Best Magikarp counters in Pokémon GO

Raid Battles

This table displays a list of best Magikarp 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 and TDO.

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          Best performing move types

          • Grass43.0%
          • Electric36.0%
          • Dragon5.0%
          • Psychic4.5%
          • Dark3.0%
          • Bug2.0%
          • Ghost1.5%
          • Flying1.0%
          • Ground1.0%
          • Normal1.0%
          • Fighting1.0%
          • Rock1.0%
          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          1Mega SceptileMega Pokémon iconMega SceptileGrassBullet Seed GrassFrenzy Plant *69.7814628.39052.6s206.7
          2KartanaKartanaGrassRazor Leaf GrassLeaf Blade 65.9714822.75055.5s198.3
          3Mega RayquazaMega Pokémon iconMega RayquazaDragonDragon Tail FlyingDragon Ascent 60.3817580.31060.4s191.4
          4Shadow MagnezoneShadow Pokémon iconShadow MagnezoneElectricVolt Switch ElectricWild Charge 61.4716132.89059.5s190.7
          5ZekromZekromElectricCharge Beam ElectricFusion Bolt *61.0616204.54059.8s189.9
          6Shadow RaikouShadow Pokémon iconShadow RaikouElectricThunder Shock ElectricWild Charge 62.6214231.46058.5s188.6
          7Mega ManectricMega Pokémon iconMega ManectricElectricThunder Fang ElectricWild Charge 63.7813069.55057.5s188.1
          8XurkitreeXurkitreeElectricThunder Shock ElectricDischarge 63.3212753.00058.0s186.1
          9Shadow ElectivireShadow Pokémon iconShadow ElectivireElectricThunder Shock ElectricWild Charge 64.5711562.47057.0s185.2
          10Shadow ZapdosShadow Pokémon iconShadow ZapdosElectricThunder Shock *ElectricThunderbolt 61.1413444.38060.0s182.9
          11Primal GroudonPrimal GroudonGroundMud Shot GrassSolar Beam 55.7017855.86065.4s180.1
          12Shaymin (Sky)Shaymin (Sky)GrassMagical Leaf GrassGrass Knot 58.5614716.19062.5s180.1
          13Mega VenusaurMega Pokémon iconMega VenusaurGrassVine Whip GrassFrenzy Plant *57.0015356.12064.1s177.8
          14Mega AmpharosMega Pokémon iconMega AmpharosElectricVolt Switch ElectricZap Cannon 57.0514942.96064.1s177.0
          15Thundurus (Therian)Thundurus (Therian)ElectricVolt Switch ElectricThunderbolt 58.7512257.37062.4s173.9
          16Golem (Alola Shadow)Shadow Pokémon iconGolem (Alola Shadow)ElectricVolt Switch ElectricWild Charge 55.0015543.81066.4s173.3
          17Shadow LuxrayShadow Pokémon iconShadow LuxrayElectricSpark ElectricWild Charge 60.1210943.66061.2s173.0
          18ZarudeZarudeGrassVine Whip GrassPower Whip 53.7116242.29067.9s171.6
          19Shadow SceptileShadow Pokémon iconShadow SceptileGrassBullet Seed GrassFrenzy Plant *59.7110441.22061.7s170.4
          20Shadow TangrowthShadow Pokémon iconShadow TangrowthGrassVine Whip GrassSolar Beam 55.9713261.00065.4s170.1
          21Shadow VenusaurShadow Pokémon iconShadow VenusaurGrassVine Whip GrassFrenzy Plant *57.0611742.90064.3s168.4
          22Shadow MewtwoShadow Pokémon iconShadow MewtwoPsychicPsycho Cut ElectricThunderbolt 55.9012548.95065.6s168.0
          23Shadow ExeggutorShadow Pokémon iconShadow ExeggutorGrassBullet Seed GrassSolar Beam 56.7711300.27064.7s166.4
          24Shadow TorterraShadow Pokémon iconShadow TorterraGrassRazor Leaf GrassFrenzy Plant *54.9912710.10066.6s166.2
          25Shadow Porygon-ZShadow Pokémon iconShadow Porygon-ZNormalLock-On GrassSolar Beam 57.4310587.62064.0s165.7
          26Exeggutor (Alola Shadow)Shadow Pokémon iconExeggutor (Alola Shadow)GrassBullet Seed GrassSolar Beam 56.0911359.96065.4s165.0
          27Mega LatiosMega Pokémon iconMega LatiosDragonDragon Breath GrassSolar Beam 52.1813901.73070.0s162.4
          28MagnezoneMagnezoneElectricVolt Switch ElectricWild Charge 51.2814814.20071.2s162.3
          29RaikouRaikouElectricThunder Shock ElectricWild Charge 52.3113384.84069.9s161.5
          30Shadow ManectricShadow Pokémon iconShadow ManectricElectricThunder Fang ElectricWild Charge 58.728508.34063.0s161.2
          31ElectivireElectivireElectricThunder Shock ElectricWild Charge 53.9310944.89068.1s158.7
          32RoseradeRoseradeGrassMagical Leaf GrassGrass Knot 54.6510381.37067.3s158.6
          33Shadow MagnetonShadow Pokémon iconShadow MagnetonElectricThunder Shock ElectricZap Cannon 53.9010384.92068.2s156.9
          34ZapdosZapdosElectricThunder Shock *ElectricThunderbolt 51.0812672.00071.6s156.7
          35Mega GengarMega Pokémon iconMega GengarGhostLick *GhostShadow Ball 48.1615420.71075.7s155.7
          36Shadow ZebstrikaShadow Pokémon iconShadow ZebstrikaElectricSpark ElectricWild Charge 55.148766.24066.9s154.3
          37Tapu BuluTapu BuluGrassBullet Seed GrassGrass Knot 50.8411593.06072.0s153.3
          38Shadow ArcanineShadow Pokémon iconShadow ArcanineElectricThunder Fang ElectricWild Charge 51.5310576.01071.2s152.0
          39MeowscaradaMeowscaradaGrassLeafage GrassGrass Knot 51.9210238.59070.7s151.9
          40Shadow LatiosShadow Pokémon iconShadow LatiosDragonDragon Breath GrassSolar Beam 50.7111205.65072.3s151.9
          41Shaymin (Land)Shaymin (Land)GrassMagical Leaf GrassGrass Knot 47.7913799.99076.4s151.3
          42TsareenaTsareenaGrassMagical Leaf GrassGrass Knot 50.2711067.37072.9s150.4
          43Shadow VictreebelShadow Pokémon iconShadow VictreebelGrassRazor Leaf GrassSolar Beam 53.268812.66069.2s150.3
          44Shadow VileplumeShadow Pokémon iconShadow VileplumeGrassRazor Leaf GrassSolar Beam 52.029461.41070.7s149.7
          45CelebiCelebiGrassMagical Leaf *GrassLeaf Storm 47.2813651.80077.2s149.6
          46ChesnaughtChesnaughtGrassVine Whip GrassFrenzy Plant *48.3412526.43075.6s149.6
          47Shadow MeganiumShadow Pokémon iconShadow MeganiumGrassMagical Leaf GrassFrenzy Plant *50.0110726.92073.3s148.9
          48Mega GardevoirMega Pokémon iconMega GardevoirGrassMagical Leaf PsychicPsychic 49.0411400.76074.7s148.4
          49Tapu KokoTapu KokoElectricVolt Switch ElectricThunderbolt 50.2510364.74073.0s148.4
          50LuxrayLuxrayElectricSpark ElectricWild Charge 50.2010372.57073.1s148.3
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          Magikarp type chart

