Pokemon Go Lake TrioSource: Niantic

From Tuesday, November 24, 2020, through Monday November 30, Trainers will have the chance to challenge the Lake Trio - Uxie, Azelf, and Mesprit in Legendary Raids again. A lot has changed in Pokémon Go since these three Legendary Pokémon were available, but we here at iMore have everything you need to know to take on all three of them.

Who is Mesprit and what is the Lake Trio in Pokémon Go?

Pokemon 481 MespritSource: The Pokémon Company

The Lake Guardians are a trio of Legendary Pokémon originally encountered in the Sinnoh region of Gen IV. Each of the three represent a specific concept. Mesprit represents emotion, Azelf represents willpower, and Uxie represents knowledge. Although all three are Psychic types, with the same weaknesses and resistances, they do have slightly different stats and movesets. Additionally, they are the only region locked Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go. Although they have rotated before, each of the three is only able to be challenged in a specific area of the world at a time.

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What are the best counters for Mesprit in Pokémon Go?

Mesprit is a Psychic type Pokémon capable of dealing Psychic, Ice, and Normal type damage. It takes double damage from Dark, Ghost, and Bug type attacks. With the introduction of Mega Evolution, there are a number of viable strategies for countering Mesprit that take advantage of boosted Dark, Ghost, or Bug type moves if you are able to coordinate with your fellow Pokémon Trainers.

Mega Gengar

Pokemon 094 Gengar MegaSource: The Pokémon Company

The best possible counter for Mesprit is easily Mega Gengar. Despite taking double damage from Mesprit's Psychic type attacks, this Poison and Ghost type wipes the floor with the Lake Guardians. You'll want to coordinate with your fellow Trainers to take advantage of the Ghost type boost it will bring to the field. If you are bringing Mega Gengar to the battle, you'll want Lick and Shadow Ball for the moveset.

Mega Houndoom

Pokemon 229 Houndoom MegaSource: The Pokémon Company

Although Mega Gengar is the top counter, Mega Houndoom is very close behind. As a Dark and Fire type, Mega Houndoom takes half damage from Mesprit's Ice type attack and only a quarter damage from it's Psychic attacks. Snarl and Foul Play are the moves you'll want your Mega Houndoom to know and, as with any other Mega Pokémon, you'll want to coordinate with your fellow Trainers to bring along Dark type Pokémon.


Pokemon 491 DarkraiSource: The Pokémon Company

The Mythical Dark type Pokémon Darkrai is an excellent counter for Mesprit. As a pure Dark type, it takes quarter damage from Mesprit's Psychic type attacks and has no weaknesses the Lake Trio can take advantage of. While it is a Mythical Pokémon, Darkrai has had much wider availability in Pokémon Go than the other Mythicals and so most Trainers have at least one or two. Snarl and Shadow Ball are the moves you'll want Darkrai to know for this Raid.


Pokemon 609 ChandelureSource: The Pokémon Company

A Ghost and Fire type introduced in the Gen V Unova region, Chandelure performs quite well against Mesprit. It takes half damage from Ice and quarter damage from Normal, with Psychic attacks doing normal damage. Its first stage, Litwick has been available in multiple events, so you likely already have one powered up for this Raid. You'll want your Chandelure to know Hex and Shadow Ball.

Giratina Origin Forme

Pokemon 487 Giratina OriginSource: The Pokémon Company

A Legendary Pokémon originally encountered in Gen IV's Sinnoh region, Giratina is a Ghost and Dragon type with two formes. You'll want the Origin Forme specifically for the charged move Shadow Ball. Paired with Shadow Claw, Giratina O will take a huge chunk out of Mesprit's health. It takes quarter damage from Mesprit's Normal type attack, but double damage from its Ice type, so Mesprit's moveset is important here. Although Giratina's Altered Forme has seen wider availability than the Origin Forme in Pokémon Go, it's still be available in Raids multiple times, so you probably have at least one or two in your roster.


Pokemon 461 WeavileSource: The Pokémon Company

A Dark and Ice type originally discovered in the Sinnoh region, Weavile makes for a great counter here. Although it requires a Sinnoh Stone to evolve, its first stage Sneasal has been widely available and so you should have plenty of Candies to power it up. It takes only quarter damage from Mesprit's Psychic type attacks and half damage from its Ice type attack. You'll want your Weavile to know Snarl and Foul Play.


