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Pokemon GO Mega Salamence Raid Guide – Best Counters & Weaknesses

Here’s everything you need to know to beat Mega Salamence in Pokemon GO Raids, including the best counters to use and its weaknesses!

Mega Raids are pretty challenging, but you’ll have to win them if you want to earn Mega Energy to Mega Evolve your Pokemon.

Luckily, Mega Salamence has one glaring weakness that makes defeating it pretty simple!

How to Beat Mega Salamence in Pokemon GO Raids

To beat Mega Salamence in Pokemon GO, you should ideally take it on with a team of at least four trainers. This is because Mega Salamence is a Tier 4 Raid boss.

Additionally, each of these players should have strong counters to exploit Mega Salamence’s weaknesses.

For more help, here are the best tips to win Pokemon GO Raids, no matter the boss!

Mega Salamence Pokemon GO Pokedex

What Type is Mega Salamence?

Mega Salamence is a Dragon/Flying-type Pokemon, which is quite a rare type.

This means it has just four weaknesses but six resistances, including not one but two double resistances!

Mega Salamence Weaknesses

  • Ice (Double Weakness)
  • Dragon
  • Fairy
  • Rock

You’ll want to exploit Mega Salamence’s double weakness to Ice, as Ice-type attacks deal 256% damage to it. The other types it is weak to deal 160% damage, so are also good options.

Mega Salamence Resistances

  • Grass (Double Resistance)
  • Ground (Double Resistance)
  • Bug
  • Fighting
  • Fire
  • Water

Grass and Ground-type attacks deal just 39% damage to Mega Salamence, while the other types it resists deal just 63% damage.

Mega Salamence Pokemon GO Trainer

Best Pokemon to Counter Mega Salamence in Raids

The best Pokemon to beat Mega Salamence Raids in Pokemon GO are Mamoswine, Glaceon, Mewtwo, and Kyurem.

Additionally, if you want to Mega Evolve some Pokemon of your own for this Raid, then Mega Abomasnow, Mega Glalie, and Mega Latios are also all great choices.

These are our top 10 picks and their best attacks:

PokemonImageFast AttackCharged Attack
Mega AbomasnowMega Abomasnow Pokemon GOPowder SnowWeather Ball
Mega GlalieMega Glalie Pokemon GOFrost BreathAvalanche
Mamoswine Pokemon GO MamoswinePowder SnowAvalanche
Mega LatiosMega Latios Pokemon GODragon BreathDragon Claw
GlaceonPokemon GO GlaceonFrost BreathAvalanche
Mewtwo Pokemon GO MewtwoPsycho CutIce Beam
KyuremKyurem Pokemon GODragon BreathBlizzard
AvaluggPokemon GO AvaluggIce FangAvalanche
AurorusAurorus Pokemon GOFrost BreathWeather Ball
ArticunoArticuno Pokemon GOFrost BreathIce Beam

Here’s the fastest way to earn Candy in Pokemon GO so you can power up your Pokemon before you battle Mega Salamence.

When is Mega Salamence in Pokemon GO Raids?

Mega Salamence is in Pokemon GO Raids from January 10 to January 18, 2023, as part of the Twinkling Fantasy Event.

This is the first time that Mega Salamence has appeared in Pokemon GO, and is also everyone’s first chance to Mega Evolve their Salamence once they earn enough Mega Energy.

Check out the January 2023 Pokemon GO Raid schedule to find out what other Mega and Legendary Pokemon are available to battle this month.

Is There Shiny Salamence in Pokemon GO?

Yes, there is a shiny version of Salamence in Pokemon GO, and players have a small chance of encountering one after winning a Mega Salamence Raid.

Instead of the usual blue and red, shiny Salamence has green and orange color scheme.

Read our Pokemon GO shiny odds guide to find out the exact chances of encountering a shiny Salamence.

Shiny Salamence Pokemon GO Pokedex

Best Salamence Attacks & Moveset

The best attacks for Salamence in Pokemon GO are Dragon Tail and Draco Meteor.

If you want to teach it an additional charged attack to make it a better option for the GO Battle League, then Hydro Pump is the next best choice.

These are all of the attacks that Salamence can learn in Pokemon GO:

Fast AttacksCharged Attacks
Bite (Dark)Fire Blast (Fire)
Fire Fang (Fire)Hydro Pump (Water)
Dragon Tail (Dragon)Draco Meteor (Dragon)
Outrage (Dragon – Exclusive Attack)
Frustration (Normal – Shadow Salamence only)
Return (Normal – Purified Salamence only)

Find out how to get Elite Fast and Charged TMs so you can teach your Salamence any attack of your choosing!

Salamence & Mega Salamence Stats

Salamence and Mega Salamence have very high attack values, but it is a bit lacking in defense.

StatSalamenceMega Salamence
Attack277310
Defense168251
Stamina216216
Max CP 42395688

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