Rayquaza Duo Raid Guide

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Tier 5 Raid Boss Guides

Easy at trainer level 30 with optimized counters or weather boost

HP15,000 ATK236.21 DEF146.15
CP Range
Lvl 20 2102 - 2191 Lvl 25 2627 - 2739

Notable Weather

Boosts Boss's Moves Boosts Counters' Moves
Windy, Partly Cloudy Snow, Windy, Partly Cloudy, Cloudy

Fast Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Air Slash Intermediate
Dragon Tail Challenging

Charge Move Difficulty

Move Difficulty
Ancient Power Intermediate
Aerial Ace Intermediate
Outrage Challenging


Rayquaza is one of the easiest five-star bosses to duo in the entire game given the right counters, and it keeps getting easier with every new generation, it seems. Ice types are definitely the way to go in this raid, as low defenses compounded by a double weakness to Ice are the crux of this raid's ease. For example; level 20 versions of Mamoswine can theoretically duo a Ray, though the number of deaths makes this pretty impractical. You can get 6 weather boosted Swinub, bring them up, and have a duo ready with minimal investment. IVs don’t make a material difference. Two teams of 6 0/0/0 level 30 Mamoswine can easily duo vs all movesets. There’s no excuse to run this in large groups.

The snowy solo is very hard, but it's approaching doable thanks to monsters like Shadow Mamoswine.


Team composition

  • Shadow Mamoswine is the strongest overall counter to Rayquazaa

  • Mega Glalie is the Mega of choice for this raid, though Mega Abomasnow is extremely close..

    • Mega Salamence and Mega Latios are also okay in Windy weather or if you're in a large-yet-sub-optimal raid group that's heavily invested in Dragons.

  • Fill in with as many Mamoswine as possible

  • Galarian Darmanitan offers more DPS than Mamoswine at the cost of some TDO, though TDO is generally more important in this raid

  • Shadow Weavile comes close to solo-level DPS in neutral weather, though it's terribly frail

  • Shadow Mewtwo comes close to Mamoswine's performance despite not being Ice Type, though it still falls a bit behind

  • Be wary of re-entry, especially vs Outrage. A strong second team is nearly mandatory as it saves time over max reviving, and should be easy to build given the number of options available

Dodging strategy

  • The enemy of this fight is TDO more than DPS, so dodging is definitely recommended. This is especially true Vs. Outrage

Best Raid Boss Counters

Mega Evolution Counters
Mega Glalie Mega Glalie
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If you're bringing a Mega Evolution to the duo, then this is generally the one to go with. With superior DPS and a lone weakness to Ancient Power, this is a great option for getting ahead of the clock and scoring some huge gashes in Rayquaza's HP bar, especially if your raid partner is doubled-up with their own Mega Glalie or a Shadow Mamoswine at the same time.

Mega Abomasnow Mega Abomasnow
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While not quite up to Mega Glalie's power, Mega Abomasnow can hit all of the same major milestones, and is a perfectly viable option. Just watch out for Flying Type moves!

Mega Salamence Mega Salamence
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Honestly, Mega Salamence can't compete with the above Ice Type Mega Evolutions even in Windy weather. Their main utility has to be if you're working with a low-level raid group that has a lot of Dragons in their team. But even then, it's largely a sub-optimal pick for this raid.

Mega Latios Mega Latios
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Same story as Mega Salemence, really.

Supreme Counters

ShadowSwine Shadow Mamoswine
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The lone monarch of this raid, Shadow Mamoswine stares down Rayquaza defiantly. As the undisputed Ice Type King, it's no wonder why Mamoswine takes our #1 spot here. At Lv.50 or at Lv.40 under Snowy weather its DPS breaks the bit 50, meaning it's technically solo-worthy, though that's not an easy achievement. Regardless, this is the priority for this raid!

ShadowWeavile Shadow Weavile
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Shadow Weavile has performance similar to Shadow Mamoswine, but a bit lower on DPS and a fair bit weaker in terms of longevity. Still, it's another genuine priority!

Galarian Darmanitan Galarian Darmanitan
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The strongest non-Shadow/Mega counter in terms of DPS, Galarian Darmanitan is definitely a top pick for this raid.

