For Pokémon Go Fest 2021, Niantic is bringing back every Legendary Raid for one day only. On Sunday, July 18, Reshiram 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 Reshiram 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 Reshiram in Pokémon Go?
One of the Tao Trio of the Unova region, Reshiram is a Dragon and Fire type Legendary Pokémon. The Tao Trio is based on the concepts of Yin, Yang, and Wuji. Reshiram represents Yang with its Fire typing, while Zekrom represents Yin with its Electric typing, and Kyurem represents Wuji, which is the absence of Yin and Yang, with its Ice typing. Reshiram is also the mascot for Pokémon Black.
Reshiram has a massive CP cap — we're talking over 53k in Raids! It's attack stat is particularly impressive and it has great Fire type moves. Outside of Shadow Pokémon and Mega Pokémon, it's the best Fire type in the game. Plus, it's only been featured once before and that was during a global pandemic, so odds are you will want to add at least one or two to your roster this go round.
What are the best counters for Reshiram in Pokémon Go?
Reshiram is a Fire and Dragon type capable of dealing Fire, Dragon, Rock, and Dark type damage. It takes increased damage from Dragon, Ground, and Rock type moves, leaving a couple potential strategies.
The Sinnoh Stone Evolution of the Gen I Rhyhorn, Rhyperior is the best non-Shadow counter for Reshiram. As a Ground and Rock typ, Rhyperior resists Fire and Rock type attacks, and it has no relevant weaknesses. Thanks to its Community Day, as well as being featured in other events, most players already have at least one or two in their roster. If you are bringing Mud Slap and Rock Wrecker are the moves you'll want your Rhyperior to know, but if you don't have the Community Day exclusive move or the TM to spare, Earthquake is the next best charged move.
The Legendary mascot of Pokémon Diamond, Dialga is a an excellent counter for Reshiram. As a Steel and Dragon type, it's the only Dragon type in Pokémon Go that isn't weak against Dragon type moves and it resists Rock type damage. Unfortunately, Dialga has only been available twice, so many players don't have the Candy to power it up. If you do have Dialga, you'll want it to know Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor for this Raid.
Although it's no longer the top counter, the Legendary mascot of Pokémon Emerald, Rayquaza is still an excellent choice for this Raid. As a Dragon and Flying type, it takes increased damage from Reshiram's Rock and Dragon moves, while it resists Fire type damage. Rayquaza has had five runs in Raids and was featured in Special Research, so most active players have at least one or two in their roster. You'll want your Rayquaza to know Dragon Tail and Outrage going up against Reshiram.
A fossil Pokémon from Gen IV's Sinnoh region, Rampardos makes for a great counter in this Raid. A pure Rock type, it has no weaknesses that Reshiram can exploit, and it's resistant to Fire type damage. Its first stage, Cranidos has been featured in events and is a relatively common Egg hatch so most players have at least one or two at this point. Smack Down, and Rock Slide is the moveset you'll want your Rampardos to know.
The only Mega Evolved Pokémon* in the top counters list, Mega Gyarados has the advantage of a great set of Dragon type moves, while not being a Dragon type itself. As a Water and Dark type, it resists Fire and Dark type damage and has no weaknesses Reshiram can exploit. On the one hand, this means it won't be providing the same type Mega boost to the rest of the Dragon types on the field, but it also means it can withstand Reshiram's Dragon type attacks. If you're bringing Mega Gyarados to this fight, you'll want Dragon Tail and Outrage as its moveset.
Originally encountered in the Unova region of Gen V, Haxorus performs well in this Raid. As a pure Dragon type, it's weak against Dragon type moves and resistant to Fire. Its first stage, Axew is pretty rare, so not many players have enough Candy to evolve and power up Haxorus, but if you do, it will serve you well against Reshiram. You'll want your Haxorus to know Dragon Tail and Dragon Claw.
