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Pokebattler’s Comprehensive Mewtwo [TIER 6] Raid Guide!

September 18, 2019 - Jace
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Mewtwo

[UPDATED 9/18/2019 for Gen 5 and Psystrike re-balance] 

Mewtwo is one of the most iconic and formidable Pokemon from Gen 1, boasting fantastic stats and moves. It was created as a hyper-offensive clone of Mew to be used by Team Rocket as a weapon. That-didn’t go as planned. It is perhaps best remembered for it’s role in Pokémon: The First Movie where it duked it out with it’s progenitor.

In Pokemon Go, Mewtwo stands out as the top choice as a Psychic-Type, as well as a capable option as a Fighting, Electric and Ice-Type. It’s got plenty of use in Raids as well as Gym offense!

Mewtwo is weak to  Bug-Type, Dark-Type, and Ghost-Type damage. 

Generally speaking, the best counters for it are Giratina-OriginChandelure and (legacy)Gengar/Mewtwo..

Mewtwo is a very difficult pokemon to beat. As a Tier 6 it can no longer be completed with 2-Players. 

Mewtwo can be beaten by 3 players in optimal weather, with max friendship and perfect level 40 counters or by 8 unfriended players using level 20 counters from this guide. When caught, Mewtwo will be between 2294 and 2387 cp without a weather boost. In Windy weather, Mewtwo will be between 2868 and 2984 when caught.

Release History:  

  • Sep 16 2019 ➡️ Sep 23th 2019
  • Sept 20 2018 ➡️ Ocr 23, 2018
  • Sept 2017 ➡️ Sept 19 2018[EX]

Event Info


Time for the third week of  Global Challenge Rewards!

Week 3: A Unova Unveiling

All your research has paid off! Professor Willow has informed us that some Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region are now appearing in the world of Pokémon GO!

Date + Time
September 16, 2019, at 1 p.m. to September 23, 2019, at 1 p.m. PDT

Features

  • Mewtwo with the special move Psystrike will be available to challenge in five-star raids. If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Mewtwo!
  • Need a good team to take on Mewtwo? Other Pokémon appearing in raids will help you build a good team to challenge the Genetic Pokémon.
  • The Gear Pokémon Klink, originally discovered in Unova, will also appear in raids. You might even encounter a Shiny Klink!
  • You may also find Shiny Patrat and Shiny Lillipup!

Bonuses

  • 2× Incubator effectiveness
  • Regional Pokémon Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, and Tauros will hatch from 7 km Eggs. If you’re lucky, you might hatch Shiny ones! These Pokémon will remain available from Eggs until the end of week 3

Mewtwo in the Meta [UPDATED 9/18/19]

 

Raid Meta –Confusion / Psystrike

Mewtwo is the undisputed best Pure Psychic-Type champion with Psychic. During it’s September 16-23 release it given the exclusive move of Psystrike which made it even more powerful as the king of Psychic. Psystrike has strictly superior damage output in all situations than Psychic. Psychic is also a single bar charge move, while Psystrike is two bars. This means Psystrike  more consistent in damage on top of having superior damage potential.

Either way, Mewtwo is far and above the best Psychic-Type pokemon at the moment. There are arguments Espeon and Alakazam are cheaper alternatives with Lugia as the king of tanky Psychic-Type damage..but Mewtwo is holistically the strongest option. Now, more than ever.

 

