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"Pokémon GO" Rayquaza Raid Guide

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Sigbog is an avid Level 40 "Pokémon GO" player and raider with lots of knowledge and experience to draw from.

Rayquaza Raid Guide

Rayquaza Raid Guide


Sitting with 45468 combat power, Rayquaza is an intimidating Dragon type. He is a little more attack-oriented than other comparable Legendary Pokémon which makes him a slightly easier raid opponent. It is possible to take Rayquaza down with two strong Trainers, and four of reasonable strength. Theoretically, it may be possible to solo Rayquaza!

As a powerful Dragon type, Rayquaza sits pretty well on the raid charts and is a decent option against many opponents. However, he rarely sits in the top three slots so he's really just a good filler if you can't build a better team for any given raid.

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 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.
  2. 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.
  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.
"Pokémon GO" Friends Perks

"Pokémon GO" Friends Perks

Building an Ideal Counter Team

Rayquaza is a Flying and Dragon type, making him weak to Ice, Fairy, Rock, and Dragon. There aren't too many powerful Fairy types. There are some decent Rock options for Rayquaza, but actually this is one of the few raid bosses where you can build a very powerful Ice team to counter.

The best counters are:

  • Weavile with Ice Shard & Avalanche
  • Jynx with Frost Breath & Avalanche
  • Mewtwo with Psycho Cut & Ice Beam
  • Articuno with Frost Breath & Ice Beam
  • Piloswine with Ice Shard & Avalanche
  • Cloyster with Frost Breath & Avalanche

A few reasonable non-Ice options are:

  • Dragonite with Dragon Tail & Outrage
  • Rayquaza with Dragon Tail & Outrage
  • Latios with Dragon Breath & Dragon Claw
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down & Stone Edge
  • Rhyperior with Smack Down & Stone Edge

These teams aren't entirely easy to put together, but at least Jynx, Cloyster, and Piloswine are fairly easy to put together.

Catching Rayquaza

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 Rayquaza jumps or moves)
  • Wait until Rayquaza 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 Rayquaza is a Dragon type so make sure to push for a Gold Medal Dragon type to land an extra 1.3x catch chance multiplier! For extra details on catching, check out my catch guide.

Admittedly, Rayquaza is a bit more difficult to capture. He's not particularly close, and does move around quite a bit.

Rayquaza can come with the following Fast moves.

  • Dragon Tail
  • Air Slash

Rayquaza can come with the following Charge moves.

  • Aerial Ace
  • Ancient Power
  • Outrage
Rayquaza Screenshot

Rayquaza Screenshot

Evaluating Rayquaza

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

  • Max catch CP for non-boosted weather is 2191
  • Max catch CP for boosted weather (Windy) is 2739

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

IV Evaluation Chart

Final Thoughts

Rayquaza has some pretty good stats, and can find a place on raid teams. However, he is rarely the best option for a lot of raids, he tends to just be a good option for many raids. It's not essential to build out a strong Rayquaza for that reason so it's not a likely very critical find a high IV one.

In addition, he is a bit harder to catch, and currently does not have a Shiny version, so it's not something I would personally grind too hard for.