Mewtwo Raid Guide: 2018 Update with Gen 3 and Weather
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It’s been quite some time since we wrote the original Mewtwo Raid Guide and it’s time for an update! A lot has happened since then – most especially Gen 3 release and weather effects! There have also been major changes in the game with the way that specials work which has shifted things around quite a bit as well. This infographic is quite a bit more complicated than the last one but we think it’s worth it. In general, to use the infographic, you use the counters from the top normal section combined with the special sections for weather. We know there are more gen 3 coming soon and additional legendaries but those are not included in this analysis.
Mewtwo Raid Guide
Mewtwo is a tough Raid Pokemon with only 2 real strong counters, Tyranitar and Mewtwo himself. Mewtwo is similar to Alakazam but with much higher defense and even higher attack. He has 2 different quick attacks, Psycho Cut and Confusion.
- Psycho Cut is great on offense but terrible on defense due to it being a very fast attack.
- Confusion on the other hand is awesome on defense while still being good on attack if a bit slow.
- You can tell the difference between the two by how quickly the attacks are coming out and how big a chunk of your life is going away with each hit.
- Big slow attacks is Confusion, smaller faster attacks is Psycho Cut.
Mewtwo is also equipped with 4 different moves, 3 of which are top tier on both offense and defense while the last gets a STAB damage bonus saving it from being total garbage
- Focus Blast is the first of the strong specials and arguably the strongest due to it covering Mewtwo’s biggest weakness: Tyranitar. It is a Full bar, 140 power fighting move and will hit like a truck on both offense and defense. Fighting moves are very strong in the current meta as seen with Machamp’s dominance of tier 4 raids and Focus Blast is an awesome fighting move.
- Shadow Ball is the next of the strong specials and type aside is arguably the strongest special move in the game. This is a 2 bar, 100 power Ghost move, great against ghost and psychic Pokemon. This kind of power is typically seen on bad single bar moves but seeing it on a 2 bar move is incredible
- Hyper Beam is the last of the strong specials and is a nice well rounded special. It is a single bar 150 power Normal move. Rarely going to be the best counter against something but will rarely be a bad choice. This makes it great for clearing gyms!
- Psychic is the last of the specials. It is not a particularly awe inspiring special move as a bad single bar 100 power move. This move is particularly bad on defense as Tyranitar will shrug it off due to his small brain size.
When you catch your Mewtwo, you are generally looking for the following move sets, make sure to use your TMs!
- Confusion + Shadow Ball: Great against a wide variety of raid bosses. High DPS
- Confusion + Focus Blast: Great for attacking gyms. Focus Blast is great for taking out the majority of the top gym defenders including the big 3 Blissey, Chansey and Snorlax
- Psycho Cut + Focus Blast: Also great for attacking gyms. The faster psycho cut does slightly less damage but is much easier to dodge with
Not useful now but..
- Confusion + Psychic: A good attack for fighting and poison Pokemon which means Machamp. Unfortunately Psychic is a terrible 1 bar move currently. If the move gets changed back to a decent multi bar move or a huge heavy hitting 1 bar move this will be the move set to look for!
General Mewtwo Counters
Best Counters Against Everything but Focus Blast
First a quick note. You can sometimes tell what special move Mewtwo is using based on what is auto-suggested in game. The quick and dirty version is, if your Tyranitar isn’t chosen, its Focus Blast and you should use the Focus Blast section below. If it is picked, continue on!
Tyranitar is by far the strongest counter against Mewtwo. He shrugs off Psychic attacks and has extremely strong Dark attacks at his disposal. If your Tyranitar has Stone Edge, don’t worry, the only thing better than a Bite/Stone Edge Tyranitar is a Bite/Crunch Tyranitar so you are in good hands. If for some reason you have any other move set for Tyranitar, that’s okay too! Even the worst Iron Tail/Fire Blast Tyranitar is as good as the 6th counter on the list. That said, you should TM away that Iron Tail as fast as you can because it’s terrible, and Fire blast is almost as bad. Leave your fire moves to Moltres, Flareon and Arcanine where they belong.
