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
Cobalion Counters

Best Cobalion Counters in Pokémon GO

List of counters for the Cobalion Raid Boss in Pokémon GO, including best Pokémon to defeat it, highest DPS attackers, and moves to use. Learn which Pokémon are the best choice to beat this raid boss.

# Pokémon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Blaziken (Mega) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 404.31s 14.00
2. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 422.73s 13.89
3. Charizard (Mega X) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 495.21s 15.78
4. Houndoom (Mega) Fire Fang Fire Flamethrower Fire 523.57s 19.56
5. Swampert (Mega) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 572.34s 11.22
6. Lopunny (Mega) Double Kick Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 538.69s 19.22
7. Alakazam (Mega) Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 582.88s 18.33
8. Terrakion Double Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 618.57s 22.33
9. Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Focus Blast Fighting 638.17s 18.11
10. Keldeo (Ordinary) Low Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 663.56s 15.89
11. Keldeo Low Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 664.35s 16.11
12. Reshiram Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 659.89s 17.33
13. Darmanitan Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 659.92s 24.22
14. Lucario Counter Fighting Aura Sphere Fighting 672.59s 20.29
15. Darmanitan (Standard) Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 666.29s 24.22
16. Chandelure Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire 694.76s 19.56
17. Latios (Mega) Zen Headbutt Psychic Psychic Psychic 725.05s 15.67
18. Banette (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 709.95s 21.57
19. Pheromosa Low Kick Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 657.28s 28.67
20. Conkeldurr Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 708.40s 20.67
21. Blaziken Counter Fighting Blast Burn Fire 697.81s 24.00
22. Moltres Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire 736.05s 17.86
23. Excadrill Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 744.27s 17.00
24. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 739.69s 18.71
25. Entei Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 754.61s 16.33
26. Heatran Fire Spin Fire Flamethrower Fire 780.63s 11.00
27. Garchomp Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground 767.98s 14.25
28. Breloom Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 730.63s 24.00
29. Groudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 772.55s 13.50
30. Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Overheat Fire 740.96s 19.25
31. Mamoswine Mud-Slap Ground High Horsepower Ground 734.27s 24.00
32. Machamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 755.91s 17.50
33. Emboar Low Kick Fighting Blast Burn Fire 748.02s 20.00
34. Rhyperior Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 779.96s 14.00
35. Charizard Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 763.22s 17.33

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
  • Double Kick Fighting
  • Sacred Sword Fighting
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • Iron Head Steel
  • Stone Edge Rock

Double Kick has been recently added to Cobalion to bolster its fast moves. However, Cobalion does not have a high enough ATK stat to back up the moves anyway. Sacred Sword is the heaviest hitting and pairs well with Double Kick to make it a mediocre Fighting type.

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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