Primal Groudon < Rayquaza > Mega Rayquaza
Sky High Pokémon
Dragon.gif Flying.gif
23′ (7m)
455.2 lbs. (206.5kg)
Gender Ratio
Male: Genderless
Female: Genderless
Evolves From
Evolves Into
Egg Group
Catch Rate
EV Yield

Rayquaza (レックウザ) is the 200th Pokémon in the Hoenn Pokédex. It is a Dragon/Flying Type, and it is known as the Sky High Pokémon.

Rayquaza uses the Air Lock Ability. While Rayquaza is in battle, any and all weather effects are negated regardless how they happen.

Rayquaza does not evolve and doesn't have a pre-evolved form prior to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire; starting in these two games Rayquaza can Mega Evolve into a Mega Rayquaza if it knows the Flying-Type move Dragon Ascent.

Rayquaza is listed in the Undiscovered Egg Group; like most Legendary Pokémon it cannot breed. It takes Rayquaza 1,250,000 Experience Points to reach Level 100.




Rayquaza takes on the appearance of a serpent-like dragon with a pair of short arms.

Gender Differences

Rayquaza is a Genderless Pokémon.

Game Information

Original Games

Rayquaza can be found on top of the Sky Pillar in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. It cannot be battled until the fighting between Groudon and Kyogre has been calmed in Emerald, however.

Rayquaza can appear at the Embedded Tower in Heart Gold and Soul Silver, but a Groudon and Kyogre that came from Heart Gold and Soul Silver must be on the same Game Card when you speak to Professor Oak. By doing so, you receive the Jade Orb; when you go to the Embedded Tower with the Jade Orb Rayquaza will appear.

Spin-Off Games

Rayquaza does not appear very often, limited to appearing at Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.

Rayquaza appears at the Tower Top 9F of Sky Tower in the first round of Mystery Dungeon games. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky, Rayquaza appears at the Summit of Sky Stairway. Rayquaza is exclusive to Light Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing on the 50th Floor of Legendary Mountains.

Rayquaza only appears during missions in Pokémon Ranger. Rayquaza does not appear in either of the two sequels.

Rayquaza appears in the Flower Zone in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure after beating "Rayquaza's Balloon Panic".

Rayquaza can be found at any of the "Tower" stages in Pokémon Rumble Blast after completing the game.

Rayquaza can be obtained in Pokémon Conquest, but only after completing the game.

Trading Card Game

Rayquaza is listed in a total of 13 Sets, Pokémon Organized Play Series 1 as a Rare Card, a Play Promotional, the 7th Movie Halfdeck, Master Kit (EX Card), a Pokémon Card Game Promo, a Nintendo Promo, a Lv. X Rayquaza (SP: Cynthia) in the Diamond and Peral Promos, the Dragon Vault sub-set and the Black/White Promo set (3; 2 EX Cards).

A special Rayquaza & Deoxys Legend Card is also in the Undaunted set.

Rayquaza is listed as a Rare Card in the EX Dragon (EX Card), EX Deoxys (3; 1 EX Card; 1 Shiny Card), EX Emerald, EX Delta Species (Delta Species Card), EX Holon Phantoms (2 Delta Species Cards), EX Dragon Frontiers (EX Delta Species Card), Legends Awakened and Supreme Victors (2 SP: Cynthia Cards; 1 Lv. X Card) sets. Three different Rayquaza cards can be found in the Dragons Exalted Set.

All three are Ultra-Rare cards with two EX Cards, and the third is a Hidden Shiny Card, based on the obtainable Rayquaza in Pokémon Conquest.

Other Appearances

Rayquaza appears as a Boss in Super Smash Bros. Brawl during the game's Adventure Mode "The Subspace Emissary." During the storyline, the only character choices are Diddy Kong or Fox, but any character can take on Rayquaza during the final stage and in the Boss Battles mode.

Anime/Manga Information


Dr. Yung would use a Rayquaza in the episode The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon.

A Wild Rayquaza would appear in the episode The Worst Togepi In History! after a very mean-spirited Togepi hi-jacked Team Rocket's Space Rocket and launched it into space.


A Wild Rayquaza would appear predominantly in the film Destiny Deoxys. It is sleeping in the Ozone Layer when the meteorite carrying Deoxys falls to the Earth, and attacks Deoxys seeing its arrival as an attack. It would also appear in Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, The Rise of Darkrai and Zoroark: Master of Illusions, but only with a brief appearance.


Rayquaza has a backstory prior to its first appearance in the Manga. It would be captured by the Pokémon Association to be studied at the Research Building in Johto, with the hopes that it could be controlled by artificial means--specifically, a Green Orb. The experiment didn't work, and it would break free from the lab because Ruby had angered a Wild Salamence, which broke into the lab and freed Rayquaza during its rampage.

