Pokemon Go Legendary Beasts Raikou Entei SuicuneSource: Niantic

For Pokémon Go Fest 2021, Niantic is bringing back every Legendary Raid for one day only. On Sunday, July 18, Entei will return to Raids, alongside dozens of other Legenday Pokémon. Fortunately, we here at iMore have everything you need to know to win this fight and add Entei to your roster. And be sure to check out our Best Pokémon Go accessories, so you can be fully equipped for your Pokémon Journey!

Who is Entei in Pokémon Go?

Pokemon 244 EnteiSource: The Pokémon Company

Entei is part of a trio known as the Legendary Beasts of Johto. Each based on a big cat, the Legendary Beasts were originally three Pokémon who perished in a fire and were reincarnated by the Legendary bird Ho-Oh. Ho-Oh gave each of the Beasts powers based on the events of the fire. Entei was given Fire powers to represent the flames that killed the trio and burned the tower they were trapped in to the ground.

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In more practical terms, Entei is one of the top Fire types in Pokémon Go and Shadow Entei is even better. With Fire Fang and Overheat, Raikou will hold a solid spot in your roster when going up against Steel, Grass, Bug, and Ice type Pokémon. However, even if you don't need another Entei, this is a great opportunity to earn more Entei Candy for powering up your Shadow Entei.

What are the best counters for Entei in Pokémon Go?

As a pure Fire type with all but one Fire type move, the Steel type Iron Head being the only exception, Entei wasn't tough to counter before the introduction of Mega Evolution. It takes double damage from Water, Rock, and Ground types. Most Water and Rock types will also be resistant to its Fire type moves.

Mega Blastoise

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If at all possible, you want to bring Mega Blastoise to this Legendary Raid. This pure Water type takes reduced damage from all of Entei's moves, while boosting other Water types on the field. If it is safe to coordinate with your fellow Raiders, bringing as many Water types as possible will make sure that Entei drops quick. Whether Mega, Shadow, or even just a standard Blastoise, you'll want Water Gun and Hydro Cannon for this fight.

Mega Gyarados

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If you can't bring Mega Blastoise to this Raid, Mega Gyarados is your next best bet. As a Water and Dark type, it also takes reduced damage from all of Entei's moves and will boost other Water types on the field, so if it's safe to do so, coordinate with the rest of your Raid party. Waterfall and Hydro Pump are the moves you'll want your Gyarados to know going up against Entei.

Rampardos

Pokemon 409 RampardosSource: The Pokémon Company

A fossil Pokémon from Gen IV, Rampardos is an excellent counter for Entei. As a Rock type, it takes half damage from Fire, but double damage on the off chance your Entei has Iron Head. While the best strategy for taking on Entei is a Water based team led by Mega Blastoise or Mega Gyarados, if you cannot safely coordinate with other Trainers, Rampardos will serve you well, and it's quite common too, with its first stage, Cranidos, having been featured in multiple events. Smack Down and Rock Slide is the moveset you'll want your Rampardos to know.

Kyogre

Pokemon 382 KyogreSource: The Pokémon Company

The mascot for Pokémon Sapphire, Kyogre is one of the best Water types in the game despite a less than stellar movepool. It has also been available in Raids multiple times and as a Research Breakthrough Reward, so you probably have a couple in your roster. To take on Entei, you'll want your Kyogre to know Waterfall and Surf.

Rhyperior

Pokemon 464 RhyperiorSource: The Pokémon Company

The final Evolution of Gen I's Rhyhorn, Rhyperior performs very well against Entei. It was common enough before but after getting its own Community Day, there's no excuse not to have a whole team of Rhyperior. As a Ground and Rock type, it takes half damage from Fire, but double from Steel. Mud-Slap and its Community Day exclusive move, Rock Wrecker is ideal for this Raid, but if you don't have the Elite TM to spare, Earthquake is a decent substitute.

Kingler

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Although Gen I's Kingler isn't quite as durable as Kyogre, it has better moves and great stats. It can technically do more damage per second, plus as an Evolution of a common Gen I Pokémon, it's much easier to obtain, leaving tons of Candy for powering up. As a Water type, it resists all of Entei's moves. The moveset you're looking for is Bubble and Crabhammer.