RANKPokemonMovesetDPS%TDO%
100%
Mewtwo (Legacy)
Confusion
/Psystrike
100%100%1.720.560.551.900.67
72%
Azelf
Confusion
/Future Sight
78%56%2.280.770.972.640.87
71%
Espeon
Confusion
/Future Sight
75%56%2.360.780.912.670.88
69%
Gallade (Legacy)
Confusion
/Synchronoise
71%60%2.440.790.822.780.94
69%
Gardevoir (Legacy)
Confusion
/Synchronoise
71%60%2.430.810.822.830.94
69%
Alakazam
Confusion
/Future Sight
77%50%2.450.820.982.750.89
67%
Latios
Zen Headbutt
/Psychic
66%68%2.620.840.892.720.99
65%
Metagross
Zen Headbutt
/Psychic
63%70%2.700.900.872.751.05
64%
Lugia
Extrasensory
/Sky Attack
55%99%2.680.861.122.731.06
63%
Mesprit
Confusion
/Future Sight
62%64%2.690.870.933.001.06
62%
Exeggutor (Legacy)
Confusion
/Psychic
63%53%2.730.920.962.931.11
59%
Jirachi
Confusion
/Psychic
57%68%3.010.990.962.981.15
59%
Latias
Zen Headbutt
/Psychic
57%67%2.960.971.023.041.17
58%
Ho-Oh
Extrasensory
/Brave Bird
52%68%3.001.001.182.981.16
56%
Armored Mewtwo
Confusion
/Future Sight
54%80%3.071.011.003.281.20
56%
Deoxys (Normal Forme)
Zen Headbutt
/Psycho Boost
74%33%2.970.991.203.281.13
55%
Jynx
Confusion
/Psyshock
64%42%3.091.051.143.341.19
54%
Regigigas
Zen Headbutt
/Avalanche
54%63%4.141.111.012.521.26
52%
Deoxys (Attack Forme)
Zen Headbutt
/Psycho Boost
93%19%3.361.231.183.391.25
51%
Mew
Pound
/Psyshock
52%62%3.391.081.253.461.33
51%
Gengar (Legacy)
Shadow Claw
/Psychic
50%31%3.471.221.003.471.36
51%
Celebi
Confusion
/Dazzling Gleam
44%53%2.950.961.384.251.14
49%
Cresselia
Confusion
/Future Sight
46%77%3.581.171.163.681.42
49%
Uxie
Confusion
/Future Sight
47%58%3.621.181.223.711.39
48%
Xatu
Air Slash
/Future Sight
48%31%3.451.131.713.541.37
48%
Honchkrow
Peck
/Psychic
50%32%3.731.201.463.481.36
48%
Slowbro
Confusion
/Psychic
49%48%3.491.111.194.161.34
48%
Slowking
Confusion
/Psychic
49%48%3.491.111.194.161.34
47%
Chimecho
Extrasensory
/Psyshock
51%41%3.501.221.354.021.37
47%
Mr. Mime
Confusion
/Psychic
51%33%3.411.181.504.071.36
47%
Bronzong
Confusion
/Psyshock
47%43%3.801.241.263.801.47
46%
Kadabra
Confusion
/Dazzling Gleam
48%19%3.401.081.544.571.27
45%
Grumpig
Extrasensory
/Psychic
46%42%3.721.291.334.091.46
45%
Lunatone
Confusion
/Psychic
49%40%3.961.291.294.101.37
45%
Solrock
Confusion
/Psychic
49%40%3.961.291.294.101.37
45%
Magmortar
Fire Spin
/Psychic
48%39%5.061.281.292.971.43
45%
Rampardos
Zen Headbutt
/Outrage
55%35%4.051.401.213.941.48
45%
Hypno
Confusion
/Future Sight
44%43%3.901.261.344.151.47
44%
Noctowl
Extrasensory
/Sky Attack
41%38%3.881.311.603.861.49
44%
Deoxys (Speed Forme)
Zen Headbutt
/Psycho Boost
50%39%3.651.281.584.281.41
44%
Girafarig
Confusion
/Psychic
49%30%3.961.321.234.211.52
44%
Gorebyss
Confusion
/Psychic
47%32%3.921.311.304.341.53
41%
Venomoth
Confusion
/Psychic
41%27%4.231.451.444.291.68
40%
Golduck
Confusion
/Psychic
43%35%4.191.401.394.841.55
39%
Snorlax
Zen Headbutt
/Hyper Beam
40%57%4.411.481.864.371.69
38%
Alolan Raichu
Spark
/Psychic
43%27%3.631.421.735.661.67
32%
Deoxys (Defense Forme)
Zen Headbutt
/Psycho Boost
32%38%5.461.771.865.582.01
28%
Blissey
Zen Headbutt
/Dazzling Gleam
27%56%4.771.512.628.451.91

Raid Meta –Psycho Cut/Ice Beam

Ice Mewtwo is a weird one. Prior to Gen 4, Mewtwo stood as the best Ice-Type just because no other Ice-Type had the statline to compete. Ice-Types previously had only found relevance when facing a double weakness, such a Rayquaza, but were unable to compete against other Pokemon outside of that.  As of now though, Mewtwo slips behind the likes of Mamoswine, Weavile and Glaceon. If an Ice-Type weak Raid Boss [Dragon, Grass, Flying, Ground-Types] is hitting Ice-Types for weakness [Fighting, Fire, Rock, Steel-Type damage] Mewtwo can easily become the #1 option.