While the Groudon/Kyogre conflict was going on, Ruby and Norman would ascend Sky Pillar to awaken Rayquaza and bring it to Sootopolis City to end the fighting. Rayquaza would fly away after calming the conflict.

Rayquaza appears in Chapters 241, 258, 259 & 261-264.

Pokémon Information

Competitive Battling

Rayquaza finds itself in the Uber tier of competitive battling as a major threat against the bulky team archetypes in Ubers while being able to not be easy pickings against offense teams thanks to Extreme Speed. Rayquaza's new signature move, Dragon Ascent, gives it a powerful Flying STAB attack that allows it to 2HKO the physical walls that do not resist it with the exception being Multiscale Lugia. Due to an immense movepool, Rayquaza is very difficult to wall when using its variety of attacking options, such as Earthquake, Draco Meteor, Extreme Speed, and V-create. With Air Lock, Rayquaza can ignore Desolate Land and hit Primal Groudon with Waterfall. A slower metagame due to the presence of Primal Groudon and Mega Salamence favors Rayquaza immensely as it can rip apart support Arceus forms and outspeed them after they have switched in. The best Rayquaza set is its Life Orb MixQuaza set with Draco Meteor to tear apart physical walls and Dragon Ascent to rip apart the majority of the tier. A Choice Band set is less prone to being worn down than its mixed attacking set and gives Rayquaza immediate wallbreaking power. A Dragon Dance set allows Rayquaza to turn the tides against the offensive teams that Rayquaza struggles against and gives it huge power after a boost. Swords Dance Rayquaza can destroy the majority of the tier after a boost while having extremely strong priority in Extreme Speed, which can OHKO faster frail threats like Darkrai and Shaymin-S. Despite these overwhelming positive traits, Rayquaza is far from flawless, as it is usually worn down by Stealth Rock and Life Orb recoil. Boosting sets have trouble setting up in the tier due to Rayquaza's longevity issues and average bulk, making the mixed wallbreaker and Choice Band sets the better options the majority of the time. Those sets are slower than a good chunk of the metagame, which leaves it vulnerable to threats like Xerneas and Extreme Killer Arceus.

Area Location

Game Rarity Location
Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald Only One Sky Pillar
FireRed/Leaf Green None Trade
Diamond/Pearl/Platinum None Pal Park or Trade
HeartGold/SoulSilver Only One Embedded Tower (Receive Jade Orb from Professor Oak)
Black/White None PokéTransfer, Dream World or Trade
Black 2/White 2 None PokéTransfer, Dream World or Trade

Pokédex Entries

Gen Game Pokédex Entry
I Red N/A
Blue N/A
Yellow N/A
II Gold N/A
Silver N/A
Crystal N/A
III Ruby Rayquaza lived for hundreds of millions of years in the earth's ozone layer, never descending to the ground. This Pokémon appears to feed on water and particles in the atmosphere.
Sapphire Rayquaza is said to have lived for hundreds of millions of years in the earth's ozone layer, above the clouds. Its existence had been completely unknown because it lived so high in the sky.
Emerald A Pokémon that flies endlessly in the ozone layer. It is said it would descent to the ground if Kyogre and Groudon were to fight.
FireRed It has lived for hundreds of millions of years in the ozone layer. Its flying form looks like a meteor.
LeafGreen It has lived for hundreds of millions of years in the ozone layer. Its flying form looks like a meteor.
IV Diamond It lives in the ozone layer far above the clouds and cannot be seen from the ground.
Pearl It lives in the ozone layer far above the clouds and cannot be seen from the ground.
Platinum It lives in the ozone layer far above the clouds and cannot be seen from the ground.
HeartGold It flies in the ozone layer, way up high in the sky. Until recently, no one had ever seen it.
SoulSilver It flies in the ozone layer, way up high in the sky. Until recently, no one had ever seen it.
V Black It lives in the ozone layer far above the clouds and cannot be seen from the ground.
White It lives in the ozone layer far above the clouds and cannot be seen from the ground.
Black 2 It lives in the ozone layer far above the clouds and cannot be seen from the ground.
White 2 It lives in the ozone layer far above the clouds and cannot be seen from the ground.
VI X It lives in the ozone layer far above the clouds and cannot be seen from the ground.
Y It flies in the ozone layer, way up high in the sky. Until recently, no one had ever seen it.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire

Pokéthlon Statistics



Base Stats Min- Min Max Max+
. 320 414 .
274 305 399 438
166 185 279 306
Sp. Atk
274 305 399 438
Sp. Def
166 185 279 306
175 195 289 317


Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Start Twister Dragon.gif 40 100 Special.png
5 Scary Face Normal.gif N/A 100 Other.png
15 Crunch Dark.gif 80 100 Physical.png
20 Hyper Voice Normal.gif 90 100 Special.png
30 Rest Psychic.gif N/A N/A Other.png
35 Air Slash Flying.gif 75 95 Special.png
45 Ancientpower Rock.gif 60 100 Special.png
50 Outrage Dragon.gif 120 100 Special.png
60 Dragon Dance Dragon.gif N/A N/A Other.png
65 Fly Flying.gif 90 95 Physical.png
75 Extremespeed Normal.gif 80 100 Physical.png
80 Hyper Beam Normal.gif 150 90 Physical.png
90 Dragon Pulse Dragon.gif 90 100 Special.png


TM/HM - Gen 6
TM/HM No. Move Type Power Accuracy Class
TM01 Hone Claws Dark.gif -- -- Other.png
TM02 Dragon Claw Dragon.gif 80 100 Physical.png
TM05 Roar Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM06 Toxic Poison.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM08 Bulk Up Fighting.gif -- -- Other.png
TM10 Hidden Power Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM11 Sunny Day Fire.gif -- -- Other.png
TM13 Ice Beam Ice.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM14 Blizzard Ice.gif 110 70 Special.png
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal.gif 150 90 Special.png
TM17 Protect Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM18 Rain Dance Water.gif -- -- Other.png
TM21 Frustration Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM22 Solar Beam Grass.gif 120 100 Special.png
TM24 Thunderbolt Electric.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM25 Thunder Electric.gif 110 70 Special.png
TM26 Earthquake Ground.gif 100 100 Physical.png
TM27 Return Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM31 Brick Break Fighting.gif 75 100 Physical.png
TM32 Double Team Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM35 Flamethrower Fire.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM37 Sandstorm Rock.gif -- -- Other.png
TM38 Fire Blast Fire.gif 110 85 Special.png
TM39 Rock Tomb Rock.gif 60 95 Physical.png
TM40 Aerial Ace Flying.gif 60 -- Physical.png
TM42 Facade Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM44 Rest Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM48 Round Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM49 Echoed Voice Normal.gif 40 100 Special.png
TM50 Overheat Fire.gif 130 90 Special.png
TM52 Focus Blast Fighting.gif 120 70 Special.png
TM53 Energy Ball Grass.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM56 Fling Dark.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM58 Sky Drop Flying.gif 60 100 Physical.png
TM59 Incinerate Fire.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM68 Giga Impact Normal.gif 150 90 Physical.png
TM71 Stone Edge Rock.gif 100 80 Physical.png
TM73 Thunder Wave Electric.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM74 Gyro Ball Steel.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM75 Swords Dance Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM77 Psych Up Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM78 Bulldoze Ground.gif 60 100 Physical.png
TM80 Rock Slide Rock.gif 75 90 Physical.png
TM82 Dragon Tail Dragon.gif 60 90 Physical.png
TM87 Swagger Normal.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM90 Substitute Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
HM02 Fly Flying.gif 90 95 Physical.png
HM03 Surf Water.gif 90 100 Special.png
HM04 Strength Normal.gif 80 100 Physical.png
HM05 Waterfall Water.gif 80 100 Physical.png
HM06 Rock Smash Fighting.gif 40 100 Physical.png

Via Breeding

Rayquaza cannot breed.

Via Move Tutor

All Generation 5 Games

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Draco Meteor Dragon.gif 140 90 Special.png

Black 2/White 2 Exclusive Moves

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Aqua Tail Water.gif 90 90 Physical.png
Bind Normal.gif 15 85 Physical.png
Dragon Pulse Dragon.gif 90 100 Special.png
Earth Power Ground.gif 90 100 Special.png
Hyper Voice Normal.gif 90 100 Special.png
Icy Wind Ice.gif 55 95 Special.png
Iron Head Steel.gif 80 100 Physical.png
Iron Tail Steel.gif 100 75 Physical.png
Outrage Dragon.gif 120 100 Physical.png
Sleep Talk Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Snore Normal.gif 40 100 Special.png
Tailwind Flying.gif -- -- Other.png
Uproar Normal.gif 90 100 Special.png

Via Event

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
V-create Fire.gif 180 95 Physical.png

NOTE: As of writing, this move is exclusive to the Japan region for winning that region's Pokémon Popularity Poll. (Source)

Generation III Exclusive Move Tutor Moves (Fire Red/Leaf Green)

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Body Slam Normal.gif 85 100 Physical.png
Double-Edge Normal.gif 120 100 Physical.png
Mimic Normal.gif -- -- Other.png

Generation IV Exclusive Moves


Via Move Tutor

Platinum/Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Fury Cutter Bug.gif 20 95 Physical.png
Swift Normal.gif 60 -- Special.png
Mud-Slap Ground.gif 20 100 Special.png
Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Headbutt Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png

Evolution Line

Must Know Dragon Ascent

Type Matchups

Type Attack Advantages Attack Disadvantages Defense Advantages Defense Disadvantages

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