Bronzong Raid Guide: How To Counter Pokémon GO's Dalek Lookalike

Metagross is a popular right now in Pokémon GO as a part of Ultra Unlock Week Two: Enigma Week, but it isn't the only dual Psychic and Steel-type Pokémon in Tier Four raids… there's also Bronzong, essentially the game's version of a Dalek… though not… you know, murderously evil. Tier Four raids are for Pokémon that cannot be taken down by a solo trainer but aren't of Legendary or Mythical status like the current Tier Five boss Deoxys. Bronzong isn't especially useful in Raids, but it may find a place on your Great League team for GO Battle League. Bleeding Cool is here to help with our Bronzong raid guide with the top counters so that you can… well, exterminate.

Counter Bronzong with this Raid Guide. Credit: Pokémon anime screenshot
Counter Bronzong with this Raid Guide. Credit: Pokémon anime screenshot

Top Bronzong Counters

Pokebattler, which calculates all possible combinations of Pokémon and moves, lists the top 10 Bronzong counters as such:

  • Shadow Moltres (Fire Spin, Overheat)
  • Shadow Entei (Fire Fang, Overheat)
  • Reshiram (Fire Fang, Overheat)
  • Shadow Charizard (Fire Spin, Blast Burn)
  • Shadow Weavile (Snarl, Fowl Play)
  • Darkrai (Snarl, Dark Pulse)
  • Shadow Arcanine (Fire Fang, Flamethrower)
  • Chandelure (Fire Spin, Shadow Ball)
  • Shadow Houndoom (Fire Fang, Foul Play)
  • Darmanitan (Fire Fang, Overheat)

It is recommended to power up your counters as much as possible, and creating that amount of strong Shadow Pokémon with their moves unlocked is a tall order for even the most practiced players. Here are ten additional non-Shadow counters that can help take down Bronzong with efficiency.

  • Moltres (Fire Spin, Overheat)
  • Entei (Fire Fang, Overheat)
  • Giratina Origin Forme (Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball)
  • Heatran (Fire Spin, Flamethrower)
  • Excadrill (Mud-Slap, Drill Run)
  • Gengar (Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball)
  • Charizard (Fire Spin, Blast Burn)
  • Weavile (Snarl, Fowl Play)
  • Garchomp (Mud Shot, Earthquake)
  • Hydreigon (Bite, Dark Pulse)
Counter Bronzong with this Raid Guide. Credit: The Pokémon Company
Counter Bronzong with this Raid Guide. Credit: The Pokémon Company

How Many Trainers Are Needed?

While not as tanky of a Tier Four raid boss as Metagross, Bronzong is still no punk. Using the top Fire-type, Dark-type, or Ground-types listed above will enable two-level 40 trainers to defeat this Pokémon with Best Friend boost, but a duo is will be tough due to the tighter time limit compared to Legendary raids. It is recommended that at least three trainers with the top counters team up to take on this Tier Four boss. If trainers are not able to guarantee the use of the top counters, four level 35+ trainers can take it down with ease.

Catching Bronzong

Again like Metagross, Bronzong has an… interestingly placed catch circle. It needs a hard throw aimed at the lower middle of the screen toward the bottom half of its body. While it isn't Legendary, Bronzong should be treated as such in order to catch, using the following technique.

Using the circle lock technique, players can hold down the ball until Bronzong's catch circle shrinks. Releasing when the circle is at its smallest point allows the circle to lock, guaranteeing an "Excellent" throw if the ball can hit that point, though the placement of the circle makes it a difficult strike. Throw the ball when Bronzong is finishing its attack in order to successfully hit. The attack sees Bronzong lurch at the player, and then quickly return to its place. The Pokémon will settle back into its place and, as it settles, throw the ball. The best berry to help catch the dragon is the Golden Razz Berry. Paired with "excellent" throws, this should lead to a successfully caught Bronzong.

Shiny Bronzong odds

Bronzong is the evolution of Bronzor and, while Bronzor can be found Shiny in the wild (with boosted odds, no less), Bronzong cannot be caught in its Shiny form.

100% IVs

When looking for a Pokémon with the best stats, the 100% IV Bronzong will have a CP of 1279 in normal weather conditions, and 1599 in boosted conditions. Be careful, though, as a Weather Boosted Bronzong will have a CP that classes it out of Great League. We hope this Raid Guide helps you catch this robotic hitter.

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