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Pokémon Go Espurr counters, weaknesses and moveset explained

Capture the first Gen 6 Pokémon released in Pokémon Go!

Espurr, the restraint Pokémon, and it's evolution, Meowstic, are the first two Pokémon from Gen 6 to be released in Pokémon Go.

Defeating this cat-inspired Pokémon in a raid will allow you to start the Gen 6 section of your Pokédex with a bit of a fanfare. Espurr is really cute as well!

Since Espurr is a one-star raid boss, you'll be able to easily defeat it by yourself. Still, it's always a good idea to know your opponent's weaknesses and counters before beginning a battle. Don't forget that you can use Remote Raid passes to partake in raids from home!

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Espurr counters and weaknesses in Pokémon Go

Below you can find all of the Espurr's weaknesses, along with a list of counters, that will help you defeat it in Pokémon Go:

  • Espurr type - Psychic-type
  • Espurr is weak against - Bug, dark and ghost-types
  • Espurr counters - Gengar, Pinsir, Scizor, Tyranitar, Yanmega, Giratina (Origin Forme), Darkrai, Chandelure and Hydreigon
  • Other Espurr notes - While the above Pokémon will easily knock Espurr out, it's important to note that Espurr's low Raid Boss CP means you can defeat it using weaker bug, dark or ghost-type Pokémon.

Espurr CP in Pokémon Go

Here are the CP ranges you can expect Espurr to have when you're battling it or attempting to catch it in Pokémon Go:

  • Raid Boss CP - 3,755 CP
  • Maximum normal CP for catching Espurr - 719 CP
  • Maximum weather Boost CP (Windy) for catching Espurr - 899 CP

Espurr moveset in Pokémon Go

Female Meowstic.

Espurr can use both Fast and Charged moves in Pokémon Go, with these exact moves being:

Fast Moves:

  • Confusion (Psychic)
  • Scratch (Normal)

Charged Moves:

  • Energy Ball (Grass)
  • Psychic (Psychic)
  • Psyshock (Psychic)

The Season of Mythical Wishes has seen Kecleon finally being released in Pokémon Go! The Crackling Voltage event is currently running and it has brought as a new Team Go Rocket quest - Shadowy Skirmishes! The team lineups for Giovanni and the Team Go Rocket Leaders has also changed. Don't forget to partake in the new Go Battle League season. Elsewhere, be sure to use Daily Adventure Incense for the chance of encountering Galarian Articuno, Galarian Zapdos and Galarian Moltres. This incense may also give you encounters with other rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go.


Everything you need to know about Espurr

From Saturday, 28th November to Monday, 30th November 2020, Niantic hinted at Espurr's impending arrival on the official Pokémon Go Twitter page.

These hints took the form of five short videos of a Pokémon gym containing an egg. You can find a clue hidden within each video, such as the psychic-type symbol appearing in the background, which will eventually lead you to the true identity of the Pokémon inside the egg.

For a while, it was speculated that the egg might contain Zygarde - a legendary Gen 6 Pokémon, which, in a number of the mainline Pokémon games, has to be pieced together by finding each of its individual cells.

The third video, however, gave the game away (a little too early if you ask me...) by including a plane flying a flag with the number 677 on it.

677 is Espurr's number in the National Pokédex and, from that moment on, everyone knew that Espurr and it's evolution, Meowstic, would soon be released into Pokémon Go. This debut happened on Tuesday, 1st December, which was the same day as the release of the Season of Celebration.

Espurr and Meowstic are both inspired by two very different cats.

Espurr and Meowstic are good cats.

The first is the Scottish Fold, a breed of domestic cat, which are known for having ears that, in a foldlike manner, point down towards their head and, like a Scottish Fold cat, both Espurr and Meowstic have folded ears.

The second is the Nekomata, which is a type of cat yōkai from Japanese folklore. It was believed that, when a cat reached a certain age, it would transform into a Nekomata and gain psychic powers.

Good luck adding Espurr and Meowstic to your Pokédex!

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