For Pokémon Go Fest 2021, Niantic is bringing back every Legendary Raid for one day only. On Sunday, July 18, Kyogre 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 Kyogre 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 Kyogre in Pokémon Go?
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 for Kyogre in Pokémon Go?
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.
While it doesn't perform quite as well as Zekrom, if you're planning on an Electric based offensive, you should prioritize Mega Manectric for this Raid. It resists Kyogre's Electric type attack and has no weaknesses the Sea Basin Pokémon can exploit. If safe to do so, coordinate with the rest of your Raid party to maximize the Electric type boost and make sure your Mega Manectric knows Charge Beam and Wild Charge.
Mega Ampharos isn't as good a choice as Mega Manectric, but if you have the extra Mega Energy, it still performs very well. As a Dragon and Electric type, it resists both Water and Electric type damage, but Ice type attacks are super effective, so a Blizzard Kyogre will mop the floor with your Mega Ampharos. If you are bringing Mega Ampharos to this fight, you'll want Volt Switch and Zap Cannon for its moves.
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.
Thundurus (Therian forme)
Gen V's Thundurus makes a great counter for Kyogre, but specifically Therian forme Thundurus thanks to its higher attack stat and better moveset. As an Electric and Flying type, it takes super effective damage from Ice type moves so be wary of Blizzard. It's also less common than the Incarnate forme, but the two do share Candy, so powering it up shouldn't be an issue. If you're bringing Thundurus to this Raid, it should know Volt Switch and Thunderbolt.
While Tangrowth requires 100 Candy and a Sinnoh Stone to evolve, because Tangela is a Gen I Pokémon and Sinnoh Stones have become much more accessible, most players have at least one or two Tangrowth already powered up. As a pure Grass type, it takes reduced damage from Water and Electric type attacks, but increased damage from Ice. 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.
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.
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:
- Zapdos with Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt
- Mega Abomasnow with Razor Leaf and Energy Ball
- Mewtwo with Confusion and Thunderbolt
- Venusaur with Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant
- Luxray with Spark and Wild Charge
- Breloom with Bullet Seed and Grass Knot
- Leafeon with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade
- Sceptile with Bullet Seed and Frenzy Plant
- Chesnaught with Vine Whip and solar Beam
- Latios with Dragon Breath and Solar Beam
- Torterra with Razor Leaf and Frenzy Plant
- Meganium with Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant
- Simisage with Vine Whip and Grass Knot
- Victreebel with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade
- Leavanny with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade
- Jolteon with Volt Switch and Thunderbolt
- Shiftry with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade
- Thundurus (Incarnate forme) with Thunder Shock and Thunder
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 Tangrowth with Vine Whip and Power Whip
- 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 Tangela with Vine Whip and Power Whip
- Shadow Magneton with Thunder Shock and Discharge
- Shadow Cacturne with Sucker Punch and Grass Knot
- Shadow Arcanine with Thunder Fang and Wild Charge
- Shadow Gallade with Low Kick and Leaf Blade
Note: Shadow Raikou outperforms every other Pokémon in the best counters list. Shadow Magnezone, Shadow Electivire, Shadow Zapdos, Shadow Mewtwo, Shadow Tangrowth, and Shadow Venusaur outperform every non-Mega and non-Legendary on the list. However, using Mega Venusaur, Mega Manectric, Mega Ampharos, or Mega Abomasnow will boost the Grass or Electric Shadow Pokémon making them perform event 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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