‘Pokémon GO’ guide: Know Virizion’s weakness to dominate five-star raids

Pokémon GO guide: Know Virizion's weakness to dominate five-star raids

Niantic brings back Virizion to kickstart the Pokémon GO Remote Raid Pass launch. Here are a few tips and tricks that trainers can be used to battle out the Grassland Pokemon.

A recent Pokémon GO announcement reveals the return of a legendary Pokemon to the five-star raids—Swords of Justice quartet member, Terrakion.

Before Terrakion’s arrival on May 19, Niantic also brought back Virizion—as an opening act—to the five-star raids starting May 13 until next Tuesday.

Last night’s Raid Hour featured the Grassland Pokemon, as a way for kickstarting the adjusted gameplay.

While trainers wait for Terrakion’s return, increase the chances of bagging a shiny Virizion by winning the Virizion-filled raids with this Pokémon GO guide.

Pokémon GO Virizion tip: Effective roster

In coming up with a strong roster, trainers should bear in mind that Virizion is a Grass & Fighting Pokemon type. That said, it will be weak against a Flying-type opponent.

Aside from that, Virizion is also vulnerable to the following types: Fairy, Psychic, Ice, Fire, and Poison.

A Flying-type Pokemon can deal as much as 256% damage, while the rest of the aforementioned types only deal 160% damage.

Some of the best counters can be:

  • Moltres – with Wing Attack as Quick Move and Sky Attack as Main Move (100% damage)
  • Honchkrow – with Peck and Sky Attack (94% damage)
  • Rayquaza – with Air Slash and Aerial Ace (93% damage)
  • Tornadus (Incarnate) – with Air Slash and Hurricane (91% damage)
  • Unfezant – Air Slash and Sky Attack (88% damage)

Meanwhile, Moltres with Fire Spin and Sky Attack can be the best alternative, in the absence of the mentioned Moltres above, as it can still cause a whopping 86% damage.

Furthermore, Lugia and Gardevoir are also considered as great ingredients to the roster mix, with both being resistant to Virizion’s Pokemon type. Mamoswine can be a great second bench member as this Pokemon is known for its great Ice-type attacks.

Other good alternatives are:

  • Togekiss
  • Granbull
  • Dragonite
  • Glaceon
  • Chandelure

How to play the Remote Raid Pass?

The Remote Raid Pass is an alternative that Niantic has come up with to adjust the AR mobile app gameplay amid the pandemic lockdowns.

The specialized raid passes can be bought from the shop for 100 PokéCoins. Also, the final one PokéCoin bundle also includes one Remote Raid Pass along with 20 Poké Balls, 10 Great Balls × 10, and 5 Ultra Balls.

There are two ways to be able to do a Remote Raid; first, by just tapping the Nearby icon and selecting the Raid tab. Second, by tapping any Gym present on the map with an ongoing Raid battle.

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