Pokemon Go's Pokemon Day event is now live. Not only can you find special party hat-wearing versions of Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and other Pokemon for a limited time, but Armored Mewtwo has returned to Raids as well, and this time it knows the Psychic-type Charged attack Psystrike.
Until the Pokemon Day event ends on March 2, Armored Mewtwo will appear in five-star Raids, making this your first chance to catch it since July 2019. If you need help adding one to your collection, we've put together some tips on how to battle and capture Armored Mewtwo below.
What's Different About Armored Mewtwo
The most obvious difference between Mewtwo and this new Armored form is its appearance. This version of the Legendary Psychic Pokemon is wearing the same power-suppressing armor that it dons in the Pokemon movie Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution. As a result, it has lower attack power than a standard Mewtwo, but it compensates by having higher defense.
As previously mentioned, this Armored Mewtwo is also different from the one that appeared back in July. This time, the Pokemon knows Psystrike, a powerful Psychic-type Charged attack. Since Armored Mewtwo typically can't learn this move, it's a good idea to catch it while it's still available, even if you already have one from its previous appearance.
How To Find Armored Mewtwo
Throughout the Pokemon Day event, Armored Mewtwo will appear as a Raid boss in five-star Raid Battles. These Raids can happen at any time, but you'll be able to tell when one is about to begin. Prior to the Raid, a giant egg and countdown timer will appear over a Gym. The color of the egg signifies what level the Raid will be; if the egg is blue, the Raid boss will be Armored Mewtwo. You'll also be notified in-game when a nearby Raid is about to occur.
Once you find an Armored Mewtwo Raid, you'll need to travel to the Gym that's hosting the Raid and exchange a Raid Pass to participate. You can get one free Raid Pass when you spin the Photo Disc at a Gym, but you can only hold one of these free passes at a time. (You can also purchase Raid Passes from Pokemon Go's in-game store.) After joining a Raid, you and your teammates will have a limited amount of time to battle Armored Mewtwo. If you can successfully defeat it, everyone who participated in the Raid will earn a chance to catch the Legendary.
Armored Mewtwo Weaknesses And Counters
Despite its appearance, Armored Mewtwo is still a pure Psychic type, which means it's vulnerable to the same kinds of Pokemon as a regular Mewtwo. Ghost, Bug, and Dark types in particular have an advantage over it in battle, so you'll want to fill your team with Pokemon of those types before heading into the Raid.
Your best choices when facing Armored Mewtwo will be other Legendary Pokemon such as Darkrai and Origin Forme Giratina. Hydregion, Weavile, and Gengar can all dish out super-effective damage against Armored Mewtwo as well. However, Gengar will take super-effective damage in return due to its Poison typing, so it may not last very long. Scizor is another solid choice; it can deal super-effective damage with Bug moves, while its Steel typing will help insulate it from Mewtwo's Psychic attacks.
Two types of Pokemon you'll want to avoid using, however, are Poison and Fighting. Each type is vulnerable to Psychic attacks, so they'll get knocked out fairly quickly by Psystrike. You can see more tips for facing Armored Mewtwo on the official Pokemon website.