There is one thing in between the 2 best Tyranitar above and that’s a Mewtwo with Shadow Ball. Remember how I said Shadow Ball is the best move in the game? And its great against psychic? Guess what Mewtwo is? A psychic Pokemon! So use your psychic Pokemon against a psychic Pokemon and you will do great! Umm… wait a second what happens if the defending Mewtwo has Shadow Ball too? Well you will get your Shadow Balls off first and you will still be fine. Use your Tyranitar instead if you have the choice.
These counters are much worse than Tyranitar and Mewtwo but are definitely still usable! If you happen to find a level 30-35 weather boosted one in the wild they will work especially well. I wouldn’t use my stardust on these for the most part though (Dragonite excluded of course).
Baby Tyranitar puts in quite a showing against Mewtwo, reliably showing near the top of the counters list. Dark moves are what you are looking for although a fire quick move isn’t the end of the world. If you are swimming in fast tms like I am, swap that to dark/dark as there are better fire Pokemon out there but Houndoom is the #2 dark Pokemon.
Scizor is the best bug attacker and has no issues vs. Hyper Beam. He does okay against all forms of Mewtwo except focus blast.
Pinsir does particularly good against Shadow Ball Mewtwo if he can survive long enough to get off his specials. I wouldn’t power him up but if you have a decent one and are hurting for a slot, you can put him in.
Good old Dragonite with Outrage is a good general counter for every raid boss and you probably have a high level one to use which is even better. It’s no Tyranitar but still makes the list of good counters. A couple high level Dragonite are some of the most stardust efficient general counters you can invest in.
Best Counters vs. Focus Blast
Mewtwo laughs at Focus Blast and does amazing in this match up with Shadow Ball. You are doing super effective double bar 100 power moves while taking not very effective single bar 140 power moves. It’s pretty insane just how good Mewtwo is in this particular situation. Of course if you already have a Mewtwo and you are fighting Mewtwo you are a lucky bastard and you don’t need this guide anyway!
Gengar, the second best shadow ball user, is a very special case glass cannon who you only want to use if you are in a hurry (or very short on people). It is theoretically possible to duo a Psycho Cut/Focus Blast Mewtwo with Gengar with a bit of luck if you each have 12 of them. It’s going to be quite difficult though. There is one other funny thing about Gengar in this situation. If Gengar can survive exactly 3 Confusions, Gengar will do a large amount of damage. If 3 Confusions kills Gengar, Gengar will be absolutely terrible. This means you need to have a high enough level, defense and stamina combination to survive 3 confusions. In short this means you need to be level 32, with 15 defense and 15 stamina or level 37 with 10 defense and 10 stamina to survive long enough. The exact breakpoint will depend upon your exact situation. Check out the new raid advice tool of Pokebattler to find exactly how far to power up Gengar.
Good counters vs. Focus Blast
Don’t worry about powering up these Pokemon. Try and find them weather boosted if you can
Our little bug using friend pops up again as a surprisingly sturdy attacker.
Gyarados with double dark move is of course going to do quite good damage. It is particularly good against focus blast so keep that in mind if you have a high level one. I highly recommend not having a single dark move Gyarados though. With the new Waterfall/Hydropump combo available, you should have Gyarados with double water moves and he’s the now the strongest second strongest Water Pokemon in the game. Edit: Kyogre just came out and is the new water champion. You still need 6 good water Pokemon and Gyarados is still much better as water than as dark.
If Mewtwo is carrying Focus Blast, Tyranitar is far less useful. With Gen 3, there are many you really should try to dodge with as it will hit you very hard. If you mess up and still use Tyranitar against a Mewtwo with Focus Blast, you are still doing OK as Tyranitar is still the #5 counter for that move set. But if you know ahead of time that you are facing Focus Blast, you really want to be using the two counters listed above.
Dragonite pops up again. This should not surprise you. Unless the defending Pokemon is Steel or Fairy, Dragonite, with its huge Outrage, will be hitting for full damage.
