Mega Lopunny, a normal/fighting type Pokemon that happens to be the only fighting type mega evolution added to date, is currently making the rounds in Pokemon Go raids. So, what are its weaknesses, and which counters exploit these best? Let’s take a look.

Weaknesses and Resistances

While regular Lopunny, a pure normal type, only has a weakness to fighting, Mega Lopunny’s added fighting typing adds a number of weaknesses and resistances. In terms of what not to use, Mega Lopunny retains its regular form’s double resistance to ghost type attacks and picks up additional single resistances to rock, bug, and dark.

In terms of weaknesses, Mega Lopunny is still weak to fighting, but can also be effectively countered by using flying, psychic, and fairy type attacks

Counters

Mega Lopunny’s additional fighting typing actually changes its best counters quite a bit, as psychic attackers have among the highest damage throughput in the game. Assuming you’re not dodging and are using level 40 Pokemon, Mega Lopunny’s best counters (descending from the most effective) are as follows:

  • Shadow Mewtwo
  • Mewtwo
  • Shadow Metagross
  • Shadow Moltres
  • Shadow Alakazam
  • Shadow Ho-oh
  • Mega Pidgeot
  • Conkeldurr

One big takeaway is that your personal damage will be better using strictly Mewtwo than it would be while using any mega Pokemon, so it’s probably best to avoid using these unless you’re more interested in buffing your teammates than doing damage yourself. Be careful, though, as Mega Pidgeot won’t be very effective in buffing your teammates if they’re using psychic, fighting, or fairy types.

Additionally, here’s a list of the best budget counters, specifically not including shadows, megas, or legendaries:

  • Conkeldurr
  • Metagross
  • Lucario
  • Alakazam
  • Gardevoir
  • Machamp
  • Espeon
  • Gallade

As always, these counters won’t perform much better than any other Pokemon if you’re not using psychic, fighting, fairy, or flying attacks on them.

Shiny Rate

Niantic doesn’t disclose shiny rates for Pokemon, but research suggests that mega raids have a shiny rate of roughly 1/60. This means that on average, you will have to complete about 41 raids to find a shiny. RNG is unpredictable, however, so don’t be too surprised if you find one much earlier or much later than this.

So How Do I Beat Mega Lopunny?

The best way to beat Mega Lopunny is by capitalizing on its weaknesses to fighting, psychic, flying, and fairy attacks. Mewtwo and its shadow form are the strongest counters, but it’s still completely possible to beat it with other Pokemon utilizing the above types. Assuming you’re all using level 40 Pokemon, you should generally expect to need two or three people to beat Mega Lopunny.

As with all mega raids, bear in mind that Mega Lopunny can only be caught in its base form and you will have to expend mega energy every time you want to mega evolve it.

That’s all there is to beating Mega Lopunny!

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