Yveltal Raid Guide


Yveltal is a Tier 5 legendary raid boss in Pokémon Go and with a typing of Dark Flying, it is boosted by Fog and Windy weather.

Its counters include strong Electric Fairy Rock and Ice type Pokémon such as Zekrom, Thundurus-Therian, Rampardos and mega evolutions like Mega Manectric and Mega Abomasnow. Yveltal’s stats will show that it is pretty bulky and as such, it would require at least 5-7 trainers with strong counters to ensure a hassle-free win.


Xerneas is a disappointment in Pokémon Go, owing to its sorry moveset in the fast moves category. But how will Yveltal fare? Will this destructive Pokémon be worthy enough to add to your arsenal? Let’s find out and show you how you can easily get it on your side.

Yveltal: Stats and Max CP

Yveltal DarkFlying
Max CP at Level 40 3781| Max CP at Level 50 4275
ATK 250 DEF 185 HP 246
Weak to Strong Against
Electric Fairy Ice Rock  Ghost Psychic Bug Fighting Grass


Yveltal can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 2073- 2160 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 2591- 2701 CP at Level 25 with Fog or Windy weather boost

Yveltal Raid Counters

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 Yveltal, based on the time required to win, are the following:

Yveltal Counters
The supreme Yveltal raid counters
Manectric (Mega) Charge Beam Electric Wild Charge Electric
Zekrom Charge Beam Electric Wild Charge Electric
Great Yveltal raid counters
Thundurus (Therian) Volt Switch Electric Thunderbolt Electric
Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock
Rhyperior Smack Down Rock Rock Wrecker Rock
Electivire Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
Raikou Thunder Shock Electric Wild Charge Electric
Ampharos (Mega) Volt Switch Electric Zap Cannon Electric
Darmanitan (Galarian) Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice
Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Ice Weather Ball Ice
Zapdos Thunder Shock Electric Thunderbolt Electric
Terrakion Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock
Mamoswine Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice

Moveset Analysis

Yveltal learns the following moves in Pokémon Go:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Sucker Punch Dark
  • Snarl Dark
  • Gust Flying
  • Dark Pulse Dark
  • Hurricane Flying
  • Focus Blast Fighting
  • Hyper Beam Normal
  • Psychic Psychic

While Yveltal has many eyebrow-raising charged moves, it simply cannot be denied that it hits hard. Quite hard.


Snarl does decent damage and has a good energy gain, letting Yveltal get to its charged moves fast.

Sucker Punch does relatively low damage and has the lowest energy gain out of all Yveltal’s fast moves. You don’t have to worry too much if the boss Yveltal is using Snarl.

Gust does massive damage and also has a good energy gain. However, it is resisted by both Electric and Rock types, which are your best counters.

Dark Pulse is a 2-bar charged move, has STAB and does neutral damage to all your main counters. So be wary of this move as it can trouble you a lot.

Hurricane is a powerful STAB move that is not easy to dodge and can do reasonable damage to even the Electric and Rock types that resist it.

Coming to the non-STAV moves, Focus Blast is dodgeable but does massive super-effective damage to your Ice and Rock types.

Hyper Beam is again very easy to dodge and despite being a powerful move per see, it shouldn’t be a worry.

Psychic won’t KO your counters but is a 2-bar charged move and will come frequently.

In conclusion, Yveltal’s Dark type moves could make it relatively challenging but with the right counters and trainer numbers on your side, it shouldn’t be too hard.

Parting Words

While Yveltal received a nerf to its stats (just like Xerneas), it is still good. And unlike Xerneas, Yveltal did get some decently good moves and would be a good fit in the Master League and PvE meta. You can read in detail about Yveltal’s performance in my Yveltal Meta-Analysis article and find out just how this amazing Pokémon fares in the meta.

This is a hugely popular Pokémon that can scale more heights with its signature move, Oblivion Wing, done right.

With balanced stats on its side, this legendary monster is a welcome addition to the Dark types. So this is a Pokémon that you definitely want to get good IVs for!

HappY Raiding!

My name is Niladri Sarkar. A Team Valor Trainer, I'm a Pokémon Battle Mechanics Specialist & a Dragon Master on Smogon's Pokémon Showdown where I particularly excel with Dragon types and Weather teams in Ubers / OU. I love to apply my vast knowledge and experience to the ever changing meta of Pokémon Go, specialising in DPS/TDO math, movesets, the Master League and Dragon types. Garchomp is my best Pokémon pal through and through.