Gen 3 finally makes an appearance! A very interesting psychic Pokemon with access to Shadow Ball.
Good Counters vs. Normal
These are a couple of glass cannons who happen to double resist Hyper Beam if you happen to know that’s what you are facing.
Once again, you need Gengar to be able to survive 3 Confusions in order to be good. The normal resist does help if Gengar walks into a hyper beam.
Another gen 3 pops up. Baby Gengar does OK here. I definitely would not recommend spending any stardust on this one though. Way too squishy.
Additional Good Weather Counters
Weather has caused quite a shift in raid battles, causing rankings to shift dramatically across the board. Tyranitar and Mewtwo are so much better than any other option, they stay well ahead of the pack as great counters despite the 20% weather modifier. That should give you a clue of just how much stronger they really are!
It’s been a long time since Snorlax showed up in any charts. He’s a very tanky option, and deals a lot of damage before he dies thanks to that excellent Lick Ghost move. Don’t have lick? Keep Snorlax in a gym so it won’t be auto-selected or TM him! Snorlax is particularly good against Shadow Ball Mewtwo but does reasonably well against all of them.
Shiftry Absol Crawdaunt
A dark trio appears in the rarest of weather conditions. If you can’t see your face, you can use these guys. They are all a bit squishy and low level so don’t waste stardust on them but they are definitely good choices in this weather.
The strongest electric Pokemon gets a boost in the rain rendering him useful against Mewtwo. You should have one or two of these powered up for Kyogre!
A clear weather boost makes the powerful Solar Beam Groudon good against Mewtwo. Groudon is pretty much always amazing in clear weather which is the most common weather type on the game. Having a good Solar Beam Groudon powered up will be of great use in clearing gyms and against almost every raid boss! Highly recommend powering one up whose best stat is attack.
These 2 fire Pokemon also happen to do quite well in clear weather. Also worth powering one of each up if you have enough rare candy.
We gave windy its own separate full list as Mewtwo gets a boost from windy, making him more of a beast than ever! Those Confusions are going to hit very hard and Gengar, in particular, is going to get slaughtered. Windy is not a very common weather type but if you’ve got it during your raid, you will be rewarded with a level 25 instead of a level 20 Pokemon saving a chunk of rare candy!
These 2 Pokemon don’t care about wind! Tyranitar still resists the psychic moves and Mewtwo’s own psychic quick attacks hit harder too.
Dragonite gets a 20% boost to its attacks and is a good attacker in windy weather.
Dark Pokemon with their double resists move up on the charts vs. the vicious Confusions and Psycho Cuts.
X-Scissor is a very quick 3 bar attack letting Scizor sneak in special attacks before dying.
Lugia is a very tanky Pokemon and gets a nice damage boost in windy weather.
How to get an invite
Currently Mewtwo is available via an invite only system. The best ways we know to get an invite are
- Raid at sponsored gyms like Starbucks or at parks
- Have a Silver or Gold badge at the gym
- Get really lucky
We know that many players are frustrated with the way that invites are passed out currently and this is subject to change. We will see what the future brings.
Four and a half months has really shaken up the Pokemon Go Raid scene. Players have gotten more and more legendaries and have powered up their good attacking Pokemon farther. User interface changes in game have made specials easier to use without losing any DPS. Gen 3 has added additional good options to counter various bosses. Finally weather has completely shaken up the game making infographics like these harder and harder to make. We’ve done our best to simplify things down, but we highly recommend using our custom raid guides. Entering in the exact Pokemon you have is always the best to pick your counters.
Happy Hunting and thanks for reading!
We put out a funny challenge to defeat Mewtwo with only Blissey. Without a weather boost, we are pretty sure it can be done with just 5 players. Obviously getting that many players with maxed out level 40 Blissey’s is a problem. Closest we have seen so far is this 8 man attempt.
With a ton of time to spare, looks like they could have done it with just 7 teams. This should give you hope for your Mewtwo attempt if you are short manned. As long as everyone is using counters from our guide, it will be easier than defeating Mewtwo with 7 teams of Blissey! Good luck everyone!