Pokémon GO: Best Movesets and Counters for Poliwag

As part of the Rising Shadows Event, Poliwag is one of the first 1-star Shadow Raid Bosses. Poliwag is a Pokemon of the Water-type from Generation 1. As all water-type Pokemon, Poliwag is primarily defended against by moves of the Grass and Electric types. In this Pokémon Go guide, we are going to talk about the best ways and counters using which one can fight Poliwag in the best way possible.

Poliwag in Pokémon GO

The Tadpole-type Pokémon is Poliwag. Poliwag’s skin is incredibly delicate. The Pokemon’s spiral internal organs may be seen directly through the skin. The skin is extremely flexible despite its thinness, though. It is impervious to even sharp fangs. Trainers may also run into Shiny Shadow Poliwag if they’re fortunate.

Poliwag develops into Poliwhirl, which then has the potential to develop into Poliwrath or Politoed. And in a PvP setting, both of the final evolutions are extremely effective. Therefore having a shadow variation would be quite useful.

Poliwag Movesets

Pokémon Go Poliwag counters
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The best moves from the moveset of Poliwag are Mud Shot and Body Slam. Both of them have a combined DPS of 4.88 and it is also the best combination of moves that can be used in Pokémon Gyms and PvP battles. 

Best counters against Poliwag in Pokémon GO

Here’s the list of the best counters that one can use against Poliwag and guarantee a win for themselves.

  • Xurkitree: Spark/ Power Whip
  • Mega Sceptile: Fury Cutter/ Frenzy Plant
  • Shadow Magneton: Spark/ Wild Charge
  • Shadow Tangrowth: Vine Whip/ Power Whip
  • Kartana: Razor Blade/ Leaf Blade
  • Shadow Raikou: Volt Switch/ Wild Charge
  • Shadow Electivire:  Thunder Shock/ Wild Charge
  • Mega Manetric: Thunder Fang/ Wild Charge
  • Shadow Manetric: Thunder Fang/ Wild Charge
  • Shadow Zapdos: Thunder Shock/ Thunderbolt
  • Shadow Venasaur: Vine Whip/ Frenzy Plant
  • Shadow Luxray: Spark/ Wild Charge
  • Mega Venasaur: Vine Whip/ Frenzy Plant
  • Shadow Mewtwo: Confusion/ Psystrike
  • Shaymin-Sky: Hidden Power/ Grass Knot
  • Mega Alakazam: Confusion/ Psychic
  • Zarude: Vine Whip/ Power Whip
  • Zekrom: Dragon Breath/ Wild Charge
  • Shadow Sceptile: Bullet Seed/ Frenzy Plant
  • Shadow Porygon-Z: Lock-On/ Solar Beam
  • Thundurus Therian: Volt Switch/ Thunderbolt
  • Shadow Shiftry: Razor Leaf/ Leaf Blade
  • Shadow Victreebel: Razor Leaf/ Leaf Blade
  • Mega Gengar: Shadow Claw/ Shadow Ball
  • Regieleki: Lock-on/ Zap Cannon
  • Mega Ampharos: Volt Switch/ Thunder Punch
  • Electivire: Thunder Shock/ Thunder
  • Manetrick: Thunder Fang/ Thunder
  • Shadow Tangela: Vine Whip/ Power Whip
  • Raikou: Thunder Shock/ Thunder

Any trainers could solo since it is only a 1-Star raid if they have at least level 25 counter Pokemon. However, because it is a Shadow Pokemon, the raid can be a little more challenging. Yet the majority of trainers ought to be able to take it alone. And trainers are in good hands if they only consult one of the more seasoned trainers. Trainers should participate in as many raids as they can to increase their chances of obtaining the shiny variety of Shadow Poliwag.

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