Best moveset for Rayquaza in Pokémon Go

Bring out the best in this legendary dragon.

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Rayquaza is a legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go you can only encounter during limited-time events. It can be available for roughly a month as a five-star raid encounter, over a weekend for unique events or coincides alongside events unlocked by the Pokémon Go players. When available, you want to try and fight it as many times as you can, but you will need the assistance of other trainers. It’s not an easy encounter. When you catch it, what are the best moves for it to learn?

Rayquaza is a Dragon and Flying-type Pokémon. It as a max CP of 3,835, an attack of 284, a defense of 170, and stamina of 213. It’s weak to Dragon, Fairy, and Rock-types, but it is especially vulnerable to Ice-type attacks. It’s primarily an aggressive Pokémon, so you want to use it alongside more defensive options to protect against its massive Ice-type weakness, so it works well with Fire and Psychic-types.

These are all of the moves Rayquaza can learn:

Fast moves:

  • Air slash (Flying-type) (16.8 Damage and 10 Energy)
  • Dragon tail (Dragon-type) (18 Damage and 9 Energy)

Charge moves:

  • Ancient power (Rock-type) (70 Damage and 33 Energy)
  • Aerial Ace (Flying-type) (66 Damage and 33 Energy)
  • Outrage (Dragon-type) (132 Damage and 50 Energy)

Of the above moves, Dragon tail is the superior choice for Rayquaza’s fast attack. If it knows air slash, it’s not the end of the world, and air slash does substantial damage, but Dragon tail has a higher overall DPS you don’t want to ignore.

For the charged moves, you can ignore ancient power. It’s not something you want on your Rayquaza, and if you have a Rayquaza with high stats, and it knows ancient power, get rid of that move immediately. The other two choices are your primary concern. When it comes to aerial ace over outrage, outrage is the clear and definitive winner, hands down. It would do more damage overall, even if aerial ace was used twice before it.

Your best bet is to have Rayquaza that knows dragon tail and outrage, but you could swap out dragon tail for air slash if you wanted to have yours know different type-attacks to hit multiple Pokémon types.