How To Defeat & Catch Mewtwo In Pokemon Go Exclusive Gym Raids

Mewtwo, the most coveted legendary in Generation 1 Pokemon has finally appeared in Pokemon GO (at least for the lucky Japan trainers in Yokohama, Japan) and as you would have guessed it, you forget about getting it in the wild or via your eggs. Mewtwo is only available in Exclusive Raid Battles, and for only a limited amount of time. If you have yet to get your 3 legendary birds – Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, you still have until 31 August to do so! Before Mewtwo is out officially worldwide, we are here with tips on how to defeat and catch Mewtwo In Pokemon Go Exclusive Gym Raids!

Final Chance For Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and Lugia 

To reward (and also pacify trainers who can never seem to catch the defeated legendaries), the folks at Niantic are giving trainers another go at catching Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Lugia. All four of these legendary Pokemon can be battled in Raid Battles from 14 to 31 August 2017 at raid battles near you!

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Launch Of Mewtwo In Pokemon Go Exclusive Gym Raids 

Trainers have already started catching Mewtwo at the Pokémon GO Stadium event in Yokohama, Japan before it gets released worldwide. Mewtwo is an amazing addition to the Pokemon GO Pokedex!

Only In Exclusive Raids Battles

Unlike the previous legendary Pokemon, Mewtwo will only be available in Exclusive Raid Battles. They are pretty similar to existing Raid Battles but trainers must be invited. To get your invitation, trainers must have successfully completed a raid recently, by defeating the Raid Boss, at the Gym where the Exclusive Raid Battle will be taking place. Of course, the invitations will include an advance notification of when the Exclusive Raid will take place to allow you ample time to coordinate with other Trainers before taking on the powerful Raid Boss.

How To Defeat Mewtwo

Mewtwo is likely to have a boss CP of 49,430, offering a max capture CP of 2,275 (Level 20, perfect IV score). As a Psychic Pokemon type, Mewtwo takes extra damage from Dark, Bug and Ghost type Pokemon. The best Pokemon to fight Mewtwo must also have very strong DARK type moves, high resistance to psychic attacks and command elite stats.

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Tyranitar looks set to be the Pokemon of choice to take down the pure Psychic type, offering trainers a way to counter Mewtwo with Dark moves. The Mewtwo you face may possibly have three Focus Blast FIGHTING (140 PWR) as its charge move, which will deal devastating lethal damage to a Tyranitar if it’s hit. Hence unless you want to keep going out of the game to heal your fighters, dodging is not only recommended, it’s almost mandatory. So your action will likely to be dodge, dodge and then dodge some more before finding a chance to deal the maximum amount of damage.

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Other possible Pokemon you can use to beef up your team are Gengar, Scizor, Houndoom, Pinsir or Gyarados, although we doubt they can hold out against Mewtwo horrifying assaults.

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Catching Defeated Mewtwo Is Tough

Like other Raid encounters, once Mewtwo is defeated you have to then catch it. This is tough because the base catch rate for Legendary Pokémon is currently 3% (without modifiers eg throwing the ball straight, not using any berries and not even getting a “Nice” throw).

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Golden Razz Berries and Curveballs drastically increase your chances, whilst Nice, Great, and Excellent throws increase those chances further respectively, and there’s also a small bonus for having a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Medal.

Recommended Catching Tips

If you can combine a Golden Razz Berry, Curveball, and Excellent throw, with a Gold medal for that Legendary’s Type, give you a 24% chance of catching the Legendary – meaning one in roughly four throws like this will catch it. With the above in mind, we recommend the following:

1. Go for Curved and Nice, Great or Excellent throws (landing the ball in the centre of the circle – the smaller the better)

2. Using a Golden Razz Berry between every catch attempt

3. Level up as many relevant Catch Bonus medals as possible to Gold by catching wild creatures of the same Type

4. Earn more Premier Balls for the catch. One way is to target a Gym controlled by your team (which can be somewhat out of your control), and another is dealing a high amount of damage. It’s worth noting your contribution is wiped out when your team faints, so you want to keep them alive for the entire fight, and one way of doing that is bring high defense tank creatures (Snorlax and Blissey) so you can absorb a lot of damage.

5. Observing before you throw your Premier Balls! Understand how the legendaries attacks, and throwing the ball before the animation ends, the ball will land in the vulnerable window between attacks.

Powerful Raid Eggs

Other powerful Pokemon may also start to hatch from the Raid Eggs found at Exclusive Raid Battles over the next several weeks. If you have not been powering up your Pokemon, it may be time to do so!

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