'Pokémon Go' Shiny Rayquaza Raid Event: Start Time and Best Counters

The Raids in Pokémon Go are about to have a new boss. Rayquaza, the Legendary Dragon-type from the Hoenn region returns to Pokémon Go in Raid Battles for a limited time.

Armored Mewtwo will soon leave the Tier 5 battles in the popular mobile game and be replaced with the Emerald Dragon. While this is the third time Rayquaza has begun appearing in Pokémon Go, trainers will want to take part in these battles because they'll finally have a chance to catch a Shiny Rayquaza.

Here's all the information you'll need to take down Rayquaza and catch its Shiny form.

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The latest Rayquaza Raid Battle event begins Wednesday, July 31 at 4 p.m. and ends on Monday, September 2 at 4 p.m.


In March, Rayquaza made its second appearance in Pokémon Go for a weekend event. Then, trainers believed that Shiny Rayquaza would finally be unlocked in the popular mobile game but Niantic confirmed that it wouldn't.

Four months later and Rayquaza's third time in Pokémon Go is here and Niantic confirms that its Shiny form is available for capture. Rayquaza has one of the coolest-looking Shinies in all of the Pokémon franchise. It goes from its emerald green color to a dark black.

Rayquaza won't appear in its Shiny form when you fight it in a Raid Battle, you'll have to wait until the capture stage to see if you have the opportunity at this rare Pokémon.


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 to Rayquaza.

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, Fighting.

With the Pokémon being four times weak to Ice-type attacks, you'll want to bring Pokémon that deal out attacks as fast as possible. Thankfully, Pokémon Go has a ton of Ice-type Pokémon that can deal a lot of damage, and most aren't Legendary.

There are other Pokémon - mostly Legendary Pokémon - that aren't the Ice-type but know at least one of those moves. Here's a list of Pokémon currently in Pokémon Go that trainers will want to bring into battle against Rayquaza:

  • 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

What do you think of Rayquaza's return? Do you think Rayquaza's Shiny is the best in the game? Let us know in the comments section below.