While Pokemon Go news has been dominated by the recent Community Day reveal and event launches, there’s been another release that might have caught your eye.
A new Raid boss is available to battle and provides quite the combo for Trainers looking to beef up their attack lineup.
Rayquaza has only just arrived on the scene but is already being rated as a top addition to squads.
Not only that, but it’s actually one of the easiest Legendary Pokemon to catch.
Rayquaza is a dragon-type with some mean moves backed by high attack stats.
These aren’t far off what Mewtwo can dish out and is therefore a top pick for those unable to reach those EX Raids.
Available to catch until March 16, Rayquaza will be available during Niantic’s next Community Day event, which is scheduled to run on February 24.
It has some of the lowest defense stats and a double-weakness to Ice-type moves, making it a relatively easy takedown for four players.
Players should watch out as Rayquaza gets a bonus from windy weather, although with the right planning it should be manageable.
What makes Rayquaza such a good combo for Trainers is that it’s easy to plan and good to use afterward, as long as you’re smart and don’t match him against its worst enemies.
It’s suggested that players only use Ice types against non-Ancient Power encounter.
Fairy-type and Rock-type Pokémon can actually provide the best mix of offense and defense for those worried about their team taking too much damage.
Here’s a good guide for taking on Rayquaza, who can have a Raid Boss CP of 45468.
THE POKEMON COMPANY BREAK IT DOWN:
“Ice-type Pokémon will deal the greatest damage to Rayquaza because both Dragon-type and Flying-type Pokémon are weak against Ice-type attacks. If you caught the Legendary Pokémon Articuno, consider starting out the battle with it. Other Ice types will also dish out damage at a rate unmatched by Pokémon of different types—most notably Cloyster, Lapras, Jynx, Piloswine, Sneasel, and Walrein. These Pokémon will be even more effective if it’s snowing. These Pokémon are weak against Rock-type attacks, so diversify your team against a Rayquaza that knows Ancient Power.
“A Rayquaza that knows Dragon-type attacks will struggle against Fairy-type Pokémon. Unfortunately, there aren’t many powerful Fairy-type Pokémon available, so it may be tough to take advantage of this weakness.
“A Gardevoir that knows Dazzling Gleam is a capable ally for this battle if you’ve already powered one up. Most Trainers looking for a Fairy type will need to rely on Clefable instead, which is best relegated to battles against any Rayquaza that knows both Dragon Tail and Outrage.
“You should roll out with Rock-type Pokémon against a Rayquaza that knows Flying-type attacks. A Golem that knows Rock-type attacks is a great help once again, and its resistance to Ancient Power makes it stronger yet. The ferocious Tyranitar’s high stats make it another great asset in this battle if it knows Stone Edge. After those, any other Rock-type Pokémon that know Rock-type attacks are solid choices to fill out your roster.
“Dragon-type Pokémon are risky choices. Rayquaza is weak against Dragon-type attacks, but its own Dragon-type attacks will also be super effective against your Dragon-type Pokémon.
“Dragonite and Salamence will be robust on offense because of their fantastic stats, but Rayquaza’s Ancient Power, Dragon Tail, and Outrage will prevent them from being very tenacious. A Kingdra that knows Dragon Breath and Blizzard is also a worthy choice for this battle.
“Kyogre is one of the best solutions here. It can deal supereffective damage with the combination of Dragon Tail and Blizzard, has otherworldly stats, and it isn’t weak against any of Rayquaza’s attacks. Mewtwo remains a reliable option if you have one available, but it’s usually impressive damage won’t compare to most Ice-type Pokémon for this encounter.
“Steel-type Pokémon resist all of Rayquaza’s attacks, but none except Metagross deal enough damage back to be much help in the race to knock Rayquaza out before time expires.
“Stick to exploiting Rayquaza’s weaknesses, and save a few Max Revives to use during battle if you don’t have a large group of other Trainers helping out.”