDO. DPS is usually edged out by the glass cannon Rampardos With Level 35 Terrakion you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Solar Beam
  • Best Ranking VS: Hidden Power Fighting / Brave Bird
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire
    • 1Γ— Weak: Grass, Ground
    • Negated Interaction: Flying

#4 Tyranitar (Elite TM Moveset)

Best Moveset: Smack Down (Elite TM) / Stone Edge
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†

Accessibility will be a bit tough if you are only starting now as Larvitars do not nest and are rare. They are also in 10k eggs. Tier 4 Tyranitar Raids were a staple for quite a while, however. Larvitar can be found in ‘Make 3 Excellent Throws in a Row’ Quests. The family was last in raid bosses during Water Festival in Sept 2019. Larvitar community day (the only time you could get Smack Down) was June 2018. It isn’t the highest raw DPS Dark-Type anymore, but it has a ton of bulk on top of near optimal DPS. Weavile and Honchkrow trade with it depending on the matchup.
With Level 35 Tyranitar you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Hidden Power Fighting / Solar Beam
  • Best Ranking VS: Extrasensory / Solar Beam
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire, Flying
    • 1Γ— Weak: Grass, Ground

#5 Aerodactyl

Best Moveset: Rock Throw / Rock Slide
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β­β˜†

Aerodactyl is an occasional 3 star raid boss, and possible reward in the “Evolve a Pokemon Using an Item” and “complete five Raids” Quests. 10k Egg Hatch. With Level 35 Aerodactyl you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Incinerate / Solar Beam
  • Best Ranking VS: Extrasensory / Solar Beam
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire, Flying, Ground
    • Negated Interaction: Grass

#6 Landorus

Best Moveset: Rock Throw / Rock Slide
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†

With Level 35 Landorus you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Incinerate / Fire Blast
  • Best Ranking VS: Steel Wing / Solar Beam
  • Type Interactions:
    • 2Γ— Resists: Ground
    • Negated Interaction: Grass

Weather

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

Pokemon Weather Fast Move Charge Move Estimator
Rampardos ⛅️Partly Cloudy Smack Down Rock Slide 1.4
Tyranitar ⛅️Partly Cloudy Smack Down Stone Edge 1.6
Rhyperior ⛅️Partly Cloudy Smack Down Rock Wrecker 1.6
Terrakion ⛅️Partly Cloudy Smack Down Rock Slide 1.6

Alternate Pokemon

#7 Gigalith

Best Moveset: Smack Down / Rock Slide
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

With Level 35 Gigalith you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Extrasensory / Solar Beam
  • Best Ranking VS: Hidden Power Fighting / Brave Bird
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire, Flying
    • 1Γ— Weak: Grass, Ground

#8 Alolan Golem

Best Moveset: Rock Throw / Stone Edge
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†

Alolan Geodude can be found in the wild and in 7k eggs. To get a 7k egg. 7k Eggs are added at random from opening gifts when you have an open Egg Inventory Slot, and when hatched will be marked as the location where the Gift originated from. Alolan Geodude were incredibly common during the 3rd Anniversary Pokemon Go Event. Alolan Geodude spawn from Magnetic Lure Modules as well. With Level 35 Alolan Golem you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Charge Moves: Rock Blast
  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Solar Beam
  • Best Ranking VS: Hidden Power Fighting / Brave Bird
  • Type Interactions:
    • 2Γ— Resists: Flying
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire
    • 1Γ— Weak: Grass
    • 2Γ— Weak: Ground

#9 Golem

Best Moveset: Rock Throw / Stone Edge
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†

Geodude are not too much of a pain to acquire for most people and exist in research rewards as well. Hunt down a nest or play in partly cloudy will be enough for many to get Golem. Geodude can be in “Make 5 Nice Throws” quests. With Level 35 Golem you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Charge Moves: Rock Blast
  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Solar Beam
  • Best Ranking VS: Extrasensory / Brave Bird
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire, Flying
    • 1Γ— Weak: Ground
    • 2Γ— Weak: Grass

#10 Omastar (Elite TM Moveset)

Best Moveset: Rock Throw (Elite TM) / Rock Slide (Elite TM)
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†

One of the absolute oldest legacy moves and extremely unlikely to ever return. Omastar has never been able to learn this moveset in the main games. Omanyte currently can be found in nests. With Level 35 Omastar you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Charge Moves: Rock Blast
  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Solar Beam
  • Best Ranking VS: Steel Wing / Brave Bird
  • Type Interactions:
    • 2Γ— Resists: Fire
    • 1Γ— Resists: Flying
    • 1Γ— Weak: Ground
    • 2Γ— Weak: Grass

#11 Aggron

Best Moveset: Smack Down / Stone Edge
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†

