Articuno is a Legendary Level 5 Raid Bosses in Pokemon GO. This page details best Articuno counters and strategies used to defeat it. A minimum of 3-4 Trainers is required to defeat Articuno, with 5-7 being an ideal group for lower-level raiders.
Articuno is an Ice and type Pokemon, with 40165 Boss CP and it can be caught with following perfect CPs:
- 1665 – 1743 CP (raid catch with no weather boost, level 20)
- 2082 – 2179 CP (raid catch with Snow or Windy weather boost, level 25)
Articuno is double weak to Rock-type attacks, so this typing will dominate the majority of the counters list. However, some Fire counters do show up. The table below shows the top ten counters (updated as of the 2021 Kanto Tour):
|#||Pokemon||Fast Move||Charge Move|
|1.||Smack Down Rock||Rock Slide Rock|
|2.||Smack Down Rock||Rock Wrecker Rock|
|3.||Smack Down Rock||Rock Slide Rock|
|4.||Smack Down Rock||Stone Edge Rock|
|5.||Smack Down Rock||Rock Slide Rock|
|6.||Rock Throw Rock||Rock Slide Rock|
|7.||Fire Spin Fire||Blast Burn Fire|
|8.||Rock Throw Rock||Rock Slide Rock|
|9.||Rock Throw Rock||Stone Edge Rock|
|10.||Fire Fang Fire||Rock Slide Rock|
|11.||Rock Throw Rock||Rock Slide Rock|
|12.||Metal Claw Steel||Rock Slide Rock|
|13.||Rock Throw Rock||Stone Edge Rock|
|14.||Fire Fang Fire||Stone Edge Rock|
|15.||Smack Down Rock||Stone Edge Rock|
Articuno is easy to predict, as it mostly has Ice type moves available, and the time to win is relatively the same for each moveset. Most all of the Rock type counters on the list will resist Articuno’s movesets, with Fire type counters, Landorus, Aerodactyl, and Mega Charizard Y wanting to especially avoid Articuno’s Ancient Power.
|Fast move||Charge move|
Articuno Raid Counters in-depth
We already explained these counters above, but let’s recap once again. Articuno’s type chart reveals a glaring weakness to Rock (196% damage taken from it) and we use that to defeat it easily. Smack Down / Rock Slide Rampardos is the best counter under every weather, no exceptions. Should you not have a Rampardos yet though, Tyranitar still makes for an excellent counter due to accessibility.
All in all, a team of solid Rock attackers are a great option to counter Articuno in every weather, hands down, being boosted by Partly Cloudy weather.