The Pokémon Company reveals official Mewtwo Pokémon GO Raid Battle tips

You can now challenge Mewtwo via Pokémon GO Raid Battles. Read on below to learn more:

Mewtwo Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips

Appearing in Raids: July 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to July 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Last Appeared in Raids: February 20, 2021, to March 1, 2021

Mewtwo is a Legendary Psychic-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region. Learn which Pokémon will be most effective in Raid Battles against Mewtwo, how to catch Mewtwo after winning a Raid Battle, and how best to use the Genetic Pokémon after you’ve caught it.

Which Pokémon to Use in a Mewtwo Raid

As a Psychic-type Pokémon, Mewtwo is weak to Bug-, Ghost-, and Dark-type attacks. When choosing six Pokémon for your Mewtwo Raid Battle lineup, it helps to choose Pokémon that have a Bug-, Ghost-, or Dark-type Fast Attack and Charged Attack if you want to deal maximum damage as quickly as possible. A Pokémon that matches its attack type will benefit from a same-type attack bonus, which will allow these attacks to deal an additional 20% damage.

Remember that the faster you defeat Mewtwo, the more Premier Balls you’ll receive to catch it, so be sure to bring your strongest Pokémon team and battle with as many other Trainers as you can to defeat Mewtwo as quickly as possible.

Suggested Bug-type Pokémon

  • Pinsir / Shadow Pinsir (Bug)

    • Fast Attack: Bug Bite (Bug), Fury Cutter (Bug)

    • Charged Attack: X-Scissor (Bug)

  • Scizor / Shadow Scizor (Bug/Steel)

    • Fast Attack: Fury Cutter (Bug)

    • Charged Attack: Night Slash (Dark), X-Scissor (Bug)

  • Genesect (Bug/Steel)

    • Fast Attack: Fury Cutter (Bug)

    • Charged Attack: X-Scissor (Bug)

Suggested Ghost-type Pokémon

  • Mega Gengar (Ghost/Poison)

    • Fast Attack: Hex (Ghost), Lick (Ghost), Shadow Claw (Ghost), Sucker Punch (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Dark Pulse (Dark), Shadow Ball (Ghost), Shadow Punch (Ghost)

  • Banette / Shadow Banette (Ghost)

    • Fast Attack: Hex (Ghost), Shadow Claw (Ghost)

    • Charged Attack: Shadow Ball (Ghost)

  • Mismagius / Shadow Mismagius (Ghost)

    • Fast Attack: Hex (Ghost)

    • Charged Attack: Dark Pulse (Dark), Shadow Ball (Ghost)

  • Altered Forme Giratina (Ghost/Dragon)

    • Fast Attack: Shadow Claw (Ghost)

    • Charged Attack: Shadow Sneak (Ghost)

  • Origin Forme Giratina (Ghost/Dragon)

    • Fast Attack: Shadow Claw (Ghost)

    • Charged Attack: Ominous Wind (Ghost), Shadow Ball (Ghost)

  • Chandelure (Ghost/Fire)

    • Fast Attack: Hex (Ghost)

    • Charged Attack: Shadow Ball (Ghost)

Suggested Dark-type Pokémon

  • Mega Gyarados (Water/Dark)

    • Fast Attack: Bite (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Crunch (Dark)

  • Mega Houndoom (Dark/Fire)

    • Fast Attack: Snarl (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Crunch (Dark), Foul Play (Dark)

  • Tyranitar / Shadow Tyranitar (Rock/Dark)

    • Fast Attack: Bite (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Crunch (Dark)

  • Absol / Shadow Absol (Dark)

    • Fast Attack: Snarl (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Dark Pulse (Dark), Megahorn (Bug), Payback (Dark)

  • Weavile / Shadow Weavile (Dark/Ice)

    • Fast Attack: Feint Attack (Dark), Snarl (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Foul Play (Dark)

  • Darkrai (Dark)

    • Fast Attack: Feint Attack (Dark), Snarl (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Dark Pulse (Dark), Shadow Ball (Ghost)

  • Yveltal (Dark/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Snarl (Dark), Sucker Punch (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Dark Pulse (Dark)

Other Suggested Pokémon

  • Mewtwo / Shadow Mewtwo (Psychic)

    • Fast Attack: Confusion (Psychic), Psycho Cut (Psychic)

    • Charged Attack: Shadow Ball (Ghost)

Make the Most of Premier Balls and Berries

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

In an encounter with Mewtwo, your chance of catching it is greatest when the target ring is small enough for you to score Excellent Throws. Throwing Curveballs 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.

