Tier 5 Raid Boss Guides
Latios
Difficulty:

Doable at trainer level 30 with optimized counters or weather boost

HP12,500 ATK223.57 DEF191.97

Notable Weather

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

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Dragon Breath Intermediate
Zen Headbutt Intermediate

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Dragon Claw Challenging
Psychic Intermediate
Solar Beam Easy

Overview

Latios flew into raids at the beginning of April 2018 for half of the world, and many trainers welcomed the shift after 2 weeks of large Lugia groups. While hardcore players raced to duo it in windy weather, less dedicated players found it a pretty feasible 3 man regardless of weather boost.

In windy weather, most of the best Latios counters grow stronger. But beware: Dragon Claw and Psychic hit very hard when boosted, so expect to burn through some Revives.

Approach

Team composition

  • Rayquaza is dominant; Dragonite, Salamence, Latios are great options

  • Tyranitar and Mewtwo do very well vs. Psychic, but aren’t quite as fast

Battling strategy

  • Re-entering is necessary; Dragon Claw may require multiple re-entries

  • Dodging Solar Beam or Psychic can benefit the highest DPS counters

  • Revive Rayquaza-heavy squads mid-battle; create B teams otherwise

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

Video Guide

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable for 3-man in neutral weather at level 30
ALSO viable for 2-man in windy weather at level 40
Rayquaza Rayquaza
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Pros:

  • The highest DPS vs. Latios; is an overall superior counter

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

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

  • Fragile vs. Dragon Claw movesets; burns through Revives

Salamence Salamence
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Cons:

  • Difficult to obtain and power up for less privileged players

  • Prone to wasting energy due to using 1 bar charge move

  • Fragile vs. Dragon Claw movesets; burns through Revives

Dragonite Dragonite
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Pros:

  • Uses fewer Revives than Rayquaza vs. Dragon Claw sets

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

Cons:

  • Low candy access for those who missed Community Day

  • Has barely viable DPS for windy weather 2-man attempts

Counters viable for 3-man in neutral weather at level 30
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Pros:

  • Easy to dodge with; less likely to faint with wasted energy

  • Performs well vs. Psychic sets due to Psychic resistance

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

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

  • Fragile vs. Dragon Claw movesets; burns through Revives

Counters viable for 3-man in neutral weather at level 35
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Pros:

  • Performs well vs. Psychic sets due to Psychic resistance

Cons:

  • Limited EX raid availability and difficult to obtain candy for

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Tyranitar Tyranitar
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Bite Crunch Best

Pros:

  • Doubly resists Psychic; also pretty bulky vs. Dragon Claw

  • Current tier 4 raid boss; also featured on Community Day

Cons:

  • Poor vs. Solar Beam; one-hit KO’d at and below level 35

Counters viable for 3-man in neutral weather at level 40
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Should reach L39 Dragon Breath breakpoint for minimum viability

Pros:

  • Performs well vs. Psychic sets due to Psychic resistance

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

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

  • Overall a worse option than the Dragon-types listed above

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Pros:

  • One of the theoretically highest DPS counters vs. Latios

Cons:

  • Very frail; one-hit KO’d by both Psychic and Solar Beam

  • Strongly advised to use sparingly due to awful durability

Filler options for 3-man in neutral weather at level 40
aloEg Alolan Exeggutor
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1-hit KO’d by and unviable vs. Solar Beam sets

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Houndoom Houndoom
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