Drifloon Raid Counters Guide

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As part of the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl event, Drifloon will be available in raids as a Tier 1 raid boss in Pokémon GO. In case you’re wondering, yes it can be shiny.

Drifloon can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 633 – 684 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 791 – 855 CP at Level 25 with Windy or Fog weather boost

It is a Ghost & Flying type, which makes it weak to Rock, Dark, Ice, Electric and Ghost type moves.

Drifloon Raid Counters

Whenever the shadow variant of a Pokémon listed below is available in the game, it is strongly recommended to use it over its regular/purified counterpart. However, since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to TM away Frustration, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article.

Drifloon’s best raid counters are listed below:

Drifloon Counters
Supreme Counters
Gengar (Mega) Shadow Claw Ghost or Lick* Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Houndoom (Mega) Snarl Dark Foul Play Dark
Manectric (Mega) Thunder Fang Electric Wild Charge Electric
Absol (Mega) Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark or Payback Dark
Gyarados (Mega) Bite Dark Crunch Dark
Darkrai Snarl Dark Shadow Ball Ghost
Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Wild Charge Electric
Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch Electric Thunderbolt Electric
Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock
Great Counters
Darmanitan (Galarian) Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice
Weavile Snarl Dark Avalanche Ice or Foul Play Dark
Chandelure Hex Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Gengar Shadow Claw Ghost or Lick* Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker* Rock
Electivire Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
Yveltal Snarl Dark Dark Pulse Dark
Giratina (Origin) Shadow Claw Ghost Shadow Ball Ghost
Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
Terrakion Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock
Tyranitar Bite Dark or Smack Down* Rock Crunch Dark or Stone Edge Rock
Mamoswine Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice
Zapdos Thunder Shock* Electric Thunderbolt Electric
Magnezone Spark Electric Wild Charge Electric

* marks a legacy move

Drifloon has so many weaknesses that the list could go on forever. If you don’t have any of the Pokémon listed above powered up, you can always use:

  • Generalist” Pokémon such as Psycho Cut + Shadow Ball Mewtwo
  • Other Megas such as Mega Abomasnow
  • Eevolutions such as Glaceon or Jolteon (with full ice and electric type movesets, respectively)
  • Hydreigon, Zacian-H, Honchkrow or Luxray

Always keep an eye out for event-boosted Megas. Whenever a specific Mega Pokémon (from the ones listed above) is featured during an event, it instantly becomes a S+ tier counter. The temporary boost is too good to pass up, as it instantly pushes that Pokémon to level 55 once mega evolved.

Stats and Max CP

Drifloon GhostFlying
Max CP at Level 40 1197 | Max CP at Level 50 1353
ATK 117 DEF 80 STA 207
Weak to Strong Against
Rock Dark Ice Electric Ghost Ghost Psychic


Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Hex Ghost
  • Astonish Ghost
  • Shadow Ball Ghost
  • Ominous Wind Ghost
  • Icy Wind Ice

Drifblim (Drifloon’s evolution) is a very good Pokémon to use in PvP. It has great potential in both Great and Ultra League and can fulfil different roles. Its best moveset is Hex, Shadow Ball and Icy Wind, and the best IV distributions are 0/15/12 (Level 24) and 1/15/15 (Level 50) for Great and Ultra League, respectively.

Drifloon on the other hand is usually just used in Little Cups, where it has some play thanks to its great moveset. Hex generates energy pretty fast, Icy Wind debuffs your opponents and Shadow Ball is the nuke move. In fact, its role (and moveset) is identical to Drifblim’s.

Since these IV spreads cannot be obtained in raids, I would recommend rerolling the IVs of your raid-caught Drifloon with Good, Great and perhaps even Ultra friends.

We hope you found this raid guide useful!

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