          When fighting Magikarp, keep in mind the following that Water-type Pokémon are weak to Electric, and Grass type moves. They take reduced damage from Fire, Ice, Steel, and Water type moves.


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

          About the results

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

          The top-ranked Magikarp counter is Mega Sceptile, followed by Kartana, Mega Rayquaza, and Shadow Magnezone. The table also includes Zekrom, Shadow Raikou, Mega Manectric, and Xurkitree, among others. Each Pokemon's move type is indicated by an icon beside the move name.

          The most effective move-types to use against Magikarp are:

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          About our ranking methodology

          When calculating the best counters for any Pokémon, our simulator takes into account various factors, such as the defender's typing and average DPS against each attacker, the weather's influence, energy left over from using charge moves, Shadow Pokémon attack and defense stat changes, and more. During the initial phase of simulations, we calculate DPS and TDO for each attacker that is currently available in the game, and then we continue to rank them.

          We use a ranking method developed by a Reddit user named /u/Elastic_Space, which is described in detail in this Reddit post. It is a fairly complicated, but very well thought-out mathematical model for predicting simulation results without actually running the simulations. It also correlates with field data almost too well not to be used.

          Our Time to Win (TTW) and Faint numbers are also estimated, and should be taken with a grain of salt. Since we do not account for factors like Friendship and Mega damage boost, they will differ from actual experience in the field.