Cranidos Raid Counters Guide


Cranidos is a Rock type Pokémon so takes super effective damage from Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel and Water types, giving you some really great options to help you get the better of it!

Cranidos is a tier 3 raid so depending on your levels and counters high level trainers should be able to solo quite easily, lower level trainers should stick to a group of 2+.

See below for advised optimal counters that will help you get your hands on the Sinnoh Head Butt Pokémon!

Full credit to DeviantArt and All0412 for the beautiful artwork of Cranidos!

Cranidos Counters

Shadow Pokémon have been excluded from the counters list due to the huge stardust cost, if you have a shadow version of one of the top counters though, use it!

Hitmontop Counters
Top Raid Counters
Metagross Bullet Punch Steel Meteor Mash (legacy) Steel
Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon (legacy) Water
Great support Pokémon
Gyarados (Mega) Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Venusaur (Mega) Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant (legacy) Grass
Conkeldurr Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Lucario Bullet Punch Fighting Aura Sphere Fighting
Excadrill Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Kyogre Waterfall Water Surf Water
Machamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Groudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Lopunny (Mega) Low Kick Fighting Focus Blast Fighting
Cobalion Metal Claw Steel Sacred Sword (legacy) Fighting
Landorus Mud Shot Ground Earth Power Ground

If you don’t have the legacy move mentioned in this list then another move of the same type from the same Pokémon would also be fine, perhaps with the exception of Metagross, without Meteor Mash it falls down the list.


Cranidos Rock
Max CP at lvl 40 1820
ATK 218 DEF 71 HP 167
Weak to Strong Against
Fighting Grass Ground Steel Water Fire Flying Normal Poison


Caught at level 20 in CP range – 847-1040

Caught at level 25 in CP range – 1059-1300

Cranidos Moveset Analysis

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic
  • Take Down Normal
  • Bulldoze Ground
  • Rock Tomb Rock
  • Ancient Power Rock


Without access to a Rock fast move Cranidos cannot benefit from STAB, the best moveset you can hope for is Zen Headbutt and Ancient Power.


Although Cranidos at face value seems unappealing with its embarrassingly low defence, once evolved it does give you access to DPS powerhouse Rampardos (check it out here which has has appeared in many a raid guide suggested counters list. With a wide variety of weaknesses coupled with low defence this would be a nice boss to try your hand at your first tier 3 raid solo if you have been thinking of trying it out.

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