Tier 3 Raid Boss Guides
Starmie
Difficulty:

Doable at trainer level 30 with proper counters

HP3,000 ATK164.00 DEF145.00

Notable Weather

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

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Water Gun Easy
Hidden Power Challenging

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Psychic Easy
Hydro Pump Intermediate
Power Gem Challenging

Overview

Starmie’s bulk is normally disappointing due to poor HP, but that’s no longer its weakness as a raid boss. It actually has slightly higher defense than Vaporeon, although its Psychic typing adds extra weaknesses to exploit. Although both share a weak fast move in Water Gun, Starmie’s Hidden Power can cause problems, since it has high power and an unpredictable typing that can sometimes hit counters for effective damage.

Approach

Team composition

  • If available, Raikou and Mewtwo are the best counters for any moveset

  • Zapdos, Tyranitar, and Exeggutor perform well against most movesets

  • If borderline on timing out, consider Gengar to sacrifice bulk for DPS

Dodging strategy

  • Dodging benefits frail counters, but it’s unnecessary vs. Water Gun sets

  • If failing: attempt fewer dodges if timing out, more dodges if fainting out

Counters

Reminder: 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 overall best Starmie counter, with great bulk and DPS

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

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

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Pros:

  • An outstanding Starmie counter, with great bulk and DPS

  • Has excellent neutral DPS useful in numerous matchups

Cons:

  • Limited EX raid availability and difficult to obtain candy for

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Pros:

  • Very high DPS vs. Starmie; has generous win time at L30

  • Accessible as a common species; was a former raid boss

Cons:

  • Paper-thin, weak to Psychic; dodging is greatly beneficial

  • Needs legacy Shadow Claw for a sizable DPS advantage

Counters viable at level 30
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Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

Tyranitar Tyranitar
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Bite Crunch Best

Pros:

  • A great counter to Psychic sets due to double resistance

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

Exeggutor Exeggutor
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Pros:

  • Decent bulk, with resistance to Psychic and Hydro Pump

  • Many players have one; was common in old metagames

  • Easily accessible due to being a current tier 2 raid boss

aloEg Alolan Exeggutor
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Pros:

  • Doubly resists Water; does very well vs. Hydro Pump sets

  • Many players have one, as it featured in a special release

Sceptile Sceptile
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Pros:

  • Fury Cutter facilitates dodging Psychic and Hydro Pump

Cons:

  • Poorly accessible in some locations due to rarity in wild

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Pros:

  • Many players have one; was common in old metagames

  • A common species accessible for the majority of trainers

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Pros:

  • Boasts impressive bulk despite weakness to Hydro Pump

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

Cons:

  • Be wary of Hydro Pump KOing Groudon mid Solar Beam

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

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Pros:

  • Decent bulk assisted by Hydro Pump and Psychic resists

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

Cons:

  • Usually has more desirable movesets in other matchups

  • Low candy accessibility due to legendary Pokemon status

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Pros:

  • Double Psychic resistance compensates for glassy nature

Cons:

  • Reliant on dodging other charged moves to maintain DPS

ノクタス Cacturne
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Pros:

  • Double Psychic resistance compensates for glassy nature

Cons:

  • Reliant on dodging other charged moves to maintain DPS

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Cons:

  • Must dodge charge moves to avoid DPS loss from fainting