Niantic’s Pokémon Go has been touted from its launch as a collaborative game, and nothing has inspired teamwork more than the recent unveiling of the Legendary birds in level-five Raids. While level-three and below Raids are easy enough to take on alone or with a friend, level-four and above require as many Pokémon as possible to defeat the extra-powerful Raid bosses. Surprisingly, two trainers defied the odds and managed to take down the level-five boss Moltres all by themselves, with a focus on exploiting the Legendary bird’s typing weaknesses.
Trainer boushinshi uploaded footage, seen below, of the epic encounter, barely defeating the Pokémon with only five seconds to spare. The key to their success came down to their choice to use a full team of the Pokémon Golem, as it resists Moltres’ Fire and Flying-type moves, while also dealing double damage due to its Rock-typing. The trainers stayed on the safe side, making sure the Golem all were relatively close to 2,500 Combat Power, which is the number that dictates how powerful a Pokémon will be in battle, with both players at the top tier level 40 cap. However, the most important detail was the Golem all had Rock Throw and Stone Edge as their movesets, providing constant Rock-type attacks.
While it’s an impressive feat, trainers have been aware Moltres would be the easiest of the Legendary birds to take down, as again, its Fire/Flying-typing makes it extremely weak to Rock-type attacks. However, the inflated 41,953 CP of the Moltres still makes it a tricky enemy and should only be attempted by trainers of a high level using the right Pokémon.
Of course, players know the arguably harder part of the Legendary Raid experience is the capture portion, as the birds have a two percent catch rate before adding berries and Curveball throw bonuses. Trainers within the Reddit community have come up with a theory Nanab berries are a helpful means to up the chances, but players should try their best to catch Moltres as soon as possible, as Zapdos will take its place on August 7th.
Pokémon Go is now available for free download on iOS and Android.