Pokémon Go Fest 2021 – Day 2 (Part 3: Lava Hour)

Hello fellow Trainers, and welcome to the second themed hour during day 2 of Go Fest 2021, here I will try to cover what you need to know to make this hour as easy as possible along with the stats you need to look out for! If you did miss my previous article about the first hour, you can find it here.

The second hour will be Lava Hour, which will be between the hours of 11:00am-12:00pm and 3:00pm-4:00pm.

Moltres

Moltres is not only just one of the most iconic Pokémon from the original series, but is also one of the better Flying and Fire types. There is also a chance to catch a shiny variant, if it interests you.

What will you need?

Being both a Flying and a Fire type, there are a lot of options at your disposal. Water, Electric and Rock types will be your best options and your choices might depend on what the rest of your party plan on bringing.

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Ampharos (Volt Switch and Zap Cannon) will be a better option than Manectric (Charge Beam and Wild Charge), but both are viable for Electric types. Blastoise (Water Gun and Hydro Cannon) will also out-weigh Gyarados (Waterfall and Hydro Pump).

Me and My Shadow

Your best options for shadow types will be Tyranitar (Smack Down and Stone Edge), Aerodactyl (Rock Throw and Rock Slide) and Omastar (Rock Throw with either Rock Slide or Ancient Power).

Shadowless

Again, a lot of what goes in to building a team will depend on who you’re fighting with or what Pokémon you have available. Rampardos (Smack Down and Rock Slide), Rhyperior (Smack Down and Rock Wrecker), Terrakion (Smack Down and Rock Slide) and Tyranitar (Smack Down and Stone Edge) will all perform well due to their typing and resistance to both Flying and Fire type moves. However, if you plan on having multiple Megas amongst your group, then consider Pokémon such as Kyogre (Waterfall and Surf), Kingler (Bubble and Crabhammer) and Swampert (Water Gun and Hydro Cannon) if there is a water type Mega. Zekrom (Charge Beam and Wild Charge), Zapdos (Thunder Shock and Ancient Power) and Raikou (Thunder Shock and Wild Charge) will also be useful if you have an Electric Mega.

According to Pokémon Go Hub, here are the following CPs Moltres can be caught at:

  • 1896 – 1980 (Level 20, Max IV)
  • 2370 – 2475 (Level 25, Max IV during Sunny or Windy weather)

Finally, according to PvPoke, Moltres ranks best in the Master League, ranking at #52 (15/15/15), but does require XL candy.

Entei

One of the second generation’s legendary Pokémon, Entei is a pure Fire type which also has a shiny variant.

What will you need?

Being a pure Fire type, Water, Ground and Rock are going to be your best options.

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Only Blastoise (Water Gun and Hydro Cannon) and Gyarados (Waterfall and Hydro Pump) will be your best options.

Me and My Shadow

Tyranitar (Smack Down and Stone Edge) as well as Aerodactyl (Rock Throw and Rock Slide) and Omastar (Rock Throw with either Rock Slide or Ancient Power) will be good options. This means you could possibly make a good pair between Moltres and Entei for your premade raid parties.

Shadowless

Again, we will see that Rock types are a good use for this raid, with Tyranitar (Smack Down and Stone Edge), Rhyperior (Smack Down and Rock Wrecker) and Terrakion (Smack Down and Rock Slide) all pulling their weight. Kyogre (Waterfall and Hydro Pump) will be one of your best options alongside Gyarados (Waterfall and Hydro Pump) and Feraligatr (Water Gun and Hydro Cannon), especially if there is a Mega Blastoise on the field too.

According to Pokémon Go Hub, here are the following CPs Entei can be caught at:

  • 1900 – 1984 CP for a regular Level 20 encounter
  • 2375 – 2480 CP for a Sunny weather boosted encounter (Level 25)

Finally, according to PvPoke, Entei ranks highest in the Master League at #103 (15/15/15), but does require XL candy.

