Pheromosa Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips: Which Pokémon to use in a Pheromosa Raid, how to make the most of Premier Balls and Berries, and what to do with Pheromosa once you’ve caught it

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Pheromosa Pokémon GO Raid Battle Tips

Appearing in Raids: August 27, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. local time

Ultra Beast Strategies


Pheromosa is a Bug- and Fighting-type Ultra Beast originating from another world. Pheromosa refuses to touch anything, perhaps because it senses some uncleanness in this world. Learn which Pokémon will be most effective in Raid Battles against Pheromosa, how to catch Pheromosa after winning a Raid Battle, and how best to use the Ultra Beast after you’ve caught it.

Which Pokémon to Use in a Pheromosa Raid in Pokémon GO

As a Bug- and Fighting-type Ultra Beast, Pheromosa is vulnerable to Fire-, Flying-, Psychic-, and Fairy-type attacks. When selecting Pokémon for your Pheromosa Raid Battle lineup, it helps to choose Pokémon that have a Fast Attack and Charged Attack of one of these types if you want to deal as much damage as possible. It’s not necessary to choose only Fire-, Flying-, Psychic-, and Fairy-type Pokémon, but 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.

If you have multiple Pokémon that know Fire-, Flying-, Psychic-, and Fairy-type attacks, choose the Pokémon with the highest CP and best overall stats. Pheromosa is particularly vulnerable to Flying-type attacks, so prioritize Pokémon with a Flying-type Fast Attack and Charged Attack. Remember that speed of victory affects how many Premier Balls you will receive at the conclusion of a successful Raid Battle, so bring your strongest Pokémon and defeat Pheromosa as quickly as possible.

Suggested Fire-type Pokémon

  • Shadow Charizard (Fire/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Air Slash (Flying), Ember (Fire), Fire Spin (Fire), Wing Attack (Flying)

    • Charged Attack: Blast Burn (Fire), Fire Blast (Fire), Flamethrower (Fire), Overheat (Fire)

  • Mega Charizard Y (Fire/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Air Slash (Flying), Ember (Fire), Fire Spin (Fire), Wing Attack (Flying)

    • Charged Attack: Blast Burn (Fire), Fire Blast (Fire), Flamethrower (Fire), Overheat (Fire)

  • Moltres (Fire/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Fire Spin (Fire), Wing Attack (Flying)

    • Charged Attack: Fire Blast (Fire), Heat Wave (Fire), Overheat (Fire), Sky Attack (Flying)

  • Ho-Oh (Fire/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Extrasensory (Psychic), Incinerate (Fire)

    • Charged Attack: Brave Bird (Flying), Sacred Fire (Fire)

Suggested Flying-type Pokémon

  • Pidgeot / Mega Pidgeot (Normal/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Air Slash (Flying), Gust (Flying), Wing Attack (Flying)

    • Charged Attack: Aerial Ace (Flying), Air Cutter (Flying), Brave Bird (Flying), Feather Dance (Flying), Hurricane (Flying)

  • Rayquaza (Dragon/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Air Slash (Flying)

    • Charged Attack: Aerial Ace (Flying), Hurricane (Flying)

  • Honchkrow / Shadow Honchkrow (Dark/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Peck (Flying)

    • Charged Attack: Brave Bird (Flying), Psychic (Psychic), Sky Attack (Flying)

  • Braviary (Normal/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Air Slash (Flying)

    • Charged Attack: Brave Bird (Flying), Heat Wave (Fire)

  • Hisuian Braviary (Flying/Psychic)

    • Fast Attack: Air Slash (Flying), Zen Headbutt (Psychic)

    • Charged Attack: Brave Bird (Flying), Psychic (Psychic)

  • Incarnate Forme Tornadus (Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Air Slash (Flying)

    • Charged Attack: Heat Wave (Fire), Hurricane (Flying), Psychic (Psychic)

  • Yveltal (Dark/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Gust (Flying)

    • Charged Attack: Hurricane (Flying), Psychic (Psychic)

Suggested Psychic-type Pokémon

  • Lugia / Apex Shadow Lugia (Psychic/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Extrasensory (Psychic)

    • Charged Attack: Aeroblast (Flying), Aeroblast+ (Flying), Future Sight (Psychic), Sky Attack (Flying)

