How to beat Pokemon Go Mega Rayquaza Raid: Weaknesses, counters, can it be shiny, more

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The mighty Mega Rayquaza has taken Pokemon Go Mega Raids by storm. Players are desperate to catch this Legendary Pokemon and want to know how they can beat this powerful Raid Boss easily. Here’s all you need to know about Rayquaza’s weaknesses and the best counters for its Raid in Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go has shifted players’ attention toward Raid Battles by bringing the one-and-only Mega Rayquaza as a Mega Raid Boss. As it is one of the strongest Pokemon of all time, players are excited to capture this powerful species in the game.

However, defeating this Legendary Pokemon is no easy task and players need to take advantage of its weaknesses and prepare the best counters to get the job done. In addition to catching Mega Rayquaza, players also want to find out if shiny Mega Rayquaza is available in the mobile game.

Here’s all you need to know about Mega Rayquaza Raids in Pokemon Go.

How to get Mega Rayquaza in Pokemon Go

You can get Mega Rayquaza by defeating it in Raids during the in-person Pokemon Go Fest 2023 event in New York City from August 18, 2023, at 9 AM local time to August 21, 2023, at 6 AM local time.

Afterward, Pokemon Go players from all around the world will be able to face Mega Rayquaza in Raids when it debuts globally on Sunday, August 27, 2023.

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You should note that you can only catch Rayquaza from Raids, and you can Mega Evolve it by using Mega Energy and a new item called Meteorite.

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Mega Rayqauza usually lives in outer space.

How to Mega Evolve Rayquaza in Pokemon Go

To Mega Evolve Rayquaza in Pokemon Go, you need to collect 400 Mega Energy from Mega Rayquaza Raid Battles and make it learn the Flying-type Charged Move Dragon Ascent.

How to teach Dragon Ascent to Rayquaza in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go players can teach Dragon Ascent to Rayquaza by using a new item called Meteorite.

All players that log into Pokemon Go during Go Fest 2023 will get a new Special Research that grants a Meteorite when completed. Players should know that Go Fest ticket holders will get additional Special Research to grab another Meteorite.

Mega Rayquaza Pokemon Go type & weaknesses

Mega Rayquaza is a Dragon/Flying-type Pokemon. In battles, it can hit hard with STAB Dragon-type or Flying-type moves, depending on its moveset.

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When it comes to its weaknesses in Pokemon Go, Mega Rayquaza is weak to the Dragon, Fairy, Ice, and Rock-type attacks. Players will be glad to know that Mega Rayquaza has a double weakness to Ice-type attacks. So, you’ll need to come prepared with high-level Ice-type Pokemon and add other powerful counters to defeat the Raid Boss easily.

Best counters for Mega Rayquaza Pokemon Go Raid

The best overall counter for Mega Rayquaza in Pokemon Go is Mega Abomasnow with Powder Snow and Weather Ball (Ice).

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Mega Abomasnow offers the perfect mix of offense and defense.

While Mega Abomasnow is the top choice when it comes to picking the best counters for Mega Rayaquaza, you will also need other counters to beat the challenging Raid Battle.

Here are the best counters for beating the Mega Rayquaza Pokemon Go Raid:

  • Mega Abomasnow: It not only offers the highest DPS (Damage Per Second) but also an amazing TDO (Total Damage Output). So you can expect Mega Abomasnow to last for a long time during the Raid.
  • Mega Glalie: While it edges past Mega Abomasnow in DPS numbers, it falls short in TDO. But Mega Glalie is one of the best counters in this Raid.
  • Mega Gardevoir: Use Mega Gardevoir if the Raid Boss is using Dragon-type attacks as this Fairy Pokemon resists all of them.
  • Mega Salamence: This powerful Dragon Pokemon can combine Outrage and Draco Meteor to dish out exceptional damage to Mega Rayquaza.
  • Mega Tyranitar: With Smack Down and Stone Edge, Mega Tyranitar is one of the bulkiest counters in the Raid Battle.

While we recommend Mega-evolved counters to match Mega Rayquaza’s power, you can also use other Pokemon such as Mamoswine, Glaceon, Garchomp, Haxorus, Terrakion, and Rampardos.

Mega Rayquaza Pokemon Go moveset

Here’s the complete Mega Rayquaza moveset in Pokemon Go:

Mega Rayquaza Fast Moves

  • Dragon Tail
  • Air Slash

Mega Rayquaza Charged Moves

  • Outrage
  • Breaking Swipe
  • Hurricane
  • Aerial Ace
  • Ancient Power

Players should note that Breaking Swipe and Hurricane are Legacy Moves and they can be taught to Mega Rayquaza by using Elite Charged TMs.

Is shiny Mega Rayquaza available in Pokemon Go?

Yes, shiny Mega Rayquaza is available in the in-person and global Go Fest 2023 events.

Lucky players can get shiny Rayquaza as an encounter after a Mega Raid Battle and then get shiny Mega Rayquaza by Mega Evolving it.

That’s all you need to know about Mega Rayquaza in Pokemon Go. For more Pokemon Go content, be sure to check out our other guides:

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