Mega Evolution has finally arrived in Pokémon Go and with it, Mega Raids! A whole new class of Raids, Mega Raids allow you and your friends to challenge a Mega Evolved Pokémon. These are some of the toughest raids yet, but here at iMore we’ve got you covered! Mega Manectric is back and we’ve got everything you need to know to take on his Mega Raid. And don’t forget to take a look at our best Pokémon Go accessories to get fully equipped on your Pokémon adventure!
Who is Mega Manectric in Pokémon Go?
Originally found in the Gen III Hoenn region, the Blue and Yellow Canine Manectric only served as little more than a Pokédex entry when introduced in Pokémon Go. It has decent stats. , but nothing fancy and certainly nothing compared to legendary electric types, like Raikou, Zekrom and Zapdos.
However, with Mega Evolution providing a massive boost to not only Manectric’s stats but all Electric-type allies as well, Mega Manectric is sure to be a very useful addition to your roster. He can keep pace with Mega Ampharos and has far fewer weaknesses to boot.
What are the best counters for Mega Manectric in Pokémon Go?
As a pure Electric type, Manectric can deal Electric, Dark and Fire type damage, and his only weakness is Ground. While that means this is a fairly straightforward fight, it does come with some promising strategies going forward when some land-type mega evolutions are introduced. Until then, however, floor types with moves like Mud-Slap, Mud Shot, Earth Power, and Earthquake are the bulk of our recommendations.
Originally found in the Gen IV Sinnoh region, Garchomp is the top counter in this Mega Raid. His first stop, Gible has been featured in events including Community Day, so most players have had the chance to add Garchomp to their roster. As a Ground and Dragon type, Garchomp takes reduced Electricity and Fire damage, while having no relevant weaknesses. And, while it has yet to be introduced in Pokémon Go, Garchomp also has a mega evolution that will eventually make it even more effective in this fight. Mud shot and the exclusive movement of Community Day, Earth power are the moves you will want your Garchomp to know. If you don’t have the exclusive Community Day movement or an EliteTM to spare, Earthquake will also work well.
The Sinnoh Stone evolution of the Generation I Rhyhorn, Rhyperior is another great choice for this Mega Raid. Not only has Rhyhorn been in the game since day one, he’s also been featured at Community Day and many other events, giving players plenty of opportunities to catch and evolve. As a Ground and Rock type, he is resistant to electricity and fire, while having no weaknesses that Mega Manectric can exploit. If you bring Rhyperior to this fight, you’ll want Mud-Slap and Earthquake for his moveset.
Landorus (therian form)
A legendary Pokémon from the Unovan region, Landorus has two forms, both of which perform well in this raid. Therian Form Landorus is the better of the two, despite lesser moves, thanks to a massive attack stat. A Ground and Flying type, Landorus is resistant to electric attacks and has no relevant weaknesses. Mud shot and Earthquake are the ideal moves for Therian to train Landorus in this fight.
The legendary mascot of Ruby Pokémon, Groudon isn’t the best counter for Mega Manectric anymore, but he’s still one of the best. As a pure earth type, he takes reduced damage from electric attacks and has no relevant weaknesses. Although Groudon is a Legendary, he has been available numerous times in Raids, as well as Special Research, Research Rewards, and the Pokémon Go Battle League. Safe to say, most players have had several chances to add Groudon to their roster. If you bring the mainland Pokémon to this fight, you’ll want it to know Mud shot and Earthquake.
Landorus (embodied form)
While he doesn’t have the stats of Therian Form Landorus, Incarnate Form Landorus has better moves, making him another great choice to counter Mega Manectric. As a type on the ground and in flight, he brings the same resistances and weaknesses, and he also uses the same candy to power himself up. The Landorus incarnate form is also available more often than the Therian form, so even more players already have this Pokémon on their squad. Mud shot and Earth power are the moves you will want for this fight.
The evolution of the Generation V Drilbur, Excadrill makes an excellent counter for Mega Manectric. It is readily available, with Drilbur having been featured in several events. As a Ground and Steel-type, Excadrill is resistant to Electric attacks, but takes double damage from Fire-type moves. Mud-Slap and Drilling execution are the moves you’ll want your Excadrill to know for this fight.
