Azelf is a member of the Lake Trio along with Uxie and Mesprit, a legendary trio introduced in Generation 4 and has a Raid Boss CP of 44972. Azelf is a Psychic type, meaning it is weak to Dark, Bug, and Ghost types, while resisting Fighting and Psychic types. It is boosted by Windy weather, and leads to its capture CPs being in the following ranges:

  • 1752-1834 CP for a regular Level 20 encounter
  • 2190-2293 CP for a Windy weather boosted encounter (Level 25)

Azelf has a stat composition of 270 Attack, 151 Defense, and 181 Stamina leading to a Max CP of 3210. What this means is that in comparison to the middle of the road Mespirit and the defense-oriented Uxie, Azelf will be the easiest of the three to challenge and require the least amount of players. It can be duoed fairly easily, but otherwise, we would suggest you take on Azelf in groups of 3-6, for high-level players, or 7-20, for lower level players.


Azelf Raid Counters

Azelf Raid Counters
Pokemon GO AzelfAzelf
WEAKNESS Bug Dark Ghost BOOSTED BY Windy
Supreme Azelf Raid Counters
Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin)Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
A fact of life, if something is weak to Ghost-types, then legacy Shadow Ball Mewtwo will be the default counter to go to. It is the supreme Ghost-type attacker.
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Shadow Ball * Ghost
Another fact of life, if something is weak to Ghost-types, then legacy Shadow Ball Mewtwo will be another fantastic counter to go to. It can dole out just as much damage as a Gengar, with less faints overall. It is an excellent Ghost attacker, despite not even being one.
Pokemon GO GengarGengar
  • * Shadow Claw Ghost
  • * Lick Ghost
  • Hex Ghost
Shadow Ball Ghost
Gengar’s best moves may all be legacy, but even with Hex this Pokémon packs a punch and deals the most damage of any counter out there. *inserts obligatory mention of how it faints a lot*
Excellent Azelf Raid Counters
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Tyranitar may have its competition now in Weavile, but you cannot knock this pseudo-Legendary, it can make do with relatively bad moves and dole out incredible amounts of damage, while consistently being the counter on this list that faints the least.
Pokemon GO WeavileWeavile Feint Attack Dark Foul Play Dark
Weavile is here, and it is worth using, basically being the Dark type equivalent of Gengar. It has a nice movepool and high attack which makes it a great lead pick. Just be careful for when it has Fire Blast.
Pokemon GO HonchkrowHonchkrow Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Pokemon GO AbsolAbsol Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Pokemon GO HoundoomHoundoom Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
Good Azelf Raid Counters
Time to win rises considerably from here, and these Pokémon are best kept to B-teams or used when a large group is active.
Pokemon GO PinsirPinsir Bug Bite Bug X-Scissor Bug
Pokemon GO YanmegaYanmega Bug Bite Bug Bug Buzz Bug
Pokemon GO ScizorScizor Fury Cutter Bug X-Scissor Bug
Pokemon GO SharpedoSharpedo Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
Pokemon GO MismagiusMismagius Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Pokemon GO Deoxys (Attack)Deoxys (Attack) Poison Jab Poison Dark Pulse Dark
Pokemon GO ShiftryShiftry Feint Attack Dark Foul Play Dark
Pokemon GO CacturneCacturne Sucker Punch Dark Dark Pulse Dark

*Italics indicates Legacy.

Azelf Moveset

An important consideration in the counter picks is what moveset this psychic Lake Guardian has at its disposal. Azelf has access to:

Fast Move Charge Moved
  • Extrasensory Psychic
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Fire Blast Fire
  • Future Sight Psychic
  • Swift Normal

This lends to those counters changing rapidly, such as Gengar dropping in usage on the dual Psychic movesets, Weavile suffering when Fire Blast is in effect,  and Houndoom rising considerably when Fire Blast is in play. Due to the sheer power of the moves, Confusion or Extrasensory mixed with Fire Blast will be the hardest moveset you come across.

Weather Effects

Windy weather will allow for a boosted raid, although it will make it a bit harder to tackle. Otherwise, your best options will be to take Azelf in the Rainy and Fog where all the chips will be stacked in favor of your team.

Weather Pro Con
Sunny Boosts Azelf’s Fire Blast Fire move
Windy Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost. Boosts Azelf’s Extrasensory, Confusion, and Future Sight Psychic moves
Partly Cloudy Boosts Azelf’s Swift Normal move
Cloudy
Snow
Rainy Boosts Bug types
Fog Boosts Dark and Ghost types