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 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. Giratina Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 875.5s 25
2. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 950.4s 22
3. Tyranitar Bite Crunch 990.1s 20
4. Weavile Feint Attack Foul Play 957.1s 23
5. Houndoom Snarl Foul Play 1039.1s 26
6. Scizor Fury Cutter X Scissor 1076.8s 24
7. Gengar Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 839.2s 43
8. Pinsir Bug Bite X Scissor 1005.4s 37
9. Raikou Thunder Shock Shadow Ball 1116.8s 30
10. Honchkrow Snarl Dark Pulse 990.2s 37
11. Banette Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 970.1s 44
12. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1193.5s 25
13. Mismagius Sucker Punch Shadow Ball 1058.9s 37
14. Yanmega Bug Bite Bug Buzz 1031.6s 39
15. Muk Bite Dark Pulse 1181.7s 28
16. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1298.1s 18
17. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1211.9s 26
18. Metagross Bullet Punch Meteor Mash 1314.6s 18
19. Alakazam Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 1124.6s 36
20. Heatran Bug Bite Fire Blast 1348.3s 18
21. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1301.4s 21
22. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1299.0s 22
23. Sharpedo Bite Crunch 1022.8s 43
24. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1303.2s 23
25. Gardevoir Charge Beam Shadow Ball 1216.5s 31
26. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1300.6s 25
27. Arceus Shadow Claw Hyper Beam 1299.7s 25
28. Gyarados Bite Crunch 1220.3s 32
29. Drifblim Hex Shadow Ball 1133.2s 39
30. Absol Snarl Dark Pulse 1040.6s 42