Mamoswine Mamoswine
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The ever-popular, universal-utility Ice Type, Mamoswine is the starting point for a Rayquaza raid for most players, and with good reason! While it can't compare to its Shadow-self, it's still very, very viable for an easy duo run!

Shadow Mewtwo Shadow Mewtwo
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No STAB/Super Effective Fast Move? No Problem! Once again, Shadow Mewtwo breaks its way into a raid guide by virtue of its coverage moves, and it's a great all-around pick for this raid.

Good Counters

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Weavile's performance falls a bit when compared to its Shadow forme, but it's still a very viable though frail option for this raid.

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Alongside Mamoswine, this is the budget-option. Eevee has traditionally been a really common Pokemon for the most part, so scoring a few Glaceon is an easy fix for a lot of players, and just evolving a Lv.30 is enough to work for the duo.

ShadowAbomasnow Shadow Abomasnow
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Abomasnow no like Flying moves. Abomasnow no last long. Abomasnow hit hard.

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This is probably the last time that you'll ever see this thing on one of our raid guides, but Avalugg actually is a great Pokemon for this raid! It has duo-worthy DPS and a very strong TDO, making it a great filler.... however, we generally don't recommend that you raise one, as its utility beyond this raid is pretty limited.

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Not as great as its Shadow forme, but still very worthwhile.

Articuno Articuno
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Having a double Ice weakness brings out some strange counters, doesn't it? Well, the classic Mystic avatar bird's evil form actually has solid overall performance... just so long as Rayquaza isn't packing Ancient Power.

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Didn't I just mention strange counters? Of all of the Dragons in the game, Kyurem leads the pack when it comes to Rayquaza raids thanks to the sheer power of Glaciate. Just... don't expect it to stay for very long.

Other Counters/Windy Weather

Shadow Salamence Shadow Salamence
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The true king of Dragons.... but not really worthwhile here. As with the other dragons, Shadow Salamence is actually a sub-optimal counter to Mega Rayquaza due to its relative frailty and lack of double-weakness exploitation. Still, it's solid in Windy weather and/or with a Dragon Type Mega Evolution on the field.

Shadow Dragonite Shadow Dragonite
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Same story as Shadow Salamence, but a bit less DPS/a bit more TDO.

Rayquaza Rayquaza
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Rayquaza is a risky yet acceptable counter to itself in the absence of Ice Types. Breaking Swipe is preferable, as the DPS loss if very negligible, but the added flexibility with dodging is very valuable.

Salamence Salamence
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Dragonite Dragonite
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The resistance to Aerial Ace is a nice change of pace.

Garchomp Garchomp
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It resists Ancient Power, at least!

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Tank Counters

Rhyperior Rhyperior
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The tankiest option for this raid, Rhyperior has a lot of staying power and a DPS total that's still above the 25 that's needed to secure a Dou. However, just for context, Shadow Mamoswine's TDO is nearly identical on average while sporting substantially more DPS. That's not to say that Rhyperior is bad, as it's 100% duo-viable as well, but it's an interesting comparison.

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Still well known as the Dragon that doesn't fear Dragons, Dialga's overall performance allows it to stay for a fair bit of time while dealing Duo-worthy DPS. 

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Despite sporting a comparatively abysmal Attack stat, Regice is a perfect example of just how devastating a 2x weakness can be, as it's still a duo-viable option. Just... please don't raise a Regice just for this raid, as this may be the only Legendary raid where it's even slightly worth considering.

Togekiss Togekiss
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Togekiss just barely skirts by the 25 DPS minimum for a Duo, and that's only with Hidden Power Ice. It's still fine to act as a tank if you need help facing Outrage even with Charm if you have other high-DPS options to make up for its sluggish performance, though.

Glass Counters

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Jynx actually rivals Shadow Salamence in this raid... and that's not really an enviable position considering how badly outclassed it is by the Ice Type titans. It won't last long, but it'll put in some solid DPS.

Rampardos Rampardos
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Rampardos' outstanding Attack stat and great Rock Type moveset lets is cameo on this list.

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Unfortunately, Haxorus is the least of the dragons listed here... but it still is duo-worthy.

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