Tier 3 Raid Boss Guides
Arcanine
Difficulty:

Easy at trainer level 30 with proper counters

HP3,000 ATK176.66 DEF132.13

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Fire Fang Easy
Snarl Challenging

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Fire Blast Easy
Wild Charge Intermediate
Crunch Challenging

Overview

Arcanine is the middle ground of tier 3 bosses. Though its stats aren’t particularly impressive, Arcanine lacks weaknesses to the high DPS monsters that Machamp, Gengar, and Vaporeon are weak to. Attempts against Arcanine tend to be a race against the clock at lower levels.

Although a Fire-type, Arcanine has Electric and Dark-type moves in its bag of tricks, which can hurt its usual counters despite a middling attack stat. Omastar and Vaporeon, for example, dislike taking a super effective Wild Charge, and all of Arcanine’s counters save for Tyranitar take neutral damage from Crunch, which is spammed constantly and difficult to dodge.

Approach

Team composition

  • For the vast majority of players, Golem and Vaporeon will carry the team
  • Use a powered up Mewtwo or legacy Omastar, if available
  • Expect Tyranitar to put in more work vs. Crunch, or be prepared to dodge
  • Consider using Dragonite in the last slot for smoother DPS

Dodging strategy

  • Aim to use 2 Stone Edge per Golem, 3 Hydro Pump per Vaporeon before fainting
  • If Arcanine has Wild Charge, then the above goals should be switched

Best Raid Boss Counters

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Tied for highest DPS vs. Arcanine; gets ahead of the clock
  • Doubly resists Fire-type movesets for extra survivability

Cons:

  • Only legacy Rock Throw is notable for DPS in this matchup
  • Weak to Wild Charge; reliant on dodging vs. this move
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Tied for highest DPS vs. Arcanine; gets ahead of the clock
  • Useful in many other matchups as a generalist attacker

Cons:

  • Has unremarkable bulk and is weak to Snarl and Crunch
  • Exclusive availability and difficult to obtain candy for
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • The highest non-legacy, non-Mewtwo DPS vs. Arcanine
  • Resists Wild Charge (doubly), Fire Fang, and Fire Blast
Vaporeon Vaporeon
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Second highest non-legacy, non-Mewtwo DPS vs. Arcanine
  • Immense bulk vs. all movesets except Wild Charge
  • Highly accessible for the majority of trainers

Cons:

  • Weak to Wild Charge; reliant on dodging vs. this move
Dragonite Dragonite
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • High DPS vs. Arcanine; a choice attacker in this matchup
  • Useful in many other matchups as a generalist attacker

Cons:

  • Needs hefty investment; not ideal for lower level trainers
  • Difficult to obtain and/or power up for many players
Tyranitar Tyranitar
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • High DPS vs. Arcanine; a choice attacker in this matchup
  • The only Arcanine counter that resists Snarl and Crunch
  • Highly accessible due to being a current tier 4 raid boss

Cons:

  • Needs hefty investment; not ideal for lower level trainers

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Especially bulky vs. Wild Charge because of double resistance

Cons:

  • Needs hefty investment; too slow to carry a winning team