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Pokémon GO Mewtwo: Best Counters and Moveset

Learn the best raid counters and the most efficient moveset for Mewtwo in Pokémon GO.
Pokémon GO Mewtwo: Best Counters and Moveset

Mewtwo was thrown back into the raid spotlight for Pokémon GO but the TCG crossover event is almost over, and that means opportunities to earn the iconic Legendary for your own team will be gone soon. Now is the perfect time to catch your own in the next Raid Hour, along with the chance for more candy and better stats overall.

Even beyond the five-star raids that Mewtwo appears in, there is a high chance that you will see the Legendary Pokémon in the GO Battle League, or in the clutch of Giovanni. With that in mind, it's important to use the best counters available. This guide will outline what those counters are and the best moves for your own Mewtwo.

The best counters for Mewtwo in Pokémon GO

Mewtwo raid counters
Mewtwo has three counter-types that can be utilized. (Picture: Niantic)

Mewtwo may be one of the most powerful Pokémon, but you'll only need to worry about a single type in a battle. Dual-types have the chance of taking far more damage from a single type, but that also applies to their defense. With a single type, the damage is far more straightforward, and picking a lineup is easy.

The type you'll want to counter is Psychic, so Pokémon that are Fighting-types or Poison-types. Instead, you'll want to fill your team with Bug, Dark, and Ghost-type Pokémon. There are plenty of options within the game, but six of the strongest options are listed below.

  • Mega Gengar - Shadow Claw (Fast) and Shadow Ball (Charged)
  • Darkrai - Snarl (Fast) and Dark Pulse (Charged)
  • Chandelure - Hex (Fast) and Shadow Ball (Charged)
  • Mega Gyarados - Bite (Fast) and Crunch (Charged)
  • Yveltal - Snarl (Fast) and Dark Pulse (Charged)
  • Mega Houndoom - Snarl (Fast) and Foul Play (Charged)

In the list above, there are some options that are Mega evolutions, and that will usually be the case for the most effective counters in any Pokémon GO raid. If you have the option, you should certainly use them, but their standard or shadow forms are also a great option. They will also utilize the same attacks in those cases.

This week is also the final Raid Hour that Mewtwo will get until further notice. The last day that you can earn him in a Five-Star raid will be July 1 at 10 am local time. After that, you'll have to wait until Niantic brings him back. Before Articuno takes over though, Mewtwo will appear in the June 29 Raid Hour at 6 pm local time.

The best moveset for Mewtwo in Pokémon GO

Mewtwo moveset
Mewtwo can dominate in raids and the Master League. (Picture: Niantic)

For those that have a Mewtwo, or are close to getting one, the Legendary Pokémon is a fantastic choice in high-level raids and in some of the GO Battle Leagues. Mewtwo has a massive CP cap, and they usually are caught with a powerful CP that allows newer players to start getting into harder content.

Just like Groudon, the Genetic Pokémon has a ton of potential power and raids, and it's a top 20 pick in the Master League. But the right moves are needed to make the most of the pick on your team.

On the Fast Attack slot, you'll want to utilize the Psycho Cut attack. In raids, Confusion can deal more damage on its own, but Psycho Cut will generate far more energy for Charged Attacks. That translates to more damage over time.

Two Charged Attacks must also be chosen, and the best is certainly Psystrike. Shadowball is the second-best, and both of these attacks will require events or Elite Charged TMs. They have a great balance of shield burns and nuke potential, but both are hard to get. Psychic and Focus Blast are decent alternatives to the Elite moves.

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Featured image courtesy of Niantic.