One of the Legendary birds of Kanto, Moltres isn't currently available in Legendary raids in Pokémon Go. However, if you want to get your team ready, we here at iMore have everything you need to know to win this fight and add Moltres to your roster. Here are all the best counters for Moltres.
Who is Moltres in Pokémon Go?
One of the Legendary birds from the Gen I Kanto Region, Moltres is the second Legendary Pokémon in the National Pokédex, as well as the mascot for Team Valor. Along with Articuno and Zapdos, these three bird are elemental forces of nature that can only be tamed by Lugia. Moltres is also one of the only Legendary Pokémon with a regional variant; however, it's Kantonian version is the one we'll be facing for now.
Moltres is an excellent Fire type, but an even better Flying type, and its Shadow variant is one of the best in the game. So, even if you have a whole team of Moltres, you won't want to miss this chance for more Moltres Candy and XL Candy to fully power them up. And be sure to check out our best Pokémon Go accessories so you're fully equipped for this raid.
Mega Evolution strategies for Moltres in Pokémon Go?
There are a handful of options for Mega Evolution when countering Moltres, focusing on each of its weaknesses: Rock, Water, and Electric.
Best of the best, Mega Aerodactyl is the top counter for Moltres. This Rock and Flying type resists Fire and Flying type damage, but will take super effective damage if the Moltres you're facing knows Ancient Power. Given most of the counter recommendations are Rock type, you won't have to worry about coordinating with your raid party to make the most of its Rock type Mega Boost. Rock Throw and Rock Slide are the moves you'll want your Mega Aerodactyl to know for this fight.
While Rock types will generally outperform Electric types in this raid, Mega Ampharos is a great choice if you can't bring Mega Aerodactyl. As a Dragon and Electric type, Mega Ampharos takes reduced damage from Fire and Flying type attacks and has no weaknesses that Moltres can exploit. If you are bringing Mega Ampharos to this Raid, the moveset you're looking for is Volt Switch and Power Gem - which is far from the ideal moveset under most circumstances. However, if you happen to have a Mega Ampharos with Charge Beam or Zap Cannon, it won't perform quite as well but can still provide a great lead for Electric based raid parties.
Although it's not going to compete with Mega Aerodactyl or even Mega Ampharos, if you want to lead a Water based offensive in this raid, Mega Blastoise is your best option. As a pure Water type, it resists Fire type moves and have no weaknesses Moltres can exploit. You will definitely want to coordinate with the rest of your raid party, as Water types are not the top counters and your Mega Blastoise should know Water Gun and Hydro Cannon.
While they will not perform as well, the following Mega Evolved Pokémon can also work for this raid:
What are the best counters for Moltres in Pokémon Go?
Moltres is a Fire and Flying type with access to Fire, Rock, and Flying type damage. Its weaknesses include Electric, Water, and Rock type attacks; however, Rock is a double weakness, so it's best to focus on that when building your team.
A fossil Pokémon originally encountered in the Sinnoh region, Rampardos is beat out only by Mega Aerodactyl and Shadow Tyranitar. It's first stage, Cranidos is pretty common and it only costs 50 Candy to evolve, so most players have at least one to bring to this raid. As a Rock type, Rampardos resists Fire and Flying type damage while having no weaknesses the firebird can exploit. The moveset you'll want your Rampardos to know is Smack Down and Rock Slide.
The Sinnoh Stone evolution of Gen I's Rhyhorn, Rhyperior is a fantastic counter for Moltres. As a Ground and Rock type, it takes reduced damage from all of the the firebird's attacks and having been featured in multiple events including a Community Day, most players have at least one or two powered up already. Smack Down and Rock Wrecker are the ideal moves for this Raid, but if you don't have the Community Day exclusive move or an Elite TM to spare, Stone Edge works well too.
One of the Legendary Swords of Justice, Terrakion is a a great choice to counter Moltres. As a Rock and Fighting type, it takes reduced damage from Fire and Rock type attacks and has no relevant weaknesses. Even though it is a Legendary Pokémon, it's been featured multiple times in multiple ways, so many players already have at least one powered up. If you're bringing Terrakion to this Raid, you'll want it to know Smack Down and Rock Slide.
The pseudo-Legendary from Johto, Tyranitar is an excellent choice for this raid. It's readily available, having been featured in raids, events, a Community Day, and as a Shadow Pokémon, and as one of the top attackers in the game, most players have a few powered up already. As a Rock and Dark type, Tyranitar takes reduced damage from Fire and Flying type attacks as well. Smack Down and Stone Edge are the moves you'll want your Tyranitar to know for this fight.
