Mega Evolution has finally arrived in Pokemon Go, giving players the ability to power up certain Pokemon into new forms. In order to Mega Evolve a Pokemon, however, you’ll first need to collect that monster’s Mega Energy, and the primary way to obtain that is through a new type of Raid Battles called Mega Raids.
These new Raid Battles having you facing off against a Mega-Evolved Pokemon, and they’re quite challenging. To help you out, we’ve put together this rundown on Mega Raids and rounded up some tips to help you conquer each of the new Mega Raid bosses.
What Are Mega Raids?
Mega Raids are a new tier of Raid Battles that will periodically occur at Gyms. These are roughly equivalent to Legendary Raids in terms of challenge, except they feature a Mega-Evolved Pokemon as the Raid boss.
If you can defeat the Mega-Evolved Pokemon, you’ll receive its Mega Energy, which you’ll need to Mega Evolve your own Pokemon. The faster you defeat the Raid boss, the more Mega Energy and other rewards you’ll earn after the battle. You’ll also get a chance to catch the Raid boss (in its standard, non-Mega-Evolved form).
Mega Raid Bosses And Counters
Currently, there are four possible bosses you can encounter in Mega Raids: Mega Venusaur, Mega Charizard X, Mega Charizard Y, and Mega Blastoise. Each is about on par with Legendary Pokemon in terms of their strength and CP, so you’ll need to team up with other players and bring the appropriate counters before challenging them.
Like its base form, Mega Venusaur is a Grass/Poison type, which makes it weak to Fire, Psychic, Ice, and Flying Pokemon. Some good monsters to bring along when facing it include Ho-Oh, Charizard, Mewtwo, Metagross, Kyurem, and Rayquaza.
Mega Charizard Y also shares the same typing as its base form: Fire/Flying. Rock types like Rhyperior and Tyranitar have the biggest advantage over it, but Water and Electric Pokemon will deal super-effective damage as well. Good counters include Kyogre, Suicune, Swampert, Raikou, and Electivire.
Mega Charizard X, however, is a little different. This form is a Fire/Dragon type, so you’ll want to counter it with Rock, Ground, and other Dragon Pokemon. Rhyperior and Tyranitar are still reliable counters, but you can also bring along Dragonite, Salamence, Rayquaza, and other Dragon types–just keep in mind that they’ll take super-effective damage in return if Mega Charizard X knows any Dragon-type attacks.
Mega Blastoise is a pure Water type, making it weak to Grass and Electric Pokemon. Venusaur, Tangrowth, Exeggutor, Raikou, and Electivire will all be especially helpful when challenging it.
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