Pokémon Go Rayquaza counters, weaknesses and moveset explained

Everything you need to know about the return of Rayquaza.

Rayquaza is returning to Legendary Raids in Pokémon Go.

You will also have the chance, for the first time ever in Pokémon Go, to capture a shiny Rayquaza.

Like the Legendary Pokémon it shares the Hoenn region with, including Groudon and Kyogre, Rayquaza will be available in five-star Raids, so, if you want to defeat this mighty dragon, you'll need to form a team of trainers.

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Rayquaza raids release dates and times in Pokémon Go

Rayquaza will be returning to Pokémon Go from Wednesday 31st July to Monday 2nd September.

Here are the release times for Rayquaza:

  • 9 pm (BST)
  • 10 pm(CEST)
  • 4 pm (EDT)
  • 1 pm (PDT)

Like previous Legendary Pokémon, you'll be able to battle Rayquaza in the Legendary Raids that occur in your nearby gym.

These are five-star level raids and, like with all other raids, once you've defeated Rayquaza, you'll have the opportunity to catch it. So make sure you've stocked up on Golden Razz Berries and have practised your excellent curveball throws.

Rayquaza counters and weaknesses in Pokémon Go

Here is a list of Rayquaza counters to help you add it your Pokédex:

  • Rayquaza type: Dragon / Flying
  • Rayquaza is weak against: Ice, Rock, Dragon, Fairy
  • Rayquaza counters: Articuno, Lapras, Dragonite, Manoswine, Golem, Tyranitar, Glaceon, Weavile
  • Other Rayquaza notes: Rayquaza's double weakness is Ice type Pokémon, so Ice type moves should be prioritised above all others.
  • Rayquaza dates: Wednesday 31st July to Monday 2nd September

Rayquaza CP in Pokémon Go

Rayquaza will have the following CP ranges:

  • Raid Boss CP - 49,808
  • Normal CP for catching Rayquaza - 2191
  • Weather Boost CP (Windy) for catching Rayquaza - 2739

Thank you to XLVIIISeahawks from reddit for the help with this information.

Rayquaza Moveset in Pokémon Go

Rayquaza will be able to learn and use a variety of move in Pokémon Go, including:

Possible Fast Moves:

  • Air Slash (Flying)
  • Dragon Tail (Dragon)

Possible Charged Moves:

  • Aerial Ace (Flying)
  • Ancient Power (Rock)
  • Outrage (Dragon)
That's one cool looking dragon.

Everything we know about Rayquaza

Rayquaza is a Legendary Pokémon who hails from the Hoenn region. There it's part of the elemental trio, alongside Groudon and Kyogre.

The members of this legendary trio are each a guardian of different elemental sphere. Groudon is the guardian of the lithosphere, so the land, Kyogre watches over the hydrosphere, the world's seas, and Rayquaza guards the atmosphere.

When Groudon and Kyogre clash, which they always seem to do, Rayquaza descends from the sky to stop their fight and help them return to their slumbers.

Since both Groudon and Kyogre have been making appearances in Pokémon Go recently, it only makes sense Rayquaza would eventually return.

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