Articuno Raid Counters Guide

Pokémon GO Articuno
Pokémon GO Articuno

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 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)

Articuno Counters

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. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock
2. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock
3. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock
4. Tyranitar Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock
5. Gigalith Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock
6. Omastar Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock
7. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire
8. Aerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock
9. Golem (Alola) Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock
10. Darmanitan Fire Fang Fire Rock Slide Rock
11. Landorus Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock
12. Excadrill Metal Claw Steel Rock Slide Rock
13. Golem Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock
14. Reshiram Fire Fang Fire Stone Edge Rock
15. Aggron Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock

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.