The Lake Trio are returning to Pokémon Go for one week only!
From Tuesday, November 24, 2020, through Monday November 30, Trainers will have the chance to challenge the Lake Trio – Uxie, Azelf, and Mesprit in Legendary Raids again. A lot has changed in Pokémon Go since these three Legendary Pokémon were available, but we here at iMore have everything you need to know to take on all three of them.
Who is Uxie and what is the Lake Trio in Pokémon Go?
The Lake Guardians are a trio of Legendary Pokémon originally encountered in the Sinnoh region of Gen IV. Each of the three represent a specific concept. Uxie represents knowledge, Azelf represents willpower, and Mesprit represents emotion. Although all three are Psychic types, with the same weaknesses and resistances, they do have slightly different stats and movesets. Additionally, they are the only region locked Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go. Although they have rotated before, each of the three is only able to be challenged in a specific area of the world at a time.
What are the best counters for Uxie in Pokémon Go?
Uxie is a Psychic type Pokémon capable of dealing Psychic, Electric, and Normal type damage. It takes double damage from Dark, Ghost, and Bug type attacks. With the introduction of Mega Evolution, there are a number of viable strategies for countering Uxie that take advantage of boosted Dark, Ghost, or Bug type moves if you are able to coordinate with your fellow Pokémon Trainers.
The best possible counter for Uxie is easily Mega Gengar. Despite taking double damage from Uxie’s Psychic type attacks, this Poison and Ghost type wipes the floor with the Lake Guardians. You’ll want to coordinate with your fellow Trainers to take advantage of the Ghost type boost it will bring to the field. If you are bringing Mega Gengar to the battle, you’ll want Lick and Shadow Ball for the moveset.
Although Mega Gengar is the top counter, Mega Houndoom is very close behind. As a Dark and Fire type, Mega Houndoom takes only a quarter damage from Uxie’s Psychic attacks and has no weaknesses Uxie can take advantage of. Snarl and Foul Play are the moves you’ll want your Mega Houndoom to know and, as with any other Mega Pokémon, you’ll want to coordinate with your fellow Trainers to bring along Dark type Pokémon.
The Mythical Dark type Pokémon Darkrai is an excellent counter for Uxie. As a pure Dark type, it takes quarter damage from its Psychic type attacks and has no weaknesses Uxie can take advantage of. While it is a Mythical Pokémon, Darkrai has had much wider availability in Pokémon Go than the other Mythicals and so most Trainers have at least one or two. Snarl and Shadow Ball are the moves you’ll want Darkrai to know for this Raid.
A Ghost and Fire type introduced in the Gen V Unova region, Chandelure performs quite well against Uxie. It takes quarter damage from Normal, with Psychic and Electric attacks doing normal damage. Its first stage, Litwick has been available in multiple events, so you likely already have one powered up for this Raid. You’ll want your Chandelure to know Hex and Shadow Ball.
Giratina Origin Forme
A Legendary Pokémon originally encountered in Gen IV’s Sinnoh region, Giratina is a Ghost and Dragon type with two formes. You’ll want the Origin Forme specifically for the charged move Shadow Ball. Paired with Shadow Claw, Giratina O will take a huge chunk out of Uxie’s health. It takes quarter damage from Uxie’s Normal type attack and has no weaknesses relevant to this battle. Although Giratina’s Altered Forme has seen wider availability than the Origin Forme in Pokémon Go, it’s still been available in Raids multiple times, so you probably have at least one or two in your roster.
A Dark and Ice type originally discovered in the Sinnoh region, Weavile makes for a great counter here. Although it requires a Sinnoh Stone to evolve, its first stage Sneasal has been widely available and so you should have plenty of Candies to power it up. It takes only quarter damage from Uxie’s Psychic type attacks and has no weaknesses to be exploited here. You’ll want your Weavile to know Snarl and Foul Play.
A pseudo-Legendary originally discovered in the Unova region of Gen V, Hydreigon is a Dark and Dragon type that performs very well in this Raid. It has no weaknesses Uxie can take advantage of and takes reduced damage from Psychic and Electric type attacks. Although its first stage, Deino is pretty rare, if you have a Hydreigon already powered up, you’ll want it to know Bite and Dark Pulse for this fight.
