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Reshiram, one of the last remaining Legendary Pokémon of the Gen V Unova region, is finally coming to Pokémon Go! Beginning on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 1 PM PST, Trainers will have three weeks to challenge Reshiram in Five Star Raids. It will be featured in three Legendary Raid Hours, Wednesdays at 6 PM local time. Even better with Remote Raid Passes, you can challenge any Raid on your map, regardless of proximity. This highly anticipated Pokémon promises to shake up Pokémon Go, so you won't want to miss your chance at catching it!

Who is Reshiram, and what is the Tao Trio?

Pokemon 643 ReshiramSource: The Pokémon Company

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.

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Reshiram has a massive CP cap - we're talking over 53k in Raids!- and the potential to be the best Fire-type in the game. On top of that, its moveset is pretty threatening. Reshiram has two possible fast moves, Dragon Breath and Fire Fang. Its possible charged moves include, Draco Meteor, Overheat, Stone Edge, and Crunch.

What are the best counters?

Reshiram's moveset and the weather play heavily into which counters to use. On top of that, Dragon types are weak to other Dragon-types. So, you're likely going to burn through a lot of Revives and Potions for this raid. On the plus side, Crunch pretty easy to counter, and the other three charged attacks are one bar, so dodging will be your friend this Raid. Reshiram's only weaknesses are Dragon, Rock, and Ground. Because of the huge variances movesets and weather play, there are a lot of really great counters for this Raid:

Rayquaza

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Still, the top Dragon-type in Pokémon Go, Rayquaza is a Dragon and Flying Legendary Pokémon from Gen III. It's weak against Reshiram's Rock and Dragon moves while being resistant to its Fire attacks. While Rayquaza has had limited availability, if you have even one, it will serve you well against Reshiram, especially if Reshiram has Fire or Dark attacks. You'll want your Rayquaza to know Dragon Tail and Outrage.

Salamence

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A pseudo-Legendary Dragon and Flying Pokémon from Gen III, Salamence 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 attacks, while resistant to Fire-type attacks. You'll want Dragon Tail for its fast move, and either Outrage or Draco Meteor for the charged attack.

Palkia

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A Legendary Water and Dragon-type from Gen IV, Palkia makes a great addition to any Reshiram team. It's weak to Reshiram's Dragon-type moves and resistant to its Fire-type moves. It hasn't seen widespread availability, so you might not have the Candy necessary to power it up. However, if you do, you'll want Dragon Tail and Draco Meteor for the moveset.

Dragonite

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The pseudo-Legendary from Gen I, Dragonite has been made available via Community Day, Special Research, and even as a Shadow Pokémon. There's no good reason not to have a few strong Dragonite ready for this Raid. It's another Dragon and Flying-type, so you have to watch out for Stone Edge. The moveset you'll want is Dragon Tail and Outrage, but Draco Meteor works as well.

Rampardos

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The Rock-type fossil Pokémon from Gen IV, Rampardos makes for a great counter in this Raid. It has no weaknesses that Reshiram can exploit, and it's resistant to Fire attacks. While its first stage Cranidos is a little rare, it only costs 50 Candies to evolve so Trainers are more likely to have the Candies to power it up than some of the 125 Candy lines. Smack Down, and Rock Slide is the moveset you'll want for this Raid.

Haxorus

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Relatively new to Pokémon Go, Haxorus is a pure Dragon-type from Gen V. It's weak against Dragon-type moves and resistant to Fire. Axew are pretty rare, so not many players have enough Candy to evolve and power up Haxorus, but if you do, it will serve you well in this fight. You'll want the moveset Dragon Tail and Dragon Claw.

Terrakion

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While the Legendary Rock and Fighting-type Terrakion can work as a decent counter to Reshiram, it really shines in Partly Cloudy weather. It's resistant to Rock, Fire, and Dark attacks, while it takes normal damage from Dragon-type attacks. Smack Down and Rock Slide are the best moves Terrakion can bring to this raid.

Groudon

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Another Legendary that shines in specific weather, Groudon performs really well in Sunny/Clear weather. The Gen III Mascot of Pokémon Ruby, this Ground-type has been available several times, so you likely have at least one strong one. It is resistant to Reshiram's Rock-type moves, and isn't weak to any of the other moves. You'll want your Groudon to know Mud Shot and Earthquake for this Raid.

