Having been featured in Raids, as a Research Breakthrough Reward, and even as a Shadow Pokémon in Giovanni's roster, Pokémon Go has brought back Entei, the Legendary Beast of Johto. From January 26 through January 31, 2021, Entei will take over Legendary Raids once again. A lot has changed since we last faced off against Entei, but we here at iMore have everything you need to know to beat it. And be sure to check out our best Pokémon Go accessories, so you can be fully equipped on your Pokémon Journey!
Who is Entei?
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.
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?
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.
If at all possible, you want to bring Mega Blastoise to this Legendary Raid. This pure Water type takes half 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.
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, 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.
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.
The final Evolution of Gen I's Rhyhorn, Rhyperior performs very well against Entei. 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. Its Community Day exclusive move, Rock Wrecker is ideal for this Raid, but if you don't have the Elite TM to spare, Stone Edge will also work well.
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.
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.
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. You'll want Water Gun and Hydro Cannon for its moves, especially if paired with a Mega Blastoise.
A pseudo-Legendary from Gen IV, Garchomp performs very well against Entei. It's first stage, Gible, has been featured in a couple events, but it remains one of the less common Pokémon on this list. 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 Earthquake for the charged attack.
The final evolution of Gen II's Water type starter, Feraligatr works very well in this Raid, especially when paired with Mega Blastoise. It takes reduced damage from all of Entei's attacks and is very common, having been featured in multiple events, including Community Day. If you're bringing Feraligatr to this fight, you'll want Water Gun and Hydro Cannon for its moveset.
A Legendary Pokémon originally encountered in the Unova region of Gen V, Landorus performs well in this Raid. Although it has only had one run in Raids and that was during a global pandemic, it was also featured as a Pokémon Go Battle League reward encounter, so you might have one already powered up. As a Ground and Flying type, it has no relevant strengths or weaknesses. You'll want your Landorus to know Mud shot and Earth Power if you're bringing it to this fight.
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:
- Empoleon with Waterfall and Hydro Cannon
- Palkia with Dragon Tail and Hydro Pump
- Gyarados with Waterfall and Hydro Pump
- Crawdaunt with Waterfall and Crabhammer
- Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
- Groudon with Mud Shot and Earthquake
- 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
- Blastoise with Water Gun and Hydro Cannon
- Politoed with Bubble and Weather Ball
- Salamence with Dragon Tail and Hydro Pump
- Flygon with Mud Shot and Earth Power
- Sharpedo with Waterfall and Hydro Pump
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 Sharpedo with Waterfall and Hydro Pump
Note: Shadow Swampert and Shadow Tyranitar outperform every other Pokémon in the best counters list except Mega Blastoise. Shadow Gyarados, Shadow Omastar, Shadow Aerodactyl, and Shadow Blastoise also perform on par with the other best counters. If you are able to safely coordinate the use of Mega Blastoise, Water type counters will perform even better.
How many players does it take to beat Entei?
While it is technicallt possible for two level 40 Trainers with the best counters and favorable Weather 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, Iron Head
- Rainy Weather will boost Water type counters
- Partly Cloudy Weather will boost Rock counters
Questions about taking on Entei?
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