Among my most frustrating 🤦♂️ moments in Pokémon was battling Raihan. Although I am used to challenges and even losing, fighting against Raihan felt like an insurmountable mountain because I repeatedly lost.
It felt like I had stepped into a storm and had no winning strategy. Most Pokémon enthusiasts have experienced the same challenge and have always asked which Pokémon they can use against Raihan.
Well, worry no more! I will not only guide you on the Pokémon to use against Raihan but also reveal Raihan’s weaknesses and provide the best strategy to beat him in Pokémon Go.
What Pokémon should I use against Raihan?
To beat 🏆 Raihan in the Pokémon Go version of Sword and Shield DLC, you need to first observe his team composition and adjust your team composition accordingly.
In most instances, Raihan depends on Pokémon found in Galar that include Dragon-type- Flygon, Duraludon, Gigalith (Rock/Steel typing), Steel-type-Copperajah, Ferrothorn, Klinklang, Ground-type- Excadrill, Sandaconda and Fire-type-Arcanine, Centiskorch.
The table below shows the Pokemon to use against Raihan
Garchomp (Ground/Dragon), Groudon (Ground), Landorus-T (Ground/Flying), Flygon (Ground/Dragon)
They are bulky attackers, which resist Dragon and Steel, and cause heavy damage.
Kyogre (Water), Palkia (Water/Dragon), Swampert (Water/Ground), Empoleon (Water/Steel)
They are strong attackers, that resist Dragon and Steel, and cause significant damage.
Venusaur (Grass/Poison) with Frenzy Plant, Meganium (Grass/Fairy)
They disrupt Rock-types Pokemon like Gigalith and Fairy. Also, they offer coverage against the Steels and Dragons.
Articuno (Ice/Flying), Lapras (Ice/Water)
They slow down Flygon and Garchomp, cause significant damage, and resist Dragon.
What are Rihan’s weaknesses?
Raihan has several weaknesses 😩 that you can capitalize on to beat him in the Pokémon Go version of Sword and Shield DLC.
For instance, his Dragon-type Pokémon are weak to Water moves, hence you can use powerful Water-type attackers like Kyogre, Palkia, Swampert, or Empoleon to resist and attack his team.
Also, his Dragon-types and Steel-types Pokémon, suffer double damage from Ground-type moves. Additionally, you can significantly slow down his Dragon-types like Flygon and Garchomp with Ice-type attacks.
Additionally, some of Raihan’s Rock-type Pokémon, like Gigalith, are weak to Fairy-type moves. Therefore, Venusaur with Moonblast or a strong Fairy-type like Sylveon can significantly exploit this weakness.
How to beat Raihan in Pokémon Go
The first step in beating Raihan is understanding the type of Pokémon that are in his team and his lead Pokémon.
In Pokémon Go, Raihan mostly uses the following Pokemon Dragon-Flygon, Duraludon, Gigalith (Rock/Steel), Steel-Copperajah, Ferrothorn, Klinklang, Ground-Excadrill, Sandaconda, and Fire 🔥 -Arcanine, Centiskorch.
After observing and understanding Raihan’s team, select the Pokémon that best counters the types of Pokemon in his team. You can use the table provided earlier to choose the best Pokémon for your team.
Finally, learn Raihan’s general battle strategy by observing his lead Pokémon. For instance, if Raihan’s lead Pokémon is Duraludon, it means that his strategy is to stall the battle and wear you out with Steel-type moves since Duraludon is resistant to many common attack types like Fire, Water, Grass, and Ice.
In such a case you can counter Duraludon with Ground-type moves which are effective against steel. Therefore, you can deploy Pokémon like Excadrill, Rhyperior, or Garchomp.
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