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Pokémon GO: Mega Scizor Raid Guide (Best Counters & Weaknesses)

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During Pokémon GO's Bug Out! event, players can battle Mega Scizor, a powerful Mega Evolved Pokémon with only one weakness, in a new Mega Raid.

With the arrival of Pokémon Go’s Bug Out! Event, players around the world can challenge Mega Scizor in Mega Raids at their local Gyms between now and August 16th. First introduced in Generation II games Pokémon Gold and Silver, Scizor is one of the final forms in the Scyther evolutionary line and is part of the select group of Pokémon species capable of Mega Evolution. Unlike many upcoming Pokémon Go raid bosses, however, Mega Scizor has one major weakness that players can exploit in order to bring it down.

Mega Raids in Pokémon Go occur when Mega Evolved Pokémon take over the game’s Gyms, challenging players to group up for the game’s most intense, high-stakes battles. In return, players can earn rewards, including Mega Energy, and the chance to add rare Pokémon to their Pokédexes by subduing the Raid Pokémon in battle. Mega Raid Bosses possess extraordinarily high Combat Power (CP), requiring players to team up with other Pokémon Trainers. In order to start a Raid, players first need to obtain Raid Passes, which are given out for free once a day from spinning Pokéstop discs.

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Mega Scizor is a dual Bug/Steel type and much like Pokémon Go’s Mega Abomasnow, this makes it extremely weak to Fire-type Pokémon and moves. However, players shouldn’t expect an easy victory. This is effectively Mega Scizor’s only weakness and its typing gives it considerable resistance against some of the most common Pokémon types.

Best Counters For Pokémon Go’s Mega Scizor Mega Raid

Players should avoid using Bug, Dragon, Fairy, Grass, Ice, Normal, Poison, Psychic, or Steel-type Pokémon and moves, as Mega Scizor is resistant to these types. This complicates matters for players accustomed to relying on the incredible hitting power of Dragon-type Pokémon. Grass-type Pokémon will fare extremely poorly as both Bug and Steel-types are resistant to Grass-type moves, and Mega Scizor possesses Bug-type moves that do super effective damage to Grass-type Pokémon. Even non-Fire type Legendary Pokémon such as recent Pokémon Go Raid Boss Palkia should be avoided as their attacks will only do normal damage against Mega Scizor. However, some heavy-hitting Fire-type Legendary Pokémon are great choices:

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  • Reshiram – Dragon and Fire-type Legendary Pokémon | Fire Fang and Overheat Moves.
  • Moltres – Fire and Flying-type | Fire Spin and Overheat Moves.
  • Ho-Oh – Fire and Flying-type | Incinerate and Sacred Fire Moves.
  • Heatran ­– Fire and Steel-type | Fire Spin and Flamethrower Moves.

These Legendary Pokémon all have Fire-type movesets and their typing ensures that they have plenty of resistance against Mega Scizor’s Bug and Steel-type moves. However given their rarity, they’re likely the only options for longtime Pokémon Go players, although Moltres was available as recently as July as one of Pokémon Go’s July raid bosses. For players who haven’t collected Legendary Pokémon, other Pokémon will do just as well:

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  • Blaziken – Fire and Fighting-type | Fire Spin and Blast Burn Moves
  • Chandelure – Ghost and Fire-type | Fire Spin and Overheat Moves.
  • Darmanitan – Fire-type | Fire Fang and Overheat Moves.
  • Emboar – Fire and Fighting-type | Ember and Blast Burn Moves

Blaziken, Emboar, and Chandelure are harder for players to obtain as all three are the final forms of their respective evolutionary lines. As such, 125 Candy is needed to fully evolve them and collecting it can take time. Using Pinap Berries, which increases the amount of Candy earned when a Pokémon is caught, is highly recommended for getting lots of Candy quickly.

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All of these Pokémon will do well against Mega Scizor given their resistances to the Bug and Steel-type and their high damage Fire-type movesets. However, Pokémon Go’s upcoming Mega Raids will feature Pokémon such as Mega Slowbro and Mega Ampharos, neither of which share Mega Scizor’s weakness to Fire-types. As such, players will need to focus on assembling new teams with diverse types and movesets.

Next: Pokémon GO: How to Beat Giovanni (August 2022)

Pokémon GO is available now on iOS and Android.

Source: Pokébattler

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