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How to beat Raid Bosses in Pokémon Go

How do you beat the Pokémon Go Raid Battle Bosses and claim your rewards? But finding their weaknesses and exploiting your strengths with this cheat-sheet!

Pokémon Go Raid Battle's are here and with them, Raid Bosses. These super high CV — 25,000 CP Dragonite, anyone? — hatch from Gyms and then take on all comers, in groups of up to 20, for an hour. If you can beat one you get rewards in the form of Golden Razz Berries, Quick and Charge TM, Rare Candy — and a chance to catch a regular-powered version of the Boss, similar to what you'd get by hatching it from an egg.

But some Gym bosses are really tough to beat. They start off relatively easy at Tier 1 and Tier 2, but Tier 3 and Tier 4 bosses can be nightmares. (Never mind Tier 5 — they may well prove Legendary).

So, how do you do beat a Raid Boos?

What are the generalist attackers you can use to beat most Raid Bosses in Pokémon Go?

While there's no silver bullet in Pokémon Go Raid Battles, there are some Pokémon that are so elite, powerful enough versions of them with the right movesets can be used to damage many of Bosses. Some people find it even more efficient to use (and revive and heal) a few powerful generalists rather than a lot of less powerful but type-matched specialists.

Either way, when it doubt, these are your go-tos. Just be ready to switch if you find a Boss that's the resistant exception to the generalist rule.

  • Dragonite especially with Dragon Tail + Outrage or Hurricane.

We're in the process of testing some others, like Tyranitar and Blissey to see if their huge stat advantage helps as much in Raid Battles as it does in regular Gym battles.

How do you beat a Tier 1 Raid Boss in Pokémon Go?

Tier 1 Raid Bosses are typically base-level or second evolution Pokémon and aren't at al overwelming. Higher level players with higher power Pokémon should be able to take them solo. Still, know your counters:

  • Magikarp: Jolteon (esp. Thunder Shock + Thunderbolt), Exeggutor (esp. anything + Solar Beam), and other electric and grass-types.
  • Bayleef: Flareon (esp. Fire Spin + Overheat), Charizard (esp. Fire Sping + Overheat), other fire types, as well as bug, poison, flying, and ice-types.
  • Quilava: Vaporeon (esp. Water Gun + Hydro Pump), Rhydon (esp. Mud Slap + Stone Edge), and other rock, ground, and water-types.
  • Croconaw: Jolteon (esp. Thunder Shock + Thunderbolt), Exeggutor (esp. anything + Solar Beam), and other electric and grass-types.

How do you beat a Tier 2 Raid Boss in Pokémon Go?

Tier 2 Raid Bosses are second evolutions, including evolutions of baby Pokémon and start to get tougher. Very high level players with very powerful counters can probably still take them solo but they're much easier with a friend.

  • Muk: Alakazam (esp. anything + Future Sight), Espeon (esp. anything + Future Sight), and other psychic types.
  • Exegguter: Pinsir (esp. Bug Bite + X-Scissor), Gengar (esp. Hex + Shadowball), other bug types (2x), and other fire, dark, flying, poison, ghost, and ice-types.
  • Wheezing: Alakazam (esp. anything + Future Sight), Espeon (esp. anything + Future Sight), and other psychic types.
  • Electabuzz: Rhydon (esp. Mud Slap + Earthquake), and other ground types.
  • Magmar: Jolteon (esp. Thunder Shock + Thunderbolt), Exeggutor (esp. anything + Solar Beam), and other electric and grass-types.

How do you beat a Tier 3 Raid Boss in Pokémon Go?

Tier 3 is where it starts to get difficult. They're either third evolutions or Evee-lutions. If you face off against a Vaporeon with a bad moveset, a super high level player with super powerful counters can still eek out a win. If you score a Machamp with Counter + Dynamic Punch, call a friend or two. (Pokémon Go recommends 5, but most Raid Bosses won't need that many.)

  • Arcanine: Vaporeon (esp. Water Gun + Hydro Pump), Rhydon (esp. Mud Slap + Stone Edge), and other rock, ground, and water-types.
  • Alakazam: Tyranitar (esp. Bite + Crunch), Gengar (esp. Hex + Shadowball), and other dark, ghost, and bug-types.
  • Machamp: Alakazam (esp. anything + Future Sight), Espeon (esp. anything + Future Sight), and other psychic types.
  • Gengar: Alakazam (esp. anything + Future Sight), Espeon (esp. anything + Future Sight) — and Gengar itself (esp. Hex + Shadowball). Also, other psychic, ghost, dark, and ground-types.
  • Vaporeon: Jolteon (esp. Thunder Shock + Thunderbolt), Exeggutor (esp. anything + Solar Beam), and other electric and grass-types.
  • Joltoen: Rhydon (esp. Mud Slap + Earthquake), and other ground types.
  • Flareon: Vaporeon (esp. Water Gun + Hydro Pump), Rhydon (esp. Mud Slap + Stone Edge), and other rock, ground, and water-types.

