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Pokémon Go Moltres raid guide: best counters and movesets

Grab the Legendary fire-type bird

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Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

Moltres, the fire-type Legendary bird Pokémon, is one of Pokémon Go’s rotating five-star raid targets.

The fire-type bird Pokémon appears in raids every now and then and it’s definitely worth collecting.

To take on Moltres, we recommend using rock-type Pokémon. Consider bringing any of the following counters:

  • Rampardos with Smack Down and Rock Slide
  • Rhyperior with Smack Down and Rock Wrecker
  • Tyranitar with Smack Down and Stone Edge
  • Blastoise with Water Gun and Hydro Cannon

Just like Articuno, Moltres takes four times the usual damage from rock-type moves, so you should definitely use those. If you have Mega Evolved Blastoise or Gyarados, you should definitely bring them. Water-types will help get the job done, so bring along any of the water-type starters with their Community Day move, Hydro Cannon, to help deal some damage.

If you’re lucky, you may even find it Shiny. Remember that if you find a Shiny Pokémon in a raid, you will catch it guaranteed, so use a Pinap Berry on it rather than a Razz Berry.

Shiny Moltres with its normal version. Shiny Moltres has a pink-ish body, rather than a golden-orange one. Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company

Moltres is a perfectly fine fire-type attacker, and it can even be used as a very good flying-type attacker. For fire-type moves, use Fire Spin and Overheat. For flying-type, you’ll want Wing Attack and Sky Attack, which is a Legacy move.

For more information on raids, check out our guide here.