Cobalion Raid Counters Guide

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The best Cobalion counters are Lucario, Chandelure, Darmanitan and Conkeldurr. 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.

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 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

Cobalion counters

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Pokemon GO LucarioLucario Counter Aura Sphere 751.3s 30
2. Pokemon GO ExcadrillExcadrill Mud Slap Earthquake 816.9s 22
3. Pokemon GO GroudonGroudon Mud Shot Earthquake 817.7s 21
4. Pokemon GO GarchompGarchomp Mud Shot Earthquake 826.5s 21
5. Pokemon GO MachampMachamp Counter Dynamic Punch 817.5s 29
6. Pokemon GO ChandelureChandelure Fire Spin Overheat 749.6s 24
7. Pokemon GO BlazikenBlaziken Counter Blast Burn 761.2s 30
8. Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior Mud Slap Earthquake 875.6s 28
9. Pokemon GO HeatranHeatran Fire Spin Flamethrower 856.4s 19
10. Pokemon GO BreloomBreloom Counter Dynamic Punch 806.8s 40
11. Pokemon GO HariyamaHariyama Counter Dynamic Punch 874.5s 29
12. Pokemon GO FlareonFlareon Fire Spin Overheat 814.9s 29
13. Pokemon GO EnteiEntei Fire Spin Overheat 828.3s 23
14. Pokemon GO InfernapeInfernape Fire Spin Blast Burn 842.8s 32
15. Pokemon GO MagmortarMagmortar Fire Spin Fire Blast 877.5s 30
16. Pokemon GO TyphlosionTyphlosion Ember Blast Burn 878.6s 29
17. Pokemon GO GolurkGolurk Mud Slap Earth Power 931.3s 27
18. Pokemon GO DonphanDonphan Mud Slap Earthquake 965.4s 28
19. Pokemon GO ToxicroakToxicroak Counter Dynamic Punch 908.9s 40
20. Pokemon GO SwampertSwampert Mud Shot Earthquake 1020.9s 25
21. Pokemon GO ArcanineArcanine Fire Fang Flamethrower 907.7s 29
22. Pokemon GO SalamenceSalamence Fire Fang Fire Blast 912.7s 29
23. Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Focus Blast 942.0s 26
24. Pokemon GO GalladeGallade Low Kick Close Combat 990.8s 30
25. Pokemon GO EmboarEmboar Low Kick Focus Blast 926.2s 32
26. Pokemon GO HeracrossHeracross Counter Close Combat 940.0s 34
27. Pokemon GO HippowdonHippowdon Fire Fang Earth Power 1064.0s 27
28. Pokemon GO MamoswineMamoswine Mud Slap Bulldoze 942.6s 41
29. Pokemon GO FlygonFlygon Mud Shot Earth Power 1022.7s 34
30. Pokemon GO GolemGolem Mud Slap Earthquake 1008.5s 38

Counters analysis

Pokemon GO LucarioLucario

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.

Pokemon GO ChandelureChandelure

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.

Pokemon GO DarmanitanDarmanitan

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).

Pokemon GO BlazikenBlaziken

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.

Pokemon GO MoltresMoltres

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.

Pokemon GO MachampMachamp

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.

Pokemon GO GroudonGroudon

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.

The best Cobalion raid counters are Lucario, Chandelure, Darmanitan, Conkeldurr, Machamp, Blaziken and Moltres
Best Cobalion Raid Counters

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

The stats for Sacred Sword are yet to be revealed.  Watch this space for more!

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.

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:

Pokemon GO CobalionCobalionSteel 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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