How do you beat a Tier 4 Raid Boss in Pokémon Go?

Here's where things get serious. Tier 4 Raid Bosses are tough. They're third evolutions of starters, dominators like Tyranitar or Rhydon, or singular powerhouses like Lapras or Snorlax. To beat them you'll need your best and most powerful Pokémon, and at least four to five friends. (Pokémon Go recommends 17 but that's not realistic in all but the busiest locations.)

  • Venusaur: Flareon (esp. Fire Spin + Overheat), Charizard (esp. Fire Sping + Overheat), other fire types, as well as bug, poison, flying, and ice-types.
  • Charizard: Vaporeon (esp. Water Gun + Hydro Pump), Rhydon (esp. Mud Slap + Stone Edge), and other rock, ground, and water-types.
  • Blastoise: Jolteon (esp. Thunder Shock + Thunderbolt), Exeggutor (esp. anything + Solar Beam), and other electric and grass-types.
  • Rhydon: Vaporeon (esp. Water Gun + Hydro Pump), Exeggutor (esp. anything + Solar Beam), also Victoreebel and other grass and water types at 2x, as well as ground, steel, fighter, and ice.
  • Lapras: Machamp (esp. Counter + Dynamic Punch), Exeggutor (esp. anything + Solar Beam), and other fighter, grass, electric, and rock-types.
  • Snorlax: Machamp (esp. Counter + Dynamic Punch) and other fighter types. Plus anything that can do fast, solid damage, including Alakazam.
  • Tyranitar: Machamp (esp. Counter + Dynamic Punch) and other fighter types at 2x. As well as bug, grass, fairy, ground, steel, and water types.

How do you beat a Tier 5 Raid Boss in Pokémon Go?

Tier 5 Gyms haven't been seein in action yet but are generally expected to contain Dragonite, maybe Blissey, and possibly Legendary and Mythical Pokémon at some point, like Mew and Mewtwo. When we know what they are for sure, we'll post the best counters we can find. Speculatively:

  • Dragonite: Lapras (esp. Frost Breath + Blizzard or Ice Beam) and other ice types, and other rock, fairy, and dragon types.
  • Blissey: Machamp (esp. Counter + Dynamic Punch) and other fighter types, Dragonite (esp. Dragon Tail + Outrage), as well as anything else that can do a lot of damage, like Exeggutor, Flareon, even Alakazam.

Any Pokémon Go Raid Boss beating questions?

If you have any questions about beating the Raid Boss in Pokémon Go, drop them in the comments below.

Facebook Messenger — Everything you need to know!

Facebook Messenger is a great way to connect with friends, chat with family, send photos, have group chats, and so, so much more. Here's everything you need to know about Facebook Messenger!

If you're someone who uses the Facebook mobile app constantly on your iPhone, then the natural peanut butter to that jelly would be downloading Messenger!

Messenger allows users to connect, chat, and keep up to date in more ways than just sending simple text messages and emojis to one another: there are options to have group chats, the ability to make 'phone' calls, chances to play video games through Messenger, and so, so much more.

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Here's absolutely everything you need to know about Facebook Messenger!

What exactly is Facebook Messenger?

Facebook Messenger is essentially an app that allows Facebook users specifically to chat, connect, and interact via group and private messages with one another.

Facebook Messenger:

Instantly reach the people in your life—for free. Messenger is just like texting, but you don't have to pay for every message (it works with your data plan).

How does it work?

Using your Facebook friend's list as an address book, Facebook Messenger lets you send and receive messages, phone calls, photos, documents, GIFs, and so much more from whoever you're speaking to – you can even play games with them!

When you're having a standard conversation with someone, you can choose to send them video clips, your upcoming plans, GIFs, your location, photos, voice memos, and even quick responses like a thumbs-up if you don't have time to write something out.

Users can even access different Extensions to other apps and programs like Spotify, KAYAK the Food Network, Trivia Blast, theScore, Swelly, and the NBA to directly send things like recipes, stats, articles from the Wall Street Journal, and more.

You can either choose to have your conversation with a group of friends, over voice-chat with a couple of buddies, or even through a group video chat with family as you're on vacation.

