How to get Mega Rayquaza in Pokemon Go & can it be Shiny?

Chris Studley
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Facing Mega Rayquaza can be quite daunting as it is one of the top fighters in Pokemon Go. If you’re brave enough to go after the Legendary Dragon, here’s how to do it, as well as whether or not its Shiny variation is available for the most avid hunters.

Even though it came out with Gen 3, Rayquaza is still one of the best Legendaries in the Pokemon franchise, mainly due to its Mega Evolution, which was introduced into Niantic’s game during the Pokemon Go Fest 2023: Osaka.

Since it first appeared in Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, Mega Rayquaza has become an immense force to be reckoned with. And, Pokemon Go players will have a chance to battle it in Elite Raids on June 29, 2024, at 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 6:00 PM, local time.

So, if you want to add this powerful creature to your team, here’s how you can catch one.

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How to get Mega Rayquaza in Pokemon Go

There is currently only one way to get Mega Rayquaza in Pokemon Go and it’s through Mega Legendary Raid Battles. However, not all Mega Legendaries are always available, so players need to wait until the one they’re looking for comes back to the game with the raid rotations.

As mentioned earlier, this will happen again in June 2024.

Can Mega Rayquaza be Shiny in Pokemon Go?

Yes, Mega Rayquaza can be Shiny in Pokemon Go thanks to this variation being released on the same day that the Pokemon debuted.

This black creature with bright yellow trims can be recognized very quickly, but finding it will be a very hard task as its spawn rate is very low and there’s no special method to trigger or secure this encounter.

How to evolve Rayquaza into Mega Rayquaza in Pokemon Go

In order to evolve Rayquaza into Mega Rayquaza, Pokemon Go players will need to gather 400 Rayquaza Mega Energy and — in case it doesn’t know it — teach Rayquaza Dragon Ascent, the Pokemon’s signature move.

Meteorites are necessary in order to teach Rayquaza Dragon Ascent. These items have been made obtainable through Special and Timed Research challenges.

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Keep in mind that to be able to teach the Dragon Ascent move to the Legendary Dragon, you’ll need a Meteorite.

After the first Mega Evolution, the cost to access this form will drop from 400 Mega Energy to 80, then 40, and finally 20. Players can collect Mega Energy by defeating the corresponding Pokemon in Mega Raid battles, by walking with it as their buddy, or by completing special Research Tasks.

Pokemon Go Mega Rayquaza stats, moves, resistances & weaknesses

As a dual Dragon/Flying-type Pokemon, Mega Rayquaza has the following stats:


Mega Rayquaza Fast Moves

  • Dragon Tail (Dragon/STAB)
  • Air Slash (Flying/STAB)

Mega Rayquaza Charged Moves

  • Aerial Ace (Flying/STAB)
  • Ancient Power (Rock)
  • Hurricane (Flying/STAB)
  • Outrage (Dragon/STAB)
  • Breaking Swipe (Dragon/STAB)
  • Dragon Ascent (Flying/STAB)

Mega Rayquaza resistances

Mega Rayquaza weaknesses

That’s all about how to get Mega Rayquaza in Pokemon Go. You can also check its weaknesses & best counters, as well as our ranking of the 15 best Dragon-type Pokemon, the best competitive Pokemon, and the ultimate Mega Evolutions in the game.

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