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Countering Regirock and Its Use in the Meta

Countering Regirock and Its Use in the Meta

Introduction

Regirock has taken over the raid scene. From now until September 20th trainers have the opportunity to battle and capture the third member of the Hoenn Region’s Legendary Titan Trio. Regirock, much like Regice and Registeel, is weak to Fighting-type Pokemon, so this fight won’t be too much different. Don’t take Regirock too lightly though or it may stall you out! If you don’t have a Machamp squad or like to optimize your counters based on the weather, this guide will help you navigate which Pokemon you should be using. We will also discuss Regirock’s best use in the Pokemon GO meta!
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Optimal Moveset - Rock Throw + Stone Edge

  • Rock Throw + Stone Edge is Regirock's only viable attacking set in light of its poor Attack stat.

Regirock, similar to the other two legendary titans in Pokemon GO, is a defensive monster. Unfortunately, in spite of its monolithic defense stat, it cannot be placed in a gym. It has access to both a Rock-type fast move and charge move which puts it well ahead of most Rock-type Pokemon in GO. That said, you're much better off just using Golem or Tyranitar when tackling your next raid.

Breakpoints and Bulkpoints

It’s not mandatory to hit these breakpoints or bulkpoints, but they are the levels where your attacker will have a noticeable improvement in their performance. If you are unfamiliar with what a breakpoint or bulkpoint is, we suggest checking out our guides on breakpoints and bulkpoints. If you’re curious about the breakpoints of other Pokemon or fast moves, you can find them using our breakpoint tool. You can find your Pokemon’s unique bulkpoints using our bulkpoint tool as well.

Weather boosts will also affect the breakpoints and bulkpoints of Pokemon. We have noted the relevant breakpoints for weather boosted Pokemon down below. It’s also worth noting that friendship will also influence breakpoints. Due to how common “Great Friendship” is, it is used as our base. Non-Friend and Good Friendship will cause you to hit these points at a higher level, while Ultra Friendship will cause you to hit them earlier. Kyogre has a special breakpoint only met with Ultra Friendship and is noted as such below.

Pokemon

Breakpoint(Great Friend)

Bulkpoint

Machamp

25, 38, 32☁️

28, 29.5, 33, 38

Kyogre

30, 39.5(Ultra), 30☂️, 40☂️

Groudon

27.5, 38☀️

Breloom

34.5, 29.5☁️

35.5

Hariyama

32, 29.5☁️

35.5

Venusaur(Vine Whip)

25.5, 32☀️

29.5

Gyarados

31.5, 31.5☂️

30, 33.5, 38

Counters

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As with the previous two Regi raids, Machamp is all you really need to know. At level 33, Machamp will stand above most of the competition barring Ultra Friend Kyogre and a handful of weather boosted Pokemon. Please note that level 33 isn’t a breakpoint, it is a bulkpoint. This means that if your Defense or HP IVs are below 15, you may need to power up a bit more. Check the bulkpoint calc against Rock Smash + Focus Blast for precise results.

While Machamp may seem like the only counter to this fight, other Pokemon work well too. If you have Ultra Friendship then Kyogre becomes a more optimal choice. If you want an extra tanky counter without sacrificing too much damage, then Groudon is a potent force. In the event you lack Machamp and these legends, Breloom and Hariyama do a great job picking up the slack.

If playing by the weather, there are very few Pokemon that beat out a level 33 Machamp. Of them include weather boosted Kyogre, Groudon, Gyarados, and Frenzy Plant Venusaur. Weather boosted Pokemon that perform at the level of or slightly lower than Machamp include Vaporeon, Swampert, both forms of Exeggutor, and Solar Beam Venusaur. All of these counters are also decent options outside of their weather boosts should you be lacking better Pokemon.

Regirock in the Meta

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To sum up the above, Regirock would be great if Smack Down Tyranitar didn’t exist. Having access to both a Rock-type fast move and charge move puts it ahead of most Rock-type Pokemon. While it has less DPS than Golem, its monolithic defense stat makes up for it. Unfortunately for Regirock, Smack Down Tyranitar outclasses it in every way. Coupled with the threat of potentially powerful Rock-type Gen 4 Pokemon, Regirock doesn’t have a leg to stand on in the long term. At least it is the coolest looking of the Regi trio.

Conclusion

Regirock is the close to what has been an uninspiring series of very similar raid bosses. While the Regi’s have been pretty bland, all the new events and features added to Pokemon GO have done well to smooth over the summer. The Regi chapter coming to an end does raise an interesting question; “What comes next?” With all of Gen 3’s Legendary Pokemon out of the way, all that is left are Deoxys (Mythic/EX raid potential), Legendary re-releases (namely Groudon and Rayquaza), and Gen 4. Given that the master of the Regi Trio, Regigigas, is a Gen 4 Pokemon, perhaps the Regi chapter isn’t over. While “more Regi” isn’t exactly ideal, the Gen 4 hype would definitely make up for it.

It’s important to note that while Gen 4 is speculated to come out in the Fall, there is no official launch date yet. Happy hunting trainers!