Cottonee Raid Guide

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Cottonee GrassFairy

Cottonee is a Tier 1 raid boss in Pokémon GO, and it can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 362 – 400 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 453 – 500 CP at Level 25 with Sunny or Cloudy weather boost

Cottonee is a generation 5 Pokémon and has been around for awhile at this point, and the upcoming Lush Jungle Event will be releasing its shiny form for the first time! If you are in need of Cottonee candy (regular or XL) this is a chance to get some and if you are extremely lucky, you may even find a shiny! The likelihood of you still needing this Pokémon is extremely low, unless you are a new player and haven’t come across many spawns, but everyone will be looking for a shiny this upcoming event. It will have a spotlight special spawn event during the Lush Jungle Event, which is something to keep in mind if you are planning to hunt for the shiny form and don’t want to waste too many raid passes. They also spawn pretty frequently for mossy lures, but that requires some luck. Whimsicott, Cottonee’s final evolution, and even Cottonee itself are also useful in PvP in the Great League and Little Cup, respectively.

It is a GrassFairy type Pokémon, which makes it weak to Fire, Ice, Flying, Steel and Poison type moves. And again it can be shiny!

Cottonee Raid Counters

Cottonee best raid counters are listed below, according to our Pokémon GO DB battle simulator:

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Beedrill (Mega) Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 36.87s 0.00
2. Gengar (Mega) Lick Ghost Sludge Bomb Poison 37.39s 0.00
3. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 50.33s 0.00
4. Roserade Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 56.40s 0.00
5. Pidgeot (Mega) Gust Flying Brave Bird Flying 57.54s 0.00
6. Charizard (Mega X) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn Fire 58.20s 0.00
7. Houndoom (Mega) Fire Fang Fire Fire Blast Fire 58.35s 0.00
8. Venusaur (Mega) Vine Whip Grass Sludge Bomb Poison 62.45s 0.00
9. Gengar Hex Ghost Sludge Bomb Poison 63.58s 0.50
10. Toxicroak Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 64.35s 0.33
11. Victreebel Acid Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 66.16s 0.00
12. Scolipede Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 67.44s 0.00
13. Vileplume Acid Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 68.92s 0.00
14. Muk (Alola) Poison Jab Poison Gunk Shot Poison 70.80s 0.00
15. Muk Poison Jab Poison Gunk Shot Poison 70.84s 0.00
16. Skuntank Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 70.94s 0.17
17. Slowbro (Galarian) Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 72.36s 0.00
18. Reshiram Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 73.23s 0.00
19. Roselia Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 71.82s 0.33
20. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Ice Weather Ball Ice 73.86s 0.00
21. Dragalge Acid Poison Gunk Shot Poison 75.58s 0.00
22. Genesect (Douse) Fury Cutter Bug Gunk Shot Poison 76.10s 0.00
23. Darkrai Snarl Dark Sludge Bomb Poison 71.22s 1.00
24. Slowking (Galarian) Acid Poison Sludge Wave Poison 77.91s 0.00
25. Haunter Lick Ghost Sludge Bomb Poison 55.97s 0.00
26. Beedrill Poison Jab Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 77.42s 0.33
27. Nidoking Poison Jab Poison Sludge Wave Poison 73.95s 1.00
28. Metagross Bullet Punch Steel Meteor Mash Steel 79.39s 0.00
29. Chandelure Incinerate Fire Overheat Fire 77.63s 0.67
30. Drapion Poison Sting Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 80.41s 0.17
31. Weepinbell Acid Poison Sludge Bomb Poison 77.79s 0.83
32. Darmanitan Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire 78.60s 0.67
33. Moltres Fire Spin Fire Sky Attack Flying 82.5s 0.00
34. Steelix (Mega) Iron Tail Steel Heavy Slam Steel 82.21s 0.33
35. Rayquaza Air Slash Flying Hurricane Flying 84.93s 0.00


Disclaimer: Since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to remove Frustration with a Charge TM, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this guide. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.

Cottonee is fairly easy to take down and shouldn’t take you more than one of the above Pokémon if fully powered up to be successful. Cottonee is double weak to poison, so even not fully powered up poison types should be very effective. If it has “Sludge Bomb”, then go ahead and use it. When in doubt, bring all your Poison type Pokémon.

Stats and Max CP

Cottonee GrassFairy
Max CP at Level 40 700 | Max CP at Level 50 791
ATK 71 DEF 111 STA 120
Weak to Strong Against
Fire Flying Ice Poison Steel Water Fighting Dragon Ground Rock Dark


Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Charm Fairy
  • Razor Leaf Grass
  • Energy Ball Grass
  • Seed Bomb Grass
  • Grass Knot Grass

Weather Influence

Weather will likely only help you out against Cottonee. Since its strongest counters are mostly Poison and Fire types, Cloudy and Sunny weather will benefit you more than it does Cottonee. Its move pool does not offer good coverage and its Grass type moves are not very effective against the counters listed above, so even in Sunny weather, the empowered grass type attacks shouldn’t cause you too much pain.

Final Notes

  • Use your best Poison types when in doubt, especially in Cloudy weather
  • It is possible to encounter a shiny Cottonee after the raid.
  • This raid boss can be taken down solo
  • If low on Poison types, use your best Flying and Fire types

Whimsicott (Cottonee’s evolution) is actually a very strong razor blader and charmer in great league. If you have a good shadow one to use, I definitely suggest raiding for candy to power it up. Whimsicott maxes out at 2277 cp, so it is not likely to be used in Ultra league. There is a chance it could have a niche use, but it might not be worth the stardust to power up.

In summary, if you need more candy to power up some good PvP Pokémon, then I would suggest to raid a few while you can. However, if you already have your Little Cup Cottonee and your Whimsicott squared away, then you can use your free daily raid pass to hunt for that shiny Cottonee chance. The shiny form is pretty cool, using its complimentary colors!

We hope you found this raid guide useful, happy hunting!

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