Tier 3 Raid Boss Guides
Machamp Solo Raid Guide
Difficulty:

Easy at trainer level 30 with proper counters

HP3,000 ATK181.77 DEF129.21

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Snow, Cloudy Windy, Cloudy

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Bullet Punch Intermediate
Counter Intermediate

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Heavy Slam Challenging
Dynamic Punch Challenging
Close Combat Easy

Overview

Machamp is on the easy side of tier 3 raids to solo - its defense is unimpressive and its attack isn’t particularly high, either. Additionally, it’s weak to some of the highest DPS attackers in the game and has hard counters in the form of Mewtwo and Lugia. With a half-decent team, the timer isn’t an issue in this fight.

Survival, on the other hand, could be a problem, especially for lower level trainers not packing Mewtwo or Lugia. Machamp’s charge moves all have fairly early damage windows and thus are tricky to dodge, laying the hurt on frailer counters such as Alakazam and Espeon. Close Combat is not that strong and is used less frequently than Machamp’s other charge moves, making it the easiest variant to solo.

Approach

Team composition

  • Front load with glass cannons like Alakazam, Espeon, and Gardevoir

  • Mewtwo, Rayquaza, and Moltres are excellent well-rounded counters

  • Round out team with bulky attackers such as Exeggutor and Dragonite

  • A Lugia powered up to its last Extrasensory breakpoint is an easy win

Dodging strategy

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

Video Guide

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable at level 25
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • The highest DPS vs. Machamp; is the overall best counter

Cons:

  • Limited EX raid availability and difficult to obtain candy for

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Very high DPS vs. Machamp; a generous win time at L30

  • Resists all of Machamp’s attacks, notably its Steel moves

Cons:

  • Needs event-limited Sky Attack to attain best performance

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Rayquaza Rayquaza
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Very high DPS vs. Machamp; a generous win time at L30

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

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Alakazam Alakazam
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Very high DPS vs. Machamp; a generous win time at L30

  • Obtainable at a high level in locations with windy weather

Cons:

  • Frail and highly reliant on dodging charge moves

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Very high DPS vs. Machamp; a generous win time at L30

  • Highly accessible; common especially when partly cloudy

Cons:

  • Frail and highly reliant on dodging charge moves

  • Very difficult to dodge with when using Confusion

Gardevoir Gardevoir
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Very high DPS vs. Machamp; a generous win time at L30

  • Pristine counter to Fighting sets due to double resistance

Cons:

  • Frail and weak to Steel; must watch out for Heavy Slam

  • Poorly accessible in many locations due to rarity in wild

  • Very difficult to dodge with when using Confusion

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Very high DPS vs. Machamp; a generous win time at L30

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

Cons:

  • Often prefers more desirable movesets in other matchups

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • The bulkiest Machamp counter; can nearly 1v1 Machamp

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

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Metagross Metagross
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Good combination of power and bulk to provide reliability

  • Especially effective vs. Steel movesets due to resistance

Cons:

  • Difficult to obtain and power up for less privileged players

Counters viable at level 30
Dragonite Dragonite
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Good combination of power and bulk to provide reliability

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

Cons:

  • Low candy access for those who missed Community Day
Exeggutor Exeggutor
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Good combination of power and bulk to provide reliability

  • Many players have one; was common in old metagames

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • 2nd bulkiest Machamp counter; also resists Steel moves

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

Cons:

  • At low levels, requires team help to get ahead of the clock

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Salamence Salamence
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Has excellent neutral DPS useful in numerous matchups

Cons:

  • Difficult to obtain and power up for less privileged players

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Cons:

  • Frail to begin with; weak to Bullet Punch and Heavy Slam

  • Very difficult to dodge with when using Confusion

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