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 Mega Beedril, 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 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. Lick Shadow Ball 573.26s 20.17
2. Snarl Foul Play 749.06s 12.17
3. Bite Crunch 821.29s 11.33
4. Hex Shadow Ball 778.86s 21.33
5. Snarl Shadow Ball 809.44s 18.17
6. Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 847.28s 19.00
7. Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 781.91s 31.80
8. Snarl Dark Pulse 887.92s 17.17
9. Bug Bite X-Scissor 799.19s 32.80
10. Snarl Foul Play 880.96s 19.00
11. Psycho Cut Shadow Ball 899.39s 18.33
12. Bug Bite Megahorn 929.23s 17.33
13. Bite Crunch 947.60s 15.67
14. Bite Dark Pulse 893.45s 20.83
15. Snarl Dark Pulse 969.93s 15.33
16. Snarl Foul Play 930.76s 19.67
17. Fury Cutter X-Scissor 978.01s 17.17
18. Snarl Payback 902.61s 24.75
19. Fire Spin Blast Burn 974.92s 21.00
20. Bite Hydro Cannon 1009.81s 19.50
21. Poison Jab Dark Pulse 827.64s 60.33
22. Fury Cutter X-Scissor 1026.55s 19.17
23. Snarl Dark Pulse 925.43s 29.50
24. Bite Crunch 975.69s 26.00
25. Snarl Crunch 1023.57s 24.20
26. Bug Bite X-Scissor 1039.03s 21.83
27. Shadow Claw Shadow Ball 906.87s 35.17
28. Bug Bite X-Scissor 971.41s 30.00
29. Sucker Punch Dark Pulse 1064.03s 20.00
30. Struggle Bug Megahorn 1028.50s 32.33
31. Snarl Wild Charge 1014.55s 28.33
32. Bite Draco Meteor 1006.59s 28.75
33. Snarl Crabhammer 1073.62s 24.40
34. Thunder Shock Shadow Ball 1063.73s 24.00
35. Snarl Foul Play 1011.07s 28.83

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

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