Mega Evolution has finally arrived in Pokémon Go and with it, Mega Raids! A whole new class of raids, Mega Raids let you and your friends challenge a Mega Evolved Pokémon. These are some of the most challenging raids yet, but we here at iMore got your back. Here's everything you need to know about taking on Mega Blastoise in Pokémon Go and be sure to check out our best Pokémon Go accessories so you can be fully equipped on your Pokémon Journey!
What is Mega Blastoise in Pokémon Go?
The final evolution of the Water type Kanto starter, Mega Blastoise was one of the first Mega Evolved Pokémon to be introduced to Pokémon Go. Although Mega Blastoise doesn't have the sheer DPS that some Mega Evolved Pokémon have, it's extremely bulky and so will last a long time on the field. It's an excellent choice for boosting other Water types, so players should stock up on its Mega Energy while it's currently in raids.
Mega Evolution strategies for Mega Blastoise in Pokémon Go?
There are a handful of options for Mega Evolution when countering Mega Blastoise, focusing on both of its weaknesses: Electric and Grass.
If at all possible, Mega Manectric is the Mega Evolved Pokémon to bring to this Mega Raid. As a pure Electric type, it resists Mega Blastoise's Steel type move and has no weaknesses relevant to this fight. You'll want to coordinate with your raid party to make the most of its Electric type Mega Boost and your Mega Manectric should know Thunder Fang and Wild Charge.
For a Grass based offensive, Mega Venusaur is the best option. As a Grass and Poison, it resists Mega Blastoise's Water type moves, but it won't hold up to Ice Beam. Electric types tend to be a higher priority for this raid, so you'll definitely want to coordinate with the rest of your raid party to make the most of its Grass type Mega Boost. If you're bringing any variant of Venusaur to this Raid, the best moves for it are Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant.
While they will not perform as well, the following Mega Evolved Pokémon can also work for this raid:
- Mega Latios with Dragon Breath and Solar Beam
- Mega Ampharos with Volt Switch and Zap Cannon
- Mega Gengar with Lick and Shadow Ball
- Mega Abomasnow with Razor Leaf and Energy Ball
What are the best counters for Mega Blastoise in Pokémon Go?
As a Water type, Mega Blastoise is weak against Grass and Electric types. However, it has a pretty wide range of attacks, including the obvious Water type attacks, but also Dark, Normal, Steel, and most worrying, Ice. If you're going up against a Mega Blastoise with Ice Beam, do not bring your Grass type counters. They will wilt in an instant.
The mascot of Pokémon White, Zekrom is the top non-Shadow, non-Mega counter for Mega Blastoise. It's an Electric and Dragon type, so it resists Water and Steel type damage, but takes increased damage from Ice type moves. Zekrom has only had a couple runs in raids so far, so many players don't have the Candy to power it up, but if you are bringing a Zekrom to this fight, you'll want it to know Charge Beam and Wild Charge.
One of the Unovan Forces of Nature, Therian forme Thundurus is another great choice for countering Mega Blastoise. This Flying and Electric type is weak to Ice type damage, but resists Steel type. He's been in raids a few times and shares Candy with the his more common Incarnate forme, so most active players have had the opportunity to add him to their roster. Volt Switch and Thunderbolt are the moves you'll want your Thundurus to know for this Mega Raid.
The Galarian Mythical Pokémon, Zarude is an excellent choice for this Mega Raid. As a Dark and Grass type, it resists Water and Dark type damage, while taking super effective damage from Ice Beam. Unfortunately, Zarude is limited to one per account and only upon completing a limited, Timed Research line, so many players don't even have one, much less the Candy to power it up. Still, if you have Zarude, you'll want Vine Whip for its fast move and Power Whip for the charged.
The Sinnoh Stone evolution of Electabuzz, Electavire is a great choice for this Raid. As a pure Electric type, it brings no relevant weaknesses to the fight and resists Mega Blastoise's Flash Cannon. Electabuzz has been in the game since day one, and the addition of its baby form, Elekid meant most players had more than enough Candy to evolve and power up at least a couple Electivire even before it got the Community Day treatment. Thunder Shock and Wild Charge is the moveset you'll want for this Mega Raid.
The final evolution of the Gen I Magnemite, Magnezone is an Electric and Steel type that performs great in this fight. Although it requires a Magnetic Lure Module to evolve, most players have plenty of Candy for evolving and powering it up. It resists all of Mega Blastoise's attacks save for Bite, which it takes normal damage from. You'll want your Magenezone to know Spark and Wild Charge for this Mega Raid.
