Coming to the Western Hemisphere from May 23.

Blacephalon is making its long awaited Pokémon GO debut in five-star raids from May 23 to May 28. However, like most of the other Pokémon GO Ultra Beasts, Blacephalon is region locked. However, instead of certain countries, Blacephalon is Hemisphere locked.

Blacephalon will be available to Trainers in the Western Hemisphere. Otherwise, you'll need a Remote Raid pass.

Unlike Stakataka, Blacephalon seems set to be a really powerful Pokémon for Raids. It will sit well in both the Fire and Ghost-type categories. That makes this a really worthwhile Pokémon to Raid for, especially with the 2x Ultra Beast Raid XP on offer.

Here is everything you need to take on Blacephalon in Pokémon GO.

Best Blacephalon counters in Pokémon GO:

Blacephalon has a weakness to Dark, Ghost, Ground, Rock and Water-types in Pokémon GO. In terms of resistances, it has a double resistance to Bug, Fighting and Normal-type attacks. It has six other single resistances, importantly including Fairy-types.

Primal Kyogre
Waterfall & Origin Pulse
Primal Groudon
Mud Shot & Precipice Blades
Mega Tyranitar
Bite & Brutal Swing
Mega Swampert
Water Gun & Hydro Cannon
Mega Gengar
Lick & Shadow Ball
Mega Garchomp
Mud Shot & Earth Power
Mega Rayquaza
Dragon Tail & Dragon Ascent
Mega Diancie
Rock Throw & Rock Slide
Mega Blastoise
Water Gun & Hydro Cannon
Mega Banette
Shadow Claw & Shadow Ball
Hydreigon
Bite & Brutal Swing
Rampardos
Smack Down & Rock Slide

There is a whole host of good Mega Pokémon for you to use when taking Blacephalon in Pokémon GO. Rampardos and Hydreigon are common spawns and are easily attainable. Mega Diancie has been made avaliable to all trainers with the Glitz and Glam Research. Additionally, Primal Kyogre and Groudon had Raid Days earlier in the season.

As a result, most trainers should be able to build a team to take on Blacephalon. Of course, despite all these good Mega Pokémon you can pick from you can only have one Pokémon Mega Evolved at once. Any of the Pokémon that are good in their Mega versions are also good in their standard versions.

Mega Evolutions to get you more Blacephalon candy in Pokémon GO

Mega Evolutions can help you get more candy and XL candy with every catch. Having a mega level 3 active that boosts candy for Fire and Ghost-types will give you an extra 2 candy per catch, as well as a 25% bonus to your XL candy chance.

Here are the Pokémon you can Mega Evolve to get more Blacephalon Candy in Pokémon GO:

  • Houndoom
  • Blaziken
  • Groudon
  • Gengar
  • Banette

How many trainers do I need to beat Blacephalon in Pokémon GO?

Blacephalon has a very low defence stat and should be pretty simple to take down. Two trainers with Party Play and good counters should be able to win this raid. Lower level trainers or those with weaker counters should aim for five trainers when battling this raid.

What is the Blacephalon Pokémon GO 100% IV?

With Blacephalon looking like a good Raid attacker in Pokémon GO, grabbing a 100% IV will be very useful. Here are the CP values to keep an eye out for after the Raid:

  • 1884 CP
  • 2355 CP

Weather Effects:

Weather boost can help you save candy, get better IVs and benefit from power boosts on your team. Here are the weather effects to keep an eye on when taking on these raids.

Weather
Pro
Con
SunnyBlacephalon will be a higher CP when caught. Your Ground-type Pokémon will be boosted.Blacephalon's Fire-type moves will be boosted.
Windy--
Partly CloudyYour Rock-type Pokémon will be boosted.-
Cloudy--
Snow--
RainyYour Water-type Pokémon will be boosted.-
FogBlacephalon will be a higher CP when caught. Your Ghost and Dark-type Pokémon will be boosted.Blacephalon's Ghost-type moves will be boosted.

If you're looking out for a higher CP Blacephalon in Pokémon GO, you will want either Sunny or Foggy weather. While Sunny weather may boost Blacephalon's Fire-type moves, your Ground-type counters will also be boosted.

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