While Rhyperior is definitely a better option, if you run out of Sinnoh Stones Rhydon is still a good counter for Mega Manectric and he has the same typing. The second stage of the Gen I Rhyhorn, there is no good excuse not to have some powerful Rhydons, as well as plenty of Candy to fuel them. If you bring Rhydon to this fight, you’ll want Mud-Slap for quick attack and Earthquake for the loaded.
Relatively new to Pokémon Go, Krookodile is the final evolution of Generation V Sandile. Don’t be too surprised to see him so rarely; the only way to get Sandile is to use the 12K Strange Eggs received by beating Team GO Rocket leaders: Cliff, Sierra, and Arlo. Still, if you have this Dark and Ground type, he takes reduced damage from Electric and Dark type attacks. slap of mud and Earthquake are the moves you’ll want your Krookodile to bring to this fight.
Originally encountered in the Gen V Unova region, Golurk performs well in this Mega Raid. As a Ground-type and Ghost-type, it takes reduced damage from Electric-type attacks, but double the damage from Dark-type. His first step, Golett has been in the wild for a long time, with an increase in appearances during Halloween events, as well as an appearance in Eggs. Best of all, it only takes 50 candies to evolve, so there’s a good chance you have the candies to fuel your Golurk. Mud-Slap and Earth power are the moves you will want your Golurk to know for this fight.
The final evolution of the Generation I Geodude, there are two versions of Golem, Kantonian and Alolan; However, for this fight you will earn the original Kantonian Golem. As a Ground and Rock type, he takes reduced Electricity and Fire damage, with no weaknesses that Mega Manectric can exploit. He’s also been in the game since day one, and has been featured in a number of events. Mud-Slap and Earthquake are the moves you’ll want your Golem to know for this fight, although Mud Shot works well as well.
Originally encountered in the Johto region of Gen II, Donphan is another excellent counter for Mega Manectric. It is readily available and easy to power up. As a pure earth type, he takes reduced damage from electricity and has no relevant weaknesses. If you bring Donphan to this fight, you’ll want him to know Mud-Slap and Earthquake.
While most players can make a top scorer squad, if you find a gap in your squad there are plenty of substitutes out there who work well in larger groups. Just make sure you dodge and one of the following could be a decent save:
- Flygon with Mud Shot and Earth Power
- Mamoswine with Mud-Slap and Bulldoze
- Swampert with mud shot and earthquake
- Haxorus with dragon tail and earthquake
- Sismitoad with Mud Shot and Earth Power
- Mega Beedrill with Bug Bite and Drill Run
- Hippodocus with Ice Fang and Earth Power
- Nidoking with Fury Cutter and Earth Power
- Terrakion with Smack Down and Earthquake
- Gastrodon with Mud-Slap and Earth Power
- Nidoqueen with Poison Jab and Earth Power
- Sandslash with mud shot and earthquake
The rebalancing of Shadow Pokémon saved from Team GO Rocket makes them excellent glass cannons. Not only are their stats improved, but during special events or with the TM Elite it is possible to modify their movements. If you happen to have any of the following Pokémon with the correct moveset, they will work just fine in this Raid:
- Shadow Mamoswine with Mud-Slap and Bulldoze
- Shadow Flygon with Mud Shot and Earth Power
- Shadow Swampert with Mud Shot and Earthquake
- Shadow Ho-Oh with Hidden Power and Earthquake
- Shadow Nidoking with Fury Cutter and Earth Power
- Shadow Nidoqueen with Poison Jab and Earth Power
- Shadow Arcanine with Fire Fang and Bulldoze
How many players does it take to beat Mega Manectric in Pokémon Go?
While Mega Manectric can be beaten by as few as three Top Trainers with the best counters, this is a Mega Raid we’re talking about. The more players you can include in your raid party, the faster you will beat it, earning you even more Mega Energy. I would recommend having at least five trainers when tackling Mega Manectris.
Weather conditions that may impact this raid include:
- The rain will increase Mega Manectric’s electric-type attacks.
- Sunny / clear weather will increase its fire attack, as well as your ground type counters.
- The fog will increase Mega Manectric’s Dark-type attack.
Questions about Mega Manectric in Pokémon Go?
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