Tier 5 Raid Boss Guides
Groudon
Difficulty:

Requires specific maxed out counters or weather boost

HP15,000 ATK225.15 DEF191.97
CP Range
Lvl 20 2260 - 2351 Lvl 25 2825 - 2939

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Sunny / Clear, Windy Sunny / Clear, Rain

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Mud Shot Challenging
Dragon Tail Challenging

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Earthquake Easy
Fire Blast Intermediate
Solar Beam Challenging

Overview

Groudon is BACK and comes with a nifty shiny form. This raid should be very popular and will be the easiest to find groups for in a while; however, that doesn’t mean you should ignore the shortman. In an easier world of raids, the Groudon poses a pretty significant challenge. In addition, you want to maximize rewards and Premier Balls to catch that hundo!

The trio isn’t easy per se, but very possible. Trainers can use level 30 big Waters (Kyogre, Gyarados, Feralgatr), Grasses (Venusaur, Breloom, both Exeggutors, Sceptile), fakers (Solar Beam Groudon, Solar Beam Latios, Ice Beam Mewtwo, Hydropump Salamene), and a couple more fragile options (Swampert & Weavile) to get the job done. Be very aware of Groudon’s moveset. It should be easy to tell from autoselect, and you want to avoid Grass against Fireblast, avoid water vs Solar Beam, and prioritize Gyarados vs Earthquake. Trainers with higher level Pokemon or weather boost should have no trouble.

The duo on the other hand gets tough. Unboosted is very difficult, but it only took Kieng & SparklTangerine hours to get it done. If you don’t have 6 maxed Kyogre, don’t worry. The boosted rainy duo is more reasonable. Clear and Snow are possible too, but very difficult

Approach

Team composition

  • Kyogre is fantastic against Fireblast and good vs EQ, Solar beam is often a 1 hit KO

  • Gyarados is a strong option vs Earthquake in Rain

  • Grass excels in Sun, but boosted Fire Blast is tricky

  • Mewtwo can duo in Snow, but requires a dodge or two

  • The lobby glitch is highly recommended as every second counts

  • Relobby is required for some duos. Be sure to stagger re-entry such that one trainer is always battling. Otherwise Groudon will regenerate some energy

Dodging strategy

  • Unboosted Duo with Kyogre requires a few well-timed dodges

  • Boosted duos benefit from mild dodging for energy management

  • Be aware of the dodge glitch death loop when dodging

Video Guide

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable for Best Friends at level 30 in Rain
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Can duo Fireblast Groudon in neutral weather

Cons:

  • While theoretically possible at level 40 in rain, a solar beam duo is unlikely in practice with straight Kyogre

Counters viable for Best Friends at level 35 in Rain
Gyarados Gyarados
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Stronger against Earthquake and Solar Beam than Kyogre

Cons:

  • Solar beam duo is possible at level 35, but has much more margin at level 40

Feraligatr Feraligatr
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Pros:

  • Widely available after recent Community Day

Cons:

  • Cannot duo Solar Beam

Counters viable for Best Friends at level 40 in Snow
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Pros:

  • Strong vs all movesets

Cons:

  • Mild dodging may be required vs Solar Beam to ensure a second re-entry is not needed

Counters viable for Ultra Friends at level 35 in Clear vs specific movesets
Venusaur Venusaur
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating
  • Strong vs Solar Beam

  • Can also beat Mud Shot/Earthquake at Level 40

Counters viable for Ultra Friends at level 40 in Clear vs specific movesets
Roserade Roserade
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating
  • Can only beat Solar Beam

aloEg Alolan Exeggutor
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating
  • Strong vs Solar Beam

  • Can also beat MS/EQ

Sceptile Sceptile
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating
  • Useful vs EQ & Solar Beam

  • Requires dodging for survival vs DT/SB (cannot hit 2nd relobby)

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating
  • Excellent vs MS/EQ

  • Requires dodging to defeat DT/EQ

Raid Graph