Dragon Week brings an opportunity to catch Rayquaza to Pokémon Go – assuming, of course, that you’re able to handle an intense raid battle.

Rayquaza has shown up in Pokémon Go raids in the past, but with Mega Evolutions on the way, this Dragon Week’s raid Pokémon is likely to be a hotly sought after legendary Pokémon for a long time to come.

As with all raid battles, players around the world will work together to chip away at Rayquaza’s high health bar. Collective success means the opportunity to catch the Pokémon, so it’s imperative that you use a solid counter during the raid battle.

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How to catch Rayquaza in the Dragon Week raid

Rayquaza is a Dragon and Flying type Pokémon, which means that is has one major weakness: Ice. Any Ice-type move is going be super effective in battling the Pokémon during the Dragon Week raid.

Rayquaza is also weak to Fairy and Rock moves, although these won’t be quite as effective. You can also rely on other Dragon-type moves, although this is a risky strategy as Rayquaza’s moves will do just as much extra damage to a fellow Dragon as these moves will do to it.

Using Shadow Pokémon can be helpful if you have some to hand as they pack an extra punch, but first and foremost you should make sure that your team is made up of strong Ice-Types that can freeze Rayquaza solid.

Best counters for Rayquaza in Pokémon Go

According to Pokémon Go Hub, the following Pokémon are most effective as counters for Rayquaza:

  • Mamoswine
  • Glaceon
  • Weaville
  • Mewtwo (with Ice Beam)
  • Jynx

While these are the absolute best counters to use against Rayquaza during Pokémon Go’s Dragon Week, any decently powerful Ice-type move will have the desired effect.

In order to stand a chance of hurting Rayquaza enough to earn a chance to capture it, you’ll want to team up with several other players. The more of you that work together, the easier it will be to take chunks out of its health bar.

After that, it’s a matter of throwing a PokéBall and getting lucky. Succeed in capturing Rayquaza, and you’re going to have one of the most elusive Pokémon from Dragon Week.

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