Articuno Raid Counters Guide

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 Kanto Themed Raid Day Event):

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 433.27s 19.25
2. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Wrecker 474.75s 16.38
3. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Slide 504.49s 14.38
4. Tyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge 527.11s 13.25
5. Gigalith Smack Down Rock Slide 572.90s 16.63
6. Omastar Rock Throw Rock Slide 600.68s 14.25
7. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Blast Burn 581.80s 21.75
8. Aerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Slide 565.03s 31.13
9. Golem (Alola) Rock Throw Stone Edge 614.45s 18.63
10. Darmanitan (Standard) Fire Fang Rock Slide 618.90s 20.25
11. Darmanitan Fire Fang Rock Slide 618.95s 20.38
12. Landorus Rock Throw Rock Slide 575.18s 34.25
13. Excadrill Metal Claw Rock Slide 633.04s 19.00
14. Landorus (Incarnate) Rock Throw Rock Slide 579.83s 34.88
15. Golem Rock Throw Stone Edge 617.42s 25.25
16. Reshiram Fire Fang Stone Edge 647.09s 19.38
17. Aggron Smack Down Stone Edge 675.78s 11.63
18. Archeops Steel Wing Ancient Power 601.05s 36.25
19. Metagross Bullet Punch Meteor Mash 691.41s 12.13
20. Charizard (Mega X) Fire Spin Blast Burn 660.07s 21.50
21. Regirock Rock Throw Stone Edge 697.23s 14.13
22. Heatran Fire Spin Stone Edge 716.02s 9.88
23. Solrock Rock Throw Rock Slide 675.37s 22.63
24. Lunatone Rock Throw Rock Slide 674.39s 22.63
25. Houndoom (Mega) Fire Fang Flamethrower 700.22s 17.50
26. Crustle Smack Down Rock Slide 687.37s 23.38
27. Carracosta Rock Throw Ancient Power 728.26s 16.25
28. Chandelure Fire Spin Overheat 715.11s 21.13
29. Melmetal Thunder Shock Rock Slide 762.11s 11.63
30. Emboar Ember Rock Slide 734.27s 18.88
31. Zekrom Charge Beam Wild Charge 711.23s 26.25
32. Machamp Bullet Punch Rock Slide 737.01s 22.75
33. Blaziken Fire Spin Blast Burn 746.35s 20.63
34. Sudowoodo Rock Throw Rock Slide 727.74s 25.13
35. Electivire Thunder Shock Wild Charge 738.60s 25.25

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.