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How to beat Mewtwo in Pokemon Go Kanto Tour: Best counters & weaknesses

Published: 11/Feb/2021 17:31

by Jacob Hale


Pokemon Go is bringing players the Kanto Tour, with some of the most popular and well-known Legendaries available in Raid battles.

The beloved Pokemon franchise is celebrating its 25th anniversary and, as such, it’s taking players all the way back to the beginning in Pokemon Go.

It’s worth checking out whether you should choose Red or Green for the Kanto Tour with our guide, but ultimately once you’ve made the decision, most player should be setting their sights to the sought-after Legendary Pokemon.

If you played any of the original Kanto games, or have revisited them over the years since release, you’ll know that in Yellow, Red, Blue and Green, there was one main Legendary Pokemon that stood above the rest: Mewtwo.


Mewtwo weaknesses in Pokemon Go

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Mewtwo will always be a daunting opponent.

Mewtwo has long been one of the most popular Pokemon, as one of the original Legendaries with a terrific backstory and incredible power behind him.

That said, while he’s a strong and intimidating foe, Mewtwo does have its weaknesses. As a pure Psychic ‘mon, you won’t want to tackle it with another Psychic-type Pokemon, but Bug, Dark, and Ghost-types are optimal.

To capitalize on Mewtwo’s weaknesses here are a few ‘mon you should consider going up against him with during the Kanto Tour event.

Best counters for Mewtwo in Pokemon Go

  • Gengar: Gengar is one of the Pokemon that can do the most damage to Mewtwo, albeit he is weak against Psychic moves, which could prove a problem. To make the most of Gengar here, it will need to know Lick or Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball to maximize its efficiency — though don’t expect it to last too long.
  • Darkrai: A good Darkrai is effective against most Pokemon, but they’ll come in super handy when taking on Mewtwo. With Snarl and Shadow Ball, Darkrai is a supremely effective counter, and should help seriously whittle down the Mewtwo’s HP.
  • Chandelure: Chandelure can pack a serious punch when it’s got a high CP and the right moves, and could be very helpful against Mewtwo. Hex and Shadow Ball are the moves you’ll want to take on Mewtwo with.
  • Yveltal: Kalos Legendary Yveltal is another great counter to Mewtwo. If you teach it Snarl and Dark Pulse, the Dark/Flying hybrid type can do some serious damage.
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Gengar is strong against Mewtwo, but is susceptible to his Psychic moves.

Some of those options might be quite hard to obtain, so here are a few more entry-level options if your Pokemon Go career hasn’t quite netted you some of the above Legendaries yet:


  • Absol: Hoenn dark-type Absol isn’t exactly common in Pokemon Go, but you should have run into a few in your time. With Snarl and Dark Pulse, Absol should be able to inflict some damage on Mewtwo.
  • Banette: Again, Bannette isn’t super common but they’re not difficult to come by, and if you teach it Shadow Claw and Shadow Ball, it should be well-equipped to take on Mewtwo.
  • Houndoom: Houndoom is always a reliable Pokemon to hold on to, and this proves why. While perhaps not the best counter of the ones listed here, Houndoom with Snarl and Foul Play shouldn’t be too hard to acquire.
  • Weavile: The likelihood is you’ve caught a few Sneasel in Pokemon Go, and a Weavile could take on Mewtwo with the right moves. With Snarl and Foul Play, you could be on to a winner.

If you’ve got a good selection of the above Pokemon and the moves specified, you should be able to comfortably take on Mewtwo – providing you have a few buddies alongside you. As well as these listed, if you already have a Mewtwo with Shadow Ball, they’re going to be particularly effective here.

If you don’t have the exact Pokemon and movesets specified above, you’ll likely have several that can take on the Legendary Mewtwo. Remember: Dark, Ghost and Bug-types are your best friends in this one.