Pokémon GO – Mega Altaria Counters and Raid Guide

With the conclusion of Swablu Community Day in Pokémon GO comes a new raid boss in the form of Mega Altaria. Dragon and Fairy-type Pokémon will soon start appearing in nearby Gyms, so it's important that you prepare your best counter team. But with such a unique mix of types, it can be hard to find them. We're here to help with the best Mega Altaria counters in Pokémon GO and a raid guide to answer all your questions.

The Best Mega Altaria Counters

Below is a list of the best Mega Altaria counters in Pokémon GO. Steel and Snow are the main types you'll want to focus on, but there are a few options if you don't have a solid full Metagross team. For the list, we're sticking to the standard Pokemon, so keep reading to find out if there are alternative versions of Shadow to use and which Mega we recommend.

Pokémon fast attack Charged Attack
metagross Bullet punch Meteor Mash
Dialga metal clamp iron head
mamoswine Powder avalanche
Galarian darmanitan ice fangs avalanche
Genesect (either) metal clamp magnet bomb
excadrill metal clamp iron head
roserade Venom Blow mud bomb
Jirachi Confusion fatal desire
Mewtwo Psycho cut ice beam
gardevoir Charm Dazzling glow

If you want to bring a Mega Pokémon into battle, we recommend either Mega Gengar with Lick and Sludge Bomb or Mega Beedrill with Poison Jab and Sludge Bomb. For Shadow, focus on the ones listed above already if you have them, but you can also include Shadow Scizor with Bullet Punch and Iron Head or Shadow Aggron with Iron Tail and Heavy Slam if you prefer them over other counters.

Now let's move on to important questions and answers to give you everything you need to know in the Mega Altaria Raid Guide for Pokémon GO.

Mega Altaria raid guide

Here we answer the most frequently asked questions about Mega Altaria Raids.

When do Mega Altaria raids start and end?

While players can expect Mega Altaria Raids to begin during Swablu's Community Day, they will actually begin right after the celebration ends. Saturday, May 15 at 17 p.m. local time is what to watch. Niantic has confirmed that Raids will continue until at least Tuesday, June 1 at 10am CET, so you have some time to beat and catch Altaria and get more Mega Energy.

How many players to beat Mega Altaria

The key to winning Mega Raids and getting the most Mega Altaria Energy is beating them fast. So the more players the better, but if you can't get a party of friends to join, we recommend at least 3-4 players for your party. But that's assuming you come in with a strong team of counters, you're high-level players, possibly with friend bonuses, and the weather isn't against you.

What weather to watch

Here's what to watch out for when it comes to the weather when raiding Mega Altaria.

  • Cloudy – Boosts Mega Altaria and its Fairy moves, also boosts Poison counters
  • Windy – Increases Mega Altaria and its dragon moves, also increases psychic counters
  • Snow – Increases your ice and steel counters

Can Mega Altaria Be Shiny, How To Catch Shiny Altaria

Yes, Mega Altaria can be brilliant when you encounter and catch it. Of course, it won't really be Shiny Mega Altaria. The way these raids work is that you'll encounter the evolved, but not Mega, form of the Pokemon species. So if you're very lucky, you'll win the raid and come across Shiny Altaria, which you can catch and add to your collection. You can then use the Mega Energy to Mega Evolve that Shiny Altaria or any other you have.

And those are the best Mega Altaria counters in Pokémon GO, along with our complete raid guide.

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