Reshiram Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips

Appearing in Raids: December 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to December 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Last Appeared in Raids: July 18, 2021



Reshiram is a Legendary Dragon- and Fire-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region. According to the Pokédex, Reshiram can scorch the world with its fire. Learn which Pokémon will be most effective in Raid Battles against Reshiram, how to catch Reshiram after winning a Raid Battle, and how best to use the Vast White Pokémon after you've caught it.


Which Pokémon to Use in a Reshiram Raid in Pokémon GO

As a Dragon- and Fire-type Pokémon, Reshiram is vulnerable to Ground-, Rock-, and Dragon-type attacks. When choosing six Pokémon for your Reshiram Raid Battle lineup, it helps to choose Pokémon that have a Ground-, Rock-, or Dragon-type Fast Attack and Charged Attack if you want to deal as much damage as possible. A Pokémon that shares a type with these attacks will benefit from a same-type attack bonus, which will allow these attacks to deal an additional 20% damage. Note that Dragon-type Pokémon will be vulnerable to Reshiram's Dragon-type attacks.

If you have multiple Pokémon that know Ground-, Rock-, or Dragon-type attacks, choose the Pokémon with the highest CP and best overall stats. Remember that speed of victory affects how many Premier Balls you will receive after a successful Raid Battle, so bring your strongest Pokémon and defeat Reshiram as quickly as possible.


Suggested Rock-type Pokémon

  • Omastar (Rock/Water)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground), Rock Throw (Rock) (Elite Fast TM)

    • Charged Attack: Ancient Power (Rock), Rock Blast (Rock), Rock Slide (Rock) (Elite Charged TM)

  • Tyranitar / Shadow Tyranitar (Rock/Dark)

    • Fast Attack: Smack Down (Rock) (Elite Fast TM)

    • Charged Attack: Stone Edge (Rock)

  • Rampardos (Rock)

    • Fast Attack: Smack Down (Rock)

    • Charged Attack: Outrage (Dragon), Rock Slide (Rock)

  • Terrakion (Rock/Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Smack Down (Rock)

    • Charged Attack: Rock Slide (Rock)

Suggested Dragon-type Pokémon

  • Dragonite / Shadow Dragonite (Dragon/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Breath (Dragon), Dragon Tail (Dragon)

    • Charged Attack: Draco Meteor (Dragon) (Elite Charged TM), Draco Pulse (Dragon), Dragon Claw (Dragon), Outrage (Dragon)

  • Salamence / Shadow Salamence (Dragon/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Tail (Dragon)

    • Charged Attack: Draco Meteor (Dragon), Outrage (Dragon) (Elite Charged TM)

  • Rayquaza (Dragon/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Tail (Dragon)

    • Charged Attack: Ancient Power (Rock), Outrage (Dragon)

  • Garchomp (Dragon/Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Tail (Dragon), Mud Shot (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earth Power (Ground) (Elite Charged TM), Earthquake (Ground), Outrage (Dragon), Sand Tomb (Ground)

  • Dialga (Steel/Dragon)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Breath (Dragon)

    • Charged Attack: Draco Meteor (Dragon)

  • Palkia (Water/Dragon)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Breath (Dragon), Dragon Tail (Dragon)

    • Charged Attack: Draco Meteor (Dragon)

  • Haxorus (Dragon)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Tail (Dragon)

    • Charged Attack: Dragon Claw (Dragon

  • Zekrom (Dragon/Electric)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Breath (Dragon)

    • Charged Attack: Outrage (Dragon)

Suggested Ground-type Pokémon

  • Groudon (Ground)

    • Fast Attack: Dragon Tail (Dragon), Mud Shot (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earthquake (Ground)

  • Rhyperior (Ground/Rock)

    • Fast Attack: Smack Down (Rock)

    • Charged Attack: Rock Wrecker (Rock) (Elite Charged TM), Stone Edge (Rock)

  • Incarnate Forme Landorus (Ground/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Mud Shot (Ground)

    • Charged Attack: Earth Power (Ground), Outrage (Dragon), Rock Slide (Rock)

Make the Most of Premier Balls and Berries

After a successful Reshiram raid, you'll have a limited number of Premier Balls you can use to catch Reshiram, so make each one count. You can earn extra Premier Balls by battling with friends and defeating Reshiram more quickly.

In an encounter with Reshiram, your chance of catching it is greatest when the target ring is small enough for you to score Excellent Throws. Curveball Throws can improve your chances even more. But work within your abilities—if you don't think you can reliably make Excellent Curveball Throws, aim for Nice Throws or Great Throws rather than risk missing the target ring completely.

Reshiram isn't going to make it easy on you by sitting still while you're trying to catch it. Don't waste your Premier Balls by throwing while it's moving around. Watch Reshiram to get a feel for its cycle of movement and the pauses in between that cycle. During one of these pauses, wait for the target ring to reappear, and then throw as it starts to grow smaller to increase your odds of making a Great Throw or an Excellent Throw.

Berries can help you catch Reshiram. A Razz Berry will make Reshiram easier to catch, and a Golden Razz Berry will make it much easier to catch. If you find yourself failing to land any throws, a Nanab Berry will calm Reshiram, making its movements less erratic and allowing you to make precise throws more easily. If you need extra Reshiram Candy, using a Silver Pinap Berry will make Reshiram easier to catch and grant you extra Candy when you catch it.

Like all Legendary Pokémon, Reshiram is tricky to catch, so don't be discouraged if it escapes. Get a second wind by stocking up on useful items—like Max Potions, Max Revives, and Golden Razz Berries—and try again.


What to Do with Reshiram Once You've Caught It


Reshiram's Initial CP Range: 2,217–2,307

Reshiram's Initial CP Range with Weather Boost: 2,771–2,884

Available Fast Attacks: Dragon Breath (Dragon), Fire Fang (Fire)

Available Charged Attacks: Crunch (Dark), Draco Meteor (Dragon), Overheat (Fire), Stone Edge (Rock)


As a Dragon- and Fire-type Pokémon, Reshiram has a type advantage against Fire-, Grass-, Electric-, Bug-, and Steel-type Pokémon. Reshiram is among the most powerful Fire-type Pokémon, making it an excellent choice for certain Raid Battles, such as against Mega Beedrill, Scizor, Registeel, Mega Abomasnow, and Zekrom.

Reshiram can be helpful in the GO Battle League's Master League, as Reshiram's dual typing, Fire-type attacks, and high maximum CP make it a solid asset in Trainer Battles. To take full advantage of Reshiram's potential in the GO Battle League and Raid Battles, you'll want to power up Reshiram as much as possible. It's also beneficial to teach Reshiram a second Charged Attack, ensuring that it has access to different attack types. Participate in more Reshiram Raid Battles to help you get the Candy you need to power up Reshiram and teach it a second Charged Attack.

Good luck with your next Raid Battle, and remember to check back to Pokemon.com/Strategy for more Pokémon GO, video game, and Pokémon TCG tips.

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