Tier 3 Raid Boss Guides
Espeon
Difficulty:

Easy at trainer level 30 with proper counters

HP3,000 ATK201.48 DEF138.70

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Windy Fog, Rain

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Confusion Challenging
Zen Headbutt Intermediate

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Psybeam Easy
Psychic Easy
Future Sight Easy

Overview

Though it has similar stats to Alakazam, Espeon is a whole lot easier to counter. Dark’s double resistance to Psychic neuters Espeon’s high attack and strong moves. There’s no Focus Blast to screw things up.

Approach

Team composition

  • Roll with a Dark-type team. You likely don’t have to trade bulk for DPS.

Dodging strategy

  • Ghosts, frail Dark-types benefit from dodging, especially vs. Confusion

Good movesets are not necessarily viable at the level indicated.

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable at level 25
Tyranitar Tyranitar
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Bite Crunch Best

Pros:

  • The overall bulkiest Espeon counter, with adequate DPS

  • A historical tier 4 raid boss; featured on Community Day

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Cons:

  • Legacy EX raid availability and may require Rare Candies

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Cons:

  • Uncommon; evolves with limited availability Sinnoh Stone

Counters viable at level 30
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Pros:

  • The best DPS vs. Espeon; helps to get ahead of the clock

  • Many players have one, as it featured on a raid challenge

Cons:

  • 1-hit KO’d by Psychic and Future Sight; bad vs. Confusion

Honchkrow Honchkrow
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Cons:

  • Uncommon; evolves with limited availability Sinnoh Stone

Houndoom Houndoom
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Pros:

  • Good availability due to prior events with boosted spawns

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Cons:

  • Still must dodge a little, despite double Psychic resistance

  • Low availability, obtained only in raid battles and research

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Cons:

  • Must dodge charged moves; is 1-hit KO’d by Future Sight

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Pros:

  • Many players have one, as it’s a historical tier 3 raid boss

Cons:

  • Benefits from a little dodging, despite Psychic resistance

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Cons:

  • Should dodge charged moves, as it doesn’t resist Psychic

Rayquaza Rayquaza
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Pros:

  • Does excellent neutral DPS useful in numerous matchups

  • Many players have one, as it is a historical tier 5 raid boss

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Metagross Metagross
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Pros:

  • Double Psychic resistance makes it as tanky as Tyranitar

  • Many players have one, as it featured on Community Day

Cons:

  • Needs exclusive Community Day move to be viable at all

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