Kyurem Raid Counters Guide


Kyurem is a T5 Raid boss in Pokémon GO. Best Kyurem counters for this frigid dragon include powerful Steel, Fighting, Rock, Fairy, and other Dragon types. Kyurem can be caught with the following Combat Power values:

  • 1791 – 2042 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 2239 – 2553 CP at Level 25 with Snow or Windy weather boost

Kyurem can be ideally beaten with a team of 3 trainers with level 30+ counters. However, to be on the safe side, 2-5 high-level trainers or 6-8 lower level players are recommended to successfully take down this legendary raid boss.

In this guide, we will provide detailed coverage of the best Kyurem counters, the best strategy to be adopted in order to defeat it, and the CP range of the Kyurem that you can catch for yourself.

Best Kyurem Counters in Pokémon GO

List of best counters for the Kyurem Raid Boss in Pokémon GO, including strongest Pokémon to defeat it, highest DPS attackers, and which moves to use. Learn which Pokémon are the best choice to beat this raid boss.

# Attacker Fast Move Charge Move Faints TTW
1. Rayquaza (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 35 437s
2. Metagross (Shadow) Bullet Punch Steel Meteor Mash Steel 19 457s
3. Garchomp (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 35 471s
4. Rampardos (Shadow) Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 45 512s
5. Garchomp (Shadow) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 48 519s
6. Salamence (Shadow) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 55 524s
7. Rhyperior (Shadow) Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock 35 514s
8. Gardevoir (Mega) Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy 23 509s
9. Salamence (Mega) Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 39 526s
10. Terrakion Double Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 29 515s
11. Dragonite (Shadow) Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon 53 544s
12. Latios (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 36 530s
13. Diancie (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 29 524s
14. Blaziken (Mega) Counter Fighting Focus Blast Fighting 28 525s
15. Keldeo (Ordinary) Low Kick Fighting Sacred Sword Fighting 24 532s
16. Metagross Bullet Punch Steel Meteor Mash Steel 19 540s
17. Latios (Shadow) Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 48 565s
18. Machamp (Shadow) Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 39 552s
19. Hariyama (Shadow) Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting 37 551s
20. Groudon (Primal) Dragon Tail Dragon Precipice Blades Ground 22 560s
21. Latias (Mega) Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon 33 565s
22. Lucario Counter Fighting Aura Sphere Fighting 30 565s
23. Excadrill (Shadow) Metal Claw Steel Iron Head Steel 35 569s
24. Alakazam (Mega) Counter Fighting Dazzling Gleam Fairy 38 573s
25. Tyranitar (Mega) Smack Down Rock Stone Edge Rock 23 572s
26. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock 47 600s
27. Zekrom Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon 42 595s
28. Garchomp Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 50 610s
29. Aerodactyl (Mega) Rock Throw Rock Rock Slide Rock 40 598s
30. Gardevoir (Shadow) Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy 35 595s

Lucario and Metagross

Lucario and Metagross have the Steel typing to help them resist all of Kyurem’s moves and are the undisputed best counteras to Kyurem, regardless of whatever moveset Kyurem is using.

Aura Sphere changed the fortunes for Lucario and propelled it to astronomical heights in terms of shelling out pure DPS. With the ever handy steel typing in its arsenal and the massive amounts of damage potential, Lucario tames Kyurem as its top counter.

Metagross finds supreme utility as a top raid boss counter. Just like Lucario, this arachnid metal monster not only inflicts super-effective damage to Kyurem, but it is also resists everything that Kyurem throws at it. Add the fact that Metagross boasts of the devastating Meteor Mash and comes with amazing bulk, and you have got one of the apex counters to check Kyurem.

Their Steel type resistances, amazing stats, and terrifying moves like Aura Sphere and Meteor Mash are enough to give Kyurem the icy shivers. [Dragon] types are a viable option as long as Kyurem wouldn’t be freezing them with Blizzard.


Combine steel and dragon, and you have a mighty foe for Kyurem. As the only dragon counter to be not weak to either ice or dragon type moves, Dialga is a compulsory addition to your team of counters.

Fighting types

Needless to mention, strong Fighting Pokémon like Terrakion and Machamp are definitely going to do a great job at punching Kyurem down to the snow.

The Counter and Dynamic Punch moveset that has always been notorious for being able to breeze several lower-tier raid bosses and no one does this better than Shadow Machamp. This time, it uses the same arsenal of moves to topple a powerful tier 5 raid boss in Kyurem.

Kyurem stats

Kyurem (Normal Form) is a Dragon Ice type that comes with the following stats:

Kyurem DragonIce
Max CP at lvl 40 3575 at lvl 50 4041
ATK 246 DEF 170 HP 245
Weak to Strong Against
Steel Dragon Fairy Rock Fighting Dragon Flying Ground Grass

Kyurem Moveset Analysis

Kyurem can have the following moves in Pokémon Go:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Steel Wing Steel
  • Draco Meteor Dragon
  • Blizzard Ice
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
  • Glaciate* Ice

*Denotes legacy move.

Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor/Blizzard are murderous for dragons and you should strive to do as much damage as you can with them till the 1-bar charge moves hit you. Dodging is strongly recommended. Steel types aren’t too bothered with this moveset while fighting types do decently well.

Steel Wing and Draco Meteor pose good DPS but are not too difficult to dodge. You can make your counters last a bit longer and do some sweet damage.

Kyurem comes with two three-bar charge moves in Dragon Claw. You should absolutely try to dodge at least the first time they come for better potion efficiency.

Without any weather or friendship boosts our simulator has a TTW with Metagross of 562 seconds. Accordingly, a trio is definitely possible and if blessed with ideal conditions, Kyurem can be duo raided.


It is not every day that a Dragon type legendary raid boss isn’t countered best by Dragon or Ice types. The Steel types begin to gain more relevance in the meta as the top counters for this powerful dragon.

Even though the ideal weather condition for the Steel type isn’t such a common one, its numerous resistances come into play. All those fairytales about slaying a mighty dragon with a steel sword? Well, it’s time you do that yourself!

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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