Mega Pinsir is coming to Mega Raids in Pokémon Go. Fortunately, we here at iMore have gathered the best counters based on its current stats and movesets so you can prepare.
Who is Mega Pinsir in Pokémon Go?
One of only four Bug type Mega Evolutions, Mega Pinsir is the Bug and Flying type evolution of Gen I's Pinsir. As far as Bug type Megas go, it can't really compete with the upcoming Mega Heracross; however, it can keep pace with Mega Scizor, dealing slightly more damage per second in exchange for being a little squishier. As a Flying type, however, Pinsir has no Flying type moves, so it won't really be useful there unless Niantic gives it new moves in the future.
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There are a handful of options for Mega Evolution when countering Mega Pinsir, focusing on each of its weaknesses: Flying, Fire, Electric, Ice, and Rock. However, Rock is a double weakness, so most of the recommended counters will benefit from a Rock type Mega.
Best of the best, Mega Aerodactyl outperforms every other counter in this raid. As a Rock and Flying type, it can boost two of Pinsir's weaknesses and provide resistances to both Bug and Normal type moves. Because the vast majority of the counters are Rock type, you also won't have to coordinate with your raid party to make the most of its Mega Boost. Rock Throw and Rock Slide are the moves your Aerodactyl should know here.
Mega Charizard Y
While Rock should be your first choice, Mega Charizard Y performs really well in this raid if you don't have the Mega Energy for Aerodactyl. It's a Fire and Flying type, giving it resistance to Bug and Fight type damage, as well as boosting two of Pinsir's weaknesses. You will want to coordinate with your raid party though, as few players will be bringing Fire and Flying types. Fire Spin and Blast Burn are the ideal moves for Charizard in this fight.
Although it cannot match Mega Aerodactyl or Mega Charizard Y's performance, Mega Aggron is another option. This pure Steel type won't give you a useful Mega Boost, but it does have access to powerful Rock type moves. It resists Bug and Normal type damage, but Fighting type moves hit for super effective damage. Smack Down and Meteor Beam are the best moves for Aggron here.
While they will not perform as well, the following Mega Evolved Pokémon can also work for this raid:
- Mega Blaziken with Fire Spin and Blast Burn
- Mega Ampharos with Volt Switch and Power Gem
- Mega Charizard X with Fire Spin and Blast Burn
- Mega Manectric with Thunder Fang and Wild Charge
Mega Pinsir is a Bug and Flying type with access to Bug, Fighting, and Normal type moves. Its weaknesses include Rock, Fire, Flying, Electric, and Ice types; however, Rock is a double weakness, so you should focus on that.
The Sinnoh Stone evolution, Rhyperior is the best of the standard counters for Mega Pinsir. It's a Rock and Ground type, giving it resistance to Normal type damage, but weakness to Fighting type. Rhyperior is incredibly obtainable thanks to its Community Day. Your Rhyperior should know Smack Down and Rock Wrecker, in this fight. If you don't have the legacy move or an Elite TM to spare, Stone Edge is the next best move but puts it on par with back up counters.
Next up is a fossil Pokémon originally discovered in Kalos, Tyrantrum. This Rock and Dragon type takes super effective damage from Fighting type moves, but resists Normal type damage. While Tyrantrum is only available via evolution, its first stage has often been featured in eggs, so there's a good chance you have it. Rock Throw and Meteor Beam is the moveset your Tyrantrum should know.
One of the Legendary Swords of Justice, Terrakion performs great against Pinsir. As a Rock and Fighting type, Fighting type moves hit for super effective damage, but it resists Bug and Normal type damage. Terrakion has had several runs in raids, so most active players will have it ready to fight. Your Terrakion should know Smack Down and Rock Slide to deal the most damage.
Gen V's Gigalith is another great counter for Mega Pinsir. It's a pure Rock type, so it resists Normal type damage but is weak against Fighting type moves. Although Gigalith is expensive to evolve, it does benefit from Trade Evolution, leaving plenty of leftover candy for powering up. Smack Down and Meteor Beam are the moves you're looking for.
Another fossil Pokémon, Rampardos was originally discovered in the Sinnoh region. It's a pure Rock type, so weak to Fighting type moves and resistant to Normal type. The Rampardos line has also been featured in numerous events and eggs, so chances are you already have a few. Its best moves are Smack Down and Rock Slide.
One of the Forces of Nature from Unova, Landorus (Therian) is our next top counter. He's a Ground and Flying type, giving it resistances to Fighting and Bug type moves. He's also been featured in raids several times, so most active players will be able to bring him along. If you include Landorus on your team, he should know Rock Throw and Rock Slide.
