Cresselia is a Tier 5 Legendary Raid Boss in Pokemon GO (33794 Combat Power). Best Cresselia counters are strong Ghost and Dark-type users like Gengar, Mewtwo, Tyranitar, but also strong Bug-types like Scizor and Pinsir. Cresselia is weak to Bug, Dark and Ghost moves. Cresselia can have the following CP values when caught in the post-raid capture encounter:

  • 1555 – 1633 CP in normal weather conditions
  • 1944 – 2041 CP  in Windy weather

Cresselia could theoretically be duoed by extremely lucky, level 40 teams of SC Gengars with Fog weather and best friend boosts. Realistically 3-5 high-level players can tackle a Cresselia with proper counters, and 6-20 lower level players can handle one.

Cresselia counters

The following Pokemon are considered to be best Cresselia raid counters in Pokemon GO.

Cresselia raid counters
Pokemon GO CresseliaCresselia
Supreme Cresselia raid counters
Pokemon GO ChandelureChandelure Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Chandelure deals a ton of damage and, similar to Origin Giratina, doesn’t die as often as Gengar. It’s a great Cresselia counter, arguably better than Giratina in most scenarios.
Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin)Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Origin Form Giratina is the best of the best when it comes to fighting Cresselia. Sporting significantly less TTW than other Supreme Counters, and having the bulk to be able to not die every 10 seconds like Gengar, make it the weapon of choice.
Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Confusion Psychic Shadow Ball Ghost
Our all-time favorite is back with a vengeance, as Mewtwo reigns supreme in Cresselia match ups. Faster than a Tyranitar, but a lot more potion conservative than a Gengar, Mewtwo is simply the perfect mix of DPS and TDO in Cresselia raids.
Pokemon GO GengarGengar Shadow Claw/Lick Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Gengar is the fastest and highest DPS Cresselia counter, but it is incredibly fragile and will faint more than twice the number of times either Mewtwo or Tyranitar faint. On the other hand, with almost 120 seconds less in Time To Win, Gengar will be a favorite option for players who want to do the raid as quickly as possible.
Excellent Cresselia raid counters
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Tyranitar is a beast versus every Psychic Pokemon, Cresselia included. Your sturdy companion will bite through Cresselia with ease, saving potions and performing equally well as an SB Mewtwo. What a champ!
Pokemon GO WeavileWeavile Feint Attack Dark Foul Play Dark
Weavile is another glass cannon option versus Cresselia, and although strictly worse than Tyranitar, it performs well against most move sets.
Pokemon GO HoundoomHoundoom Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
Your demon dog raises once more to defeat a pesky Psychic-type, a mere mortal that stands before him. Houndoom is a solid option, worse than a Tyranitar, but more reliable than a Weavile.
Pokemon GO PinsirPinsir Fury Cutter Bug X Scissor Bug
It’s a worse Scizor, which means it’s good, but not that good.
Pokemon GO ScizorScizor Fury Cutter Bug X Scissor Bug
Scizor can hold it’s own versus Cresselia, regardless of the move set you face.
Good Cresselia raid counters
Pokemon GO HonchkrowHonchkrow Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Pokemon GO AbsolAbsol Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Pokemon GO SharpedoSharpedo Bite Dark Crunch Dark

Cresselia moves analysis

Fast Charge
  • Psycho Cut Psychic
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Futuresight Psychic
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Aurora Beam Ice
  • Futuresight is a scary move, but not against Dark-types. Tyranitar performs marvelously against Cresselia’s Futuresight, shedding off its attacks with ease. A respectable move, that completely destroys Gengar.
  • Moonblast is a strong Fairy-type move that deals increased damage to Tyranitar, but nothing groundbreaking, but still hard hitting
  • Aurora Beam can be confusing, but fear not, as it doesn’t deal increased damage to Mewtwo, Tyranitar, Gengar, Scizor nor Weavile. One of, if not the, easiest move set to fight against.

Weather Effects

Cresselia is boosted by Windy weather, while being more vulnerable in Fog and Rainy weather.

Weather Pro Con
Windy Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost. Boosts Cresselia’s Fast moves and Futuresight
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy Boosts Cresselia’s Moonblast
Snow Boosts Cresselia’s Aurora Beam
Rainy Boosts Bug counters
Fog Boosts Dark and Ghost counters

Simulator data

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Pokemon GO ChandelureChandelure Hex Shadow Ball 852.7s 25
2. Pokemon GO Giratina (Origin)Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 893.7s 24
3. Pokemon GO VolcaronaVolcarona Bug Bite Bug Buzz 971.4s 23
4. Pokemon GO GengarGengar Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 853.5s 42
5. Pokemon GO MewtwoMewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 964.2s 21
6. Pokemon GO Genesect (Shock)Genesect (Shock) Fury Cutter X Scissor 1027.5s 21
7. Pokemon GO Genesect (Burn)Genesect (Burn) Fury Cutter X Scissor 1029.7s 21
8. Pokemon GO Genesect (Chill)Genesect (Chill) Fury Cutter X Scissor 1029.5s 20
9. Pokemon GO GenesectGenesect Fury Cutter X Scissor 1030.0s 21
10. Pokemon GO Genesect (Douse)Genesect (Douse) Fury Cutter X Scissor 1029.3s 21
11. Pokemon GO DarkraiDarkrai Snarl Shadow Ball 863.6s 20
12. Pokemon GO WeavileWeavile Snarl Foul Play 928.8s 22
13. Pokemon GO EscavalierEscavalier Bug Bite Megahorn 1082.4s 23
14. Pokemon GO ScizorScizor Fury Cutter X Scissor 1090.8s 23
15. Pokemon GO HydreigonHydreigon Bite Dark Pulse 946.9s 26
16. Pokemon GO RaikouRaikou Thunder Shock Shadow Ball 1132.5s 29
17. Pokemon GO HonchkrowHonchkrow Snarl Dark Pulse 1003.1s 35
18. Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar Bite Crunch 1011.0s 19
19. Pokemon GO BanetteBanette Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 1009.1s 43
20. Pokemon GO PinsirPinsir Bug Bite X Scissor 1027.1s 34
21. Pokemon GO Kyurem (Black)Kyurem (Black) Shadow Claw Blizzard 1031.5s 27
22. Pokemon GO ReshiramReshiram Fire Fang Crunch 1165.0s 28
23. Pokemon GO HoundoomHoundoom Snarl Foul Play 1017.1s 24
24. Pokemon GO Muk (Alola)Muk (Alola) Bite Dark Pulse 1196.6s 25
25. Pokemon GO MetagrossMetagross Bullet Punch Meteor Mash 1326.2s 17
26. Pokemon GO DurantDurant Bug Bite X Scissor 1195.1s 27
27. Pokemon GO HeatranHeatran Bug Bite Fire Blast 1355.6s 17
28. Pokemon GO RegigigasRegigigas Hidden Power Giga Impact 1198.1s 27
29. Pokemon GO ScolipedeScolipede Bug Bite Megahorn 1192.8s 49
30. Pokemon GO BisharpBisharp Snarl Dark Pulse 1064.3s 19