Cobalion Raid Counters Guide

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Cobalion

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.

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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. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Blast Burn 590.2s 18
2. Charizard (Mega X) Fire Spin Blast Burn 698.7s 22
3. Reshiram Fire Fang Overheat 719.7s 21
4. Houndoom (Mega) Fire Fang Fire Blast 719.6s 23
5. Darmanitan (Zen) Fire Fang Overheat 790.5s 18
6. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Earth Power 767.2s 24
7. Chandelure Fire Spin Overheat 753.3s 24
8. Darmanitan (Standard) Fire Fang Overheat 718.2s 29
9. Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake 818.6s 21
10. Garchomp Mud Shot Earthquake 823.2s 21
11. Conkeldurr Counter Dynamic Punch 776.9s 27
12. Volcarona Fire Spin Overheat 761.9s 25
13. Excadrill Mud Slap Earthquake 817.9s 22
14. Heatran Fire Spin Flamethrower 854.2s 19
15. Entei Fire Spin Overheat 825.6s 23
16. Blaziken Counter Blast Burn 759.4s 30
17. Landorus Mud Shot Earth Power 822.6s 25
18. Gengar (Mega) Lick Focus Blast 797.6s 27
19. Moltres Fire Spin Overheat 808.8s 26
20. Flareon Fire Spin Overheat 808.6s 29
21. Lucario Counter Aura Sphere 752.1s 30
22. Keldeo (Ordinary) Low Kick Close Combat 867.3s 23
23. Keldeo (Resolute) Low Kick Close Combat 869.7s 23
24. Victini Quick Attack V Create 903.3s 20
25. Machamp Counter Dynamic Punch 817.0s 29
26. Meloetta (Pirouette) Low Kick Close Combat 852.4s 27
27. Rhyperior Mud Slap Earthquake 874.3s 28
28. Hariyama Counter Dynamic Punch 875.6s 30
29. Infernape Fire Spin Blast Burn 840.2s 32
30. Typhlosion Ember Blast Burn 882.8s 30

Counters analysis

Lucario

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

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

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).

Blaziken

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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Cobalion Raid Counters Guide
Cobalion Raid Counters Guide

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:

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

 

Conclusion

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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