With Level 35 Aggron you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Hidden Power Fighting / Fire Blast
  • Best Ranking VS: Steel Wing / Solar Beam
  • Type Interactions:
    • 2Γ— Resists: Flying
    • 2Γ— Weak: Ground
    • Negated Interaction: Fire, Grass

#12 Archeops

Best Moveset: Wing Attack / Ancient Power
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†

With Level 35 Archeops you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Incinerate / Solar Beam
  • Best Ranking VS: Hidden Power Fighting / Brave Bird
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire, Flying, Ground
    • Negated Interaction: Grass

#13 Crustle

Best Moveset: Smack Down / Rock Slide
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†

With Level 35 Crustle you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Charge Moves: Rock Blast
  • Best Estimator VS: Incinerate / Solar Beam
  • Best Ranking VS: Hidden Power Fighting / Solar Beam
  • Type Interactions:
    • Negated Interaction: Fire, Grass, Flying, Ground

#14 Regirock

Best Moveset: Rock Throw / Stone Edge
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†

With Level 35 Regirock you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Hidden Power Fighting / Solar Beam
  • Best Ranking VS: Extrasensory / Solar Beam
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire, Flying
    • 1Γ— Weak: Grass, Ground

#15 Zekrom

Best Moveset: Charge Beam / Wild Charge
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

With Level 35 Zekrom you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Dragon Breath
  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Brave Bird
  • Best Ranking VS: Steel Wing / Solar Beam
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire, Grass, Flying
    • 1Γ— Weak: Ground

#16 Solrock

Best Moveset: Rock Throw / Rock Slide
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†

With Level 35 Solrock you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Brave Bird
  • Best Ranking VS: Extrasensory / Brave Bird
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire, Flying
    • 1Γ— Weak: Grass, Ground

#17 Lunatone

Best Moveset: Rock Throw / Rock Slide
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†

With Level 35 Lunatone you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Brave Bird
  • Best Ranking VS: Extrasensory / Brave Bird
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire, Flying
    • 1Γ— Weak: Grass, Ground

#18 Rayquaza

Best Moveset: Dragon Tail / Ancient Power
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†

With Level 35 Rayquaza you need 3 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Air Slash
  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Brave Bird
  • Best Ranking VS: Hidden Power Fighting / Solar Beam
  • Type Interactions:
    • 2Γ— Resists: Grass, Ground
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire

#19 Melmetal

Best Moveset: Thunder Shock / Rock Slide
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†

With Level 35 Melmetal you need 3 players.

  • Best Estimator VS: Extrasensory / Fire Blast
  • Best Ranking VS: Incinerate / Solar Beam
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Grass, Flying
    • 1Γ— Weak: Fire, Ground

#20 Kyogre

Best Moveset: Waterfall / Surf
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†

Kyogre was first available January 2018. It is the premier Water-Type attacker and an incredibly powerful attacker. Someday it will likely be outclassed by itself if Niantic gives it the move Origin Pulse. With Level 35 Kyogre you need 4 players.

  • Alternative Charge Moves: Hydro Pump
  • Best Estimator VS: Hidden Power Fighting / Solar Beam
  • Best Ranking VS: Steel Wing / Solar Beam
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Fire
    • 1Γ— Weak: Grass

#21 Zapdos (Elite TM Moveset)

Best Moveset: Thunder Shock (Elite TM) / Ancient Power
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β­β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β­β­β­β˜†

With Level 35 Zapdos you need 4 players.

  • Alternative Fast Moves: Charge Beam
  • Alternative Charge Moves: Thunderbolt
  • Best Estimator VS: Incinerate / Brave Bird
  • Best Ranking VS: Steel Wing / Solar Beam
  • Type Interactions:
    • 1Γ— Resists: Grass, Flying, Ground

#22 Regigigas

Best Moveset: Hidden Power Rock / Giga Impact
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β­β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†
  • 🌐 Accessibility: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

Regigigas is only available in the paid “Collosas Discovery” research event, and following that, EX Raids. With Level 35 Regigigas you need 4 players.

  • Alternative Charge Moves: Thunder
  • Best Estimator VS: Incinerate / Brave Bird
  • Best Ranking VS: Extrasensory / Solar Beam
  • Type Interactions:
    • No Type Interactions

#23 Carracosta

Best Moveset: Rock Throw / Ancient Power
  • βš”οΈ Raw Damage: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ›‘οΈ Survival/Bulk: β­β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ“‰ Consistency: β­β­β­β­β˜†

With Level 35 Carracosta you need 4 players.

  • Alternative Charge Moves: Surf
  • Best Estimator VS: Steel Wing / Brave Bird
  • Best Ranking VS: Extrasensory / Fire Blast
  • Type Interactions:
    • 2Γ— Resists: Fire
    • 1Γ— Resists: Flying
    • 1Γ— Weak: Ground
    • 2Γ— Weak: Grass
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