Garchomp

Pokemon 445 GarchompSource: The Pokémon Company

A pseudo-Legendary from Gen IV, Garchomp performs very well against Entei. It's first stage, Gible, has been featured in a couple events, including a Community Day, so most active players have at least one or two Garchomp already powered up. As a Ground and Dragon type, it take reduced damage from Fire and has no weaknesses Entei can take advantage of. If you're bringing Garchomp to this Raid, you'll want Mud Shot for the fast attack and Earth Power for the charged attack. Earthquake can also work if you don't have the Community Day exclusive move or an Elite TM to spare.

Terrakion

Pokemon 639 TerrakionSource: The Pokémon Company

One of the Legendary Swords of Justice, Terrakion is a great choice for this Raid. As a Rock and Fighting type, it takes half damage from Fire, but double from Steel. It's been available a number of times in Raids and even as a Pokémon Go Battle League reward encounter, so chances are you already have at least one powered up. Smack Down and Rock Slide are the moves you'll want your Terrakion to know for this fight.

Swampert

Pokemon 260 SwampertSource: The Pokémon Company

The final evolution of Gen III's Water type starter, Swampert performs very well against Entei. Mudkip, its first stage, are pretty common and have been featured in plenty of events, including a Community Day, and even as a Shadow Pokémon. As a Water and Ground type, it takes reduced damage from all of Entei's attacks and can be boosted by Mega Blastoise or Mega Gyarados. Mud Shot and Hydro Cannon are the best in a vacuum, but if paired with Mega Blastoise or Mega Gyarados, Water Gun is a solid choice for the fast attack.

Clawitzer

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Relatively new to Pokémon Go, Clawitzer is a Gen VI Pokémon from the Kalos region. As a pure Water type, it resists all of Entei's attacks and benefits from the Mega boost that either Mega Blastoise or Mega Gyarados give. As it is pretty new, you might not already have one, but if you do, Water Gun and Crabhammer are the moves you'll want your Clawitzer to know.

Back ups?

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:

  • Feraligatr with Water Gun and Hydro Cannon
  • Landorus (Incarnate forme) with Rock Throw and Earth Power
  • Empoleon with Waterfall and Hydro Cannon
  • Palkia with Dragon Tail and Hydro Pump
  • Gyarados with Waterfall and Hydro Pump
  • Crawdaunt with Waterfall and Crabhammer
  • Landorus (Therian forme) with Mud Shot and Earthquake
  • Groudon with Mud Shot and Earthquake
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Rhydon with Mud-Slap and Earthquake
  • Gigalith with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Aerodactyl with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
  • Omastar with Rock Throw and Hydro Pump
  • Golem with Rock Throw and Earthquake
  • Golurk with Mud-Slap and Earth Power
  • Alolan Golem with Rock Throw and Stone Edge
  • Haxorus with Dragon Tail and Surf
  • Krookodile with Mud-Slap and Earthquake
  • Floatzel with Water Gun and Hydro Pump

Shadow Pokémon?

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 Swampert with Mud Shot and Hydro Cannon
  • Shadow Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Shadow Gyarados with Waterfall and Hydro Pump
  • Shadow Omastar with Rock Throw and Hydro Pump
  • Shadow Aerodactyl with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
  • Shadow Blastoise with Water Gun and Hydro Cannon
  • Shadow Politoed with Bubble and Weather Ball
  • Shadow Salamence with Dragon Tail and Hydro Pump
  • Shadow Flygon with Mud Shot and Earth Power
  • Shadow Ho-Oh with Hidden Power and Earthquake

Note: Shadow Swampert and Shadow Tyranitar outperform every non-Mega Pokémon in the best counters list. Shadow Gyarados, Shadow Omastar, Shadow Aerodactyl, and Shadow Blastoise also perform on par with the other best counters.

How many players does it take to beat Entei in Pokémon Go?

While it is technically possible for two level 40 Trainers under the best conditions to beat Entei, if you're lower level, lacking the best counters, or cannot coordinate with other players, you may need four or five.

Weather conditions that can impact this Raid include:

  • Sunny/Clear Weather will boost Entei's Fire type moves, as well as your Ground type counters
  • Snow will boost Entei's Steel type move
  • Rainy Weather will boost Water type counters
  • Partly Cloudy Weather will boost Rock counters

Questions about taking on Entei in Pokémon Go?

Do you have any questions about Entei? Any tips for fellow Trainers? Drop us a comment below and be sure to check out our other Pokémon Go Guides and our Complete Pokédex so you too can be a Pokémon Master!

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