Tier 3 Raid Boss Guides
Scyther
Difficulty:

Doable at trainer level 20 with proper counters

HP3,000 ATK159.14 DEF124.10

Notable Weather

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

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Fury Cutter Easy
Air Slash Challenging

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Night Slash Intermediate
X-Scissor Intermediate
Aerial Ace Challenging

Overview

Scyther’s stats are on the lower end for a tier 3 boss. Due to this and a double weakness to Rock, Scyther is another tier 3 boss that can be soloed by a fairly low-leveled player, being slightly less pathetic than Porygon.

Most of Scyther’s moves are resisted by its top counters, and Fury Cutter in particular barely tickles attackers. Its charge moves, although weak, are fast and frequent and can grind away at a lower-leveled team.

Approach

Team composition

  • Other common counters at level 30 are Jolteon, Arcanine, and Armaldo

Dodging strategy

  • At low levels (≤25), advise dodging a few charge moves to not wipe out

Counters

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

Best Raid Boss Counters

Counters viable at level 20
Tyranitar Tyranitar
Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • By far the best Scyther counter; very low win time at L20

  • Bulky and resists Air Slash, Aerial Ace, and Night Slash

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

Cons:

  • Needs exclusive Community Day move to truly stand out

aGo Alolan Golem
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Pros:

  • Has excellent DPS vs. Scyther; generous win time at L20

Cons:

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

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Pros:

  • Has excellent DPS vs. Scyther; generous win time at L20

  • Many players have one; was common in old metagames

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Pros:

  • Has excellent DPS vs. Scyther; generous win time at L20

Cons:

  • Must have legacy Rock Throw to do well at this matchup

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Rayquaza Rayquaza
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Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Viable movesets at low levels are poor for other purposes

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Regirock Regirock
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Pros:

  • The bulkiest Scyther counter; no dodging required at L20

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

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Counters viable at level 25
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

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

Lunatone Lunatone
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Pros:

  • Actually have a viable win time at L20 vs. Aerial Ace sets

Cons:

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

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Fast MoveCharge MoveRating

Pros:

  • Many players have one; was common in old metagames

  • Highly accessible; common especially when partly cloudy

Cons:

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

Charizard Charizard
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Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Without Blast Burn, inferior to Moltres, Entei, and Flareon

Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
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Pros:

  • Highly accessible; an uncommon species in many locations

Cons:

  • A rather worthless investment outside of this specific boss

Blaziken Blaziken
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Pros:

  • Particularly effective vs. Night Slash and X-Scissor sets

Cons:

  • Avoid using vs. Aerial Ace sets due to Flying weakness

  • Poorly accessible in some locations due to rarity in wild

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