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Pokemon GO – Mega Latios Weaknesses and Raid Counters

Attempting to pick a fight with such fast creatures sounds foolhardy, but hey, might as well try.
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In their normal state, the Eon Duo Legendary Pokemon, Latios and Latias, can already fly at hypersonic speeds fast enough to pass a jet plane. When they Mega Evolve, those speeds are multiplied exponentially, to the point that no living thing could ever hope to keep pace with them. Attempting to pick a fight with such fast creatures sounds foolhardy, but hey, might as well try. Here are Mega Latios’s weaknesses and Raid counters in Pokemon GO.

Pokemon GO – Mega Latios Weaknesses and Raid Counters

Mega Latios is a Dragon/Psychic type, same as its regular state. It’s a powerful combo packing numerous resistances and strong moves, though it has a fair number of weaknesses as well.

  • Weak against: Bug, Ghost, Ice, Dragon, Dark, Fairy
  • Resistant to: Fighting, Fire, Water, Grass, Electric, Psychic

Latios, along with its sibling Latias, is the first Legendary Pokemon to receive Mega Evolutions in Pokemon GO, and they’ve got the muscle to prove it. Mega Latios has a sizable CP range of 2,090 – 2,178, which increases to 2,613 – 2,723 with a weather boost. Its base attack and defense and absolutely monstrous at 335 and 241, respectively, though its base stamina remains unchanged from normal at 190.

Mega Latios Moves

Meanwhile, these are the moves Mega Latios has available in its kit:

Quick Moves

  • Zen Headbutt (Psychic)
  • Dragon Breath (Dragon)

Main Moves

  • Psychic (Psychic)
  • Dragon Claw (Dragon)
  • Solar Beam (Grass)

Mega Latios Counters

Mega Latios’s high base stats make effective counterpicking a priority. While you may be tempted to try and fight back with a Dragon type of your own, this is a potentially risky play. If the Dragon type you pick can’t match Mega Latios’s raw strength, it’ll just end up getting its own Dragon weakness exploited. As such, Dragon types are best shelved unless you’re opting for Legendaries, which will get into in a moment.

Counter Picks

  • Galarian Zen Darmanitan
  • Weavile
  • Chandelure
  • Dragapult
  • Zacian
  • Black Kyurem

When it comes to battling Dragon types, our best friends are Ice types. Ice types are deceptively strong Pokemon, and are naturally resistant against most Dragon moves. For Mega Latios in particular, we recommend Galarian Zen Darmanitan and Weavile. Galarian Zen Darmanitan is resistant to Grass moves thanks to its partial Fire typing, and while its defense is a bit low, its got the muscle to go head-to-head with Mega Latios. Weavile is a bit more of a defensive pick, as it’s triple-resistant to Psychic moves and can mix things up with both Ice and Dark.

If you’d rather exploit Mega Latios’s Psychic typing, Ghost types are what you want. In terms of DPS, your ideal choices would be Chandelure or Dragapult. Chandelure is one of the strongest Ghost-type Pokemon in the game, with its Fire typing removing the threat of Solar Beam and its Ghost moves hitting hard. Dragapult’s partial Dragon typing is potentially problematic, but it is a naturally hearty Pokemon, so if you’ve got one with high CP, it might be able to barely squeak by.

If you’d prefer to fight Legendaries with Legendaries, the optimal picks are Zacian and Black Kyurem. Zacian’s Fairy/Steel typing makes it resistant to every move in Mega Latios’s kit, and it’s got the muscle to match and exceed it. Black Kyurem is your all-in play, as it’s resistant to Grass moves but just as weak to Dragon moves. You’re going to have to gamble that it can beat Mega Latios in a DPS race.

Catch Notes

Do note that even if you defeat Mega Latios in a Raid, you won’t be able to catch it in that form. You will, however, be rewarded with some Mega Energy for Latios, plus an encounter with a regular Latios. If you can catch a Latios and build up 300 Mega Energy, you can Mega Evolve it. Now you’ve got your own hypersonic flying dragon thing!

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