Swinub Raid Counters Guide

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As part of the Pokémon GO Holidays 2021 event, Swinub will be available in raids as a Tier 1 raid boss in Pokémon GO. In case you’re wondering, yes it can be shiny.

Swinub can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 384 – 423 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 480 – 529 CP at Level 25 with Sunny or Snow weather boost

It is an Ice & Ground type, which makes it weak to Fighting, Fire, Grass, Steel and Water type moves.

Swinub 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.

Swinub’s best raid counters are listed below:

Swinub Counters
Supreme Counters
Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn* Fire
Charizard (Mega X) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn* Fire
Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Hydro Cannon* Water
Houndoom (Mega) Fire Fang Fire Flamethrower Fire
Gyarados (Mega) Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Abomasnow (Mega) Razor Leaf Grass Energy Ball Grass
Great Counters
Venusaur (Mega) Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant* Grass
Reshiram Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire
Lucario Counter Fighting Aura Sphere Fighting
Chandelure Incinerate Fire Overheat Fire
Lopunny (Mega) Low Kick Fighting Focus Blast Fighting
Metagross Bullet Punch Steel Meteor Mash* Steel
Darmanitan Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire
Zarude Vine Whip Grass Power Whip Grass
Blaziken Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn* Fire
Moltres Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire
Conkeldurr Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Kyogre Waterfall Water Surf Water
Kingler Bubble Water Crabhammer Water
Machamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Entei Fire Fang Fire Flamethrower Fire or Overheat Fire
Breloom Counter Fighting Grass Knot* Grass or Dynamic Punch Fighting
Heatran Fire Spin Fire Flamethrower Fire

* marks a legacy move

Swinub 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 or Mega Gengar
  • Other heavy-hitting or weather boosted Megas
  • Eevolutions such as Flareon or Vaporeon (with full fire and water type movesets, respectively)
  • Emboar, Infernape, Typhlosion or Empoleon (with their respective CD movesets)

Always keep an eye out for event-boosted Megas (i.e. Mega Abomasnow). 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

Swinub IceGround
Max CP at Level 40 741 | Max CP at Level 50 837
ATK 90 DEF 69 STA 137
Weak to Strong Against
Fighting Fire Grass Steel Water Dragon Flying Grass Ground


Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Powder Snow Ice
  • Tackle Normal
  • Icy Wind Ice
  • Rock Slide Rock
  • Body Slam Normal

Swinub’s only use is in PvP Little Cups. In fact, it was one of the top picks in the Little Jungle Cup, thanks to its spammy Powder Snow + Icy Wind/Body Slam moveset. It even has some type coverage thanks to Rock Slide.

Aside from that, the best thing you can do with a Swinub is to evolve it into Mamoswine. Mamoswine is the ultimate dragon/flying slayer thanks to its great ice type moveset Powder Snow + Avalanche. It’s not as dominant as it used to be since Galarian Darmanitan took its #1 spot as an ice type attacker, but it’s still a top-tier choice vs. Pokémon that have a 4x weakness to ice type attacks, such as Rayquaza, Dragonite, Landorus or Garchomp.

We hope you found this raid guide useful!

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