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The Return of Kyogre

Introduction

On June 7th, Pokemon GO announced the return of the Kyogre as part of the Water Festival Event. From now until June 21st, trainers will have the opportunity to catch Kyogre again with a chance of netting its new shiny form. While the fight hasn’t changed from when Kyogre was first released, we do have some new Pokemon to fight with. Here is a refresher on how to beat the most powerful raid boss in Pokemon GO!

Useful Breakpoints and Bulkpoints

It’s not mandatory to hit these points, but they are levels where your attackers will have a noticeable improvement in their performance. If you are unfamiliar with what a breakpoint is, we suggest checking out our guide on breakpoints. If you’re curious about the breakpoints of other Pokemon or fast moves, you can find them using our breakpoint tool.

Bulkpoints are central in the Kyogre fight due to how hard it can hit. A bulkpoint is the minimum level at which your Pokemon has enough defense and HP to survive a number of fast moves and 1 charge move. Since they are specific to both your defense and HP IV, if you have imperfect IV’s you will want to use our calculator. When you use the calculator, bulkpoints become self explanatory. This video also covers them if you want more details

Pokemon Breakpoints Bulkpoints
Raikou 38.5 28.5 / 32 / 39
Exeggutor 34.5 28 / 31.5 / 35.5
A-Exeggutor 36 -
Venusaur 26.5 / 29.5 29.5 / 32.5
Sceptile - 27.5 / 29.5 / 30 / 36
Groudon 31 / 39.5 34.5
Ho-Oh 27 28.5 / 33
Latios 29.5 34 / 38.5
Mewtwo 38 35.5 / 37.5
Mew - 27.5 / 31.5 / 36
Zapdos 27.5 28.5 / 35 / 39.5
Jolteon - 32.5 / 39.5

Countering Kyogre - Hydro Pump and Thunder

If you had the foresight to capture a party of Alolan Exeggutor before they left, then the fight against Kyogre’s Hydro Pump and Thunder movesets will be easy. For example, with only a single resistance to Water-type attacks, Kantonian Exeggutor cannot survive a typical Hydro Pump cycle until it’s above level 31.5; even then, it’s hard pressed to launch a second Solar Beam before fainting. For Alolan Exeggutor, with its doubled resistance to Water, Hydro Pump is a non-issue. While the Thunder moveset situation is less dire, Alolan Exeggutor’s doubled up resistance to Electric makes it an improved choice too.

This being said, despite Alolan Exeggutor’s advantages, Raikou is still the ultimate answer to any of Kyogre’s movesets. With its extremely high damage output using Wild Charge, what it lacks in bulk it makes up for in time. If you lack Alolan Exeggutor or Raikou, Latios and most Grass and Electric-type Pokemon can handle Hydro Pump and Thunder Kyogre well. Against Hydro Pump sets specifically, Rayquaza and Dragonite are potent answers if you’re short on Grass-types. Against Thunder, Groudon is extremely resilient with its legendary stats and immunity tier resistance to Electric; albeit, not quite as powerful as Alolan Exeggutor.

Countering Kyogre - Blizzard

While Kyogre’s Hydro Pump and Thunder sets have become easier to manage with new Pokemon, Blizzard is still as devastating as it was before. Similarly, Raikou maintains its status as the best counter for this fight. Given Blizzard’s hard punch, you will want to make sure you’re hitting Raikou’s level 31.5 bulkpoint, which allows Raikou to survive 4 Waterfalls and 1 Blizzard (use this calc to see what level yours needs to be at). For other options, you’ll want to base your picks on your level of investment and playstyle.

Glass Cannons, Low Investment

If you’re a lower level player, don’t have much stardust, and/or don’t want to fuss with calculators and simulators, then Jolteon, Zapdos, Frenzy Plant Venusaur, Magneton, Sceptile, Victreebel, Shiftry, Raichu, and Manetric will be your best options. For the Electric-types, you will want to have Wild Charge, Discharge, or Thunderbolt as their Charge Move. For the Grass-types you’ll want Leaf Blade. For Venusaur, you’ll want the Community Day exclusive move, Frenzy Plant.

Since you’ll be fainting out quickly with this approach, it would be mindful to set up a battle party of other Pokemon to easily switch into. Battle parties are key as the auto-selector favors odd choices such as Cloyster when Cloyster is a worse pick than Blissey in this fight. Going slow and dealing no damage is not the way to beat Kyogre.

Tanky, Medium Investment

If you’d rather save on revives while maintaining a respectable damage output, then Thunder Kyogre, Ho-Oh, Grass Knot/Wild Charge Mew, Ludicolo, Metagross, and Lanturn are great picks! For Ho-Oh and Mew, you’ll want to be aware of their bulkpoints, as being underleveled costs them their tanky advantage. For Kyogre, Ludicolo, Lanturn, and Metagross, you’ll want to check their breakpoints  , since it will heavily influence their damage output. For the latter 4, if the investment is too steep, even without hitting their breakpoints their performance will be better than Cloyster, Aggron, or Blissey’s.

For players building a back-up Battle Party for when their first team faints out, it could be worthwhile to lead with one of these Pokemon before your Glass Cannons. This is because when you join back into the raid, you may be immediately greeted with a Blizzard, which is something these Pokemon can handle.

Very Good, High Investment

If you want to use Pokemon that have Glass Cannon tier damage that may also survive a Blizzard cycle, then Groudon, Shadow Ball Mewtwo, and Latios fit the bill, provided you hit their highest level bulkpoints. For trainers that already have any of these 3 maxed out, this is a non-issue, but for more frugal trainers this could pose a problem.

If you’re on the fence, Groudon and Mewtwo are both extremely powerful and versatile Pokemon that will serve you well in many raids for generations to come. For example, Groudon is a top counter to the highly anticipated Regirock and Registeel raids. Similar to the Tanks, leading a “team 2” with one of these Pokemon could also be worthwhile.

Fight Club, Weather Based

If you’re up against Blizzard Kyogre and it’s Cloudy outside, then feel free hit “Fight Club” more blindly than you would when you see Blissey in a gym. Machamp and Hariyama specialize in beating down giant blobs, regardless of if they’re pink or blue. However, as good as they are, if it isn’t cloudy outside then they might not be as impactful as the aforementioned Pokemon. With the weather boost though, Machamp and Hariyama battle with the best!

Conclusion

Kyogre’s return may be a delight for players who missed out and shiny hunters, but the fight is still the hardest one in all of Pokemon GO. However, given the sheer volume of Alolan Exeggutor trainers were exposed to following the Switch announcement, coupled with its extreme performance against Thunder and Hydro Pump, fights should be smoother than before. Aside from your Pokemon picks, the best advice for beating Blizzard Kyogre is to set a Battle Party for round 2. Unless you’re using very tanky Pokemon, your initial party of 6 will likely faint out before the fight is done. If you’re leading the charge, advising local players to use level 20 iterations of Raikou or Zapdos, or even their Machamp squad will be more beneficial to the clear than Cloyster, Aggron, or Blissey that auto-select will grab.

Here’s to a terrifying two weeks of hoping it’s not the Blizzard set you’re fighting. Cheers!