  • Metagross / Shadow Metagross (Steel/Psychic)

    • Fast Attack: Zen Headbutt (Psychic)

    • Charged Attack: Psychic (Psychic)

  • Mega Latios (Dragon/Psychic)

    • Fast Attack: Zen Headbutt (Psychic)

    • Charged Attack: Luster Purge (Psychic), Psychic (Psychic)

  • Gallade (Psychic/Fighting)

    • Fast Attack: Charm (Fairy), Confusion (Psychic)

    • Charged Attack: Psychic (Psychic), Synchronoise (Psychic)

Suggested Fairy-type Pokémon

  • Granbull / Shadow Granbull (Fairy)

    • Fast Attack: Charm (Fairy)

    • Charged Attack: Play Rough (Fairy)

  • Togekiss (Fairy/Flying)

    • Fast Attack: Air Slash (Flying), Charm (Fairy)

    • Charged Attack: Aerial Ace (Flying), Dazzling Gleam (Fairy), Flamethrower (Fire)

  • Sylveon (Fairy)

    • Fast Attack: Charm (Fairy)

    • Charged Attack: Dazzling Gleam (Fairy), Draining Kiss (Fairy), Moonblast (Fairy)

  • Xerneas (Fairy)

    • Fast Attack: Zen Headbutt (Psychic)

    • Charged Attack: Moonblast (Fairy)

Make the Most of Premier Balls and Berries


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

In an encounter with Pheromosa, 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.

Pheromosa 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 the Pokémon to get a feel for its cycle of movement and the pauses in between the cycles. 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 Pheromosa. A Razz Berry will make it 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 Pheromosa, making its movements less erratic and allowing you to make precise throws more easily. If you need extra Pheromosa Candy, using a Silver Pinap Berry will make Pheromosa easier to catch and grant you extra Candy when you catch it.

Buddy Pokémon with a Buddy Level of Great Buddy or higher have the Catch Assist Perk. If a Pokémon—even an Ultra Beast Pokémon—deflects a Poké Ball, your buddy might bounce it back for a second catch opportunity!

Like all Ultra Beasts, Pheromosa 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 Pheromosa Once You’ve Caught It

Pheromosa’s Initial CP Range: 1,538–1,624

Pheromosa’s Initial CP Range with Weather Boost: 1,922–2,030

Available Fast Attacks: Bug Bite (Bug), Low Kick (Fighting)

Available Charged Attacks: Bug Buzz (Bug), Close Combat (Fighting), Focus Blast (Fighting), Lunge (Dark)

As a Bug- and Fighting-type Ultra Beast, Pheromosa is resistant to Grass-, Fighting-, Ground-, Bug-, and Dark-type attacks. Pheromosa is new to Pokémon GO, so it hasn’t established a role for itself in the GO Battle League. Its unusual dual typing and the same-type attack bonus that accompanies most of its attacks may inspire Trainers to bring it to battle. In addition, having a Dark-type Charged Attack can provide coverage against Psychic- and Ghost-type Pokémon, which pose a serious threat to Fighting types. Pheromosa’s relatively low defensive stats, however, may limit its performance in the GO Battle League.

If you’re interested in battling with Pheromosa, you’ll want to power it up and teach it a second Charged Attack. Unfortunately, Pheromosa’s high initial CP makes it ineligible for the Great League. If you want to take it to the Ultra League, you’ll want to increase its CP to as close to 2,500 as possible, and, if you want to compete with Pheromosa in the Master League, you’ll want to increase its CP as high as you can. Increasing its CP and teaching it a second Charged Attack will take a significant amount of Pheromosa Candy and Stardust, so try to catch as many Pheromosa as possible to get you there faster.

Outside of the GO Battle League, Pheromosa can be a powerful addition to your raid lineup against Normal-, Grass-, Ice-, Psychic-, Bug-, Rock-, Dark, and Steel-type Pokémon. This is a broad range of types, and the same-type attack bonus that accompanies most of Pheromosa’s attacks will help you in a raid when you want to deal damage as quickly as possible. Because Pheromosa is weak defensively, the damage it deals may be offset by the frequency with which it might faint. You can broaden Pheromosa’s utility in a raid by making sure it has two Charged Attacks of different types and powering it up as much as you can.

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


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