Ice-Type Raid Attackers

RANKPokemonMovesetDPS%TDO%
97%
Mamoswine
Powder Snow
/Avalanche
100%94%2.410.932.282.811.56
91%
Mewtwo
Psycho Cut
/Ice Beam
88%90%2.780.992.542.511.77
90%
Glaceon
Frost Breath
/Avalanche
94%83%2.831.002.532.731.65
87%
Weavile
Ice Shard
/Avalanche
96%75%2.891.032.592.881.71
86%
Regigigas
Zen Headbutt
/Avalanche
82%98%3.011.022.752.521.91
80%
Jynx
Frost Breath
/Avalanche
90%60%3.101.112.743.171.99
73%
Porygon-Z
Hidden Power Ice
/Blizzard
78%62%3.361.212.953.522.10
73%
Articuno
Frost Breath
/Blizzard
71%90%3.601.163.213.162.10
72%
Piloswine
Powder Snow
/Avalanche
75%63%3.251.293.113.732.10
71%
Regice
Frost Breath
/Blizzard
66%100%3.641.253.173.492.11
70%
Cloyster
Frost Breath
/Avalanche
74%69%3.781.223.093.662.12
69%
Mew
Frost Breath
/Blizzard
65%80%3.721.263.423.512.16
68%
Walrein
Frost Breath
/Blizzard
69%77%3.771.243.133.902.21
66%
Lapras (Legacy)
Frost Breath
/Ice Beam
64%80%3.941.273.413.852.25
65%
Alolan Sandslash
Powder Snow
/Blizzard
63%58%3.961.503.463.592.26
65%
Kyogre
Waterfall
/Blizzard
70%85%3.460.903.054.413.05
64%
Sneasel
Ice Shard
/Avalanche
76%45%3.931.353.393.702.68
64%
Glalie
Frost Breath
/Avalanche
68%56%3.971.433.503.842.35
63%
Mesprit
Extrasensory
/Blizzard
60%64%4.081.413.553.302.88
63%
Froslass
Powder Snow
/Avalanche
70%49%3.981.423.553.892.57
61%
Alolan Ninetales
Powder Snow
/Ice Beam
62%56%4.101.493.674.052.41
61%
Abomasnow
Powder Snow
/Blizzard
64%56%4.041.463.713.852.67
61%
Empoleon
Metal Claw
/Blizzard
61%59%5.021.452.903.842.72
54%
Slowbro
Confusion
/Ice Beam
53%55%4.841.544.124.193.03
54%
Feraligatr
Bite
/Ice Beam
57%56%4.561.514.244.592.85
53%
Golduck
Confusion
/Ice Beam
55%45%5.011.644.144.293.19
52%
Slowking
Confusion
/Blizzard
51%52%5.021.604.214.133.51
52%
Dewgong
Frost Breath
/Blizzard
54%52%4.891.624.035.212.83
52%
Suicune
Snarl
/Ice Beam
51%70%4.831.574.584.752.89
50%
Tentacruel
Poison Jab
/Blizzard
50%52%5.222.063.544.573.76
49%
Ludicolo
Bubble
/Ice Beam
52%46%4.921.454.455.503.41
49%
Wigglytuff
Pound
/Ice Beam
53%39%5.111.874.505.133.12
48%
Miltank
Tackle
/Ice Beam
47%52%5.071.814.714.933.39
48%
Huntail
Bite
/Ice Beam
55%39%5.211.695.064.833.21
48%
Seaking (Legacy)
Poison Jab
/Ice Beam
52%39%5.501.933.895.413.40
48%
Milotic
Dragon Tail
/Blizzard
55%67%4.951.576.064.882.84
47%
Kingdra
Dragon Breath
/Blizzard
58%54%4.661.745.874.633.42
47%
Castform (Snow)
Powder Snow
/Ice Beam
52%28%5.211.874.725.203.39
47%
Qwilfish
Poison Sting
/Ice Beam
55%34%5.691.974.095.263.48
47%
Wailord
Zen Headbutt
/Blizzard
50%42%5.541.844.654.833.63
47%
Kecleon
Lick
/Ice Beam
48%38%5.231.924.615.313.50

Raid Meta –Psycho Cut/[[Other Movesets]]

Mewtwo has viability with Thunderbolt, Flamethrower and Focus Blast in their respective Types of damage. But as a raid attacker is suboptimal, and this is not suggested. Fire-Types especially have a huge amount of alternative options with higher damage. Focus Blast Mewtwo also does atrocious against Dark-Types. 

