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Mega Alakazam Raid Guide: Counters, Weakness, Best CP

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Mega Alakazam makes its debut in Pokemon GO. Beginning Sept. 6, at the start of the Psychic Spectacular event, Mega Alakazam will appear in raids until Sept. 16. With just over a week to get your hands on this generation one psychic-typed Pokémon, it's best to optimize your chances when heading into battle.

Upon defeating Alakazam in a Mega raid, trainers will receive Mega Energy and an opportunity to catch Alakazam's base version. Though there are strengths in numbers, Alakazam can be a difficult challenge for the three+ trainers required. Being prepared for a battle enables players to save Raid Passes, Revives, Potions, and, most importantly time. Here is a guide on what to anticipate and how to increase your chances of winning in a raid against Alakazam.

Mega Alakazam Raid Guide: Weakness

As a pure psychic-typed Pokémon, Alakazam is weak to bug, dark, and ghost Pokémon. These Pokémon are the most useful in battle as they are able to deal super effective damage. Adversely, you will want to avoid adding fighting and poison Pokémon to your team as Alakazam is strong against those types.

Mega Alakazam Raid Guide: Counters

With the weaknesses in mind, the following Pokémon have the best counters when attacking Alakazam.

Bug:

  • Mega Beedrill: Bug Bite, X-Scissor
  • Mega Scizor: Fury Cutter, X-Scissor

Dark:

  • Houndoom: Snarl, Crunch
  • Mega Absol: Snarl, Dark Pulse
  • Darkrai: Snarl, Dark Pulse
  • Hydreigon: Bite, Brutal Swing
  • Yveltal: Snal, Dark Pulse
  • Mega Gyarados: Bite, Crunch

Ghost:

  • Mega Gengar: Lick, Shadow Ball
  • Origin Forme Giratina: Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball
  • Chandelure: Hex, Shadow Ball
  • Hoopa: Astonish, Shadow Ball

Mega Alakazam Raid Guide: Moveset

Alakazam has a range of fast and charged moves that players should prepare for.

Fast Moves:

  • Confusion (Psychic)
  • Psycho Cut (Psychic)

Charged Moves:

  • Fire Punch (Fire)
  • Focus Blast (Fighting)
  • Future Sight (Psychic)
  • Shadow Ball (Ghost)

Mega Alakazam Raid Guide: Best CP

When battling Mega Alakazam, it has a Raid CP of 53,995. If caught the CP for Alakazam ranges from 1,666 to 1,747. Alakazam is boosted by windy weather, which increases its catch CP from 2,083 to 2,184.