Rayquaza is returning to Pokémon Go raids from July 31 at 4 p.m. ET until Sept. 2 at 4 p.m. ET, which means it’s time to try to nab the best dragon-type attacker in the game.
The green dragon will also be returning with a chance to be Shiny, so if you see that mean black dragon instead, get pumped. Odds to nab a shiny are about 1 in 19, but if you do get one, remember that Shinies have a 100 percent catch rate when they appear (as long as you don’t miss all of your balls).
To take down Rayquaza, you’re best off using ice-type moves. Dragon-, rock-, and fairy-type moves also work, but ice-type moves do double-effective damage against it. The best counters are as follows:
- Mamoswine with Powder Snow and Avalanche
- Weavile with Ice Shard and Avalanche
- Glaceon with Frost BReath and Avalanch
- Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Ice Beam
You can also use Dialga with Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor, but it’ll be in for some hurt if Rayquaza knows Outrage, so try to stick to ice-types if you can.
Rayquaza is one of the most powerful Pokémon in the game, but it’s also very possible to duo or trio in raids. One simple flowchart made by Reddit user stozball notes that a duo each using six level 25 or higher Mamoswines can take down Rayquaza. If you don’t have six Mamoswines, Weaviles or Glaceons at level 30 or higher can also fill that space. Even if you don’t have those, Rayquaza is shockingly easy to do with a low amount of people, so grab your friends and your ice-types and get raiding.
Once you get your beautiful dragon, make sure it knows Dragon Tail and Outrage. This is its best moveset. While you can replace Outrage with Aerial Ace if you need a flying-type attacker, its DPS with Outrage makes it one of the best in the entire game.
For more information on raids, you can check out our guide.