How to beat Moltres in Pokémon Go – Weaknesses, counters, strategies

The Fire-type legendary bird from the original Pokémon games.

Image via Niantic

Moltres is one of the three original legendary birds in Pokémon, and it’s available for trainers to battle in five-star raids in Pokémon Go. It’s not an easy encounter, and trainers need to work with other players to beat it. You want to bring at least five others with you, and make sure to bring your best Water-type Pokémon to bring it down.

Moltres weaknesses

Moltres is a Fire and Flying-type Pokémon. It’s weak to both Electric and Water-type attacks, but it is exceptionally weak to Rock-type moves. Of the choices you can pick from, you want to have a sturdy defensive Pokémon to withstand Moltres’ powerful Fire-type attacks. Moltres is resistant to Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Ground, and Steel-type attacks, and Bug and Grass-type moves barely do any damage to it.

Pokémon to counter Moltres

You have a handful of choices to pick from to defeat Moltres. Your best options include Rhyperior, Golem, and Terrakion.

Rhyperior is a fantastic Rock and Ground-type Pokémon to use against Moltres. Whenever a Pokémon has a Rock-type weakness, Rhyperior is one of the best Pokémon to use to exploit that weakness. It not only has phenomenal defensive capabilities, but it has excellent attacks. It has a maximum CP of 3,733, an attack of 241, a defense of 190, and a stamina of 251. The best moves it can use against Moltres is smack down for its fast move and rock wrecker or stone edge for its charge move.

The next choice is Golem, a lesser option some trainers might not think to pick, but it’s a solid choice. Golem is another Rock and Ground-type Pokémon and is probably one of the easier Rock-type Pokémon to capture, making it easy for various trainers to have one in their collection. It has a maximum CP of 2949, an attack of 211, a defense of 198, and a stamina of 190. The best moves you can use include the fast move rock throw, and stoned edge or rock blast for its charge move.

The final optimal choice you can use against Moltres is Terrakion, a legendary Pokémon. It’s far more challenging to capture because it’s only available during limited times, so not as many trainers likely have one in their collection. Terrakion is Rock and Fighting-type Pokémon, with a maximum CP of 3,698, an attack of 260, a defense of 192, and a stamina of 209. The best moves it can is the fast move smack down, and the charge move rock slide.

There are a variety of other Pokémon choices you can also use against Moltres. The alternatives are Rampardos, Tyranitar, Omastar, Aerodactyl, Gigalith, Mega Blastoise, Regirock, Lunatone, Kyogre, Zekrom, Solrock, Kabutops, and Darmantian.

Once you beat Moltres, you and your friends have a limited number of Premier balls to use to capture it after the end of a raid.