Tier 3 Raid Boss Guides
Hitmonchan
Difficulty:

Difficult at trainer level 30 despite proper counters

HP3,000 ATK151.84 DEF165.71

Notable Weather

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

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Bullet Punch Intermediate
Counter Intermediate

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Close Combat Easy
Fire Punch Easy
Thunder Punch Easy
Ice Punch Intermediate

Overview

Those expecting an easy time with Hitmonchan are in for a surprise. With his abysmal HP mitigated by tier 3’s constant 3000 HP, Hitmonchan becomes very bulky. He doesn’t hit very hard, although his non-legendary counters don’t like being hit to begin with. Overall, a fairly challenging boss, especially for those lacking in Mewtwo.

Approach

Team composition

  • The top Machamp counters are the most effective Hitmonchan counters

  • Common counters tend to be frail; legendary counters add bulk to team

Dodging strategy

  • Alakazam and Espeon should aim to use 2 Future Sight before fainting

  • Dodging is less necessary for teams with many Mewtwo and Rayquaza

  • If failing: attempt fewer dodges if timing out, more dodges if fainting out

Note: "Good" movesets are not necessarily viable at the level indicated.

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable at level 30
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Pros:

  • The highest DPS vs. Hitmonchan and overall best counter

Cons:

  • Limited EX raid availability and difficult to obtain candy for

Alakazam Alakazam
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Pros:

  • Very high DPS vs. Hitmonchan; a viable win time at L30

  • Obtainable at a high level in locations with windy weather

Cons:

  • At low levels, must dodge charged moves to win by itself

Counters viable at level 35
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Highly accessible; common especially when partly cloudy

Cons:

  • May need to dodge some charged moves to win by itself

Rayquaza Rayquaza
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Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Doubly weak to Ice Punch; survivability can be a problem

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Cons:

  • Needs event-limited Sky Attack to attain best performance

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Gardevoir Gardevoir
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Pros:

  • Great counter to Fighting sets due to double resistance

Cons:

  • Loses defensive advantage when vs. Bullet Punch sets

  • Poorly accessible in many locations due to rarity in wild

Counters viable at level 40
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Has an unreliable win rate on his own, even at level 40

  • Often prefers more desirable movesets in other matchups

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status