The Lake Trio officially returns to raids in Pokémon GO today, and this time they will be Shiny! These three Legendary Pokémon have a lot of shared counters, so you may be able to make groups that will work against all three when comparing these raid guides. Keep in mind, though, there are qualities that Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie have that make them distinct from each other in some ways. Let's take a look at the top counters to help trainers take down Mesprit, a pure Psychic-type that can now be encountered in its Shiny form.
Top Mesprit Counters
Pokebattler, which calculates all possible combinations of Pokémon and moves, lists the top 10 Mesprit counters as such:
- Mega Gengar (Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball)
- Mega Houndoom (Snarl, Foul Play)*
- Shadow Weavile (Snarl, Foul Play)
- Shadow Tyranitar (Bite, Crunch)
- Shadow Mewtwo (Psycho Cut, Shadow Ball)
- Chandelure (Hex, Shadow Ball)
- Mega Gyarados (Bite, Crunch)*
- Darkrai (Snarl, Shadow Ball)
- Shadow Houndoom (Snarl, Foul Play)
- Giratina Origin Forme (Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball)
*Please note that you cannot currently have two Megas active at once. You will need to pick between these counters.
It is recommended to power up your counters as much as possible, but 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 and non-Mega counters that can help take down Mesprit with efficiency.
- Weavile (Snarl, Foul Play)
- Yveltal (Snarl, Dark Pulse)
- Gengar (Shadow Claw, Shadow Ball)
- Mewtwo (Psycho Cut, Shadow Ball)
- Hydreigon (Bite, Dark Pulse)
- Tyranitar (Bite, Crunch)
- Houndoom (Snarl, Foul Play)
- Bisharp (Snarl, Dark Pulse)
- Genesect (Fury Cutter, X-Scissor)
- Burn Drive Genesect (Fury Cutter, X-Scissor)
How Many Trainers Are Needed?
Mesprit is between the difficulty of the easier Azelf and the harder Uxie. Three trainers with well-chosen counters and the correct moves can defeat it. Your best bet is to make sure you have four players with the top counters and moves.
Using the Circle Lock Technique to guarantee Great or Excellent throws, along with Golden Razz Berries, is the best way to catch Pokémon. Note, though, that Shiny Legendaries are a guaranteed first catch, so you can feel free to use a Pinap Berry if you encounter a Shiny Mesprit.
Shiny Odds & 100% IVs
The Shiny rate for Legendary Pokémon is approximately one in 20.
Mesprit's 100%s IVs are 1747 in normal weather and 2184 in boosted weather conditions.
Happy raiding, fellow trainers!