This video serves to guide players who would like to take down high tiered defending Pokémon more quickly and more effectively. Time and time again we find that our Pokémon have lower CP then that of the Gym defenders we are trying to defeat. Luckily this guide explains the tips and tricks needed which will allow you to defeat Dragonite, Exeggutor, Vaporeon and other defending Pokémon more efficiently (even if at an extreme CP disadvantage).
How to Counter Dragonite
The strongest Pokémon currently available is Dragonite, whom you may often see at Gyms normally with over 2,000 CP. Many get discouraged and believe they cannot defeat the Gym because their Pokémon are not strong enough. However, Dragonite actually has three weaknesses, which include Dragon, Fairy and Ice. Therefore, you will want to use Pokémon with those Types of Moves.
Wigglytuff is a great counter to Dragonite as its Fast Move is Pound (Highest Fast Move DPS currently) and its charge Move options include Fairy Moves Dazzling Gleam and Play Rough. However, the ideal Moveset is Pound and Hyper Beam as these Moves combined deal the greatest amount of damage. In the video above at the 2:00 mark, a 1230 CP Wigglytuff takes down a 2117 CP Dragonite! Clefable also has ideal Movesets against Dragonite.
Being that Dragonite is Dragon/Flying it is very vulnerable (double weakness) to Ice Moves. Therefore, make sure to choose Pokémon that have Ice Moves to take down Dragonite quickly. Fast Moves Frost Breath and Ice Shard deal considerable DPS. In the video above at the 3:00 mark, a 1142 Cloyster takes down a 2117 Dragonite.
|Ice Type Moves|
|The Following is a List of Ice Type Moves in Pokemon Go:|
|Blizzard||Charge||A howling blizzard is summoned to strike opposing Pokémon.|
|Frost Breath||Fast||The user blows its cold breath on the target.|
|Ice Beam||Charge||The target is struck with an icy-cold beam of energy.|
|Ice Punch||Charge||The target is punched with an icy fist.|
|Ice Shard||Fast||The user flash-freezes chunks of ice and hurls them at the target.|
|Icy Wind||Charge||The user attacks with a gust of chilled air.|
|Pokemon Capable of Using Ice Type Moves|
|The Following is a List of Pokemon that can learn the above Ice Type Moves:|
How to Counter Exeggutor
Exeggutor is also a challenging Pokémon to defeat for many players. However, Exeggutor has a double weakness to Bug Type Moves. Bug Bite is better than Fury Cutter, but either will be effective against Exeggutor. For Charge Moves, Megahorn, Bug Buzz and X-Scissor are very effective against Exeggutor.
Pinsir and Scyther are both good against Exeggutor. Although underpowered CP wise, Butterfree is also a great counter to Exeggutor because of its Movesets. Venomoth and Parasect are good choices as well, but you just have to be careful when using Venomoth as it is vulnerable to Exeggutor's Psychic Type Moves.
|Bug Type Moves|
|The Following is a List of Bug Type Moves in Pokemon Go:|
|Bug Bite||Fast||The user bites the target.|
|Bug Buzz||Charge||The user vibrates its wings to generate a damaging sound wave.|
|Fury Cutter||Fast||The target is slashed with scythes or claws.|
|Megahorn||Charge||Using its tough and impressive horn, the user rams into the target with no letup.|
|Signal Beam||Charge||The user attacks with a sinister beam of light.|
|Struggle||Charge||While resisting, the user attacks the opposing Pokémon.|
|X-Scissor||Charge||The user slashes at the target by crossing its scythes or claws as if they were a pair of scissors.|
|Pokemon Capable of Using Bug Type Moves|
|The Following is a List of Pokemon that can learn the above Bug Type Moves:|
Vaporeon is an extremely popular defending Pokémon due to its high CP (and it also because it seems like everyone has two or more to spare). When battling Vaporeon you will want to use either a Grass Type Pokémon or an Electric Type, both of which Vaporeon is vulnerable to. Grass Types are usually the better choice as Water Type Moves from Vaporeon are not very effective against Grass.
The one Move you really want to focus on is Solar Beam! This Move deals a considerable amount of damage, especially to Water Type Pokémon such as Vaporeon. While other Grass Type Moves are effective, you should use a Pokémon with Solar Beam just soley based on the Moves' high Damage per Second.
Just as an example, if you take a look at the video at the beginning of this article a 977 CP Parasect with Solar Beam takes down 2162 Vaporeon by itself! (battle @ 5:30 mark)