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Kyurem Counters Raid Guide

If the Night King from GoT needed a dragon, this would be it! Kyurem (Normal Form) is a T5 Raid boss in Pokémon GO. The best counters for this frigid dragon include powerful Steel, Fighting, Rock, Fairy, and other Dragon types. Kyurem (Normal Form) is a Dragon Ice type that comes with the following stats:

Max CP 3575
ATK 246 DEF 170 HP 245
Weak to Strong Against
Steel Dragon Fairy Rock Fighting Dragon Flying Ground Grass

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.

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 Counters
Supreme Kyurem raid counters
Lucario Counter Fighting Aura Sphere Fighting
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.
Dialga Metal Claw Steel Draco Meteor Dragon
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.
Metagross Bullet Punch Steel Meteor Mash Steel
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.
Great Kyurem raid counters
Conkeldurr Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
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 Conkeldurr. This time, it uses the same arsenal of moves to topple a powerful tier 5 raid boss in Kyurem.
Zekrom Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon
Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock
Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock

The choice of Kyurem counters all boils down to the size of your raid group and what Kyurem is flexing. 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. 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. In this regard, Dialga is the premier dragon to deal with Kyurem. Needless to mention, strong Fighting Pokémon like Conkeldurr and Machamp are definitely going to do a great job at punching Kyurem down to the snow.

Note: Niantic threw us a curveball and Kyurem no longer learns Icy Wind. *Chilled dragon got no chill. Sad dragon noises*

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

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 duod.


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!


My name is Niladri Sarkar. A lvl 40 Team Valor Trainer, I'm a Pokémon Battle Mechanics Specialist on Smogon's Pokémon Showdown, where I particularly excel with Dragon types, Sandstorm and Rain teams. I love to apply my knowledge and experience of the competitive scene to the ever changing meta of Pokémon Go. I also enjoy sarcasm and being a chef.

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