Pokemon Go Mega Venusaur Raid Guide: Best Counters, Weaknesses, Raid Hours, And More Tips

The latest Pokemon Go mega-raid has already begun, and this time, trainers will have to face a huge flower-wearing dinosaur. Mega Venusaur — an expanded version of one of the first starter evolutions in Pokemon history — has been called the last Pokemon Go mega-raid, lasting until March 9th. Mega Venusaur, as the star of Megaraid, takes place simultaneously with the game event “Season of Alola”. Mega Venusaur is the latest mega raid to challenge trainers, and Mega Houndoom burned gyms last time. We’re not sure when Mega Venusaur will return to the raiding scheme, so if you’re up for a challenge, check out our tips below.

Mega Venusaur represents the Megastarters of the Kanto region in this week’s raids.

What is a “mega” Pokemon?

Before we get started, let’s answer a simple question: what’s the difference between a “Mega” Pokémon and a regular Pokémon? First introduced in 2013’s Pokémon X and Y, Mega Evolutions were a temporary power-up that only the assigned Pokémon could use, granting that Pokémon access to a more powerful form if the player collected the correct matching item during the adventure.

In Pokemon Go, a Mega Form Pokémon can unlock it by consuming that Pokémon-specific Mega Energy, earned through activities such as research tasks and catching other Pokémon. The first transformation to Mega Form will cost 200 Mega Energy, and subsequent transformations will cost 40.

Mega Pokémon not only have increased stats but also offers increased damage to other Pokémon participating in the raid. However, the transformation only lasts eight hours, so make sure you make the most of the time allotted.

Mega Venusaur Raid Schedule

Mega Venusaur enters the five-star raid ring from March 1 at 10:00 local time and remains there until March 9 at 20:00. Unfortunately, the game doesn’t follow a set schedule with regards to its raids – Mega raids are one of the six raid ranks. Maybe as soon as the countdown starts, but the game keeps telling you who is nearby to raid, so just keep an eye out. In particular, mega-raids are marked with a special red egg.

Weaknesses of Mega Venusaur and opposition

Mega Venusaur retains its normal form type, so you’ll need a group of Pokémon that can deal with grass and poison types. This combination gives the Mega Venusaur good resistance, but there are four different types that can give the Mega Venusaur a fit in a raid.

Fire, Flying, Ice, and Psychic-type moves will be very effective against Mega Venusaur, so using these types of Pokemon is the safest bet. Charizard in any mega form is a great option as it can hit with both fire and flying moves for extra damage. If you haven’t unlocked them yet, Moltres will also fit into the Fire/Fly roster, while Articuno can provide an equally effective Ice/Flight dual-type. Mewtwo is the perfect counter to the Psychic-type, while Magmortar and Blaziken can replace Fire types if needed.

Types to Avoid

Mega Venusaur resists many different types of attacks, one more than those against which it is weak. The other grass types should be left on the bench as the Mega Venusaur is the most resistant to its type’s attacks. Electric, Fairy, Fighting, and Water-type moves are also nerfed against this mega-threat, so Pokémon like Lucario and Blastoise can wait it out.

Once you’ve captured a Mega Dinosaur Pokémon for yourself, add it to your team when you participate in the Tapu Koko Five-Star Raid over the next two weeks.GameSpot may earn commissions from retail offers.

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