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

A five-star legendary raid.

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For those eager to add another legendary Pokémon to your roster in Pokémon Go, Virizion is an excellent choice. It’s one of the three legendary swords of justice Pokémon, and you can only find it by participating in five-star raids. You won’t be able to take it on alone. You’ll want to bring a few friends with you to fight it, and when you succeed, you’ll be able to capture it.

The next wave of five-raids feature Virizion kick off on November 16 and continue until the 23. These will be available alongside the other legendary Pokémon, Cobalion, and Terrakion.

Virizion weaknesses

Virizion is a Grass and Fighting-type Pokémon. It’s weak to Fairy, Fire, Flying, Ice, Poison, and Psychic-type attacks. It’s resistant to Dark, Electric, Grass, Ground, Rock, and Water-type moves. You want to really lean into the Flying and Fire-type attacks, as you can find several Pokémon who utilize both during the raid.

Pokémon to counter Virizion

The best Pokémon to use against Virizion include Mega Y Charizard, Moltres, and Ho-Oh.

Of the Mega-evolved Pokémon, Mega Y Charizard will be able to dominate Virizon. Not only does it have access to Flying-type moves, but it can also use Fire-type, hitting on both of its weaknesses. It has a maximum CP of 4,445, an attack of 319, a defense of 212, and stamina of 186. The best moves to use against Virizon include wing attack for its fast move, and for its charge moves, you want to use blast burn and flamethrower.

Another Fire and Flying-type Pokémon you can use is Moltres. It’s slightly rarer than Mega Y Charizard, but for trainers who have been keeping up with the five-star raids and events in the game, plenty of trainers have likely captured it by now. It’s a great Pokémon to use during this battle. It has a maximum CP of 3,465, an attack of 251, a defense of 181, and stamina of 207. During this fight, the best moves it can use include fire spin for its fast attack and sky attack and overheat for its charge moves.

The final Pokémon choice to face off against Virizon is Ho-Oh, another legendary bird. It’s a Fire and Flying-type, similar to Moltres, but it now has access to incinerate, a powerful fast attack move that makes it even more powerful than it already was. It has a maximum CP of 3,863, an attack of 239, a defense of 244, and a stamina of 214. For this raid, its best moveset is incinerate for its fast move, and brave bird and earthquake for its charge moves.

These are not the only options available to you to defeat Virizion. You can also use Mega Pidgeot, Rayquaza, Honchkrow, Mewtwo, Braviary, Zapdos, Mega Gengar, Lugia, Togekiss, Mega Beedrill, Dragonite, Darmanitan, or Chandelure.