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 Hydreigon, Chandelure, Darkrai, 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 can theoretically be duoed by 2 level 40 trainers running teams of Mega Beedril / and 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.
Best Cresselia Counters
The following Pokemon are considered to be best Cresselia raid counters in Pokemon GO.
|#||Pokemon||Fast Move||Charge Move||Time to win||Deaths|
|1.||Hydreigon||Bite Dark||Brutal Swing Dark||777.35s||18.67|
|2.||Chandelure||Hex Ghost||Shadow Ball Ghost||774.21s||21.00|
|3.||Darkrai||Snarl Dark||Dark Pulse Dark||806.94s||18.33|
|4.||Pheromosa||Bug Bite Bug||Bug Buzz Bug||714.81s||46.00|
|5.||Gengar||Shadow Claw Ghost||Shadow Ball Ghost||779.05s||32.40|
|6.||Hoopa (Confined)||Astonish Ghost||Shadow Ball Ghost||831.66s||19.33|
|7.||Hoopa (Unbound)||Astonish Ghost||Shadow Ball Ghost||848.02s||17.83|
|8.||Giratina (Origin)||Shadow Claw Ghost||Shadow Ball Ghost||848.26s||19.00|
|9.||Weavile||Feint Attack Dark||Foul Play Dark||880.75s||16.40|
|10.||Deoxys (Attack)||Poison Jab Poison||Dark Pulse Dark||799.75s||50.00|
|11.||Yveltal||Snarl Dark||Dark Pulse Dark||886.27s||17.17|
|12.||Mewtwo||Psycho Cut Psychic||Shadow Ball Ghost||899.05s||18.17|
|13.||Banette||Shadow Claw Ghost||Shadow Ball Ghost||893.35s||36.00|
|14.||Absol||Snarl Dark||Payback Dark||896.75s||21.67|
|15.||Escavalier||Bug Bite Bug||Megahorn Bug||930.19s||17.33|
|16.||Zarude||Bite Dark||Dark Pulse Dark||929.97s||16.83|
|17.||Houndoom||Snarl Dark||Foul Play Dark||926.90s||16.00|
|18.||Tyranitar||Bite Dark||Crunch Dark||947.65s||15.83|
|19.||Honchkrow||Snarl Dark||Dark Pulse Dark||934.90s||16.50|
|20.||Bisharp||Snarl Dark||Dark Pulse Dark||968.31s||12.50|
|21.||Yanmega||Bug Bite Bug||Bug Buzz Bug||919.90s||21.00|
|22.||Genesect (Burn)||Fury Cutter Bug||X-Scissor Bug||976.42s||16.40|
|23.||Genesect (Douse)||Fury Cutter Bug||X-Scissor Bug||977.12s||15.75|
|24.||Genesect (Normal)||Fury Cutter Bug||X-Scissor Bug||977.53s||16.00|
There are a lot of great and fairly accessible options for raiding Cresselia. Your trusty Shadow Ball Mewtwo is a great choice. Absol, Houndoom, Honchkrow and Sharpedo are all great with Dark type moves. Pinsir, Escavalier and Scizor are great Bug choices. If you have the Shadow versions of any of these Pokémon, they will hit even harder and get the raid done quicker!
Cresselia moves analysis
- 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.
Cresselia is boosted by Windy weather, while being more vulnerable in Fog and Rainy weather.
|Windy||Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost.||Boosts Cresselia’s Fast moves and Futuresight|
|Cloudy||–||Boosts Cresselia’s Moonblast|
|Snow||–||Boosts Cresselia’s Aurora Beam|
|Rainy||Boosts Bug counters||–|
|Fog||Boosts Dark and Ghost counters||–|