Pokémon Go Raikou counters, weaknesses and moveset explained

Everything you need to know about the return of Raikou.

Raikou is returning to raids in Pokémon Go for a limited time.

This Legendary Pokémon is a member of the legendary dogs trio, alongside Entei and Suicune.

Though you might have thought it several times in the past - or received it as part of previously monthly Field Research - you might want a higher CP or IV version, or a chance to get that elusive shiny version - which is where learning the various Raikou counters and weaknesses comes in handy.

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Raikou counters and weaknesses in Pokémon Go

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

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  • Raikou type: Electric
  • Raikou is weak against: Ground
  • Raikou counters: Groudon, Rhyperior, Golem, Donphan
  • Other Raikou notes: Ground Pokémon are the way to go with this encounter. Geodude and Rhydon are easy to find and make for powerful Pokémon counters when fully evolved.

Raikou CP in Pokémon Go

Raikou will have the following CP ranges during the catch and level up phase:

  • Raikou Boss CP - 45,435
  • Max Raikou CP with 100% IVs at level 40 - 3452

Raikou Moveset in Pokémon Go

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

Raikou Fast Moves:

  • Thunder Shock (Electric)
  • Volt Switch (Electric)

Raikou Charged Moves:

  • Shadow Ball (Ghost)
  • Thunder (Electric)
  • Thunderbolt (Electric)
  • Wild Charge (Electric)
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Looking for help with other Legendary beasts? Our Suicune counters and Entei counters pages can help.


Pokémon Go in 2020 continues to add new features, such the arrival of the Go Battle League - which is currently highlighting the Ultra League - and soon, Clone Pokémon. We've also recently had the Buddy Adventure feature, which introduces a variety of perks - including finding Souvenirs - as well as a new trade evolution feature. 2019 saw the release of the first Gen 5 Pokémon, along with new regional exclusive Pokémon, Egg charts, and the introduction of the Unova Stone. Pokemon Go also sees regular events - including weekly Spotlight Hour evenings, monthly Field Research rewards and Pokémon Go Community Day, plus a new Giovanni counters quest - the latest being The Shadowy Threat Grows. There is also the gradual arrival of new Promo Codes to redeem, too.


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Matthew edits guides and other helpful things at Eurogamer.net. When not doing that, he's out and about playing Pokémon Go or continuing to amass his amiibo collection.

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