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 Pidgeot 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 Pidgeot in Pokémon Go?
The Mega Evolution of Normal and Flying type Pidgeot, Mega Pidgeot has the same typing as its standard form but gets a major stat boost. Like most Mega Evolved Pokémon, it also looks pretty cool! On top of that, because Pidgey has been in the game since day one and are super common, most players have at least a couple really high IV Pidgeot just waiting to Mega Evolve.
In terms of performance, Mega Pidgeot is not only an incredibly powerful Flying type able to keep pace with Shadow Moltres, but it also boosts the otherwise stunted performance of Normal type Pokémon. Because Normal type moves cannot deal super effective damage, most Normal types just can't keep up in Pokémon Go, but Mega Pidgeot changes that, making it surprisingly useful in a number of situations.
What are the best counters for Mega Pidgeot in Pokémon Go?
A Flying and Normal type, Mega Pidgeot has three weaknesses: Rock, Electric, and Ice. It can deal Flying and Steel type damage. There are a lot of really great counters for this Raid, but Electric is the best option at the moment.
The Legendary mascot from Pokémon White, Zekrom is the best non-Shadow counter for Mega Pidgeot. Zekrom was released during a global pandemic and has had limited availability since, but if you have one already powered up, you'll want it on your team. As an Electric and Dragon type, it takes reduced damage from all of Pidgeot's attacks. Charge Beam and Wild Charge are the moves you'll want your Zekrom to know.
A fossil Pokémon from the Sinnoh Region of Gen IV, Rampardos is a great choice here if you cannot coordinate with the rest of your Raid party. As a pure Rock type, it takes reduced damage from Mega Pidgeot's Flying type attacks, but increased damage from its Steel type moves. Its first stage, Cranidos has been widely available through events and Eggs, and it only requires 50 Candies to evolve, so many players have at least one or two powered up already. Smack Down and Rock Slide are the moves you're looking for if you're bringing Rampardos to this Mega Raid.
If at all possible, you're going to want a Mega Manectric on your team and the teams of every other trainer in your Raid party. Not only does Mega Manectric perform fantastic on its own, but it will also provide a Mega boost to all the other Electric types on the field. As a pure Electric type, Mega Manectric resists all of Mega Pidgeot's attacks too. Charge Beam and Wild Charge are the ideal moves for your Mega Manectric in this fight.
Thundurus (Therian forme)
One of the Forces of Nature trio from the Unova region, Thundurus performs very well against Mega Pidgeot, but specifically Therian forme Thundurus. The Therian forme boasts a much better movepool and higher attack, and as a Flying and Electric type, it resists all of Mega Pidgeot's moves. Although the Therian formes of the Forces of Nature have been available far fewer times than the Incarnate formes, both use the same Candy, so there's a good chance you have the resources to power one up anyways. If you're bringing Thundurus to this fight, you'll want it to know Volt Switch and Thunderbolt.
If you don't have enough Mega Energy to bring Mega Manectric to this fight, Mega Ampharos is your next best bet. As an Electric and Dragon type, it also resists all of Mega Pidgeot's moves and will boost other Electric types on the field. Volt Switch and Zap Cannon are the moves you'll want your Mega Ampharos to know in this Mega Raid.
Rhyperior, the Sinnoh Stone evolution of Gen I's Rhyhorn, performs very well against Mega Pidgeot, especially if you cannot coordinate with the Raid party to bring all Electric types. Although this Ground and Rock type takes increased damage from Steel Wing, it resists Mega Pidgeot's Flying type attacks. Plus, having been the star of a Community Day, most players have a few already powered up. You'll want it to know Smack Down and Rock Wrecker, but if you don't have the Community Day exclusive move or an Elite TM to spare, Stone Edge can also work.
One of the Legendary Beasts of Johto, Raikou performs incredibly well in this Mega Raid. Although it is a Legendary Pokémon, Raikou has been featured many times in a number of different ways so most players have at least one ready for this fight. As a pure Electric type, it resists all of Mega Pidgeot's attacks and it will benefit from the Mega boost Mega Manectric or Mega Ampharos provide. Thunder Shock and Wild Charge are the moves you'll want for your Raikou.
