Nihilego is returning to Pokemon Go Gyms near you for a rotation in five-star raid battles. This Ultra Beast is the headliner of Pokemon Go’s new “Astral Eclipse” event. We don’t know much about this new event other than the overall raid bosses.
Nihilego raid schedule
Nihilego will appear as the only five-star raid boss in Pokémon Go starting at 10:00 local time on November 23, 2022 and will remain available for play until the same time on December 1. Raids don’t usually follow a set schedule, and Nihilego raids will appear randomly in gyms around the world during this time period, but you’ll receive a notification from the game when a raid is about to start nearby. Similar to the recent Guzzlord raids, the Nihilego raids will be denoted by an Ultra Wormhole appearing on top of a gym instead of a typical raid egg.
Your best chance of finding Nihilego raids is during the raid hours where the Parasite Pokémon will be featured. Every Wednesday from 18:00 to 19:00 local time, the majority of gyms host five-star raids that trainers can work together to take down. Nihilego will be the featured raid boss during the raid hours of November 23rd and 30th, 2022. As with all raids, you’ll need your free Daily Raid Pass or a Premium Battle Pass to join a raid in person, or a Remote Raid Be sure to join a raid remotely.
Can I catch a Shiny Nihilego?
Despite debuting earlier this year, Nihilego’s shiny is still unreleased. Since this is its first full rotation in raids, we can hope that the next time it comes around, we’ll be able to get a shiny golden jellyfish.
Nihilego weaknesses and counters
Nihilego is a Poison and Rock type Pokemon. This means it takes super effective damage from psychic, water and steel attacks. It also means that it will take double super effective damage from ground type attacks so this should be your first choice. Some recommended ground types include Landorus, Excadrill, Garchomp, and Groudon. If you don’t have strong ground counters, here are some other recommended Pokemon to use against Nihilego raids:
- Steel: Mega Scizor, Metagross, Genesect, Dialga
- Water: Mega Blastoise, Kyogre, Swampert
- Psychic: Mega Alakazam, Mewtwo, Espeon, Alakazam, Hoopa Unbound
A mega tip: A Mega Evolved Pokémon increases the damage of all Pokémon in the raid by 10%, and the damage of all Pokémon using attacks that share a type with the Mega Evolved Pokémon by 30%. Coordinate these Megas with your raid group for extra damage. Note that while Mega Steelix will increase the damage of other ground types in the raid, its defensively oriented stats mean it probably won’t produce enough damage to be worth using. Mega Alakazam, Blastoise or Scizor would be ideal Megas to use in Nihilego raids.
Don’t be afraid of the Shadows: Shadow Pokémon deal 20% more damage than their non-Shadow counterparts, so the Shadow versions of some of the suggested Pokémon that have them can help you win.
Nihilego’s double weakness to ground attacks means it should be relatively easy to take down even with small groups that focus on using Fairy Pokémon.
Types to avoid
Nihilego’s Poison and Rock type attacks will hit hard against Fairy, Flying, Grass, Ice, and Fire Pokémon. Also remember that Nihilego resists Normal, Flying, Bug, Fire, and Fairy type attacks and is double resistant to Poison type moves. Avoid this type of Pokemon.
Is Nihilego worth raiding for more than one Pokedex entry? When it was first released during the Global Go Fest event, Nihilego wasn’t worth much consideration due to its lackluster selection of fast moves. The Season of Light breathed new life into Nihilego by giving it access to Poison Jab, a great fast Poison-type move. Nihilego is the best Poison-type raid attacker, and while that typing isn’t used very often in raids, it might be worth having a good Nihilego or two for your anti-grass and fey list.
Nihilego also has a niche in Master League PvP. Although its dual weakness to Ground and inability to threaten Steel types holds it back against much of the meta, it is one of the toughest counters out there to Zacian, one of the most dominant Pokémon in the Master League. That use might not be worth it for many players to invest the resources into building a level 50 Nihilego, but others might enjoy going Zacian hunting with it.
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