Pokémon GO Articuno
Pokémon GO Articuno

Articuno is a Legendary Level 5 Raid Bosses in Pokemon GO. Best Articuno counters are strong Rock and Fire attackers. Articuno is an Ice and Flying 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)

A minimum of 3-4 Trainers is required to defeat Articuno, with 5-7 being an ideal group for lower-level raiders. Shiny Articuno is available in Pokémon GO.

Articuno Counters

Articuno is double weak to Rock-type attacks, so this type will dominate the majority of the counters list. However, some Fire counters do show up. The table below shows the best Articuno counters (last updated for Pokémon GO Fest 2021):


# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 435.95s 19.50
2. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Wrecker 477.42s 16.75
3. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Slide 502.45s 14.50
4. Tyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge 525.67s 13.00
5. Gigalith Smack Down Rock Slide 574.68s 17.13
6. Omastar Rock Throw Rock Slide 602.17s 14.38
7. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Blast Burn 583.37s 21.50
8. Aerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Slide 564.16s 31.38
9. Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Power Gem 596.76s 22.63
10. Golem (Alola) Rock Throw Stone Edge 616.89s 19.00
11. Darmanitan Fire Fang Rock Slide 617.55s 20.38
12. Darmanitan (Standard) Fire Fang Rock Slide 623.14s 20.25
13. Excadrill Metal Claw Rock Slide 630.68s 18.88
14. Landorus (Incarnate) Rock Throw Rock Slide 575.92s 33.88
15. Landorus Rock Throw Rock Slide 577.68s 34.63
16. Golem Rock Throw Stone Edge 619.01s 25.13
17. Aggron Smack Down Stone Edge 675.63s 11.50
18. Reshiram Fire Fang Stone Edge 646.81s 19.38
19. Metagross Bullet Punch Meteor Mash 691.84s 12.00
20. Archeops Steel Wing Ancient Power 602.58s 36.38
21. Charizard (Mega X) Fire Spin Blast Burn 661.91s 21.63
22. Regirock Rock Throw Stone Edge 696.15s 14.25
23. Heatran Fire Spin Stone Edge 715.41s 9.75
24. Lunatone Rock Throw Rock Slide 674.46s 22.38
25. Solrock Rock Throw Rock Slide 672.59s 22.63
26. Houndoom (Mega) Fire Fang Flamethrower 700.84s 17.63
27. Crustle Smack Down Rock Slide 687.54s 23.63
28. Manectric (Mega) Charge Beam Wild Charge 690.31s 23.38
29. Chandelure Fire Spin Overheat 711.93s 20.63
30. Carracosta Rock Throw Ancient Power 726.86s 16.50
31. Emboar Ember Rock Slide 733.13s 18.25
32. Melmetal Thunder Shock Rock Slide 760.73s 11.50
33. Zekrom Charge Beam Wild Charge 709.78s 26.00
34. Sudowoodo Rock Throw Rock Slide 725.03s 24.63
35. Machamp Bullet Punch Rock Slide 737.52s 22.63

Articuno Movesets

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
  • Ice Shard Ice
  • Frost Breath Ice
  • Blizzard Ice
  • Ice Beam Ice
  • Icy Wind Ice
  • Ancient Power Rock

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.