"Pokemon Go" Latios Raid Guide

Updated on February 24, 2019
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Dilbert is an avid Level 40 Pokemon Go player and raider with lots of knowledge and experience to draw from.

Latios Raid Guide

Introduction to Latios

With 52220 combat power, Latios is a fairly powerful Dragon and Psychic type Pokemon. It takes about 3-4 reasonably powerful trainers to take him out, or maybe 1 or 2 more for comfort. It is possible to duo Latios, though it's very challenging. Overall, there are more iconic as well as more powerful Dragon options and Latios only occasionally becomes a useful addition to a raid team, so unfortunately he is primarily for Pokedex filling. However, should you not have a very powerful Dragon team, Latios makes a decent option.

Preparing for a Raid

Seasoned raiders can skip this section, but if you're new to raiding you may want to check out these points.

I'll go over building a team of ideal counters next, but before that you need to prep a handful of things to set yourself up properly. You can skip this if you're a regular raider.

1. Check your local Pokemon Go group, discord, facebook, etc. to see who wants to join the raid. Unless you're rocking 6 phones plus 6 high level accounts by yourself and know how to tap with your toes. When you find enough people, set a time and how lenient you can be with how late people are. 'Hard start' refers to starting at the stated time no matter what.

2. If you can, take gym control over to your color before the start of the raid. This will give you 2 extra balls to use against Rayquaza after you complete the raid.

3. Bring your friends! Bringing high level friends into raids will grant you extra attack damage to Rayquaza and extra balls at the end of the raid.

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Building an Ideal Counter Team

Latios is a Dragon and Psychic type, making him weak to quite a few things, including:

  • Dragon
  • Dark
  • Ice
  • Fairy
  • Bug
  • Ghost

However, some of the most powerful Pokemon you can use are Dragon types. This unfortunately means you'll counter yourself, but you will complete the raid the quickest. Your best options are:

  • Rayquaza with Dragon Tail and Outrage
  • Palkia with Dragon Tail and Draco Meteor
  • Dragonite with Dragon Tail and Outrage
  • Salamence with Dragon Tail and Draco Meteor
  • Latios with Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw
  • Latias with Dragon Breath and Outrage

Generally Dragon types are going to be powerful, but if you're looking for non-Dragons, there are a few acceptable options:

  • Mamoswine with Powder Snow and Avalanche
  • Houndoom with Snarl and Foul Play
  • Tyranitar with Bite and Crunch
  • Scizor with Fury Cutter and X-Scissor

Many of the best dragon options aren't the easiest to come by, but there are quite a handful of good dragon options even if you don't have all of them.

Best Latios Counters in Pokemon Go

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DragonitePalkiaRayquazaSalamenceLatiasLatios
Dragonite
Dragonite
Palkia
Palkia
Rayquaza
Rayquaza
Salamence
Salamence
Latias
Latias
Latios
Latios

Catching Latios

As per usual, adhere to the standard best practices for catching raid bosses.

  • Align a colored circle you believe you can easily hit
  • Take your finger away from the screen (readjust if Latios moves)
  • Wait until Latios attacks
  • Throw during the attack animation such that your ball will hit inside the colored circle when the animation finishes. (Be sure to use a curve throw to add an extra 1.7x catch chance multiplier)

Also, don't forget to use a Golden Razz Berry to lock down an extra 2.5x catch chance multiplier. And if you're really looking to optimize, remember that Latios is a Dragon/Psychic type so make sure to push for a Gold Medal Dragon/Psychic type to land an extra 1.3x catch chance multiplier! For extra details on catching, check out my catch guide.

Latios is somewhat challenging given how he moves and the fact he's fairly small, but he isn't the hardest to catch.

Latios can come with the following Fast moves.

  • Dragon Breath
  • Zed Headbutt

Latios can come with the following Charge moves.

  • Dragon Claw
  • Psychic
  • Solar Beam

Evaluating Latios

Before opening up the appraisal menu, an IV calculator, or even an on-screen IV evaluating tool you can just look at your Latios' catch CP. The catch CP will correlate with the IVs it has.

  • Max catch CP for non-boosted weather is 2178
  • Max catch CP for boosted weather (Windy) is 2723

For reference, check the chart below on appraisals to get a clearer understanding on what appraisals mean in Pokemon Go or check out my guide.

IV Evaluation Chart

Final Thoughts

Overall, Latios leaves a lot to be desired. There are a handful of better Dragon options. However, even with better options, Latios can still be fairly powerful and a decent replacement for those other options. Mostly Latios will serve as a Pokedex filler, but with a Shiny variant, it's still worth hunting.

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