The 30 BEST Raikou Counters (Updated March 2024)

Raid Battles

This guide displays a list of best Raikou 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. Each Pokemon's move type is indicated by an icon beside the move name.

Best Raikou Pokémon GO counters are Primal Groudon, Mega Garchomp, Shadow Garchomp, Shadow Excadrill, Shadow Mamoswine, Groudon, and Shadow Rhyperior. These Pokémon perform best with the moves outlined below. We suggest a minimum group size of 3 - 8 Trainers to defeat Raikou in a 5-Star Raid.

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          Best counter 👑

          Official artwork of Primal GroudonPrimal Groudon
          Mud Shot / Precipice Blades
          #1
          Mega Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Mega GarchompMega Garchomp
          Mud Shot / Earth Power
          #2
          Shadow Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Shadow GarchompShadow Garchomp
          Mud Shot / Earth Power
          #3
          Shadow Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Shadow ExcadrillShadow Excadrill
          Mud-Slap / Scorching Sands
          #4
          Shadow Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Shadow MamoswineShadow Mamoswine
          Mud-Slap / High Horsepower
          #5
          Official artwork of GroudonGroudon
          Mud Shot / Precipice Blades
          #6
          Shadow Pokemon BackgroundOfficial artwork of Shadow RhyperiorShadow Rhyperior
          Mud-Slap / Earthquake
          #7
          #
          Name
          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          DPS
          TDO
          Faints
          TTW
          Score
          1.Thumbnail image of Primal GroudonPrimal GroudonGroundMud Shot GroundPrecipice Blades *34.721806.58466s77.3
          2.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega GarchompMega Pokémon iconMega GarchompGroundMud Shot GroundEarth Power *30.271852.68529s69.6
          3.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow GarchompShadow GarchompGroundMud Shot GroundEarth Power *28.811324.011567s62.5
          4.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow ExcadrillShadow ExcadrillGroundMud-Slap GroundScorching Sands 31.23801.318556s60.1
          5.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow MamoswineShadow MamoswineGroundMud-Slap GroundHigh Horsepower 29.78850.217575s58.6
          6.Thumbnail image of GroudonGroudonGroundMud Shot GroundPrecipice Blades *27.231163.412603s58.2
          7.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow RhyperiorShadow RhyperiorGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 27.671028.614601s57.5
          8.Thumbnail image of Therian Forme LandorusTherian Forme LandorusGroundMud Shot GroundSandsear Storm *28.94745.720599s55.8
          9.Thumbnail image of GarchompGarchompGroundMud Shot GroundEarth Power *23.941301.711673s53.8
          10.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow UrsalunaShadow UrsalunaNormalTackle GroundHigh Horsepower *23.821199.212680s52.6
          11.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow RhydonShadow RhydonGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 25.63810.118660s51.5
          12.Thumbnail image of ExcadrillExcadrillGroundMud-Slap GroundScorching Sands 25.75786.319659s51.4
          13.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega SwampertMega Pokémon iconMega SwampertGroundMud Shot GroundEarthquake 25.22843.617666s51.3
          14.Thumbnail image of MamoswineMamoswineGroundMud-Slap GroundHigh Horsepower 24.76840.617678s50.5
          15.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow HippowdonShadow HippowdonGroundSand Attack GroundScorching Sands 24.46872.217683s50.4
          16.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow GolurkShadow GolurkGroundMud-Slap GroundEarth Power 26.92564.226664s49.7
          17.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow FlygonShadow FlygonGroundSand Attack GroundScorching Sands 24.54808.118686s49.7
          18.Thumbnail image of RhyperiorRhyperiorGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 23.071017.514710s49.6
          19.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow DonphanShadow DonphanGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 24.59745.220691s49.0
          20.Thumbnail image of Incarnate Forme LandorusIncarnate Forme LandorusGroundMud Shot GroundEarth Power 24.77647.723699s47.9
          21.Thumbnail image of LandorusLandorusGroundMud Shot GroundEarth Power 24.77647.723699s47.9
          22.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow GolemShadow GolemGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 24.14716.820706s47.9
          23.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega RayquazaMega Pokémon iconMega RayquazaDragonDragon Tail DragonOutrage 24.41566.126721s46.1
          24.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow MewtwoShadow MewtwoPsychicPsycho Cut PsychicPsystrike *26.71387.538717s45.8
          25.Thumbnail image of UrsalunaUrsalunaNormalTackle GroundHigh Horsepower *20.001191.512801s45.7
          26.Thumbnail image of KrookodileKrookodileGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 21.88828.118758s45.6
          27.Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega SceptileMega Pokémon iconMega SceptileBugFury Cutter GroundEarthquake 22.79693.721745s45.4
          28.Thumbnail image of RhydonRhydonGroundMud-Slap GroundEarthquake 21.38802.518777s44.5
          29.Shadow Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Shadow NidokingShadow NidokingBugFury Cutter *GroundEarth Power 22.95556.226762s43.7
          30.Thumbnail image of HippowdonHippowdonGroundSand Attack GroundScorching Sands 20.35861.217807s43.4
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          Group size

          You need at least 3 Trainers to defeat a Raikou in a 5-Star Raid.

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          • Minimum group size: 3 Trainers
          • Optimal group size: 5 - 8 Trainers
          • Very easy with: 9+ Trainers
          • Probably impossible with less than 3 Trainers

          Raikou CP range from Raids

          Raikou can be caught with the following Combat Power after being defeated in Raids:

          • From 1889 CP to 1972 CP, with no weather boost
          • From 2361 CP to 2466 CP with Rain weather boost

          Raikou weaknesses

          Raikou type chart

          When fighting Raikou, keep in mind the that Electric-type Pokémon are weak to Ground type moves. They take reduced damage from Electric, Flying, and Steel type moves.

          Takes increased damage
          GroundGround160.0%
          Takes decreased damage
          ElectricElectric62.5%
          FlyingFlying62.5%
          SteelSteel62.5%

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

          Best move-types and weather for Raikou Raids

          Move-typeUsage (%)Weather
          Ground188.0%
          • sunnySunny
          Dragon60.0%
          • windyWindy
          Psychic30.0%
          • windyWindy
          Fire26.0%
          • sunnySunny
          Grass18.0%
          • sunnySunny
          Dark16.0%
          • fogFog
          Bug14.0%
          • rainRain
          Normal12.0%
          • partlyCloudyPartly Cloudy
          Water12.0%
          • rainRain
          Fighting6.0%
          • cloudyCloudy
          Ghost6.0%
          • fogFog
          Rock6.0%
          • partlyCloudyPartly Cloudy
          Ice4.0%
          • snowSnow
          Poison2.0%
          • cloudyCloudy

          About our ranking methodology

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

          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 attacks, 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. Reddit

          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.