The Season of Go is well into its first month and Pokemon GO trainers have had plenty of reason to get out, enjoy the warm weather, and explore their local communities thanks to the mobile AR game. This weekend brings a popular Community Day event which is sure to keep the action going, but Battle Raid fans may also be ready to head out ahead of the CD event to celebrate the latest Mega Raid rotation shakeup.

This month his bringing a series of returning Mega Battle Raid bosses and now that Mega Venusaur is all finished, it's time for another Gen 1 Mega starter to take over the spotlight. After a few months away Mega Blastoise is back on the scene and Pokemon GO trainers have another chance to face-off against the popular Mega Battle Raid boss and earn a new pile of Mega resources to put to use the next time a tough fight comes along. That said, taking down the boss will require a solid lineup of strategic counters.


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Mega Blastoise rotated into the lineup today and will be active through July 1. Getting a counter roster together for the Mega Blastoise battle won't be too different from preparing for a traditional battle raid against the Squirtle evolution. The same weaknesses apply, which means many trainers should hopefully have some good options in their collections. Blastoise is a Water-type, which means that players will have the best bet using Grass- and Electric-types. There are some fantastic options for those types in the current metagame to consider, but a list of the strongest follows for players who want to max out their efficiency.

Best Mega Blastoise Counters (June 2022)

  • Shadow Raikou - Thunder Shock/Wild Charge
  • Shadow Magnezone - Spark/Wild Charge
  • Shadow Zapdos - Thunder Shock/Thunderbolt
  • Zekrom - Charge Beam/Wild Charge
  • Shadow Mewtwo - Psycho Cut/Thunderbolt
  • Mega (or Shadow) Venusaur - Vine Whip/Frenzy Plant
  • Tangrowth - Vine Whip/Power Whip

Resource balancing is obviously a key part of the Pokemon GO experience, so players will want to weigh the pros and cons as they determine which Pokemon to prepare for the big battle. Burning through Stardust, Elite TMs, and Candy can always be a bit stressful, so try to focus on investing in the Pokemon that are most likely to be valuable again in future battle raids or PvP activities beyond this week's Mega Raid.

The full list of July 2022 events should be revealed in the next few days, so be sure to check back soon for more Pokemon GO strategy guides, news, and updates. Until then, good luck out there, trainers!

Pokemon GO is available now in select regions on Android and iOS devices.

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