Pokemon Go: How To Catch Moltres, Counters and Weaknesses

Moltres is a legendary fire/flying type Pokemon. It is one of the three legendary birds found in Kanto along with Articuno and Zapdos. In lore, its presence indicates the arrival of spring and it lights up caves to help fellow travelers.

How To Catch a Moltres in Pokemon Go?

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Moltres first appeared as a raid boss in November 2021. Its last appearance was on July 14, 2022, and it disappeared after a week. In a piece of good news, the radiant flame bird will return to raids a bit early this year.

Moltres will be catchable in a 5-star raid from July 6, 2023, to July 13, 2023, beginning and ending at 10 A.M Local Time. After defeating the raid boss, there’s a small chance that a Shiny Moltres will get spawned.

A minimum of four players are recommended to fight the raid boss since it has a CP of 45,609. Moltres can be caught in the following CP ranges.

  • 1896 – 1980 (Level 20, no weather boost)
  • 2370 – 2475 (Level 25, Sunny or Windy weather boost)
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A maxed-out Moltres will have a CP of 3917 with an attack of 251, defense of 181, and stamina of 207.

Weaknesses of a Moltres in Pokemon Go

Due to its dual Fire and Flying type, Moltres takes 2x Super Effective damage from Rock-type moves. Rock Slide, Stone Edge, or Ancient Power shall do the trick.

It also takes Super Effective damage from Water since it is a Flame Pokemon and Electric-type moves due to its Flying abilities. Surf, Water Pulse, Discharge, Thunderbolt, etc, should be the last resort if a player doesn’t have a strong Rock move.

Below is a list of Pokemon and Movesets that can counter Moltres strength and speed in Pokemon Go.

  • Aerodactyl: Rock Throw and Rock Slide
  • Ampharos: Volt Switch and Power Gem
  • Blastoise: Water Gun and Hydro Cannon
  • Archeops: Wing Attack and Ancient Power
  • Nihilego: Acid and Rock Slide
  • Tyranitar: SmackDown and Stone Edge
  • Landorus: Rock Throw and Rock Slide
  • Alola Golem: Rock Throw and Stone Edge
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