Cresselia Raid Guide



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

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

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