Gym Meta –Psycho Cut/Focus Blast

Focus Blast Mewtwo is one of the absolute best Gym Attackers in the game. It can take down a maxed out Blissey without dodging, and is notably fantastic for not being weak to any of Blissey’s movesets. Confusion/Dazzling Gleam is a bane for Fighting-Types, but Mewtwo can just shrug it off.

Raid Advice


Movesets

  • Flamethrower (2 Bar) – Resisted by Giratina-Origin
    •  Bug-Type Pokemon have 💥Weakness
  • Ice Beam (2 Bar) – Hardest Moveset, purely due to hitting the #1 counter (Giratina Origin Forme) Super Effectively. 
  • Thunderbolt (2 Bar) – Next hardest because most of it’s counters don’t resist it at least. Resisted by Giratina-Origin though.
  • Psychic (1 Bar) Dark Types surge against this moveset, but still fall behind Giratina.
  • Focus Blast (1 Bar) – Gengar surges against this moveset, argubly the easiest moveset.
    • Ghost-Type Pokemon have 🛡️🛡️Resistance
    • Dark-Type Pokemon have 💥Weakness

NOTE:  [Sept 2019 Event] 
Raid Bosses do not usually use temporary movesets during combat, despite being available upon capture. It is unlikely you will fight a Mewtwo that has Psystrike.

     Top Raid Counters [UPDATED 9/18/19]


     

    Giratina Origin

    Best Moveset:Shadow Claw /Shadow Ball
    Alternate Fast Move:Dragon Tail
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
      Giratina-Origin was released April 2019. While it is legendary, it is the best Ghost-Type around and an Okay Dragon-Type, so a worthwhile investment! NOTE: Giratina-Altered form is nowhere as good. With Level 35 Giratina Origin, you need 3 players.

    2xResists: Fighting
    Resists: Fire, Electric
    Weak: Ice

     Chandelure [NEW]

    Best Moveset:Hex /Shadow Ball
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐☆☆☆☆

      Chandelure is incredibly hard to get right now. It was released September 17th, and you can only get Litwik from 10k eggs! Maybe there will be an event during October. It is the new highest DPS Ghost AND Fire-Type, so here’s hoping.

    Best Matchup : Psycho Cut / Focus Blast

    Worst Matchup: Psycho Cut / Psychic

    Type Interactions:

    2xResists: Fighting
    Resists: Fire, Ice

     

    Gengar

    Best Moveset:Shadow Claw /Shadow Ball
    Alternate Fast Move:Sucker Punch
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐☆☆☆☆
    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    Shadow Claw is legacy, but if you were lucky enough to play during Gengar Raid Day, Lick is just as good. Hex is a bit of a drop, but still usable. Gengar isn’t too difficult to acquire with Gastlys nesting and being a common night spawn, as well as being featured in annual Halloween events. Gastly are in 2k Eggs and can be shiny. Gengar is still great without the legacy move, but much less likely to be optimal. With Level 35 Gengar, you need 3 players.

    3xResists: Fighting
    Weak: Psychic

     

    Mewtwo

    Best Moveset:Psycho Cut /Shadow Ball
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    (legacy)Mewtwo is pretty inaccessible. Shadow Ball is locked to Mewtwos that were caught during its time in EX Raids, and it lost that moveset upon wider release. Trading for one is probably the most likely way you’d be able to get one of these, and you can use the candy you got from catching Armored Mewtwo to power it up. Losing it’s moveset used to be more unfortunate, but there are quite a lot of alternative Ghost-Type options at this point so don’t sweat it too much. Giratina Origin Forme is usually superior. With Level 35 Mewtwo, you need 3 players.

    Resists: Psychic, Fighting

     

    Hydreigon [NEW]

    Best Moveset: Bite/Dark Pulse
    Alternate Fast Move:DragonTail
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆ 
    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐☆☆☆☆ 
    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐☆☆☆☆ 

    Hydreigon is incredibly difficult to get, being Pseudo-legendary rarity, and released only September 17th. Someday it will get a community day, but until then just hope to be lucky out hunting and hatching 10k eggs. 

