Pokemon Go Virizion Guide: Best Counters, Weaknesses, And Battle Tips

The Legendary Grass/Fighting Pokemon is returning to Raid Battles from May 12-19; here are some tips to help you catch it.

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Another Legendary Pokemon is returning soon to Pokemon Go. To celebrate the launch of Remote Raid Passes, Niantic is bringing Virizion, the Grassland Pokemon, back to five-star Raids from May 12-19. Not only does this give you another opportunity to add the Legendary to your collection, but this time around, you'll also have a chance to catch its Shiny form. If you need help defeating it, we've rounded up some tips to help you battle and catch Virizion below.

Virizion Raid Hours

Virizion will appear in five-star Raids until 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET on May 19. These Raids can happen pretty much any time, but you'll receive an in-game notification before one is about to begin nearby, so you shouldn't have too much trouble tracking the Legendary Pokemon down.

If you're eager to add Virizion to your collection, your best chance to find one will come on Wednesday, May 13, when Niantic hosts its next Raid Hour event. From 6-7 PM local time that day, there will be more Virizion Raids occurring than usual, effectively ensuring you find one. The increased rate of Virizion Raids also makes this day your best chance to find a Shiny Virizion.

Virizion
Virizion

Virizion Weaknesses And Counters

As a Grass/Fighting type, Virizion is especially vulnerable to Flying-type Pokemon, making those your best bet to defeat it. Lugia will be particularly helpful, but Dragonite, Moltres, Tornadus, Rayquaza, and other Flying Pokemon that know Flying-type attacks will also be useful when challenging the Legendary.

Virizion has a few other weaknesses you can exploit. The Legendary is also weak to Ice, Psychic, Fire, and Fairy Pokemon. Gardevoir is a great choice because it can know both Psychic and Fairy attacks, while Mamoswine is a great Ice-type attacker. Other good Pokemon to bring along include Togekiss, Granbull, Glaceon, and Chandelure.

Remote Raids

Thanks to the aforementioned Remote Raid Passes, you don't need to physically travel to a Gym to join a Virizion Raid. If you have a Remote Raid Pass, you can use it to participate in any Virizion Raid that appears on your Nearby screen without leaving your home.

There are a few caveats to keep in mind concerning Remote Raid Passes. First, only a maximum of five remote players can join the same Raid. Second, Pokemon used by remote players have lower attack power than those used by players physically at the Gym. You can learn more about how to get and use Remote Raid Passes in our guide.

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