Mewtwo 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 them while it’s moving around. Watch Mewtwo to get a feel for its cycle of movement and the pauses in between this 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 Mewtwo. A Razz Berry will make Mewtwo 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 Mewtwo, making its movements less erratic and allowing you to make precise throws more easily. If you need extra Mewtwo Candy, using a Silver Pinap Berry will make Mewtwo easier to catch and grant you extra Candy when you catch it.

Like all Legendary Pokémon, Mewtwo 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 Mewtwo Once You’ve Caught It

Mewtwo’s Initial CP Range: 2,294–2,387

Mewtwo’s Initial CP Range with Weather Boost: 2,868–2,984

Available Fast Attacks: Confusion (Psychic), Psycho Cut (Psychic)

Available Charged Attacks: Flamethrower (Fire), Focus Blast (Fighting), Ice Beam (Ice), Psychic (Psychic), Thunderbolt (Electric)

Elite Charged TM Charged Attacks: Hyper Beam (Normal), Psystrike (Psychic), Shadow Ball (Ghost)

As a Psychic-type Pokémon, Mewtwo has a type advantage against Fighting- and Poison-type Pokémon. This can make Mewtwo particularly useful against Raid Bosses like Mega Venusaur and Mega Beedrill.

Mewtwo happens to be one of the most powerful and popular Master League Pokémon, and for good reason. With a high maximum CP and a wide range of Charged Attack types, the Genetic Pokémon is well worth powering up for the GO Battle League. Better still, obtaining a second Charged Attack for Mewtwo is sure to keep your GO Battle League opponents on their toes.

Both Mewtwo and Armored Mewtwo can learn the Psychic-type Charged Attack Psystrike, either when caught during special events or by utilizing an Elite Charged TM. Is it worth powering up a Mewtwo or an Armored Mewtwo that knows Psystrike if you already have one that doesn’t? If you’re looking to deal hefty Psychic-type damage, the answer is a resounding yes—over the course of a battle, Psystrike deals far more damage than Psychic or Future Sight does.

Mewtwo versus Armored Mewtwo

In addition to differences in physical appearance, Mewtwo and Armored Mewtwo function in unique ways. Each learns some different moves—the regular Mewtwo learns many attacks that are special moves in the Pokémon RPGs, while Armored Mewtwo learns many attacks that are physical moves. The two also perform differently in battle—regular Mewtwo is nearly peerless at dishing out damage but also takes more in return, while Armored Mewtwo is much sturdier but at the cost of attack strength. This often makes regular Mewtwo a better choice for Raid Battles and Armored Mewtwo a stronger option for Trainer Battles.

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


Challenge Mewtwo in Pokémon GO Raid Battles

The Genetic Pokémon will be available to battle—and hopefully catch—through July 23.

Stock up on Premium Battle Passes, and power up your Bug-, Ghost-, and Dark-type Pokémon, Trainers! Mewtwo is back in Pokémon GO five-star raids through July 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. This Legendary Psychic-type Pokémon is a powerful ally in the GO Battle League, Gym battles, and Raid Battles. Mewtwo requires a lot of Mewtwo Candy to power up to its impressive maximum CP, so be sure to battle and catch as many as possible. And if you’re wondering which Pokémon to include in your Mewtwo Raid Battle lineup, check out the Mewtwo Raid Strategy Guide for tips and tricks to defeat, catch, and utilize the Genetic Pokémon.

Happy battling, Trainers!


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