     Best Matchup : Confusion / Flamethrower 
    Worst Matchup: Psycho Cut / Focus Blast
    Type Interactions:
    2xResists: Psychic
    Resists: Fire, Electric
    Weak: Ice, Fighting

      

    Tyranitar

    Best Moveset:Bite /Crunch
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

    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.

    2xResists: Psychic
    Resists: Fire
    2xWeak: Fighting

     

    Weavile

    Best Moveset:Feint Attack /Foul Play
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    Weavile evolves from Sneasel, which is an uncommon Pokemon (that does still nest), and is an occasional 2 star raid boss. They hatch from 5k Eggs. It requires a Sinnoh Stone to evolve, which can be acquired (at random) from daily trainer battles. Sneasel has been featured in Winter Time events and Dark Events. Weavile has been a reward from “Catch 5 Poochyena or Houndour” quests. Sneasel can also spawn from Glacial Lure Modules. Weavile is generally the top Dark-Type in terms of raw attack power. While it looks frail, it can honestly tank a lot more than you’d expect-especially if we’re talking Psychic-Type damage. It also tops the charts as a Ice-Type attacker so is definitely worth acquiring. With Level 35 Weavile, you need 3 players.

    2xResists: Psychic
    Resists: Ice
    Weak: Fire
    2xWeak: Fighting 

     

    Absol

    Best Moveset:Snarl /Dark Pulse
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    Absol is a Raid (and very rarely, Field Research) exclusive Pokemon. That means you can only get its candy from raiding, or walking it as a 5k buddy. Rare candy is an option too but a bit inefficient. It has been spawning in the wild, and in 10k Eggs, during Shiny Mewtwo Week starting September 9th 2019. The family was last in raid bosses during Sept 2019 (Tier 4).

    Absol is a B list Dark Type, with similar DPS to Tyranitar, while having far less Bulk. It’s not optimal, but it’s quite a popular pokemon, and has a good attack stat. With Level 35 Absol, you need 3 players.

     2xResists: Psychic

    Weak: Fighting

     

    Weather Counters [UPDATED 9/18/19]


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

    Pokemon Weather Fast Move Charge Move Estimator @ L35
    Giratina Origin Form FOG Shadow_Claw Shadow Ball 2.905743
    Chandelure[NEW] FOG Hex Shadow Ball 2.916969
    (Legacy) Gengar FOG Shadow_Claw Shadow Ball 3.2039557
    (Legacy) Mewtwo FOG Psycho_Cut Shadow Ball 3.2785401
    Hydreigon[NEW] FOG Bite Dark Pulse 3.2843268
    Giratina Origin Form NO_WEATHER Shadow_Claw Shadow Ball 3.468982
    Tyranitar FOG Bite Crunch 3.4714544
    Chandelure NO_WEATHER Hex Shadow Ball 3.515202
    Weavile FOG Feint_Attack Foul Play 3.52975

    Alternate Raid Counters


    Houndoom

    Best Moveset:Snarl /Foul Play
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

      Houndoom ha the benefits of being a Dark-type that doesn’t involve a ton of extra work to evolve and find as a high level. You can find Houndour weather boosted in the common Sunny weather! It’s also a relatively common research reward as well. Houndour hatch from 5k Eggs. With Level 35 Houndoom, you need 3 players.

      2xResists: Psychic
      Resists: Fire, Ice
      Weak: Fighting

    Pinsir

    Best Moveset:Bug Bite /X-Scissor
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

      Pinsir is one of the most accessible pokemon, that is nonetheless top tier in it’s typing. You don’t need to evolve them, they can be found at high levels in the wild, they nest- they got a lot going for them. The Legacy Moveset while often a smidge better isn’t something to stress over. Notably they do not currently hatch from eggs. With Level 35 Pinsir, you need 3 players.

      Resists: Fighting
      Weak: Fire

    Raikou

    Best Moveset:Thunder Shock /Shadow Ball
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

      Raikou was available during it’s Raid Day, so it’s actually very likely you are holding onto one right now. That said, it is a legendary pokemon, which are expensive to get candy for. It’s a top tier Electric-Type, and a decent Ghost-Type! With Level 35 Raikou, you need 3 players.

      Resists: Electric

    Banette

    Best Moveset:Shadow Claw /Shadow Ball
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
      Shuppets are uncommon but not too hard to find- and they nest, so getting some hopefully wouldn’t be too outlandish. They aren’t boosted in a common weather like Gastlys though. It’s an ok Ghost-Type but almost always inferior to Gengar. You can also find them in 5k eggs. With Level 35 Banette, you need 4 players.

