[Pokemon Go] How To Easily Beat Raikou In ‘Pokémon GO’
There are new Legendary Beasts to be had in Pokémon GO. Entei, Raikou and Suicune have all arrived in new Legendary Raids, getting players around the world a step closer to filling out the Pokédex. They're a bit different than the Birds, however: each one will sit in a particular region of the world for one month before rotating, ensuring that all players have a shot at all of the creatures by the end of three months. So right now Raikou is available in the Americas, Entei in Europe and Africa, and Suicune in the Asia/Pacific Region. And since this publication is based in the United States, we'll be kicking things off with a guide on how to get yourself a Raikou. Raikou is an Electric-type that resembles a Sabertooth Tiger with a flowing purple mane that always looks like a kind of growth. Read on for tips on how to beat and catch it.
Raikou is a straight-up Electric-type, so you'll be leaning towards the counters you used for Zapdos but with some slight modifications. Ground-type is the name of the game here, so a Golem outfitted with ground moves is going to prove a solid attacker, which is good because plenty of people have been building up Golem armies to counter the Legendary Birds. Rhydon is going to be another solid bet, making one of the first solid uses for this high-CP Pokémon aside from holding Gyms. Donphan is also useful, as well as the lower-level but still perfectly fine Ground-type mainstay Sandslash. You're going to want to make sure they're all outfitted with ground attacks whenever possible, especially the charged attack Earthquake. While Ground-types are best for their resistance to Raikou's attacks, Earthquake is also a fairly common move among other Pokémon as well. So check out creatures like Snorlax, Nidoking and Heracross.
You could also consider rounding out your team with some Grass-type fighters, which are resistant to Electric even if they don't have Super Effective damage to match. Creatures like Exeggutor and Victreebeel could fit the bill here. Dragonite receives neutral damage due to a combination of Dragon and Flying types, but high stats overall make it a solid bet.
As always, rounding out your team is only half the battle. You're going to need help if you want to take down Raikou, so check out our guide on how to find a group if you're struggling.
If you successfully take the thing down, you enter the catch phase. Luck is the name of the game here, but there are things you can do to increase your odds. Never throw a ball without putting some spin on it: moving it around in a tight circle before throwing will give you a curveball bonus, you just need to learn how to hook it into the center of the screen. You can practice on lesser Pokémon with this. After that, it's a matter of watching its jumps and attacks to try to hit it when it's vulnerable: a good strategy is always to throw just at the end of the attack animation to ensure that the Pokémon will be catchable by the time your ball arrives. Raikou jumps more or less like a normal Pokémon, so this shouldn't be as tough as Zapdos' zig-zagging.
And that should help you on your way. Happy hunting. That Raikou will come in handy when you have to fight Suicune, so keep it around.