Tier 4 Raid Boss Guides
Rhydon
Difficulty:

Doable at trainer level 30 with optimized counters or weather boost

HP9,000 ATK187.23 DEF174.59
CP Range
Lvl 20 1736 - 1816 Lvl 25 2170 - 2270

Notable Weather

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

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Mud Slap Intermediate
Rock Smash Intermediate

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Earthquake Challenging
Stone Edge Challenging
Surf Easy

Overview

Prior to the release of Gen 3, Rhydon was a very difficult duo. A few things changed that. Waterfall first made Gyarados viable. Kyogre then made Rhydon easy. Frenzy Plant Venusaur can complete the team. Friendship provides another buffer against the timer.

In favorable weather, Rhydon is trivial with its top counters. You can also be cute and take along your finest Tangela or Wailord. If you are fresh to tier 4 duos, this is a great one to attempt. Surf variants especially are easy mode.

Approach

Team composition

  • Kyogre is optimal; at level 30, it performs as well as level 40 Gyarados

  • Complete your battle party with Gyarados, Grass-types, and Groudon

  • Clear and rain weather open up a ton of other viable Rhydon counters

Dodging strategy

  • Dodging becomes less necessary with each Kyogre or Groudon used

  • Non-legendary parties should dodge 1-2 Earthquake and Stone Edge

  • Surf movesets shouldn’t require any dodging, period

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

Video Guide

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable at level 30
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Pros:

  • The highest DPS vs. Rhydon and overall superior counter

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

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Gyarados Gyarados
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Pros:

  • The top non-legendary Rhydon counter in neutral weather

  • Doubly resists Ground and renders Earthquake sets trivial

Cons:

  • Must be at a higher level and dodge to win vs. Stone Edge

Counters viable at level 35
Venusaur Venusaur
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Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Has to dodge a little vs. Earthquake and Stone Edge sets

  • A viable counter in neutral weather only with Frenzy Plant

Counters viable at level 40
Exeggutor Exeggutor
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Pros:

  • Many players have one; was common in past metagames

Cons:

  • Can have volatile performance due to Solar Beam’s 1 bar

aloEg Alolan Exeggutor
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Pros:

  • Many players have one, as it is a historical tier 2 raid boss

Cons:

  • Can have volatile performance due to Solar Beam’s 1 bar

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Pros:

  • Resists Rock; one of the bulkiest counters vs. Stone Edge

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

Cons:

  • Conversely, it’s less good vs. Surf due to Water weakness

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Sceptile Sceptile
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Pros:

  • Wastes less energy from fainting with Leaf Blade’s 3 bars

Cons:

  • Usually requires light dodging or re-entry vs. all movesets

  • Poorly accessible in some locations due to rarity in wild

Vaporeon Vaporeon
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Pros:

  • Many players have one; was dominant in old metagames

  • Highly accessible; common especially when partly cloudy

Cons:

  • Has an unreliable win rate on its own vs. non-Surf sets

Clear weather counters at level 30
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Victreebel Victreebel
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Rain weather counters at level 30
Swampert Swampert
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Rain weather counters at level 35
Blastoise Blastoise
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Feraligatr Feraligatr
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