Pokémon GO Cresselia is a pure Psychic type Legendary Pokémon, and is one of the few Pokémon with only one possible gender, female.

Cresselia does not evolve from another Pokémon, like all Legendaries, so it will most likely be obtainable through Tier 5 Raids at some point when Generation 4 is released.

Cresselia has a MAX CP of 2777, paired with an ATK of 152, DEF of 263 and STA of 240, which certainly doesn’t put it in the running for one of the best attacking Psychic types in the game nor as a good Gym Defender since Legendaries cannot defend gyms (our earlier coverage here), but we will get into more of that, below.

Cresselia in the Meta

Mewtwo still and will forever reign the meta as the best Psychic type attacker in the game, and there are plenty other good options before one relies on Cresselia as an Attacker.

In this chart, we will look at its viability as a Psychic type Pokémon and how it sizes up to some of the other popular Psychic types in the game.

Psychic Type Max CP Attack Defense Stamina
Alakazam 2887 271 194 110
Mewtwo 3982 300 182 193
Espeon 3000 261 194 130
Exeggutor 2916 233 158 190
Lugia 3598 193 323 212
Latias 3377 228 268 160
Latios 3644 268 228 160
Azelf 2945 270 151 150
Cresselia 2777 152 263 240

Overall, the Psychic types sport a high CP and Attack, but we have to admit that most of them are Legendary Pokémon, so the comparison isn’t entirely fair.

In terms of Attack, Cresselia is undoubtedly one of the worst of its type with 152 (even Smoochum and Girafarig have higher Attack stats), especially as a Legendary Pokémon. However, Cresselia certainly makes up for it with its Defense and Stamina, both being among the highest among its type. All Psychic Pokémon considered, only Wobbuffet has a higher Stamina stat at 380.

Psychic types play a decent role in the game, but with the best of the type already released and the fact that Legendary Pokémon cannot [yet] be used as Gym Defenders, Cresselia is pretty much already doomed to be a simple Dex filler.

To avoid making your eyes bleed from all the colored types, here is a summary of Cresselia’s effectiveness, weakness, and resistance.

  • Cresselia is super effective against Fightingand Poison types.
  • Cresselia is weak to Bug, Ghost, and Dark type moves.
  • Cresselia resists Fighting and Psychic.

Be aware though, despite all of this and especially its low Attack, its high Defense and Stamina stats will make Cresselia a very mean Tier 5 Raid Boss, potentially worse than Lugia.

Cresselia’s Expected Movepool

Though there is no way to know for sure what moves Cresselia will have, we can look at its main series movepool and we can compile a list of potential movesets for it:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Psycho Cut Psychic

  • Psychic Psychic
  • Future Sight Psychic
  • Psyshock Psychic


Weather Influence on Cresselia

The chart below will help you visualize what weather is beneficial or harmful for Cresselia.

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny No pros or cons
Partly Cloudy No pros or cons
Cloudy No pros or cons
Rainy Boosts super-effective Bug type moves
Fog Boosts super-effective Ghost and Dark type moves
Windy Boosts its potential Psychic type moves
Snow No pros or cons

Shiny Cresselia

Shiny Cresselia has yet to be released, so has Normal Cresselia by the way. Cresselia already looks amazing with its Normal sprite, but its Shiny sprite looks even better.

Normal Shiny
 Pokémon GO Cresselia  

Pokedex Entries and Random Facts

Cresselia’s pokedex entries undoubtedly confirms that not only does it look amazing, but it’s also a truly joyful Pokémon.

  • Its Pokédex entry in HeartGold and SoulSilver certainly makes us want to sleep with its feathers all over us: “Those who sleep holding Cresselia’s feather are assured of joyful dreams. It is said to represent the crescent moon.”;
  • Cresselia is known as Darkrai’s counterpart;
  • The origin of its name is rumored to be a combination of Crescent (like the crescent of the moonand Selene (Greek Goddess of the Moon).