Pokemon 094 GengarSource: The Pokémon Company

If you can pair Gengar with with another Trainer's Mega Gengar, it will take advantage of the Ghost type attack boost. This Ghost and Poison type from Gen I has been around since the very beginning of Pokémon Go and featured in many events, including it's own Community Day. You'll still want your Gengar to know Lick and Shadow Ball for this Raid.


Pokemon 635 HydreigonSource: The Pokémon Company

A pseudo-Legendary originally discovered in the Unova region of Gen V, Hydreigon is a Dark and Dragon type that performs very well in this Raid. Moveset is important though; while Hydreigon takes reduced damage from Psychic type attacks, Ice type attacks do double damage. Although its first stage, Deino is pretty rare, if you have a Hydreigon already powered up, you'll want it to know Bite and Dark Pulse for this fight.


Pokemon 248 TyranitarSource: The Pokémon Company

The Gen II pseudo-Legendary Tyranitar is a great counter for the Lake Trio that has been available in events, Raids, and more. Most top players have entire teams of Tyranitar already powered up, so odds are you've got some ready for this Raid. As a Rock and Dark type, it resists Mesprit's Psychic and Normal type attacks, adding to its already tank-like status. Bite and Crunch are the moves you'll want your Tyranitar to know for this Raid.

Mega Beedrill

Pokemon 015 Beedrill MegaSource: The Pokémon Company

Although Mega Beedrill isn't my first or even second choice for a Mega Pokémon in this Raid, it does perform very well and will boost other Bug type counters. As a Poison and Bug type, it will take double damage from Mesprit's Psychic type attacks, but the boost it gets from Mega Evolution still make it an excellent counter. Bug Bite and X-Scissor is the moveset you'll want your Mega Beedrill to know.

Back ups?

If you need to fill a spot or two in your team or are making a back up team, consider one of these counters:

  • Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Shadow Ball
  • Bisharp with Snarl and Dark Pulse
  • Houndoom with Snarl and Foul Play
  • Genesect with Fury Cutter and X-Scissor
  • Absol with Snarl and Dark Pulse
  • Scizor with Fury Cutter and X-Scissor
  • Pinsir with Bug Bite and X-Scissor
  • Mismagius with Hex and Shadow Ball
  • Sharpedo with Bite and Crunch
  • Raikou with Thunder Shock and Shadow Ball

Shadow Pokémon?

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, it's possible to change their moves with TMs. If you happen to have Shadow versions of the following Pokémon with the right moveset, they will work very well in this Raid:

  • Shadow Weavile
  • Shadow Mewtwo
  • Shadow Tyranitar
  • Shadow Houndoom
  • Shadow Scizor
  • Shadow Pinsir
  • Shadow Absol
  • Shadow Mismagius
  • Shadow Sharpedo
  • Shadow Raikou

Note: Shadow Weavile, Shadow Tyranitar, Shadow Mewtwo and Shadow Houndoom outperform all of the best, non-Mega counters. Likewise, Shadow Scizor, Shadow Pinsir, Shadow Absol, and Shadow Mismagius all perform at the same level as the Pokémon in the best counters list. If you are able to coordinate the use of either Mega Gengar, Mega Houndoom, or Mega Beedrill they will boost Ghost, Dark, and Bug type attackers on the field respectively, making other Pokémon far more competitive.

How many players does it take to beat Mesprit in Pokémon Go?

Meprit is harder than Azelf, but easier than Uxie. While it is technically possible for just two top level Trainers with excellent counters to take on Mesprit, if you're not bringing Mega Evolved Pokémon, Shadow Pokémon, or are just lower level, you may need as many as seven Trainers. Weather Conditions that may play into the battle include:

  • Windy Weather will boost Mesprit's Psychic type attacks.
  • Partly Cloudly Weather will boost Mesprit's Normal type attack.
  • Snow will boost Mesprit's Ice type attack.
  • Fog will boost your Ghost and Dark type counters.
  • Rain will boost your Bug type counters.

Questions about taking on Mesprit in Pokémon Go?

There you have it. With these Pokémon, Mesprit should be an easy addition to your Pokédex. Do you have any questions? Drop them in the comments below and be sure to check out our Best Portable Battery Packs guide so you can keep your phone charged while you're out Raiding!

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