Best Substitute counters in Pokémon GO

Raid Battles

Looking for the best ways to take down Substitute in Pokémon GO Raid Battles? Our guide has got you covered with a comprehensive list of the top Substitute counters, including the highest DPS and tankiest options.

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          Best overall

          Highest DPS

          Highest TDO

          Best Substitute counters

          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          1Mega BlazikenMega Pokémon iconMega BlazikenFightingCounter FightingFocus Blast 435.60134000.3408.4s1824.3
          2TerrakionTerrakionFightingDouble Kick FightingSacred Sword *386.94142784.1209.4s1695.9
          3Mega RayquazaMega Pokémon iconMega RayquazaDragonDragon Tail FlyingDragon Ascent 372.95137783.9409.8s1635.1
          4Shadow MachampShadow Pokémon iconShadow MachampFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 387.30121338.3409.4s1629.4
          5Shadow BlazikenShadow Pokémon iconShadow BlazikenFightingCounter FightingFocus Blast 387.63108547.8009.4s1585.7
          6Mega AlakazamMega Pokémon iconMega AlakazamFightingCounter *FightingFocus Blast 402.4894265.1509.1s1574.5
          7Shadow HariyamaShadow Pokémon iconShadow HariyamaFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 349.13141977.34010.4s1567.8
          8Keldeo (Ordinary)Keldeo (Ordinary)FightingLow Kick FightingSacred Sword 353.35122197.28010.3s1523.8
          9LucarioLucarioFightingCounter FightingAura Sphere 364.93107006.74010.0s1510.1
          10Mega LopunnyMega Pokémon iconMega LopunnyFightingDouble Kick FightingFocus Blast 365.90102723.61010.0s1497.8
          11Shadow Sirfetch'dShadow Pokémon iconShadow Sirfetch'dFightingCounter FightingClose Combat 375.4294056.9409.7s1493.6
          12PheromosaPheromosaFightingLow Kick FightingFocus Blast 379.4189625.6409.6s1487.4
          13ConkeldurrConkeldurrFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 334.54122785.01010.9s1464.3
          14Shadow MewtwoShadow Pokémon iconShadow MewtwoPsychicPsycho Cut FightingFocus Blast 342.87104472.00010.6s1432.5
          15Shadow SawkShadow Pokémon iconShadow SawkFightingLow Kick FightingFocus Blast 338.5892701.69010.8s1377.3
          16MachampMachampFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 322.79106205.34011.3s1374.8
          17Shadow AlakazamShadow Pokémon iconShadow AlakazamFightingCounter *FightingFocus Blast 361.6775441.01010.1s1374.5
          18Galarian ZapdosGalarian ZapdosFightingCounter FightingClose Combat 318.17108698.34011.4s1367.9
          19BlazikenBlazikenFightingCounter FightingFocus Blast 323.1595418.51011.3s1339.6
          20HariyamaHariyamaFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 290.94125681.28012.5s1326.4
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          About the results

          Our guide provides detailed information on recommended Pokémon and moves that are most effective against Substitute in Raid Battles. Whether you're looking for the best counters to take Substitute down quickly with high DPS, or the tankiest counters that can withstand its attacks, our guide has something for every trainer.

          This table displays a list of best Substitute counters in Pokémon GO with their Fast Attacks, Charged Attacks, DPS (damage per second), TDO (total damage output), faints, TTW (time to win), and score. The list is sorted by the score, which is calculated based on the DPS, TDO, faints, and TTW.

          The top-ranked Substitute counter is Mega Blaziken, followed by Terrakion, Mega Rayquaza, and Shadow Machamp. The table also includes Shadow Blaziken, Mega Alakazam, Shadow Hariyama, and Keldeo (Ordinary), among others. Each Pokemon's type is indicated by an icon beside their name.

          Substitute type chart

          When fighting Substitute, keep in mind the following that Normal-type Pokémon are weak to Fighting type moves. They take reduced damage from Ghost type moves.


          Type chart shows the percentage (%) of damage taken from an incoming attack of a particular type.