Xerneas Raid Guide

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Xerneas

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.

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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 Flying 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 Flying 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

Xerneas Fairy
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

Moveset Analysis

Xerneas learns the following moves in Pokémon GO:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Tackle Normal
  • Zen Headbutt Psychic
  • Moonblast Fairy
  • Megahorn Bug
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • Thunder Electric
  • Giga Impact Normal

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.


Conclusion

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.

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