Tier 5 Raid Boss Guides
Moltres
Difficulty:

Doable at trainer level 30 with optimized counters or weather boost

HP12,500 ATK210.14 DEF157.21

Notable Weather

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

Fast Move Difficulty

Move
Fire Spin

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Fire Blast Intermediate
Heat Wave Easy
Overheat Challenging

Overview

Smack Down Tyranitar is ready to rock more than ever during the brief return of Moltres to tier 5 raids. Moltres has Articuno’s double weakness to Rock and Zapdos’s lower defense stat, rendering it a simple duo for the prepared trainer. With tier 4 HP but a tier 5 raid timer - a situation possible after the end of the Moltres Day 3 hour raid period - one can solo Moltres with a full team of Smack Down Tyranitar!

Approach

Team composition

  • Smack Down Tyranitar makes the duo easy; without, it is much harder

  • Golem is the best counter that’s not event limited, legacy, or legendary

  • Partly cloudy and rain weather enable numerous other viable counters

Dodging strategy

  • In the 180 s raid timer scenario, optimal lineups don’t have to re-enter

  • Dodging is unnecessary for Tyranitar lineups, but may help otherwise

Note: "Good" movesets are not necessarily viable at the level indicated. At the listed minimum viable levels, expect to have a win rate >65%.

Solo Tips

Moltres raids on Moltres Day will likely have 7,500 HP instead of the usual 12,500 HP for tier 5 bosses. These raids have a 180 second raid timer, like a tier 4 raid.

However, Moltres raid lobbies started after the 3 hour Moltres Day raid period will have 7,500 HP and a full 300 second raid timer. In this circumstance, Moltres can actually be soloed! Most players will only have one try to get this right.

In partly cloudy weather

Event Moltres can be soloed by Smack Down Tyranitar as low as level 30 and legacy Omastar and Golem (both forms) at level 40. Employ ample dodging of charged moves, as wiping out in a solo will result in Moltres regaining HP.

In most other weather

Only Smack Down Tyranitar is viable. It must reach its highest Smack Down breakpoint (level 39.5 with 15 atk IV), meaning that only 14+ atk Smack Down Tyranitar are viable. If you weren’t lucky enough to evolve at least 5 of these, then that’s too bad.

How often you should dodge depends on Moltres’s charged move. Dodge all charged moves with your first 2 Tyranitar vs. Heat Wave, first 3 Tyranitar vs. Fire Blast, and first 4 Tyranitar vs. Overheat.

In sunny / clear weather

With Moltres’s moves getting a 1.2x power boost, more dodging is required. Dodge all charged moves with your first 4 Tyranitar vs. Heat Wave and first 5 Tyranitar vs. Fire Blast and Overheat. There's little room for mistakes.

Best Raid Boss Counters

Tyranitar Tyranitar
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating
Minimum viable level:
Weather Good Friends Great Friends Ultra Friends Best Friends
Partly Cloudy 21 20 20 20
Other 28 27 26 25

Pros:

  • The highest DPS vs. Moltres, with great durability to boot
  • Many players have one, as it featured on Community Day

Cons:

  • Needs Smack Down to excel; some trainers may lack one
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating
Minimum viable level:                                                                        
WeatherGood FriendsGreat FriendsUltra FriendsBest Friends
Partly Cloudy24232322
Other39363430

Pros:

  • Decent bulk and doubly resists Moltres’s Fire-type moves

Cons:

  • Needs legacy Rock Throw; most trainers do not have one

aGo Alolan Golem
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating
Minimum viable level:                                                                                                
WeatherGood FriendsGreat FriendsUltra FriendsBest Friends
Partly Cloudy29282723
Rain36343129
OtherN/A403938

Pros:

  • The best pick of all currently obtainable Moltres counters

Cons:

  • Not very accessible, is currently hatched from 7 km eggs

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating
Minimum viable level:                                                                        
WeatherGood FriendsGreat FriendsUltra FriendsBest Friends
Partly Cloudy29282723
OtherN/AN/A3836

Pros:

  • The best pick of all currently obtainable Moltres counters

  • Highly accessible as prior raid boss and previous events

Counters viable for 2-man in partly cloudy weather at level 30
Regirock Regirock
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • The bulkiest Moltres counter by virtue of colossal defense

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

Cons:

  • Generally a poor Pokemon and hard to justify investing in

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Lunatone Lunatone
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Cons:

  • Fairly difficult to find in the wild in their respective regions

Counters viable for 2-man in partly cloudy weather at level 35
Rayquaza Rayquaza
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Requires a non-standard moveset to be viable for the duo

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Counters viable for 2-man in partly cloudy weather at level 40
Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Highly accessible; an uncommon species in many locales

Cons:

  • A rather worthless investment outside of this specific boss

Counters viable for 2-man in rain weather at level 30
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Counters viable for 2-man in rain weather at level 40
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Frailer than other Moltres counters as it doesn’t resist Fire

  • 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:

  • Frailer than other Moltres counters as it doesn’t resist Fire

  • Optimal moveset was obtainable only during 3 hour event

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Raid Graph