      2xResists: Fighting

    Mismagius

    Best Moveset:Sucker Punch /Shadow Ball
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

      Mismagius is pretty expensive to acquire. Misdreavus are uncommon, and you need a Sinnoh Stone to evolve one. You can get it from Trainer Battles, but most of Mismagius use cases are covered by Honchkrow and Weavile. Misdreavus can be found in 2k Eggs and does nest. With Level 35 Mismagius, you need 4 players.

      2xResists: Fighting

    Yanmega

    Best Moveset:Bug Bite /Bug Buzz
    • ⚔️ 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. With Level 35 Yanmega, you need 4 players.

      2xResists: Fighting
      Weak: Fire, Ice, Electric

    Scyther

    Best Moveset:Fury Cutter /X-Scissor
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

      Scyther are a nesting species, and have been featured as a relatively easy Tier 3 Raid boss a couple times. They also got boosted Spawns during the Bug Out event and are in 5k eggs. With Level 35 Scyther, you need 4 players.

      2xResists: Fighting
      Weak: Fire, Ice, Electric

    Drifblim

    Best Moveset:Hex /Shadow Ball
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

      Drifblim are pretty hard to get outside of the Halloween Event. Drifloon spawn very rarely by default, but really they are effectively limited to Windy weather. This weather is rare for most players making this not the most reliable way to get a floom to evolve. They have rarely been both in Tier 1 raids and “trade a Pokemon” Field Research. They are in 5k eggs. With Level 35 Drifblim, you need 4 players.

      3xResists: Fighting
      Weak: Ice, Electric

    Sharpedo

    Best Moveset:Bite /Crunch
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

      Carvanha was available in the Quest “Water Festival: Defeat a Team GO Rocket Grunt” in Sept 2019. It also had boosted spawns during Water Festival 2019. The family was last in raid bosses during Water Festival in Sept 2019. They are in 5k Eggs. With Level 35 Sharpedo, you need 4 players.

      2xResists: Psychic
      Resists: Fire, Ice
      Weak: Electric, Fighting

    Alakazam

    Best Moveset:Psycho Cut /Shadow Ball
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

      Abra nest, are a common 2k egg hatch, and is boosted a ton during windy weather. Alakazam has a long history in raid bosses as a 3 star. With Level 35 Alakazam, you need 4 players.

      Resists: Psychic, Fighting

    Muk – Alola

    Best Moveset:Snarl /Dark Pulse
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

      Alolan Grimer can only be acquired from 7k Alolan Eggs. You can get them if you open a Gift when you have an available Egg Slot, but it is not guaranteed. While at first rare hatch, now it is in the most common category of 7k hatches. Its candy is the same as normal Grimer. Alolan Grimer came to eggs in June 2018. With Level 35 Muk – Alola, you need 4 players.

      Resists: Psychic

    Metagross

    Best Moveset:Bullet Punch /Meteor Mash
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

      (legacy)Metagross is a rare pseudo-legendary and doesn’t nest. Beldum can be found in 10k eggs, however. It was made very common and given the legacy move Meteor Mash during its community day in October 2018. With Level 35 Metagross, you need 4 players.

      2xResists: Psychic
      Resists: Ice
      Weak: Fire
      Cancelled: Fighting

    Gardevoir

    Best Moveset:Charge Beam /Shadow Ball
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

      Ralts nest, and were featured in Aug-2019’s community day. They are a decently accessible spawn in cloudy weather and also hatch from 10k eggs. In addition Kirlia is no stranger to 2 star raids.They do not however nest. With Level 35 Gardevoir, you need 4 players.

      2xResists: Fighting
      Resists: Psychic

    Feraligatr

    Best Moveset:Bite /Hydro Cannon
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

      (legacy) Hydro Cannon Feraligatr is legacy, and can’t currently be caught/TM’d. Non-Legacy Totodiles got boosted spawns during Water Festival 2019. They are also in 2k eggs and do nest. With Level 35 Feraligatr, you need 4 players.

      Resists: Fire, Ice
      Weak: Electric

    Scizor

    Best Moveset:Fury Cutter /X-Scissor
    • ⚔️ 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. With Level 35 Scizor, you need 4 players.