Excadrill

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A Ground and Steel-type introduced in Gen V, Excadrill is another Sunny/Clear weather counter. It's resistant to both Rock and Dragon-type moves, but weak against Fire, so it's also important to know Reshiram's moveset. If you do bring an Excadrill to this Raid, you'll want it to know Mud Slap and Drill Run.

Landorus

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A Legendary Ground and Flying-type from Gen V, Landorus brings no particular strengths or weaknesses to this battle, but in Sunny/Clear weather, it can do a lot of damage to Reshiram. Mud Shot and Earth Power is the moveset you'll want your Landorus to know.

Garchomp

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The pseudo-Legendary Dragon and Ground-type from Gen IV, Garchomp isn't normally easy to come by, but if you took part in the Gible Community Day, you probably have a few. It does best in Sunny/Clear weather and is resistant to Rock and Fire attacks. The fast attacks Mud Shot or Dragon Tail work well in this Raid, and Earthquake is the Charged move you want your Garchomp to know.

Rhyperior

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The final evolution of the Gen I Rhyhorn, Rhyperior is a Ground and Rock-type Pokémon that can last a long while against Reshiram. Not only is its Candy abundant, but it also got the Community Day treatment, so there's a good chance you have a few strong ones for this Raid. It's resistances to both Rock and Fire make it a great tank, and its move pool includes several useful moves. Either of its fast moves, Smack Down or Mud Slap, work well, and the quick moves Rock Wrecker and Earthquake are great.

Dialga

Pokemon 483 DialgaSource: The Pokémon Company

Another tank, Dialga is a legendary Steel and Dragon-type from Gen IV. It's also the only Dragon-type on our list that isn't weak against Dragon-type. Dialga is resistant to Rock-type moves and takes normal damage from Reshiram's other moves. It's not been available often, so you might not have the Candies to power it up; however, this is one you might want to spend your Rare Candies boosting. If you have Dialga, you'll want it to know Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor.

Back ups?

Given the particular challenges that Reshiram's moveset and weather boosts can present, I've got several back ups for you to choose from. This is a tough Raid, so you're probably going to want two teams ready, regardless of the moveset or weather. If you can't make a team of the best counters, the following Pokémon will work as back ups:

  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge.
  • Reshiram with Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor.
  • Latios with Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw.
  • Hydreigon with Dragon Breath and Dragon Pulse.
  • Giratina Origin Forme with Dragon Tail and Dragon Pulse.
  • Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Psystrike.
  • Gyarados with Dragon Breath and Outrage.
  • Golem with Rock Throw and Stone Edge (either Kanto or Alolan.)
  • Latias with Dragon Breath and Outrage.
  • Aerodactyl with Rock Throw and Rock Slide.
  • Omastar with Rock Throw and Rock Slide.
  • Flygon with Dragon Tail and Dragon Claw.
  • Alolan Exeggutor with Dragon Tail and Dragon Pulse.
  • Giratina Altered Forme with Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw.
  • Rhydon with Mud Slap and Stone Edge.
  • Kingdra with Dragon Breath and Outrage.
  • Aggron with Smack Down and Stone Edge.
  • Mew with Dragon Tail and Dragon Claw.

Shadow Pokémon

The rebalance of Shadow Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket makes 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 any of the following Pokémon with the right moveset, they will work very well in this Raid:

  • Shadow Salamence
  • Shadow Dragonite
  • Shadow Gyarados
  • Shadow Omastar
  • Shadow Tyranitar

Keep in mind, however, Reshiram hits very hard. It is extra important to dodge if you plan on using Shadow Pokémon in this Raid.

How many players does it take to beat Reshiram?

While it is possible for two level 40 Trainers with the best counters, the right weather conditions, Best Friend boosts, and the easiest movesets to take out Reshiram, most Raids will require five to seven high-level players, and as many as ten lower level players. The weather conditions you'll want to watch out for are Windy weather, which will boost Reshiram's Dragon-type moves, Sunny/Clear weather, which will boost its Fire-typee moves, and Partly Cloudy weather which will boost its Rock-type move. Whatever your set up, you need to have a lot of Revives and Potions for this Raid. Reshiram hits hard, and will knock out a lot of Pokémon fast!

And, as always, please be careful to follow all local health officials' recommendations and guidelines, practice social distancing, and be safe!

Questions about taking on Reshiram?

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