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Claydol is considered a defensive tank by Pokemon GO standards, but luckily for trainers, it’s heavily opposed by some fairly common Pokemon in the game.
Claydol is native to the Hoenn region where it would roam the desert on route 111. It is a Ground/Psychic type Pokemon that doesn’t deal the most damage but rather has a strong defense that makes it hard to take out . The same goes for Pokemon GO, where Claydol gets 229 Defense. Trainers will need these Pokemon and strategies if they want to damage Claydol, who is now a Tier 3 raid boss.
Which Pokemon are good to take to a raid against Claydol?
Claydol has several weaknesses, but strong Water types tend to do the most damage. This is probably due to the strong moves they can access such as Hydro Pump and Waterfall. The Pokemon with one of the fastest times to win against Claydol is Kyogre with both of the above moves.
Fortunately, Gyarados can perform just as well as Kyogre in the Claydol attack without being as rare. Gyarados can also use Waterfall with Hydro Pump, and most trainers should have a Magikarp they can evolve.
Strong Dark types also have great matchups against Claydol. Weavile and Tyranitar in particular are two who have fast TTWs. It seems that these two always have fast TTWs against Psychic Pokemon, but usually something is holding them back. In this case, Earth Power threatens Tyranitar, but Weavile has nothing to fear.
It almost goes without saying at this point, but Shadow Mewtwo is also a great option against Claydol. This Pokemon destroys almost all others, but it works especially well against Claydol as it resists Claydol’s confusion, extrasensory and psychic attacks. A Shadow Ball from Shadow Mewtwo will greatly lower Claydol’s health.
For trainers who don’t have access to too many Legendary or Rare Pokemon, more commonly found options here may still work. Feraligatr is excellent at countering Claydol, as it can quickly charge a Hydro Cannon to take solid damage.
Roserade is another Pokemon with a relatively fast time to win. It may take a stone to make it evolve from Roselia, but it punishes Claydol with Razor Leaf and Grass Knot.
The Pokemon with the fastest time to win against Claydol is Mega Gengar with a blazing fast 126.4 seconds. It will take a lot of damage from Claydol’s psychic attacks, but Mega Gengar will probably win the match before they become a problem.
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