Kyogre has arrived in Pokémon GO, marking the second Gen 3 Legendary Pokémon to hit the game since Niantic started rolling out the new creatures late last year. Like all Legendaries, Kyogre is a top-level challenge, and you’re not going to be able to solo it. Your best ally is always going to be a big party, but this is going to be a tricky creature from start to finish.
From a combat perspective, Kyogre won’t go down easy. Its straight water typing is relatively easy to counter, but a range of powerful charge moves can make it deadly even to creatures that would otherwise appear to be strong. Kyogre will turn even some otherwise strong Pokémon into glass cannons with its high damage, so focus on getting a lot of damage out. Here are some creatures to use:
Raikou: Raikou is the best option for this raid, so throw plenty of these Thunder cats in if you got them when they were hanging around in in the fall. Thunder Shock and Wild Charge make for a solid moveset, and all in all this is an excellent option without much downside.
Zapdos: Zapdos is a combination Flying/Electric-type but its attacks are straight Electric, and so you’ll find yourself hammering home super effective damage with Thunder standing out for a fast move. Zapdos is a true glass cannon here, so expect it to go down quickly. High damage still makes it worth it, but be careful.
Sceptile: Sceptile is one of the new Tier-3 starters, and it makes for an excellent angle in on using a Grass-type against Kyogre. You can also get a very strong Sceptile without spending any resources: Treeckos will appear at high-levels in the wild when they get a weather boost, and so you can easily grab a Level 30+ Treecko and then boost it up to a powerful Sceptile without spending a single Stardust.
Exeggutor: Exeggutor has always been a relatively common high CP Pokémon, and that’s why it’s useful here. If you have a few outfitted with Bullet Seed or Solar Beam they can do super effective damage against Kyogre, and they’re common enough that many players will have a few hanging around to round out the team.
Mewtwo: A straight, well-rounded attacker is sometimes just what you need. Mewtwo won’t be getting special bonuses, but solid overall stats make it a good choice when you can’t just fill out your team with Raikou. You probably don’t have one, however. I don’t have one.
Groudon: Kyogre’s pair wouldn’t seem to be the best option out there, but a Solar Beam charge move can do some excellent damage and it’s strong enough to take the beating it needs to use it. High overall stats make Groudon a solid choice.
Those are a few options, but there are more. Just focus on Grass and Electric-types and maybe get some revives and potions ready for a mid-match knockout. For an in-depth, complex guide, use Pokébattler.
When it comes to the catch phase, Kyogre is a pain. It’s a wide Pokémon, so that means that it sits very far away and becomes difficult to hit with excellent throws. The best advice — for iPhone users, at least — is to turn on AR+ moves and approach very cautiously. This will allow you to close the distance and get a slightly better chance at excellent throws, even though curveballs are very difficult to pull off in AR+ mode.
Everyone else should focus on getting a nice, wide angle out on your Pokéalls to cover a long distance and still wind up in the center of the screen by the time it gets out far enough. As usual, it’s good practice to release the ball towards the end of Kyogre’s attack animation so that you can increase your chances of catching it unaware. Kyogre also drifts horizontally, so if If you’re better at throwing curveballs one way or the other, just wait until it slides to your preferred side. There’s no reason to rush it. My throws curve left, so I want the creature to sit on the left. Here’s a decent YouTube tutorial on non AR+ throws:
All in all, however, this is going to be one of the tougher ones. Kyogre combines some of the trickier parts of catching other Pokémon with the low catch rates of a Legendary. Just keep calm, don’t rush it, and use AR+ if you have it.
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