While its Mega Evolution is the top performer in this raid, the original Aerodactyl still performs great. It's also a Rock and Flying type, meaning it resists Bug and Normal type damage. Aerodactyl has also been in the game since day one so there's really no good reason not to have at least one fully powered up. Rock Throw and Rock Slide are the moves you'll want.
A fossil Pokémon originally discovered in Unova, Archeops is a great counter for Pinsir. As a Rock and Flying type, it resists Bug and Normal type damage, and has no weaknesses Pinsir can exploit. The Archeops line has been featured in Adventure Week and eggs, so there's a good chance you have one ready. Your Archeops should know Wing Attack and Ancient Power for this raid.
Originally encountered in the Unova region of Gen V, Darmanitan is our next top counter. This pure Fire type has no weaknesses Pinsir can take advantage of and it resists Bug type damage; however, it won't benefit from a same type Mega Boost in most raids. The Darmanitan line has been featured in many events, and it shares Candy with its Galarian variant, so most active players can bring it along. Fire Fang and Rock Slide are the moves you're looking for.
Last but not least is Legendary Ultra Beast, Nihilego. This Rock and Poison type has no weaknesses Mega Pinsir can exploit and it resists Bug and Normal type damage. Unfortunately, Nihilego has had extremely limited availability so far, so many players haven't even seen one. Still, if you have it, Acid and Rock Slide is the ideal moveset for Nihilego in this fight.
Back up counters
Although most players will be able to make a team of the best counters, if you're finding a gap in your team, there are plenty of back ups who work well in larger groups. Just make sure you're dodging and any of the following could be a decent back up:
- Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
- Omastar with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Hisuian Arcanine with Fire Fang and Rock Slide
- Reshiram with Fire Fang and Fusion Flare
- Alolan Golem with Rock Throw and Stone Edge
- Golem with Rock Throw and Stone Edge
- Lycanroc (Midnight) with Rock Throw and Stone Edge
- Ho-Oh with Hidden Power (Rock) and Sacred Fire++
- Xurkitree with Spark and Discharge
- Lycanroc (Midday) with Rock Throw and Stone Edge
- Rayquaza with Air Slash and Ancient Power
- Zekrom with Charge Beam and Fusion Bolt
- Crustle with Smack Down and Rock Slide
- Aurorus with Rock Throw and Meteor Beam
- Moltres with Fire Spin and Sky Attack
- Chandelure with Fire Spin and Overheat
- Thundurus (Therian) with Volt Switch and Thunderbolt
- Hisuian Avalugg with Powder Snow and Rock Slide
- Aggron with Smack Down and Meteor Beam
- Regirock with Rock Throw and Stone Edge
The rebalance of Shadow Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket make them excellent glass cannons. Not only are their stats boosted, but during special events or with Elite TMs, it's possible to change their moves. If you happen to have any of the following Pokémon with the right moveset, they will work very well in this Raid:
- Shadow Aerodactyl with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Shadow Golem with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Shadow Ho-Oh with Hidden Power (Rock) and Brave Bird
- Shadow Moltres with Fire Spin and Sky Attack
- Shadow Omastar with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Shadow Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
- Shadow Zapdos with Thunder Shock and Ancient Power
- Shadow Hippowdon with Thunder Fang and Weather Ball
- Shadow Entei with Fire Fang and Overheat
- Shadow Electivire with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
- Shadow Armaldo with Fury Cutter and Rock Blast
Note: Shadow Aerodactyl outperforms every single counter except for Mega Aerodactyl. Shadow Golem, Shadow Ho-Oh, Shadow Moltres, Shadow Omastar, Shadow Tyranitar, Shadow Zapdos, and Shadow Hippowdon all perform on par with other top counters.
Mega Pinsir is not one of the more challenging Mega Raids. With the right counters, two top level players should be able to beat it. However, because it is a Mega Raid, you want to prioritize beating it faster to earn the most Mega Energy.
Weather conditions that can impact this raid include:
- Rain will boost Mega Pinsir's Bug type moves, as well as your Electric type counters
- Cloudy/Overcast Weather will boost its Fighting type moves
- Partly Cloudy Weather will boost its Normal type move, as well as your Rock type counters
- Sunny/Clear Weather will boost your Fire type counters
- Wind will boost your Flying type counters
- Snow will boost your Ice type counters
Don't miss your chance to catch Mega Pinsir in Pokémon Go!
Mega Pinsir will only be around for a limited time, so you won't want to miss out on your chance to battle it! And be sure to check out our other Pokémon Go guides so you too can become a Pokémon Master!
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