A pseudo-Legendary from Gen IV, Garchomp is another great counter for Reshiram. It's a Ground and Dragon type, so while it does take super effective damage from Dragon type moves, it resists Rock and Fire. Plus, it was featured in a recent Community Day, so most active players have a couple already powered up. Dragon Tail and Outrage are the ideal moves for this Raid. However, its Community Day exclusive move, Earth Power works well too, so I wouldn't TM that away for this Raid.
One of the Swords of Justice, Gen V's Terrakion is a solid counter for Reshiram. As a Rock and Fighting type, it's resists Rock, Fire, and Dark type attacks and is one of the few counters that isn't weak to Dragon type damage. Terrakion has also had a few runs in Raids and was a Pokémon Go Battle League reward encounter, so most active players have at least one or two in their roster. Smack Down and Rock Slide are the best moves Terrakion can bring to this raid.
A pseudo-Legendary from Gen III, Salamence performs well against Reshiram. It had a Community Day and has been available for a while so most players have at least one strong one already powered up. As a Dragon and Flying type, it's weak to Dragon and Rock type damage, while resistant to Fire type attacks. You'll want Dragon Tail for its fast move, and Outrage for the charged attack.
Last but not least, the Legendary mascot of Pokémon White, Zekrom performs well in this Raid. As an Electric and Dragon type, it takes reduced damage from Fire type attacks, but increased damage from Dragon type. Unforutnately, Zekrom's only run in Raids was at the height of a global pandemic so many players don't even have one, much less the Candy to power it up. However, if you di have a Zekrom, you'll want it to know Dragon Breath and Outrage for this fight.
Note: While Mega Charizard X, Mega Altaria, or Mega Ampharos will boost other Dragon types on the field, none of them last long enough to make our top counters. If you have an abundance of any of their Mega Energy and can safely coordinate with the rest of your Raid party, they may still be worth bringing along, but be prepared to use a lot of Potions and Revives.
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:
- Groudon with Dragon Tail and Earthquake
- Mega Charizard X with Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw
- Dragonite with Dragon Tail and Dragon Claw
- Palkia with Dragon Tail and Draco Meteor
- Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge.
- Latios with Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw.
- Landorus (Incarnate forme) with Rock Throw and Earth Power
- Reshiram with Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor.
- Landorus (Therian forme) with Mud Shot and Earthquake
- Mega Charizard Y with Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw
- Excadrill with Mud-Slap and Drill Run
- Gigalith with Smack Down and Rock Slide
- Kyurem with Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw
- Giratina (Origin forme) with Dragon Tail and Dragon Pulse
- Rhydon with Mud Slap and Earthquake
- Latias with Dragon Breath and Outrage.
- Hydreigon with Dragon Breath and Dragon Pulse.
- Mega Altaria with Dragon Breath and Dragon Pulse
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 Salamence with Dragon Tail and Outrage
- Shadow Dragonite with Dragon Tail and Outrage
- Shadow Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
- Shadow Gyarados with Dragon Tail and Outrage
- Shadow Omastar with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Shadow Flygon with Dragon Tail and Dragon Claw
- Shadow Aerodactyl with Rock Throw and Rock Slide
- Shadow Aggron with Smack Down and Stone Edge
- Shadow Mamoswine with Mud-Slap and Bulldoze
- Shadow Swampert with Mud Shot and Earthquake
Note: Shadow Salamence, Shadow Dragonite, and Shadow Tyranitar all outperform every other Pokémon in the best counters list.
How many players does it take to beat Reshiram in Pokémon Go?
While it is possible for two players with the best conditions to take out Reshiram, you're likely going to need at least three for higher level players and at least six for lower level players.
Weather conditions that can impact this Raid include:
- Wind will boost Reshiram's Dragon type moves, as well as your Dragon type counters
- Sunny/Clear Weather will boost its Fire type moves, as well as your Ground type counters
- Partly Cloudy weather will boost its Rock type move, and your Rock type counters
- Fog will boost Reshiram's Dark type move
Questions about taking on Reshiram in Pokémon Go?
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