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How to Beat Max Raid Mewtwo and Item Drops

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This is a guide for the intensely difficult Max Raid Mewtwo Battle available for a limited time. For those who want to defeat Mewtwo and get the rare Item Drops for winning, check this guide designed by our victorious team.

Best Team to Beat Mewtwo

Max Raid Mewtwo exists in three forms, with a Physical build and two Special builds. Because the strategies vary between the builds, it's a good idea to challenge Mewtwo once expecting to lose the fight, in order to understand which of the builds you will be up against.

As you can fight the same Mewtwo again at the same Den after losing, there's no risk that you will encounter a different build next time you face it.

Best Team for Mewtwo's Special Builds

The Dream Team
Marshadow ImageMarshadow Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Lunala ImageLunala Necrozma (Dawn Wings) ImageNecrozma (Dawn Wings)
Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk) Careful (+SpDef, -SpAtk) Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk) Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
How to Use the Team
  1. Boost the PP of moves before the battle
  2. Set up Reflect or Light Screen to reduce damage
  3. Use Spectral Thief to take advantage of Mewtwo's boosts

Best Build for Marshadow

Marshadow Image

Essential Moves Spectral Thief
Held Item Choice Band

Marshadow's basic strategy is to use Spectral Thief to steal Mewtwo's stat boosts. As it doesn't have much need for other moves, it can use Choice Band to power up the damage of Spectral Thief.
How to Get Marshadow

Best Build for Grimmsnarl

Grimmsnarl Image

Essential Moves Taunt
Light Screen
Foul Play
Ability Prankster
Item Light Clay

After Mewtwo's shields have been broken, it can use Taunt to prevent Mewtwo from powering up. Be sure to communicate with your teammates and decide the roles of each Pokemon when using this build.

Keep in mind that Mewtwo is immune to Taunt and other status moves while its shields are active. Moves used on your own Pokemon, such as Light Screen, can be used while the shields are still up.
How to Get Grimmsnarl

Best Build for Lunala

Lunala Image

Essential Moves Moongeist Beam
Shadow Ball
Item Assault Vest

If you're able to communicate with your teammates, you can also use Light Screen or Reflect, depending on the Mewtwo build, with Light Clay as a held item instead. When playing with random players, it's advised to use Assault Vest and push Lunala as an attacker. However, this will limit its effectiveness as a support player, so be sure to clearly define its role.

Because Moongeist Beam has only 5 PP, be sure to use PP Up or PP Max to boost its PP before the battle, or it will run out quickly before the end of the fight.
How to Get Lunala

Dawn Wings Necrozma

Necrozma (Dawn Wings) Image

Essential Moves Moongeist Beam
Dark Pulse
Item Assault Vest

If you happen to have it, Dawn Wings Necrozma is far more effective than Lunala. However, its disadvantage is that it can't learn the STAB move Shadow Ball.

As with Lunala, because Moongeist Beam has only 5 PP, be sure to use PP Up or PP Max to boost its PP before the battle.
How to Get Necrozma

Our Team's First Victory

Pokemon our Strategy Team first used to win
Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Necrozma (Dawn Wings) ImageNecrozma (Dawn Wings)
How to Use the Team
  1. Set up Light Screen
  2. Smash the Spirit Break and Moongeist Beam buttons
  3. When Mewtwo's shields are gone, use Taunt
  4. Profit

※ Keep in mind that Taunt cannot be used while Mewtwo's shields are up.

Use Taunt to block boosting moves

Mewtwo uses moves to power itself up and make itself even more deadly, such as Nasty Plot, Calm Mind and Bulk Up. After taking down Mewtwo's shields, Taunt can be used to prevent it from using these moves for 3 turns.

Use Spirit Break to lower its Special Attack

For the Special Build of Mewtwo, Grimmsnarl's Spirit Break has the lynchpin effect of lowering its Special Attack, potentially allowing your teammates to survive its attacks. Unfortunately, its effect won't kick in until Mewtwo's shields are down.

Boost Moongeist Beam's PP before the battle

Because Moongeist Beam has only 5 PP, be sure to use PP Up or PP Max to boost its PP before the battle, or it will run out quickly before the end of the fight.

Best Team for Mewtwo's Physical Build

Our team is hard at work right now making the best strategy to defeat this build.

Tips and Strategies to Beat Mewtwo

Communicate with your teammates

It's no exaggeration to say that the Max Raid Mewtwo appearing to celebrate Pokemon Day is one of the toughest opponents in the series history. It's essentially impossible to beat on your own with random players or NPCs, so it's best to communicate with others to work out a strategy when attempting to take it on.

Find other like-minded players to challenge Max Raid Mewtwo on our brand-new Max Raid Recruitment Board!
Max Raid Recruitment Board

Max Raid Mewtwo Moveset

All Mewtwo builds are Level 100 with the Ability Pressure. Be sure to bring EV-trained Level 100 Pokemon when facing it, and increase the PP of your moves before the battle to deal with the effects of Pressure.
How to EV Train Fast and Reset EVs

Special Build Movesets

Nasty Plot Build

Move Type
Psychic Psychic Type
Aura Sphere Fighting Type
Flamethrower Fire Type
Ice Beam Ice Type
Nasty Plot Dark Type

Calm Mind Build

Move Type
Psystrike Psychic Type
Fire Blast Fire Type
Blizzard Ice Type
Focus Blast Fighting Type
Calm Mind Psychic Type

Physical Build Moveset

Move Type
Zen Headbutt Psychic Type
Brick Break Fighting Type
Earthquake Ground Type
Fire Punch Fire Type
Rock Slide Rock Type
Bulk Up Fighting Type

Item Drops for Max Raid Mewtwo

Exp. Candy M ImageExp. Candy M Exp. Candy L ImageExp. Candy L
Exp. Candy XL ImageExp. Candy XL Bottle Cap ImageBottle Cap
Big Nugget ImageBig Nugget Balm Mushroom ImageBalm Mushroom
Comet Shard ImageComet Shard Ability Capsule ImageAbility Capsule
Pearl String ImagePearl String Psychic TR
PP Up ImagePP Up PP Max ImagePP Max
Rare Candy ImageRare Candy

Success Stories of Players who Beat Mewtwo

At this point, the players who have managed to beat Mewtwo are few and far between, but a few powerful players have managed to pull together groups of 4 Pokemon who are up to the challenge.


Marshadow ImageMarshadow Lunala ImageLunala Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Centiskorch ImageCentiskorch


Necrozma (Dusk Mane) ImageNecrozma (Dusk Mane) Marshadow ImageMarshadow Lunala ImageLunala Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl


Dragapult ImageDragapult Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Mudsdale ImageMudsdale Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl

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3 Anonymousover 4 years

It's an event so it's just random at any den.

1 Anonymousover 4 years

I beat mewtwo barely with 1 Pokemon left. We had two Grimmsnarls that set light screen and reflect righty away then we had a assault vest goodra to tank special hits and then a necromza I think the Goodra could be subbed for tyrantitar with assault vest but then it is weak to max knuckle and psi strike and then 1 Grimmsnarl could be subbed for snorlax or a offensive Pokemon like dragupult. The information about mewtwo being limited in his build is incorrect Mewtwo will use special or physical!


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