Regirock

While we have had all 4 Regi recently, you might still be after this one. Especially as it does have some uses in the Go Battle League.

What will you need?

Regirock is a pure Rock type Pokémon, which means that Ground, Water, Grass, Steel and Fighting are all going to be effective.

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I’ll say it a lot, but it really does matter if you know who you are raiding with and with what. Lopunny (Low Kick and Focus Blast) can be useful if there are numerous Fighting types. Blastoise ( Water Gun and Hydro Cannon) and Gyarados (Waterfall and Hydro Pump) for Water types and either Venusaur (Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant) or Abomasnow (Razor Leaf and Energy Ball) (although it isn’t recommended due to it’s Ice typing).

Me and My Shadow

As far as Shadow Pokémon go, Machamp (Counter and Dynamic Punch) and Hariyama (Counter and Dynamic Punch) are going to be top.

Shadowless

While non-Shadow versions of Machamp (Counter and Dynamic Punch) and Hariyama (Counter and Dynamic Punch) are going to be good Fighting types to use. Metagross (Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash) will be one of the strongest Pokémon to use. Dialga (Metal Claw and Iron Head) and Excadrill (either Metal Claw or Mud Slap with Drill Run) will also be good Steel types to use. Kyorgre (Waterfall and Hydro Pump) and Swampert (either Water Gun or Mud Shot with Hydro Cannon) will be good Water types to use and finally Roserade (Razor Leaf and Grass Knot) and Venusaur (Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant) as Grass types.

According to Pokémon Go Hub, here are the following CPs Regirock can be caught at:

  • 1703 – 1784 CP at L20, perfect IVs
  • 2129 – 2230 CP in Partly Cloudy weather at L25, perfect IV Regirock

Finally, according to PvPoke, Regirock will have uses in a variety of leagues in the GBL. It ranks #19 (2/15/15) in the Great League, #10 (1/14/15) in the Ultra League, and #29 (15/15/15) in the Master League, requiring XL candy.

Groudon

A tank of a Pokémon, Groudon surely does shake things up. It is extremely useful for other raids, even others available in raids on the same day. It does, as you possibly know, have a shiny variant.

What will you need?

Being a pure Ground type Pokémon, it means that Water, Grass and Ice. However, Groudon has access to Earthquake, Solar Beam and Fire Blast, which could render some of your counters useless depending on the charge move it has.

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As far as Mega Pokémon go, Blastoise ( Water Gun and Hydro Cannon) and Gyarados (Waterfall and Hydro Pump) will be your water options, Venusaur (Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant) or Abomasnow (Razor Leaf and Energy Ball) for Grass types and finally, Abomasnow (Powder Snow and Weather Ball) for Ice types.

Me and My Shadow

As far as Shadow Pokémon are concerned, Mamoswine (Powder Snow and Avalanche) and Weavile (Ice Shard and Avalanche) are great Ice types. Venusaur (Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant) and Torterra (Razor Leaf and Frenzy Plant) for Grass types. Finally Swampert (Water Gun and Hydro Cannon) and Gyarados (Waterfall and Hydro Pump) will be your best Water options.

Shadowless

For Ice types, your best options are Galarian Darmanitan (Ice Fang and Avalanche) and Mamoswine (Powder Snow and Avalanche). Roserade (Razor Leaf and Grass Knot) and Venusaur (Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant) for Grass types. Finally, Kyogre (Waterfall and Surf) and Kingler (Bubble and Crabhammer) are your best options for Water types.

According to Pokémon Go Hub, here are the following CPs Groudon can be caught at:

  • 2260-2351 at Lvl 20, no weather boost
  • 2825-2939 at Lvl 25 with Sunny weather

Finally, according to PvPoke, Groudon ranks best in the Master League at rank #20 (15/15/15), requiring XL candy.

Heatran

This Gen 4 Legendary Pokémon does have a shiny available. It is also quite useful for raids and in the GBL.

What will you need?