    Resists: Psychic, Ice
    2xWeak: Fire
    Cancelled: Fighting

    Mew

    Best Moveset:Shadow Claw /Dark Pulse
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

      Available from completing the “A Mythical Discovery” Special Research. Which might not be that easy if you are just starting the game. Requiring earning 7 candies walking your buddy, hatching 3 eggs, battling in 12 raids, being level 25, having the Gold Kanto Medal, Catching a Ditto, Evolving a Magikarp, among other trials. On the other hand, its something very accessible to anyone regardless of where you live and it’s likely many have acquired their Mew. Even so, after you get it you need to get the right moveset on it, which is a massive ordeal in itself and could take significantly more than your entire stockpile of TMs to get. No 20 TMs of each type is not nearly enough to have a high chance of this moveset. With Level 35 Mew, you need 4 players.

      Resists: Psychic, Fighting

    Palkia

    Best Moveset:Dragon Breath /Draco Meteor
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

      Palkia was a Raid Boss last during February 2019. It isn’t the best at anything, but has useful resistances that come with water. With Level 35 Palkia, you need 4 players.

      2xResists: Fire
      Cancelled: Ice, Electric

    Spiritomb

    Best Moveset:Sucker Punch /Shadow Ball
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐☆☆☆☆

      Spiritomb was only available Halloween 2018 as a special research reward. It is likely it will return annually, but that has yet to be confirmed. While everyone only has at most 1, it CAN be traded. With Level 35 Spiritomb, you need 4 players.

      2xResists: Psychic
      Resists: Fighting

    Arcanine

    Best Moveset:Bite /Crunch
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

      (legacy) Dark-Type Arcanine is not that useful, but can pull it’s weight. Growlithe are a 5k Egg hatch and do nest. Bite is sadly legacy. With Level 35 Arcanine, you need 4 players.

      Resists: Fire, Ice

    Honchkrow

    Best Moveset:Snarl /Dark Pulse
    • ⚔️ 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. They don’t nest and do not hatch from Eggs. With Level 35 Honchkrow, you need 4 players.

      2xResists: Psychic
      Weak: Ice, Electric
      Cancelled: Fighting

    Gyarados

    Best Moveset:Bite /Crunch
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

      Magikarp can spawn from Glacial Lure Modules, and Catch 10 Pokemon quests. It is also currently a Tier 1 Raid Boss as of writing. Gyarados has been available for years now, but has a hefty 400 candy cost to evolve. Magikarp got boosted spawns during Water Festival 2019. They hatch from 2k eggs and do nest. With Level 35 Gyarados, you need 4 players.

      Resists: Fire, Fighting
      2xWeak: Electric
      Cancelled: Ice

    Lucario

    Best Moveset:Bullet Punch /Shadow Ball
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐☆☆☆☆

      Riolu is an egg exclusive pokemon sadly, one of the absolute rarest and highly desired ones in fact. It was added October 2018th. It isn’t easy to power up and has a walking distance of 10k. There are increased chances of finding one in a 7k Alolan egg instead of normal 10ks. You also have better chances if you get difficult Adventure Sync eggs. if you collect your weekly adventure sync reward and have earned the 50k distance, AND have an available egg slot, you will get an egg with a skewed hatch pool. With Level 35 Lucario, you need 4 players.

      Resists: Ice
      Weak: Fire, Fighting
      Cancelled: Psychic

    Moltres

    Best Moveset:Wing Attack /Sky Attack
    • ⚔️ 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 it’s raid day in Sept 2018. With Level 35 Moltres, you need 4 players. 

      Resists: Fire, Fighting
      Weak: Electric
      Cancelled: Ice

    Skuntank

    Best Moveset:Bite /Crunch
    • ⚔️ Raw Damage: ⭐☆☆☆☆

    • 🛡️ Survival/Bulk: ⭐⭐☆☆☆

    • 📉 Consistency: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

    • 🌐 Accessibility: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

      Skuntank is a pretty common spawn and not too difficult to evolve. It does not nest or hatch from eggs, but is boosted in Cloudy Weather. With Level 35 Skuntank, you need 4 players.

      Resists: Psychic
      Cancelled: Fighting

    Closing Thoughts


    Mewtwo is an incredibly powerful Pokemon, and Niantic has blessed it with an incredibly diverse movepool. It can use its huge base stats to make use of any of them! But with its current moves, it excels best as a pure Psychic-Type or an offbrand Ice-Type attacker. Outside of Raids it is one of the absolute best Gym Attackers around!

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