Best moveset for Rayquaza in Pokémon Go

What are the best choices?

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Rayquaza is one of the many legendary Pokémon you can capture in Pokémon Go. These Pokémon typically only show up if you defeat them in five-star raids or from an exclusive reward given to players who complete specific tasks. For those looking to optimize the Rayquaza you’ve captured, we’ve broken down the best moveset you can teach it.

Rayquaza is a Dragon and Flying-type Pokémon. It’s weak to Dragon, Fairy, Ice, and Rock-type moves, but it’s resistant against Bug, Fighting, Fire, Grass, Ground, and Water-type attacks. For PvP, it has a maximum CP of 3,835, an attack of 236, a defense of 146, and a stamina of 180. For PvE, it has an attack of 284, a defense of 170, and a stamina of 213. Despite it having a high CP, it won’t be able to do well against most Pokémon in the master league, and you’re better off using it for raids.

These are all of the moves Rayquaza can learn.

Fast moves

  • Air Slash (Flying-type) – 9 damage and 3 energy (3 damage per turn)
  • Dragon Tail (Dragon-type) – 9 damage and 3.3 energy (3 damage per turn)

Charged moves

  • Aerial Ace (Flying-type) – 55 damage and 45 energy
  • Ancient Power (Rock-type) – 45 damage and 45 energy (10% chance to increase user’s attack and defense by 2 ranks)
  • Hurricane (Flying-type) – 110 damage and 65 energy
  • Outrage (Dragon-type) – 110 damage and 60 energy

You don’t have too many choices when it comes to Rayquaza’s moveset. For its fast attack, you want to go with dragon tail. It has a slight advantage to air slash given that it’s a Dragon-type move, and it provides bit more energy. Not by much, though. If you plan to use Rayquaza in PvP, and you already have a heavy Dragon-type hitter, going with air slash is not a bad idea, but dragon tail is outright better.

For the charged moves, you want to go with outrage and aerial ace. While ancient power requires less energy, outrage beats it in pure damage. Plus, it doesn’t require too much more energy. It’s a small difference. Also, while hurricane is an exclusive move for Rayquaza, it doesn’t provide a huge benefit. Aerial ace is a better Flying-type move, and you can use it far more often.

Overall, Rayquaza is not the best PvP Pokémon. You primarily want to use it for raids, and use it in PvE. Make sure it knows dragon tail for its fast move, and then aerial ace and outrage for its charged attacks.