As you set out to pit your Pokemon against legendary bosses in Pokemon GO Battle Raids, you’ll want to make sure you have the right squad for the job. Two Pokemon that are particularly tempting to add to your line up are Snorlax and Blissey, but think twice before going into battle with these tanks.

Snorlax and Blissey are two enormous favorites in the Pokemon GO community, and they certainly have their place in the game. The strongest stat for these giants is HP, which keeps them standing long after smaller Pokemon have fallen in battle. These two are both excellent defenders and are solid choices for holding down your team’s gym. For legendary Battle Raids, however, it’s best to keep Snorlax and Blissey out of the action. This may not seem intuitive, but we’ll explain why…

The name of the game in Battle Raids is dealing max damage quickly. In order to beat the fast clock and take down the legendary boss, players must deal as much damage to the legendary Pokemon as possible. There is no bonus for having Pokemon still standing at the end, so aside from saving Revives and Potions, there’s no reason to worry about survivability. In addition, players who deal the most damage during the battle are rewarded with additional premier pokeballs to use in the bonus catch attempt after the battle. When players are trying to get those limited availability legendaries, every extra premier ball counts.

Pokemon GO: A Guide to All Raid Battle Bosses - Raid battle Tyranitar

If you’re having trouble deciding on a roster after cutting Snorlax and Blissey, these Pokemon are hard-hitters in Battle Raids and are worth considering for your squad.

  • Gengar with Shadow Ball (strong against Lugia)
  • Tyranitar with Stone Edge (strong against Lugia, Articuno, and Moltres)
  • Golem with Stone Edge (strong against Lugia and Moltres)
  • Gyarados with Hydro Pump (strong against Moltres)
  • Omastar with Rock Throw (strong against Articuno and Moltres)

To determine specific details about which Pokemon are best for a given legendary Battle Raid, check out our guides on How To Defeat Moltres and How To Catch Lugia. Good luck out there, trainers!

Pokemon GO is available now in select regions on Android and iOS devices.