Pokemon GO Zekrom
Pokemon GO Zekrom

Zekrom is a Tier 5 raid boss in Pokémon GO. Its counters are strong Dragon, Ground, Ice, and Fairy types such as Rayquaza, Salamence, Garchomp, Palkia, Dialga, Reshiram, Dragonite, Excadrill, Groudon, Mamoswine and Gardevoir.

Zekrom can be safely duoed with a full team of powered up Dragons with Windy weather and Best Friend boosts. Ideally, use 3-5 high-level players or 6-10 lower-leveled players when going up against this raid boss.

In this guide we will cover the strongest Zekrom counters, the best strategy on how to defeat it, and what CPs you can get when catching a strong Zekrom.


Zekrom can be caught with the following Combat Power values:

  • 2217 – 2307 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 2771 – 2884 CP at Level 25 with Rainy or Windy weather boost

Zekrom counters

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Zekrom Dragon Breath Outrage 632.94s 20.13
2. Garchomp Dragon Tail Outrage 651.25s 20.13
3. Reshiram Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 641.70s 22.00
4. Dialga Dragon Breath Draco Meteor 657.05s 21.50
5. Palkia Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 634.87s 26.00
6. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Outrage 609.54s 30.38
7. Dragonite Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 642.67s 26.25
8. Haxorus Dragon Tail Dragon Claw 640.65s 25.33
9. Charizard (Mega X) Dragon Breath Dragon Claw 658.32s 24.13
10. Salamence Dragon Tail Outrage 627.38s 30.88
11. Groudon Dragon Tail Earthquake 701.20s 19.75
12. Mamoswine Mud-Slap Avalanche 672.32s 25.50
13. Gyarados (Mega) Dragon Tail Outrage 701.32s 23.75
14. Latios Dragon Breath Dragon Claw 669.05s 27.25
15. Excadrill Mud-Slap Earthquake 714.90s 21.50
16. Charizard (Mega Y) Dragon Breath Dragon Claw 676.13s 29.63
17. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Earthquake 701.98s 27.00
18. Kyurem Dragon Breath Blizzard 704.47s 27.25
19. Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Weather Ball 710.32s 27.13
20. Rhyperior Mud-Slap Earthquake 745.24s 22.00
21. Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Avalanche 664.83s 37.13
22. Landorus (Incarnate) Mud Shot Earth Power 737.02s 28.25
23. Landorus Mud Shot Earth Power 741.36s 28.00
24. Latias Dragon Breath Outrage 743.70s 27.75
25. Hydreigon Dragon Breath Dragon Pulse 751.92s 27.13
26. Togekiss Charm Dazzling Gleam 789.71s 28.50
27. Gardevoir Charm Dazzling Gleam 776.41s 32.25
28. Ampharos (Mega) Charge Beam Dragon Pulse 805.87s 25.50
29. Krookodile Mud-Slap Earthquake 810.07s 27.38
30. Giratina (Origin) Dragon Tail Dragon Pulse 803.47s 28.50
31. Weavile Snarl Avalanche 749.13s 38.63
32. Glaceon Frost Breath Avalanche 763.17s 37.25
33. Exeggutor (Alola) Dragon Tail Dragon Pulse 811.90s 28.00
34. Mewtwo Psycho Cut Ice Beam 781.03s 34.75
35. Golurk Mud-Slap Earth Power 809.71s 32.86

When picking your battle parties to fight Zekrom, it is important to know how many players are in your group and what moveset Zekrom has. If you have a large group then it is usually safe to use high TDO options like Dialga or Excadrill to save revives and potions. If your group only consists of 3-5 players you might want to bring out your dragons to make sure you can take down Zekrom. If you’re up against an Outrage variant then it is a good idea to use Gardevoir or Excadrill instead of Dragon types.

Other than that, Togekiss, Groudon and Weavile are decent options. Togekiss is slower but bulkier than Gardevoir and I only recommend using it against Outrage or Crunch. Groudon is significantly slower than Excadrill and because it doesn’t have the part Steel typing its TDO ends up being lower most of the time. Weavile has about the same DPS as Mamoswine but is more glassy and should only be used against Crunch.

Zekrom stats

Zekrom is a Dragon Electric type that has the following stats:

Zekrom DragonElectric
Max CP 4038
ATK 275 DEF 211 HP 205
Weak to Strong Against
Dragon Fairy Ground Ice Water Flying Dragon

Zekrom Moveset Analysis

Zekrom can have the following moves in a raid battle and when captured:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Charge Beam Electric
  • Outrage Dragon
  • Wild Charge Electric
  • Crunch Dark
  • Flash Cannon Steel

As previously mentioned, the charge move that Zekrom has in a raid will be the main indicator of what counters you should pick. Outrage is the most threatening move, as it does insane damage to everything besides Excadrill and Fairy types and completely rules out dragons as viable counters except Dialga. Rayquaza, Salamence, Palkia and Dragonite will take heavy damage from Wild Charge so Garchomp will be the best option against that followed by Dialga, Latios, Mamoswine and Excadrill. Crunch doesn’t do much damage to any of Zekrom’s counters except Latios but it is a three bar move, so Zekrom can potentially overwhelm them with consecutive uses of Crunch. Flash Cannon threatens Mamoswine, Gardevoir, Weavile and Togekiss but is otherwise Zekrom’s weakest charge move, as it only has 100 power and is a one bar move.

Crunch and Flash Cannon are the safest moves to attempt a Zekrom duo with dragons. The best scenario is Windy weather with Best Friend boosts as they boost the already high power of dragons to insane levels. The duo is still possible without any weather boost using a full team of maxed out Rayquaza or Outrage Salamence against Crunch, or with a fully maxed out Palkia team against Flash Cannon, although it will be a really close battle and both scenarios still require the Best Friend boosts.