Tier 3 Raid Boss Guides
Kabutops
Difficulty:

Easy at trainer level 30 with proper counters

HP3,000 ATK171.11 DEF159.14

Notable Weather

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

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Rock Smash Intermediate
Mud Shot Easy

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Ancient Power Challenging
Stone Edge Intermediate
Water Pulse Intermediate

Overview

As the heretical marine fossil counterpart to Omastar (praise Helix!), Kabutops shares all of the same counters and then some. Kabutops’s lower defense stat means that it’s doable at a lower level, and some of the stuff that didn’t work against Omastar, such as Hariyama, can take down Kabutops at a high enough level.

Do note that, unlike Omastar, Kabutops can pack a bit of a punch with Rock Smash.

Approach

Team composition

  • Grow that grass: 9 of 11 fastest counters to Kabutops are Grass-types

  • Hariyama, Ho-Oh, Zapdos, and Mewtwo become viable at a high level

  • Groudon greatly aids success vs. Stone Edge and Ancient Power sets

Dodging strategy

  • At low levels (≤30), advise dodging a few charge moves to not wipe out

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

Counters

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

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable at level 25
Venusaur Venusaur
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Pros:

  • Has top tier DPS vs. Kabutops; generous win time at L25

  • Non-exclusive Solar Beam movesets are also very viable

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

Exeggutor Exeggutor
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Pros:

  • Has top tier DPS vs. Kabutops; generous win time at L25

  • Many players have one; was common in old metagames

  • Easily accessible due to being a current tier 2 raid boss

aloEg Alolan Exeggutor
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Pros:

  • Has top tier DPS vs. Kabutops; generous win time at L25

  • Many players have one, as it featured in a special release

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Excellent DPS vs. Kabutops; a generous win time at L25

  • Massive bulk and resists Ancient Power and Stone Edge

  • Many players have one, as it was a former tier 5 raid boss

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Sceptile Sceptile
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Excellent DPS vs. Kabutops; a generous win time at L25

Cons:

  • Poorly accessible in some locations due to rarity in wild

Victreebel Victreebel
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Pros:

  • Highly accessible; a common species in many locations

Cons:

  • Somewhat frail, benefits a lot from dodging at low levels

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Highly accessible; a common species in many locations

Cons:

  • Somewhat frail, benefits a lot from dodging at low levels

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Resists all of Kabutops’s moves except for Rock Smash

Cons:

  • Rather frail despite resistances; benefits from dodging

Vileplume Vileplume
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Highly accessible; a common species in many locations

Cons:

  • Somewhat frail, benefits a lot from dodging at low levels

  • Strictly outclassed by the above Grass-types in this role

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Cons:

  • Somewhat frail, benefits a lot from dodging at low levels

  • Strictly outclassed by the above Grass-types in this role

  • Poor accessibility; a very rare species in many locations

Counters viable at level 30
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Usually has more desirable movesets in other matchups

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • A top tier attacker that is useful in many other matchups

  • Easily accessible due to being a current tier 3 raid boss

Cons:

  • At low levels, needs to dodge a little vs. Water Pulse sets

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • A top tier attacker that is useful in many other matchups

  • Many players have one, as it was a former tier 5 raid boss

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Many players have one, as it was a former tier 5 raid boss

Cons:

  • Doubly weak to Rock; struggles greatly vs. Ancient Power

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Hariyama Hariyama
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • A fantastic attacker that is useful in many other matchups

Cons:

  • At low levels, needs to dodge a little vs. Water Pulse sets

Other viable level 30 counters
Sunflora Sunflora
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Ludicolo Ludicolo
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Meganium Meganium
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