From March 28th at 1 PM PDT through April 2nd at 1 PM PDT, Giratina (Altered Forme) returns to Tier 5 Raids to be immediately followed by Giratina (Origin Forme). Because the two Formes have the same typing, the same moves are super effective against them both, but as they have different base stats and movesets, the effectiveness of their counters do vary.
We’ve produced both a Giratina (Altered Forme) Heat Map and a Giratina (Origin Forme) Heat Map, but as Altered is only with us for a week, you could be forgiven for just setting up Battle Parties for Origin and using them to counter both Formes. If you’re planning on battling a lot of the Altered Forme and/or battling it with smaller groups, then making specific parties for both Formes would still be a good idea.
What’s a Heat Map?
Most Raid Boss counter lists assume that you have maxed out versions of each Pokémon on it, but in reality, the majority of people do not. With our Giratina (Altered Forme) Heat Map, however, you can identify whether for example, a lower level Pokémon will do more damage to the Raid Boss than a higher level one, due to it having a better and more effective moveset. An excellent example of this is how a level 30 Rayquaza with Dragon Tail and Outrage will do more damage to a Giratina Raid Boss than a level 40 Rayquaza with Air Slash & Outrage (given the same amount of time).
There are several different methods for ranking Raid Boss counters, but the one we’ve selected to use is TTW, which stands for ‘Time-To-Win.’ This metric tells you which Pokémon would potentially beat the Raid Boss in the shortest amount of time so if you’re short of Trainers, this will give you the best chance of beating the Boss before the time runs out. Not only that, but doing more damage can mean more Premier Balls with which to try and catch the Raid Boss!
So to supplement our Giratina (Altered Forme) Raid Guide, here’s the Heat Map that we’ve made. Below, we’ll explain how to read and use the Heat Map to get the most out of your Raid squads:
Giratina (Altered Forme) Heat Map
*This data assumes that you don’t know the moveset of the Raid Boss, that no moves will be weather boosted, and that you aren’t getting a friend damage bonus, so basically, almost the worst case scenario; unless the weather boosts the Raid Boss’ moves, things can only get easier.
While Attack Forme Deoxys and Haunter were both high on the list of TTW counters, they’ve been omitted from the heat map due to their fragility – both will be knocked out way too quickly to warrant using the excessive amounts of resources needed to power them up to a useful level.
How to use our Heat Maps
As detailed at the bottom of the graphic, to use a Pokémon GO Hub Heat Map, you first need to identify which of the listed Pokémon you have, whether they have the specified moveset (If not, you can of course use some TMs) and what level they are. As a rough guide:
Try to identify your 12 best counters so that you can fill two Battle Parties because if Giratina defeats your first Party and you don’t want to use Max Revives, you’ll then have your next-best-optimized one ready to go straight back into battle.
Once you know which of these Pokémon you have and roughly what level they are, it’s time to put them in order of best to worst; The numbers in the grid represent how long that counter, at that level, with that moveset would take to beat the raid boss if the counter had unlimited HP. So the lower (and greener) the number, the better.
When you have ordered your Pokémon from best to worst, you can make a couple of battle parties so that you’re ready for every encounter you have with the Raid Boss.