Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf Pokémon GO Raid Battle Strategy

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Appearing in Raids: September 14, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to October 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time

Last Appeared in Raids: July 18, 2021

Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf are three Legendary
Psychic-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region. Learn
which Pokémon will be most effective in Raid Battles against the trio, how to
catch them after winning a Raid Battle, and how best to use the Knowledge Pokémon,
Emotion Pokémon, and Willpower Pokémon after you’ve caught them.

Your location dictates which member
of this Legendary trio you will encounter. Trainers in the Asia-Pacific region
can encounter Uxie in raids. Trainers in
Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India can encounter Mesprit in raids. Trainers
in North America, Central America, South America, and Greenland can encounter
Azelf in raids. If you’re interested in catching all three Legendary Pokémon, have friends located in these different
regions invite you to battle in a raid remotely. You can also trade with your friends
to fill out your Pokédex.

As Psychic-type Pokémon, Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf are
vulnerable to Bug-, Ghost-, and Dark-type
attacks. When choosing six Pokémon for your Raid Battle lineup, it helps to choose
Pokémon that have a Bug-, Ghost-, or Dark-type Fast Attack and Charged Attack
if you want to deal as much damage as possible. A
Pokémon that shares a type with these attacks will benefit from a same-type
attack bonus, which will allow these attacks to deal an additional 20% damage.

Remember that speed of victory
affects how many Premier Balls you will receive after a successful Raid Battle,
so be sure to bring your strongest Pokémon team and battle with as many other
Trainers as you can to defeat Uxie, Mesprit, or Azelf as quickly as possible.

    • Fast Attack: Bug Bite (Bug), Infestation (Bug)

    • Charged Attack: Fell Stinger (Bug), X-Scissor (Bug)

    • Fast Attack: Bug Bite (Bug), Fury Cutter (Bug)

    • Charged Attack: X-Scissor (Bug)

    • Fast Attack: Fury Cutter (Bug)

    • Charged Attack: Night Slash (Dark), X-Scissor (Bug)

    • Fast Attack: Hex (Ghost), Lick (Ghost), Shadow Claw (Ghost)

    • Charged Attack: Shadow Ball (Ghost), Shadow Punch (Ghost)

    • Fast Attack: Hex (Ghost), Shadow Claw (Ghost)

    • Charged Attack: Shadow Ball (Ghost)

    • Fast Attack: Shadow Claw (Ghost)

    • Charged Attack: Ominous Wind (Ghost), Shadow Ball (Ghost)

    • Fast Attack: Snarl (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Crunch (Dark), Foul Play (Dark)

    • Fast Attack: Snarl (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Dark Pulse (Dark), Megahorn (Bug), Payback (Dark)

    • Fast Attack: Feint Attack (Dark), Snarl (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Foul Play (Dark)

    • Fast Attack: Feint Attack (Dark), Snarl (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Dark Pulse (Dark), Shadow Ball (Ghost)

    • Fast Attack: Snarl (Dark), Sucker Punch (Dark)

    • Charged Attack: Dark Pulse (Dark)

    • Fast Attack: Confusion (Psychic), Psycho Cut (Psychic)

    • Charged Attack: Shadow Ball (Ghost), Thunderbolt (Electric)

After an Uxie, Mesprit, or Azelf raid, you’ll have a limited number
of Premier Balls you can use to catch the Pokémon, so make each one count. You
can earn extra Premier Balls for battling with friends and defeating Uxie, Mesprit, or Azelf more quickly.

In an encounter with
Uxie, Mesprit, or Azelf, your
chance of catching it is greatest when the target ring is small enough for you
score Excellent Throws. Throwing Curveballs can improve your
chances even more. But work within your abilities—if you don’t think you can
reliably make Excellent Curveball Throws, aim for Nice Throws or Great Throws
rather than risk missing the target ring completely.

These Pokémon aren’t going to make it easy on you by
sitting still while you’re trying to catch them. Don’t waste your Premier
Balls by throwing while the Pokémon is moving around. Watch the
Pokémon to get a feel for its cycle of movement and the pauses in between the
cycles. During one of these pauses, wait for the target ring to reappear, and
then throw as it starts to grow smaller to increase your odds of making a Great
Throw or an Excellent Throw.

Berries can help you catch Uxie, Mesprit,
or Azelf. A Razz Berry will make a Pokémon easter to catch, and a Golden Razz
Berry will make it much easier to catch. If you find yourself failing to land
any throws, a Nanab Berry will calm the Pokémon, making its movements less
erratic and allowing you to make precise throws more easily. If you need extra Uxie,
Mesprit, or Azelf Candy, using a Silver Pinap Berry will make the Pokémon easier
to catch and grant you extra Candy when you catch it.

Like all Legendary Pokémon, Uxie, Mesprit, and
Azelf are tricky to catch, so don’t be discouraged if the one escapes. Get a
second wind by stocking up on useful items—like Max Potions, Max Revives, and Golden
Razz Berries—and try again.

Uxie’s Initial CP Range: 1,370–1,442

Uxie’s Initial CP Range with Weather Boost: 1,712–1,803

Available Fast Attacks: Confusion (Psychic), Extrasensory (Psychic)

Available Charged Attacks: Future Sight (Psychic), Swift (Normal), Thunder (Electric)

Mesprit’s Initial CP Range: 1,669–1,747

Mesprit’s Initial CP Range with Weather Boost: 2,086–2,184

Available Fast Attacks: Confusion (Psychic), Extrasensory (Psychic)

Available Charged Attacks: Blizzard (Ice), Future Sight (Psychic), Swift (Normal)

Azelf’s Initial CP Range: 1,752–1,834

Azelf’s Initial CP Range with Weather Boost: 2,190–2,293

Available Fast Attacks: Confusion (Psychic), Extrasensory (Psychic)

Available Charged Attacks: Fire Blast (Fire), Future Sight (Psychic), Swift (Normal)

As Psychic-type Pokémon, Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf have a
type advantage against Fighting- and Poison-type Pokémon. This makes Uxie,
Mesprit, and Azelf particularly useful against Raid Bosses such as Mega Venusaur,
Mega Beedrill, and Machamp.

Good luck with your next Raid Battle, and remember to check back to Pokemon.com/Strategy for more Pokémon GO, video game, and Pokémon TCG tips.

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