Kyogre is coming back to Legendary Raids in Pokémon Go for one week only. From January 19 through January 26, 2021, Trainers can face off against the Sea Basin Pokémon once more. A lot has changed since Kyogre was featured in Raids, including Mega Evolution and the rebalance of Shadow Pokémon, creating multiple winning strategies. Fortunately, we here at iMore have everything you need to know to build a winning team. And be sure to check out our Best Pokémon Go Accessories, so you can be fully equipped for your Pokémon Journey!. And be sure to check out our Best Pokémon Go Accessories, so you can be fully equipped for your Pokémon Journey!
Who is Kyogre?
The mascot of Pokémon Sapphire, Kyogre is a Legendary Water type Pokémon and the rival of Groudon. Much like Groudon can expand the ground, Kyogre is capable of raising sea levels. It usually rests deep beneath the ocean but was praised in the distant past for bringing an end to drought and famine. While Kyogre is usually calm, it will go into a rage upon facing Groudon and engage in a catastrophic battle that can only be stopped by another Legendary Pokémon, Rayquaza. Kyogre is also capable of Primal Reversion, a state similar to Mega Evolution, although this forme hasn't been introduced in Pokémon Go... yet.
What are the best counters?
As a pure Water type, Kyogre's only weaknesses are Grass and Electric. It is capable of dealing Water, Electric, and Ice type damage. Because its Ice type move is super effective against Grass type counters, previous Raids have leaned on Electric type counters. However, since the introduction of Mega Evolution, there are now competitive Grass focused strategies if you can coordinate the use of Mega Pokémon.
In a vacuum, Zekrom is the best non-Shadow Pokémon for countering Kyogre. The mascot of Pokémon White, Zekrom is a Legendary Pokémon that has only had one run in Raids and during a global pandemic, so many players don't even have one yet, much less the Candy to power it up. Still, if you have it, it resists Water and Electric attacks, while taking double damage from Ice. Charge Beam and Wild Charge are the moves you'll want your Zekrom to know.
Although Grass types are generally weak to Kyogre's Blizzard, the boosted stats Venusaur gets from Mega Evolution make Mega Venusaur one of the top contenders in this Raid. If you are unable to coordinate with your fellow Trainers or are certain that the Kyogre you're facing doesn't know Blizzard, Mega Venusaur is an excellent choice. Vine Whip and Freny Plant are the moves you'll want your Mega Venusaur to know.
One of the three Legendary beasts of the Johto region, Raikou makes a great counter for Kyogre. It's been available many times over in events, Raids, Research Breakthrough Rewards, and even a Shadow Pokémon captured by Giovanni, so most players have at least one or two already powered up. As a pure Electric type, it resists Electric type attacks and has no weaknesses that Kyogre can exploit. You'll want your Raikou to know Thunder Shock and Wild Charge for this Raid.
While Tangrowth requires 100 Candy and a Sinnoh Stone to evolve, because Tangela is a Gen I Pokémon and Sinnoh Stones have become more accessible, most players have at least one or two Tangrowth powered up. As a pure Grass type, it takes half damage from Water and Electric type attacks, but double from Ice type. Vine Whip and Power Whip is the moveset you'll want for this Raid.
The final evolution of Gen I's Electabuzz, Electivire performs very well against Kyogre. Although it requires 100 Candy and a Sinnoh Stone to evolve, between Community Day and its baby stage, Elekid frequently hatching from Eggs, most players have at least a couple Electivire powered up. As a pure Electric type, it takes reduced damage from Electric type attacks and has no weaknesses Kyogre can exploit. If you're bringing Electivire to this Raid, you'll want Thunder Shock for the fast attack and Wild Charge for the charged.
the final evolution of Gen I's Magnemite, Magnezone is a great counter for Kyogre. As an Electric and Steel type, it takes half damage from Electric and Ice and has no weaknesses which Kyogre can exploit. However, it can only be evolved with the use of a Magnetic Lure Mod (on top of 100 Magnemite Candy.) While Lure Mods can normally only be bought with PokéCoins, one Lure Mod will let you evolve as many Magnezone as you have the Candy for over its 30 minute use. If you're bringing Magnezone to this fight, you'll want it to know Spark and Wild Charge.