Originally encountered in the Unova region of Gen V, Gigalith is another great counter for Moltres. As a pure Rock type, it resists Fire and Flying type damage while having no weaknesses the firebird can exploit. It also benefits from Trade Evolution, making it very easy to evolve and power up. Smack Down and Rock Slide are the ideal moveset for Gigalith to know in this fight.
A fossil Pokémon originally encountered in the Kalos region, Tyrantrum is another great counter for Moltres. This Rock and Dragon type resists Fire and Flying type damage, and it has no weaknesses relevant to this fight. Although it's relatively new to Pokémon Go, the Tyrantrum line has been featured in events, eggs, and more, so most active players have had the chance to catch and evolve at least one. Rock Throw and Stone Edge are the ideal moves for Tyrantrum to know in this raid.
Another excellent choice for this fight, Aerodactyl is a fossil Pokémon originally discovered in the Gen I Kanto region. Having been in the game since the start and featured in a number of events, most players have plenty of this prehistoric Rock and Flying type. As a Flying and Rock type, Aerodactyl takes reduced damage from Flying and Fire type attacks, but super effective damage from Rock type attacks. If you're bringing Aerodactyl to this Raid, you'll want it to know Rock Throw and Rock Slide.
Next up is the Alolan native, Lycanroc, but specifically its Midday forme. This pure Rock type resists both Fire and Flying type damage and has no weaknesses Moltres can exploit. Lycanroc is also very obtainable, as it requires only 50 Candy to fully evolve and its first stage, Rockruff was in raids for the better part of the year. If you're bringing Lycanroc to this fight, Rock Throw and Stone Edge are the moves it should know.
As one of the Legendary Forces of Nature from the Unova region, Landorus (Incarnate) seems like an odd pick for this raid. He's a Ground and Flying type and so brings no weaknesses or resistances of note against Moltres. However, he has access to the Rock type attacks Rock Throw and Rock Slide. He's also been available in raids a few times and as a Pokémon Go Battle League reward encounter, so you might already have one or two ready for this fight.
Another fossil Pokémon originally found in the Kanto region, Omastar performs well against Moltres. It has also been featured in a number of events, as well as raids and as a Shadow Pokémon, so most players have had the chance to evolve and power up this prehistoric Pokémon. As a Rock and Water type, it resists Flying and Fire type damage and has no weaknesses Moltres can exploit. You'll want your Omastar to know Rock Throw and Rock Slide for this 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:
- Alolan Golem with Rock Throw and Stone Edge
- Golem with Rock Throw and Stone Edge
- Lycanroc (Midnight) with Rock Throw and Stone Edge
- Nihilego with Acid and Rock Slide
- Archeops with Wing Attack and Ancient Power
- Hisuian Arcanine with Snarl and Rock Slide
- Regirock with Rock Throw and Stone Edge
- Aggron with Smack Down and Stone Edge
- Lunatone with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Solrock with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Zekrom with Charge Beam and Wild Charge
- Crustle with Smack Down and Rock Slide
- Carracosta with Rock Throw and Ancient Power
- Clawitzer with Smack Down and Crabhammer
- Xurkitree with Spark and Discharge
- Sudowoodo with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Darmanitan with Tackle and Rock Slide
- Kyogre with Waterfall and Surf
- Hippowdon with Thunder Fang and Weather Ball
- Rayquaza with Dragon Tail 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 Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
- Shadow Aerodactyl with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Shadow Omastar with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Shadow Golem with Rock Throw and Stone Edge
- Shadow Aggron with Smack Down and Stone Edge
- Shadow Sudowoodo with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Shadow Hippowdon with Thunder Fang and Weather Ball
- Shadow Raikou with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
- Shadow Swampert with Water Gun and Hydro Cannon
- Shadow Feraligatr with Water Gun and Hydro Cannon
Note: Shadow Tyranitar outperforms all of the best counters except Mega Aerodactyl. Shadow Aerodactyl, Shadow Omastar, Shadow Golem, and Shadow Aggron also perform on par with the top counters.
How many players does it take to beat Moltres in Pokémon Go?
Although it is possible for two high level Trainers to take on Moltres under the best conditions, you may need three or four if you're lower level or missing the top counters.
Weather Conditions that could play into this battle include:
- Sunny/Clear Weather will boost Moltres' Fire type attacks.
- Wind will boost its Flying type attack.
- Partly Cloudy Weather will boost Ancient Power, as well as your Rock type counters.
- Rain will boost your Water and Electric type counters.
Questions about Moltres in Pokémon Go?
Do you have any questions about taking on Moltres? Any tips for fellow trainers? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our other Pokémon Go Guides so you too can become a Pokémon Master!
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Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.