Cobalion Raid Guide

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Cobalion is a Tier 5 raid boss in Pokémon GO. The best Cobalion counters are Reshiram, Mega Charizard, Chandelure, Darmanitan, Lucario and Conkeldurr.

Cobalion is obtainable with the following Combat Power values:

  • 1649 – 1727 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 2061- 2159 CP at Level 25 with Snow or Cloudy weather boost

Through this guide, you will find an in-depth analysis of the best counters for Cobalion, the most ideal means to defeat it, and various relevant details of this Iron Will Pokémon.

Cobalion can be easily beaten by a raid group consisting of 4 trainers with level 30+ counters. Under ideal weather conditions, it can also be beaten by 3 trainers, or in some extreme cases, it may possibly be duod by maxed out counters. A raid group of 3-5 high-level trainers or 5-7 lower level players is recommended to defeat this legendary raid boss.

Cobalion counters

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Blast Burn 539.73s 15.83
2. Reshiram Fire Fang Overheat 659.78s 17.00
3. Charizard (Mega X) Fire Spin Blast Burn 644.55s 18.67
4. Darmanitan (Standard) Fire Fang Overheat 659.08s 24.17
5. Darmanitan Fire Fang Overheat 662.40s 23.67
6. Houndoom (Mega) Fire Fang Flamethrower 670.68s 21.83
7. Lucario Counter Aura Sphere 679.08s 24.33
8. Chandelure Fire Spin Overheat 696.09s 20.17
9. Conkeldurr Counter Dynamic Punch 712.94s 20.67
10. Lopunny (Mega) Low Kick Focus Blast 703.20s 23.17
11. Blaziken Counter Blast Burn 699.61s 24.67
12. Moltres Fire Spin Overheat 723.66s 21.00
13. Excadrill Mud-Slap Earthquake 744.23s 18.83
14. Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw Focus Blast 733.46s 21.17
15. Entei Fire Fang Overheat 757.11s 19.17
16. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Earthquake 748.72s 20.17
17. Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake 775.13s 17.17
18. Garchomp Mud Shot Earthquake 785.45s 17.00
19. Machamp Counter Dynamic Punch 752.38s 24.17
20. Heatran Fire Spin Flamethrower 792.74s 17.67
21. Landorus Mud Shot Earth Power 773.80s 20.33
22. Landorus (Incarnate) Mud Shot Earth Power 772.18s 20.50
23. Victini Quick Attack V-create 812.04s 15.67
24. Flareon Fire Spin Overheat 762.79s 25.50
25. Breloom Counter Dynamic Punch 734.56s 31.33
26. Rhyperior Mud-Slap Earthquake 787.07s 22.67
27. Pyroar (Female) Fire Fang Overheat 775.28s 26.33
28. Infernape Fire Spin Blast Burn 775.90s 26.50
29. Pyroar Fire Fang Overheat 774.35s 26.33
30. Charizard Fire Spin Blast Burn 770.84s 27.50
31. Typhlosion Incinerate Blast Burn 787.99s 25.00
32. Hariyama Counter Dynamic Punch 803.50s 24.33
33. Magmortar Fire Spin Fire Blast 811.94s 25.17
34. Sirfetch'd Counter Close Combat 797.88s 29.00
35. Arcanine Fire Fang Flamethrower 830.88s 24.00

Cobalion has a really wide set of counters, including some great budget options and Community Day Pokémon that many will find themselves flush with. There are a few different options for Mega Pokémon that will boost the other Pokémon, so if you do plan to take a Mega into battle, let your raid group know so they can pick their counters accordingly.

Counters analysis


Boasting of the best charged move in the game with Aura Sphere, Lucario has rightfully claimed the heights it was always destined to. While Lucario takes super-effective damage from Cobalion’s Fighting type charged moves, the combination of Counter + Aura Sphere dishes out massive damage.


Chandelure performs exceptionally well against Cobalion, as it takes 2x reduced damage from Fighting and 1x reduced damage from Steel moves. The combination of superior typing, great stats and moves makes Chandelure the best option versus Cobalion.


Darmanitan’s high ATK stat is mighty impressive and it is of no wonder that this fire-breathing monster is one of the best counters to Cobalion. While its DEF stats is low, its amazing HP stat ensures that Darmanitan does hang around for a decent amount of time. It hits hard and resists everything that Cobalion hits it with (except Stone Edge, which it is weak to).


With its Community Day exclusive move Blast Burn, Blaziken became a top-notch Fire type attacker and a pretty solid Fighting type. Boasting of STAB in powerful moves like Counter and Blast Burn, and high DPS, this Hoenn starter blazes through Cobalion with ruthless efficiency with the least time to win.


Moltres has always been the most impressive one from the legendary bird trio. It extends its dominance as a supreme counter to Cobalion. With marginally lesser DPS than Blaziken but higher TDO, Moltres soars up with its powerful moveset against Cobalion.


Machamp continues to impress with its infamous Counter/Dynamic Punch set. Trainers have been using this moveset since Gen 1 to defeat scores of Pokémon. They may very well include Cobalion in the long list of things that Machamp can knock out.


Groudon does not take super-effective damage from any of Cobalion’s moves. Also, it is the tankiest among all of the counters here. Add the fact that it has excellent DPS. You do not need any more reasons to use Groudon.

Note about Cobalion counters

There is a rather interesting point to be noted about Cobalion’s counters. All the counter types are boosted in common weather conditions. The presence of Cloudy weather boosts the Fighting type attacks (Counter/Dynamic Punch becomes even deadlier in this situation). The Sunny weather boosts both Fire and Ground types. Therefore, there are high chances of the weather being in your favor. This should make the raid easier.

In addition, the counters presented here are some of the most common types in the game. So it should never be a challenge to gather a strong raiding team for most players.

Cobalion Moveset Analysis

Cobalion can have the following moves in Pokémon Go:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic
  • Metal Claw Steel
  • Sacred Sword Fighting
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • Iron Head Steel
  • Stone Edge Rock


Quite honestly, none of Cobalion’s move sets are impressive or particularly dangerous. Plus, Cobalion does not have a high enough ATK stat to back up the moves anyway. Sacred Sword is the heaviest hitting, but without a Fighting type fast move to back it up, Cobalion is on the lacklustre side.

Stone Edge delivers super-effective damage to your Fire type counters. However, it is a one-bar charge move and isn’t too difficult to dodge. Bear this in mind when you are using your Fire types.

Zen Headbutt has never been an excellent raid move, but it can still give some trouble to your Fighting types.

The combination of Metal Claw and Iron Head is Cobalion’s best moveset. It also deals neutral damage to most of the counters and it benefits from STAB. We advise exercising a little bit of caution with this particular set, as it can hurt.

Close Combat is a decent move, but as mentioned above, Cobalion lacks the fire power to deal serious damage with it.

About Cobalion

A group of legendary Pokémon known as the Swords of Justice had to be led by the steel type among them! Cobalion is a T5 Raid boss in Pokémon GO and is considered as the leader of the Swords of Justice. Cobalion is a Steel Fighting type that comes with the following stats:

Cobalion Steel Fighting
ATK 192 DEF 229 HP 209
Weak to Strong Against
Fire Ground Fighting Fairy Ice Rock Normal Dark Steel
Boosted by Snow or Cloudy


Cobalion is not going to pose much of a challenge. With relatively low ATK stat, average moveset, common counter types and weather conditions, its bulk is the only thing that seems to be going for it. Just keep an eye out for the time on the clock, and you will do just fine with this legendary raid boss.

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