One of the Legendary birds of Kanto, Zapdos is a great choice for this Raid. It's been available so many times in so many ways that there's just no excuse not to have one yet. As an Electric and Flying type, Zapdos takes double damage from Blizzard, but so do a lot of Kyogre counters. If you include Zapdos in your Raid party, Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt are the moves you'll want it to have.
The Gen IV evolution of Roselia, Roserade is a great choice for facing Kyogre, especially if boosted by Mega Venusaur or Mega Abomasnow. Although it takes 100 Candy and a Sinnoh Stone to evolve, Roselia are fairly common and it also has a baby stage, Budew, that hatches from Eggs. As a Grass and Poison type, it takes reduced damage from Water and Electric, while taking increased damage from Ice. Razor Leaf and Grass Knot are the moves you'll want your Roserade to know for fighting Kyogre.
On the whole, Mega Abomasnow doesn't perform quite as well as Mega Venusaur against Kyogre; however, its unique typing make it one of my top picks for this Raid. As an Ice and Grass type, Mega Abomasnow can boost other Grass type Pokémon on the field, but it isn't weak to Ice like Mega Venusaur. This is especially useful if you don't know what moveset Kyogre has, you know it has Blizzard, or if you just have a lot more Mega Abomasnow Energy. If you're bringing Mega Abomasnow to this fight, you;ll want Razor Leaf and Energy Ball for its moves.
A three stage Pokémon from Gen IV, Luxray isn't quite as accessible as some of the other Pokémon on this list, but if you have it, it will perform very well. As a pure Electric type, it resists Electric type attacks and has no weaknesses Kyogre can exploit. Luxray participating in this Raid should know Spark and Wild Charge.
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:
- Mewtwo with Confusion and Thunderbolt
- Venusaur with Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant
- Breloom with Bullet Seed and Grass Knot
- Leafeon with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade
- Sceptile with Fury Cutter and Frenzy Plant
- Torterra with Razor Leaf and Frenzy Plant
- Victreebel with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade
- Shiftry with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade
- Exeggutor with Bullet Seed and Seed Bomb
- Magneton with Thunder Shock and Discharge
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 Raikou with Thunder shock and Wild Charge
- Shadow Magnezone with Spark and Wild Charge
- Shadow Electivire with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
- Shadow Zapdos with Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt
- Shadow Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Thunderbolt
- Shadow Venusaur with Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant
- Shadow Torterra with Razor Leaf and Frenzy Plant
- Shadow Victreebel with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade
- Shadow Shiftry with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade
- Shadow Exeggutor with Bullet Seed and Seed Bomb
- Shadow Magneton with Thunder Shock and Discharge
- Shadow Cacturne with Sucker Punch and Grass Knot
Note: Shadow Raikou outperforms every other Pokémon in the best counters list. Shadow Magnezone, Shadow Electivire, Shadow Zapdos, Shadow Mewtwo, and Shadow Venusaur outperform every non-Mega and non-Legendary on the list. However, if you can coordinate the use of either Mega Venusaur or Mega Abomasnow, the Grass type counters will perform considerably better.
How many players does it take to beat Kyogre in Pokémon Go?
With the best counters and right moveset, two high level Trainers can take out Kyogre. However, this is highly dependent on Kyogre's moves. If Kyogre happens to have Blizzard, Grass type counters just won't last. If you're unable to coordinate with your fellow Trainers, are a lower level, or are up against a Blizzard Kyogre, you may need four or more Trainers to beat it.
Weather conditions that can impact this Raid include:
- Rain will boost Kyogre's Water and Electric attacks, as well as your Electric counters.
- Snow will boost Kyogre's Blizzard.
- Sunny/Clear Weather will boost your Grass type counters.
Questions about taking on Kyogre in Pokémon Go?
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