Tier 3 Raid Boss Guides
Pinsir
Difficulty:

Doable at trainer level 30 with proper counters

HP3,600 ATK184.69 DEF154.76
CP Range
Lvl 20 1613 - 1690 Lvl 25 2016 - 2113

Notable Weather

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

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Bug Bite Easy
Rock Smash Challenging

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Close Combat Intermediate
X-Scissor Easy
Vice Grip Easy

Overview

Pinsir is a Bug-type that reaps the benefits of being grounded - of its 3 remaining weaknesses, 2 are poorly represented, leaving its counters almost exclusively Fire-types. Its defense is also quite high, in between that of Alakazam and Jolteon. Pinsir shouldn’t be underestimated - solo raiders should pack ample firepower (heh) to roast its tough exoskeleton.

Approach

Team composition

  • Pinsir has few counters, so bring your Fire-types, especially legendaries

  • If you lack enough counters listed below, Golem can round out the team

Dodging strategy

  • Dodging isn’t needed unless your team relies on Flareon and Blaziken

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

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable at level 25
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Pros:

  • The highest DPS vs. Pinsir; a generous win time at L30

  • Resists everything that Pinsir has to offer except Vice Grip

  • Obtained as a former tier 5 raid boss and research reward

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Counters viable at level 30
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Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Rayquaza Rayquaza
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Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Requires an overall less useful set to be viable below L40

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Blaziken Blaziken
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Cons:

  • Poor accessibility; a very rare species in many locations

Charizard Charizard
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Pros:

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

  • Resists everything that Pinsir has to offer except Vice Grip

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Pros:

  • Many players have one; was common in old metagames

  • A common species accessible for the majority of trainers

Cons:

  • Frailer than Moltres or Entei; dodging helpful at low levels

Counters viable at level 35
Tyranitar Tyranitar
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Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Weak to Pinsir’s Bug moves and doubly weak to Fighting

  • Needs exclusive Community Day move to truly stand out

Arcanine Arcanine
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Pros:

  • Many players have one; was common in old metagames

Cons:

  • Strictly inferior to Moltres, Entei, and Flareon in this role

Raid Graph