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Pokemon GO: Best counters to use against Tyranitar in raids

Tyranitar is fearsome as an opponent, but it has some glaring weaknesses (Image via The Pokemon Company)
Tyranitar is fearsome as an opponent, but it has some glaring weaknesses (Image via The Pokemon Company)
Spencer Whitworth

Tyranitar has long been a powerful opponent in Pokemon GO, and its dangerous nature is only amplified when it appears as a raid boss.

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The good news for Pokemon GO trainers is Tyranitar has a total of seven different elemental weaknesses thanks to its Rock/Dark typing, and one in particular hits twice as hard with super effective damage. To counter Tyranitar, players will need to focus on using Pokemon that match their types to the move types Tyranitar is weak to. Also, obtaining a Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB) should improve their damage potential even more.


Pokemon GO: Ideal moves and Pokemon to counter Tyranitar as a raid boss

Conkeldurr's high-powered Fighting-type moves can devastate Tyranitar's defenses (Image via Niantic)
Conkeldurr's high-powered Fighting-type moves can devastate Tyranitar's defenses (Image via Niantic)

Overall, Tyranitar is weak to Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, and Water-type moves. Fighting-type moves, in particular, deal twice as much super-effective damage as Tyranitar's other weaknesses. This shouldn't be lost on Pokemon GO trainers, as a team of powerful Fighting-type attackers can quickly take out Tyranitar with a bit of assistance from fellow trainers using the same method. However, if trainers don't have great Fighting-type Pokemon available, simply hitting Tyranitar with normal super effective damage can still get the job done with time to spare.

Below Pokemon GO players can find a list of moves and Pokemon that excel against Tyranitar as a raid boss:

Fast Moves

  • Low Kick (Fighting-type)
  • Counter (Fighting-type)
  • Water Gun (Water-type)
  • Waterfall (Water-type)
  • Vine Whip (Grass-type)
  • Metal Claw (Steel-type)
  • Mud Shot (Ground-type)
  • Mud-Slap (Ground-type)
  • Rock Smash (Fighting-type)
  • Bug Bite (Bug-type)

Charge Moves

  • Focus Blast (Fighting-type)
  • Dynamic Punch (Fighting-type)
  • Aura Sphere (Fighting-type)
  • Hydro Cannon (Water-type)
  • Hydro Pump (Water-type)
  • Close Combat (Fighting-type)
  • Frenzy Plant (Grass-type)
  • Sacred Sword (Fighting-type)
  • Superpower (Fighting-type)
  • Earthquake (Ground-type)
  • X-Scissor (Bug-type)

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Pokemon

  • Mega Lopunny
  • Mega Gengar
  • Mega Blastoise
  • Mega Venusaur
  • Mega Beedrill
  • Mega Gyarados
  • Conkeldurr
  • Lucario
  • Machamp
  • Breloom
  • Hitmonlee
  • Hitmonchan
  • Hariyama
  • Blaziken
  • Sirfetch'd
  • Toxicroak
  • Emboar
  • Heracross
  • Sawk
  • Cobalion
  • Gallade
  • Zamazenta (Hero of Many Battles Form)
  • Pangoro
  • Landorus
  • Chesnaught
  • Falinks
  • Primeape
  • Infernape
  • Poliwrath
  • Rhyperior

With these Pokemon and moves, it shouldn't take too many Pokemon GO trainers following the same strategy to take down raid boss Tyranitar. The better the trainers' clear time, the more Premier Balls they'll receive as a reward and the more chances they'll have catching the Tyranitar for themselves. Tyranitar can be a powerful ally to have, even if its weaknesses make it a situational combatant at times.


Edited by Rupak Kumar Jha

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