You can even use Facebook Messenger as a Snapchat or Instagram Stories sort-of medium with one of Facebook Messenger's latest features called Messenger Day, where users can add different face filters, write and edit photos creatively, etc.

Facebook Messenger:

Message anyone one-to-one or in groups. Capture photos and videos with fun art and effects. Make free voice and video calls from anywhere. Play games to compete with your friends.

What's up with the Homepage?

The Homepage on Facebook Messenger acts almost like a hub for everything in the app:

It shows updated Messenger Day stories at the top of the screen (similar to Instagram Stories), it shows your most recent conversations that are active, it shows who has a birthday that day and gives you the option to message them, it shows you additional Facebook friends who are active, and it shows you older conversations that you've had in the past.

From the Homepage you can also swipe down to access Messenger Day, manage and create groups and rooms, search for specific messages, compose a new message, and more.

How do I make calls?

Along the bottom of Facebook Messenger there are a bunch of icons including Home, Calls, People, and Games.

If you tap on calls, you'll be able to make voice calls (almost like a phone call) to a person or a group of people of your choice.

You can also make video calls with individual people or with a group of people effortlessly!

Are there different ways to connect with people via Messenger?

Besides adding a person as a friend and being able to direct message them, you can...

  1. Choose to message someone you're not friends with and risk the message forever floating in Message Request Limbo.

  1. Did you know that everyone has a Facebook Messenger code? (Think Snap code or old-fashioned Blackberry Messenger codes). You can access it through the People tab at the bottom of your screen and use it to effortlessly scan and add different people.

  2. You can quite literally invite people to join Facebook Messenger if you can't get a hold of them: simply tap Invite People under the People tab and select who you'd like to invite to Messenger!

What does 'Creating A Room' mean?

Rooms are for conversations about topics that anyone can discover and join.

Rooms are essentially like public groups where people who have liked a certain topic (ie, Cats in super cool hats) can get together and chat about said certain topic.

Facebook Messenger will sometimes suggest joining different rooms or creating different rooms based on events you want to go to or your other activity on Facebook.

I can play Games on Facebook Messenger?

Tech Crunch:

Instant Games [for Messenger] give people a conversation starter, and something to do while they wait for friends to reply to messages.

Using Facebook Messenger, you can play games and compete against friends all from the comfort of Messenger!

There are tons of different games and game-types to play around with, from things like Words With Friends, to Solitaire, Bingo, 8 Ball Pool, and everything in between.

What the heck is Messenger Day?

Is it free?

Yup! 100%!

Where can I download the app?

You can download the Facebook Messenger right here![

Do you have any questions?

Is there anything we missed that you have questions about regarding Facebook Messenger? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Best Free iPad Games

Fun, entertaining games without spending a single cent!

If you're an avid gamer, you know the pain of paying for games. It may seem like a small amount of money at the time — a $1.99 games here, $3.99 game there — but all those little transactions can sure add up!

Luckily for all of us, there are plenty of developers that create fun and entertaining games and choose to not charge you a cent! Here are some of my favorite free games for the iPad!

Crossy Road

The classic Frogger-like game, Crossy Road, is a great casual game to play in your downtime even when you only have a couple of minutes to spare.

You need to get the chicken across the road by swiping in the direction you want to go, but be careful; the road is a dangerous place! Avoid the cars and get to the other side, and challenge your friend to do the same!

Asphalt 8: Airborne

When it comes to racing games, Asphalt 8: Airborne is my favorite free racing game on iPad. It skips all pretensions of realism and provides an over-the-top, high-octane experience that's incredibly fun!

Players can drive their way through the career mode, unlock new rides, upgrade the ones they have, or take the competition online in staggered or live multiplayer. The usual race modes are there, plus a new Infected mode where players have to tag other racers before succumbing to an explosive virus.

Brawl Stars

The newest game from Supercell is an absolute delight to play, and I have been enjoying it immensely since its release.

Brawl Stars' frantic and fun combat system makes the game easy to pick up and play, but difficult to master. Each character has different abilities, stats, and weapons that give way to endless strategy possibilities regardless of which character you like to play.

Brawl Stars has four main game modes: Smash & Grab, Heist, Showdown, and Bounty, each with a different objective.

Read: Brawl Stars: Everything you need to know!

NOTE: Brawl Stars is currently undergoing a soft launch and is only available in the Canadian App Store; we'll update you as soon as you can play it in other countries.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends

The Elder Scrolls: Legends offers a fantastic experience for both people who are new to the strategy card games, and seasoned veterans who love the genre.

