Best Dialga counters in Pokémon GO are strong Fighting and Ground types like Lucario, Conkeldurr, Machamp, Groudon, Excadrill and Landorus (Therian). Dialga is a Tier 5 Legendary Raid Boss in Pokémon GO (53394 Combat Power).

Dialga can have the following CP values when caught in the post-raid capture encounter:

  • 2217 – 2307 CP in normal weather conditions
  • 2771 – 2884 CP  in Windy and Snow weather for weather boosts.

Dialga can be beaten 3-6 high-level players or 7-9 lower level players.


Dialga Counters

The following Pokémon are considered to be best Dialga counters in Pokémon GO. The methodology is up to the discretion of the author, typically blending a focus on both time to win and survivability.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Counter Aura Sphere 610.02s 24.67
2. Counter Dynamic Punch 649.92s 27.17
3. Mud Shot Earthquake 705.71s 20.50
4. Mud-Slap Earthquake 710.39s 20.17
5. Mud Shot Earthquake 681.42s 26.67
6. Low Kick Focus Blast 684.86s 29.33
7. Mud Shot Earth Power 728.22s 26.83
8. Mud Shot Earth Power 726.67s 27.33
9. Mud-Slap Earthquake 743.32s 25.17
10. Counter Dynamic Punch 704.66s 34.00
11. Counter Dynamic Punch 741.21s 31.50
12. Shadow Claw Focus Blast 726.18s 35.33
13. Counter Dynamic Punch 707.19s 40.33
14. Fire Spin Blast Burn 799.07s 27.00
15. Mud Shot Earthquake 801.60s 30.50
16. Counter Focus Blast 781.22s 34.67
17. Mud-Slap Earthquake 808.48s 31.83
18. Mud-Slap Earthquake 838.44s 28.50
19. Mud-Slap Bulldoze 825.65s 36.20
20. Counter Close Combat 778.57s 39.83
21. Counter Earthquake 791.98s 37.67
22. Counter Close Combat 808.83s 36.00
23. Counter Dynamic Punch 780.64s 40.83
24. Low Kick Focus Blast 823.38s 35.00
25. Mud-Slap Earth Power 822.28s 36.00
26. Mud-Slap Earthquake 863.69s 34.80
27. Low Kick Focus Blast 829.07s 39.80
28. Charge Beam Focus Blast 933.24s 20.50
29. Mud Shot Earthquake 919.20s 26.50
30. Low Kick Superpower 920.59s 29.00
31. Counter Focus Blast 825.00s 45.00
32. Fire Fang Overheat 950.61s 22.25
33. Fire Fang Focus Blast 889.36s 32.25
34. Fire Spin Blast Burn 936.48s 24.75
35. Fire Fang Focus Blast 891.06s 32.25

Dialga Moveset Analysis

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Metal Claw Steel
  • Draco Meteor Dragon
  • Iron Head Steel
  • Thunder Electric

Draco Meteor is Dialga’s hardest moveset. DM is a strong hitting move that benefits from STAB and deals neutral damage to all Fighting-type counters, with the real problem being its raw damage output. DM will probably one hit KO a Machamp and seriously hurt a Groudon or a Hariyama. There’s no going around this, DM is a difficult moveset and it will be a problem for smaller groups.

Iron Head is a Steel-typed move with two bars, which makes it an interesting move to raid against. Basically, every time before a raid boss can perform a charge move, it flips a coin to determine if it will be used. IH is a two bar move, which means two opportunities for Dialga to do a quick move instead, but it also makes the battle a bit more random. Usually the same difficulty as Thunder, but the added STAB bonus makes it a bit more threatening.

Thunder is Dialga’s lowest DPS move and there isn’t really a lot to worry about. Thunder is a one bar move with 100 damage and it’s the one you want in smaller groups. Counters like Groudon and Breloom will stay alive longer, deal more damage and save you a metric ton of potions.

Weather Effects

Dialga will be boosted by Snow and Windy weather while being more vulnerable in Sunny and Cloudy weather.

Weather Pro Con
Sunny Boosts Ground type attackers
Windy Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost. Boosts Dialga’s Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy Boosts Fighting attackers
Snow Allows a Level 25 Encounter from Weather Boost. Boosts Dialga’s Metal Claw and Iron Head
Rainy Boosts Dialga’s Thunder