Dialga Counters Raid Guide

Best Pokemon to use versus a Dialga raid boss

Best Dialga counters in Pokémon GO are strong Fighting-types like Machamp, Hariyama, Breloom, and strong Ground-types like Groudon, Rhyperior, and Mamoswine. Dialga is a Tier 5 Legendary Raid Boss in Pokémon GO (53394 Combat Power). It is weak to Fighting and Ground moves. 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 could be duoed by level 40 teams of good Fighting-types like Machamp, Breloom, and Hariyama, with Cloudy weather and best friend boosts. Trainers seeking a challenge, this is an interesting one for you. Beyond that, realistically 3-6 high-level players can tackle a Dialga, and 7-20 lower level players can easily handle one.


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.

Dialga Raid Counters
WEAKNESS Fighting Ground BOOSTED BY Windy Snow
Supreme Counter
Machamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
It is a fact of life for Pokémon GO, if something is weak to fighting, Machamp will rear its head and go out swinging, boasting the highest neutral weather time to win over any other available counter to Dialga, save Breloom against non-Steel movesets.
Excellent Counters
Breloom Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Breloom is a glass cannon and should be kept to the lead slots in the fight. In any case, where Dialga does not have Steel moves, it will have a faster time to win than even Machamp at the cost of more faints.
Hariyama Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Fat Machamp is never far behind, with a very similar time to win compared to Machamp and Breloom, with usually fewer deaths than either counter.
Lucario Counter Fighting Close Combat Fighting
For those lucky enough to hatch Riolu and get it up to a high-level Lucario, this is your time to show off. Lucario has managed to fit in around Blaziken’s spot in the fighting meta, with this being a scenario where it improves on the fire chicken due to its resistance to both Dragon and Steel
Heracross Counter Fighting Close Combat Fighting
Toxicroak Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Groudon Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Groudon’s usefulness cannot be understated here, in fact, Groudon actually has as high, if not higher, times to win against Dialga when the weather is Sunny, and even placing in the top 6 when it isn’t, all while fainting significantly less than any other counter. Groudon is very worthwhile to use against Dialga.
Good Counters
Time to win rises considerably from here, and these Pokémon are best kept to B-teams or used when a large group is active. Like almost any boss, it sometimes comes to strong generalists like Rayquaza and Salamence, although this becomes dangerous if it has a dragon moveset.
Blaziken Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting
Gallade Low Kick Fighting Close Combat Fighting
Rhyperior Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Poliwrath Rock Smash Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Mamoswine Mud-Slap Ground Bulldoze Ground
Donphan Counter Fighting Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Focus Blast Fighting
Rhydon Mud-Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Dialga Raid Counters Infographic
Dialga Raid Counters Infographic

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

Dialga Simulator Output

Best Pokémon to use against all Dialga move sets in Pokemon GO are:

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake 851.0s 27
2. Machamp Karate Chop Dynamic Punch 754.5s 40
3. Breloom Counter Dynamic Punch 725.0s 46
4. Hariyama Counter Dynamic Punch 783.3s 41
5. Lucario Counter Close Combat 828.8s 38
6. Blaziken Counter Focus Blast 807.0s 44
7. Rhyperior Mud Slap Earthquake 949.9s 35
8. Heracross Counter Close Combat 858.2s 46
9. Garchomp Mud Shot Outrage 939.6s 33
10. Toxicroak Counter Dynamic Punch 825.4s 52
11. Donphan Counter Earthquake 995.6s 39
12. Swampert Mud Shot Earthquake 1063.4s 35
13. Poliwrath Mud Shot Dynamic Punch 1004.0s 42
14. Mamoswine Mud Slap Bulldoze 968.8s 48
15. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Focus Blast 1015.4s 46
16. Gallade Low Kick Close Combat 975.2s 50
17. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Outrage 1018.8s 50
18. Infernape Rock Smash Close Combat 1011.1s 49
19. Cacturne Sucker Punch Dynamic Punch 986.3s 59
20. Heatran Fire Spin Fire Blast 1242.3s 32
21. Primeape Counter Cross Chop 953.8s 65
22. Hitmonlee Low Kick Brick Break 994.8s 61
23. Ursaring Counter Close Combat 1029.1s 56
24. Entei Fire Spin Overheat 1205.6s 41
25. Palkia Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 1101.1s 48
26. Dragonite Dragon Breath Outrage 1091.3s 52
27. Magmortar Karate Chop Brick Break 1102.2s 50
28. Flygon Mud Shot Earthquake 1116.1s 49
29. Gengar Lick Shadow Ball 1016.3s 65
30. Latios Dragon Breath Dragon Claw 1130.4s 51