Flavor of the Month - August 2019
Rayquaza is the raid boss with is shiny form available until September 2nd! As a Flying and Dragon-type, Ice-type Pokemon are going to be your bread & butter. The 4x weakness is too large to ignore and brings even otherwise mediocre Ice-types to the foreground of counters. Any Ice-types on the tier list will be the ideal choice, but these Pokemon can still help out in a pinch.
Flavor of the Month - July 2019
Armored Mewtwo has arrived into Raid Battles and it's a sight to behold! This fancy half-machine Pokemon form has a pretty low Attack stat, but a high Defense stat with some nice charge moves for PvP. Players who want to fight in the Ultra or Master League want to keep their eyes out for this raid. Beware Dynamic Punch if you're using any Dark-types to take down this Psychic-type Pokemon.
Flavor of the Month - June 2019
Cresselia reawakens in raid battles to start off June’s legendary returns. Don’t adjust your battle parties! The Lunar Pokemon is a Psychic-type, making it weak to the same types highlighted last month; Ghost, Dark, and Bug. Deoxys (Defense Forme) in EX raids shares the same weaknesses, so these attackers remain excellent choices for Stardust and Rare Candy.
Flavor of the Month - May 2019
The lake guardians are appearing in regional raids across the globe this month. Uxie will be available in the Asia-Pacific region. Mesprit will be available in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Azelf will be available in the Americas and Greenland. All three (plus Deoxys in EX raids) are pure Psychic-type, weak to Ghost, Dark, and Bug-type attackers.
Flavor of the Month - April 2019
The Ghost-Dragon Giratina is back from the Distortion World this month, with a twist. After a weekend of Altered Forme raids, its Origin Forme will join us in Raid Battles for the first time. Both are weak to Dragon, Ghost, Ice, Dark, and Fairy-type Pokemon including our last 4 Legendary raid bosses. Dragon and Ghost-types offer the highest DPS though Giratina can hit them back with the same type of moves. Against Deoxys Defense Forme, you’ll also want Dark and Ghost-type counters.
Tier List Pokemon with Relevant Moves
(NOTE: These Pokemon have additional moves unlisted on our Attackers Tier List that are Super Effective against the current Tier 5 Legendary. While these moves are suboptimal for the listed Pokemon, these moves put them on par with the other Flavors of the Month.)
Flavor of the Month - March 2019
It’s time to take on the Temporal Pokemon. Dialga is this month’s Legendary Raid boss! This Steel-Dragon is weak only to Fighting and Ground attacks, with a slew of resistances. Punching Dialga with Fighting-types is much easier than using the comparatively weak Ground-types. Former Tier 4s like Golem and Rhydon are okay too, but these brawlers are better.
Flavor of the Month - February 2019
The Spatial Pokemon Palkia arrives into Raid Battles this month and there are only two types to know: Dragon and Fairy-type! Palkia's unique Water and Dragon-typing give it resistance or neutral damage to everything but two types. Check out any of the Dragon-types we have represented on our Attackers Tier List, or try out these Flavors of the Month for getting those extra damage balls.
Flavor of the Month - January 2019
Get out your Grass-types, trainers! The Ruby & Sapphire duo, Groudon and Kyogre, rejoin Raid battles for two weeks as we celebrate the Hoenn region. The pair are Ground and Water-type respectively and share a weakness to Grass attacks including the new Grass Knot Breloom. Groudon takes super effective damage from Grass, Ice, and Water-type attacks while the whale Kyogre is weak only to Grass and Electric-types. Pay close attention to what you’re fighting as each of these incredibly powerful Pokemon have charge attacks that allow them to destroy their top counters!
Flavor of the Month - December 2018 & January 2019
Heatran forges us into the new year as the newest legendary tier 5 raid. This Fire and Steel-type Pokemon is doubly weak to Ground-type attacks, giving all attackers that can throw mud around and cause earthquakes their own day in the sun. The EX Raid boss has also now switched to Deoxys Attack Forme. This forme of Deoxys is still Psychic-type and brings the same weaknesses, but with low enough defense that most teams should have no problem taking it down.
Flavor of the Month - November & December 2018
Cresselia rounds out our legendary tier 5 raids this month. Another Psychic-type boss should mean some familiar counters but some newcomers from Gen 4 and the stat rebalance have joined the Attackers Tier List this month. Ghost, Dark, and Bug- types remain the top counters for this and other Psychic-types like Deoxys, found in EX raid battles.