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How to beat Poliwrath in Pokémon Go – All Poliwrath weaknesses and best Pokémon counters

Tackle Poliwrath in three-star raids.

Poliwrath is one of the handful of raids that can appear in Pokémon Go. There’s a good chance you’ll encounter this raid as a three-star encounter, which means you should be able to take it on by yourself, so long as you have a reasonable Pokémon team to use at your side. Poliwrath has a handful of weaknesses that you can exploit to take advantage of your team. Here’s what you need to know about how to beat Poliwrath in Pokémon Go.

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All Poliwrath weaknesses

Poliwrath is a Fighting and Water-type Pokémon. It will be weak against Electric, Fairy, Flying, Grass, and Psychic-type moves but resistant against Bug, Dark, Fire, Ice, Rock, Steel, and Water-type attacks. We highly recommend using any Electric, Grass, or Psychic-type Pokémon against Poliwrath.

The best Pokémon to counter Poliwrath

The best Pokémon to use against Poliwrath during the raid are Exeggutor, Gallade, and Togekiss.

Exeggutor is a Grass and Psychic-type Pokémon. Because it’s a Grass-type, it’ll be resistant against any of Poliwrath’s Water-type attacks, meaning it can be used as a powerful defensive choice. While Exeggutor does not have the best defensive stat, it has superb attack power. With access to Grass and Psychic-type moves, nearly anything it uses against Poliwrath will be super effective.

You can also use Gallade, a Fighting and Psychic-type Pokémon. Gallade is one of the many Pokémon trainers used during the Battle League, and it’s also a great choice for raids. It has a much higher defensive stat than Exeggutor, with nearly identical attack power, making it an excellent first choice in your roster against Poliwrath. It wouldn’t hurt to have multiple Gallade to counter Poliwrath.

The final Pokémon we’re going to recommend against Poliwrath will be Togekiss, a Fairy and Flying-type. Like Exeggutor, Togekiss has access to two types that Poliwrath is weak against, giving a wide variety of attacks to use in the raid. Togekiss is also a more common sight of the considerably powerful Pokémon, regularly seen in the Ultra and Master League. If you have a few to spare against Poliwrath, we recommend lining up your roster with them.

For players who do not have access to the three options shared above, there are several other choices you can use. Here are some of the best alternative options for you to use to counter Poliwrath during a raid.

  • Alola Exeggutor
  • Lugia
  • Magnezone
  • Mega Pidgeot
  • Mewtwo
  • Roserade
  • Tangrowth
  • Thundurus
  • Tornadus
  • Venusaur
  • Zekrom

You can use any combination of Pokémon we’ve listed above to defeat Poliwrath. You need six Pokémon to participate in the raid. Once you’ve defeated Poliwrath, you and all trainers participating in the battle can catch it.

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Zack Palm
Zack Palm is the Senior Writer of Gamepur and has spent over five years covering video games, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Oregon State University. He spends his free time biking, running tabletop campaigns, and listening to heavy metal. His primary game beats are Pokémon Go, Destiny 2, Final Fantasy XIV, and any newly released title, and he finds it difficult to pull away from any Star Wars game.