Articuno Raid Counters Guide

Pokémon GO Articuno
Pokémon GO Articuno

Articuno raid boss is a Legendary Level 5 Raid Bosses in Pokemon GO. This page details best Articuno counters and strategies used to defeat it. A Shiny Articuno is available from raids and a minimum of 3-4 Trainers is required to defeat Articuno. Best Articuno counter is Smack Down Tyranitar.

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, which makes picking counters super easy: Smack Down Tyranitar is on top, followed by an army of strong Rock users, like Omastar and Golem.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Pokemon GO RampardosRampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 469.4s 23
2. Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Smack Down Rock Wrecker 512.5s 19
3. Pokemon GO TerrakionTerrakion Smack Down Rock Slide 545.3s 17
4. Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge 581.2s 18
5. Pokemon GO OmastarOmastar Rock Throw Rock Slide 647.0s 17
6. Pokemon GO GigalithGigalith Smack Down Rock Slide 622.5s 21
7. Pokemon GO AggronAggron Smack Down Stone Edge 721.7s 14
8. Pokemon GO Golem (Alola)Golem (Alola) Rock Throw Stone Edge 657.8s 23
9. Pokemon GO HeatranHeatran Fire Spin Stone Edge 770.3s 12
10. Pokemon GO Landorus (Therian)Landorus (Therian) Rock Throw Rock Slide 561.7s 36
11. Pokemon GO Darmanitan (Zen)Darmanitan (Zen) Fire Fang Rock Slide 740.8s 17
12. Pokemon GO Kyurem (White)Kyurem (White) Steel Wing Ancient Power 687.7s 23
13. Pokemon GO MetagrossMetagross Bullet Punch Meteor Mash 756.7s 16
14. Pokemon GO ReshiramReshiram Fire Fang Stone Edge 696.9s 23
15. Pokemon GO ExcadrillExcadrill Metal Claw Rock Slide 692.7s 23
16. Pokemon GO Darmanitan (Standard)Darmanitan (Standard) Fire Fang Rock Slide 685.2s 25
17. Pokemon GO RegirockRegirock Rock Throw Stone Edge 752.8s 18
18. Pokemon GO GolemGolem Rock Throw Stone Edge 664.8s 30
19. Pokemon GO CarracostaCarracosta Rock Throw Ancient Power 782.2s 20
20. Pokemon GO Darmanitan (Galarian Zen)Darmanitan (Galarian Zen) Ice Fang Overheat 775.0s 20


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.

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

Blizzard poses the biggest problem in time to win, however, the difference between it and the best moveset, Icy Wind, give or take is ten seconds. Those looking to break some records and go for low-man raids had best find a Frost Breath/Icy Wind moveset to tackle.

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.

When it comes to weather influences, lower tier counters perform better if they’re boosted:

  • Rainy weather makes Raikou a good choice and Zapdos is not a bad choice either.
  • Sunny weather makes Moltres and Entei perform better.
  • Snow weather lets you bring in Metagross.

All in all, a team of solid Rock attackers are a great option to counter Articuno in every weather, hands down.