Is Raikou good in Pokémon Go?

Is it worth your time and effort?

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Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go are exceedingly good to have in your roster. You can use them in raids against other players, and they’re fun to walk around with while you play the game. One of the more powerful Pokémon you can capture is Raikou, the Electric-type legendary beast. We’ve broken down how to beat it in a five-star raid, its best moveset, and you have the chance to capture its shiny version during its available raids. But is it good to use in the game?

Raikou is an Electric-type Pokémon, making it only weak to Ground-type moves, and it’s resistant to Electric, Flying, and Steel-type attacks. For PvP, it has a maximum CP of 3,452, an attack of 202, a defense of 165, and a stamina of 175. For PvE, it has an attack of 241, a defense of 195, and a stamina of 207. Both stats are pretty good, meaning you can use Raikou for both five-star raids, and PvP.

If you plan to use Raikou for PvP, you’ll want to take it to the Master League. Its higher CP means that it won’t reach its full potential in the Ultra League, although it wouldn’t be terrible to use. Although, there are better Electric-type choices in that league. Regardless, take Raikou to the Master League, and it’ll be able to duke it out against Ho-Oh, Mewtwo, Lugia, Togekiss, Zapdos, Gyarados, Articuno, Metagross, and several others.

Because Raikou ios higher up on the list, you can pair it with the stronger choices and use it as a closer. You’ll want to partner it up with Snorlax, Palkia, Gyarados, Mamoswine, Mew, Gardevoir, or Genesect.

You’d be a fool to pass up the chance to add Raikou to your roster. It’s a great choice, and you can use it in various situations. You’ll want to work with several trainers to take it down during five-star raids, and the more chances you have to battle it, the better odds you have of capturing one with ideal stats.