How to Catch Raikou in a Pokémon GO Raid

Niantic announced the second coming of Legendary Raids, starting with the Electric Type, Raikou, hitting the Americas Region on August 31. It is available until September 30. If you’re unfamiliar with how the Legendary Beasts came to be, we have you covered.

Raikou is a pure Electric Type Pokémon, so if you’ve been working on your Ground and Rock Type collection, you’ll have an easy time taking this one down. Here are the Pokémon and move sets you’ll need to beat Raikou:

  • Mud Slap
  • Mud Shot
  • Rock Throw combined with Earthquake.


No surprise here, as Golem is still going to be one of the best to use against not only Raikou, but also against the Legendary Pokémon, Entei. The move set you want is Mud Slap, Mud Shot, or Rock Throw combined with Earthquake.


How to Catch Raikou in a Pokémon GO Raid

While this Ground and Rock Type has been featured in other Raids, Rhydon will be front and center in this one. Mud Slap and Earthquake are the moves you want when you use Rhydon.


This Rock Type Pokémon is finally becoming more useful, and will be a great counter. If you don’t have one powerful enough, now is the time to power one up. A move set of Counter and Earthquake are best.


How to Catch Raikou in a Pokémon GO Raid

This Ground and Poison Type is sure to put the hurt on Raikou if you have one on hand. Iron Tail or Poison Jab, along with Earthquake, are the moves you want to have to ensure maximum damage.


How to Catch Raikou in a Pokémon GO Raid

This Normal Type Pokémon will be your tank if nothing else. Normally you would use this Pokémon as a pure defender, but if you’re down to your last few Pokémon and still want to do some damage while absorbing a lot in return, you will want Snorlax. A move set of Lick and Earthquake is what you want.

Now that you’ve beaten and captured Raikou, this Electric Type will be great for taking on others and especially helpful against Suicune when it is available in the Americas Region.

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