Sigbog is an avid Level 40 "Pokémon GO" player and raider with lots of knowledge and experience to draw from.
Introduction to Latios
With 52220 combat power, Latios is a fairly powerful Dragon and Psychic type Pokémon. It takes about three to four reasonably powerful trainers to take him out, or maybe one or two 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 Pokédex 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.
- Check your local Pokémon GO group, Discord, Facebook, etc. to see who wants to join the raid. Unless you're rocking six phones plus six 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.
- If you can, take gym control over to your color before the start of the raid. This will give you two extra balls to use against Rayquaza after you complete the raid.
- 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:
However, some of the most powerful Pokémon 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 "Pokémon GO"
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
- Solar Beam
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 of what appraisals mean in Pokémon GO or check out my guide.
IV Evaluation Chart
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 Pokédex filler, but with a Shiny variant, it's still worth hunting.