Reshiram Counters Guide

Reshiram Raid Counters

Super strong fire dragon? Yes, please!! Reshiram is a T5 Raid boss in Pokémon GO with a raid CP of 53394. As a Dragon and Fire-type Pokémon, Reshiram counters consist of strong Dragon, Ground, and Rock-types, such as Dialga, Rayquaza, Rampardos, Rhyperior, Terrakion, Groudon, Salamence, and Excadrill.



Dragon Fire

Max CP 4038
ATK 275 DEF 211 HP 205
Weak to Strong Against
Dragon Ground Rock Dragon Grass Ice Bug Steel

Reshiram can be duo’ed with the proper weather boost and best friend bonus, however, it is recommended that you use between 5-7 high-level trainers or 8-10 lower level trainers when taking on this legendary raid boss.

In this guide, we’ll cover what the best counters to take down Reshiram are, what the best strategy is, and what CP’s you should watch out for after your successful battle.

Reshiram can be caught with the following Combat Power values:

  • 2217 – 2307 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 2771 – 2884 CP at Level 25 with Sunny or Windy weather boost
Reshiram Counters
WEAKNESS Dragon Ground Rock BOOSTED BY Windy Sunny
Supreme Reshiram raid counters
Dialga Dragon Breath Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon
While Dialga isn’t the strongest Dragon-type in the mix, its steel typing does give it the advantage of not taking super-effective damage from dragon-type moves. Plus, it’s no slouch and can deal out its fair share of super-effective damage with the dragon-type moves it has access too. For every move combination, with the exception of Fire Fang/Overheat, Dialga is should be your #1 option.
Rayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Rayquaza is a straight-up beast against Reshiram, taking advantage of its weakness to Dragon-type attacks, it deals a ridiculous amount of damage.
Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock
Rampardos is the best rock type attacker in the game currently, and it gets to shine here. Rampardos will do a solid amount of damage and should be one of your top picks.
Haxorus Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon
Great Reshiram raid counters
Palkia Dragon Tail Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon
If Reshiram has the moves Fire fang and Overheat, Palkia is a solid option. Its Water typing will resist the fire moves, so it will stick around longer and be able to dish out super-effective damage with its Dragon-type moves.
Salamence Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Dragonite Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon
Garchomp Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Ground & Rock types as Reshiram raid counters
If the Reshiram you’re facing has a dragon type fast move, or a dragon type charge move then you may want to consider bringing along a few Rock-Types or Ground-types to round out your team. If it has both, then bringing along 3 or 4 of these guys to supplement your dragons is a good idea. They even make for a decent Team B!
Rhyperior Mud Slap Ground Rock Wrecker Rock
Rhyperior with the Community Day Exclusive move Rock Wrecker, and the ground fast move Mud Slap is an excellent choice.  Dealing tons of super-effective damage.
Terrakion Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock
Groudon Dragon tail Dragon Earthquake Ground
Excadrill Mud slap Ground Drill run Ground
Tyranitar Smack down Rock Stone edge Rock

When picking Reshiram counters, knowing how big your group is and what moves Reshiram has is key. Dragon types are typically the best option here, especially if the game is recommending them to you, Dialga is a good option either way, as it won’t take super-effective damage from almost anything that Reshiram can dish out, but will deal super-effective damage with its Dragon moves.

Even if Dragon’s are not showing up in your recommended Pokémon, then don’t be afraid to bring a couple of them along just be prepared to offset them with some of the stronger Rock-types or Ground Type Pokémon especially in Sunny weather for Ground or Partly Cloudy weather for Rock.

Reshiram best counters

Reshiram Moveset Analysis

Reshiram can have the following moves in a raid battle and when captured:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Fire Fang Fire
  • Draco Meteor Dragon
  • Overheat Fire
  • Stone Edge Rock
  • Crunch Dark

The combination of Dragon Breath and Draco Meteor should be a move-set that is super scary for the dragons you’re planning on using, but with the right mix of Dragon and Ground/Rock Pokémon, you should be ok.

Fire Fang and Overheat is a solid move-set and will make Reshiram the best fire type attacker in the game, but is not something to be worried about, as it’s actually the second easiest move-set to counter.

Stone Edge will deal super-effective damage to any Dragon’s that you bring along that are also dual Flying types, I’m looking at you guys, Salamence & Dragonite


Crunch isn’t a move you shouldn’t be concerned about.

The remaining three charge moves are all one-bar moves, which should make dodge strategies much easier.

With no weather boost and no friendship boosts the simulator has a TTW with Dialga of 724 seconds. This means that a duo is possible. Simulator data provided by

Simulator data

# Pokémon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Dialga Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 724.9s 30
2. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Outrage 726.3s 43
3. Rampardos Smack Down Rock Slide 726.0s 48
4. Haxourus Dragon Tail Dragon Claw 733.1s 41
5. Salamence Dragon Tail Outrage 751.3s 44
6. Rhyperior Mud Slap Rock Wrecker 756.2s 26
7. Palkia Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 772.6s 41
8. Dragonite Dragon Tail Dragon Claw 772.0s 43
9. Terrakion Smack Down Rock Slide 778.9s 28
9. Garchomp Dragon Tail Outrage 780.2s 39
10. Reshiram Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 804.8s 43
11. Tyranitar Smack Down Stone Edge 839.3s 30
12. Latios Dragon Breath Dragon Claw 843.9s 51
13. Groudon Dragon Tail Earthquake 871.5s 33
14. Hydreigon Dragon Breath Dragon Pulse 897.1s 47
15. Excadrill Mud-Slap Drill Run 905.9s 51
16. Giratina Origin Dragon Tail Dragon Pulse 921.8s 45
17. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psystrike 911.5s 50
18. Gyarados Dragon Breath Outrage 953.8s 43
19. Golem Rock Throw Stone Edge 957.8s 42
20. Latias Dragon Breath Outrage 948.9s 51
21. Aerodactyl Rock Throw Rock Slide 941.9s 59
22. Golem – Alola Rock Throw Stone Edge 966.8s 46
23. Omastar Rock Throw Rock Slide 976.1s 46
24. Flygon Dragon Tail Dragon Claw 975.1s 53
25. Exeggutor – Alola Dragon Tail Dragon Pulse 983.8s 66
26. Giratina – Altered Dragon Breath Dragon Claw 1048.6s 38
27. Rhydon Mud-Slap Stone Edge 1043.4s 42
28. Kingdra Dragon Breath Outrage 1043.4s 57
29. Aggron Smack Down Stone Edge 1080.8s 40
30. Mew Dragon Tail Dragon Claw 1074.0s 46