Nihilego is returning to Pokemon Go Gyms near you for a rotation in five-star Raid Battles. This Ultra Beast is the headliner of Pokemon Go’s new “Astral Eclipse” event. We don’t know much about this new event other than the headlining raid bosses.
Nihilego Raid Schedule
Nihilego will appear as the only five-star raid boss in Pokemon Go beginning at 10:00 a.m. local time on November 23, 2022, and will remain available to battle until the same time on December 1. Raids don’t usually follow a set schedule, and Nihilego Raids will randomly spawn in Gyms around the world during this time, but you’ll receive an in-game notification when a Raid is about to start nearby. Like recent Guzzlord Raids, Nihilego Raids will be signified by an Ultra Wormhole spawning above a Gym instead of a typical Raid Egg.
Your best chance of finding Nihilego raids is during raid times when the Parasite Pokémon will be featured. Every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time, the majority of gyms hold five-star raids for trainers to work together to eliminate. Nihilego will be the featured raid boss during raid hours on November 23 and 30, 2022. As with all raids, you’ll need your free Daily Raid Pass or a Premium Battle Pass to join a raid in person, or a Remote Raid Pass join a raid remotely.
Can I catch a shiny Nihilego?
Despite debuting earlier this year, Nihilego’s gloss has yet to be released. Since this is her first full rotation in raids, we can hope that next time we can get a shiny golden jellyfish.
Weaknesses and cons of Nihilego
Nihilego is a Poison and Rock type Pokemon. This means he takes super effective damage from Psychic, Water, and Steel type attacks. This also means that it will take double super effective damage from ground-type attacks, so these should be your top picks. Some recommended ground types include Landorus, Excadrill, Garchomp, and Groudon. If you don’t have powerful Ground-type counters, here are some other recommended Pokemon to use against Nihilego raids:
- Steel: Mega Scizor, Metagross, Genesect, Dialga
- Water: Mega Blastoise, Kyogre, Swampert
- Psychic: Mega Alakazam, Mewtwo, Espeon, Alakazam, Hoopa Unbound
A Mega Tip: A Mega Evolved Pokémon increases the damage of all Pokémon in the raid by 10% and the damage of all Pokémon using attacks that share a type with the Mega Evolved Pokémon by 30%. Coordinate these Megas with your raid group for extra damage. Note that while Mega Steelix will increase the damage of other ground types in the raid, its defense-oriented stats mean it likely won’t do enough damage on its own to be worth using. Mega Alakazam, Blastoise, or Scizor would be ideal Megas to use in Nihilego raids.
Don’t Be Afraid of Shadows: Shadow Pokemon deal 20% more damage than their non-Shadow counterparts, so Shadow versions of any of the suggested Pokemon that have them can help you to win.
Nihilego’s dual weakness to Ground-type attacks means he should be relatively easy to take down, even with small groups that focus on using Fairy Pokemon.
Types to Avoid
Nihilego’s Poison and Rock-type attacks will hit Fairy, Flying, Grass, Ice, and Fire-type Pokémon hard. Also keep in mind that Nihilego is resistant to Normal, Flying, Bug, Fire, and Fairy-type attacks and is doubly resistant to Poison-type moves. Avoid these types of Pokemon.
Is Nihilego worth raiding for more than a Pokedex entry? When first released at the Global Go Fest event, Nihilego didn’t deserve much attention due to its lackluster fast move selection. Season of Light breathed new life into Nihilego by giving him access to Poison Jab, a great Poison-type fast move. Nihilego is the best Poison-type raid attacker, and while this strike isn’t used often in raids, it might be worth having a good Nihilego or two for your anti-Grass and Fairy roster.
Nihilego also has a niche in Master League PvP. Although its dual ground weakness and inability to threaten Steel-types hold it back against large parts of the meta, it’s one of the toughest counters to Zacian, one of the most dominant Pokemon in the game. the Master League. This use might not be worth it for many players to invest the resources into building a level 50 Nihilego, but others might like to go hunting Zacian with it.
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