Although Mega Beedrill isn’t my first or even second choice for a Mega Pokémon in this Raid, it does perform very well and will boost other Bug type counters. As a Poison and Bug type, it will take double damage from Uxie’s Psychic type attacks, but the boost it gets from Mega Evolution still make it an excellent counter. Bug Bite and X-Scissor is the moveset you’ll want your Mega Beedrill to know.
The Gen II pseudo-Legendary Tyranitar is a great counter for the Lake Trio that has been available in events, Raids, and more. Most top players have entire teams of Tyranitar already powered up, so odds are you’ve got some ready for this Raid. As a Rock and Dark type, it resists Uxie’s Psychic and Normal type moves, adding to its already tank-like status. Bite and Crunch are the moves you’ll want your Tyranitar to know for this Raid.
If you are able to pair Gengar with with another Trainer’s Mega Gengar, it will take advantage of the Ghost type attack boost. Even without coordiantion, Gengar is still one of the best counters you can bring against Uxie, but be sure to bring lots of Revives and Potions because it will take double damage from Psychic type attacks. This Ghost and Poison type from Gen I has been around since the very beginning of Pokémon Go and featured in many events, including it’s own Community Day. You’ll still want your Gengar to know Lick and Shadow Ball for this Raid.
If you need to fill a spot or two in your team or are making a back up team, consider one of these counters:
- Honchkrow with Snarl and Dark Pulse
- Houndoom with Snarl and Foul Play
- Bisharp with Snarl and Dark Pulse
- Absol with Snarl and Dark Pulse
- Mewtwo with Psycho Cut and Shadow Ball
- Banette with Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball
- Shiftry with Snarl and Foul Play
- Mismagius with Sucker Punch and Shadow Ball
- Scizor with Fury Cutter and X-Scissor
- Pinsir with Bug Bite and X-Scissor
- Raikou with Thunder Shock and Shadow Ball
- Cacturne with Sucker Punch and Dark Pulse
The rebalance of Shadow Pokémon rescued from Team GO Rocket make them excellent glass cannons. Not only are their stats boosted, but during special events, it’s possible to change their moves with TMs. If you happen to have Shadow versions of the following Pokémon with the right moveset, they will work very well in this Raid:
- Shadow Weavile
- Shadow Tyranitar
- Shadow Mewtwo
- Shadow Houndoom
- Shadow Absol
- Shadow Banette
- Shadow Shiftry
- Shadow Mismagius
- Shadow Scizor
- Shadow Pinsir
- Shadow Raikou
- Shadow Cacturne
Note: Shadow Weavile, Shadow Tyranitar, and Shadow Mewtwo outperform all of the best, non-Mega counters. Likewise, the rest of these Shadow Pokémon all perform at the same level as the Pokémon in the best counters list. If you are able to coordinate the use of either Mega Gengar, Mega Houndoom, or Mega Beedrill they will boost Ghost, Dark, and Bug type attackers on the field respectively, making other Pokémon far more competitive.
How many players does it take to beat Uxie in Pokémon Go?
Uxie is defintely the most challenging of the Lake Guardians. While it is technically possible for just three top level Trainers with excellent counters to take on Uxie, if you’re not bringing Mega Evolved Pokémon, Shadow Pokémon, or are just lower level, you may need as many as eight Trainers. Weather Conditions that may play into the battle include:
- Windy Weather will boost Uxie’s Psychic type attacks.
- Partly Cloudly Weather will boost Uxie’s Normal type attack.
- Rain will boost Uxie’s Electric attack, as well as your Bug type counters.
- Fog will boost your Ghost and Dark type counters.
Questions about taking on Uxie in Pokémon Go?
There you have it. With these Pokémon, Uxie should be an easy addition to your Pokédex. Do you have any questions? Drop them in the comments below and be sure to check out our Best Portable Battery Packs guide so you can keep your phone charged while you’re out Raiding!