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Pokémon Go Suicune raid guide: counters, best movesets, and start times

If you don’t have on already, this is your chance

A hand holds up a phone with the Suicune stat menu on the screen Photo: James Bareham/Polygon
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Suicune returns yet again to Pokémon Go as a special reward for completing the last leg of global challenges. The Legendary water-type will be available in raids on Aug. 17 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. in your local time.

Suicune is far from the best water-type attacker, as it’s heavily outclassed by Kyogre, Swampert, Feraligatr, Gyarados, and even Palkia.

However, its return to raids means that lucky players will get a chance to nab one Shiny.

Suicune’s Shiny and normal forms stand next to each other from Pokémon Go Niantic via Polygon

To take on Suicune, use electric- and grass-types like the following for the easy win:

  • Raikou with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
  • Electrivire with Thunder Shock and Wild Charge
  • Magnezone with Spark and Wild Charge/Seed Bomb
  • Roserade with Razer Leaf and Grass Knot
  • Sceptile with Fury Cutter/Bullet Seed and Frenzy Plant
  • Venusaur with Vine Whip/Razor Leaf and Frenzy Plant

Luxray, Zapdos, Jolteon, and other electric- and grass-types will also serve you well.

Suicune’s best moveset is Hidden Power with Hydro Pump, but its Hidden Power has to be water-type. It’s a toss up which type of Hidden Power you’ll get, so you could use Extrasensory or Snarl instead. That all being said, Suicune is probably best off as a bench warmer.

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