"Pokemon Go" Tyranitar Raid Guide

Updated on February 13, 2019
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Sigbog is an avid Level 40 "Pokémon GO" player and raider with lots of knowledge and experience to draw from.

Tyranitar Raid Guide


Despite being a 4 star raid, Tyranitar boasts 37599 combat power, and is actually more difficult than some 5 star raids. Furthermore, this beast is probably the single most important Pokemon for combat in Pokemon Go. Every serious players needs at least 1 Tyranitar, if not an entire team.

Tyranitar technically be be done with 1 trainer, but realistically you will need 2-4 trainers. Fortunately, the best Tyranitar counters are fairly accessible so it shouldn't be too tough to build a strong team.

Lastly, Tyranitar does have a Shiny variant, however it cannot be caught from raids.

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 Palkia after you complete the raid.

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

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Building an Ideal Counter Team

Tyranitar is a Rock and Dark type, which makes it double weak against Fighting. Realistically you should only be aiming to use fighting Pokemon against Tyranitar as a result. Technically, Tyranitar is also weak against many other things including Bug, Grass, Fairy, Ground, Steel, and Water but build a Fighting team if you can.

The most effective counters for Tyranitar are:

  • Machamp with Counter & Dynamic Punch
  • Hariyama with Counter & Dynamic Punch
  • Breloom with Counter & Dynamic Punch
  • Blaziken with Counter & Focus Blast
  • Toxicroak with Counter & Dynamic Punch

Do you see a trend? Build a team of Machamps, Hariyamas, or Brelooms, and you'll do just fine. However, if you don't have these options, there are a few more accessible options that don't do too poorly:

  • Primeape with Counter & Cross Chop
  • Ursaring with Counter & Close Combat
  • Hitmonlee with Rock Smash & Close Combat
  • Hitmonchan with Counter & Close Combat
  • Poliwrath with Rock Smash & Dynamic Punch

Best Tyranitar Counters in Pokemon Go

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Catching Tyranitar

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

Tyranitar can come with the following Fast moves.

  • Bite (STAB)
  • Iron Tail

Tyranitar can come with the following Charge moves.

  • Stone Edge (STAB)
  • Fire Blast
  • Crunch (STAB)

Be careful! Tyranitar is a very aggressive Pokemon to catch. He will attack and jump frequently. You really need to be careful with timing your Pokeball throws with his attacks. He is very difficult to catch!

Evaluating Tyranitar

Before opening up the appraisal menu, an IV calculator, or even an on-screen IV evaluating tool you can just look at your Tyranitar'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 (Partly Cloudy & Fog) is 2739

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

Tyranitar is simply a must-catch, every serious Pokemon Go player needs a team of them. They are arguable the most useful Pokemon. However, the spawn of a Tyranitar raid is fairly rare. If you see one, be sure to to try and do it. Unfortunately, many people already have all the Tyranitars they need due to an earlier Community Day, so sometimes it can be difficult to find a party to do the raid with. That being said, build a team of Machamps and get to level 30+ and you should be able to take it down with 2 trainers.


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