The Sinnoh Stone evolution of Gen I's Magnemite, Magnezone is another great counter for Mega Pidgeot. Its first stage is quite common, having been in the game since day one and even featured as a Shadow Pokémon, so most players have Magnezone in their rosters already. As an Electric and Steel type, it has double resistance to Flying and Steel, lending to it's tankiness. If you're bringing a Magnezone to this Mega Raid, you'll want Spark for the fast attack and Wild Charge for the charged attack.
Another Pokémon that requires a Sinnoh Stone to evolve, Electivire is the final evolution of Gen I's Electabuzz. It requires 100 Candies, in addition to the Sinnoh Stone, but between its Community Day and its baby form that has frequently been featured in Eggs, most players have at least one powered up. It's another pure Electric type so it takes reduced damage from both Flying and Steel type attacks too. Thunder Shock and Wild Charge is the moveset you'll want your Electivire to know for this Mega Raid.
One of the Legendary Swords of Justice, Terrakion also performs well for players who cannot coordinate an Electric based offensive. A Rock and Fighting type native to the Unova region of Gen V, it's weak to Mega Pidgeot's Steel Wing, but still quite tanky. Terrakion has also been available many times, so most active players have already had the chance to add it to their roster. Smack Down and Rock Slide are the ideal moves for Terrakion to know in this fight.
One of the Legendary Birds of the Kanto region of Gen I, Zapdos is an obvious choice for this Mega Raid. As an Electric and Flying type, it takes reduced damage from all of Mega Pidgeot's attacks and it's been available so many times in so many different ways that some players have entire teams of Zapdos already powered up. Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt is the moveset you'll want your Zapdos to know.
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:
- Mamoswine with Powder Snow and Avalanche
- Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
- Luxray with Spark and Wild Charge
- Alolan Golem with Rock Throw and Wild Charge
- Galarian Darmnaitan with Ice Fang and Avalanche
- Thundurus (Incarnate forme) with Thunder Shock and Thunder
- Glaceon with Frost Breath and Avalanche
- Gigalith with Smack Down and Rock Slide
- Mewtwo with Confusion and Thunderbolt
- Aerodactyl with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Jolteon with Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt
- Mega Abomasnow with Powder Snow and Weather Ball
- Weavile with Ice Shard and Avalanche
- Zebstrika with Spark and Wild Charge
- Magneton with Thunder Shock and Dishcarge
- Elektross with Spark and Thunderbolt
- Manectric with Charge Beam and Wild Charge
- Landorus (Incarnate forme) with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Omastar with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Arcanine with Thunder Fang and Wild Charge
- Archeops with Wing Attack and Ancient Power
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 Electivire with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
- Shadow Magenezone with Spark and Wild Charge
- Shadow Raikou with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
- Shadow Zapdos with Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt
- Shadow Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
- Shadow Aerodactyl with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Shadow Mewtwo with Confusion and Ice Beam
- Shadow Magneton with Thunder Shock and Discharge
- Shadow Omastar with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Shadow Manectric with Charge Beam and Wild Charge
- Shadow Weavile with Ice Shard and Avalanche
- Shadow Arcanine with Thunder Fang and Wild Charge
- Shadow Aggron with Smack Down and Stone Egde
Note: Shadow Electivire, Shadow Magnezone, Shadow Raikou, and Shadow Zapdos outperform all of the best counters. If you are able to coordinate the use of Mega Manectric or Mega Ampharos with the rest of your Raid party, the Electric type Shadow Pokémon will perform even better.
How many players does it take to beat Mega Pidgeot in Pokémon Go?
Although Mega Evolved Pokémon have incredible stats, Mega Pidgeot is one of the easier to beat. Technically, two top level players with the best counters can take it, but as with all Mega Raids, the faster you win, the more Mega Energy you earn, so I recommend bringing as many trainers as possible to this Raid.
Weather conditions that can impact this Raid include:
- Wind will boost Mega Pidgeot's Flying type moves
- Snow will boost its Steel type move, as well as your Ice type counters
- Rain will boost your Electric counters
- Partly Cloudy Weather will boost your Rock type counters
Questions about Mega Pidgeot in Pokémon Go?
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