One of the Legendary Beasts of Johto, Raikou is a fantastic counter for Mega Blastoise. Virtually every active player has had the chance to catch it, as it's been in Raids many times, a Research Breakthrough Reward, and even a Shadow Pokémon. As a pure electric type, it has no weaknesses Mega Blastoise can exploit and resists Steel type damage. Volt Switch and Wild Charge are the moves you'll want your Raikou to know for this fight.
One of the Legendary Birds of Kanto, Zapdos is an excellent counter for Mega Blastoise. It has been available so many times that there is no good reason why a player participating in a Mega Raid wouldn't have at least one. Because of its flying type, it takes double damage from Ice Beam, but it resists Flash Cannon. If you're including Zapdos in your Raid team, Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt are the moves you'll want.
The Legendary Guardian Deity of Ula'ula Island, Tapu Bulu is another solid counter for Mega Blastoise. It's a Grass a Fairy type so it resists Water and Dark type damage, but Ice and Steel type moves will hit extra hard. Although it's only had one run in raids, it was very recent, so there's a good chance it's already in your roster. Bullet Seed and Grass Knot are the moves you'll want your Tapu Bulu to know for this fight.
Originally found in the Sinnoh region of Gen IV, Luxray is an Electric type that works well in this fight. It has no weaknesses Mega Blastoise can exploit and it resists Steel type damage. The Luxray line has been featured in several events and Shinx is fairly common outside of events, so most players have had the chance to catch and power up this Pokémon. If you're bringing Luxray to this fight, Spark and Wild Charge is the moveset you're looking for.
Gen IV's Roserade makes for a great counter to Mega Blastoise. As a Grass and Poison type, it takes increased damage from Ice type moves, but reduced damage from Water type moves. It's another Pokémon that requires a Sinnoh Stone to evolve but Roselia are fairly common and it even has a baby form, so many players have the Candy necessary to power it up. Razor Leaf and Grass Knot are the best moveset for this fight.
Last but not least, Tapu Koko is another Alolan Guardian Deity and our final top counter for Mega Blastoise. It's an Electric and Fairy type, so it resists Dark type damage while having no weaknesses Mega Blastoise can exploit. It's also very new to Pokémon Go, but as it was introduced recently, most active players had the chance to catch it. Volt Switch and Thunderbolt are the moves you'll want your Tapu Koko to know for this Mega Raid.
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
- Celebi with Magical Leaf and Leaf Storm
- Sceptile with Bullet Seed and Frenzy Plant
- Venusaur with Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant
- Tangrowth with Vine Whip and Power Whip
- Leafeon with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade
- Thundurus (Incarnate) with Thunder Shock and Thunder
- Jolteon with Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt
- Torterra with Razor Leaf and Frenzy Plant
- Shaymin (Land) with Hidden Power and Grass Knot
- Regigigas with Hidden Power (Grass) and Giga Impact
- Breloom with Bullet Seed and Grass Knot
- Elektross with Spark and Thunderbolt
- Exeggutor with Bullet Seed and Solar Beam
- Victreebel with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade
- Simisage with Vine Whip and Grass Knot
- Zebstrika with Spark and Wild Charge
- Chesnaught with Vine Whip and Solar Beam
- Shiftry with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade
- Leavanny with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade
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 Zapdos with Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt
- Shadow Magnezone with Spark and Wild Charge
- Shadow Electivire with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
- Shadow Tangrowth with Vine Whip and Power Whip
- Shadow Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Thunderbolt
- Shadow Venusaur with Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant
- Shadow Exeggutor with Bullet Seed and Solar Beam
- Shadow Victreebel with Razor Leaf and Leaf Blade
- Shadow Vileplume with Razor Leaf and Solar Beam
- Shadow Arcanine with Thunder Fang and Wild Charge
- Shadow Tangela with Vine Whip and Power Whip
- Shadow Porygon-Z with Lock-on and Solar Beam
- Shadow Manectric with Thunder Fang and Wild Charge
- Shadow Magneton with Thunder Shock and Discharge
Note: Shadow Pokémon perform especially well in this raid. Shadow Raikou, Shadow Zapdos, Shadow Magnezone, Shadow Electivire, and Shadow Tangrowth out perform all the top counters except for Mega Manectric.
How many players does it take to beat Mega Blastoise?
Although it is possible for two high level players with the ideal moveset and counters to take on Mega Blastoise, if you're going up against Ice Beam or are lacking in ideal counters, you'll likely want a raiding party of four or more. However, as this is a Mega Raid, you'll want as many players as possible so you earn the most Mega Energy.
Weather conditions that can impact this Raid include:
- Rain will boost Mega Blastoise's Water type moves, as well as your Electric type counters
- Snow will boost its Ice and Steel type moves
- Fog will boost its Dark type move
- Partly Cloudy weather will boost its Normal type move
- Sunny/Clear weather will boost your Grass type counters
Questions about taking on Mega Blastoise in Pokémon Go?
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