What makes The Elder Scrolls: Legends stand out from other games like Magic the Gathering or Hearthstone is it's two-laned battlefield. Each battlefield is split into two lanes and creatures in those lanes can only attack the opponent's creatures in the same lane. The lanes can also have different effects that affect the outcome of the battles going on in that lane.

As I former Magic the Gathering player, I found it hard not to compare The Elder Scrolls: Legends to one of the most popular strategy card games of all time, and I am pleased to say that it held up very well. Bethesda did an excellent job making this game equal parts challenging and rewarding, making it very easy to avoid spending money to get better cards. Something I could not say for some of the Magic the Gathering apps we've seen over the years.

Read my full review of The Elder Scrolls: Legends

8 Ball Pool

Another classic game that is still going strong, 8 Ball Pool is a fantastic pick-up-and-play billiards game!

With several different tables and locations to choose from, you can face off against AI opponents on three different difficulties in the practice arena!

Do you think you have what it takes to be the best pool shark in the world? Take on people from all over the world and show them who's boss!

Whether you want to spend minutes or hours playing pool, 8 Ball Pool has a super active community; you'll never have trouble finding someone to play with!


I mean, the concept alone is ridiculous: Multiple people get together, enable Spaceteam on their iPhone or iPad, then yell wacky-sounding terms to each other to try and keep their ship from being eaten by a dying sun or falling into a wormhole.

In practice, it's even better; I've played with friends, family, co-workers, and complete strangers, and every time has been whimsical and unique.

If you're already going to be yelling at your family the next time you see them, why not yell about switching off the Eigenthrottle?

Fallout Shelter

Bethesda knocked it out of the park when they made Fallout Shelter, and it's a game I keep coming back to time and time again.

You're in charge of a Vault — an underground bunker built to protect people from the nuclear war — and the future of the community of people in your vault depends on your decisions. You'll need to keep people happy, but also safe, in this crazy post-apocalyptic world.

One of my favorite things about Fallout Shelter is Bethesda's continuing support for Fallout Shelter. The game launched in 2015 and it's still receiving updates, special events, and new content from the developers, making the game stay fresh for the players you have been playing from the beginning.

If you're a fan of the Fallout series of video games, Fallout Shelter will reward your knowledge with familiar names, jokes, and events; however, this game offers plenty of excitement and challenge to newcomers as well, making it a fantastic game for everyone.

Fire Emblem Heroes

Fire Emblem Heroes is a stellar game through and through. Whether you're a fan of the long-running series or a complete newcomer, Nintendo has beautifully designed a game that keeps both groups happy.

While game progression has all the hallmarks of a typical freemium game, such as needing to spend money to reach the top of the leaderboards or waiting various periods of time to unlock game items, you won't need to shell any money out to enjoy 95% of what Fire Emblem Heroes has to offer.

Fire Emblem Heroes is visually breath-taking, and it's clear to anyone who plays it, that Nintendo put a lot of time and effort into creating this game, which means I'm going to enjoy putting a lot of time and effort into playing it.

Which free iPad games are your favorites?

With so many free games to choose from, it's impossible to list them all. Tell us your favorites in the comments below!

Join the discussion: What would it take for you to not upgrade to the iPhone 8?

Is there a feature or an update (or a price tag!) on the iPhone 8 that would turn you off of it completely? Join the discussion in the iMore forums and let us know what the deal-breaker is for you!

There have been plenty of rumors and speculation thrown around about the iPhone 8, so it's hard to nail down exactly what it's going to look like and how it's going to run.

With more and more phenomenal phones coming out from other companies, it can be tough for people to stick to their Apple-loving guns, so we have a question for you: What would it take for you to not upgrade to the iPhone 8?

06-09-2017 08:59 PM

So with all the hype around the iPhone 8, what would it take for you to not upgrade to it? Price, size, looks?


Some people say that the price tag will be a big factor in whether they decide to pick up the iPhone 8 or not...

06-10-2017 01:06 AM

Price, not paying over $1000. Size, I don't want anything bigger than the 7. Looks, if they put the fingerprint scanner on the back. All three are definite deal breakers. I'm also not a fan of the no bezel screen. I prefer to use a case. So not only will a case inhibit the screen, but what is going to protect the glass back? Sorry, but nothing I've seen or heard about the 8 impresses me thus far....


While others say that the size and the price could potentially hinder their decision...

06-10-2017 08:21 PM

Simple. The size and price will be wrong for me.


But what about you?

Is there a feature, function, price-tag, (or whatever!) that would prevent you from buying an iPhone 8 once it launches?

Let us know what you think in the iMore forums and join the discussion today – we'd love to hear your opinion!

Join the discussion on the iMore forum!

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