Zekrom Counters Guide

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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 is a Dragon Electric type that has the following stats:

Pokemon GO ZekromZekromDragonElectric
Max CP 4038
ATK 275 DEF 211 HP 205
Weak to Strong Against
Dragon Fairy Ground Ice Water Flying Dragon

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: In order of Time to Win (TTW)
Pokemon GO ZekromZekrom
WEAKNESS Dragon Fairy Ground Ice BOOSTED BY Windy Rainy
Supreme Zekrom raid counters
Pokemon GO RayquazaRayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Pokemon GO SalamenceSalamence Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage* Dragon
Rayquaza and Salamence are beasts when used against Zekrom, as they exploit its weakness to Dragon-type attacks and deal a ridiculous amount of damage. Unfortunately, Outrage is a legacy move for Salamence as it was only available upon evolution for Bagon Community Day in March 2019. If you missed that event, Draco Meteor puts Salamence at about the same performance as Dragonite. Rayquaza and Salamence are followed by four Dragon-types with similar performance: Garchomp, Palkia, Dragonite, and Dialga, which all perform excellently against Zekrom. Performance decreases towards Reshiram.
Great Zekrom raid counters
Pokemon GO GarchompGarchomp Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Pokemon GO PalkiaPalkia Dragon Tail Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon
Pokemon GO ZekromZekrom Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon
Pokemon GO DialgaDialga Dragon Breath Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon
Pokemon GO DragoniteDragonite Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Pokemon GO ReshiramReshiram Dragon Breath Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon
Alternative Zekrom raid counters
These have lower TTW than the above options, but still perform well with a weather boost and/or against certain movesets. Latios and Mamoswine have high TDO against Wild Charge variants while Gardevoir is the bulkiest option out of everything on this list against Outrage and has good TTW in Cloudy weather. Excadrill resists all of Zekrom’s moves except Crunch and shines in Sunny weather.
Pokemon GO LatiosLatios Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon
Pokemon GO MamoswineMamoswine Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice
Pokemon GO ExcadrillExcadrill Mud Slap Ground Drill Run Ground
Pokemon GO GardevoirGardevoir Charm Fairy Dazzling Gleam Fairy

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 Counters

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.

Credit to Pokebattler.com for all the simulation data.