Note: This guide was written before the release of Azelf, the guide will be updated if deemed necessary.
Mesprit isn’t going to be a heavy hitter like Azelf , its probably closer to Cresselia in terms of viabiltiy. Its one you would catch and store in your bag until you trade it for something else. It doesn’t have the attacking prowess of Azelf so you’ll probably tire of it within the first week of its appearance. Just pray they introduce another 3 hour raid or weekend legendaries to take your mind off it.
Mesprit has 212 attack, 212 defence and 190 stamina. Its well balanced but 212 attack isn’t amazing and 212 defence is only the 39th highest and that effectively kills its usage in the meta. It has almost the same movepool as Azelf except it gets Blizzard instead of Fire Blast. Mewtwo with Ice Beam does it better than Mesprit so don’t bother. In essence, this is another Pokemon you can unlock in the Pokedex and that’s it.
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Just like Azelf, Mesprit is a pure Psychic type with the same weaknesses as its counterpart. Avoid using Fighting and Psychic moves, go with Dark ,Ghost and Bug. If you’re going with neutral damage, use Pokemon who aren’t weak to the moves Mesprit is using. Also ensure the Pokemon you are using at least deal STAB damage.
Exactly the same as Azelf, so treat them as you would with Azelf. As bad as Mesprit is, if you should decide to use it in battle, go with Confusion.
Future Sight would hurt the most as it pairs STAB. That’s also the move of choice if you’re using Mesprit as an attack. Swift is bad, both on the raid boss and on yours. Blizzard may catch you off guard if you attack with a dragon or ground type. If you stick to most Dark, Ghost and some Bug types, you won’t have a problem with it.
Assembling The Team
The team to fight Mesprit is pretty much what you would take to fight Azelf , but the most effective ones may differ based on the attacks used by Mesprit.
Yep, here he is again. Tyranitar. The answer to nearly every legendary is still hanging around. Use Bite and Crunch to dish out the damage. Tyranitar doesn’t resist Blizzard but it shouldn’t hurt too much.
Weavile on the other hand resists Blizzard so it’ll be extra bulky when facing off against Mesprits using it. Swift isn’t resisted but it hardly does any damage but will be used more often so watch out for that. Stick with a pure dark moveset of Feint Attack and Foul Play.
It only resists Future Sight for the charge moves but that’ll be enough for it to knock down Azelf. Use Snarl and Shadow Ball or any mix of dark and ghost or dark moves. Darkrai isn’t out at the time of release.
The glass cannon of the guide, Gengar is probably the best going up against a Mesprit using Swift. Preferrbly use any of its moveset with Ghost moves in it. I’d suggest Lick and Shadowball but if you can’t do it, then any moveset with Ghost moves or Dark moves.
Yeah its the same as Azelf but you may need a few more players to take it down if you are trying to short man it. Instead of 3-4, try 5-6 players as the minimum. Its bulkier than Azelf so you’ll have to get a couple of extra players to beat it down.