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.

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

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 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:

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Charge Beam Wild Charge 545.84s 23.73
2. Charge Beam Wild Charge 567.42s 19.47
3. Volt Switch Thunderbolt 564.60s 23.87
4. Smack Down Rock Slide 565.27s 31.13
5. Smack Down Rock Wrecker 610.75s 18.93
6. Thunder Shock Wild Charge 595.66s 27.07
7. Thunder Shock Wild Charge 612.79s 21.93
8. Volt Switch Zap Cannon 618.20s 21.47
9. Ice Fang Avalanche 592.75s 34.40
10. Powder Snow Weather Ball 612.25s 28.87
11. Thunder Shock Thunderbolt 636.83s 22.47
12. Smack Down Rock Slide 633.12s 25.60
13. Powder Snow Avalanche 628.24s 29.33
14. Spark Wild Charge 645.03s 24.07
15. Spark Wild Charge 632.90s 28.07
16. Ice Shard Avalanche 663.95s 29.20
17. Charm Dazzling Gleam 672.65s 26.27
18. Frost Breath Avalanche 660.09s 31.93
19. Smack Down Stone Edge 695.26s 20.60
20. Charm Dazzling Gleam 695.78s 21.40
21. Rock Throw Wild Charge 688.52s 25.47
22. Thunder Shock Thunder 697.13s 28.73
23. Thunder Shock Thunder 698.63s 29.07
24. Wing Attack Blast Burn 711.06s 26.20
25. Smack Down Rock Slide 723.00s 26.33
26. Rock Throw Rock Slide 720.13s 27.20
27. Rock Throw Rock Slide 712.20s 29.40
28. Rock Throw Rock Slide 720.64s 27.73
29. Volt Switch Thunderbolt 713.85s 31.40
30. Charm Play Rough 717.96s 31.53
31. Spark Wild Charge 723.02s 39.13
32. Wing Attack Ancient Power 732.61s 36.53
33. Thunder Fang Wild Charge 750.15s 31.27
34. Frost Breath Avalanche 712.95s 44.07
35. Frost Breath Blizzard 754.70s 33.08

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
Electric Fairy Ice Rock  Ghost Psychic Bug Fighting Grass

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!