'Pokémon Go' Dragon Week Raids: Rayquaza Counters and Every New Boss

Dragon Week in Pokémon Go is under way and fans of the powerful, but elusive type will get the best chance to capture some of these rare Pokémon.

However, the Raids will be where most trainers will want to hunt for these Dragon-type Pokémon. Niantic confirmed on its blog that Rayquaza, the Legendary Pokémon from the Hoenn region, will return giving trainers another shot at catching it and its possible shiny form.

Continue reading for all the information needed to combat Rayquaza and what other Pokémon have started to appear in raids during the week-long event.

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Rayquaza is a dual Dragon and Flying-type Pokémon and that gives it some weaknesses, but a lot of resistances.

This Legendary is weak to Ice, Rock, Dragon and Fairy-type attacks, with Ice types dealing four times the damage. The Hoenn Legendary resists the following attacks so you'll want to avoid using Pokémon that know these move types: Ground, Water, Fire, Grass, Bug and Fighting.

In Pokémon Go, there are plenty of new Ice-type Pokémon that were added since the last time Rayquaza began appearing in Raids so there's a lot of options for trainers. Of the new Pokémon, Galarian Darmanitan and the Legendary Pokémon Kyurem are great Ice types who can hit hard.

Here's a list of Pokémon with the most optimal moves to use against Rayquaza during the event. They are not listed in any particular order.

  • Galarian Darmanitan with Ice Fang and Avalanche
  • Kyurem with Dragon Breath and Blizzard
  • Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Ice Beam
  • Articuno with Frost Breath and Ice Beam
  • Regice with Frost Breath and Blizzard
  • Mew with Frost Breath and Blizzard
  • Cloyster with Frost Breath and Avalanche
  • Jynx with Frost Breath and Avalanche
  • Mamoswine with Powder Snow and Avalanche
  • Piloswine with Powder Snow Avalanche.
  • Weavile with Ice Shard Avalanche
  • Lapras with Frost Breath and Ice Beam
  • Rampardos with Smackdown and Rock Slide
  • Porygon Z with Hidden Power (Ice) and Blizzard
  • Glaceon with Frost Breath and Avalanche


As one would expect, the Raids during Dragon Week will be filled with Dragon-type Pokémon or Pokémon that evolve into Dragon types.

Trainers will see the usual Alolan Exeggutors in Raids, but Pokémon like Gible, Vibrava and Dragonite can now be battled and caught in these special battles. Continue reading the list of Raids and what Pokémon occupy them below.

Level 1

  • Dratini
  • Treecko
  • Swablu
  • Snivy

Level 2

  • Alolan Exeggutor
  • Gible

Level 3

  • Seadra
  • Vibrava

Level 4

  • Charizard
  • Dragonite
  • Salamence

Level 5

  • Rayquaza

What do you think of the Dragon Week event in Pokémon Go? What team are you bringing into battle against Rayquaza? Let us know in the comments section.