Xerneas is coming back starting October 8th, 2022 10:00AM local time, with their shiny released for the first time in Pokémon GO.
Xerneas is a Tier 5 legendary raid boss and is the first Fairy type legendary Pokémon in the game.
Xerneas can be caught with the following CP values:
- 2073- 2160 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
- 2591- 2701 CP at Level 25 with Cloudy weather boost
It has a mono typing of Fairy and as such, it is boosted by Cloudy weather and its counters include strong Steel and Poison type Pokémon such as Metagross, Dialga, Roserade and mega evolutions like Mega Gengar and Mega Beedrill.
As you will soon find out, Xerneas is quite bulky and as such, it would require 5-7 trainers to be on the safe side.
This time around, the shiny form will be available if you are lucky. This shiny form is really cool, so good luck to everyone on getting that very rare shundo (100% IV shiny) to add to your Master League team.
Xerneas Raid Counters
Mega Pokémon will be listed separately below. Since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to remove Frustration with a Charge TM, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.
The best counters for Xerneas, based on the time required to win, are the following:
|#||Pokemon||Fast Move||Charge Move||Time to win||Deaths|
|1.||Metagross||Bullet Punch Steel||Meteor Mash Steel||558.14s||15.4|
|2.||Nihilego||Acid Poison||Sludge Bomb Poison||599.98s||15.4|
|3.||Dialga||Metal Claw Steel||Iron Head Steel||616.86s||18.2|
|4.||Zacian||Metal Claw Steel||Iron Head Steel||670.07s||15.9|
|5.||Genesect (Burn)||Metal Claw Steel||Magnet Bomb Steel||653.22s||20.1|
|6.||Genesect (Normal)||Metal Claw Steel||Magnet Bomb Steel||652.50s||20.2|
|7.||Genesect (Douse)||Metal Claw Steel||Magnet Bomb Steel||653.69s||20.2|
|8.||Excadrill||Metal Claw Steel||Iron Head Steel||653.07s||20.6|
|9.||Roserade||Poison Jab Poison||Sludge Bomb Poison||631.39s||26.78|
|10.||Gengar||Lick Ghost||Sludge Bomb Poison||654.11s||24.2|
|11.||Jirachi||Charge Beam Electric||Doom Desire Steel||694.13s||17|
|12.||Deoxys (Attack)||Poison Jab Poison||Zap Cannon Electric||623.27s||46.2|
|13.||Overqwil||Poison Jab Poison||Sludge Bomb Poison||660.63s||25|
|14.||Mewtwo||Confusion Psychic||Psystrike Psychic||719.13s||26.67|
|15.||Toxicroak||Poison Jab Poison||Sludge Bomb Poison||712.67s||18.5|
|16.||Victreebel||Acid Poison||Sludge Bomb Poison||720.09s||26.5|
|17.||Bisharp||Metal Claw Steel||Iron Head Steel||719.09s||25.75|
|18.||Darkrai||Snarl Dark||Sludge Bomb Poison||714.88s||27.67|
|19.||Scizor||Bullet Punch Steel||Iron Head Steel||754.58s||26|
|20.||Ho-Oh||Steel Wing Steel||Brave Bird||775.42s||12.67|
|21.||Hoopa (Unbound)||Confusion Psychic||Psychic Psychic||754.42s||27|
|22.||Scolipede||Poison Jab Poison||Sludge Bomb Poison||745.65s||16|
|23.||Salazzle||Poison Jab Poison||Sludge Wave Poison||748.27s||18|
|24.||Aggron||Iron Tail Steel||Heavy Slam Steel||807.39s||14.5|
|25.||Heatran||Fire Spin Fire||Iron Head Steel||795.02s||17.67|
|26.||Haunter||Lick Ghost||Sludge Bomb Poison||740.35s||27|
Best Mega Pokémon Counters
|#||Pokemon||Fast Move||Charge Move||Time to win||Deaths|
|1.||Gengar (Mega)||Lick Ghost||Sludge Bomb Poison||385.08s||12.8|
|2.||Beedrill (Mega)||Poison Jab Poison||Sludge Bomb Poison||407.53s||23.1|
|3.||Scizor (Mega)||Bullet Punch Steel||Iron Head Steel||496.79s||14.5|
|4.||Charizard (Mega Y)||Fire Spin Fire||Blast Burn Fire||553.64s||17.5|
|5.||Steelix (Mega)||Iron Tail Steel||Heavy Slam Steel||584.48s||11.9|
|6.||Venusaur (Mega)||Vine Whip Grass||Sludge Bomb Poison||565.29s||16.3|
|7.||Latios (Mega)||Zen Headbutt Psychic||Psychic Psychic||589.08s||18.5|
|8.||Pidgeot (Mega)||Steel Wing Steel||Brave Bird||595.41s||23.6|
|9.||Aerodactyl (Mega)||Steel Wing Steel||Iron Head Steel||626.91s||21.1|
|10.||Blastoise (Mega)||Water Gun Water||Hydro Cannon Water||628.96s||22.1|
Stats and Max CP
|Max CP at Level 40 3781| Max CP at Level 50 4275|
|ATK 250||DEF 185||HP 246|
|Weak to||Strong Against|
|Steel Poison||Dark Dragon Fighting|
Xerneas learns the following moves in Pokémon GO:
|Fast Moves||Charge Moves|
Tackle is an okay Normal type move that doesn’t deal super-effective damage to any type. The top counter, Mega Gengar, heavily resists Tackle. In fact, Mega Gengar is grinning because it reads ‘Tackle’ as ‘Tickle’. Tch!
Zen Headbutt is the worst psychic fast move. However, it deals super-effective damage to Mega Gengar. For Zen Headbutt, Metagross is your go-to Pokémon.
Xerneas has hard hitting charge moves, Moonblast gains STAB and hits extremely hard.
Close Combat can take off a chunk of HP from your Steel types. The Poison types are more effective here.
Thunder is kind of difficult to dodge and does quite a number, so be wary of this one.
Megahorn is decent but not too much of a threat.
Giga Impact can do a lot of damage but can be dodged, steel types are also effective here.
Xerneas is all about hard-hitting charged moves and underwhelming fast moves. It is bulky and as such, would take a while to be defeated. Otherwise, with numbers on your side, Xerneas can be taken down with relative ease.
We have had many opportunities to get Pokémon like Meteor Mash Metagross, Mega Gengar and Mega Beedrill with free mega energy. So, stacking up your counters to beat Xerneas shouldn’t be too much of a problem. It’s all about having numbers on your side!
Xerneas is a top tier Master League Pokémon. If it ever gets a fairy type fast move it will become mega tier as it has a lot of bulk. Do note that Xerneas’ signature move, Geomancy, is fairy type and if introduced, could potentially be an exclusive fast move. This would be both a first and very cool, so keep your eyes on Xerneas as new moves become available.
If you didn’t have a good Xerneas before, this is a perfect time to get one as you also have the opportunity to get its really cool shiny variant. If you haven’t powered up a good Xerneas yet, this is your opportunity to get a good shiny one or Lucky Trade a friend to reduce the candy and stardust cost of getting a maxed Xerneas.
Happy raiding and happy shiny hunting!
Updated October 2022 by 3kkoIogy.