What are the best movesets for the Legendary and Mythical Pokémon like Mewtwo, Zapdos, Moltres, Lugia, and Articuno? Once you beat and catch the Raid Boss, here are the movesets you want to use your TMs on!{.intro}

Now that Pokémon Go has released Legendary Raids and made Lugia, Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos available in the game, we've gone from wanting to know how to beat the Legendary Raid Bosses to how to catch the Legendary Raid Pokémon to what are their best movesets are.

You can't use Legendary Pokémon to defend Gyms, but you can use them to attack both Gyms and other Raid Bosses. That means defensive moves don't matter as much. Attack is where it's at. And that makes it a lot easier to decide what to use your Fast TMs and Charge TMs on.

TL;DR: What are the best movesets for the Legendary and Mythical Pokémon?

The Legendary and Mythical Pokémon have had at least placeholder movesets in the game for a while now. Lugia, Articuno, and Moltres, launched with exactly those movesets, so it's safe to at least assume the others will as well. At least until the next big shake up! With that in mind, here are the ones you want.

Pokémon Type Quick Move Change Move
Articuno Ice/Flying Frost Breath Blizzard or Ice Beam
Zapdos Electric/Flying Charge Beam Zap Cannon
Moltres Fire/Flying Fire Spin Overheat
Mewtwo Psychic Confusion Psychic
Mew Psychic Pound Solar Beam or Focus Blast
Raikou Electric Thunder Shock Wild Charge
Entei Fire Fire Spin Overheat
Sicune Water Extrasensory Hydro Hump
Lugia Psychic/Flying Extrasensory Future Sight
Ho-Oh Fire/Flying Extrasensory Fire Blast or Solar Beam
Celebi Grass/Psychic Confusion Dazzling Gleam

Again, since Legendary Pokémon can't currently be placed it Gyms, these are all attack-centric movesets.

What if you don't have the best movesets?

Movesets are like the lottery. No matter what Moveset a Legendary Raid Boss begins with, it will be randomized when you catch it. That means you never know what you're going to get. Some Legendary Pokémon have upwards of six or more moveset combinations, some amazingly good, others terrible.

If you have an ideal moveset, it's great. You'll do the most damage in the least amount of time while maintaining the best ability to dodge. If you don't, not all is lost. You could still have the same type of moves, only less damaging or slower.

For example, Lugia with Extrasensory and Future Sight will tear through Machamp Raid Bosses like a Psyblade through brain butter. (Sorry, bad visual!) Lugia with Dragon Tail and Hydro Pump, not so much.

That's where Technical Machines come in. Two of the possible rewards for beating Raid Bosses, Legendary included, are Quick TM and Fast TM, which can be used to change Quick Moves and Charge Moves respectively.

So, if you get a great Legendary but a not-so-great Moveset, don't worry. Get a few TMs and change them.

How do you change movesets in Pokémon Go? With Technical Machines (TM)!

What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Lugia?

Lugia is one of the most powerful Legendary Pokémon in the game. It can easily reach a CP over 3000, it's got stats that put it up there with the best, and movesets that pack a punch. Specifically, Lugia is Psychic/Flying type and has Psychic movesets available to it that can destroy Fighting types like Machamp. Dragon Tail with Sky Attack and Hydro Pump are powerful as well, can make Lugia a good general attacker, like Dragonite. and can put a hurt on a range of other Pokémon, but when you have a Psychic destroyer of this stature, let it be a Psychic destroyer.

  • Best Movesets: Extrasensory + Futiure Sight. Picture an Alakazam with the bulk of a Snorlax. Now, Machamp knows fear.

  • Secondary Movesets: Dragon Tail with Sky Attack. Still packs a wallop, even without same type attack bonus (STAB) on the fast move.

  • Counter: Tyrantiar with Bite + Crunch or Stone Edge.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Articuno?

With a potential CP almost but not quite reaching the 3000s, Articuno is like Lapras on Hulk serum. OK, more Hulk serum. Unlike Lapras, though, Articuno only has access to Ice type movesets. No Water types. That makes Frost Breath its only Quick Move and, so, winner by default. For Charge Moves, Blizzard packs more power but takes longer to deliver it. Ice Beam can be spammed over and over again.

  • Best Movesets: Frost Breath + Blizzard or Ice Beam. Blizzard hits harder but Ice Beam hits more often.

  • Counter: Tyrantiar with Bite + Stone Edge.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Moltres?

Moltres is a Flying/Fire type, just like Charizard, but with a CP that can reach over 3000. It currently doesn't have any Flying-type movesets assigned to it, but it has Fire Spin + Overheat, which is the best Fire-type moveset in the game. That makes Moltres, essentially, a super-Charizard. Use it to burn Bugs Grass-types down to ash.

  • Best Movesets: Fire Spin + Overheat. It's not fast but it hits like the inferno.

  • Counter: Golem with Rock Throw + Stone Edge or Tyranitar with Bite + Stone Edge.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Zapdos?

Zapdos is a mixed blessing. It has better stats than any previous Electric-type in the game... but it doesn't have access to movesets that would really push it over the top. As it is, Zapdos is Flying/Electric and has a CP that can soar about 3300. For Fast move, all Zapdos has access to is Charge Beam. For Charge Move, Zap Cannon and Thunder, but also Thunderbolt. It's not Wild Charge, but it'll do.

  • Best Movesets: Charge Beam + Zap Cannon. It'l still light up water types.

  • Counter: Golem with Rock Throw + Stone Edge or Tyranitar with Bite + Stone Edge.


What are the best Pokémon Go movesets for Zapdos?

Mewtwo was looking to be the most powerful, game-altering addition to Pokémon Go thus far. But then, right before releasing Mewtwo in Japan, Pokémon Go "nerfed" its stats. Hard. Now Mewtwo is still a monster but a monster more in line with the rest of the game. Score Confusion/Psychic and you have the best mind-blaster in the business.

  • Best Movesets: Confusion + Psychic. It'll decimate fighting types... and others.

  • Counter: Tyranitar with Bite + Crunch.


Hit me with that cheat sheet again?

Pokémon Type Quick Move Change Move
Articuno Ice/Flying Frost Breath Blizzard or Ice Beam
Zapdos Electric/Flying Charge Beam Zap Cannon
Moltres Fire/Flying Fire Spin Overheat
Mewtwo Psychic Confusion Psychic
Mew Psychic Pound Solar Beam or Focus Blast
Raikou Electric Thunder Shock Wild Charge
Entei Fire Fire Spin Overheat
Sicune Water Extrasensory Hydro Hump
Lugia Psychic/Flying Extrasensory Future Sight
Ho-Oh Fire/Flying Extrasensory Fire Blast or Solar Beam
Celebi Grass/Psychic Confusion Dazzling Gleam

Which Pokémon Go Legendary Raid Boss beaters are you considering?

If you have other Pokémon higher up on your Legendary Raid Battle counters list, let me know which ones and why!