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Pokemon GO: Salamence Raid Guide – Best Counters, Weaknesses

Find out how to defeat and catch Salamence in raids! The best counters, weaknesses, and everything else you need to know!

There’s been lots of exciting raid battles in Pokemon GO recently! Whether it’s trainers finally getting to catch Charizard, or the debut of Mega Latias and Mega Latios, there’s been lots of great ‘Mon to catch.

One upcoming addition to the raid pool is the fan-favorite Salamence. Salamence isn’t just one of the most popular Pokemon of all time, it’s also an incredibly strong one, too!

Salamence has earned a reputation as one of the strongest Dragon-type Pokemon in the game. If you’re a dedicated raider, then Salamence is a must-have!

To catch Salamence, trainers will need to first defeat it in a raid battle. This means you have to battle an incredibly strong Pokemon with other trainers.

Once the Pokemon is defeated, its CP will drop to a lower level, and trainers will have the opportunity to catch it. We recommend stocking up on Razz Berries and Golden Razz Berries, as Salamence is a difficult Pokemon to catch!

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Of course, in order to catch Salamence, you need to be able to defeat it. Here’s our expert guide to defeating Salamence in a raid!

Best Salamence Raid Counters

Salamence is a 3 star raid Pokemon. That means that even though it’s possible to defeat one on your own, it’s worth bringing along at least one friend to make things easier.

While Salamence is a difficult raid boss, we have everything you need to know in order to win the raid. Read on to find out exactly what makes it powerful, and how to exploit its weaknesses!

Salamence Stats and Type

Salamence is a powerful Pokemon with one of the highest attack stats in the game. It has the following stats in Pokemon GO:

  • Max CP: 4239
  • Attack: 277
  • Defense: 168
  • Stamina: 216

Additionally, it is a Dragon/Flying-type. This means Salamence resists attacks from the following types:

  • Bug
  • Fighting
  • Fire
  • Grass
  • Ground
  • Water

This means you shouldn’t go into battle using attacks of these types. Furthermore, Salamence has double resistances to Grass and Ground, meaning attacks of these types will do very little damage.

However, Salamence also has weaknesses. Here are the types that can deal super-effective damage to Salamence!

  • Dragon
  • Fairy
  • Ice
  • Rock

Also, Salamence has a double weakness to Ice-type moves. This means using Ice-type attacks like Avalanche is a great idea!

Since Salamence is part Dragon-type, using Mega Charizard X can be useful to help gain extra Candy!

Salamence Attacks and Moves

Salamence is hovering in a dark cave, looking downward. Lots of iridescent sparkles are in the foreground, suggesting the cave is sparkling.

In a Salamence Raid, you need to choose Pokemon that can withstand its powerful attacks. Here are the fast and charged moves that Salamence uses in raid battles!

Salamence Fast Moves

  • Bite (Dark)
  • Dragon Tail (Dragon)
  • Fire Fang (Fire)

Salamence Charged Moves

  • Draco Meteor (Dragon)
  • Fire Blast (Fire)
  • Hydro Pump (Water)
  • Outrage (Dragon) (Legacy)

This means that Salamence can hit the following types for super-effective damage:

  • Bug
  • Dragon
  • Fire
  • Ghost
  • Grass
  • Ground
  • Ice
  • Psychic
  • Rock
  • Steel

Because of this, you need to pick your Pokemon carefully to ensure Salamence cannot defeat them. 

Thankfully, we’ve picked out the best Salamence raid counters to choose from!

Best Pokemon To Defeat Salamence Raid

Salamence is a difficult Pokemon to face because of its high attack and diverse move pool. Because of this, the best Pokemon to bring to a Salamence Raid are strong Ice-type Pokemon, 

Ice is the only type that can hit Salamence for doubly super effective damage, making it the best choice. Fairy-types are also solid picks, as they can resist Salamence’s powerful Dragon-type attacks!

Find out if any ‘Mon from our best Pokemon for raid battles guide can be useful here!

Best Pokemon For Salamence Raid

While these are not the only Pokemon that can be useful, here are the 10 best Pokemon to use in a Salamence raid. Make sure you equip them with powerful Ice-type moves!

  1. Mega Abomasnow
  2. Mamoswine
  3. Darmanitan (Galarian Form)
  4. Glaceon
  5. Weavile
  6. Avalugg
  7. Vanilluxe
  8. Articuno
  9. Beartic
  10. Walrein

Of course, these aren’t the only powerful Pokemon you can use! Any Ice-type Pokemon is a great choice, so if you don’t have any of the above ‘Mon, try using other powerful Ice-type ‘Mon like Glalie, Jynx, and Lapras!

There are lots of exciting Pokemon GO events coming soon! Make sure to check out our May Spotlight Hours Schedule for just some things to look forward to.

Don’t forget to check out our Tapu Fini Raid Guide too! This powerful legendary ‘Mon can also help you out in Salamence Raids.

Find out every Mega Pokemon available in Pokemon GO here!

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