Darumaka Raid Counters Guide

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Darumaka is a Tier 1 raid boss in Pokémon Go and is a part of the 2022 Lunar New Year Event, running from 10:00 AM February 1 – 8:00 PM February 7, 2022 (local time). This adorable and energetic Fire type Pokémon from the Unovan region is extremely popular and is a valuable addition to the meta as its evolution, Darmanitan, is one of the strongest Fire types for PvE. In addition, shiny Darumaka is relatively rare and boasts a pretty pink colour. So it’s easy to see why this little ball of fur and fire is a must-catch!

As mentioned already, Darumaka is a pure Fire type and as such, it is weak to the Ground, Rock and Water types.

It can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 768 – 823 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 961 – 1030 CP at Level 25 with Sunny weather boost

As it is a Tier 1 boss, it is an easy solo. 

Darumaka Raid Counters

Since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to remove Frustration with a Charge TM, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.

The best counters for Darumaka are the following:

# Pokémon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon Water 5.70s 0.00
2. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Ancient Power Rock 7.50s 0.00
3. Gyarados (Mega) Waterfall Water Aqua Tail Water 7.91s 0.00
4. Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost 8.20s 0.00
5. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 8.90s 0.00
6. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 8.90s 0.00
7. Absol (Mega) Snarl Dark Payback Dark 9.21s 0.00
8. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Psychic Psychic 9.38s 0.00
9. Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 9.40s 0.00
10. Greninja Bubble Water Hydro Pump Water 9.50s 0.00
11. Pidgeot (Mega) Wing Attack Flying Brave Bird Flying 9.70s 0.00
12. Kyogre Waterfall Water Surf Water 10.08s 0.00
13. Simipour Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water 10.16s 0.00
14. Floatzel Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water 10.19s 0.00
15. Beedrill (Mega) Bug Bite Bug Sludge Bomb Poison 10.27s 0.00
16. Steelix (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Earthquake Ground 10.33s 0.00
17. Mamoswine Mud-Slap Ground Stone Edge Rock 10.35s 0.00
18. Houndoom (Mega) Snarl Dark Crunch Dark 10.49s 0.00
19. Starmie Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water 10.47s 0.00
20. Excadrill Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 10.49s 0.00
21. Feraligatr Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water 10.54s 0.00
22. Vaporeon Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water 10.54s 0.00
23. Kingdra Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water 10.72s 0.00
24. Landorus Rock Throw Rock Earth Power Ground 10.71s 0.00
25. Landorus (Incarnate) Rock Throw Rock Earth Power Ground 10.69s 0.00
26. Swampert Mud Shot Ground Hydro Cannon Water 10.76s 0.00
27. Omastar Water Gun Water Hydro Pump Water 10.79s 0.00
28. Regigigas Hidden Power Normal Giga Impact Normal 10.86s 0.00
29. Deoxys (Attack) Poison Jab Poison Dark Pulse Dark 10.90s 0.00
30. Ampharos (Mega) Charge Beam Electric Zap Cannon Electric 10.90s 0.00
31. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 10.89s 0.00
32. Latias (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon 10.99s 0.00
33. Lopunny (Mega) Double Kick Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 11.01s 0.00
34. Palkia Dragon Tail Dragon Aqua Tail Water 11.09s 0.00
35. Groudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground 11.11s 0.00

Stats and Max CP

Darumaka Fire
Max CP at Level 40 1442 | Max CP at Level 50 1630
ATK 153 DEF 86 HP 172
Weak to Strong Against
Ground Rock Water  Bug Grass Ice Steel


Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Fire Fang Fire
  • Tackle Normal
  • Fire Punch Fire
  • Flame Charge Fire

Your Rock and Water type counters resist Darumaka’s Fire type attacks while the Ground types take neutral damage.

Either way, Darumaka lacks the stats and powerful moves needed to be of any bother. It’s going to be an easy win without breaking a sweat (despite the fire typing of Darumaka).

Good luck with the shiny, trainers!

Author & tags

My name is Niladri Sarkar. A Team Valor Trainer, I'm a Pokémon Battle Mechanics Specialist & a Dragon Master on Smogon's Pokémon Showdown where I particularly excel with Dragon types and Weather teams in Ubers / OU. I love to apply my vast knowledge and experience to the ever changing meta of Pokémon Go, specialising in DPS/TDO math, movesets, the Master League and Dragon types. Garchomp is my best Pokémon pal through and through.

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