Being a Fire and Steel type, it will be weak against Fighting and Water types. It will also be double weak to Ground types.

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While Mega Blastoise (Water Gun and Hydro Cannon) or Gyarados (Waterfall and Hydro Pump) will be great Water types to use, most of the better counters will be Ground types due to the double weakness.

Me and My Shadow

The best Shadow Pokémon to use will be either Flygon (Mud shot and Earth Power) and Swampert (Mud Shot and Earthquake).

Shadowless

After the fairly recent Community Day, Garchomp (Mud Shot and Earth Power) should be available to most of you. Excadrill (Mud Slap and Drill Run), Groudon (Mud Shot and Earthquake) and Landorus (Incarnate Forme) (Mud Shot and Earth Power) will be your best options.

According to Pokémon Go Hub, here are the following CPs Heatran can be caught at:

  • 2058 – 2145 CP for a regular Level 20 non-weather boosted encounter
  • 2573 – 2681 CP for a Sunny or Snow weather boosted encounter (Level 25)

Finally, according to PvPoke, Heatran ranks #40 (15/15/15) in the Master League, needing XL candy.

Reshiram

Arguably one of the best Fire type Pokémon and iconic due to it’s use on the cover of Pokémon Black. It currently does not have a shiny.

What will you need?

As a Dragon and Fire type, your best counters will either be Dragon, Ground or Rock.

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Ampharos and Altaria will be your only Dragon type Megas available. However, with Reshiram’s access to Dragon Type moves, it might be better to omit wasting Mega energy.

Me and My Shadow

As far as I can tell, there aren’t any useful Shadow Pokémon, this is likely due to the glassy nature of Shadow types mixed with Dragon typing (or even typed with flying too).

Shadowless

While Dragon types such as Rayquaza (Dragon Tail and Outrage), Salamence (Dragon Tail and either Outrage and Draco Meteor), Palkia (Dragon Tail and Draco Meteor) and Dragonite (Dragon Tail with either Outrage or Draco Meteor) will be super effective, they will also be vulnerable to super effective moves too.

Rampardos (Smack Down and Rock Slide), Terrakion (Smack Down and Rock Slide), Groudon (Mud Shot and Earthquake) and Excadrill (Mud Slap and either Earthquake and Drill Run) will be your best viable options as far as ground typing goes.

According to Pokémon Go Hub, here are the following CPs Reshiram can be caught at:

  • 2217 – 2307 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 2771 – 2884 CP at Level 25 with Sunny or Windy weather boost

Finally, according to PvPoke, Reshiram ranks #10 (15/15/15) in the Master League, requiring XL candy.

Terrakion

Possibly one of the easier raids of the day, Terrakion does have a shiny variant. It will also be a good addition to your Pokédex. It isn’t a bad Rock type, but as far as Fighting goes, there are definitely better options out there.

What will you need?

Being Rock and Fighting type, it will have a lot of weaknesses, but no double weaknesses. Fairy, Fighting, Grass, Ground, Psychic, Steel and Water.

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If you want to go Mega, or time a Mega you already have with this raid, Blastoise (Water Gun and Hydro Cannon), Slowbro (Confusion and Psychic) and Venusaur (Vine Whip and Frenzy Plant) will be your best options. With the recent release of Mega Slowbro, this might be it’s best chance to shine.

Me and My Shadow

Shadow Machamp (Counter and Dynamic Punch) will likely be your best bet, however I’d recommend making the most of any Mega boosts with Water, Grass or Psychic types.

Shadowless

The top counters to use will be either Metagross (Bullet Punch and Meteor Mash) and Mewtwo (Confusion and either Psystrike or Psychic). Espeon (Confusion and Psychic), Latios (Zen Headbutt and Psychic), Jirachi (Confusion and Doom Desire), Gardevoir and Gallade (Confusion and Psychic) will be good Psychic counters. Kyogre (Waterfall with either Surf or Hydro Pump), Conkeldurr (Counter and Dynamic Punch) and Machamp (Counter and Dynamic Punch) will also be good counters.

