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Pokémon Go Mega Banette counters, weaknesses and moveset explained

How to defeat the mega evolved ghost-type Pokémon.

Mega Banette is the mega evolved form of Banette, the Marionette Pokémon. This creepy abandoned doll with a grudge is the perfect October Pokémon, and not just because it made its Pokémon Go debut as part of the 2022’s Halloween event. As we said, it’s just creepy!

Like all Mega Evolutions, Mega Banette can’t be directly caught in Pokémon Go. Instead, you need to keep defeating it in Mega Raids until you’ve collected enough Mega Banette Energy for its evolution. Thanks to the summer 2022 Mega Raid rebalance, this can now be done in one Mega Raid if you defeat Banette enough!

Below you’ll find Mega Banette’s counters and weaknesses to help you succeed in Pokémon Go – just remember you need to have an Banette in your Pokémon storage to conduct its Mega Evolution.

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Mega Banette counters and weaknesses in Pokémon Go

The fastest way to collect Mega Banette energy is to defeat one in a Mega Raid. Below you’ll find the counters and weaknesses for Mega Banette to help you achieve this:

  • Mega Banette type – Ghost-type
  • Mega Banette is weak against – Dark and Ghost-types
  • Mega Banette Mega counters – Mega Tyranitar and Mega Gengar are the best options (depending on the Charged move the Mega Banette has, although this is chosen at random). If you don’t have one of those, Mega Rayquaza for its sheer damage output is a good call.
  • Mega Banette non-Mega counters – Unsurprisingly, Tyranitar is your go-to here, thanks to the recent addition of Brutal Swing. The amount of damage this pumps out should not be underestimated. Failing that, Hydreigon with Brutal Swing is a close second. Beyond that, we’re looking at the likes of Lunala, Giratina Origin, Gholdengo (if you’re that lucky with Gimmighoul coins), or Darkrai. Failing all else, your strongest Dark or Ghost-types are the way to go.
  • Number of players to beat Mega Banette – Mega Banette can be beaten by just two players if you have good enough counters. Three players at Level 40 is reasonable, and five players at Level 30 should be fine, as long as you bring the right Pokémon to the battle!
  • Tactics – Mega Banette is a little tricky in that it has two attacks that will either tickle or wreck your team, depending whether you bring Ghost or Dark-type Pokémon; simply put, Dazzling Gleam wrecks dark types. There’s no way to tell which attack it has, so if you’re concerned about your ability to take it down, make two teams – one that’s pure Ghost and one that’s pure Dark. It’s a coin toss which move you come up against, so if you lose quickly by bringing the wrong team, pick the other when you get booted back to the lobby and you should have a much easier time!
  • Other Mega Banette notes – Remember to bring a Mega Evolved Pokémon to boost your raid party’s Pokémon’s attacks of the same type and get extra candy for catching it!
Pokémon Go Halloween event image.
Mega Banette was added as part of the 2022 Season of Light event. | Image credit: pokemongolive.com

Mega Banette CP in Pokémon Go

Below you’ll find the CP levels for battling for Mega Banette and, if defeated, catching an Banette after the fight in Pokémon Go:

  • Mega Banette Raid CP – 41038 CP
  • CP range for catching Banette – 1244 – 1313 CP
  • Weather (Foggy) when being caught – 1555 – 1642 CP

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Best Mega Banette moveset in Pokémon Go

Mega Banette can use a variety of Fast and Charged moves in Pokémon Go. The best Mega Banette moves would be the steel combination of Shadow Claw (Fast) and Shadow Ball (Charged).

Mega Banette.

Here are the other Fast and Charged moves Mega Banette can use in Pokémon Go:

Fast Moves:

  • Shadow Claw (Ghost)
  • Hex (Ghost)

Charged Moves:

  • Shadow Claw (Ghost)
  • Thunder (Electric)
  • Dazzling Gleam (Fairy)

Everything we know about Banette


The Marionette Pokémon, Banette, is a Ghost-type Pokémon from Gen 3, and is the evolved form of Shuppet.

According to the official Pokédex entry, 'It’s a stuffed toy that was thrown away and became possessed, ever searching for the one who threw it away so it can exact its revenge.'

Mega Banette, meanwhile, thought that wasn’t nearly creepy enough, as seen by its official Pokédex entry: 'Extraordinary energy amplifies its cursing power to such an extent that it can’t help but curse its own Trainer.'

Good luck defeating Mega Banette in Pokémon Go!

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