According to Pokémon Go Hub, here are the following CPs Terrakion can be caught at:

  • 2026 – 2113 (Unboosted Level 20 raid catch)
  • 2553 – 2641 (Boosted Level 25 raid catch in Cloudy and Partly Cloudy)

Finally, according to PvPoke, Terrakion ranks at #106 (15/15/15) in the Master League, needing XL candy.

Therian Forme Landorus

A great Pokémon to add to your collection if you don’t already have one, it ranks pretty high in the Master League and is quite easy to raid and be a great attacker for future raids too.

What will you need?

Being both Ground and Flying, your best counters will be either Ice or Water.

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If you plan on using a Mega, Abomasnow (Powder Snow and Avalanche) and Blastoise (Water Gun and Hydro Cannon) and Gyarados (Waterfall and Hydro Pump) will be your options.

Me and My Shadow

There are a lot of good Ice type Shadow Pokémon you can use for this raid, here are the top 4: Mamoswine (Powder Snow and Avalanche), Weavile (Ice Shard and Avalanche), Mewtwo (Psycho Cut and Ice Beam) and Abomasnow (Powder Snow and Weather Ball Ice).

Shadowless

If you’re looking to go all in on the Ice types, then Galarian Darmanitan (Ice Fang and Avalanche), Mamoswine (Powder Snow and Avalanche), Glaceon (Frost Breath and Avalanche), Mewtwo (Psycho Cut and Ice Beam) and Abomasnow (Powder Snow and Avalanche) are your best options. Weavile (Ice Shard and Avalanche) will also be a good pick. Kyogre (Waterfall and Blizzard) is also a notable addition to this line-up.

According to Pokémon Go Hub, here are the following CPs Landorus (Therian Forme) can be caught at:

  • 2151- 2241 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 2688- 2801 CP at Level 25 with Sunny and Windy weather boost

Finally, according to PvPoke, Landorus (Therian) ranks #16 (15/15/15) in the Master League, requiring XL candy. Interestingly, the Incarnate forme ranks #14 (15/15/15) in the Master League if you’re looking for that slight edge.

Yveltal

Again, Yveltal has been in raids recently. However, it is a great attacker. So it might be worth a couple of extra raids if you need the XL candy.

What will you need?

Well, Yveltal is a Dark and Flying type. Which means Electric, Fairy, Rock and Ice types are going to be the best options.

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Due to the typing, Mega Manectric (Charge Beam and Wild Charge), Ampharos (either Charge Beam or Volt Switch with Zap Cannon), Altaria (Dragon Breath and Moonblast) and Abomasnow (Powder Snow and Weather Ball Ice) will be your options. However, I would not recommend Abomasnow due to it’s weakness to Flying type moves.

Me and My Shadow

As far as Shadow Pokémon go, Electivire (Thunder Shock and Wild Charge), Mamoswine (Powder Snow and Avalanche), Raikou (Thunder Shock and Wild Charge), Zapdos (Thunder Shock and Thunderbolt), Magnezone (Spark and Wild Charge) and Gardevoir (Charm and Dazzling Gleam) are your best options.

Shadowless

Zekrom (Charge Beam and Wild Charge) is your best Electric type, followed by Rhyperior (Smack Down and Rock Wrecker), Thundurus (Therian Forme) (Volt Switch and Thunderbolt), Rampardos (Smack Down and Rock Slide) and Galarian Darmanitan (Ice Fang and Avalanche) are the other options you could go for.

According to Pokémon Go Hub, here are the following CPs Yveltal can be caught at:

  • 2073- 2160 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 2591- 2701 CP at Level 25 with Fog or Windy weather boost

Finally, according to PvPoke, Yveltal ranks #4 (15/15/15) in the Master League, requiring XL candy.

Thanks for reading this longer than usual article, I will tackle Frost Hour next! Happy hunting!

Craig

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